Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



Currently Reading

The Martian
Andy Weir
Progress: 31/369 pages
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter
Progress: 193/432 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Progress: 43/766 pages
The Children of Húrin
J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
Progress: 313/313 pages

Through to You

Through to You - I was basically thrilled to be approved for an ARC of this, and I probably just about cried with happiness when it showed up in my mailbox. However, when I cracked it open and started to read, I was…I’ll admit, immediately let down. The writing wasn’t as brilliant as I thought it would be. It was written in present-tense, which just automatically takes a lot of the story away from me. But I pushed on; the latter half of the book was definitely much stronger than the first, and the farther I got into it, the more I enjoyed it. So I was stuck between two and three stars for awhile, wondering what I should do–give it the benefit of the doubt and rate it based mostly on the second half? Or seriously think about all the things in the first half that bothered me so much? Reviews are based on the whole book–so I had to rate it based on the whole book. There were just things that bothered me, personally, that were included, and also the fact that the writing wasn’t super great (although if that’s mostly due to the present-tense writing, I’ll never know), and even though it was much more interesting the farther you got, it wasn’t enough to erase all the rest.Please note, an ARC of this book was provided by the publisher upon my request.Read more?