Hi guys, I hope you are all well. There have been a few books I recently put on the DNF pile, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on them and why I stopped reading them. I quite like these posts because it’s interesting to know why books didn’t work for some people. Anyway let’s get started.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn / Melissa Bashardoust
Publisher / Hodder and Stoughton
Length / 336 pages
Firstly I love the premise and setting of this. It follows a young girl who is poisonous to touch and is based around Persian mythology, but I wasn’t a fan of the main character and once the love interest was introduced I started losing interest. Soraya, the main character, spends a fair amount of time moping and the romance happens way too quickly. As I said I love the premise of this, but I just couldn’t get past the romance and the characters.
The Guns Above / Robyn Bennis
Publisher / Tor Books
Series / Signal Airships
Length / 352 pages
This one started out really well, but after a couple of chapters I started losing interest. The focus is definitely more on the battle sequences, which means that the character development was a little lacking. Josette seemed like an interesting character, but I found Bernie to be quite annoying. Another issue I had was the overly descriptive narrative about the ships, which got a little tiresome.
A Sea of Broken Glass / Sonya M. Black
Publisher / Sonya M. Black (self published)
Series / The Lady & the Darkness
Length / 390 pages
The premise of this one sounded really good, but after a few chapters I found I wasn’t invested in the characters or story. The main character, Ris, has a major case of being the “special” one and while I don’t mind this trope generally, something about this one just didn’t work for me. From what I read it seemed pretty slow, but maybe it picks up later on in the book.
Unfortunately these books didn’t work for me, but I have been in a bit of a reading slump recently. Do you guys DNF books, or do you persevere? Let’s chat in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.