To All The Books I Never Finished
You know when you’re going through a reading slump and you find yourself starting a lot of books but not finishing them? Or maybe it just happens that you start a lot of books and statistically it just turns out that a higher percentage than expected suck? Well, both of those things happened to me, and I found myself with a lot of DNF books that I didn’t want to review. My answer? MULTI REVIEW POST!
So here we are, and I’m reviewing a bunch of books I never actually finished. They’re by no means comprehensive reviews – just reasons why I didn’t finish the books.
Dear Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
I wanted to finish you. I really did. We were going so well together. We made it about 50% of the book before I completely lost interest. The Prince character showed up and there was already a love interest and it was just becoming a jumble of stuff that I had no interest in.
And the writing just didn’t sit well for me. It never felt as polished as I thought it should have been. Then there was the little problem of what appeared to be a kind of love quadruple. Very confusing. Very meh to me, since I was starting not to care about any of them.
All up, i t just equalled a big nope for me.
Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
God I was so close with this book. I made it all the way up to 90% and then said fuck it as I threw the book against the wall.
The problem was half me and half not me. Part of me was after a book about someone exploring their bisexuality. I really wanted that. And while the blurb made it clear that there would be some cheating in it, I didn’t expect to feel as disgusted with Will as I did. Especially since both Brandy and Angus are so awesome.
Also, I wasn’t expecting the bisexuality aspect to be such a side issue to that of parental neglect and conflicting issues of divorcee kids and depression and stuff. Really, most of this book was about Will’s parents letting him down. And this is going to sound terrible – I’m sure the author didn’t intend this. But it felt like a lot of Will’s messing around with Brandy and Angus was less because he wanted to explore his sexuality and more because he was depressed and desperate for human contact with whoever he could get it with. And that’s simply not the kind of story I was interested in reading.
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler
My problem with this novel was that I seriously just did not like, or want anything to do with Josh Chester. And unfortunately, him and his problems get a lot of page time. I actually only picked this book up for Van and Brianna. They were the reason I was reading this book. The sole reason. It’s not like I went in expecting to like Josh. Even from the synopsis, I knew that wasn’t going to happen. But I didn’t expect not to like Van too, and to find her difficult to connect with as a character. Brianna held no interest to me as a love interest. I struggled to get the attraction.
Ultimately, while this book was well written, it just wasn’t for me.
Rapture Practise by Aaron Hartzler
This one was a really personal read for me. I couldn’t keep reading this book because I just couldn’t get over how horrible Aaron’s parents were in the book. And the fact that any child has to grow up in that environment seriously saddens me. It made it doubly hard to read since I used to be in that environment and the trauma of leaving and reentering the real world made it really hard to go back in the narrative. There was nothing wrong with this book, per se. Everything is well written and interesting, but not interesting enough to hold my attention through the hard times I had reading the trauma Aaron went through.
Shadows by Robin Mckinley
This book is so thoroughly McKinley, and whilst I felt her need to ramble and tell a story so thoroughly was charming and interesting for Sunshine, it was downright annoying and aggravating for Shadows. This book was like molasses. Hard to get through and just as interesting. If you’re a hardcore McKinley fan then you’ll probably like this, but otherwise you’re likely to find yourself too bogged down in unnecessary literary extrapolation to really enjoy the story.
Everything leads to you by Nina Lacour
I was actually super into this book. Like, super. I just loved the main character. I don’t really know what happened with this book. Once the mystery was solved and Emi and Ava were starting to bond, I just kind of lost interest. Decided not to pick it up again one day and never looked back. Sometimes these things just happen. Sometimes a book loses its glow and you stop loving everything about it. That’s just how this book was with me.