Welcome to another book review! whoop, whoop! Today it is the turn of a strange little book, and a fairly recent release as well. and that book is The Price Guide To The Occult by Leslye Walton. So, without further ado, lets do this!
TRIGGER WARNING FOR THIS BOOK: Self Harm and Abuse (I don’t usually do this but thought that it was necessary for this book. there are some potentially very triggering elements in this book)
It is official, I don’t get Leslye Walton. I just don’t. I read The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender earlier this year and really struggled with it. But when I heard that she was finally releasing another book I thought that it was only fair that I gave it a go, gave it a chance, try and like it. but, oh my god, I think this one was actually worse than Ava Lavender!
At least with Ava the writing is incredibly poetic. It is beautiful. Despite any issues I had with the actual story, I couldn’t fault the writing. But I didn’t feel like the writing in Price Guide was anywhere near as good. It had lost its lyrical edge. I just didn’t feel like the same person had written both books. And it is a really shame because if Price Guide had had the same poetic quality to it that Ava Lavender does, I think that I would have really enjoyed this book!
I didn’t hate the storyline in this book. in fact, it was quiet intriguing at times and a lot faster paced then Ava Lavender. I was really intrigued by the witchcraft and the curses and all of that. But my main issue with this book is that it all felt a bit underdeveloped. There needed to be more of the book. so much went unexplained and/or was just brushed over. There are a lot of things that happened in this story that I am just completely confused by as they just weren’t explained. There was so much potential in this story but it felt rushed. And because Walton’s writing had lost what made it so beautiful in Ava Lavender, it felt stilted and flat. Which was such a shame.
I will admit that I feel literally nothing towards any of the characters in this book. like nothing at all. I just didn’t feel like we got to know them enough to truly connect with them. I was very disappointed by how little I felt towards them. I think some of my disconnection with the characters is that they just didn’t feel real and they were incredibly annoying. The amount of times I wanted to slap Nora was ridicules. I just found her to be so unbelievably irritating, and I’m not even sure what it is about her that causes it. she just really bugged me.
Overall, I just don’t think that I connect with Leslye Walton very well. if she releases another book, I don’t think I will bother reading it.
3 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read The Price Guide To The Occult? What did you think about it? do you like Walton’s writing? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.