Archangel One by Evan Currie 💫 DNF Review

Title: Archangel One
Author: Evan Currie
Genre: Adult Sci-Fi
Publication Date: September 1st, 2019
Pages: 272
Publishers: 47North

Goodreads Synopsis

An elite squadron must go undercover behind enemy lines in this thrilling new space adventure from the author of the Odyssey One series.

Humanity has reached an uneasy truce with the Empire—but unless the allies bring the fight to the enemy, extinction is all but assured. In preparation for the inevitable next war, Commander Stephen Michaels is at the helm of the Archangel Squadron, and his orders are simple: go rogue.

Disguised as mercenaries, Commander Michaels and the Archangels seek valuable intelligence on their imposing foe. Their mission takes them deep into uncharted territory, where they make inroads with the Empire, fiercely guarding their true identities and purpose. Fighting for the enemy goes against everything they stand for, but these are desperate times.

As their deception increases, so does the risk. With the Empire’s deadliest secrets within reach, Commander Michaels and the Archangels accept a mission that will take them even deeper into the Imperial fold. They know all too well that one wrong step won’t just end their lives—it could end their entire civilization.

Normally, I wouldn’t review something that I only read about 10% of before DNFing but as there was a pretty specific thing I had an issue with I wanted to share.

So my issue with this book is straight up the writing. As I said I only read about 10% of this one before DNFing, so the writing might have improved after that, I don’t know. What I read though I found very difficult to get through.
Firstly, some of the writing was quite technical and I just didn’t understand what was being talked about. This is an adult Sci-Fi and I don’t have a tonne of experience with the genre or a tonne of knowledge. So, with all the technical terms I was a little lost.
Next was the speech between characters. It all felt very formal. Like there wasn’t emotion or meaning behind it and the conversations just felt forced and didn’t flow. I don’t know how else to describe it, so I hope you kinda understand what I mean.
Lastly, the writing itself was just bland. I just didn’t find myself interested or hooked in any way as the writing just felt flat.

I didn’t get far enough in to really have strong thoughts on the characters or plot yet but the writing is the reason I DNFd and I just wanted to share that.

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Books I DNFd in 2018

So it is nearly the end of 2018! So I’m going to be doing a series here & on my youtube channel discussing the best books I read in 2018, the books I DNFd in 2018, the worst books I read in 2018 & what I am anticipating in 2019! There may be more to this series but that is my current plan!

This year I really got into DNFing books more. I have accepted the fact that not all books are for me and there is no point wasting my time with something I don’t enjoy.

I am going to split this into 3 sections:
1. Books I DNFd because it just wasn’t for me
2. Books I DNFd but will try again in a different format
3. Books I DNFd because I strongly disliked them or something about them

So lets get into it!

Books I DNFd because it just wasn’t for me

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

This book… Okay, so don’t get me wrong. I really enjoyed book 1. I of course had problems with it, mainly the Insta Love based romance. But I was able to ignore that and focus on the plot and the really unique world. HOWEVER, this book jumps straight in heavy on the romance based side of things and I just couldn’t do it!

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui. T Sutherland

So this one is a middle grade and don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a lot of middle grades but some, like this one is simply too young feeling for me. I felt like I was reading a kids book and I just couldn’t get into it.

Books I DNFd but will try again in a different format

The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

This one is the 4th book in The Darkest Minds series. I was a little hesitant with this one as it’s always iffy when an author releases another book in a series YEARS after what we all thought was the finale’s publication. In this case the 3rd book in the series, In the Afterlight, was a 2014 release and The Darkest Legacy releases in 2018.
Honestly I didn’t get far enough into this book to really tell if it was good or bad. The reason I DNFd was I think the format. I had recently reread the original trilogy via audiobook and decided to continue on that path for this book too. I preferred the audiobooks for the other books as for some reason The Darkest Minds books always taken me twice as long to read as any other book. So the audiobooks were great but for The Darkest Legacy I just couldn’t get into it. I may try again with the physical book at some point but it more than likely won’t be soon as it just isn’t a top priority. The trilogy feels finished for me and this 4th book just feels like an unnecessary add on.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Okay, so this wasn’t really a DNF but I did start it and not finish, so it’s making the list.
Basically I bought this book because it was so hyped leading up to the release. I added this book to a ReadAThon TBR and read the 1st chapter which was the epilogue. I wasn’t really intrigued so I had a look at some reviews. I started seeing a lot of reviews that claimed it was slow and boring. At the time I was in a reading slump and trying to get out and something that a lot of people were saying was slow was not something I wanted to put myself through when trying to get out of the slump. So I put it down. I have heard good things about the audiobook, so I will give it a go at some point.

