“After years of being a helpless witness to his alcoholic father’s abuse towards his family, seventeen-year-old Miles Boswell has just about reached his breaking point. He dreams of the day where he can leave everything behind and begin a new life on his own — that is, until he discovers that he has the ability to control people’s minds. Suddenly, the odds are overwhelmingly in his favor.
But what begins as the answer to all of his problems soon causes him to question his every thought when he captures the attention of August Sylvan, who seems to be the girl of his dreams. As someone who has limited experience with girls, Miles can’t help but wonder — where do his powers end, and where does reality begin?
At the same time, he finds himself at constant odds with his morals and his potentially warped sense of justice…and soon discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems.”
*Star hex has a malfunction, but star rating for Enthrall is .5 Stars.*
Read my review, and read why authors shouldn’t send childish messages to reviewers.Here was my GR update:
“DNF at 12%
. Absolutely disgraceful. I dropped out of the tour. Usually if I don’t like a tour book I swap for a promo post.
I’m definitely going to post about this after the tour is over.
It will include cursing and ridiculously inappropriate content quoted from the book. You’ve been warned.
The next morning, I received the following message from the author:
“Hey. So is the author whose book you hated, Enthrall. You can write a bad review for it; I honestly don’t care J This book tour was honestly a last-ditch effort to get it some attention before I just moved on to other things. To be honest, writing is my hobby, and I know I’m not as bad as you seem to think I am, so I don’t take it that personally. And I think you’re entirely missing the satirical quality of the book — yes, August is fake. Yes, Miles is a pretentious asshole. I think as readers, we often take what the MCs say at face value, and never think to question their motives, or what they say. And if you don’t get it and you take it too seriously, then of course you’re not going to like it. And one more thing…you mentioned on your website that you have suffered from mental illness. I’m sorry that that’s a reality for you, and I’m glad that you’ve worked to overcome it. But please keep this in mind: I don’t know if you’ve ever written a book, but it’s an intensely personal experience. You really pour your whole being into it. To then go and publish it and release it to the world can be one of the most terrifying things you can ever do. And yes, you expect that people will criticize you. But for you to tear people apart in the way that I presume you intend to do with my book — what do you hope to achieve with that? Will it make you feel better about yourself? Will it make up for the time that you wasted reading my nonsense? Good. But try thinking about how it affects others as well. I’m a big girl. I love myself. But not everybody is in the same stable emotional state that I am, and not everybody will take it as well.”
‘To be honest, writing is my hobby, and I know I’m not as bad as you seem to think I am, so I don’t take it that personally.”
Oh really? I think you’re pretty darn offended to seek me out and write a dissertation like this. Second, your writing isn’t bad. In fact, the quality of writing is great. You shouldn’t jump to conclusions.
This is about the content, not the quality.
“And, I think you’re entirely missing the satirical quality of the book — yes, August is fake. Yes, Miles is a pretentious asshole. I think as readers, we often take what the MC’s say at face value, and never think to question their motives, or what they say. And if you don’t get it and you take it too seriously, then of course you’re not going to like it.”
Dude. I’m a master of reading between the lines. I knew that these characters were pretentious and fake. I got it. You seriously don’t need to underline it. It’s painfully obvious. But I found them to be beyond pretentious. I found parts disturbing. So I STOPPED READING!! Would you prefer I read the whole thing and had more to comment about? I wasn’t going to waste my time reading about characters I don’t care about. Seriously.
“And one more thing..you mentioned on your website that you have suffered from mental illness. I’m sorry that that’s a reality for you. and I ‘m glad you’ve worked to overcome it. But please keep this in mind: I don’t know if you’ve ever written a book. But it’s an intensely personal experience. You really our your whole being into it. to then go and publish it and release it to the world can be one of the most terrifying things you can ever do. And yes, you expect that people will criticize you. But for you to tear people apart in the way that I presume you intend to do with my book — what do you hope to achieve with that?”
I actually have written a book. It is intensely personal, and I have poured my whole being into it. I think you’re assuming things about me without really knowing me.
Yes, I expect people to love it, like it and hate it, loathe it too. But I know from experience that if I look and respond to those things, no good will come of it. I listen to the feedback I ask for (from my beta-readers and whatnot) and ignore the rest.
I never mentioned that I was going to ‘tear apart’ your book. I said It would include gifs and cursing and quotes from the book. I don’t know what’s so terrible about legally quoting your own book…
As far as what I hope to achieve? Nothing much. I’m a reviewer. I read it, I review it, I share it. It’s a great outlet, and a great thing to build dialogue with others.
“Will it make you feel better about yourself?”
um…Well, I don’t know, your book didn’t make me ‘feel bad about myself’ so I’m not sure why talking about it would ‘make me feel better’ about myself.
“Will it make up for the time that you wasted reading my nonsense?”
