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Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke 
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Release Date: March 22nd, 2016
Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Digital/Print/Audio (256 pages, DIAL BOOKS)
Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Author Site: website

The author's style and voice did not work for me. (2 stars)

I must confess that it was the cover that truly lured me into this read. The blurb sounded potentially enjoyable with hints at secrets and lies. Unfortunately, it fell extremely short of being enjoyable.

What struck me first is that in spite of other readers mentioning this being an "unreliable narrator" book I found it so pretentious and predictable that I could see through each voice adding to the story. Worse, it was almost like reading the same character in all three. They all had this really, really, really annoying habit of repeating the same word in their narration over and over. And over, over, over. At first it was annoying but by the last hundred pages I wanted to toss, toss, toss, the book in the fireplace just to make it stop, stop, stop. I'm not a fan of ripping apart an author's writing style or voice if it doesn't work for me so I'll just say that the only reason I forced myself to finish this painful read was because I kept waiting for the twist. A twist which never came.

The one thing I really did like and find enjoyable was something I didn't put my finger on until I finished. Unlike many seemingly contemporary YA novels, there was a timeless quality to this. It could pretty well have been set any time in the last 50 years and worked.

While I wound up not enjoying this book thanks to it's pretentiousness, the feeling that it was just trying way too hard to be edgy and cool, and the plodding pace, chances are if you're a millenial you'll find it more to your taste. It somewhat reminded me of Heather Brewer's The Cemetery Boys, which I also did not particularly love so if you enjoyed that you should give this a try.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

:( :( Sometimes that happens. I do believe not everyone's writing style will work for every one. I remember disliking a book everybody else loved and decided it was just the "type" of writing.


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