Books I DNFd because I strongly disliked them of something about them

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

I just could not do it! I DNFd this book at 52%. I was half way through the book and basically NOTHING interesting had happened. We were just following this kid going to school. I’m all for a magical school but it starts getting boring after a while. I also remember this book having basically no world building. I am aware that this is set in the same world as one of her other series that was published ages ago but that doesn’t mean that there should be no world building! If it was a sequel I would get the lack of explanation but not with a companion that is set before the events of the original series. Just give me something!
You can find my full DNF Review HERE!

The Seer’s Curse by J.J. Faulks

Okay, so this book overall was a bit dull and boring but my main issue with it was how similar it was to other books I had already read. Basically we follow this girl that from the time that she is born everything bad that happens in that town she is blamed for. Sound familiar? That is because that is how The Trials of Morrigan Crow starts, which is a book I read and didn’t really care for.
You can find my full spoiler free DNF Review HERE.

A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss

This one I was just confused. This is a Mystery book that I received from NetGalley and I didn’t even review it because I only read about 20% and the whole time I was confused so didn’t feel like I had enough thoughts to actually review it. Basically you are thrown straight in and there a heap of names being thrown around, places being introduced and it all hit just so quickly that you don’t even have time to process anything. So yes, I was confused and gave up very early.

The Golden Fountain by Zuheb Alep

This is a book that I had never heard of before seeing this beautiful cover on NetGalley. The synopsis sounded promising so I requested it and was approved. This book was just bad though. This book had basically no world building except that it is parallel to our own world. There is constant action and honestly it just doesn’t make sense. It feels like it is just thrown all together purely for the action factor but none of it adds up. The constant action also leads to a lack of any character development, background info or anything that would make me connect with the book and care about what is going on. There are tonnes of characters! That many that you really can’t keep track of who the hell is who! Also the similarities to other books or movies was just too much for me to see it as inspiration and not copying the idea from other VERY well known franchises like Harry Potter & Pirates of the Caribbean.
This one I have a full DNF Review for which you can find HERE.

Lirael by Garth Nix

Honestly I don’t even really know why I continued on to this book when I didn’t enjoy the first book in the series that much. This book is the ‘sequel’ to Sabriel however I see it more of a companion as it is set years later and following completely new main characters. My main issue with these books were a lack of connection to the characters. The characters fell flat for me and that lead to me not really caring for them or what happens to them. These books are very heavy on the world building which I usually love but there also needs to be a balance with the other aspects of the book not just a tonne of details on this really unique and thought out world. Like I said I didn’t enjoy the first book and it just went further down hill when you are thrown into a completely different year with new characters after you were just starting to get a feel for the undeveloped characters of the first book.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

This book broke a record for me. Least amount of pages read before DNFing. I’m pretty sure I read 1 chapter, maybe 2? I can’t remember but it was very few pages, I know that much. This book follows a plus size main character, which is great! I love some plus size rep HOWEVER this was not executed well at all. So we find out she is plus size very early in, like the first or second page. That’s cool, we get that she is plus size now, awesome. However after that, it is mentioned once or twice every damn page! I just couldn’t put up with it! Her every second thought was either food or the fact that she is plus size! Like we get it! It got so damn monotonous so quickly!
Honestly I am so glad I didn’t bother with this book after reading some reviews. I highly recommend checking out THIS review on Goodreads if you are curious about how this book progresses.

Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal

My main issue with this book was just a lack of, well, everything. The world wasn’t explained, at all. The magic system wasn’t explained, at all. The background as to why everyone fears necromancy was barely touched on. The main character was bland and undeveloped. Honestly I just didn’t care because everything was so poorly introduced that I felt like I started reading from the middle of the book and couldn’t form a connection or understanding with anything.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

My issue with this one was mainly the writing. For one thing this is another one that just felt too young for me but also the slang and deliberate incorrect spelling to represent the main characters lack of education was just annoying to read. You are also kinda thrown in without a tonne of building. I also found most of the characters flat which didn’t help my interest in the book.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

I’m not even going to explain this one. I am just going to link to my DNF review of this that I wrote at 2:30 in the morning after DNFing and is honestly one of my favourite reviews. Just go read it HERE.

