Saturday, January 12, 2013

Review: A Reason To Run by Karen Daniels

Title: A Reason To Run
Author: Karen Daniels
Category: Contemporary
Genre: Adult
Rating: DNF 

Sometimes running away brings us closer to the truth.

The lives of three women converge after a plane crashes in West Texas. Robin’s husband should have been on that plane, but missed his flight.

Marissa’s husband should have been camping near the area, but lied about his plans.

And Autumn’s teenage daughter witnessed the crash landing, but has run away to find her father.

Three women from different states with nothing in common except their life-changing problems, cross paths after each makes the decision to run. What they are running from, and to, takes them in directions they never imagined.


*I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review* 

My Review:

I received this book by the author for an honest review, and as much as I hate getting a book and not liking it, I hate even more not being able to finish it. I believe there is no such thing as a bad author, but that every reader has different taste in books. Not every book is for everyone. And A Reason To Run just wasn't my kind of book. It wasn't bad, I just couldn't get into it. If I saw it on the shelf, I wouldn't be interested enough to pick it up and read it. 

Now, I did try my best to finish this book. I really, honestly did. But I just couldn't, no matter how much I tried. 

Three women's live are intertwined by an event that each effects their lives. Each woman comes from a different background, a different life all together. Each makes a decision to change, to run from the life they have. This event or change, sets them on a course that eventually causing them to met. 

Daniels did have a very interesting idea for her book, how each course can cause  complete strangers life's to intertwine. I thought that was a very interesting concept, that is why I agreed to read and review this book, however, I just couldn't get into. Sad, I know, but it happens. 

Each character comes from a different background. Their lives are completely different from each other and that was another captivating aspect of the story. The characters are different, very much so, and Daniel definitely was able to capture that. That was something I did find unique.

Now, why wasn't I able to enjoy or get lost in the book. Maybe it was the writing style?  Maybe it was the plot or the pacing? 

I found the writing style to be nice, however, I couldn't get into it being 3rd person.  I also found the plot to be interesting, just not interesting enough to keep my attention and to keep me flipping the pages. The pacing was okay  however, or maybe this was because of my attention span, I would get lost from time to time. But as I stated, it could be because the book really didn't capture my attention. 

Now, even though I couldn't get into this book, I know that there are others who would really enjoy it. So, if it does sound like a book you might find interesting, give it a chance! You might love it!! 


  1. OH NO!! That's too bad you couldn't get into especially since the idea actually does sound intriguing. :( And I hate it when that happens, the idea is soo good, and you rush into the book but it turns out weird. I don't know if I'll pick this one up, cause you and I have similar tastes in books, so I don't know if I'll like it or not. But I guess if I get the opportunity I'll have to see for myself.

    Thanks for the honest (amazing ;p) review, Magen! :D

    Now to make you feel better about not liking this as much.....*projecting thoughts of Dimitri Belikov* There all done...*wink*

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  2. I hate when this happens! I'm like you- I absolutely hate not finishing a book but sometimes it happens. I just think there are too many awesome books out there to spend time reading one you just dont enjoy. I probably won't read this cause you are my book brain twin and therefore I think its safe to say I wouldnt like this one. So sorry you couldnt get into it *hands you chocolate*

    Thanks for the honest review girly!

  3. Isn't that the worst feeling? I really struggled with DNF's when I first started blogging. But you're right, someone out there will love the book. Every reader is different and I applaud your honesty.

  4. Great review! It's too bad that you couldn't enjoy this one more. It does sound really intersting but I also struggle with books written in third person.

  5. I like the concept but I'm afraid this one wouldn't be to my liking either. It's so hard when you have to give a review for a book that just didn't work for you, I hate it, but I think gaining feedback of all sorts helps an author become better at their craft, so good for you, Chica!
    Great review, honeychild! =D


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