2016 DNF Compilation | Reviews

 

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Make a wish…

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.

At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…


Down with the Shine is guilty of cover distraction. The simplest definition of this common phenomenon is becoming enthralled with a novel based solely on the beauty of a cover. This happens quite often among book reader’s and although it can be avoided sometimes, it can sneak upon you like a serpent waiting to attack simply because – it’s beautiful.

What the hell am I talking about?

Valid question. I was so amped to read this novel after looking upon this beautiful, magically enhanced cover. To be honest, the blurb was also exciting, therefore, my hopes and expectations were high – wrongly placed.

I didn’t get far, therefore I’m declining to give it a rating, however, I refused to continue. The premise was extremely intriguing, but I smelled the stank of the following:

1. Love Triangle

2. Hot guy too beautiful that heroine just drools

3. Figuring out how to cure the bad mojo, hence, boring fact digging

4. Cliché outsider looking in but beautiful

I’m so sick of books like this – bursting with nonsensical trite passing itself off as an exciting fantasy. This might seem a bit harsh, but my reading time is precious and reused formulaic style themes in YA are becoming dangerously close to the precipice of trashy fiction.

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The Book Theme Meme

The Book Theme Meme is a weekly meme that pairs books and music hosted by Lila. If you want to participate, here’s what to do:

  • Link back to the originator (Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets)
  • Choose a book or series
  • Choose a song that you feel represents the book (fyi: it doesn’t have to have words, it can be classical or score)
  • Tell us what about the song reminds you of the book. Is it a particular lyric/s? Is it the general feeling of the song? Explain a little.
  • Add your name, blog, and link to your post in the comments!
  • Voila! You’re done!

 Jane & Beneath Your Beautiful

“Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth ft. Emeli Sandé, paired with Jane by Michelle N. Onuorah. Both are about revealing yourself to a person you love, while also seeing the truth behind your emotional mask of indifference. It’s a love story about healing and finding you, without losing the ones you love. The song goes:

“You tell all the boys ‘No’
Makes you feel good, yeah.
I know you’re out of my league
But that won’t scare me away, oh, no”

“You’ve carried on so long,
You couldn’t stop if you tried it.
You’ve built your wall so high
That no one could climb it,
But I’m gonna try”

Jane’s character was emotionally distant from everything and everyone. After the horrible childhood she endured, nothing seemed to satisfy her in life – having a master’s degree, being a professor in her 20’s, being stable, etc. – there was always something missing. There was also her lackluster relationships that she could never muster the care to, well, care.

Enters Aiden, who believes he sees himself in her, with her fake smiles and sadness that lurks beneath the depths of her eyes. Although he has his own issues, he decides to win Jane over and infiltrate her iron-chained walls.

“Would you let me see beneath your beautiful?
Would you let me see beneath your perfect?
Take it off now, girl, take it off now, girl
I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight?”

The chorus is indicative of what I just described above. He’s trying to see the real her and not the mask that she wears as armor.

“Would you let me see beneath your beautiful?
Would you let me see beneath your perfect?
Take it off now, boy, take it off now, boy
I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight, oh, tonight?”

However, Jane isn’t the only one hiding. Aiden is also hiding –  he hates his job and the man he’s become.

“I’m gonna climb on top your ivory tower
I’ll hold your hand and then we’ll jump right out
We’ll be falling, falling but that’s OK
‘Cause I’ll be right here
I just wanna know”

….

“We ain’t perfect, we ain’t perfect, no.
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight?”

The ending is really about them finding solace in the Creator and not being afraid to love one another without walls, without barriers, without a net, but just with the full ability of their hearts. It’s a beautiful song and a beautiful book.

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #4

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DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY IS A WEEKLY MEME HOSTED BY AIMAL @BOOKSHELVES & PAPERBACKS. EVERY WEEK, YOU COME UP WITH ONE BOOK IN EACH OF THREE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES: A DIVERSE BOOK YOU HAVE READ AND ENJOYED, A DIVERSE BOOK ON YOUR TBR, AND ONE THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT POST FOR MORE INFORMATION.

