Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Reshelved (2)

This is the second installment of books I didn't finish. I don't like to do full posts because it's not fair to the book for me to not like it and review it if I didn't finish it. So these just weren't for me, but I still want to give them publicity because maybe you all read them and thought differently or they sound spectacular to you.

Fates by Lanie Bross
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 336
Keywords: greek, mythology, fantasy
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley (thank you!)
Get It: Book Depository
One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.
She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people's fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.
But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again--this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?
Why I Put It Down : 
I wanted to like this one. I really did. I saw several great reviews on Goodreads, so when I began it and was immediately lost and confused, I continued reading because I was convinced there must've been something I was missing. Corinthe had one job. ONE JOB. To get rid of Luc, a human she literally knew nothing about. She had no problem doing it tons of times before, and I just didn't react to the instalove that was happening here. She had too much going for her to get back home that I didn't believe she couldn't kill him. So, at 35% on my Kindle, I had to stop. I wasn't invested in the plot, and the world was too confusing for me to properly be invested in it in the first place.

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 382
Keywords: glamor, fame, popularity
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley (thank you!)
Get It: Book Depository
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.
Why I Put It Down : 
I had seen a bunch of bloggers reading this one, so it seemed good enough to start. I got to 56% before I decided I just didn't care at all, and I was tired of wasting my time. I wasn't invested in any of the characters. It jumps around between 4 (? maybe more?) different people, and everyone has different thoughts, and it's a really strange way of narrating the story. I feel like we never progress anywhere because we constantly are flashing back to someone else's side of the same event that just happened. And all of it was highly unbelievable. Yes, I'm aware it's fiction and it's a story, but there still has to be a certain level of belief, or you should prove to me why I should believe this is a thing, even if I know it's not. This book just didn't do that for me. 

If you've read either of these, please leave comments letting me know what you thought. Should I give them another chance or leave them on my shelf?


  1. I love that you call this "Reshelved" instead of DNF - puts a positive twist on it and suggest that (maybe) one day, you'll revisit them!

    I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for The Secret Diamond Sisters, enough that I probably won't be picking it up.

    I hadn't heard of Fates before, and while that premise sounds really interesting, I usually feel the same about instalove (unless I'm in a very generous reading mood).

    1. Thanks! I absolutely hate when I don't like a book, I want them all to be good. But I figure someone out there will like them, and I still want to give them a chance while being honest at the same time. (And it was one of my new year's goals to DNF more books, I get in such a horrid reading slump if I'm stuck on one I don't like.)

  2. I've never been quite interested in The Secret Diamond Sisters--it just has never seemed like a good book. The whole part where it jumps between four or more characters worries me because usually when that happens, I can't get to truly know any of them as much as I would like.

    As for Fates . . . I almost requested it, but it didn't appeal to me enough to want to read it.

    It's a shame you didn't finish either books, but at least you didn't waste your time with books you clearly didn't like very much. There's more time for better books that way. :)

    1. In the back of my mind, I'm like "Oh no! I never finished them!" But I know I'm much better off just not finishing if I don't like them. And the whole multiple points of view bothers me when it's 2 people (I can dig it if it's done well), but this one was WAY too many people.


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