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The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter | Book Review

So when May started out, I had high hopes that I would be up to Steph's Choose Your Own Adventure challenge. I mean, since it was READ and all. But then all of the things hit. It took me every bit of the month to read this book, and I finally succeeded. It was painful.  The only other book I managed to read this month was a Berenstain Bears book!  

34 year old Jane Standen is working for a natural history museum in London that is getting ready to be shut down.  She never really got over a mishap almost 20 years earlier, when a young girl she was temporarily nannying disappears in the woods never to be found.  A series of events send her back to the town of Inglewood where these events take place.  Another girl from the local insane asylum had disappeared in the same woods about a hundred years earlier, and Jane wants to figure out who it was.  The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter* depicts how the past and present can be intertwined.

Ya'll.  This book was 300+ pages, which I have been known to read in a weekend.  I'm not sure if it was because all that's been going on in my little world lately, or just the style of the book, but I could not get through this thing easily.  I requested the book expecting a little mystery and adventure while Jane tries to figure out who "N" is.  I never really got an answer.  Yeah she figured it out, but it was nothing too grand.  I still had pretty high expectations the first part of the book.  When I say "a series of events" above, I mean it took a respectable (as in short) portion of the book for the background and for her to get to Inglewood. 

Then, it drags.  The writing of the book overall is very good, but I just feel like all the tools were there to make this book one that I couldn't put down.  In reality, it was hard for me to pick up.  There was so much going on in the book: keeping track of who's who, if I'm reading something from Jane's point of view, or something about the patients in the asylum 100 years before, or from the ghosts of the patients as they follow Jane around.

I would pick this book to read when all is calm with life- maybe at a point when I have a couple of days by myself to relax.  Right now, and with summer quickly approaching, I'm looking for the book-equivilant of summer movies!

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This book was provided to me free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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  1. Sorry this book wasn't a hit. Yea, 300+ pages can be drag when the content isn't fast-paced. You're right, summer time is about reading books that are like the summer blockbusters.

  2. LOL I hope that my next book is the written version of the Entourage movie!

  3. I get bummed when a book takes me a long time or when I feel like I have to push through. It happens a lot in the longer books!

  4. I can read a 300+ page book in no time if it's an adventure etc. But the books that are 300+ pages because of a slow pace... i'm just like.... You could've said this story in half the time. lol

  5. I hate when I drag through a book and never really get in to it. I hope your next one comes along better!!!

  6. Normally I wouldn't even bother, and would put it down. But I really wanted to find out who this person was! It just didn't have the adventure in it that I needed!


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