Friday, February 20, 2015

January/February DNFs


I've been WOEFULLY behind on reviewing this month (and, er, last month), but to say it's been busy over in Gillianville would be an understatement. But in an attempt to catch up, I'm going to partake in a revewing SPREE, knocking out as many books as I can in one fell swoop. BUCKLE UP, IT'S GOING TO BE A BUMPY POST.

ETA: So, that ended up being a pretty short spree. I GOT TIRED AND THERE WERE THIN MINTS TO BE EATEN Adult responsibilities took priority, as expected


Release date: April 15th, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt (Macmillan)
Length: 336 pages
Source: ARC from the publisher

First off: BLESS THIS COVER REDESIGN, because holy mackeral, is the original terrible and the new great. Now on to the bad news. I could not get into the groove of this book. I found the writing really rough (hopefully not because it was a translation and VERY clunky. The jokes didn't charm me, the story was strangely slow and unengaging, and while I think if I'd been willing to push past a really awkward and ungainly start, I might have been charmed by the main character (maybe?), I just didn't ahve the patience at the time to put in the effort. Love the concept, but I'm not wowed by the execution. But I may try this one a bit closer to pub date, since they pushed back the release from January and I now have more time! You have a second chance, book!

Verdict: Try again later.


Release date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte (Random House)
Length: 448
Source: ARC

First book of 2015 to make me truly question my life choices. DNF on page 28. I may get back to this one, but to be honest, the beginning is absolutely terrible, and my desire to continue is very low. The writing is all tepid telling, the worldbuilding is hideously poorly explained (I have zero clue what is going on), and then there are these examples, again, all from the first 30 pages:

John was handsome, with a finely carved face, blue eyes, and brown hair tinted gold from the summer sun. He was strong and quick, and Quin had been in love with him for some time.

And then, a paragraph later:

Shinobu's mother had been Japanese, and his face had taken the best features from the East and the West and combined them into something nearly perfect. He had straight, dark red hair and a wiry body that was already taller than that of the average Japanese male.

Just me, or is that, um, a SUPER PROBLEMATIC description??

Quin had dark hair cut chin length and a lovely face with ivory skin and large, dark eyes. Those eyes flashed mischievously at him as he followed.

"I need you," he whispered to her. "I don't want to be alone...I love you, Quin..."
Then they were kissing again

"It's meant to be, the two of us together."
The trouble cleared from Quin's face a little. She almost smiled. "It's meant to be," she agreed.

It had always seemed to John that Shinobu was in love with Quin, but since they were cousins of some sort, there was never a question of Quin feeling anything romantic towards Shinobu.

John's eyes were deep. That was how Quin had always thought of them. When he was with her, they would flash with humor and love, but at other times they were desolate and hungry, as though searching for something far away and out of reach.

Then there's the fact that, besides being in Scotland, I have no idea when or in what universe this is set. There's an airship, and futuristic weapons, and people called the...Dreads? Don't know who the hell they are. The writing just isn't for me.

Verdict: HARD PASS


  1. Oh my GOD the writing in The Seeker. OH MY GOD. I knew it was awful because the brave souls who attempted it said so, but I didn't think it could be THIS BAD. This is awful.

  2. It's such a pity that you didn't like these books. I agree that the cover redesign is amazing. Happy reading! :)
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  3. I LOVED Dream a Little Dream. Although I think both covers are good as well. Sorry that you didn't like it! The Seeker is that bad of writing? Too bad. Guess I'll skip it then since I am already not the biggest reader of that type of fantasy.

  4. I made it to 50% in Seeker before I DNFed - it didn't get any better. You saved yourself from a lot of frustration!

  5. Those quotes sure are, ahem, something. As for procrastination, uhh, *side eyes the empty thin mint box on my bedside table.*

  6. oh wow that Seek book sounds like it is not for me

  7. Man. Seeker has not done well with anyone. It sounds ugh and I'm so happy I chose to skip it after seeing the early reviews. I had high hopes and obviously I'd have been disappointed. I have Dream up to read somewhat soon and I hope I can enjoy it. And yes, that cover redo is SO MUCH BETTER.

  8. I like the original German cover of Dream a Little Dream a lot more but I'm biased because it's my mother tongue. ;) But I agree with you... it's a very slow plot development and I honest don't feel any romantic vibes between the main character and THE guy. I tending towards another guy but oh well. I can't judge if the English translation is sloppy but I thought the original was very charming and funny. Not like Ruby Red but good.

  9. Gier's previous series wasn't good, but it was the kind of bad that I can totally get behind. I was massively entertained, even though I knew it was deeply flawed. This does not sound like that at all. I'm glad I resisted requesting, though I did download the egalley and then go "whoops what egalley?"

    Seek(er) and you shall not find anything good.

  10. Seeker got so burned...I'm really sad to see such a waste. But from what I have read, I have no interest in picking this one up.


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