A DIVERSE BOOK YOU HAVE READ AND ENJOYED

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Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.
Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.

Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.

While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

A DIVERSE BOOK ON YOUR TBR

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Christopher Sands is an FBI agent with a unique ability. When his ViCAP unit takes on another serial killer investigation, they soon find themselves in deeper than they bargained for. The killer seems to be ahead of them at every turn. The search for the mysterious killer takes Christopher and his unit from the Crossroads of New Mexico deep into the Navajo Nation.

Shaman – The Awakening is a gripping supernatural thriller, filled with brilliant and in-depth descriptions and shamanistic lore.

 

ONE THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED

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Currently Reading

Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

Expected publication: December 6th 2016 by Wise Ink

Series I’ve Given Up On | Random

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Let’s face it, DNF’ing  is an unfortunate effect of being a compulsive, obsessive book lover. It’s like the black spot of the reading community, and it’s always a sad occasion to witness a book that’s been DNF’dgiphy

Therefore, I’ve compiled a TOP 5 list of series that I have no intention of revisiting, ever. Let’s get started!

House of Night Series

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Young Codie plucked this obsidian novel from the vast shelves of colorful and intriguing titles because of one word: Vampires.

Yes, I had a vampire obsession/phase (like most teens) that manifested from my completion of The Twilight Saga. Young Codie was on the hunt for any vampire books, so when I happened upon The House of Night series I was in vamp heaven! I devoured the first book in one day, and the second book in two days flat, both receiving stellar reviews from yours truly. Honestly, I can’t relay to you the specifics about the books I’ve read in this series (I read 5/12).

I’m horrible with series’, in both books and television, so after reading the first two installments, I kinda forgot about the series for a few months. After a fresh break, I returned renewed and fell into the HON trap yet again, but then I made it to book 5… Well, it took me four months to complete that one and that’s when I realized this series was never going to end, which wouldn’t have sucked if the writing and storyline weren’t so horribly, terrible. 12 books of meaningless chatter and typical teenage antics, lacking both substance and purpose.

Enjoy!



After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)

 

Uglies Series

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Once again, Young Codie perused the overflowing library shelves, and happened upon Uglies. During this time I was obsessed with yet another genre, only this time it was dystopian’s. The problem with Uglies, for me, was the hypocritical world he’d built. The pretties were the standard of beauty, however, we see another standard of beauty outside of the world controlled by some government. This standard of beauty is the opposite of the  pretties, but the way in which he presented it was as if the other beauty wasn’t beautiful at all. I don’t know, but that rubbed me the wrong way. There was also the horribleness that is Tally. Typical YA heroine that’s obsessed with her own selfish agenda and then switched up everything for a boy – she’s a great example of women’s liberation! I also tried to read book two and just couldn’t make it past chapter four.



Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…

 

Sookie Stackhouse Series

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Dissimilar to the previous books on this list, I didn’t happen upon this series due to an apparent obsession/phase, but because I enjoyed the first few seasons of the TV series True Blood. After learning it was an actual book series I went out and bought the box set and didn’t read book 1 until about a year later. Once I read book one, I honestly wasn’t impressed and didn’t care enough about any characters to continue reading the series, and as it turns out the TV show either. It really does remind me of an adult version of Twilight. She’s special because her blood is rare, and she can read minds except that of vampires (the opposite of Twilight), which includes Bill. She’s dumb, he’s infatuated…same story. Also, Charlaine Harris has a bit to learn about the difference between narcissism and confidence.



Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….

Caster Chronicles Series

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The story involving my introduction to this series is quite similar to The Sookie Stackhouse series. I was lounging on the couch, channel surfing, when, suddenly, HBO starts playing the next movie on the scheduled program. Can you guess the movie that played? Did you say Beautiful Creatures, then you are correcto mi compadre. I only watched it because I like watching new movies, so I figured it couldn’t hurt watching it. After watching it, I wasn’t in love with it, but I wanted to know what happened next because it ended on an unsatisfactory note.

