DNF Reviews – The Heir & A Darker Shade of Magic

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The Heir by Kiera Cass | DNF ReviewsThe Heir (The Selection #4)

Synopsis:

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

Why I Didn’t Finish:

For some reason, I assume reader naivety, I thought it would be an amazing idea to binge read the entire Selection series. I kept seeing the newest book The Crown around, which lead me to think that reading the entire series would be wonderful. And when I wasn’t enraged at the MC America for being so indecisive and terrible, I enjoyed some of it. The Heir is about her daughter Eadlyn. On top of having an even more terrible name that America in that it’s unecessarily complicated, this MC is somehow more annoying and selfish. I actually started to miss reading about America because her daughter was beyond upsetting. I understand the tsundere character that’s tough on the outside to protect how vulnerable she in on the inside. But this girl goes into a room and eliminates potential suitors by waving her hand at them in dismissal. AND IM SUPPOSED TO ROOT FOR HER, HOW? I’ve washed my hands of this series. I shan’t be reading anymore. And I said it all royal-like so you know I’m serious.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab | DNF ReviewsA Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

Synopsis:

Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

Why I Didn’t Finish:

Okay, I know some of you are probably like OMGYOUDNFEDTHISAREYOUCRAZY? I bought the ebook of this on sale because it was already on my TBR and I hoped to read it one day. I had just finished DNFing The Heir so I was desperate for a good book to lift my spirits. And I’ve been talking forever about needing to read a V.E. Schwab book. And so I excitedly started the book, and was bombared instantly with pages of infodump. Why did I need to know all this stuff right now? It is completely imperative that you teach me about his many coats before I even know the character? And then Kell has this sort of sad, but mostly boring chat with this king. And kind of talks about the different Londons in a way that both bored and annoyed me. I suspect that I was still pissed off from The Heir and I was going to need perfection to get me into a book. I was not in the mood to try and understand stuff. I needed instant gratification. And probably, I was way more eager to read A Court of Thorns and Roses than I was A Darker Shade of Magic. And I said that I would go back to it, but I still don’t really want to. Nothing excites me about trying to read this book again. Maybe one day…

Have you ever given up on a popular books? What was it?

26 Comments

  • Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    September 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Haha The Selection was so unnecessarily bad, I’m still impressed you made it so far into the series! I actually bought the first two books before reading the first book then ended up selling them for cheap after I pushed myself through reading the second book…

    I’ve heard all of the hype about A Darker Shade of Magic, but the synopsis just doesn’t interest me, so it’s refreshing to see someone actually doesn’t like it… I don’t know if I’ll ever pick up this book but if I do at least I’ll be a little more prepared!
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    • ltlibrarian

      September 9, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Urg everytime I think about The Selection I cringe, I have no idea why I felt the need to waste my time. I think I just don’t like to leave a series uncompleted.

      I don’t know, I really couldn’t get into it. And I still have zero desire to read it. There’s just more exciting things out there

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  • Tasya

    July 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I’ve heard some people raging about how bad Eadlyn (idk if that’s right, i didn’t bother to scroll up to see if i’m right) is, which is why I stopped at book 3 😀 AND NOOO. I get that ADSOM pacing was kinda slow, but I thought Kell’s coat is really cool?? I won’t mind reading a whole book about Kell’s coat xD I hope you’ll give it another time when you’re in the mood to read it 🙂
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    • ltlibrarian

      July 13, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Hahah yes, that’s how it’s spelled. Stopping at book 3 makes perfect sense to me.

      Maybe if Kell’s coat had been introduced at the end of the first chapter I would have liked it. I wanted to like it! I tried really! But when I read it I couldn’t have cared less about his coat. Moreover I was confused about it. We’ll see! Maybe I’ll get some patience for once and be able to sit and take it all in.

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  • Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    July 12, 2016 at 1:26 am

    So, I was annoyed when The Heir was released because it basically spoils all The Selection books in the first sentence of the synopsis. Still, I thought maybe I’d try it. But all this talk of Eadlyn being the actual worst, and her name DEFINITELY being the worst.. I doubt I will ever start it, and I am mad that I bought the first three ebooks.

    As for ADSOM… I get it. Unpopular opinions, we have. I mean, I started to get into it as I went along, and the writing was great, but I seriously contemplated DNFing itself, so I feel you. I have the second one, but I haven’t been in much of a hurry- though it was voted in by my poll, so I have to read it which is probably good. Let’s be honest, I mostly bought it for the cover 😉 So sorry that these didn’t work for you- but hey, at least you can go on to read better things now! 😀
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    • ltlibrarian

      July 12, 2016 at 9:10 am

      YES! It’s so true. I remember looking at the summary only after I had read the first three and being like ‘oh, good thing I didn’t look first’. Though by that time I also knew she had a daughter and could assume she didn’t die. I can see being mad at having bough the books already. The heir is pretty painful. Hell, the Selection is painful too. I understand creating a bratty character that grows through the books. But Eadlyn is so bratty and spoiled that she’s not likeable enough to even get to the part where she is likeable. At least America had some redeeming qualities.

      hahah at least the poll is there to spur you on with reading the next book! And you’re so right, and I’m quite happy with the book I’m reading now so it’s worked out.

