What follows are books I didn’t finish and my reasons for putting them down. If you would like to read more of an explanation for my DNFing, you can read that here.
Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin
DNF at 23%
I actually quite enjoyed the first in the series, Crewel, and I was excited to read Altered and continue the story. However, it was just so different from the first book and I just couldn’t get into it. It had such a different feel to it and failed to captivate me, unfortunately.
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab
DNF at 30%
So, it seems everyone loves this book and I’m the odd woman out here, but I just couldn’t get into this book! There was nothing I disliked about it in particular. It just failed to captivate me and I would rather be doing something else other than reading this book. That’s not a good thing to be feeling while reading, so I put it down.
Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum by Jennifer O’Toole
DNF at 50%
Okay, so I hate that I’m the very first review for this book and am giving it a bad rating, but I just didn’t care for it. This doesn’t mean others won’t!
Keep in mind that this is an ARC that I started reading, so things could also be different in the final version.
The beginning of this book felt more like reading an academic article or study than a story about her life with autism. It wasn’t told in an interesting way in order to keep my attention. It was just like this is what happened and how I found out I was autistic and here are other facts about autism and autism in women. Maybe if you’re super into the facts of autism it might be interesting, but I just wanted to read an interesting memoir about a woman living with autism.
After that, it becomes more like a story I guess. She starts telling actual stories from her life. However, I just couldn’t get into it. It completely failed to captivate me. In fact, it was literally putting me to sleep. The storytelling skills were just not there in this book. At least, not in my opinion. So, I gave up halfway through.
The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare
DNF at 30%
Please keep in mind that I am not, in any way, trying to be rude or degrading to the author. I apologize if the below comes across in such a way. These are just my honest thoughts, which I always give when reviewing.
I just had to put this book down. I feel guilty for doing so (especially after reading the author’s note to the reader – she has been through a lot!), but I have very strong feelings for why I can’t continue and can’t write a proper review on The Divinity Bureau.
The Divinity Bureau is riddled with editorial errors. There are tense, grammar, and spelling errors – and I’m talking really obvious ones too. I looked at the front and back of this eBook and see no mention of an editor or a proofreader. This makes sense, since it clearly wasn’t looked over by a professional editor or proofreader. So, if there’s no editor, or at least proofreader, it has not gone through the final stages of the publishing process. Therefore, what we are dealing with here is not, in fact, a completed novel (which I was made to believe this was), but a manuscript. Granted, it seems to be a manuscript in the final stages and in my opinion it is ready to be sent off to an editor. The author has clearly gone over this manuscript multiple times and it is rather cleanly written. But it really needs an editor!
The story has so much potential. The writer is a good writer, in my opinion, especially since this is her debut. She really just needs to go through the process and hire an editor to make it complete!
Obviously, based on the rave reviews of The Divinity Bureau, others don’t seem to mind the lack of professional editing, but I really don’t think it will get far without completing that final step.
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
DNF at 23%
Another book that everyone else seems to just love. I just couldn’t get into this book at all. It’s disappointing, but I put this book down months ago and have felt no inclination to pick it back up. I also don’t remember anything about it, that’s how uninterested I was while reading it. Sigh…