DNF and books that weren’t for me #2

I don’t write about books I don’t finish or didn’t enjoy. I prefer to put more positive reviews and discussions of books out into the world because I want people to read books and I want to encourage authors since writing is freaking hard.

However, I do think it’s interesting to know what books people don’t finish or didn’t rate very highly, so I like to do a post where I can put a few books I didn’t like so I don’t target a specific book. So, here are some books I’ve not finished or not enjoyed since March!

Poppy War by R.F. Kuang


This is a super controversial opinion I am aware. I gave this book a good chance though. I read 61% of it and I just didn’t feel the *magic* that everyone else felt. I didn’t feel excited to pick it up, and I only read so much of it because SO many people say it’s amazing. I don’t think it’s a bad book at all–I think it’s a good book doing some great things. I just didn’t feel engaged and eager to read it.

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow


This book confused me a lot. I felt like every time a new magical being was introduced it would be the “only other magical being” but then there would be ANOTHER. I liked the characters in the book, but I just felt like I didn’t get enough information up front about the context of magical people and what the renaissance fair stuff was?

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho


I really wanted this book to have a great ending and I really wanted to like this book. I really really did. I finished the book hoping it would be redeemed, but in the end I was disappointed by the story. There was insta-love and not enough development between characters before things happened.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan


I wanted to like this book as well, but Reagan at Peruse Project didn’t really love it, so I wasn’t sure I would. Usually when Reagan doesn’t love a book, neither do I, but I wanted to give the book a shot anyway. I enjoyed the beginning a lot and I’m always a fan of involving gods in the world of humans. I was on board until there were insta-feelings between the two main characters. I felt like they went from enemies to lovers after one experience that didn’t seem like enough to change them.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh


I just wasn’t impressed with the main character of this book. I don’t like reading from the perspective of girls whose whole identity revolves around the fact that they go against society’s role for them. Of course I want them to rebel, but I also wanted a little more personality that would set her apart like the other characters Ahdieh has created before.

A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro


I don’t want to go off on this book because I loved the first two books. However, each book progressively got a lower rating from me. I didn’t feel this book went in the direction the series had been setting up, and the epilogue didn’t do enough to appease me after the ending. Overall I’m dissatisfied and a little sad the series ending on that note.

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