Here are my latest DNF’s…I figured I’d just put them both in one post this time. If you give either of these books a chance or already read one or both let me know if you think I should pick it back up!
By: Danielle Page
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format: Print ARC
First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.
Mine broke Bale.
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.
Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.
Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.
I really wanted to love this book because I really love the summary but sadly I had trouble getting emotionally connected to the characters. This book started off in a mental hospital and I was interested in finding out more about Snow and what exactly was going on with Bale. I thought the build up between these two characters and mystery of what made Bale react to their kiss the way he did.
As things progressed and we entered into Algid I wanted to fall in love but I struggled. I think my biggest issue was the writing? I’m not really sure- I was interested in what was possibly going to happen but something just fell really flat to me.
Have you read this one? Did you love it- should I read further?
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.
While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.
But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.
So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.
Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
I have loved everything I’ve read from McGinnis so I was excited to read a different genre from her though I’m not a fan of contemporary. I didn’t get all that far in this one because I was completely blind-sided by the animal violence. I had no clue it was coming so wasn’t able to handle it. I had heard this was a very emotional and difficult read I wasn’t prepared for how dark it was going to be.