Title: Fifty Days by Brittney Kristina
Publication Date: republished June 1, 2019
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: ★★★½ , 3.5/5
Notes: I was given a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my feelings and thoughts about the book.
Evelyn wakes up enveloped in darkness. She remembers nothing, not even her own name. All she knows is that she is not where she is supposed to be. She is not alone; there is a guarded man named Ace who watches her from a distance with his piercing, somewhat abnormal blue eyes. In fifty days, he will explain everything and set her free, but she must patiently wait until then. However, waiting is not so simple. Evelyn finds herself battling with her own mind. Her strange dreams are intensifying, her physical body is changing, the “woman inside” is becoming louder, and the tension between her and Ace is growing with each passing day. Fifty Days is a story of prolonged mystery, enthralling suspense, and tangled love, with a dash of Brittney Kristina’s prominent use of metaphorical elements and psychological twists. The reader will find themselves on the edge of their seat as Evelyn fights to find herself and understand why she’s really there before the fiftieth day arrives. By then, she might be too late.
This book is weird and different, while also managing to be very interesting and gripping. I really wanted to like it more than I did, but unfortunately a lot of things didn’t click with me.
The plot twists were definitely unexpected and Kristina did a good job of keeping the pacing for most of the story. It was mostly engaging and interesting, I really haven’t read anything like it. The writing was hit or miss for me, sometimes I liked it and other times I felt it lacked conviction.
Evelyn knows absolutely nothing for about 80% of the book, which is understandable in the context of the story but how am I supposed to care for/connect to a character I know nothing about? I felt for her out of pity but it wasn’t enough to keep me completely engaged. I wish we had gotten Ace’s perspective or maybe her parents’ perspective, that way the reader could have more context.
The story is also very confusing which isn’t something I like from the novels I read. It was (again) very hard for me to care about the progression of the story when all I got after 100+ pages was vague hints. All of the back and forth with the characters just made me roll my eyes and put down the book.
Probably my biggest issue was Ace. He’s really the only character besides Evelyn and I didn’t connect to him at all. In fact, I quickly disliked him and suffered through every scene he was in. The romance was possibly the most problematic I’ve ever read and I think my feelings for this book really suffered because of my hatred towards Ace.
I just wasn’t convinced by really anything about the story. It was something else entirely and the author definitely achieved their goal of writing a unique book, but it didn’t hit the mark for me. I must applaud it for getting me out of a reading slump, and it is a book I would recommend for people looking to try something different.