Sunday, September 27, 2020

The DNF Report: August

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 June.


One girl must make a name for herself--or die trying --in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.

Everyone expected the king's daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me.

It shouldn't even be possible. I'm Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don't even get names. Heck, dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.

But there's no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am to be queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don't?

Thoughts: I grabbed this freebie from Netgalley and was super excited to read it. The cover, description, and it being YA all held huge appeal to me. Sadly, I made it 15% through the book and just didn’t care. Like at all. It moved too quickly and too slowly at the same time for me.


This academy is like no other…

My name is Lexi Cameron and until three weeks ago, I thought I was human.
It was all a lie.
I’m a demon, and I’m signed up to attend The Demon Academy.
I soon find out it’s the darkest, cruellest school around and not many survive a full year, let alone three.
Welcome to DA, where unless you are a high demon, you can expect to be treated like trash.
My plan?
To be invisible and get the hell out of this academy, but it doesn’t work out that way…

I have one angel teacher trying to get rid of me, the students of DA making sure I know what a demon can do and I’m not going to survive Demon Academy for long.

That is until the Lucifer sons see me.
They want to break me,
they love to play games with my heart,
and even if I wanted to run from them…I can’t.
I’m apparently their mate.

And just like their father’s home, hell can’t be escaped.

Thoughts: I saw this one as a KindleUnlimited and thought it looked super interesting, but the main character and story flow rubbed me the wrong way and I just couldn't get into it.

Hunter Jones never thought that shared custody would be part of his life, but it’s the only way to make sure his son still has both parents in his life. But when his ex’s increasing unpredictability leads to a missed day care pick up, he’s not so sure shared custody is the best option anymore. Never mind that he’s now the one being accused of bad parenting by a total stranger.

Violet Drake has zero patience for poor parenting. There’s nothing that angers her more than seeing parents behave in the same irresponsible way her own parents did throughout her childhood. But after going off on a perfect stranger late to pick up his son, her conscience gets the best of her and she realizes she may have been a little harsh.

Violet is only supposed to be in Magnolia Sound for a short time to help out her best friend, so getting involved with a single dad is the absolute last thing she should be doing.

Their timing is all kinds of wrong, but sometimes you just can’t help yourself.

Thoughts: I received this one for a blog tour and I like Samantha Chase's stories a lot. I made it 35% of the way through this book before I had to call it quits. Can't Help Falling in Love was very drawn out and I put this story down so easily nearly every five minutes that it took me two days to get through not even half of the book. I knew then that it was time to call it quits.

A sweet and sassy romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.

Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem...except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun, and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation…

Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Rake is not the kind of man Claire hangs around with. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming as all get-out. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun. But when adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realizes she's playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn't willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.

Thoughts: I got this one from Netgalley and was super excited to see how this story would go. Sadly, I made it 11% through the book and then had to DNF. I didn’t really like the main character, which made it difficult to get into. I do think the story would have been interesting, but it wasn't for me.

Did you DNF any books this month? If so, which book(s) and why?
Have you any of the books I DNF'd and think I need to give them a second chance?

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