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Saturday, July 21, 2012

DNF Books of 2012 So Far

I personally do not write reviews for books that I don't finish. I personally don't like reviewing something I haven't finished because it feels like I'm judging the entire book, even though I did not read the entire book. I often keep a sticky note on the page where I stopped, just in case it intrigues me to finish it in the future. Sometimes I put a book down for a little because I'm not into it and pick up another with the intent to go back to that one, and then a couple months goes by and it doesn't happen. So instead, I'll just explain why I put these titles down.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (YA)
Reason for picking up: It had been getting a lot of buzz and I was starting to get into dystopian more at the time.
Reason for DNF: I could not connect with the main character because of the way she narrated. There were a lot of strange half sentences and I didn't understand the passages that were crossed out. Also, it seemed like nothing had really transpired after a good chunk of the book.

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel (YA)
Reason for picking up: Impromtu grab at the library.
Reason for DNF: Another disconnect between me and the main characters. Neither point of view was really doing anything for me. In books that swap between the hero and heroine, I'll stick around as long as I connect with one, but I wasn't connecting with either.

Shifting by Bethany Wiggins (YA)
Reason for picking up: Another impromtu grab at the library. The cover drew my eye.
Reason for DNF: The beginning of the year was really hit or miss with me and YA. I don't have a specific reason for this one other than, not my cup of tea.

Prince of Air & Darkness by Jenna Black (PNR)
Reason for picking up: I've enjoyed this author in the past.
Reason for DNF: The hero and heroine's interactions felt a little forced to me.

Curses! A F**ked Up Fairy Tale by J.A. Kazimer (UF)
Reason for picking up: I received this for review. It was unlike anything I had read and sounded like a fun read.
Reason for DNF: My sense of humor and this book's sense of humor didn't match. Plus, some of the names of people/places/things were too corny or cutesy for my taste.

Atlantis Rising by Alyssa Day (PNR)
Reason for picking up: Christen bought this a while ago and it's been sitting on the bookshelf. I grabbed it on a whim because I wanted something completely different from what I was reading at the time (because I couldn't get into that book).
Reason for DNF: My dad being in the hospital at the time probably played a role in me not being about to get into this novel. I didn't read much this month because my mind wasn't in it.

May (none)

Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander (UF)
Reason for picking up: I was intrigued by nursing aspect because I knew that was the author's profession.
Reason for DNF: The balance between the main character's job and the paranormal aspect weren't balanced for me. It was a bit too focused on the nursing aspect and the paranormal parts weren't unfolding fast enough. I tend to like books in which you can tell the author has actual experience (the best example being Diana Rowland), but this was just a bit too much detail and not enough paranormal.

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens (UF/PNR)
Reason for picking up: Christen enjoyed it in the past, and I had seen sooo many rave reviews around the blogosphere.
Reason for DNF: Sometimes when a book is crazy hyped, I get my hopes up. So when the book is only so-so, I feel let down. Had I found this on my own, it may have been a different story, but I wanted to love it because everyone else loved it and it just didn't happen.


  1. I tried to read "Shatter Me" and "Nightshifted" and didn't finish them either. It's tough when you have so many books to connect with all the stories. I like to keep them though (if I have room) because it's not unusual for me to enjoy them when I'm in a different mood.

    1. I do the same thing bc I know that outside circumstances affect my reading sometimes.

  2. I've been suspicious of Shatter Me for some reason, sorry you couldn't get into it.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. I LOVED The Restorer. I do understand about reading hyped books. I will say give this one another try especially if you enjoy Creepy atmospheric reads.

    Look forward to your review of Michelle Zink's newest. Did you read the Prophecy Sisters trilogy? I loved that also.

    1. I enjoyed Prophecy but haven't had a chance to go back and finish the series. The Restorer is due back to the library soon but I'll probably check it out again in the future.


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