Monday, November 28, 2011

Book Rant

Okay, you are used to me doing book reviews here on the blog and this is not one of those!

I have a Nook and I pretty much love it. If I have a really great book I like to have the book in real life (not digital life) dog-ear the pages and underline and stuff, loan it out to friends, so it's okay for some books, but not all. I love the fact that I can occasionally get free books on my Nook. I chose the Nook because the Kindle doesn't allow you the mp3 downloads (audio or digital) from libraries or other sites. My dad chose the Kindle on the other hand because there are more free books to access off the Amazon site AND the Kindle has the feature of turning almost any book into an audiobook. What am I talking about features anyway? There are so many upgrades and new versions out just in the 6 months I've had mine I probably don't know what I am talking about anymore.

Anyway, I love my Nook. Barnes and Noble has this thing called Free Friday were you can get occasionally pretty good books for Free. I have cautiously downloaded a couple, and avoided or deleted many of the more questionable ones. A couple of times the free book has claimed to be Christian. Such was the case with For Time and Eternity by Allison Pittman. I was wary because it seemed to be about Mormanism and I didn't want to read a book that would be attempting to convert me or something. BUT this was a great book! Just a quick overview; girl from a harsh Christian home falls in love with a Morman boy and is sucked into his beliefs. Later she realizes the truth of the Bible and sees that she can not accept his beliefs. I LOVED the way the author revealed the truth of the Morman faith in light of the Bible. LOVED a lot of things. I have tried to read non-fiction about the Morman faith and it was mind-numbing - confusing. This book made it very clear. So, for that reason I would highly recommend it to someone trying to understand the Morman faith. But...

Sorry, Allison Pittman, but no self respecting author would leave a book so unresolved. There's a major part of the plot called the resolution, the conclusion and you left off that part. I understand a cliffhanger ending, but you didn't even reach the cliff yet.

I have experienced this about 3 times with these "free" books offered on the e-readers. The author writes a 1/2 finished book and you have to buy the sequel for $9.99 to get the rest of the story. I understand sequels. I get that. But a sequel is supposed to continue the main character's story not finish it. Is this a new trend in book writing? If so, I think I'll go back to the classics.

I did buy the sequel for $9.99 by the way, I had to, I hate an unfinished story! But it made me mad. It was good. She's a good writer, but I think it's trickery just to make a buck. I think I'll avoid free Fridays.


Quiltingranny said...

Amen! I have wanted a Nook for a long time but that will be later. However, I have heard a lot of people stating those exact ideas, that getting 'condensed,' books make you need to purchase a book and they feel they are being misled. That you for sharing about the Nook and Kindle I was leaning towards the Nook and will probably stick with it!

Christie said...

I read this book and loved it. My mom read it too, she loved it and bought book 2. I can't wait to read that one!