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The Golden Fountain by Zuheb Alep – DNF review

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Title: The Golden Fountain
Zuheb Alep
Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 28th, 2018
Pages: 320 (Paperback)
Publishers: Troubador Publishing Ltd
No rating

Goodreads Synopsis

The Golden Fountain is the story of a twelve-year old Benjamin, a rebellious boy whose fierce desire to become a leader is threatened by the children disappearing around his city. The citizens of the city has long suffered their children’s disappearance, but the fact that they were never discovered leads Benjamin to finally decide one thing; he would creep on-board a ship carrying eight thousands soldiers to rescue them around the world.

This story is set parallel in a world to our own, with magical creatures such as talking snow-cats bred for war, winged humans with elemental powers, birds as large as a horse and ferocious witches.

This world is more than magical, with the balance of light and darkness about to break. Only Benjamin can prevent that with his unbreakable sword and a unique compass. Fall into a story completed with many themes, mostly about love and worst of all … death


DNF @ 55%

Okay, so some middle grade are for me and some aren’t and this is one that just isn’t.

First of there is basically no world building at all! You are just thrown into this parallel world to our own that makes no sense and then nothing is explained. Maybe it will be in the end but I just can’t force myself to push through another 150 pages when I don’t care. And yes this is parallel to our world, it’s basically our world but they slightly changed the spelling of everything and then threw some weird magical items in.

Examples of the names:

Book: Aradia, Egypta, Afrika, Europia, etc.

Real: Arabia, Egypt, Africa, Europe.

Okay next, I’m just bored. As there is no development or world building I can’t connect with characters & the world doesn’t interest me so I’m just bored reading about characters I don’t care about in a world that makes no sense.

Also this book is just constant action that makes no sense. Like I said, nothing is explained so we just jump from event to event with no reasoning as to why. Then that thing just ends without explanation and we move onto the next ridiculous thing.

Also there are so many characters!! Half of them we meet for like one chapter and then don’t hear about again. It’s impossible to keep track of everyone as there is just so many.

Then there is the similarities to other books & movies that I noticed. They aren’t big things but things like ‘Stellotape’ I have no idea why they didn’t just call it Sellotape when most of the other random objects in the book don’t get name changes. But ‘Stellotape’ reminded me straight away or ‘Spellotape’ from the Wizarding World. Next we have a magic compass that points to the thing you want most. Sound familiar?

Then there is the excessive use of Explanation marks. It’s not all the time but I noticed a heap of spoken sentence that had a ‘!’ behind it for no reason. Let me give you an example.

*Please be aware that this quote is from the ARC and may differ from the finished published work*

“What? No!” said Jordanna

SAID! SAID does not mean yelled. Make up your mind. Is she saying or yelling it. Like it just contradicts its self so often.

Then there is also the very abrupt description/observations of characters. Let me give you another quote.

He soon woke at the sound of Benjamin’s voice and began propping up his fat body

Uhm? Is that necessary? I suppose at least he didn’t say it out loud.

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So overall, I am simply not enjoying this book and don’t want to continue. Also I’m just coming out of a reading slump and don’t want to force a not enjoyable book on myself right now!!

Also just a little warning. There is a fair bit of death, violence and abuse in this book. And it is marked at ‘Young Adult’ even though the main character is 12.

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – DNF review

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Title: The Kiss of Deception

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Series Name: The Remnant Chronicles 

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: July 8th, 2014

Pages: 486 (Paperback)

Publishers: Henry Holt


1 star

Goodreads Synopsis

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia escapes to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.


This is probably the weirdest review I will ever write! It is 2:30am and I am laying in bed on my phone right now writing this because I need to get it out! I will make all the proper layout/graphics and crap tomorrow so it looks presentable. But who knows what this review will be.

