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I never share my reviews for the books I DNF on my blog and for a long time I’ve considered changing this up, but I am still not sure if I want to do that. As I don’t DNF a lot of books each year I thought it would make for an interesting end of the year post. I list which books I DNF’d this year, with their blurb, cover and reason why I DNF’d them. In total I DNF’d 4 books this year, which means one book every 3 months, which isn’t too bad.
The Girl In Between (The Girl in Between series #1)
by Laekan Zea Kemp
Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.
But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.
Why I DNF’d this book:
I DNF’d this book at 30%. While this book has an interesting premise, it just didn’t work for me. The dream world was weird and confusing. The waking world wasn’t interesting enough and the focus on her disease made me feel uneasy. In the end I simply didn’t care enough about anything to continue reading.
Cutlass (Cutlass #1)
by Ashley Nixon
Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.
Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.
But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.
Why I DNF’d this book:
DNF’d this at 32%. Just didn’t work for me, the pace felt slow and the story or characters didn’t capture my atention. I also kept thinking that they were adults as for some reason it seemed more logical that they were adults, I mean Barren was only 18 and the captain of a ship. Also not a fan of the whole revenge plot line. And how suddenly everyone turned out to be a pirate.
The descriptions where well done and I really felt like I was there on the ship. Just not a book for me, but I would recomend it if you like highish fantasy and pirates.
The Rogue You Know (Covent Garden Cubs #2)
by Shana Galen
She’s beyond his reach…
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London’s dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society’s most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.
…and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London’s glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it’s too late. But as she descends into London’s underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she’s willing to pay…for the love of a reformed thief.
Why I DNF’d this book:
DNF at 38%. This book just wasn’t for me. At first I felt a bit confused, not having read the first book in the series didn’t work as well for me as I felt like I missed a part of what happened before. The story was just a tad too unbelievable for me and I couldn’t get into the story. It just didn’t hold my attention. The writing didn’t captivate me and I couldn’t connect to the characters. Parts felt fast and slow at the same time, they were going to gardens, but it felt like they never would get there.
The Mark of Noba (The Sterling Wayfairer Series #1)
by G.L. Tomas
Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.
But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.
Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.
If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.
Why I DNF’d this book:
I DNF’d this book at 57%. The story couldn’t hold my attention and it felt like the pace was very slow. I kept hoping for things to happen and more fantasy elements, but if that will happen it is in the later half of the book. There were just so many questions and things that remained unclear. It just wasn’t the book for me, even though there were some interesting parts it couldn’t hold my attention.