September 16, 2018

#BookReview: Uncharted by Erin Cashman

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Page Street Publishing 
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Mystery (Paranormal)
About the Book:

Seventeen-year-old Annabeth prefers the fantasy of her books and paintings to reality—because in reality, her mom is dead, and it was all her fault. When she accompanies her father to the funeral of some family friends who drowned, she’s surprised to find her grief reflected in the face of Griffin Bradford, the son of the couple who died. Griffin is nothing like the carefree boy she once knew. Now he’s irritable, removed, and he’s under police investigation for his parents’ deaths.

One night following the memorial service, Annabeth’s dad goes missing in the woods, and she suspects Griffin knows more about the disappearance than he’s letting on. He refuses to answer her questions, particularly those related to the mysterious “expedition” his parents took to Ireland, where they went missing for seven months.

Annabeth fears her father isn’t lost, but rather a victim of something sinister. She launches her own investigation, tracing clues that whisper of myth and legend and death, until she stumbles upon a secret. One that some would die to protect, others would kill to expose—and which twists Annabeth’s fantasy and reality together in deadly new ways.

About the Author: 
Erin Cashman is a Young Adult author living in Massachusetts. Her debut YA fantasy, The Exceptionals (Holiday House) was named a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of 2013. She is also the workshop coordinator and a mentor at the 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop through the blog Adventures in YA Publishing.


Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: The writing on this one was really irritating. 

Do I Recommend this book? I would recommend trying this one from the library. 

Notes and Opinions: I really want to love this one but the writing style in it just made the book really choppy.  I had a hard time keeping myself in the story and had to take frequent breaks to get this one done. I can really say that I almost DNFed it but I stuck it out and found a pretty good book with a few issues.  The plot was just crazy at times and the mystery was ok. 

So the other issue I had was the pacing. This book was kind of all over the place, one minute it would be slow then it would speed up all of a sudden. If it was action parts that sped up that would have made sense but it just wasn't it just sped up for no reason. It was like things that were important for us to know would speed by and things that didn't really matter at all would be molasses slow.  So that along with the writing really made this one a hard read for me. 

The characters were pretty good but not as good as they could have been. The romance was pretty much the same way.  I really wished this one would have been shorter and a little more formed than it was. 

In closing, this one really didn't work all that well for me. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Slow, Crazy Plot, Weird Writing Style

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