So, I went out and bought the three-box set, and read book one within the first week. The book was very different from the movie, which I was alright with, but kinda messed with my expectations. The series got progressively worse, and I couldn’t even finish book 3 (my review here). Don’t waste your precious reading time on this.



Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Confessions of Georgia Nicholson Series

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There are six things very wrong with this book:

  1. The heroine is  Love Struck/Sick One and a Whiner
  2. The storyline  is below juvenile – childish?
  3. I’m too old for this; my brother is too old for this and he’s four.
  4. Chick – Lit at its worst
  5. Trying way too hard to be quirky and funny
  6. Typical

Are those reasons a good enough explanation



There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!”


That’s my list. Do you have any series that you’ve decided to discontinue reading? Leave a comment so we can talk about it!

 

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3

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DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY IS A WEEKLY MEME HOSTED BY AIMAL @BOOKSHELVES & PAPERBACKS. EVERY WEEK, YOU COME UP WITH ONE BOOK IN EACH OF THREE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES: A DIVERSE BOOK YOU HAVE READ AND ENJOYED, A DIVERSE BOOK ON YOUR TBR, AND ONE THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT POST FOR MORE INFORMATION.

A DIVERSE BOOK YOU HAVE READ AND ENJOYED

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Who is Marco Rios? 

Most would say guys like him are only good at one thing… breaking hearts. 
By day he’s a tattoo artist who took the plunge and started his own business, but by night… 

He’ll be whoever you want him to be—a wet dream in the flesh. 

Brynn Palmer was content, enjoying her low-key life, one that rarely sprouted surprises. That is, until she crossed paths with the force better known as Marco. 

It was only one night, but that one night changed everything.

 

A DIVERSE BOOK ON YOUR TBR

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

ONE THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED

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On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

 

Expected publication: February 14th 2017

TV Tuesday | The Election

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‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie/TV show that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)

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Clearly you can guess the inspiration for this week of TV Tuesday. The 2016 presidential election is today, so what better way to show my support of the two individuals that’ll be ruining this country come tonight! The Election is a dark comedy, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. The movie is very funny, with Witherspoons crazy antics and warped thinking that makes her do anything to become her high school’s President. After learning about Tracy’s unethical voting tactics, Broderick enlists a dumb, yet popular, jock to run against her so that she cannot become president. The entire movie is Broderick trying to uproot Witherspoon, and Witherspoon doing something crazy for votes and revenge against Broderick. Overall the movie is fun, dark, and oddly uncomfortable to watch, but captures (from what I’ve read) the essences of the novel Election by Tom Perotta quite well. God Bless America…we’re gonna need it.



Books On My TBR I Realized I Was Never Going To Read | Random

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Let’s be honest, this list is far heftier than the limited amount I’m going to include because it’s so easy to overload a post. The title is pretty self-explanatory, however, I’ll just go over exactly what I’m doing. So, I bought some new books a few days ago (if you follow me on Instagram you’d know what I’m talking about) and I realized the space for them was limited, therefore there were books spewed all around the room

 

In consequence (old school transition), I was forced to clean out my shelves and, surprisingly, found a few books I knew for certain I was never going to read.  Now I’m going to list said novels in this post. Doesn’t that sound fun!



 

The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

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Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of “Runway “magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts “Prada! Armani! Versace!” at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child. 

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.


First of all, that summary:

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Now that we’ve commented on that; my reasoning for not reading this one: After watching the movie, I can honestly say I have no interest in reading the written version. The movie was boring (to me anyway), not to mention, it wasn’t something I’d normally watch, but I gave it a chance and wasted my time. The whole naive girl turns devil woman is just snooze worthy and I’m not interested in fashion or reading about someone being treated like shit for a JOB, nope I’m out.

Something Borrowed – Emily Giffin

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Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. 


I didn’t mind the movie. It was cliche and mushy with a huge side of cheesy, but I didn’t hate it, however, I got a strong feeling I would hate the book. Surprisingly (or not) I don’t enjoy reading Chick Lit. The narration always ends up sounding ranty without substance. Something Borrowed is the quintessential Chick Lit novel and I don’t see the point in reading it – sometimes the movie is enough.

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