DNF Report: Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

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Rebel Bully Geek Pariah

Erin Jade Lange

Publication: 2/16/2016

*No Rating*

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“The Breakfast Club” gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

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DNF at 42%

I’m going to be honest: I started reading this book a long time ago and put it down.  I tried to pick it back up but within the first 5 minutes of reading I was annoyed again at how stupid these characters were.

For some reason all four teenagers think that it would be better to steal an SUV than to either a) hide in the woods and wait for the cops to be gone or b) just let the cops find them and get a ticket for underage drinking, which THE MAIN CHARACTER WASN’T EVEN DOING.  Nope. Instead they steal an SUV, run from a bunch of “cops” who are shooting at them, and wind up with a bunch of heroin in their possession.  And they let the kid who has been drinking drive them around, and he HITS SOMEBODY. Like What the HELL? And then when Sam, the MC, is given the chance to leave, does she take it? Nope. She sticks around and they all run off to Boston and York’s mansion cabin in the woods.  What an idiot.

There are plenty of other books I can be reading instead of wasting my time on something that is making me angry.

A Not So Happy Ending: DNF Report of Bookishly Ever After

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Bookishly Ever After

Ever After #1

Isabel Bandeira

Publication: 1/12/2016

Source: Netgalley e-ARC

*No Rating*

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I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.


In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?


**I started reading this book and then I got sick which messed everything up.  I seem to have lost my notes, so this isn’t exactly a real review.  Well, it’s not a real review anyway since I DNFed it**

I am simply too old to enjoy this book. I stopped reading at 47%.

First of all, nothing is happening plot wise.  She goes to school, work and band practice, she reads and talks with her friends. Nothing else has happened. And the romance? I like a slow burn romance, but this is taking it way too far.   Too much of them just flirting and then Phoebe freaking out and then more flirting and freaking, on and on.  And I’m not even half way through! What the hell else could happen in the next 50% to make up for the fact that I wasted so much of my time watching them flirt and Phoebe freak out over it.  Apparently they go to a camp at some point?  That isn’t even really explained because it’s winter?

I really liked Dev. He seemed extremely sweet and nerdy in the most adorable way.

I wish I had liked Phoebe.  She comes off as incredibly juvenile and naive.  I hate when I have to remind myself that a character is 16 and not 12.   And she was kind of really annoying. She is constantly jumping to conclusions and that IS SO ANNOYING.  I just wanted to shake her. In fact, when she saw Dev talking to another girl and INSTANTLY wanted to cry because of COURSE he couldn’t like Phoebe! He’s totally into this other girl! And then she runs off and cries, I was done.  Yeah, I get that sometimes when you’re 16 you may think these things.  But it is up to the ADULT writer to tell the teenager reading that THIS IS STUPID. DO NOT DO THIS. Like come on. Let us share some of the wisdom we have gained in the decade (well for me anyway) it’s been since we were 16.  God, I’ve learned so much.  Anyway.

I did like that she had some out there hobbies and interests, like archery and knitting. Those aren’t things you see is YA very often.  But I just couldn’t connect with her at all because, honestly, it felt as if she was 12 years old.

And don’t even get me started on Em. What an obnoxious, horrible friend. Ugh I could not stand her one little bit.

I’m sure this ends adorably, but I’m already behind on my reading schedule, so I’m giving up.  I’m just not that interested.  From what I’ve read, I would still totally recommend it, but probably to the younger set of YA readers.

Also…where could this series possibly be going?? Are there going to be 2 other books focused on Phoebe? Or are they going to follow around 2 other equally naive girls?

My first DNF of 2016

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Zero Day

Jan Gangsei

Publication: 1/12/16

Source: Netgalley e-ARC

*no rating*

I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.


Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping case of the decade. Addie vanished—and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.

Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the oval office after a tumultuous first term. Then, the unthinkable happens: the president’s daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family’s fold, but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the president’s political circle who find her timely return suspicious.

When the NSA approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s childhood best friend and the son of the president’s chief of staff, he doesn’t know what to think. How could this slip of a girl be a threat to national security? But at the risk of having his own secrets exposed by the powerful government agency, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.

It soon becomes apparent that Addie is much more than the traumatized victim of a sick political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission. Will she choose to complete it? And what will happen if she does?


 

I’m going to be honest. This DNF is a direct result of a book slump.  Even though I know I shouldn’t have, I tried and forced myself to continue reading when I was simply not in the mood and I have taken it out on the book. There are a bunch of glowing reviews on Goodreads but this was not the right time for me to read this.  I might go back to it when I am not so bitter at my lack of desire to read.

