Instead of writing 3 sad posts about 3 different books, I’m going to just lay it all out for you and let you know why I stopped reading these recent novels.
Agh, the guilt!!
DNF Round Up: 3 Books I Stopped Reading
As my fourth year into my blog and my first into running Uppercase, I feel more strongly than ever that if I’m not enjoying a book, I will stop completely or skim to the end. I’m beyond forcing myself to finish a book in order to say that I finished it.
So far this year, I’ve DNF’d the following books:
Silver in the Blood
Title & Author: Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Why I DNF’d: This book started off so well. Two cousin besties are traveling to Romania in the 1890s for a mysterious family gathering. What they discover there about themselves and their background will change their future forever…
Although I loved the two distinct voices of Dacia and Lou, I realized halfway through the book that the BIG REVEAL hadn’t even taken place. The book description EASILY covers more than half of the book.
At which point, I was exhausted with the glacial pace of the book, despite its charming characters. I didn’t feel like the effort was worth the reward, so I skimmed and concluded I was correct.
Title & Author: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Thriller
Why I DNF’d: As some of you may know, I’m a huge fan of Barnes’ other series, The Naturals. It is gripping and intense and romanctic – an ideal trifecta.
The Fixer is billed as a YA version of Scandal, which I think is a fair description.
The problem? The premise is utterly unbelievable. I wasn’t able to buy into the idea that teens are solving big government mysteries that go all the way to the top all on their own.
Not to mention that there isn’t much humor or romance to soften the heavy politically-focused storyline. I read about 70 percent of this book before skimming and calling it quits.
Heart of Betrayal
Genre: Young Adult – High Fantasy
Why I DNF’d: I was afraid of this. Kiss of Deception had this super unique storytelling that pulled me in and didn’t let go. I was under its spell from page 1.
With Heart of Betrayal, the storytelling does involve multiple points of view, but not with the underlying mystery because all has been revealed.
I genuinely feel insane for not liking this book – it’s gotten TONS of 5 star reviews on Goodreads, but I just couldn’t connect.
First, the story starts off in a new land and focuses a lot on the customs, culture and politics. This was quick in-depth right away.
Second, the love triangle is NOT RESOLVED. I could tell 25 percent in that it wouldn’t be for quite awhile or until the third book.
At this point I knew my heart wasn’t in it (just like the title implied), so I quit. Out of all the books listed here, this is the one I would honestly say, don’t listen to me. I’m so out in left field on this one that I think many others will find this to be a great sequel. It just isn’t for me.
What books have you DNF’d this year? What books do you wish you’d DNF’d??