Mini Book Reviews: Recent DNFs

Posted October 30, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments Tags: , ,


I received this book for free from ALAAC17 in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Book Reviews: Recent DNFsAn Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on September 26th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, Romance
Pages: 300
Format: ARC
Source: ALAAC17
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Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There's only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.
Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

I can see why people are loving this but it just isn’t for me. I feel like aside from the flowery and overly descriptive writing, there are no actual emotions there. I don’t understand the MC or her motivations and I certainly don’t understand the “feelings” that seemed to develop between her and Rook. There was barely any interaction between them, at least shown on the pages, before she decides she has deep feelings for him. Up until the point I stopped reading, Rook also had shown very little personality. I’m sure I could keep reading and learn more about both of them and see more of a connection between them, but I just don’t want to. Overall, the writing style just isn’t for me. I do hope others will continue to love it, though.


I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Book Reviews: Recent DNFsKissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
Published by Swoon Reads on August 1st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher
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Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...
After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.
With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

Everyone seems to love this one and I wanted a fun romance, so I thought I’d give it a try. Bad idea. I’m just not in the mood to read about an alcoholic teenager who cheats on his girlfriend when he’s drunk and a girl that justifies it by saying his girlfriend is a bitch. I’ve only read 86 pages but it isn’t cute or fun or swoony. When a guy is only kissing you when he’s drunk and he also still has a girlfriend, he’s probably not a great guy. Also, I really hate the dad in this one and I’m pretty sure it’s only going to get worse. I’m sure there’s probably some character development and growth along the way in this one but I’m just don’t really want to spend any more time with these characters right now.


Mini Book Reviews: Recent DNFsThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Published by HarperTeen on September 20th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, fantasy
Pages: 398
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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When kingdom come, there will be one.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown. 

I tried this one on audio and got almost halfway through but I just can’t keep everything and everyone straight. There are so many characters and the audio switches POV without any warning or voice changes. So I’m having a really hard time following everything that’s happening and where it’s happening and who it’s happening to. Also, I’m just not that invested in the story. I feel like we’re still meeting people and getting to know them even though I’m almost halfway through. When do things start happening? I don’t know. So I’m giving up on this one for now and if I go back to it later, it’ll definitely be in book format.

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