DNF Deliberations: 6 Books, 3 Years (2012, 2013 & 2014)

Posted November 19, 2014 by Melissa in Book Review, DNF Deliberation | 18 Comments

Brief thoughts about books that for one reason or another I just couldn’t make myself finish. Some of these just weren’t for me…others I think were just bad timing.  We all know how we go through different reading moods at different times.  Despite not finishing them…I did want to share a few of my thoughts about each. Please don’t let my thoughts discourage you from reading or further researching these books.  Remember mine is just one person’s humble opinion 🙂

The following 6 books were all DNFed by me over the past three years.  I finally decided to briefly share a few thoughts about them.

The Book

Title:  Tempest in the Tea Leaves
Series:  A Fortune Teller Mystery #1
Author:   Kari Lee Townsend
Release Date: August 2nd 2011
Publisher: Berkley


Sunny is a big city psychic who moves to the quaint town of Divinity, NY to open her fortune telling business in an ancient victorian house, inheriting the strange cat residing within. Sunny gives her first reading to the frazzled town librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman flees in terror, Sunny calls the police, only she’s too late. The ruggedly handsome, hard-nosed detective is a “non-believer.” He finds the librarian dead, and Sunny becomes his number one suspect, forcing her to prove her innocence before the real killer can put an end to the psychic’s future.

My Thoughts:

I really wanted to like this one. On paper it is perfect. A small town cozy with a nice side of paranormal. And what a cute cover! Sadly I just could not get past the protagonist. Sunny has to be the most immature, bordering on stupid protagonists, I’ve read about to date…and that includes children’s books! At first , I just thought she was going to be a little ditzy…but after a few chapter I had to bail.

I really want to say…it’s not you it’s me…but it really was you…

The Book

Title:  Irises
Author: Francisco X. Stork
Release Date: Jan 1st 2012
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books


Two sisters discover what’s truly worth living for in the new novel by the author of MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD.

TWO SISTERS: Kate is bound for Stanford and an M.D. — if her family will let her go. Mary wants only to stay home and paint. When their loving but repressive father dies, they must figure out how to support themselves and their mother, who is in a permanent vegetative state, and how to get along in all their uneasy sisterhood.

THREE YOUNG MEN: Then three men sway their lives: Kate’s boyfriend Simon offers to marry her, providing much-needed stability. Mary is drawn to Marcos, though she fears his violent past. And Andy tempts Kate with more than romance, recognizing her ambition because it matches his own.

ONE AGONIZING CHOICE: Kate and Mary each find new possibilities and darknesses in their sudden freedom. But it’s Mama’s life that might divide them for good — the question of *if* she lives, and what’s worth living for.

IRISES is Francisco X. Stork’s most provocative and courageous novel yet.

My Thoughts:

When I first stumbled upon this one I fell in love with the cover. I was really captivated by the synopsis of this one, but to be honest I could not get past the writing style of this one…it seemed incredibly choppy with lots of incredibly short (3-5 word) sentences strung together. I just could not even get past the style to get far enough into this one to judge the plot. 🙁

The Book

Title:  After the Snow
Series: After the Snow #1
Author: S.D. Crockett
Release Date: March 27th 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends


Fifteen-year-old Willo was out hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell him where his family has gone.

But on the way across the mountain, he finds Mary, a refugee from the city, whose father is lost and who is starving to death. The smart thing to do would be to leave her alone — he doesn’t have enough supplies for two or the time to take care of a girl — but Willo just can’t do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if he does manage to keep Mary safe, what about finding his family?

My Thoughts:

I was sure that this was going to be a winner for me…but the combination of the continued use of slang which made Willo seem much younger than he really was and the sheer brutality of the story had me pulling back almost immediately. Eventually I got used to the writing style and the protagonist…but the slow pace broken up only by devastating grim occurrences was just too much for me so I eventually put this one aside. Definitely just not the right book for me…although I admit that at times I am tempted to try to finish it…

The Book

Title:  Whisper of Crows
Author: Jameson Hesse
Release Date: August 20, 2012
Publisher: iibooks


Kanaan James is a disturbed teenage boy obsessed with his childhood friend Abigail Caulfield. A horrible car accident leaves Abigail stricken with amnesia and Kanaan, desperate for her attention, convinces her they are soul mates, running from the law. In the midst of a passionate love affair, while hiding in an old abandoned house deep in the woods, Kanaan is forced to test the boundaries of his own humanity.

My Thoughts:

This book starts off with a brutal sexual assault that left me unable to continue reading. Guess it is official…there is a common theme developing here…..perhaps, I am a wuss…but this one was just too much for me…

The Book

Title:  Twisted Perfection
Series:  Perfection #1
Author:   Abbi Glines
Release Date: July 30th 2013
Publisher: Atria Books


My future was about to be completely thrown off track because Della Sloane was under my skin, and I had to have her. I couldn’t ignore it anymore. . . . I’d gotten close enough to her to see deeper.

