What NOT to Read
Author: Ruthie Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available on: Amazon
“When he asked me to forgive him for everything I thought I could. I said yes and I meant it. But I didn’t realise that night, everything was what he’d take away.” When Billie May Worthington falls for Evan Skylark she believes she’d do anything, be anything and give everything for him. But can she forgive him when he asks for her world? Everything twenty one year old Billie knows about life, love, beauty and art are challenged after graduation when she meets Evan, an enigmatic Irish artist with a dark side. Suddenly immersed in Evan’s intense world of artistic brilliance, flying sculptures and sexual obsession, Billie’s carefully planned future is quickly unrecognisable. Spanning London, Paris, Scotland and finally St. Cloud, the South Pacific island they make their home, the young couple chase Evans dreams and run from their past. But what happens to young obsessive love when unplanned pregnancy reshapes the future? As Billie struggles to cope with the demands of motherhood Evan is forced to deal with the repercussions of a previous mistake that rock their world altering the future forever. Emotionally gripping and darkly humorous Skylark is an unconventional love story. A novel about what we do for love, of beauty in imperfection, betrayal and the weight of obsession.
Note: This copy of the work was provided by one of the authors in exchange for an honest review.
Rhetorical Question: Have you ever picked up a book which you initially had high hopes for due to the blurb and previous reviews, only to dive into it and be severely let down?
On the surface, anyone judging this book by its cover, blurb and past reviews would be led to believe that it’s a book worth investing your money and time in reading.
Unfortunately, sometimes, the surface can be very misleading. However, once again I might be getting ahead of myself. I will take a moment to talk about the premise then dive into my overall thoughts.
Billie May and Evan Skylark have a love that can weather the strongest of storms. Battling against life, addiction, travesties and unexpected life changes, they stick by each others’ side through thick and thin. But, everything might not be what it seems.
From the gate, Billie May is portrayed to be a woman with a plan. She has everything she wants to do in life all planned out and is ready to pursue that, when Evan happens into her life.
Instantly Evan is stricken by her and falls in love immediately. However, Evan has a dark side, one which Billie May will come to discover in time.
The main focus of this story is “How strong is love?”
While this story does have SOME potentially good qualities, only the bad ones stick out in my mind. I really hate when that happens. It bothers me when a book’s bad qualities outweigh the good ones. Following I will list my thoughts in no particular order.
- The first thing to bother me about this story was the poor punctuation. The grammar was not bad, but the punctuation was all over the place. The author also seemed to have an affinity for semicolons. I honestly could not get past a single page without seeing one (… or two … or three … or ten). No seriously though, they got overwhelming. If you add the misuse of commas and the affinity of ellipses, it makes for a very difficult book to get through.
- As far as the prose, sometimes I found the similes and descriptive scenes to be a bit odd. Sort of strange, I don’t know. *shrugging*
- I honestly felt like more than 50% of the book could easily have been cut off due to tangents of setting. When I say “tangents of setting” I mean that there was so much time invested in creating a setting that it eventually took away from the main focus of the story. Many times I found myself thinking “What is all of this doing to push the story along?” The obvious conclusion was, nothing. Nothing at all.
- I was not a fan of Billie May. I found her ignorant and annoying. Was this on purpose or by mistake, I cannot say for sure.
- The nature of Evan’s addictions perplexed me. I felt like he went on downward spirals at very “obvious” intervals. For example: He would binge drink whenever something unpleasant happened. A person with a true addiction drinks all day, every day, for no particular reason.
- A sour taste formed in my mouth whenever I saw that Evan would get aroused at the most ridiculous times. Billie could be furious with him, and he’d get aroused. I mean, just anything really. It was so off-putting.
- Supporting characters all seemed to have been thrown in just to give a shallow story some sort of substance, yet they did little to nothing to assist in that realm.
I honestly don’t know. “Skylark” did nothing for me. I battled to get through it. Every time I opened it to read, I would eventually fall asleep due to the immense boredom. Also, this book is advertised as a different kind of love story, but the only thing “different” about it was the vast amount of apathy I felt for the overall story/plot.
With that being said, I give this book, “Skylark” 2 Stars.