Mini-Reviews | DNF Edition

All of these reviews are long overdue so I’m really sorry about that…But they all discuss my reasons for DNFing the three eARCs I was sent. In fact I had sky-high expectations for two of those books (Torn Sky and Another Day)but my expectations weren’t met..at all. Awake was a book I requested because the cover and blurb intrigued me but I didn’t get far into it either. To be honest, it took me a while to write this post because I had trouble identifying what exactly made me want to DNF these books. I also think that in most instances, it was just a matter of taste and the book wasn’t a good fit for me.

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Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided by Alloy Entertainment via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I was, initially, really excited to read this book because I reviewed the previous books on my old blog and gave them 5 stars. Unfortunately, Torn Sky’s first chapter disappointed me with it’s choppy sentences and info-dumping. I kept coming across sentences that were just designed to convey as much information as possible about what happened in the previous books. I was also expecting something more action-packed and the book didn’t immediately deliver on this. And for some reason.. I just couldn’t “get” into the book. In the previous books, I got caught up in the action and felt like I was actually in the dystopian world. This time, there was this disconnect that left me feeling like I really didn’t care what happened next or whether the characters survived. However, this book is part of a series and you should definitely give the first book a try if you’re curious. And who knows, maybe you’ll like the third book way more than I did!

Rating: 3 stars

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Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided by SOURCEBooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to read this book but……I didn’t get further than 10%. I mean I just couldn’t keep reading. The main character, Scarlett, annoyed the hell out of me. She was just super shallow and made dumbass decisions (like sharing her past with a guy she’s known for less than a day). If I didn’t hate the MC enough, the romance was bad enough to make me want to gouge my eyes out. Not only is there the dreaded instalove that occurs in the first chapter alone but the dialogue was disgustingly cliché and the parts where they “get to know each other” were pretty vague. Also the friendship between Scarlett and Imogen was pretty cringe-worthy. They’re both so catty, and in what I read alone, they didn’t seem a lot like friends. And then there’s the writing itself – the writing style was definitely not my cup of tea. There was almost zero description and most of the time, the author was just telling you what happens. I am a sucker for beautiful prose…and this just wasn’t cutting it. I was hoping I would end up enjoying this book but I guess it just wasn’t for me so I won’t be recommending it. 

Rating: 2 stars

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I truly expected to fall in love with this book and a the majority of reviews I read implied that I would..but I didn’t. I just couldn’t get into the book – I felt this disconnect like I ultimately didn’t care what happened to the main characters. I think this might have been because of the writing style – something I am very picky about and is either a hit or a miss…this time it was a miss. I was also annoyed by the main character, Rhiannon because in the pages I did read, she was very passive around her boyfriend, Justin (who is f***** awful). She kept second-guessing herself and cringing whenever she said something that Justin might not be okay with and then stressing after apologizing (because Justin hates when she apologizes.. of-course). Who knows, maybe if I kept going,the characters may have ended up redeeming themselves..but there’s only so many hours in the day and in the end, I just didn’t feel like finishing this book.

Rating: 2.5 stars

So I’m curious – what were your impressions of these books & did you enjoy them?

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7 thoughts on “Mini-Reviews | DNF Edition

  1. Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout says:

    OMG, I don’t know if you just redesigned your blog or I just haven’t dropped by in a while (probably the latter, shame on me), but I ADORE your new blog design. It’s so clean and minimalist! While I haven’t heard much about these books, the covers look absolutely gorgeous and I’m so disappointed that they aren’t as good as the aesthetic suggests. I detest it when mediocre books have beautiful covers — I FEEL SO LIED TO.

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    • Rachana says:

      Hi Alyssa! Yes I ended up changing the blog theme haha. I’m glad you like it! I wondered how it would be received but the response has been so positive (yay!). Oh gosh, I know right?! Awake’s cover was one of my favorites but the book itself was pretty bad. Oh well, I’m glad I at-least tried the book. 🙂 (Thanks for stopping by!)

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    • Rachana says:

      You welcome 🙂 I’m glad you liked them. I guess we all have different tastes when it comes to books and I know others will probably enjoy these more than I did.

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  2. thewritinghufflepuff says:

    I haven’t read any of these, but I think Every Day is on my Goodreads TBR? Sometimes I don’t even know anymore haha. Every Day is the prequel to Another Day right? If I get around to reading Every Day and enjoy it, I’ll give Another Day a try!

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    • Rachana says:

      Hahah yeah that’s me these days. I keep double-checking the goodreads page for the book to see if I’ve actually added it but I never go on my tbr shelf. Seems like a good plan! 🙂

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