Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Just because a book didn't work for me does not mean it won't work for you. And by sharing, maybe you won't make the same mistakes that we did. Like for instance, the two books Ellie DNFd were part of the series and because she hadn't read the previous books, she had problems following the plot but plans on going back and reading the previous books.
Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost -
Never in a thousand years did I think that I would be DNFing this book. But it's exactly what I did. It took me over a week just to get through half of Once Burned and I have no desire to continue. I've been looking forward to Vlad's spin-off series the moment Frost announced that she was writing it. Vlad is a wonderful character and I just knew that his book was going to give Bones and Cat a run for their money. Wrong. At least, for me, I was wrong. What factored into me not liking Once Burned? Leila for one. I did not like that the story was told from her 1st person POV. She's no Cat and is not funny and badass like Cat. Maybe that will come in book two. I hope so.I found myself being more annoyed by her than liking her. Another annoyance was the mind reading. We know that Vlad can read minds and because of this, this is how we are privy to his thoughts...through Leila. Boo! Vlad is too interesting a character for us to not be inside his head. I was sorely disappointed by this. And the fact that Leila is not an engaging character ruined this for me. Vlad is snarky, scary, funny and an all around smartass. I felt that this was missing (from the 53% that I read). There definitely wasn't enough to satisfy my tastes.
I could have cared less who was trying to kill Vlad. I could have cared less about Leila learning how to harness her power. I could have cared less....PERIOD. I don't know if I'm going to read the next book. The bright side of Once Burned is the brief and funny appearance of Bones and Cat. Of course, Bones stole the show.
Maybe it's me. The consensus is that this book is bad-ass. I must be missing something. I still love the world and am looking forward to the next Cat and Bones book. I'm so sad that Vlad didn't work for me on so many levels.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Even though this is an audiobook it felt like with each chapter, a little more of my life was being drained from my body. This book is SO boring and so wordy and Diana can just go kick rocks. She's dumb. She's a book smart person with no common sense - the worse kind of dumb person. There's so much going on. I think this book suffers from "everything but the kitchen sink" syndrome. A lot of stuff could have been left out. I made it to chapter 18 and I can't take it anymore. I find my mind wandering, I'm tuning out the narrator. The switch from 1st person POV to 3rd person POV is annoying as hell. I know that Matthew and Diana are going to end up together cause he is a vampire and every book that has a vampire, he must end up with the heroine. But I don't understand how or why? Matthew and Diana are both dull as dirt. So actually, they're perfect for each other. I saw in some reviews that Matthew is an alpha hero. Ummm...okay. When does that happen? Cause up until I threw in the towel, I didn't see it.
The Winemaker's Dinner by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond
I've heard the early buzz about this book. The buzz being that the writer is a male writing erotic romance. When I started reading The Winemaker's Dinner, I found the writing to be very formal. It made reading a little clunky. I also noticed, as I continued reading, that the hero, Dr. Ivan, was described in detail several times but the reader didn't know what Jaden, the heroine, looked like. After reading 50% of the book, I knew that she had black hair, green eyes and is 5'10". There were no descriptive details about her looks ,shape. It was all about Dr. Ivan. And this is why the book didn't work for me (besides the fact that he says "baby girl" and "girl" a lot. Annoying and not sexy. At. All.) Being called "girl" is only sexy when it's coming from Ryan Gosling's lips. The Winemakers Dinner seemed to be one big ego boost for Dr. Ivan. It was all about him; look at how sexy I am. Look at how awesome I am. Jaden was in his shadow the entire time (hence why I think she wasn't described in detail). I read half the book and couldn't go any further. I didn't find any of the characters likable and was not invested in their relationship.After much eye-rolling and muttering "give me a break" throughout the book, I decided it was best for me to leave The Winemaker's Dinner.
I've read rave reviews about The Winemaker's Dinner but this book didn't work for me.
The Key by Simon Toyne
I was very excited to read The Key by Simon Toyne since the reviews I read on Goodreads just raved about this book. What I didn’t know is that this is the second in a trilogy and I quickly discovered that the books need to be read in order to be able to follow along. The writing is excellent and I tried so hard to piece together what had happened and catch up but it was impossible. I plan on reading Sanctus, the first book, which I’ve heard good things about too. I am sadly disappointed that I had to DNF this book but it is impossible to read without knowing what happened in Sanctus.
Stalking the Others by Jess Haines
I have attempted to read Stalking the Others on three different occasions over the last few months and I have finally given up. I am not saying this is a bad book, quite the contrary but because I have not read the first three books in the series I am so lost. This is a complex series with a lot of history and there is no way to jump into this series. These books are not written to be stand alones and so I will go back and start at book one and I have a feeling I will love this series. I can’t wait to come back and give a real review of Stalking the Others.