Monday, 13 October 2014
Blog Tour: Eren by Simon P. Clark Review
Eren by Simon P. Clark
Published September 18th 2014 by Corsair
People are keeping secrets from Oli - about where his father is, and why he hasn't come to join them at his uncle's house in the country.
But Oli has secrets too.
He knows what lives in the attic. Eren - part monster, part dream, part myth. Eren who always seems so interested, who always wants to hear more about Oli's life. Eren, who needs to hear stories to live, and will take them from Oli, no matter the cost.
First of all, I’d like to thank the publisher for asking me to be a part of this blog tour, I've really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts and have found some new blogs to follow along the way!
When I first heard about Eren I knew I had to read this book; it had a promising synopsis with a unique twist that had me curious. So you can imagine my excitement upon receiving a copy in the post (I was ecstatic). The book itself is beautifully finished with some wonderful illustrations/paintings that fit perfectly with the style of the book. Unfortunately, this is where the review takes a 180 and not with a bang, but with a fizzle.
I wanted so much to love this book but I found that I couldn't bring myself to finish it. It’s not that it’s a bad book because, believe me, it’s not. It just wasn't for me. Although I was excited to read this I did have my doubts as it’s Middle Grade—which is something I’m not used to reading—but I went in with an open mind and pushed myself to at least try it. Eren started out really strong, I was enthralled in the story and couldn't wait to see how it all panned out. However the further I got into the book the less I found myself enjoying it and then out of nowhere, I hit a wall. I’m disappointed with myself for not finishing it but I didn't want to force myself to read a book that wasn't grabbing my attention.
What kept me from carrying on might you ask? Well, for me personally there wasn't enough going on. A lot of the time we saw the main character, Ollie, either running around the town with his friends or in the attic with Eren. I found this to be fairly boring and uneventful. Ollie also knows that there is something going on with his family but what is it? We do not know. This frustrated me greatly as I didn't have a clue as to what could be going on and I felt that it was being dragged out for too long. I’d just like to know the big secret as I’m sure he would too.
Although I am reluctant to finish this book, I believe that it is a solid, unique story that will capture the hearts of many readers. The writing style is beautifully descriptive, carefully crafted and I found that the author often goes into great detail when setting a scene or talking about certain characters. It’s the perfect book for a parent to read with their child—I think you could do some great voices for the characters—or for someone that’s looking for a dark and somewhat suspenseful read. I hope that I will be able to finish this in the future, but for now, it just not my cup of tea.