DNF Review for Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky

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By: M.P. Kozlowsky
Release Date: October 11th 2016
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

DNFed at 10%

Summary:
Being human is her greatest strength.

Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.

She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders…

It’s his memories.

Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the one living creature she loves.

With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters…to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own? Or will her first journey from home be her last?

My Thoughts:
I DNFed this one at 10% which is earlier than I normally do. This started off pretty well. I was immersed and intrigued but the further I got the less and less I was interested. I started reading this in October and I set it aside. It sat on my side table until December and I never had the urge to pick it back up. I figured it was about time to DNF at that point.

I thought the world was interesting but the main character, Frost, wasn’t able to really grab me in the little bit I read. I think some of what turned me off from the book was how sad it was. Frost has been alone for ages with just her Broot (a beast she’s turned to a pet). Her father’s persona has been uploaded to a robot but besides these two elements she’s been alone. The relationship between Frost and her father was so sad and the idea that the pivotal point in Frost’s life- the one that has her ready to leave the home she’s had- is that her pet is sick and dying. It all just seemed so sad I struggled wanting to immerse myself in that.

Things could have picked up wonderfully and possibly this book is amazing and I didn’t give it a fair chance. I’m holding onto it and I’ll maybe pick it up again.

Have you read this? Should I try it again?

DNF Review of Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

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By: Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: October 25th 2016
Publisher: Random House
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

DNFed at page 265

I will briefly go into aspects of the book that are mentioned in the summary but some might find it a little spoilery.

Summary:
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

My Thoughts:
Oh goodness where to start? I’ll start with what I did like- the world was interesting. The idea that a group of people in the modern age would live like it’s the 18th century- well at least dress that way is a really interesting concept. I loved the descriptions of the clothing and was excited to see where the story went.

Things went wrong for me fairly early on sadly.  There was a description of the main character’s friend Mei who’s Chinese and it was so very stereotypical. I couldn’t help but feel that it was poorly done. This was in chapter 1 and I thought – oh things will improve. They must. Well, the main character Danica was in such a bad spot. I felt really sorry for her since her father was addicted to drugs and her mother sold her out to the King for a higher status. This poor girl had no one looking out for her in any real way. Because of that she was willing to do anything to escape.

Well, this led to her literally drugging the people around her without their knowledge. All this so they would be addicted to the makeup the drugs are in so they’ll buy more which will give her the amount of money to escape. I can understand the motivation for this but it was really hard to read.  What type of person drugs those around themselves? It showed the complete lack of options Danica had and I found it so sad.

Because of her secrecy and betrayal of those around her this character couldn’t have any really connection with those around her- the only person she did connect with was a love interest that I wanted to ship but sadly I could not.

This novel dealt with such heavy topics- drug abuse, an abusive fiancé, and just wow- so sad. Danica also continually binds herself tigher and tighter into her corset so that she can nearly wrap her hands around her waist. She does this I assume for a measure of control over her life. This was briefly mentioned several times but in the part I read not really addressed or looked at as seriously as I would hope. I’m hopeful though that by the end of the novel it is addressed.

So- I guess this novel didn’t work for me because the subject matter was rather sad though not written that way? It is easier to read than I’d expect. I had so much trouble connecting deeply to any aspect of this book and by page 265 I’d hope that I’d be attached in some way. I figured I’d give up since  I made it that far.

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I wonder- have you read this book? Should I pick it back up?

DNF Review for Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

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By: Marcus Sedgwick
Release Date: October 25th 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

I DNFed at page 93

Summary:
There never was a story that was happy through and through.

When writer Arthur Ransome leaves his home in England and moves to Russia to work as a journalist, it is with little idea of the violent revolution about to erupt. Unwittingly, he finds himself at its center, tapped by the British to report back on the Bolsheviks even as he becomes dangerously romantically entangled with revolutionary leader Trotsky’s personal secretary. Both sides seek to use Arthur for their own purposes…and, as he struggles to find autonomy, both sides grow to suspect him of being a double agent. Arthur wants only to elope far from the conflict with his beloved. But when he attempts to extract himself and Evgenia from the complicated politics and politicians that he fears will lead them both to their deaths, the decisions he faces are the most dangerous and difficult of his life.