I don’t consider any book I read to be a waste of time. If I can R&R, then mission accomplished. It’s what I love doing. I don’t think your book was nonsense. I just didn’t like it.
“Good. But try thinking about how it affects others as well. I’m a big girl. I love myself. But not everybody is in the same stable emotional state that I am, and not everybody will take it as well.”
Woah. Hold your horses. Emotional state? What does reading and not liking a book have to do with emotional states? Well, everyone is an emotional state…an emotional state can be good or bad, I think.
As far as being stable… Yeah, sometimes I’m not stable. But I’m never unstable when I R&R. When I’m a wreck, I don’t feel like reading or reviewing anything. I usually lay down on the couch and read fanfiction…Pet my kitty and snuggle my head into him as he purrs. or go to Subway and get tea. Sometimes I color! Sometimes I cry. I don’t think clear enough when i’m depressed to read in an understanding manner or write in an understanding manner. It’s a foggy and disconnected state. So I don’t to it. I can’t do it.
So, is this supposed to be a warning of some sort? Good thing I never advertise where I live. I’m fine with messages from authors. If it’s not a warning, then I guess it’s supposed to be advice?
As long as we are giving each other advise, I have something to say to you:
Some bloggers, really don’t take kindly to being contacted for an honest review they write. Some really don’t like it when they are contacted for a review they haven’t even written yet.
I’m a big girl. I love myself. But not everybody is in the same stable emotional state that I am….Not everybody will take it as well.
Have a nice week.
Rachel’s Book Reviews
On to the book review!
I actually liked Milo. I felt like he might have an interesting backstory. The writing style was pretty solid, but then it introduced August and I really wasn’t sure what was going on.
Then it went into telling an extensive backstory, which bored me. Lots of telling, not a lot of showing. Then she starting talking about how fake everyone else was….
And that kind of irritated me. But I kept reading.
Then it went on about how her dad was gay, and she didn’t know where that left her.
Then she went on about how she hated her mom…
Ok. So she doesn’t like anybody I get that….
THEN. She started getting creeped out by this popular boy in school. I get that, some popular boys are creepy.
Then she had this kind of….instant infatuation with Milo. Which was weird, because she just started talking about how she hated girls who clung to a guy for no reason except for his looks.
Then she started thinking about how a boy like Milo would never date/like her. And that there was a rumor that he only dated college girls. And I was like…I don’t know a college girl alive that would ‘put out’ for a HS boy. So that kind of confused me. Also, unless some serious age differences were going on….being a college kid in a physical relationship with a HS kid is ACTUALLY ILLEGAL. So..yeah.
She pretty much assumed that every girl around her was a slut/whore.
Milo assumed a lot of others were posers/sluts too.
It was generally annoying. And boring. It was just going over the same thing over and over again. I started skimming.
Then I got to this:
(on the topic of not getting along with her mom)
“I think the worst time was when the preacher was giving a sermon about not giving in to our deviant desires or something like that. So just to illustrate his point I closed my eyes and started rubbing myself all over and added in some moaning noises for dramatic effect. I thought it was rpetty funny when I did it, but my mom got really pissed. Like, way more pissed than when she found out….”
Pretending to masturbate in church service isn’t funny. It isn’t brave or bold, or rebellious. ITS ILLEGAL. I don’t care if you’re an atheist, an agnostic, or belong to the official Church of Jedi. Anything like that.
This isn’t about religion. It’s about respect. Children go to church with their parents. (also other teens, adults and seniors, but whatevs.) Pretending to masturbate in church has nothing to do with pretending.
She could have and should have been arrested right there for lewd acts in public.
If I was her mother, I would have called the damn cops myself. AFTER I hauled her outside and spanked the living daylights our of her. Forget that, I would have gone SuperSaiyan on her ass. If she were my daughter, she would regret the day she was born.
I grew up with strict parents. I get that. I get frustration and rebellion. I get that teens diverge from the religions they grew up in. I understand that teens end up hating religion and sometimes never go to church again. I would even get that if my own kid started pulling away. Your kid is going to start making their own decisions eventually. You can’t force them to believe. I get it. But seriously guys? There’s a line.
I read the book for a few more pages and then I was just done. You can have an unlikeable MC. I’ve read books where it’s been done.
But masturbating in public for shits and giggles is where I drew the line. Boom. Done. It’s disgusting and disgraceful.
She could have done a number of other things to piss off her mother at church or in public. She could have jumped out of the car, or left the room. She could have escaped out her bedroom window and only walk back after church was over. There were five thousand things she could have done to rebel against church attendance.
But that was absolutely inappropriate.
No excuses. Skip it.
How about you guys? Have you read any books where you felt the main character committed an unforgiveable crime? Or have you read any fantastic books with unlikeable MC’s? One recent one comes to mind: The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Seriously comment if you have one to chat about or recommend!