I don’t like to DNF books, but sometimes you have no choice. Especially when your TBR shelf is 15+ books! I have been trying to read these two books for over a month now, and I think it is time to just put them away.
The first book I DNFed this month is:
A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe
Publication: September 13th 2016 by Another World Press
This eArc was provided by Megan Crewe in exchange for an honest review.
Sora’s life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.
Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother’s last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents’ true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world’s natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.
As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she’s ever known.
A Mortal Song started off great. I was interested and totally absorbed into the story, and then I just lost focus. I tried reading it multiple times, but I just couldn’t get back into the story. Which is a shame, because the setting was great and the storyline was different than what I have read lately. This book has been getting great reviews on Goodreads, so I’ll most likely pick this one up again after my TBR shelf goes down a little bit.
My second DNF book was:
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
This eARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.
In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.
Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!
I wish I had good things to say about this book. I DNFed at about 20%. The plot moved very slowly and I was hoping for a bit more magic. This book flips between current day Tea, and Tea telling her story to the guy that just comes up to her one day. I enjoyed the parts of the book with current day Tea, it was mysterious and a bit dark that made me want to know more about who she is and how she got there. But, then she gets talking and I lose interest quickly. The descriptions of certain things seemed to go on forever! Maybe once this book is actually published, I’ll try again and have, hopefully, a better experience.
What books have you DNFed lately?