Della Sloane is not your average girl. Yearning to break free of her dark and sheltered past, and the memories of the illness that claimed her mother, Della plans a solo road trip to experience real life on her own terms. But the trip is nearly cut short in the little beach town of Rosemary when she realizes she can’t even pump her own gas—until Woods Kerrington shows up, more than willing to help out a pretty girl in need.

Woods’s family wants him to settle down with a wealthy woman in pearls, but he can’t resist this carefree girl in cutoffs passing through town. A one-night stand should have been enough, but months later, Woods can’t get the irresistible Della out of his head.

When a twist of fate brings Della back to Woods, all signs point to trouble if they don’t keep their distance. Neither is truly free, and a relationship could destroy both of them. With their hearts on the line, Della thinks the safest bet is to walk away. But Woods isn’t about to let that happen…

My Thoughts:

I had recently read my first Abbi Glines novel Breathe and loved it so I was thrilled to pick up Twisted Perfection. Sadly it just did not compare for me… this book was all sex. No plot, no character development…just continual sex. I don’t mind steam…but there needs to be a little more than just that holding a book together.

The Book

Title:  You
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Release Date: September 30th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster


How far would you go for the perfect love? A young man’s dark obsession with an enigmatic, gorgeous writer leads to murderous consequences in this erotic psychological thriller.

You walk into the bookstore and you keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn’t slam. You smile, embarrassed to be a nice girl, and your nails are bare and your V-neck sweater is beige and it’s impossible to know if you’re wearing a bra but I don’t think that you are. You’re so clean that you’re dirty and you murmur your first word to me—hello.

When aspiring writer and recent Brown graduate Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he’ll stop at nothing to do so.

As he begins to insinuate himself into her life—her friendships, her email, her phone— she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there’s more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade, and their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…

Dark, masterful, and timely, debut novelist Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve heard before. A chilling account of unrelenting passion, this tale of love, sex, and death will stay with you long after the story ends…

My Thoughts:

I usually love thrillers and romantic suspense, but there was just something so unsettling about this story that I forced myself to stop listening after about 45 minutes…even though, I’ll be honest…I was really captivated and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I just had such an uneasy feeling, a huge knot, in the pit of my stomach. I have to give huge kudos to Kepnes for being able to evoke such a raw feeling in me. I may eventually go back to this one…but I just didn’t enjoy the feeling I experienced while listening to it if that makes any sense…

UPDATE: I did go back and finish You and LOVED it!!

Let’s Talk

  • Have you DNFed any books recently?
  • How far do you go before giving up on a book?
  • Do you think I’m crazy for giving up on a book like You which had me completely hooked?
  • Have you ever gone back to a DNFed book and found that it worked for you at a different time (with a different mood)?

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18 responses to “DNF Deliberations: 6 Books, 3 Years (2012, 2013 & 2014)

  1. Holly Letson

    Have you DNFed any books recently?
    The last book I listed on GR as DNF was on 8/29/2014.

    How far do you go before giving up on a book?
    It depends. Some books lose my attention pretty early-on actually.

    Do you think I’m crazy for giving up on a book like You which had me completely hooked?
    No. Maybe, it just wasn’t doing it for you right now. You can try it again later on.

    Have you ever gone back to a DNFed book and found that it worked for you at a different time (with a different mood)?
    I usually DNF books for a reason. So, I don’t usually waste time going back to read again something that I did not like. Too many books out there that I still need to read. On to the next one!

    • Melissa

      A lot of people liked After the Snow….I got over the slang issue a bit in……so it may work for you…but it was just to disturbing for me

  2. That’s too bad you stopped YOU. But, if it made you feel that uneasy that early in, then yeah … it just gets WAY crazier. It’s my favorite book of 2014. I love intensely crazy books though. lol.
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    • Melissa

      What?! You read the end?! LOL I didn’t even get an hour in…I just felt too uncomfortable…now you have me all curious about the end!!

  3. The last book I DNF’d was about 2 months ago and it was Broken Monsters by Lauren Buekes. I requested it from NetGalley assuming it was just another thriller, but I couldn’t get past the first two chapters. I realized the plot was going to revolve around child torture and animal torture and no thanks for that. If I am absolutely certain that a book is a DNF for me, I won’t pick it up another time. I have too many good books to read to reread books or pick up DNFs.
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    • Melissa

      I agree about having too many books on the pile to pick up DNFs again…the only one I’ve ever been tempted by is You.

    • Melissa

      I was definitely curious too…just couldn’t keep going – I still may consider trying this again next year…

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