But today I thought I'd just feature some of the books that I've struggled with in the past few weeks, to see other people's opinions of them, and whether I've been a bit harsh and should give them another go!
This books started off so well for me! I thought the narrative voice was hilarious and intelligent, and I loved the opening carnival chapter. But as the novel progressed, and the tension and angst built, I felt the relationship escalated way too quickly to the 'dependent' stage and plateaued.
DNF at 53%
Title: Seige and Storm Author: Leigh Bardugo Genre: Adult Romance
I was a huge fan of Shadow and Bone but I can't seem to bring myself to support Alina in this novel. I'm finding the plot too far-fetched, Alina's ambitions too selfish. Her complete disregard for these ancient mythical creatures is really bothering me, so when the second one dropped and she started targeting the third...
DNF at 25%
Title: Left Drowning Author: Jessica Park Genre: New Adult Romance
I love Jessica Park. Well, I loved her novel Flat-Out Love. However Left Drowning is a 'mature' romance, i.e. written during the craze for detailed sex scenes, and it's on the backdrop of a very depressed protagonist. It's a mixture of not wanting to be disappointed by this book, and not wanting to be depressed myself that's holding me back.
DNF at pg. 26/399
Title: The Collector Author: Victoria Scott Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
The Way of Shadows Author: Brent Weeks Genre: Epic Fantasy
This book is BAD ASS!!! I really enjoyed it despite it's lack of romance. The writing is detailed, addictive and thoroughly engaging. Brent Weeks is fearless with his plot, and merciless in it's execution. However, it's really really long, and it was getting quite scary, because even though there are 2 more books in the series, I legit thought the main character was going to die and I couldn't handle the epicness.
DNF nearish towards the end. Can't remember, I returned it to the library.
Title: Blush Author: Lauren Jameson Genre: Adult Romance
I received this one for review a long time ago, and I've tried so hard to finish it I swear! My dilemma is, I can't pin point anything that's wrong with it. It's not completely ridiculous, the characters aren't overly annoying, the romance is pretty stock standard, so you'd think I could just read it and be done with it. But for some reason, it's terrifically boring. I don't even know why. I just can't seem to read more than a few chapters before dozing or switching books.
(latest) DNF at pg 166/277
Please if you've read any of these and can shed some light, please do!
If not, are you struggling with any books yourself?