RATING: SKIP IT
Ok, let’s do it. Let’s pop the cherry on my Skip It rating category.
It was inevitable that it would come to this. That is what I’m doing here after all ~ cutting through the KU clutter. The books are ‘free,’ but your time is not. Now, please trust me when I tell you that I am one of the most overly sensitive people on the planet, but when it comes to this, I need to approach it like a job. I gotta just rip the band aid off. I respect the hell out of anyone that follows their passion and puts themselves out there in this way, but I’ve got to be honest here in what I think. Otherwise, I might as well close up shop right now.
Ok, done with housekeeping. On to the review…
Wait. One more thing: with Skip It ratings, I think it’s only fair that I delve in a little deeper about why I’m not recommending it. Therefore, there are inevitably going to be **SPOILERS**. SO, IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING READING THIS BOOK, DO NOT READ MY REVIEW.
Ok, now, on to the review.
There were a number of things that worked and a number of things that didn’t work for me in UNTOUCHABLE (Siri’s Saga Book 1) by Jessika Klide. Let’s start with what did work.
First of all, I love Siri’s confidence. Yes, it’s over the top, but quite frankly, there are enough books out there where the lead female character doesn’t ‘get’ how pretty she is. Siri gets it in spades. That might bother some people. I actually loved that about her. I found her likable as a character. Like she was the best girl friend you could have (even if you were a tad jealous of her) and she would always have your back. She’s also the girl the guys actually enjoyed hanging out with and I really like that.
I loved the swinger’s party and I thought it was written really well. There were so many moving parts (no pun intended. Ok, maybe pun intended.) that it could have been very difficult to keep the reader clear on who was where and doing what, but it flowed really well. Plus, I learned about some new toys. Bonus!
Ok, truth be told, I almost stopped reading half way through. There were a number of things that really grated on me ~ phrases that were repeated over and over (fucking fine feast, Golden God, Wild/Every Thang, “cock & tail”), tons and tons of dance moves that I could never quite wrap my brain around, the whole Wright/right/Moore/more thing (it really doesn’t work when speaking and seemed too far fetched to work off the page), the Siri/Seary/Surreal thing was irksome and the italics were driving me crazy. I know that’s a bit hyperbolic, but it almost forced me to just give up. Also, and this is 100% a personal dislike, but she kept describing Aurei’s physique like that of a body builder and I just find that a turnoff. Again, that one’s totally on me, but it did affect how I felt about him physically.
Beyond those things, which I got over, there were some larger issues for me: (AGAIN, SPOILER ALERT!) Siri prides herself on having waited for the right guy. Given that, I just find it difficult to believe that she would sleep with a guy after having known him for only one week. I know she acknowledges how crazy it is, but acknowledging it, doesn’t make it believable. There are plenty of insta-love books out there that work, but there’s something too levelheaded and practical about Siri for me to buy it. I think that’s the thing about most of what didn’t work for me ~ it just wasn’t believable. Across the board, when I go back to what I didn’t love about the book, it was those things that seemed like they just didn’t ring true: Mr. Untouchable and the $20 dancing bet, why she worked a 9-to-5 when she was loaded (if that was explained, I don’t recall), the episode with Siri and the horse, the wall-sized poster of Surreal in the office, the Beyoncé dance that ‘started it all,’ etc.
On top of all of that, the book is very long (400 pages) and leaves a lot of open-ended questions for the next two books in the series (and it looks like there’s a fourth coming). For anyone to dedicate 400-pages worth of time to any single book, it’s gotta work on all levels.
In general, I wish more heroines had even an ounce of Siri’s confidence, but this is one series that I will not be completing.
As of 1.14.16 UNTOUCHABLE is available on KU.
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