By: Melanie | June 30, 2014 | (27) Comments

DNF Review: Unwept by Tracy Hickman and Laura HickmanUnwept by Laura Hickman, Tracy Hickman
Series: The Nightbirds, #1
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 272
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.

Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who purport to be her friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, that her memories may return in time, but refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. For her own sake, so they say.

Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who among them can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?

Only her lost past hold the answers she seeks—if she can uncover its secrets before she fall prey to an unearthly killer.

Unfortunately, another beautiful cover gone to waste. Be prepared for the over-usage of the word ‘boring’, because that’s the only word that I can use to describe everything.

Ellis, the main character, was boring. I definitely had an incentive to like this Ellis, to prove Ellis @ The Random Transliterator that her other life was so much better. Alas, I can come up with nothing to prove that her other life was better no matter how hard I try to whip up something. Why? Because for most of this book, Unwept Ellis doesn’t have any emotions. Sure, it’s mentioned that she’s flustered or confused but I never really felt those emotions dig into my skin. I honestly could not care less about Ellis because of this lack of connection between us, and same goes for all the other characters. Not one character, could catch my interest.

He whispered her name simply and yet there was a rushing wind in his breath that spoke of green summer, bitter winter, resigned autumn and a thousand glorious springs.

The writing, was beautiful, but boring. I mentioned the same problem in an earlier review this month–that while the writing was highly exceptional, but it dragged slowly and made me unquestionably bored. The long sentences and overly long descriptions just did not work.

The plot and pace was slowly developed, and eventually, boring. The idea of a girl waking up to discover that all she could remember was her name was certainly haunting and mysterious, but that’s the intrigue ended. Ellis, I feel, doesn’t even act like a girl whose memories have been lost. She just didn’t feel all that shocked, in my opinion. I expected Ellis to be so much more confused and withdrawn in general. Going on, the pace didn’t work at all. I DNFed this book at 50% and at around 40%, nothing in regards to the plot moved. It was only around after this point, when Ellis began having eerie and strange dreams (and where the plot actually starts to pick up.) If you cannot deal with boring and slow writing for a good 50%, then I wouldn’t be recommending this. While it is only a 272 paged book, it reads to feel so much longer.

This book was boring, if you haven’t gotten the message yet. If you want a good mystery with intrigue, this would not suffice. While these authors have great potential, the pace and slow writing and characters let this down.

~Thank you Tor Books for sending me this copy!~

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27 Responses to DNF Review: Unwept by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman

  1. Eh, this definitely sounds boring. I don’t like “beautiful writing” that much…I mean, I appreciate it! But I just don’t really like it. I’d rather have brisk writing that digs into my skin. ALL THE FEELS. I want to feel ’em.
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  2. Rashika says:

    Eeek. This does not sound like my kind of book. I ‘like’ beautiful writing but at the same time, I’d rather read books that aren’t all flowery. I like things that are straight forward (except in mysteries) and I want my mind to be able to create images instead of getting all twisted up because of the weird words. This book also sounds painfully boring. It’s a pretty short book so one would expect that things ‘happen’ faster. *sigh*

    I am sorry you didn’t enjoy this more, Mel 🙁
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  3. Siiri says:

    🙁 so sorry this fell so flat in your eyes, Mel! I can totally understand why you didn’t really enjoy this one since you didn’t connect with Ellis the way you expected to. Uh, yeah. The writing aspect I understand as well. That’s why I was never hooked while reading Since You’ve Been Gone and had to put it on hold for now. So sorry this wasn’t for you, hon 🙁
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  4. It’s always the worst when a book is boring! There’s nothing more terrible than that. This never really caught my eye, but after reading your review, I don’t think I want to read it either, Mel. Although the writing sounds like it’s beautiful, I don’t this will appeal to me in any way.
    I’m sorry this was such a disappointment to you, Mel. 🙁
    Great review though! 🙂
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  5. Kelly says:

