Thursday, June 25, 2020

The DNF Report of May

This year I’ve been seeing a few people doing DNF posts, and I feel like this year has been a year I've definitely been putting books down faster than ever before. In my monthly recaps, I mention books that I read but didn't put reviews up for and so I thought I would just make a post about the books I've been DNFing and why. Hopefully, I can give these lovely books some love even though I didn't necessarily love them myself.

This week's post is going to be for the DNF's from May.

 Everyone says Rex Gunderson isn't boyfriend material. Everyone says he isn't serious enough. Everyone says he’s a joke. Rumor has it, the disgraced ex-manager of the wrestling team left campus with his tail between his legs.

But now Rex is back—nowhere near the douchebag he used to be—and ready to prove everyone wrong.

The leopard has changed his spots, and he’s about to become my dating coach.

Thoughts: I got this book for a blog tour and was super excited since I've been enjoying the How to Date a Douchebag series. My main issue that I couldn't get past was the main character, Hannah. She was just so rude and to like everyone for no reason that I just couldn't like it. It just irked me. She would just say something mean to someone she didn't know and then get upset when they were wondering why she was rude. It just wasn't for me, but most reviews do appear to be positive.

 Sybilla Collins knows nothing of prophecies. She keeps her head down as she goes through her mundane life in Portland, Oregon.

Her world is shaken when she wakes up in a dank, dark dungeon of what she believes is someone who takes cosplay a little too seriously. She is convinced she’s been kidnapped from her bed.

When her eyes land on the man she believes has kidnapped her, something happens inside of her. His scarred face should be frightening. Except she can only think of one thing—his touch, she needs it like she needs her next breath.

King Elias Wainwright is now the fateful king of Bunafi. A title he never wished to have, born to a man he’s always despised, a man who was a traitor. The former king is dead. Elias’ sense of duty is now the only reason he sits on the throne.

Sent to fulfill an ancient prophecy of a parallel universe, Elias and Sybilla must find their true heart’s love, or risk the ruin of the world. Knights, magic, gods, and goddesses are what make up this strange new land.

Choices must be made, walls must be broken down, and two people who guard themselves must allow themselves to be vulnerable and find love to fulfill the prophecy or risk certain ruin of an entire world.

Thoughts: This is another one I got for reviewing and if you've ever read other reviews of mine, you know I love relationships and world building and the sexual tension and rewarding payoff of that sexual tension. That did not occur in this story. Sybilla shows up at King Elias' castle, thinks he's super into larping, realizes she's in a different world, passes out, wakes up, and has sex with the king. This is all within two chapters and it's like um wait, what? This just wasn't for me.


He's a possessive bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. She's a princess from a wealthy family.
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For Bad Idea:
Repeat after me: stay away from the girl.
The beautiful girl.
The f**king ray of sunshine in the middle of your delivery route.

Layla Barros is everything I never knew I wanted.
Everything I’ll never have.

She’s an innocent young student.
I’m a convicted felon.

She’s rich girl from a nice family.
I’ve got nothing but a broken home.

But if I’m an addict, she’s my drug.
I can’t stay away, even though I know I’ll ruin her in the end.
She might be the girl of my dreams, but I was always a bad idea.

For Lost Ones:

Six months ago, I gave my heart to a girl.
Beautiful, kind, and sexy as sin, she’s the only person who saw past my record or the color of my skin.
Who really saw me for me.

She loved me enough to let me go,
let me leave this city to find my own path.

But without her, I drift, lost without direction.
Without me, she spirals, desperate for connection.

I gave my heart to a girl, and she gave hers to me.
But love shouldn’t hurt this much.

For True North:

They said I was a bad idea.
Poor. Violent. Criminal.
They said I’d amount to nothing, and I believed them too.
Until I met her.

Layla Barros saved me from my worst, but to do that, she lost the best herself.
Now it’s my turn to bring her back to life.
If only I can figure out how to do it.

I’ll do anything to protect the chance we finally have.
I’ll follow her to the other side of the world: Brazil. Cuba.
You name it.

But how can I be her true north when I’m still finding my direction too?
Because sometimes your worst demons are those closest to you.
And sometimes getting rid of them isn’t a choice at all.

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Thoughts: I made it to the end of book one in this collection and it's one I had issue with because I felt like the story was trying to make a statement about class but then clouded it down with sex scenes and immature characters. I think when I read a character is my age and has been to juvie that they'll be more mature and so to have one of the characters be so immature despite all that just was a big turn off for me.


She was the daughter of my worst enemy.
I was the hitman hired to take her out.

When the contract hit my phone, I thought it was fate. The broken, frightened girl who got away. The one who lied about who she was and disappeared without a trace.

Now I had a second chance. There was no doubt I’d do everything to keep her safe, both from my family and the man who wanted her life.

As secrets were revealed, lives were put at risk. But life had taught me there was no running from death.

It might have been fate that brought us together, but it was her past that would tear us apart.

Thoughts: This story was interesting and I was super interested until the characters got together. Then it felt like the main character changed and I couldn't connect with her anymore. 

What are your thoughts?
How do you feel about DNFing books?
What are some reasons you DNF stories?

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