It’s not you, it’s me: DNF

Posted 9 February, 2015 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 10 Comments

It happens. You pick up a book, thinking it’s going to be awesome and, for whatever reason, it just doesn’t catch your interest. You might set it aside, planning to pick it up later, when you’re in the mood. Or you might close it with finality, knowing you’ll never pick it up again. Either way, the book becomes…a Did Not Finish. It’s just not for you, though someone will love it. And that’s the thing about stories: there’s something for everyone, but not every book is for everyone. (And sometimes you’ll feel like the damn black sheep because you don’t like a book that everyone else is raving about.) I had kind of a run of set-aside books in January. (Maybe it was because it was January. Dreary month.)

20256579Unmade (Entangled #2) by Amy Rose Capetta
(YA Science Fiction; 384 pages; January 13, 2015; HMH Books for Young Readers)

Actually, I just realized this is the second book in a duology. No wonder I didn’t know what the hell was going on. Duh. Seriously, I was so damn lost in this story. There was absolutely no worldbuilding in this story. I was dropped onto a sentient ship (cool) with all these aliens and a couple of humans on the run from Unmakers who, as near as I could tell, were humans (??) who wanted to wipe all other humans off the face of the universe. Cade can see the music of the universe (also cool) and she’s supposed to be humanity’s savior. Or something. I was intrigued but not enough to pick this story up again after I put it down.

22392926Soulprint by Megan Miranda
(YA Science Fiction; 368 pages; February 3, 2015; Bloomsbury USA Childrens)

I think my ennui effected my enjoyment of this story. Because it’s a pretty intriguing premise: your past-life deeds follow you into the next life — and, in this society, you can be held accountable for said deeds. But they go to such extremes with this teen girl, who supposedly committed terrible crimes in her past life. She’s isolated on an island, guarded to such an extreme that it’s overkill. And then some people break her out, though they don’t seem very excited about it. I put it down and really have no desire to pick it back up, despite some great reviews from fellow readers. *sigh*

20821306Zodiac (Zodiac Series #1) by Romina Russell
(YA Science Fiction; 336 pages; December 9, 2014; Razorbill)

Another story that I really wanted to like that I set aside to never pick up again. Why are you failing me, YA Science Fiction?!? I love SciFi…but it’s just not hitting the right chord with me. Let’s blame it on January. Darned month of darkness. Because this one had potential, too. Worlds broken into different houses, teens studying to be part of the Guardians, a “bad” thirteenth sign of the Zodiac out to destroy the peace they’ve attained. Except there wasn’t enough worldbuilding or character building to keep me reading. *double sigh*

underUnder the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3) by Angie Stanton
(NA Contemporary; 400 pages; May 5, 2015; Harper Teen)

I feel kind of bad DNFing this one so early but, dear god, I hated Garrett Jamieson. What a complete and total prick. He’s all pissed off and behaving like a three-year-old because his brothers fell in love (in the previous two books) and quit the band. His dad says (once) he should be a producer so Garrett pulls some strings and winds up at one of the hottest studios in the city, where Riley works. Of course, he ambles in, thinking he’s hot shit since he’s a (former) hot band dude and steals Riley’s shot at being an assistant producer (he doesn’t even realize it. Clueless.). Then he discovers she was on some America’s Got Talent kind of show and can really sing so he’s thinking she’s his shot back into the big leagues. He harasses her endlessly to sing again, never taking into account her feelings or why she doesn’t want to be in the spotlight again or even bothering to try and get to know her as a person (he probably does this later, as they fall in love and all). He even sets her up to sing the National Anthem at a Cubs game, springing it on her last minute without even asking her, after she’s said no to singing multiple times (she leaves him in the lurch, and he has to sing it. Heh.). I stopped after her mom manipulated Riley into co-signing her car loan (that can only end badly) because I was done.

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10 Responses to “It’s not you, it’s me: DNF”

  1. Sorry Soulprint didn’t catch your interest Mary! I quite liked that one, but I’ve been in your shoes where nothing I pick up seems to work for me. That pretty much describes most of my November and December:) I’ve read a few recently that have worked better though, so I’m hoping that streak continues!
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  2. Go Mary for these DNF’s, it usually takes me aged to DNF a book because I always assume that I’m going to be missing out on so much amazingness by giving up already. I was laughing so hard at your review of Under the Spotlight, Garrett sounds like such a douche, walking around like hes’s god’s gift. Thank you for your honest reviews on these books!
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  3. I’m sorry these did not work out so well for you Mary – it happens though. Hmmm … I’ve been curious about Zodiac by Romina Russell because I love the sound of the houses and all. I’m sad to hear it did not keep your interest as much as you hoped. January has been such a dark and dreary month – thanks goodness I’m seeing more sun here and not FOG everyday. Thanks for your thoughtful and honest reviews!! 🙂
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