I have had a mini-swathe of DNFed books of late so I thought I’d share them here in case there are any of you whose interest is piqued by their content. I hasten to add that none of the following books is bad in any major way, but they just didn’t really suit my tastes or my mindset at the time of reading, possibly because two out of three of them came unsolicited from the publishers. Here we go then.
The Diabolic (S. J. Kincaid)
*We received this one from Simon & Schuster for review *
DNF’ed at: page 77
This one was sent unsolicited (ie: I didn’t request it) for review, so I wasn’t initially sure what I was getting into. I was actually quite engaged during the first section of the book, but as soon as Nemesis got on the ship to head off to intergalactic court to impersonate her mistress, I lost interest. This book is getting absolute rave reviews all over the place though, and my loss of interest may have had more to do with being too busy to focus on it, rather than the book suddenly becoming uninteresting. I may well pick this one up again in the future and would recommend it to fans of sci-fi or YA that isn’t set in your typical fantasy or contemporary worlds.
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society (Joy Callaway)
*We were sent this one for review from Allen & Unwin*
DNF’ed at: page 36
This one was also unsolicited, but I like a good period piece as much as the next gargoyle so I thought I’d give it a crack. I could have probably found myself enjoying this if I didn’t have a whole bunch of books lying around waiting to be read, honestly, but overall this one was a bit too out-of-period for me. I prefer my historical fiction from this era to be British rather than American. There were a few turns of phrase in the dialogue and in the general writing that hit me as slightly out of place, but again, if I was an ordinary reader who read one book at a time, I may have found more to enjoy here. This one is a victim of just not being my thing. But it might be yours!
The Amateurs (Sarah Shepard)
*We received this one from Allen & Unwin for review*
DNF’ed at: chapter ten
This was a definite fail for me. I was excited to read it because it features a group of amateur sleuths who chat online and try to solve cold cases. Just my thing, I thought! Unfortunately, the author insists on going off at annoying tangents by having her characters constantly reflect inwardly about various peoples’ hotness and whether they should really be hanging out with this person or encouraging advances from that person’s running coach, ad nauseum. I just wanted to know about the murder mystery, kids – save your adolescent angst for a romance book! While I really did want to know who murdered Helena Kelly, I wasn’t prepared to wade through a bunch of cliched tripe-filled characters to find out. Shame really.
Have you read any of these? What did you think?
Until next time,