Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets We Were Liars in this thought-provoking and brilliantly written debut that is part love story, part mystery, part high-stakes drama.
What would you pay to cure your heartbreak? Banish your sadness? Transform your looks? The right spell can fix anything…. When Ari's boyfriend Win dies, she gets a spell to erase all memory of him. But spells come at a cost, and this one sets off a chain of events that reveal the hidden—and sometimes dangerous—connections between Ari, her friends, and the boyfriend she can no longer remember.
Told from four different points of view, this original and affecting novel weaves past and present in a suspenseful narrative that unveils the truth behind a terrible tragedy.
(REVIEW)--Why I DNF'd.
For those of you that have been visiting my blog for a while now, know how hard it is for me NOT to finish a book--no matter how torturous I might find it to be.
BUT NO LONGER! (Tika, I did it)
Guys, I'm throwing in the towel. I'm giving up on this book. I just cannot get into this novel, and I tried. I really did. But, I can't continue. Not with that looming stack of review books giving me the stare down.
Okay, the infamous We Were Liars comparison, should've stopped me. I, am one of the very few people, who didn't get caught up in the wanderlust that is We Were Liars. BUT, in my defense I thought it was a decent book, just not all of what it was made out to be.
Anywho, when I seen that whole, "What would you pay to cure your heartbreak...transform your looks..." I was immediately intrigued. Spells? A spell to erase bad memories, hidden and dangerous connections? I was completely sold. I mean I think at some point in this book there will be hidden and dangerous secrets, but I'm giving in at 30%.
The characters, and there are quite a few of them. They are all so very lackluster. There's nothing outstanding about any of them. As the story alternated between characters, I found that I didn't care about any of them. I. JUST. DID. NOT. CARE.
My biggest character issue was, Markos. The way he chose to deal with his grief by taking advantage of one of his friends, gave me bad feelings--and that was the last straw for me.
I couldn't make myself care about these characters or their stories, whatever they may be. There's just far too much grief, and what feels like is gonna be too many unanswered, or should I say unfulfilling answers to the questions the book is posing.
The writing is fine, it's just the story. I am struggling like a fish out of water, and I quite frankly don't feel like, if I decided to finish this book--I would walk away from it satisfied. So I'm giving it up. Maybe I'll revisit it sometime when I'm feeling like--well like I usually do, masochistic, and determined to finish a novel, no matter the cost.
But today, is not that day. So, I bid thee farewell, The Cost of All Things, you haven't been good to me. It's not me, it's you, and all that. Just go away.