My DNF Pile

 

Hi, again!

Just wanted to let you guys know that from now on, I will post a weekly quote every Tuesday, as well as another post related to books on other days (or, if I don’t have time, just the weekly quote).

I really want to stick to this new schedule because I think consistency instead of sporadic posting would be better for all of us (like, *pop* oh, a new post! 6 weeks later *pop* oh, another post! 8 weeks later *pop* oh, another new post! 7 months later *pop* *new post appears* *crickets chirping* *more crickets chirping*).

*whistles* Anyway…

So, I don’t have too many books in my DNF pile (at least, I think), but I do think listing them all would still be a bit too much. So, I’ve chosen my top five most recently DNFed books.

1. The Valiant by Leslie Livingston

I had high hopes for this one because I thought it was so cool that the main character would end up becoming a gladiator… But, alas *insert dramatic head tilt and back of hand on forehead*, I was disappointed. From the very beginning. See, the very big issue I had with the book was the fact that it started out with the main character involved in a scene with her crush… and then, *gasp* they end up kissing! (That wasn’t much of a spoiler since that happens around the first 10 or 15 pages of the book.)

Then, somehow, her crush proposes to her? Am I remembering wrong? (Not much of a spoiler either because this all happens in the first 10 to 15 pages.)

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I think I should have known I wouldn’t like the book from there, but I continued reading because I still had hope. For the rest of what I read, however, there wasn’t much of an issue with the plot or ridiculous scenes, but with the writing. I just didn’t like the writing style that much and didn’t feel connected to the story, so I decided to stop reading the book.

That said, perhaps one day I’ll give the book a chance… (yay, optimism). And many others have liked to book, so just because I DNFed it doesn’t mean you will. I wouldn’t really say there were any issues, just that I wasn’t drawn to how the story was told.

2. Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

The reason why I chose to DNF this book was because of certain parts that felt especially unrealistic. And the romance that would inevitably turn out like this: “OMG you’re the first guy who doesn’t know who I am and likes me for me!” *gasp*

Pushing the romance aside, another aspect that caused me to decide to put this book down was a specific part where Bentley was talking about what she would write in her college application/essay. The way it was written really didn’t scream “I’m applying for college!” Instead it screamed: “I’m writing a journal entry and trying to make myself sound super different and special, but I’m also trying to be way too casual!”

All that said, while I was rereading the college application part of the book for this post, I actually read a few pages further and felt the urge to continue reading the book.

So, I might actually give it another chance. We’ll see. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Ah… This book. I can’t think of any other way to describe how I felt when reading this book other than… odd. I really thought I would love this book at first because the writing was sophisticated and I enjoyed the style, but then we got to the statue part. The part where the main character was attracted to the statue. Very, very attracted.

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No words. My full review can be found here. Did you know there’s a name for when a person is attracted to a statue?

Yeah… I wouldn’t recommend this unless you are willing to push aside the questionable romance (which would be hard since the romance gets pretty overwhelming at quite a few points).

4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

I was really enjoying this story and the tiny sparks of a romance until I hit a love triangle. And this love triangle didn’t even try to be a good, slightly-less-annoying love triangle. Noโ€”we went straight into (this is a reenactment):

*huff, huff* “Wanna fight?” “Yeah, I wanna fight!” “She’s mine!” “No, she’s mine!” “I’m way manlier!” “No, I’m manlier!” *drawing of giant weapons and ultimate manly man battle*

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As you can clearly see, I am not a fan of ridiculous love triangles. And this book included a prime example of a ridiculous love triangle.

I’ve already expressed and elaborated more upon my intense frustration and annoyance on this love in a post, so you can find that in my post Love Triangles. Heh, heh… Be prepared for a looong rant.

However, to make clear my thoughts on terrible love triangles (I don’t mind “good” love triangles as much), here is this wonderful quote I found:

Dear Authors – Pointless love triangles waste everyone’s time. Seriously.

