My thoughts are probably more on the unpopular side, but I was frustrated by this book. Born to Kill is my first Erin Trejo book and it really put me off.
First, I liked the premise – dark romance, unrequited romance, Mafia. I was seriously excited to start reading this book. Unfortunately, I made it to 50%ish before I had to mark it as a DNF. Before I delve into the negatives, I have to say that I liked the danger surrounding the whole story. I liked how Trejo set up the atmosphere of the book with the first few chapters when Gio was still a child – the tough decisions that he had to make. Trejo doesn’t shy away from the darkness and I LOVE it.
However, that’s the only thing that I loved about it. The transitions weren’t seamless that it was really hard for me to keep track of what was happening. Heck, I didn’t know how many years have passed from the time Gio left his home to the time he stayed in California and when he came back. I seriously had to backtrack a bit and figure it out on my own.
I also had a hard time with the conversations between the characters. I felt that it didn’t flow well, it was again hard to follow. There was also a lack of character development. Especially Asia’s character arc. It was just not enough to keep me reading on.
Another thing that frustrated me so much was the formatting. It had extra spaces on my Kindle at certain parts, that it was annoying for me. Not only that, I think this book needed another round of editing. While I don’t judge a book solely on the errors, I DO if it keeps popping up constantly. My example for this is the word vial. It kept popping up as vile and it was driving me crazy! Now, I am not an expert on drugs and the Mafia but I think she meant VIAL? Anyway, it was driving me bonkers.
I don’t know if I am reading a different book, but all the reviews on Goodreads are overwhelmingly positive. I guess Born to Kill by Erin Trejo is just not for me. This is a book that I don’t think I can recommend to anyone.
What do you think about formatting errors and general errors in books that you are reading?
I understand that ARCs will still have errors, but when a book is published, my expectations are normally minimal errors and at least no formatting errors. Am I being too demanding?
Amber Elise @ Du Livre says
Sorry this didn’t work for you love, I’m not sure it would be my cup of tea.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t 🙁
Oh I cannot deal with poor editing. I just can’t handle it. Sorry this one didn’t work out for you!
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I KNOW right? It’s frustrating! I get poor editing in ARCs but not with published books. If there are only a few, not glaring errors, I’m okay with that and usually let it slide. But something that keeps popping up again and again, will drive me nuts!
Malka @ Paper Procrastinators says
Awww. I’m sorry this book didn’t work for you! But I’m the exact same way when it comes to formatting and grammar errors. I can excuse one or two, but after a while it starts to impact my enjoyment of reading and reflects negatively on the book!
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I agree! Especially if they are already pubbed! I expect the pubbed work to be copyedited!
Julianna Aislynn d'Merricksson says
Sorry to hear you didn’t like it, especially if you were excited for it to begin with.
I think minimal errors in a book come publication is reasonable. That’s one thing that pissed me off about my first published book. The editor didn’t catch numerous errors that I missed by, ya know, reading and rereading and rereading the material. It’s embarrassing as a reflection on me. ?. It’s since been moved to Weiser/Red Wheel so I’m hoping to get the chance to rework it and add material.
Wow! That really sucks. I am not hard if I see minor errors here and there. But if that error keeps popping up every other page or so, I would be pissed!