I made it 41% and I’m just not feeling it. I’m bored and I honestly don’t care what Addie is hiding. There are multiple POV and random ones at that.  I mean I don’t care about the police officer whose car was attacked by Cerberus.  It’s just a weak way to create suspense. I always feel like random POV shifts are cop outs for bad storytelling unless you find a really interesting way to do so. And Addie and Darrow are supposed to be the MCs and I swear by 41% of the book, it seems to focus way more on these random POVs.

Also so far the hackers have shown that yes they are able to hack into a bunch of shit but they haven’t actually harmed anyone so I’m not sure why everyone is freaking out.  Well no. I get why everyone is freaking out I just think they are a really lame “Big Bad” so far.  Not that I want them to be killing people, but murder does always up the suspense!!   Whether Addie is a part of this or not should be like a burning question but I just don’t care.

And Addie. I mean she was kidnapped. She was kept from her family for 8 years. She is possibly involved with the domestic terrorists.  And she is extremely blah.  She has no personality.  She is an unreliable narrator and she LOVES to point it out to us.

“You know, like Adele, the singer.”

“Oh. I don’t know her,” Addie said even as “Rolling in the Deep” started looping through her mind.

I would have loved to have more focus on the fact that SHE WAS KIDNAPPED and she is possibly suffering from Stockholm Syndrome or she has been completely turned evil by her captors. But I don’t care because she has absolutely no personality. Where is her suffering? Where is her turmoil over being reunited with her family and the fact that she is possibly trying to bring down her father’s administration?

And Darrow is just as boring.  Yeah he was the last person to see Addie before she was kidnapped, but is really realistic that he is basically in love with her when they meet again at 16?  Both of them have this weird insta-love thing going on, all based on the fact that they were friends when they were 8.  Also, his secrets the government agent is threatening to expose?  As far as I got into the book, they were pretty weak secrets and would not be that big of a deal if it got out.

Honestly, at this point Addie’s sister Elinor is my favorite character and she isn’t even actually in the book yet because she is away at rehab.

I just don’t have the patience to finish this book at the moment.  I wish I had waited to read it but now I’m just annoyed.  I will admit that it does provide one of the most accurate descriptions of DC, which is always appreciated.

ETA: I survived the book slump!  I am almost back in full swing with my reading (of course it took reading a “just for fun” type book.  I did go back and try to read this again.  I got up to 54% and I still wasn’t feeling it.  It’s just not all that interesting and there are way more exciting ARCs/books I already own I could be reading.  I still might go back to it eventually. 

DNF Report: Part Deux*

*if you read that like the announcer on VH1’s “I Love the 90s: Part Deux”** I love you and we are soulmates

**Also, they really need to put the I Love the 90s out on DVD.  Now on to the post

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Here are some more of the books I have marked “DNF” recently.  Some made me extremely angry.  Others bored me to tears.  Others I simply lost interest in.  If available, I will provide my Goodreads “review” for why I DNFed, and if not I will try my best to remember my reasoning.

Now That You’re Here by Amy K Nichols

dnf at 42%. This is probably more my fault than the book, but I put it down for a few weeks and kind of have no desire to go back to it. I didn’t particularly relate to any of the characters and I just don’t really care about what happens.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I kind of lost all desire to continue reading this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door, and I have so many other books I want to read there is no point to continue with this at this point. Maybe I’ll try again.

Sway by Kat Spears

I didn’t write anything for this, but I remember this making me extremely angry.  The guy was an asshole and I think it reminded me why I rarely read books from a male POV.

Splintered by AG Howard

yeah…I think I’m gonna go ahead and mark this DNF. I started reading this book back in December, got about 70% (I think) put it down and never picked it back up. And on top of that, I’ve read a few reviews that say the series just goes down hill and if I wasn’t that into the first one I doubt I will like the rest of them.

70%!  I probably should have just suffered through at that point.

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Nope.

