DNF Reviews: Don’t Fall, Parasite, and Silver Moon: The Complete Saga

Posted June 16th, 2014 in book review / 25 comments

Title: Don’t Fall
Author: Rachel Schieffelbein

Publisher: Swoon Romance (May 2014)
Genre: Fairy Tale, Retellings, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook (Novel Length)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 star)

In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of Rapunzel.

Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn’t go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn’t even have a best friend.

But Anya doesn’t seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she’s allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.

Before long she’s lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she’s ever cared about.

Why I DNF’ed
This book was all tell, no show. I felt no real emotion from the characters. They were one-dimensional and flat. The insta-love was pretty prominent too. Their relationship didn’t feel organic. I was bored out of my mind because nothing was happening by 25% in. I finally put this book down permanently when I realized I didn’t care what happened next or at the end. No suspense, barely a plot, and dull characters.

Title: Parasite
Series: Parasitology #1
Author: Mira Grant

Publisher: Orbit (Oct 2013)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Zombies
Format: eBook (512 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 star)

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.

Why I DNF’ed
I just couldn’t anymore. I made it to 35% and it felt like torture.

I really tried with this one. It started out so well. I was in love with this story. Sally was so interesting and I wanted to know more about her and what happened to her. But then things went down hill, sssslllloooowwwwllllyyy! So freakin’ bored. Everything was so slow, almost nothing happened for the 35% I read, and this is a long book, so 35% is a lot. I had to force myself to pick this book back up.

This is my experience in reading this book:
Reading…reading…look at my nails…”I need to paint my nails again”…try to read again…play with my cat because he is being frisky…try to get back into the book…”I should clean my bathroom. Yeah, that sounds more fun than this book.”

Even the little exciting parts were boring. And this book is so thick with info about science crap I did not care about. Just not my cup of tea.

Title: Silver Moon: The Complete Saga
Author: Rebecca A. Rogers

Publisher: Self-Published (March 2013)
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook (760 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 star)

Join Alaric, Ulric, and Daciana in ALPHA MOON as they discover there’s more to life in the 1500s than plowing fields and attending balls. A powerful witch, who practices black magic, won’t hesitate to place a curse upon them—one that will have them howling at the silvery moon.

In SILVER MOON, Candra Lowell is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in present-day Connecticut. She thinks it’s because she’s a troublemaker, but Candra’s parents only shipped her off for one reason: to learn how to become a werewolf. She’ll learn there’s more to the story, though, when a rival pack has their hearts set on making her visit a living hell.

The past and the present merge into one in BLACK MOON as Candra falls even harder for her star-crossed lover, Benjamin Conway, who also happens to be her enemy, and wrestles with the fact that she has awakened an ancient soul inside her body. Can she stretch her newfound claws in peace, or will she wish she had never become a werewolf?

In the final installment of the saga, BLOOD MOON, Candra and Ben travel back to the sixteenth century, where they’ll embark on their toughest journey yet—stopping Alaric and breaking the curse which started it all. But if ending the werewolf curse, and the powers that come with it, means Candra and Ben will be stuck in the sixteenth century, can they live with the fact that they’ll never return home and see their families again?

Why I DNF’ed
I don’t DNF often. But when I do, I set the books aside until I accumulate about 3 or 4 DNFs so I can review a few in one shot. Well, stupid me, forgot to write down notes on why I DNF’ed this book and it’s been so long that I don’t remember. I know, I suck. I do remember  feeling pretty bored. Like nothing was keeping my interest at all. And that was just book #1, when I got to book #2, I remember hating the merging past and present whole thing. So confusing and unnecessary. So I stopped about 1/4 into the second book. I remember hating myself for even waiting that long to finally stop.

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25 Responses to “DNF Reviews: Don’t Fall, Parasite, and Silver Moon: The Complete Saga”

  1. Melanie

    Aw it’s a pity you didn’t finish Parasite, but I totally understand why you did–it was awfully boring and hard to plough through at so many points in the novel even though I liked it in the end.

    Lovely reviews, Jennifer! <33

  2. Jenea Whittington

    Love Rapunzel, too bad this retelling wasn’t a good for you. I have Parasite, but for some reason I just haven’t picked up yet. If I get to it, I will have to keep in mind about all the science stuff in it.

  3. Tabitha (Pabkins)

    So obviously when boredom comes into play then a book is done for. That funny that you couldn’t even remember why you dnf’d the last one other then boredom. Like you I don’t DNF often but I do have a tendency to start a book and then shelve it for “later” but later might not come for ten years.

  4. elisa

    Books have been boring me to tears lately too! Ugh. I should just do posts like this every once in a while to let them move the heck on! Good for you 🙂
    I wonder if it is me sometimes too…Like if I have less tolerance at times. Oh well.
    I totally loved Parasite, but I can see how it could get bogged down as well.
    Hopefully your next read will be amazing!!!

  5. Braine TS

    I’m like you, I compile my DNFs and then I do the rant. On the books you remember, I would DNF it too at that point.

  6. Jillyn

    Sorry to hear these have been DNFs for you. I’ve been reading a lot of not so brill ones myself lately.

  7. Laura Thomas

    I’m having trouble with Parasite too. Maybe I just need to wait until I’m not too tired?

    I’m not getting email notifications for your posts. Bet I missed a bunch. This is happening all over the place!
    I’ll make a note and stick it to my computer to remember to come by!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, I couple people have been saying that and I don’t know what the problem is. I am getting the email notifications still. Try to unsubscribe and re-subscribe.

  8. Jaclyn Canada

    Here I was thinking you were Wonder Woman able to get through books even when they were terrible. Even the few you DNF’d aren’t nearly as many as I’m sure I’d rack up if I read as many books a month as you to. I am struggling with a book right now that I’d really like to put up. It’s like the one you said where you read, read, look at nails. Exactly the same 😀 I feel ya! Thanks for letting us know though because if I had any of these on my to-read list, I would definitely be taking them off. Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  9. Laura Thomas

    I’m having trouble with Parasite. Maybe I need to try waiting until I’m not too tired.

    I’ve not been receiving email notifications from your blog posts. Bet I missed a bunch. This is happening to a lot of people. I’ll make a note to remember to stop by!

  10. Melliane

    Oh I’m sorry they weren’t for you. I heard a lot of different things about Parasite, it’s the reason why I haven’t tried it yet.

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