DNF Review: The Artful by Wilbert Stanton

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in book review / 23 comments

DNF Review: The Artful by Wilbert StantonThe Artful by Wilbert Stanton
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press on May 27, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 218
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: dnf

New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.
Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels - their playground. They aren't heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.

On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world.

Why I did not finish this book…

Sometimes it’s not the book. Sometimes it’s the reader. I think The Artful was one of those books for me. I think this could have been a great book but I, personally, could not continue reading it. I was just not interested in the least. I gave it my good 20% college try, but I found it hard to pick this book up and easily putdownable even after a couple of pages. Was there anything significantly bad about the book? Not really. My only other complaint would be the language. Stanton kind of created a unique version of the English language with special wording that honestly annoyed me. Okay, and maybe the characters were not my cup of tea either. They were non-relatable and immature. But they could have grown through the novel, I just didn’t care enough to find out.

Though I did find a few problems with this book, I honestly think the DNF aspect was all on me. I didn’t find this book stimulating enough to let it get better or even develop. I was skeptical in reading The Artful in the first place because I wasn’t completely sold by the blurb, but I kept seeing it around and eventually caved. I should have stuck to my guns though. Some books are just no meant for certain readers. The Artful was not my type of book.


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23 Responses to “DNF Review: The Artful by Wilbert Stanton”

  1. Hafsah

    Aww, I’m sorry you didn’t finish this one, Jennifer! I haven’t seen it before, but I’m not sure I’ll enjoy it either.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      LOL, I might have over exaggerating. Sometime special words and phrases in books are cool and sometimes they just distract from the story.

  2. Jaclyn Canada

    I remember you posting the excerpt for this one and being confused on the way things were said. I didn’t think it was for me either. Sometimes, it just works that way. Sorry it wasn’t one for you.

  3. Jennifer @ Donnie Darko Girl

    Sorry this didn’t work out for ya. I read it and know what you mean about the language. I think it started out really slow, but it got better later on. If it’s not working out by 20%, then I think it’s totally understandable to DNF it. I think there’s just too many books out there to waste time if you aren’t feeling it. Great review!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I agree. 20% is my go to number. That’s a good enough chunk to know whether a book is good.

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