Tag: Did Not Finish

Mini eARC Review: Ride On by Gwen Cole

Mini eARC Review: Ride On by Gwen Cole

In the near post-apocalyptic future, the skies are always gray and people are constantly searching for the sun. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Ride On Author: Gwen Cole Publication Date: May 22, 2018 Publisher: Sky Pony Press Page Count: 280 Format: eARC Genre: Young Adult, […]

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eARC Mini Review: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

eARC Mini Review: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Release date Feburary 27, 2018! Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls […]

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eARC Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

eARC Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Release day February 27, 2018!

Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

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Book: Tess of the Road

Author: Rachel Hartman

Publication Date: February 27, 2018

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Page Count: 544

Format: eARC

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Cover Artist:

My Rating: No Rating – DNF

Tess of the RoadTess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

DNFing at 30%

”If Tess pretended she was married hard enough, could she fool herself into having a baby?”

I can confidently say that I have given Rachel Hartman a second chance with reading this book, hoping for the best. I read Seraphina in 2017 and ended up DNFing it. Unfortunately, I’m finding myself in the same boat with Tess of the Road. While the writing is well-composed and encompassing, I just didn’t like the main character Tessie, or the way in which the plot was headed.

Tessie Dombegh is the main character. At a young age, her curiosity got her into rough waters with her mother. Holding onto her past mistakes, she becomes rather spiteful towards others, making her a very unlikeable character to follow.

”I don’t envy you, if that’s what you’re worried about,” said Tess, not lying exactly. It wasn’t envy so much as self-pity. Did that make her “all right” or not?

When her twin sister Jean is proposed to, Tess tries to hide her jealousy of her sister’s position. However, her true feelings bubbling beneath the surface pour out at her sister’s wedding, when out of her drunkenness, she starts a fight.

From this point on, I simply lacked interest in the plot. With the main character being so unlikeable, I fail to see a reason to move on.

Another point to mention is that there is a lot of focus on sex, in a very tactless way.

”Is it true what they say, that the saar are slow to warm up, but once they get going they burn hot as the sun?”

Sorry, but I don’t think this is a necessary addition to a YA novel. If anything, this book reads more like an adult fantasy novel due to its content. This is where the book crossed a line for me. Tess’ obsession with the topic was just off-putting.

Vulgarity: While there wasn’t a lot, (I counted six up until the point of stopping) the overall mannerisms of the characters were vulgar.
Sexual content: There isn’t anything explicit, but this topic is constantly being discussed between characters.
Violence: Minimal.

Since this is a DNF read, I will not be assigning a star-review.

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Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Release day January 30, 2018! Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her […]

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Book Review: Betrothed by Wanda Wiltshire

Book Review: Betrothed by Wanda Wiltshire

When Amy starts having strange dreams, everything changes. Night after night, she becomes trapped in a shroud of black – a void of silence but for a male voice calling for a girl named ‘Marla’. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Book: Betrothed Series: Betrothed #1 […]

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eARC Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

eARC Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

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Book: Seraphina

Series: Seraphina #1

Author: Rachel Hartman

Publication Date: December 23, 2014

Publisher: Random House Children’s

Page Count: 499

Format: eARC

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Cover Artist:

My Rating: No Rating – DNF

Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

DNFing at 80%

I’m so sorry to say that I just couldn’t go any further. I had so many expectations for this book, which was probably my biggest mistake. I’ve always preferred going into a book not knowing much, and it normally serves me well. This is one of those books that I’ve had my eye on for a while, and finally decided it was time to pick it up. With so many outstanding reviews and recommendations, I just don’t think this book was that deserving of the praise it received.

If you disagree with me, that is totally fine. Everyone sees different angles and elements of a book that stand out to them in a particular way in which they appreciate. I, unfortunately, missed nearly all of those facets that normally make me fall in love with the story and characters. I stuck it out for so long, giving it the benefit of a doubt, but it never redeemed itself.

I never found myself able to submerge into the story. The premise was great, the world building is undeniably thorough, the characters are developed and complex—even too complex. Perhaps it was the writing style that I found immensely tedious, and at more times than not, boring. I felt that the story never progressed. It was stuck in a constant state of mind, rehashing the same details over and over. A massive portion of the book is made up of dialogue, which is fine for some books, but it didn’t work well here. Seraphina’s monologue was extremely repetitive and without importance.

I would really love to give this book a second chance, someday. But it won’t be anytime soon. I need some time to cleanse and refresh my palate. Better luck to you, and better luck for me next time.

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