    I think that’s the problem with really poetically beautiful writing, it tends to be really boring after a while. It’s probably hard to describe a scene where someone is stabbing someone else in cold blood in that type of flowery text, so they tend to leave it out all together. There’s probably very few books it works well in really. Great review Mel, another awesome cover bites the dust 🙁
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  6. Awww sorry you didn’t enjoy this one, Mel. I can definitely see where you’re coming from. That cover is so great, too! Sorry this one just didn’t work for you. 🙁
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  7. Ahh sorry that this one didn’t grab it. I have it for review. I don’t mind slow world building and I adore gorgeous writing, so this might work better for me. I am patient, I have my fingers crossed. Thanks for your review.
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  8. Tanja says:

    I’m now happy that I got rejected for this one due to territory rights. Who knew that that would save me from this emotionless character. They are my least favorite kind I shall add. Simply when I cannot feel the character I cannot feel the book either. So I totally understand. Sorry it was a disappointment. Great review, Mel 🙂
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  9. Aww, the synopsis sounded so promising! 🙁 But this does sound boring. >_<

    Hope your next read is better, Melanie! 🙂
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  10. I skimmed since I have this for review. Boring makes me nervous.
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  11. Sorry this didn’t work for you. Boring is never fun.
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  12. Oh, that’s such a shame. It sounds like it has all the makings of an amazing novel but really just falls flat. I doubt this one’s for me. Thanks for the honest review.

  13. I totally agree with you, I wasn’t enjoying this beautiful book either. I loved the cover but that was pretty much it. :/
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  14. Alexandra says:

    Too bad and i had great expectations about this… But there also poor covers which hide greatstories under! 🙂
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  15. Gabbie Pintac says:

    It’s too bad the book didn’t turn out as good as I hoped it will be. The synopsis definitely had me intrigued, not to mention the beautiful cover. Thanks for the helpful review though!

  16. Dang, and this was on my July wishlist! “Beautiful” writing almost never works out for me. ;( I’m totally weird like that. Anyway, this one sounds pretty bland. I still want to check this out, but I’ve lowered my expectations a lot. Awesome review, Mel!
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  17. I can see what you mean about beautiful writing – most of the time it works, but there also needs to be some decent plot development too in order to make it worthwhile. The cover looks pretty cool, but the story doesn’t really sound like it’s to my taste anyway.
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  18. Hah hah, the word “boring” did come up an awful lot…so I think I’ll pass. What a shame to waste that cover, though. Bleh.
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  19. Boring writing is the pits! 🙁 All it does is make you feel like you’re wasting your life when you could be doing something else TOTALLY AWESOME.

    Sorry this din’t work out for you, Mel!
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  20. Jaime Lynn says:

    You know, I had a hard time trying to understand how you really felt about this book, but the only appropriate word that I could come up with was…. BORING! Does that sum it up about right? 🙂 I am so disappointed that you didn’t like this book. I have been excited about it, and crazy about the cover, so when I saw it on order at the library, I about broke the button on my computer hitting enter. Now, I feel like I may need to temper my feelings a bit, or I am going to be seriously disappointed. Sigh!
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  21. bn100 says:

    Too bad everything was slow and boring

  22. Rosario says:

    I wanted to read this book sooo much, but I don’t know now…I have a big problem with long and boring (as you have put it) sentences, and let’s not start with the fact that the character wasn’t interesting! I think I’ll skip this one, or if I have enough time, I’ll give it a try! 🙂
    Btw, nice structured review 😉

  23. Zoe N. says:

    🙁 Aww…so sorry to hear this fell so flat for you Mel! 🙁 This sounds pretty “meh” in all aspects – from the boring characterization and plotting to the snooze-worthy writing – so I think I’ll pass on it. Thanks for sharing though, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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  24. Hippie says:

    Profligate Prcousoumis Strumpet, what an awesome name! Welcome to the News with Nipples.I don’t know her personally, so I can’t say whether or not she actually believes it. But my feeling is that she (wrongly) thinks feminism has ruined femininity, and so therefore Feminism Is Evil. It’s not a very well thought out idea.

  25. That’s more than sensible! That’s a great post!

  26. This resonates with me, Barbara. I need to do much more to provide the visceral feel of setting or situation and the innumerable character ‘tells’ that are available like your high heel with the cover torn off. They can give away characters better than paragraphs of description or history. Good subject well presented.alex wilson´s last blog post ..Like? 0

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