A glimpse into my world down here...
They say not to judge a book by its cover, and I am afraid to say that I think I did with Show Stopper. To be honest have you seen that cover? It was hard not to get excited when the cover looks that amazing.
I first found Show Stopper on the actual publication day as I was scrolling through twitter, someone I follow (if I could remember who it was I would include a link but I am so bad that I can't) had put up a picture of all the books that they were excited for in the month of June. As I've already said it was the cover that first drew me in, but when I continued to explore I was intrigued by the storyline.
We are all far too aware that the world that we live in is not always the nicest of places; there are still people who suffer based on their culture, beliefs, gender and sexuality to name a few. The basis of the story is that racism and the way that immigrants are treated has been taken to the absolute extreme, England is split into the Pures and the Dregs.
So I have built up the book in my head, I was so excited to read it, but unfortunately when it came to reality I was a little disappointed that I very nearly didn't finish it. Just to clarify that leaving a book unfinished is VERY unheard of for me, I love to read and I really have to dislike a book to give up on it.
One of the biggest issues I had was the sheer lack of description; the story is set in a circus, which to me is a place full of vivid colours and smells, but it for all I know it could have been happening in a white box void of anything else other than the main characters. It isn't until they change the circus for Halloween that we are given any idea of the surroundings, and this is that it now resembles the inside of a pumpkin.
Speaking of the main characters, the story jumps between the perspectives of the two leading roles Ben and Hoshiko, and when I say jump I really do mean jump. Chapters, if you can call them that ranged from a few lines to six pages. I really didn't like this, I found it so difficult to get lost in the story line when it changed so frequently.
I will not deny that post the midway point the story did get more interesting, and when I hit the final 100 page mark I did find myself desperate to finish it. That is where we come to my final disagreement with the storyline. I know that you want to leave the reader wanting more, you want them to buy the next book to find out what happens, but to me it just stopped. Yes a huge major thing had just happened, but it read almost like a school assignment when you suddenly realise you are reaching the word limit and you need to finish it quickly.
Safe to say that I will not be buying a sequel it if were published. As I said at the start I am disappointed, I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't for me.
I would love to hear what you are reading at the moment, pop it in the comments below as I am always on the look out for something new.