Saturday, December 9, 2017

DNF Reviews (1)

Hi, friends! So I don't DNF books very often (DNF stands for did not finish, if you did not know). However, there are a few that I'd kind of like to officially DNF and move on from -- so I'm going to tell y'all about my experiences with them today. I most likely won't do these posts frequently (since it's rare that I give up on a book), but maybe it'll catch on every now and then? :)

Sweet Evil (Sweet, #1)Source: Gifted.

Sweet Evil (Sweet #1) by Wendy Higgins

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?


How much of the book did I read? Only the first few pages.

With this book, it honestly comes down to the premise. It's just not for me. And I so badly wanted it to be, because everyone LOVES this series. I have so many friends who think these books are amazing and that Kai is hott and swoon-worthy, etc, etc. But knowing what the book is about, I simply could NOT get into it no matter how hard I tried. I mean, it's 2017, y'all. I've had this book since 2012. It's about time I called a spade a spade. 

Luckily, this isn't entirely a "Wendy Higgins' books aren't for me" situation, because I enjoyed her book See Me, and I think her Great Hunt books are right up my alley. Unfortunately, the Sweet series isn't.

8 Weeks (Time for Love, #1)Source: Gifted.

8 Weeks (Time for Love #1) by Bethany Lopez

Is eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you've betrayed...the only one you've ever loved?

Shelly has been in love with Cal since they started dating in eleventh grade. Despite everyone saying the odds were against them, they got married after graduation and built a life together. Now, six years later, she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. Devastated, her first instinct is to call it quits…

After a drunken binge at his best friends’ bachelor party, Cal betrays the one person who has always been there for him, his wife, Shelly. Terrified and realizing she might divorce him, Cal must come up with a way to prove to her that his love is true…

Cal asks Shelly for eight weeks. Eight weeks to convince her that their marriage is worth the fight. Will Shelly be able to trust him again, or will their marriage end the way many others do when faced with opposition… In divorce?

8 Weeks is book 1 in the Time for Love series, but can be read as a stand alone.


How far did I read? The beginning of the book, then skimmed a great portion of the rest.

I was hesitant going into this one because, though the premise sounds like it's wide open for cute moments, it also sounds like it features a deal breaker topic for me. And, sure enough, right in the beginning of the book it freaking did. But I held out hope anyway that it'd be a misunderstanding or something--which was where the skimming came in. But alas, nope. I was disappointed. And didn't want to even think about properly reading this freaking book. SIGH.

So I guess the gist is that this one REALLY was not for me. I might pick up another in the series at some point, though. I like the romance aspects -- just hated what spurred the plot into motion in this one.

Nothing More (Landon Gibson #1)Source: Publisher sent me a copy in exchange for review consideration.

Nothing More (Landon Gibson #1)

New York's skyscrapers and hectic pace are a far cry from where Landon Gibson grew up, and the transition to New York University has been jarring. But he's getting the hang of things, found a job that pays (some of) the bills, enjoys school, and only occasionally runs into his ex, Dakota. You know, the one he chose NYU for...before she dumped him.

Luckily, his best friend, Tessa, shares a (terribly small) Brooklyn apartment with him. And given the ups and downs she's had with her own ex, she's a good listener when he finds himself in something of a love triangle—a love knot? Whatever it is, it's a mess. An exciting mess. Maybe an addicting mess, because beautiful girls.

Being young and finding your way in the world is hard. Landon's always been a positive person. But such a loud, demanding city so far away from home means you only get by with a little help from your friends. And a good pair of headphones.

Landon's going to be okay...but the journey sure will be fun to watch.


How much of the book did I read? Enough to realize: a) that I was missing something, and b) that this was going to have a love triangle I was sure to hate.

This book landed in my mailbox one day without me asking for it or anything -- so it makes sense that I knew nothing about it. But I've heard good things about Anna Todd's books so I thought it'd be cool to start off with this one, since it seemed like this was the start to a new series. WELL. Technically it is...but it's a companion/spin-off/whatever to her After series. So right off the bat I had a hard time getting into it.

But whatever. I read Six of Crows without even trying to read the Grisha trilogy, surely I could make my way through this one, right? WRONG. Because turns out, Landon's got a bit of a love triangle going. With two girls. Which is something I do not like. I feel like it's obvious by now that I am a jealous reader. So two girls for Landon, while I definitely prefer one for him but I'm not sure he prefers the same one? It was a no go. I couldn't do it. 

And thus, I put the book down and gave up on the duology. I'll have to try some Anna Todd another time, I guess.


  1. I've also had Sweet Evil since about 2012...have yet to get more than 10 pages in. Hm.

  2. I don't always love the Wattpad books, although I tell myself "They're so popular, they MUST be good!"