Wednesday, July 17, 2013

.DNF (2)Mini #Reviews: Books that just didn't do it for me and the reasons why...

I tried to read the two books listed below and didn't get very far. I'm a strong believer of marking books as DNF. I just don't have time to waste on books that can't draw me in, right from the start. I know some of you actually don't mark books as DNF and actually will continue a book right to the end, because some of those books do turn out to be gems, but like I said if I don't enjoy the "voice" or the "plot" of a book, right from the start, then I just cannot continue.

So what are your thoughts over DNF books? Do you continue with a book or mark it as DNF if it just doesn't hold your attention?

Time Thief
by Katie MacAlister
Published May 7th 2013 by Signet 

*Book Received from publisher for review*


Outcast due to their ability to manipulate time, shunned by the mortal and immortal worlds alike, a Traveller’s life is anything but easy.

Peter Faa is a member of the Watch tracking down a murderer, and unfortunately, all clues seem to point toward his own estranged family of Travellers. Any of his cousins could be guilty, but which one? They’re all experts in the art of stealing time...

After surviving a lightning strike, Kiya Mortenson is determined to get just one thing in her life right. And if that means taking a job as nanny to five pugs on a campsite in the Oregon wilderness, then so be it. It doesn’t hurt that the job comes with some spectacular male eye candy, including her new boss’s gorgeous grandson. If only she didn’t keep having this strange sense of deja vu...

When Peter discovers his own family is stealing time from Kiya, all bets are off. While she may drive him crazy at times, it’s clear that it’s not just lightning that’s creating some serious sparks between them. And he’s not going to let secrets, lies, or a devious murderer keep Kiya from where she belongs: at his side

DNF Review

Read 25% and had to mark it as DNF.

Time Thief was strange right from the start. This was the first time I read anything by this author and although I was initially drawn in, I felt it was easily turning into a mess. I was confused at first--trippy, even over the quickness of the plot. The characters were lackluster, and I had no connection with ANY of the characters, and didn't feel they had spark together.

What I can say is, that although this book didn't grab me, I was curious as to where the author was going with the story. Time thieves seems like an interesting concept, and something I never read before. It may work for you, but for me it was just not my style.  I will also say that although I didn't care for this book I will read other books by this author, and I also read that during the time the author was writing this book she had a major, major crisis on her hands, and it could be why this book was not up to par.

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The Time Thief Series:

Time Thief  (Time Thief #)
Time Crossed (Time Thief #0.5)  *Aug 6,13
The Art Of Stealing Time  (Time Thief # 2)   *Sept 3, 13

Time Thief (Time Thief, #1)Art of Stealing Time

Indigo Awakening
by Jordan Dane
Published December 18th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
*Book Received from publisher for review*

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted, #1)

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.
Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all

DNF Review  

Read 10% marked as DNF

Indigo Awakening seemed like a good book. The synopsis grabbed me, as well as the cover. It seemed like a winner, but within the first few pages I was shaking my head, NOOOO!
First off, the book was written in the third person, with multiple POV's, confused much?  I felt the use of words, and paragraphs that was thrown in were strange and very immature at times. This book just did nothing for me, and I had no desire to continue. I had no connection with any characters and was actually doing some major eye-rolling over what I was reading. I think the author was trying too hard to come across as a young adult, and it actually ruined the plot for me.

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The Hunted Series:

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted Series #1)
Crystal Fire  (The Hunted Series #2) *November 26th 2013

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted, #1)Crystal Fire (The Hunted, #2)


  1. I haven't seen the first one. But I have seen Indigo, I thought it sounds like it would be good. Maybe not so much. My library doesn't have it anyway, so I would have to wait to read it.

  2. I'd never heard of Time Thief but I can see having been drawn to the plot, title and covers so I appreciate the heads up on that one!

    Indigo Awakening though...sigh. I think the concept of Indigo Children and their powers in this one was what kept me reading to the end. I rated it 2 stars though. O.O The voice was odd and like the author tried to be young and trendy but didn't really know how to go about doing it. I don't blame you for the dnf at all lol

  3. Well, this is disappointing.
    I haven't heard of the first book but Indigo Awakening has been getting a lot of negative reviews
    Although I didn't use to DNF books, I have started to do that because of my busy schedule
    GREAT post
    Your reader,

  4. I only have one DNF on my shelf as I'm one of those who forges ahead to the end. I do think it's great that you explain why you couldn't finish it as it might not be the same experience for someone else. I have a clear understanding of your reasoning.

  5. I don't review dnfs on my blog, though I should, but I do mark them as DNF on GRs and write a short reason why. I'm sorry these didn't work out for you, thanks for sharing your thoughts, Lisa!

  6. Sorry these disappointed, I am not a huge fan of third person POV's unless it is done well. I have seen reviews all of the place for Time Thief, and the synopsis and cover just sing..but I want fleshed out characters to connect with. Hope your next read blows ya away:)

  7. That's too weird about those DNFs! I've DNF'd Katie McAlister more than once and that Jordan Dane book was one I'd finished but warned everyone that the characters were pretty flat and the only reason to read it was the plot that got much more exciting as the book went on (I had to read it for a tour) and the hope that the characters got better in the second book.

    I do DNF (obviously). I don't always mark them that way (on GR) - it depends on the book and genre and whether I care enough to warn anyone. I know that sounds horrible, but if it's something I doubt anyone I know would read anyway, I tend to just delete it and move on. Since I buy a lot of self-pubbed books, I also read a lot of stinkers that have obviously been rushed and never been edited.

  8. Wow, thanks for sharing. Sorry they didn't work for you. :(