Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sorry but we're just not into you....DNF titles

Every reader has books they love.  In fact, every blogger has tons of books they love and rave about BUT then there are books we pick up and just can't get into.  We classify these are our Did Not Finish titles.  You may not hear of them but they do exist.  We often don't even bother writing about them...but every now and again, we talk about a few that we just couldn't get through.

Here's what I've struggled through lately - 

Summary (by Goodreads)
After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.

Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.

Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

Christinabean - Sounds awesome, right?  Well it has good ratings and reviews on Goodreads and sounded like a very interesting story, right up there with other survival stories like Enclave by Ann Aguirre.  BUT I hate to say it but I just couldn't get through the lack of grammar.  Have you read Blood Red Road?  This is how Orleans is written.  

Summary: Goodreads

The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she's pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate.

Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times; of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she's tainted with the Underworld's magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.

Curlypow - I love the cover, I love the blurb, I love the mythology, but for some unknown reason I just didn't love the book.  I actually picked it up 3 separate times, and I did get about halfway through, but it was such a struggle for me it wasn't worth it.  This book has been getting rave reviews, so I am more or less convinced that it was just the writing style that didn't work for me.  That, and the fact that the romance between Persephone and Hades creeped me out a bit.  She's a teenager and he's her immortal uncle - didn't work for me, sorry.

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