HAHA I can’t believe all I wrote was “Nope”.  This book really pissed me off as well. The MC was an asshole, and not the kind of lovable asshole.  Plus, I think it might have been really offensive.  Or that was Sway.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I read such wonderful reviews about this, and I just couldn’t. I Haven’t picked it up in like a week. It was SO MOTHERFUCKING BORING. I DNF at around 70% and NOTHING had happened.

with such an important mission resting on her shoulders, Nyx didn’t do a lot of anything except whine and wander around a house talking about about her mission. I couldn’t stand Nyx and how wishy washy she was about everything. I mean, i understand not being sure about things, but when you have a different opinion on something practically every single page…I wanted to strangle her. Nyx loved her family. she hated them. she loved them. she hated them. She hated the demon dude ( I don’t even remember his name, and he was the best part about this book), but she loved him. No she loved his SHADOW, no she hated him. I mean my neck hurts from all the back and forth.

There was also the added fact that there was MAJOR insta love and a love triangle. I don’t automatically hate love triangles. In fact, sometimes I can enjoy them. But usually only when the girl (as those are the most frequent love triangles I come across) that the two guys are falling all over at least has some redeeming qualities so I understand why they like her. I mean, even the love triangle in this wasn’t as bad as the fucking instalove. It’s actually one of the worst cases of it I have come across recently.

And that’s about it. 70% through the book and that’s all I got. It was actually just starting to get a bit more interesting, but at this point I don’t even fucking care. Of course, I seem to be in the minority about this book, so it’s probably more of a “it’s not you it’s me”. I will still check out Crimson Bound

Sorry for all the cursing in this one, it must have really bored me.  Also another one where I made it 70% and gave up! I’m disappointed in myself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

This is one of the first books I remember actively DNFing.  I was reading it while at a family wedding, and I every time I would pick it up I kept complaining about how BORING it was.  And then my BF’s sister asked why I was still reading it if it was so boring, and I didn’t have an answer.  So I stopped.

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

I only made it 60 pages in, but I am so bored. The Rapture has come and the world is ending and I just can’t find anything to care about.

Looks like I didn’t give this one that much more than 50 pages.  Oh well.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

DNF 50%. SO BORING!

YA DNF Report

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My review on Saturday was for the book, Inherit the Stars, and when I say I forced myself to finish, I mean it. From very early on in the book I wanted to DNF it.  I wanted to throw my kindle across the room in frustration and just be done with it.  But I powered through and it sucked.  I probably should have just given up and not wasted my time.

For the longest time I always tried to finish every book I started.  Sometimes I would be reading and enjoying it just fine, put the book down and forget about it, but I don’t think I ever consciously decided to give up on a book. Until recently, that is.  I’ve learned that there are just way too many books out there to force myself to finish a shitty one when I would rather be sticking a fork in a socket.  It still doesn’t happen all too often, and I usually never rate them (unless the author or the content is particularly offensive). And sometimes I still do force myself to finish, as with the case of Inherit the Stars.

Sometimes I try to make it 50 pages, others maybe 25%.  Others I give up within the first few sentences.  It really just depends on the book and my mood at the time of reading.

So here are some of the  YA books I have DNFed.  It ended up being pretty longso I decided to break it into a few different posts.  This week I’m featuring:

Books Where I Read Less than 50 Pages

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Hmm.  I don’t really remember much of this book. I didn’t give a reason for DNFing, but I’m sure I was bored and then influenced by negative reviews.  Maybe I’ll try again?

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Another one I don’t really remember, which might indicate why I stopped after 50 pages.  It was about faeries.  I’ve yet to really find a book about faeries that I’ve really enjoyed.

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

I kind of remember why I DNFed it even though I didn’t give a reason.  I don’t think I was able to buy the “It’s the future but we’ve reverted back to the 1800s” plot line.  Maybe it was the writing.

Love Lucy by April Linder

dnf on page 23. I know that’s really early to give up on a book, but I knew from page 1 that I didn’t like Lucy and I’m not a huge fan of the writing style. So, I read a few reviews, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, so why waste my time?–Goodreads “Review”

Remembrance by Michelle Madow

12%. I’m not going to invest any more time in a character who lets her boyfriend treat her the way he does. Fuck that. –Goodreads “Review”

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

I stopped reading when her grandfather’s rival stole her gpa’s glasses off of his corpse at the wake. Ummm. I’m sure it’s a super cute book but WTF?–Goodreads “Review”

 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

I didn’t give a reason but I think I really just ran out of time on my library check out and just decided not to renew it?  I’ll probably give it another chance if I like the book she has coming out in 2016.

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

This one suffered from a major Manic Pixie Dream Girl and I just couldn’t deal with it.

 

What about you?  What are some of your recently DNF victims?  Or do you always finish what you start?  Should I give any of the books above a second chance?