Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Accident Season

I won an advanced reader copy from Goodreads of The Accident Season so things might be tweaked a bit in the finished copy. One of my least favorite things to do is write a negative review especially for a book I wanted to enjoy. The Accident Season just did not suit my taste the farther into the story I got.

Cara is a lot like a typical teenager, she smokes, drinks, and parties openly with her mother's approval except when it is the accident season then her mother wants Cara and her siblings kept as safe as possible. Through out the story the accident season is mentioned in passing a lot but not really explained until the end and even then it is not overly explained nor is ever clear if the accident season will stop plaguing the family.

Since things were told from Cara's point of view for the whole story it was hard to get into the mind of Cara's siblings Alice and her stepbrother Sam. Alice just came off as a spoiled brat in most of her early dialogue and Sam a bit of a misfit. Bea, Cara's best friend, was strange and despite Bea being around constantly I do not feel like I got to know her at all. I am not sure if this was the intention of the author or just how it worked out.

The writing was weak in spots, lovely in other spots, and just plain confusing in the rest. Towards the end I had no clue what was going on half the time and I am still not sure if Cara is insane and hallucinating things that happened to her or I missed something in the writing that explained everything. The grammar got worse the farther into the story I got but that could be due to the advanced reader copy, at least I hope so. The story itself bothered me in several spots, things were left without explanation, weak character development, and forced love. The last part bothered me the most and I was just annoyed some love twists were added for no apparent reason. I did not care enough for the writing or the story to want to read any more work by the author. 

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