Tuesday, May 9, 2017

10% Reading Test: Storm by Ednah Walters

I try to avoid reading or finishing books which don't interest me. In all this world there's so many books published and soon to be published that reading something that just causes my eye to twitch seems like a loss opportunity. So I implemented the 10% reading test on all new to me authors/books.

Its as simple as it sounds - if after 10% I'm still not feeling it I stop reading, it gets DNF'ed, and I move on. If the book is 500 pages, I give it until the 50th page (or end of the nearest chapter to the 50th page) to grab me.

Goodreads Link // Author Link
Pirates no longer roam the seas.
Phantom Islands don’t exist

Nanny to a wealthy family, eighteen-year old Alexandria “Lexi” Greendale sends most of what she earns home to support her disabled brother. She is determined to help him get the surgery he needs to walk again. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt when she rescues a man from drowning.

How does he repay her? Captain Storm Orath abducts her, claims her as his chosen mate, and takes her to a magical island that is centuries behind times with barbaric customs.
For Lexi to make it home to her family, she must fight the lure of the man and the island he controls, and escape, or stay trapped forever.

This is Part I of a 3-Part New Adult UF Serial about a woman and her journey of discovery, adventure, and unforgettable love.
Original Interest: Well, her nickname is Lexi. I have a long history of wanting to read books that involve either my nickname or my full name. Call it ego. Also I like pirates and folk seem to enjoy Walters "Runes" series so I figured why? Isn't the cover very pretty as well?

Where it started to fail for me: Her best friend, in the beginning grated on my nerves almost from the second Lexi picked up her phone call. Their entire conversation consisted of the friend complaining because Lexi can't pick up her phone during work (which is reasonable), egging Lexi on to hook up with either her boss or her charges' bodyguard, complaining that she was tired of being a virgin, her plans to lose that viriginity as quickly as possible so she can "par-tay" during college properly and then complaining that Lexi can't have her boss fly her out on his private jet. I wanted to slap her so hard. I moved past it though because I wanted to see where this was going.

Why I stopped: Lexi was just unbelievable to me. Maybe because I have experience as a nanny for wealthy families, her life seemed...unrealistic. I couldn't get past the fact that she was twelve when she began nannying (though it was really more like paid companion/helper to the mother for a while), that for all the fact the family was willing to house/feed/accommodate her schooling needs they didn't once question how terrible her home life was, the utter repulsiveness of her stepmother and the niggling sensation that something wasn't right with her half-brother's condition.

Eventually I grew too annoyed. So to the DNF pile this went.

Did you have a different experience? Let me know!