Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Review: The Unimaginable by Dina Silver

From the author of One Pink Line comes a story about letting go of the past and finding bravery in the depths of fear. Set on the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand and the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, The Unimaginable paints a vivid portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself—and her harrowing fight for survival.

After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant’s boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors—and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.

Received for review.

This sounded promising and it was okay, but certainly not a fabulous read.  The writing was good but it read more like a journal of sorts rather than a narrative.  It made several annoying time jumps which were unfortunate.

What annoyed me the most was the big "fight for survival".  I'm just going to say that it involves pirates.  No, really.  The story is set in the present time too.  Yes, I know that there actually are pirates nowadays, but if you're writing a romance that involves pirates you may as well just set it in the 1800s.  The premise was too silly for the present day.  I mean, hello!  Nowadays you don't have to run into pirates.  You have maps of the entire world so sail around that area!  I was just disgusted that the characters could be deliberately irresponsible.  

Up until the pirate part the book was pretty standard Chick Lit - girl moves away to a foreign country to find herself and finds love instead.  Yawn worthy, but not outright ridiculous.  After the pirates it just became stupid.  I didn't care if the characters lived or died.  At that point I was almost hoping for their deaths since they were so incredibly stupid and irresponsible to put themselves in that situation anyway.

Overall, this was an acceptable read, and if you skip the last third of the book it actually isn't half bad.  If you brave the final third of the book be prepared for many, many "Are you kidding me?" moments.  Had this been set 200 years ago it actually would have made for a four star read since the characters would have had to put themselves in danger legitimately and not because of their sheer arrogance.  I really cannot recommend this but others may enjoy the Lifetime Movie experience it provides.

★★★☆☆ = Liked It

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Becca Lostinbooks said...

So the book is about girls who vacation in, what, Somalia or somewhere and get surprised when they are kidnapped by pirates?

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