A fun feature created by the lovely Lori at Pure Imagination.
Some books just aren’t for us. Sadly you can’t love them all. Here are a few recent reads that have become DNFs for me.
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Read: 125/335 pages
This is a really popular book and at first I thought I would love it as well (I found the image of Steve the vampire dejectedly asking for the train fare after being tagged quite amusing), but I just couldn’t get interested in this. Evie, though sweet in a kid sister kind of way, didn’t have all that much going on upstairs. She calls her taser (which is pink and glittery) Tasey. She only gets interested in knife training when her instructor gives her a pink knife – which she squeals over. She spends most of her spare time reading celebrity magazines.
We were never going to hit it off.
This book seems like it would be a light-hearted read for a young teenager and I would urge them to give it a go. Personally, I found the writing lacked tension or action, the dialogue was awkward and it was all just felt too childish. Evie is supposedly sixteen, maybe seventeen, but I would have put her at twelve or thirteen. The other characters were equally uninteresting but then, I prefer my paranormals to have an edge or a quirkiness to them. Paranormalcy had neither.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Read: 136/332 pages
I tried. Really I did. This book is so popular I figured that even I, a Buffy fan who just cannot seem to get into vampire books, would like this one.
It wasn’t meant to be. And there’s a very simple reason for that: Rose.
I intensely disliked this character. Many reviewers have cited her as a kick-ass heroine, strong, loyal etc. I found her arrogant, rude, prejudice, full of her own self-importance, vain and not half as talented or clever as she liked to think she was. Perhaps Rose would have eventually have won me over had I stuck with it, but I can’t say I was compelled to find out. I just didn’t want to spend any more time with this character.
It’s a shame because I quite liked the idea of an academy and the bond between Lissa and Rose, but neither was developed enough over the first hundred-odd pages to convince me to continue reading. The only bright spot was Christian.