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?

Mini-Reviews: Finding Audrey & Pointe

This (first) round of mini-reviews features the contemporary books: Finding Audrey and PointeThere are some spoilers in my review of Pointe but you can read on to find out what I think of Finding Audrey. 

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I have really mixed thoughts about this book..On one hand, I’m pleased that I read a book featuring a character struggling with and recovering from anxiety..On the other hand, I’m frustrated that her recovery and sometimes other aspects of Audrey’s life aren’t portrayed that realistically. For example, Audrey overcomes SAD surprisingly fast..I mean in the start of the book, she experiences a lot of lows but then she starts hanging out with Linus and it feels like her SAD just disappears during some of those encounters. That just didn’t seem natural to me because her SAD is pretty bad in the beginning of the book. And then her therapist keeps pushing her to do things she’s clearly not ready for. Is this normal? 

Audrey is also really obsessed with Linus. But what bothers me is that she’s experiencing severe anxiety that makes her feel like she’s about to get attacked any minute and all of a sudden, she sees this guy (Linus) and decides she likes him?! It just doesn’t make any sense..I also did not like the way Linus treats her. At first he seemed perfect but he can be a bit of an asshole and even goes as far as to imply that she’s selfish because she wants to do something that could cause her to relapse. I’m not sure if the author wanted to make Linus seem more human by making him flawed but he seemed like a jerk to me. I hated the romance because it was unnecessary and seemed to imply that Audrey wouldn’t have been able to recover if she didn’t meet Linus.

So I had some issues with this book..but I couldn’t help liking the author’s writing style and finding parts of it entertaining. 

Rating: 3.5 stars

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I feel like the cover and the title of the book are a bit misleading because while ballet is incorporated into the book..it’s not what I think of when I remember this book. I think about a thirteen year old girl who’s tricked into “dating” a man who is way older than he claims he is. Quite frankly, I think of rape. And I’m glad that this book is addressing this incredibly important issue of teenagers being taken advantage of.

I like how the author tackles the topic of sexual assault through the perspective of Theo who is a very pragmatic character. Present-day Theo is in no way “innocent” but she still hasn’t realized the truth about her relationship with her ex-boyfriend. In the start of the book, Theo’s ex-boyfriend is just a cherished memory but when she discovers that her ex and Donovan’s kidnapper are the same person, she starts analysing her past. That is when things start getting interesting. We start seeing flashbacks to her time with her ex as she tries to figure out whether to speak up at his trial (and tell the truth about what he did to her).

This is definitely not a light read and it’s fairly intense at some parts but it’s worth trying.

Rating: 5 stars