Wednesday, March 16, 2011

'The Raising' by Laura Kasischke (TLC Tour Stop)


Last year Godwin Honors Hall was draped in black. The university was mourning the loss of one of its own: Nicole Werner, a blond, beautiful, straight-A sorority sister tragically killed in a car accident that left her boyfriend, who was driving, remarkably—some say suspiciously—unscathed.
Although a year has passed, as winter begins and the nights darken, obsession with Nicole and her death reignites: She was so pretty. So sweet-tempered. So innocent. Too young to die.
Unless she didn’t.
Because rumor has it that she’s back.


My Thoughts:
I tried to like this book, really I did. But I have to be honest and tell you that I just did not care for the story at all. I thought it was about 200 pages too long, the plot totally not plausible, and I really didn't connect with ANY of the characters. The only redeeming factor for me was the last 90-100 pages...at that point I really was turning the pages because I wanted to see how this was all going to turn out and then BAM..the ending reached out and slapped me across the face with its crazy, nonsensical explanation for the reasons behind the death of Nicole Werner. I quite simply was mad and exasperated.

Recommend? Not really...but as I always like to state...I'm just one person out there in a sea of many. Do yourself a favor and read Michelle and Grace's review of "The Raising." Their reviews are both very thoughtful and well-written. Always a good thing to get a second opinion!!!!

Rating: 6/10


Published: 2011
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages: 461
Genre: Suspense
ISBN: 9780062004789
 

About Laura Kasischke

Laura Kasischke teaches in the University of Michigan MFA program and the Residential College. She has published seven collections of poetry and seven novels including In A Perfect World. She lives with her family in Chelsea, Michigan.

Laura’s Tour Stops

 



Disclaimer:Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel

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24 comments:

  1. Sorry this one was a stinker for you.

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  2. I agree with the 200 pages too long. There was a bit too much back story for me, stuff that didn't need to be there. I did recommend it however and enjoyed it a bit more than you did.

    Thanks for your honesty!!

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  3. I really like the cover at least!

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  4. I have this one later next month. So far I'm reading very mixed reviews.....I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.

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  5. Bummer... this sounded really promising from the synopsis... :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  6. Hmm, the premise did not really invite me in, and your review has me thinking that this is one I can live without. Thanks for the honest review.

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  7. I doubt that I would enjoy this one very much. Sorry it was just ok for you.

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  8. Sounds like you gave it every chance, Staci.

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  9. But it has a very pretty cover at least! :--)

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  10. I think I will just skip it ;)

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  11. The story line of The Raising sounds like something I would enjoy but your review gives me pause for sure. I'll do as you suggest and check out the other reviews.

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  12. I'm sorry this one didn't turn out so well for you, but thanks for being on the tour!

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  13. Sorry this wasn't a good one for you Staci - can't win them all. I have the galley of this one but not sure if I'll have time to read it.

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  14. Jenners just reviewed this book as well.

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  15. Bummer, the synopsis looked good.

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  16. Don't you just hate it when a book wastes your time like that? I do.

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  17. Well, at least you got through the book. It's too bad you didn't like it. Your review was very good and honest!

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  18. Oh, that's too bad...and it sounds as though the book could have gone in some intriguing directions.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I hadn't heard of this book before but the premise does sound interesting. Hmmmm...maybe I'll pick it up at the library at some point but I don't think that I'll be in a rush.

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  20. oh no. The Synopsis sounds promising, I hate it when I'm not enjoying a book and feel I have to read it.

    You might be generous with your 6/10 rating based on your review :)

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  21. Well, that's too bad because it does sound interesting.

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  22. Sorry this one didnt do it for you but I love how you generously link other reviews to give that 2nd opinion.

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  23. I received two copies of this one. I hope I like it better than you did! LOL.

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  24. Too bad this one didn't work out for you! I can't say that it's one that would have grabbed my interest to begin with, but I'll definitely be avoiding it now!

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