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August 6, 2012

First Edition: DNF


Books that we Did Not Finish.
Everyone has it and we here in Talk Supe 
definitely have quite a few.

Braine's Shortlist
I can't complain much coz I got it free but I was at least expecting to be set into fits of laughter, unfortunately this failed to do that for me. At first I found the characters funny but midway they were starting to irritate me like nail scratching chalkboard.

Jenna was a 27 business woman panicking that she's childless and unmarried at her age. Again at first it was cute reading her go through a series of bad dates but as it moves forward I want to reach out and shake her! Zachary West, the playboy who is a commitment-phobe. He grated on my nerves from the start. His reaction even to the slightest hint of a relationship sets him to cold sweats, nervous ticks, etc. Who does that?

Moonstone by Marilee Brothers
I am a fan of YA and I really, really wanted to like the series but I had a hard time latching on to the story and Allie. There was too much drama from the start which made me so miserable from page one I no longer bothered going back to the story. I felt the odds were stacked up too soon against Allie I already felt defeated even before I got to know her better. 


Darkness Becomes Her by Jamie Rush
I love PNR/UF and though I didn't read the first 5 books, I feel like I can get away reading this because it sounded like it can be a stand-alone too. Maybe it was my mood or I probably thought wrong but I tried reading this book 3 times and I still can't get the groove of the story. I felt to bad double checking if I got the same book they did because after 3 tries I still can't

Storm Bound by Alice Gaines
I have no problems with erotica and graphic sex but I like my smut smart. As much as I love a good sexual encounter between the characters I also want depth in their emotions, intrigue, a good plot line that will get me invested in the story. I felt this novella was plain porn and not erotica, the characters especially the heroine's motivation is to get laid and stuffed by her two clients from the start. Don't get me wrong, Alice Gaines can write magma hot sex but I prefer my porn live action than on paper.


Cimmaron's Shortlist
The Peculiars by Maureen McQuerry 
I must admit, it was the cover of this book that really got me. I mean just look at it. It's pretty awesome right? Then I read the synopsis and the steampunk elements and alternate history sounded really promising. On top of that, the author, Maureen Doyle McQuerry, actually lives in the same city as I do so I figured I'd give this book a shot and support a local author.

On paper this book sounded like it would be a good read. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I read about 28% percent before I bowed out. I actually would have jumped off the train sooner but I kept telling myself to keep reading. The pacing moved awfully slow and I found the characters to be flat and I just couldn't get myself to care about the main character. I even skipped ahead a few chapters to see if the plot had gotten any better and it seemed to be moving at the same slow place as if did in the beginning.


I was actually pretty optimistic about this one. I was hoping for something that would be gut or heart wrenching especially with the serious topic of the main character suffering from anorexia. Instead, I found myself not connecting with the main character, Sethie. I sort of felt a little cold hearted because I didn't really care for her or her situation and I felt like I should have because she was suffering from anorexia. The writing was a little choppy and I just couldn't get a hang of the writer's style. Made it to about 40 pages before I gave up. 


It's main characters like Nikki that has totally turned me off from YA reads. I found her to be too stubborn, annoying and whiney. It felt like the author was trying to hard to make her a likable heroine in the beginning by having her be a blackbelt and driving a motorcycle. Sorry, that just didn't get her cool points in my book. Also, there were times when I had expected Nikki to be the kickass heroine that she was suppose to be and she just ended up being a damsel in distress. What happened to your black belt, girl?! Then there's the love triangle between Nikki and two of the halfling angels that are  sent to defend her. That whole plot device felt a little too Twilight-ish and I found myself wanting to check out as soon as possible.


16 comments:

  1. Nice post! I very rarely DNF a book, but I will say that there are two that come to mind, and they are both books that received high ratings from everyone else: the recent Slave, and the older Master of None by Sonya Bateman. It's not that I hated these books, it's just that I couldn't get into them and eventually had to put them down.

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    1. Funny how all the books I DNF are usually YA. LOL! Sorry Slave didn't get your attention. The book is categorized as erotica but it was far from it. It was a little slow but I plowed through and really ended up liking the story about Anna and the journey she's making after being bought and turned into a sex slave.

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  2. I had the same problem with Peculiars and almost the exact same thoughts! Glad I wasn't the only one >.<

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    1. Did you DNF the book too or did you actually get to finish it? Right off the bat I was just really bored with this book. And I couldn't understand about the girls hands and feet. It was just weird.

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  3. Totally with you on The Peculiars and Halflings. Couldn't get through either of them. I was most disappointed because they promised excellence and I came away with a nasty taste in my mouth.

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    1. LOL. Well I'm glad I wasn't the only one who felt this way with these two books.

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  4. Is it weird that I don't do DNFs? I can't forgive myself if I don't ever finish a book. Now that I think about it am I a masochist? I hope not. I've definitely read bad books but I guess I'm not the most picky person and I always hold out hope that it's going to get better. The only one I've read above is Peculiars. I finished it, but I was a bit disappointed, since the book had very little to do w/ the cover

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    1. It means you've been luckier with your reads compared to us.

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  5. I really struggled my way through The Peculiars. I made it, but just barely.

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    1. You are a brave woman. Did anything exciting ever happen????

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  6. Aahh too bad you couldn't finish these, some of them actually look good. And I have the Stone Girl on 'galley >.< Damn! Great post ladies

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    1. Go ahead and read it, your experience might be different than C's.

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    2. >.< Thanks Braine! We'll see how that turns out :P Lol

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  7. I always feel better when I realise I'm not the only one with DNFs....I have the Peculiars but haven't even tried reading it, and after I read some reviews of Halflings, I knew I couldn't do it to myself!

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  8. Oh wow, I DNF The Peculiars also. I felt pretty bad about it and swore to finish, but never did. I have a copy of Halfings but haven't gotten around to it yet. The thing about slow plots is they tend to turn people away instantly when in the end they may really have a good story yet fail to pack a punch. I recently finished a sloe plot book and am very proud of myself, because that title almost made my DNF list as well. It wasn't terrible, but when it takes longer than two weeks to finish, I lean hard toward setting it down until further notice(AKA Forever).

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  9. I can see where Stone girl can be a disconnect, that was my biggest complaint, and I think it if were in 1st person, that would've been fixed.
    Sorry these disappointed though! I guess its par for the course though.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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