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?