10 October 2011

Wee-view: When Autumn Leaves

2¢ Worth: When Autumn Leaves wasn't the autumnal jewel I was hoping for. Apart from the gorgeous yet misleading cover (it changes seasons and spends very little time on fall) the structure of the story was really frustrating. Autumn (the town witch and enchantment guru) is looking for a successor and each chapter is a tiny window into one of those candidates. So what made it frustrating? Just when you start rooting for someone, you are introduced to someone else. Just when you think you're starting to understand the magic that chapter is alluding to, the story changes gears. None of the characters get any closure and ultimately the story lacked glue. It was if each chapter was piece of a pie that never really came together as a whole.

Whippersnappers: Infidelity and some profanity.

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34 comments :

  1. Awww that's too bad. It did look and sound like it was going to be a cute book.

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  2. Those pies look so yummy. :)

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  3. Considering I'm a "whole pie" sort of reader, too, I think I would share your frustration!

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  4. Hmmm it does sound a bit like it lacked overall focus. Such a shame! Great review, Juju :)

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  5. Nina: They do don't they? ;)

    Melissa: Yes exactly :)

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  6. Eke. As if the misleading cover wasn't enough, the plethora of characters just seems like too much.

    Still, looks like a pretty book to have on your shelves. :)

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  7. Thanks for the review. It's very helpful.
    However, the picture of the pie wasn't - now, I'm hungry!

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  8. This one looked really interesting, so I was looking forward to your thoughts on it. I think I'll pass on it, though!

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  9. Dang! That's no good! Sorry that this one was a disappointment chick!! :(

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  10. I'm sorry you were disappointed. I hate when books do that--switch gears before you are 100% invested in the plot and characters. Thanks for the honest review!

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  11. What a shame-- especially with such a fun title. Sounds like it was a bunch of connected short stories.

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  12. Aww that bites. I hate when there is no closure. Doesn't have to be a tied up in a bow ending...but an ending is expected nevertheless. Sorry this disappointed you.

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  13. I love that cover! It's too bad the book didn't deliver. Hopefully your next read is more autumnal and less frustrating. :)

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  14. This one is just getting a meh out of me, I would not like the style, at least >I think so

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  15. Hmm, well that sounds mega frustrating.

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  16. that's too bad!! i'm so in the mood for some fall books right now!

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  17. That is annoying. I dont enjoy books that dont have a defined closure.

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  18. What a bummer. I've had this on my shelf for ages...think it may stay there even longer now!

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  19. Ahh... how disappointing. I would eat that pie though... every slice. I love how easily and simply you described the problem.

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  20. Love your analogy. I hate it when my peach pie gets mixed up in my apple pie, too. ;)

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  21. Oh dear....another blogging friend and another bookish disappointment. Tisk tisk. Oh well, better luck next time! ^_^

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  22. How disappointing! Hopefully, you will find a better fall read :)

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  23. "It was if each chapter was piece of a pie that never really came together as a whole."

    Brilliant analogy Juju! I can definitely see how that would be a bit frustrating.

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  24. I like pie as much as anyone but just don't give me a story like a fractured pie.

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  25. All: Thanks gals for the support :)

    Missie: It is rather pretty :)

    Gina Hott: LOL ;) Sorry doll!

    Lesa: Kinda but not really. They didn't gel or wrap back :)

    JessicaBookLover & Midnight: Yes :) *fingers crossed* for that.

    LittleMiss: Ooo good luck with it. Maybe you'll like it more than I did :)

    Alexis & Jenny Snark: Why thank you :)

    Penelope: LOL :)

    GMR: Thanks sweetie.

    Jenny N: Amen! :)

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  26. This is kind of reminding me of a book I read last month - Yo, which has a similar structure. Each chapter is about a different character, and some didn't get much closure.

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  27. Bummer on this one! But the pie looks delish!

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  28. That would be frustrating and disappointing. But thanks for that picture. I now must go find some pie!

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  29. Bummer! The cover is just gorgeous!

    Also, now I want pie...

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  30. Hey, I like that metaphor... pieces of a pie that wasn't quite a whole :)

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  31. What an odd book. I definitely would have expected more Fall goodness with a title an cover like that. That's sad! You definitely explained it well though and I agree with Cherry...love the pie metaphor! Great review!

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  32. So sad that it was lacking in so many ways, it sounds like it could have been good if it had a bit more focus and was less broad. Great honest review, Juju! :)

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  33. Aths: Don't you hate that?

    Julie: Totally :)

    Alyssa: Yay! Glad to have inspired you ;)

    Lily: Right? :)

    Cherry & 1stdaughter: Thanks :)

    YA: Exactly :) Thank you!

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