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  • Chioma @ Blue Books and Butterflies

    July 11, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    So I am one of those people who has usually been about finishing a book no matter what, be it rain or shine, bad or good. But lately, that has become harder and harder to do. I have recently found myself DNFing books because it just did not grab me within the first 20 pages, and this is new to me. Nice post! I suggest Vicious by V.E. Swab if you want to try another one of her books in the future. I am pretty sure the info dumping is not as present.
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    • ltlibrarian

      July 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

      I know exactly what you mean! I was like that too in the beginning. I really really REALLY didn’t want to not finish any books, but I’ve just accepted it as of late. If it doesn’t grab you then why bother? There’s so many amazing books out there, it’s hard to justify sticking with one when you don’t like it. I have heard lots of great things about Vicious. I almost bought it but then decided to go with a Liane Moriarty novel because I love everything she writes and didn’t think I could deal with more V.E. Schwab disappointment haha. I’ll probably get to that one eventually, though!

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  • Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    July 9, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    I’m actually impressed you managed to get through the first three books of The Selection! And her daughter is more annoying than her?! Omg, I couldn’t even imagine it. America was so indecisive that it made me want to throw the book at the wall lol.

    Wow, you’re the first person that I’ve seen that hasn’t loved ADSoM. And I’m kind of relieved, because I have no interest in the synopsis that I don’t think I’ll pick this up. So I may be a little glad to know that not everyone loves it…
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    • ltlibrarian

      July 9, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      I wanted to know what would happen and I wanted to hope America would get better. And yes, it is possible. It’s very possible. Yessss the indecisiveness. It just got to the point where she was more selfish than torn.

      Right? I admit that I didn’t really give it a proper chance, but if I read the first chapter and all I want to do is collapse from boredom… I’m happy my DNF has helped you avoid it hahah

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  • Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    July 9, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I’m a bit sad to hear you DNF-ed ADSOM, but I can understand. The beginning was kind of slow indeed, and there were SO many info, it was a bit hard to follow at times, and I was wondering where this was all going. However when the pace FINALLY picked up, I was glad I didn’t give it up too soon. I hope you’ll want to try it again 🙂
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    • ltlibrarian

      July 8, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Hahah because I complain about every The Selection book I read? ;p

      I wish I could have loved it tooooo. Maybe one of these days, when I’m in a happier mood. Or maybe when I have less expectations for it?

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      I don’t blame you. She’s not a pleasant character for most of the books. I look back on it all and wonder how I made it through. Probably because I spent so much time talking about how I was going to marathon the books.

      Ohhh that will be good! Hopefully, you’ll have more patience than me 🙂

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  • Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    July 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    hahah xD “unnecessarily complicated” name. Also, I’m surprised! You’re the first person I’ve seen NOT ABSOLUTELY LOVE ADSOM. I haven’t even read it yet, but it’s actually kind of nice to see someone not like it, I’ll go in with a more realistic expectation hah

    Also, I’ve actually never DNF’d a book, but I’m feeling like I might be DNFing my first on this week….maybe I’ll do a DNF review for that.
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    • ltlibrarian

      July 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      It is unnecessarily complicated! Like, if in the book you have to explain to me how to say their name, it’s kind of a bust. Except for Feyre in ACOTAR/ACOMAF because she’s a boss, so she can have a complicated name.

      I knowwww, I was actually really surprised. After 3 pages I was like ‘why do people like this?’ and I tried to give it a chance but I was just like “you know what? I’m not wasting any more of my time on books that don’t excite me.”

      Do itttttttttt. We read so many books as bloggers, I’m all about DNFing books that may very well just be a waste of your time. And I’d be interested to know about the book that finally made you DNF.

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      • Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

        July 11, 2016 at 1:50 am

        hahah that’s true. Doesn’t Maas have a whole pronunciation guide? Or am I thinking of a different book?

        I know, I know. For some reason I can’t say I’ve actually GIVEN up. I HAVE put books “on hold”. I’ll put them down for a while, then return to them. Like Cress. I put it down LAST YEAR and will be picking it back up again this week. So it’s like a temporary DNF haha. Right now, though, I’m considering DNF’ing And I Darken xD I just can’t with that book right now. I’m so bored.
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        • ltlibrarian

          July 11, 2016 at 6:55 am

          Yes! She does have one on her website. I’m not sure if it was at the end of the book too? I never go past the acknowledgements so I don’t know.

          At least you go back to them! Cress is one I did like, not my fav in the series but it’s a good one nonetheless. Hopefully you enjoy it. Oh no! I’ve only heard good things so far about it so that’s too bad. But if it needs to be put down… You can always put it on hold, but like forever if that helps haha

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  • Heather

    July 8, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I, in fact, can’t blame you at all for DNF’ing ADSOM. I heard a lot of good things about it, too, but I also got super bored at the beginning. The pacing was just so slow, and it didn’t really pick up, even after most of the initial worldbuilding (or dumping, you know, whatever) was done. I was definitely disappointed by the end, so… yeah. I totally understand.

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

      I’m so surprised, honestly. Everyone always seems to talk to highly of it, so it’s definitely disappointing. And if you were even disappointed at the end, I don’t think I’ll pick this up again.

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