So, I think you can understand why I abandoned this book. I do know some people really love not only this book, but the entire series, so don’t think you shouldn’t give this a book a chance if you’re a lover of love triangles or don’t mind them (though if you *dislike* love triangles as much as I do, reading this book would not be recommended).

5. Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra

… *sigh* Interesting premise, very disappointing execution.

Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this book at all… *cough, cough*

See, this book didn’t work for me. I thought I would like it, but really early on I was hit with two big issues.

First, very big issue: As soon as the main character met her “knight in shining armor,” she didn’t have to worry anymore. She was the damsel in distress and her savior had come to solve all her problems. *very long sigh* *starts banging head against desk*

Whyyy did such a terrible message have to ruin the story?

Second issue: The story felt like it dragged on and on… I’m not sure of the actual page number until things finally started happening is very much, but it just felt like such a long time… I was really excited for the thriller aspect of the story, but all I read about was the beginning of the romance until I gave up. (Yes, as soon as I hit the unfortunate romance I knew I could not finish the book.)

*blinks* Anyway. I explain in much more detail on the issues I had with the book, so I suggest you check out my mini-review here. *smiles innocently*


I’m sure the conclusion you guys can make after reading this post (if you’ve made it this far ๐Ÿ˜…) is I’m picky with my romances. Now, I used to love all romance, but as I’ve grown as a reader, I’ve realized that the unrealistic romances are a bit pointless since they just create unrealistic expectations (although I’ll admit sometimes the cheesy or adorable romances are fun to read), and I’ve developed *opinions* on what makes a good romance.

Despite all my romance opinions, I wouldn’t say I don’t enjoy a sappy or cute romance now and then. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sooo, that was my DNF pile. Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘‹

 

Winterspell by Claire Legrand: A Short Book Review

I’m not giving a synopsis this time because the review will be fairly short, but you can easily find it on Goodreads. I also won’t be putting the book cover (though I must say, the cover is quite stunning). That said, here we go!


Actual rating: ???

Well. I didn’t make it very far into this book, did I? I seem to be dnf-ing books more than usual. I normally finish books I don’t like just to see if they’ll get better. Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don’t.

But, I am noticing a trend here. I seem to be dnf-ing books with terrible romances lately…

I mean, I got through the insta-love in Girl Online, but only because the book was fairly short and the font was large. This book has tiny font and is fairly long. Not happening.

In a way, I feel guilty for giving up a book just because of the romance, but I can’t help it. The majority of YA books have romance. And when the romance happens, it appears constantly. Sometimes it even overshadows the plot. Even if it doesn’t go that extreme, the romance is always there. And the reader is made aware of that.

And I knew that was going to happen with this book.

Before I start ranting, maybe I should speak about the good parts. The writing, I thought, was quite complex and I liked the style. The story was very fascinating and I could tell it would be dark. Oddly enough, I liked the father. Because he had character.

I thought Clara, the main character, was kind of generic. She was special. She could fight. Blah, blah, blah… Also, despite those two things, she seemed quite weak. I know she would probably develop into a badass female protagonist later in the book, but she’s so squeamish and whiny in the beginning.

Now, let’s get to the romance. Or at least the beginning of it. It really bothered me. (Slight spoiler – honestly, this one doesn’t matter because if you read the book it’ll be obvious) Clara is attracted to a statue. Yes, the statue ends up being an actual person who was cursed, but before she knew that, years before she knew that, she was attracted to the statue. There is a name for when a person is attracted to a statue: Agalmatophilia. Ummm… I doubt the author addresses that in the book, which concerns me.

Also, aside from that, there was 100% insta-love. Clara and the statue-turned-human/prince (I forgot his name – oops) immediately felt a connection to each other. *smacks hand on forehead*

So, yeah. Not finishing this book. But, I suppose you could possibly like it for its storyline…


Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. You can also find my review of it on Goodreads.