Recent DNFs No. 2

Posted May 13, 2015 by Kara in Imaginative Discussions, Kara / 6 Comments



Every now and then I like to write posts that cover all my recent DNFs, explaining why I’ve DNFed them. The reason why I have started doing this is simple: I am no longer pushing myself through books I don’t like. Every now and then, even though a book is not to my taste, it might be compulsively readable and I will keep going. But for the most part, I get anxiety and feel very uncomfortable when I force myself through a book I am not enjoying. Hence my “Recent DNFs” posts were born.

The other thing I feel it’s important to state is my lack of negative reviews. It’s true, I write very few one and two star reviews these days. But that’s why I am writing this–so you can see what I haven’t liked, and why.

I am definitely going to start doing these more often because this post is LONNNNGGGG.

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Descent by Tim Johnston ~
I DNFed this book simply because I regretted requesting it in the first place. This type of violence, this   type of story is not the kind of entertainment I need right now. It was just very heavy and depressing,   not to mention some of the writing felt a bit try-hard at times, like the author was showing us all how     creative he could be. Not a fan of some of the stylistic choices in this one.


BC2Dove Arising by Karen Bao ~
This one was a major disappointment because I had been looking forward to it since I heard about it. It was supposed to be at BEA last year and then it was pushed back, but that ended up being a good thing because I didn’t like it at all. It was boring. I DNFed it on page 126 because nothing of importance had happened and I was so over it. Apparently it went very anti-science so it’s a good thing I quit.


BC3The Line by J.D. Horn ~
I DNFed this one because of the writing. It was not the best thing ever. It was cheesy, the editing was atrocious, and I was bored to tears. I could not believe the number of grammatical errors in a traditionally published novel. Shame on you, Amazon publishing. I’ve read some ARCs that were edited better. Thankfully though, I got this through Kindle First so I never had to pay any money for it.


BC4Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson ~
There’s nothing wrong with it, but I wasn’t that enraptured by the story while I was reading it, and then I had to take a break to work and read something else, and by the time I was able to go back to it, I just didn’t want to anymore. It wasn’t the book’s fault, I just had no desire to pick it back up and I wanted to start something new.


BC5 The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey ~
I DNFed this at 16%. One of my most anticipated titles of 2016 was a huge miss. I read over 50 pages, and if a book hasn’t hooked me by then, ain’t nobody got time for that. This was soooooo boring. Nothing happened the entire time except for when she pickpockets a music box and gets caught. That scene lasts a few pages, and it’s not even that intriguing. I have a short attention span. If I was a different person I would push on to see if it got any better, but I am just not in that kind of a place right now.


BC6Volition by Lily Paradis ~
The melodrama and the angst, OMGGGG. Just sooo cheesy. The protagonist’s decisions hardly ever made sense and bordered on TSTL. Also, I did not care for the flipping back and forth from past to present with one guy and another. Bad editing decision. It chopped up the story too much and made me unable to connect to either storyline. Sorry, but this flat-out sucked. I bought it on a whim because I saw it on GR, liked the cover, and it was set in NYC–also only 2.99. That was clearly a poor decision as I am DNFing at 22%. I do not recommend this. There are way better romances out there.



Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times  by Emma Trevayne ~
Sometimes pretty covers lie. And I mean, this is one of the most gorgeous covers I have ever seen. But this book was boring, tedious, and the writing annoyed me. I DNFed it at 15% because middle grade books are not supposed to be this dull. They are supposed to be fun, whimsical, and adventurous. NOPE. Didn’t find that here.


BC1Hexed by Michelle Krys ~ I get why people DNFed this one. While it wasn’t terrible, it was easy to walk away from and nothing compelled me to keep reading. I’d try to read it and then couldn’t retain anything I read from the day before. There was just nothing about it that made it stand out, and that’s a shame because it’s one of my favorite topics to read about. I DNFed it at 43%. I pushed a little further than I usually did, hoping it would get more interesting. It didn’t.


BC2The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson ~ This book was just do damn long winded. I am not a ban of books that take forever to get to the point. The writing is definitely stylistic, and it’s one of those things where you are either going to connect with it or you aren’t. I definitely didn’t. I felt really bad about this since it was publisher pitched to me, but what can you do? I didn’t like it. DNF around page 30.


BC399 Days by Katie Cotugno ~ This was not a bad book, but it was not a book for me at the time I tried reading it. The tone was depressing, there was lots of bullying, the characters were awful, and the book just brought me WAY DOWN. Not where I want to be when I am depressed and trapped in bed. I approved of the slut-shaming because I thought it added to the point the book was making with the bullying, I just couldn’t handle reading it. The book made me ANGRY. So I put it down.


BC4Velvet by Temple West ~ I loved the snark and humor that the book started out with, but it didn’t GO anywhere. I read about a hundred pages, and there was no plot! The dialogue was ridiculous, and the premise was hard to believe and the author did nothing to convince me otherwise. I thought this would possibly be a satire of vampire tropes–that maybe it would turn them on their head. But no. It’s like the snarky version of Twilight, but the sad thing is, Twilight is the better book. Though it doesn’t take itself as seriously as Twilight does, the writing is appalling. This reads like bad fanfiction. Granted, I had low expectations for this one, but I was still hoping for the best.


BC5Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young ~ The dialogue in this one felt really forced and I wasn’t a fan of the writing style. It just felt childish, like it was written for a younger teen. Also, my mood changed and then I decided I didn’t want to read a paranormal book anymore. What can I say, my attention span sucks. I think this book will probably be an awesome book for most people, but it just wasn’t for me. I still want to try her other books, however, because bloggers I trust have liked it.

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I told you this was going to be a long post. Those are all the books I have DNFed since January, minus a few that I just didn’t even make a dent in and had nothing to say. Obviously I am going to try to do this more often since this was a major bitch to format. *shakes fist at WordPress* But, at least you get an idea of how my reading is going this year.

Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Did you DNF? Let me know in the comments!

Kara Sig Plant

6 responses to “Recent DNFs No. 2

  1. OH NO HOTEL RUBY *cries* I LOVE Suzanne’s writing and I’ve never considered it to be childish so dang… I will have to read it myself.

    I actually never got to The Girl At Midnight but I keep hearing mixed things. Some bloggers swear by it and others, like you, DNFed. Oh well, that’s how it works, right?

    And Velvet. HAHAHAHA. I read it because I thought it would be amusing and it was. There was so much science on how vampires work and I found it really useless… Like, points for history and all that but if it doesn’t affect the plot, why do we care so much?
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  2. MJ

    I’ve started Girl at Midnight and it’s just sitting on my Kindle around the 12% mark. I just feel like I am thrown into the story with little to no back story which doesn’t have me invested. Plus, the name Echo doesn’t help either. I want-feel like I need to give it the honest try because I got an ARC of it but I just don’t know…I think I might just follow in your footsteps.

  3. I was really looking forward to The Girl at Midnight,but after reading reviews,I am second doubting because it seems to have disappointed a lot of people!And I really don’t like that it sounds too much like The Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
    Hexed was an okay book for me!Plus the author was really sweet,and I kinda pushed myself to read it because of her even though it dragged a bit in the middle:)
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  4. Oh that sucks! I have DNF’d several books since January too. I will certainly do it if I have to, but I hate it. And I have heard such great things about The Girl At Midnight. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy it.
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