Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, filled with many hours of reading. I wish mine was like that, but alas, I had to continue unpacking since I recently moved. I was, however, able to start reading Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. I’m enjoying it so far!
To start off the week, I bring you my review of Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman. Here is the synopsis of the story:
The town of Glory is famous for two things: businesses that front for seedy, if not illegal, enterprises and the suicides that happen along the Indigo River. Marsden is desperate to escape the “bed-and-breakfast” where her mother works as a prostitute—and where her own fate has been decided—and she wants to give her little sister a better life. But escape means money, which leads Mars to skimming the bodies that show up along the Indigo River. It’s there that she runs into Jude, who has secrets of his own and whose brother’s suicide may be linked to Mars’s own sordid family history. As they grow closer, the two unearth secrets that could allow them to move forward . . . or chain them to the Indigo forever.
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I hate leaving bad reviews, and this review is not necessarily bad, it’s just not good either. I loved Elsie Chapman’s previous novels, Dualed and Divided, so I was a little upset that I did not enjoy Along the Indigo. I tried, I really did, but it was just not working. And the thing is, I feel like it was not because the story was bad or there was no character development (because there was). I feel like it’s due to me not being the right audience for the novel. That may sound like I’m trying to avoid writing a bad review, which I’m not, but that’s the truth. Along the Indigo is a contemporary and if anyone knows me, they know I rarely like contemporary. I want action, romance, adventure, magic, etc. My go-to genre is fantasy, so I was honestly not surprised that I could not finish Along the Indigo. I should have known better than to read a contemporary, but I wanted to give this story a shot.
The overall plot was interesting. Dead bodies showing up along the Indigo river and the main character skimming those bodies for cash. Then a dead boy’s brother comes to the covert looking for answers about his brother’s death, which starts to unravel the mystery behind his death and the death behind Marsden’s father. It was overall interesting…except I was not really hooked. There were times where I had to force myself to get through a chapter because I did not feel any type of connection with the characters or the plot or the scenery. But then again, I may not have been the right audience.
From what I read in Along the Indigo, there was some character development. Marsden was learning to open up more and to not be afraid to make friends in a place you plan on leaving. Jude was learning to let go and to not hold on to the past. Unfortunately, my issue was that I had a hard time finding any connection with the characters. And when I can’t find a connection, it’s difficult for me to remember those characters.
Overall, this was not the book for me, but it definitely has potential. For those who want to read Along the Indigo, please be aware that there are mature themes (such as suicide and prostitution). Contemporary readers will likely enjoy this story, so if you love contemporary, check out Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman, which hits bookstores tomorrow!
2.5 out of 5 stars