Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Reshelved (6)

It's been a while since I've done a Reshelved post!

Welcome to back to Reshelved! This is an 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. Let's discuss in the comments what you thought about these if you've read them, or why they sound good to you!

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Release Date: February 1, 2009
Publisher: Harcourt
Pages: 351
Keywords: vampire, paranormal, romance
Format Read: hardcover
DNF at: 54 pages
Goodreads | IndieBound
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

I've had this complete series for a while, and I finally decided to get down to it. I can honestly say I was so sad to see this wasn't what I'd hoped it would be. I'm usually not a paranormal reader, but I thought this one looked interesting, funny, sarcastic, and plenty cool. I was surprised when I found cheesy dialogue and prose, stereotypical characters and plot lines (disbelieving girl has creepy vampire stalker who turns out to be a vampire king and is supposed to marry her?), and generally just an all-around annoyed feeling. Everything happened super fast. Like, no, we're your adoptive parents because your real ones are vampires who betrothed you to this prince a long time ago. More potatoes?
If you're a huge paranormal fan, this might be up your alley, but it felt like the same old story to me, so I had to put it down.

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Pages: 307
Keywords: steampunk, spy
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
DNF at: 24%
Goodreads | IndieBound
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. 
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
Oh, the good things I'd seen about this book! Lots of people rave about this series all the time, and I am all about the school/academy learning scenario with magic/mischief/something weird going on at the school. But the style of this writing was NOT FOR ME. Like, it was a struggle to get to the 24% I made it to, and I just could not go on. It was very, like, in a middle school-y talky way, you know? With lots of vernacular and real talk going on and stuff and it was all just blah and ugh. Yikes. That kind of prose is not for me.
I think this was a case of "it's me, not you," because while I was looking on Goodreads literally a TON of people are really into these books. So give them a shot! I, on the other hand, will be stepping away from these before I get too frustrated.

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