My Thoughts:
Blood Red Snow White started off so strongly for me. I was immediately captivated with the writing and story telling. This book was written as if I was listening to my grandfather telling me stories. I was in love. I just KNEW I’d love this book to pieces.

So, what went wrong? The tone of the book changed as we got to the main character and his story. It went from the fairy tale feel to more of a dull account of what Arthur was doing, talking to and seeing. I wanted to be interested but sadly I was not.

This book heavily goes into Russian history which, at first, I found intriguing. I loved they symbolism Sedgwick utilized and felt that it was such a strong start. Once the scene was set and the real story began all the heart just seemed to leave the story. I felt nothing for Author though I wanted to.

Also, if you are thinking this is a fairytale retelling- it’s not. You might think from the title- Snow White- but nope. It has nothing to do with Snow White. The beginning did feel like a fairy tale but after that it felt very much like historical fiction. If you are a fan of slower paced historical or Russian history this book might be for you.

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Have you read this book? Should I continue? Does it ever got back to the beautiful feeling of the beginning of the novel?

 

DNF Review of Stone Field by Christy Lenzi

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By: Christy Lenzi
Release Date: March 29th 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

I DNFed at page 105

Summary:
In a small town on the brink of the Civil War, Catrina finds a man making strange patterns in her family’s sorghum crop. He’s mad with fever, naked, and strikingly beautiful. He has no memory of who he is or what he’s done before Catrina found him in Stone Field. But that doesn’t bother Catrina because she doesn’t like thinking about the things she’s done before either.

Catrina and Stonefield fall passionately, dangerously, in love. All they want is to live with each other, in harmony with the land and away from Cat’s protective brother, the new fanatical preacher, and the neighbors who are scandalized by their relationship. But Stonefield can’t escape the truth about who he is, and the conflict tearing apart the country demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.

My Thoughts:
I really want to love this book because the summary sounded amazing. Things started off pretty well. I enjoyed Lenzi’s writing and I was impressed that the main character didn’t fit into societal rules of her time period. She smoked a pipe, ran in the woods and really didn’t fit into polite society.

Sadly, the further I got the less I was enjoying the story. After Cat meets the strange, naked man on her land things started going haywire. I’d heard that there was some major insta-love going on. I was prepared and thinking I’d be able to cope with it. But…it wasn’t just insta-love/lust it was instant CONNECTION. And not only the ‘I feel I’ve known you forever’ but literal telepathy…it was too much. If there’s going to be a paranormal element I need some explanation. After 100 pages I still had no clue how these two were communicating this way- I think it was just supposed to be accepted as how things were. I just couldn’t suspend my sense of reality.

I was interested in the time period the novel takes place during but I was having trouble with everything else. Did you read this? What were your thoughts?

DNF Review: Dream On by Kerstin Gier

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By: Kerstin Gier
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

DNFed at page 70

Summary:
Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home (and her new family) in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long.

It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over–in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv?

My Thoughts:
I read the first book, Dream a Little Dream, and enjoyed it. I felt that there were some things that might have been lost in translation but overall I found it to be a very interesting and entertaining read. I hoped that this sequel would build on the elements I enjoyed (the dream world) but sadly it fell flat for me.

I think my biggest issue was that the pacing was very slow. By page 70 not much at all had occurred. I didn’t have any connection to the characters so following them along and listening to Liv talk about a fancy tea party, kissing Henry in the dream world etc wasn’t enough for me. I kept hoping with each turn of the page something would grip me. There were scenes that took place in Liv’s dream and I could see that if I’d continued I’d probably have enjoyed these sections (there seemed to be some sort of mysterious thing following her in her dream) but right now I couldn’t push through it.

Have you read Dream On? Should I pick it up again and give it a second chance?