Okay firstly, I don’t know exactly where I am up to in this book. I am listening to this on audiobook through a new app that the membership works the same as Scribd. But it is crap. It’s Otto Radio btw. The reason this app is crap, well there is more than one. So I’ll just mention 2 main problems. Firstly there is absolutely no way to tell how far you are in a book or how much you have left to go. On Scribd, there is a progress bar where you can see where you are up to. It’s not exact but it’s easy to guess. Audible, has a progress bar too and also when you go into the ‘share my progress’ option you can choose text and a little automatically written message pops up that says something along the lines hey I’m …% through …. book. This one, however, has NOTHING! The other thing that annoys me is that the app splits the book into way more chapters than the book legitimately is. In this specific book you can tell when a new chapter starts because the narrator will say the name of whoever’s POV we are reading from. But each chapter is split into like 3 or something chapters of the audiobook. Seriously every chapter is 3-5 minutes long. So you can never actually tell how much more of a chapter you have left!

Okay, rant about Otto over. I will be cancelling my subscription.

Now onto my DNF review of this book. Like I said. I don’t know where I was up to but based on this audiobook having 165 chapter & I’m up 57 I’m going to say around 1/3 of the book.

Okay, first let’s talk about the false advertisement of this book. This is a ‘YA Fantasy’

Wait, I need a meme or something for this!

I know right Grandma, where the hell is the fantasy?!

I recall 1 mention of magic in the 1/3 ish of this book I read. And that was right at the start where it is mentioned that the MC does not have the power she should have gotten from her family line because she isn’t actually related to both of her ‘parents’.

That is literally it! There has not been a single hint at any magic system besides that slight hint that some families have abilities.

Okay next!

The plot so far has been utterly dull. I was just bored. She ran away, bought some donkies (what the fuck is the plural of donkey, bloody hell I need to go to sleep) and got a job and met two attractive dudes, picked some berries and lied to her best friend because it was ‘easier’ than being honest. I think I’ve covered all the plot so far.

*And no I didn’t bother editing this paragraph when I’m reading this the next day as it cracked me up. Yes I know the plural is Donkeys but it just wasn’t looking right on my phone at 3am*

Sounds interesting right. Okay moving on.

Next, the. Romancy side of things. Yes, I’m pretty sure I just made up a word.

So we meet the guy and instantly can’t breathe. Great, one of these bitches is it. Moving on.

Then there are the constant thoughts about this random dude you just met. You’re blind mate! There is literally two guys stand in front of you lying their arses off about who they are and you’re just 😍😍😍 them. Good lord.

And when she isn’t thinking about them, her and the best friend (I literally can’t think of either of their names) are sitting around chatting about kissing boys.

Then, of course, there is the innocent servant girl who thinks that handsome army guy loves her. HAHAHA, we all know how that ends in a YA Book.

It’s like instalove & love triangle galore over in this bitch

Can you tell I don’t like romance?

Okay next! The Assassin.

Gotta love a good Assassin right? Well, we would, if he existed! Seriously if he is an assassin, then I’m a fucking dragon!

Literally, the big bad assassin gets the job. Meets the target and instead of killing her starts giving her heart eyes. He even follows her into the woods and can’t do it. Then continues to follow her and sees her with another male, assumes they are fucking and gets jealous. Dude, you met her what 3 days ago?! My god. Also, they were so not doing that! Thankful there is no incest in this book at least.

Okay, I think lastly, the whole who is who Mystery. So this book’s description is basically the girl gets into an arranged marriage and runs instead of marrying the guy. An assassin & the guy she was meant to marry her try hunting her down. The catch is you don’t know who is who.

Firstly at the start, this is not the case. They say exactly who they are. It’s only when they are meeting the MC that they take on fake names and you don’t know which is which.

As for the mystery, it’s so easy to guess. 1 male makes some a comment about the MC being a lot higher class/wealth than him. Well, that’s obviously the assassin. The other guy has a similar standing to her so it would make 0 sense for him to be thinking about that… so yeah, obvious.

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Well, there are all my 3am thoughts on The Kiss of Deception!! Hope you enjoyed the weirdness.




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The Seer’s Curse by J.J. Faulks – DNF Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Seer’s Curse
J.J. Faulks
MG/YA Fantasy
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2018
Pages: 304 (Paperback)
Publishers: Matador
Rating: I have no idea really

Goodreads Synopsis

Orleigh is cursed. Or so the other villagers believe. With each harvest worse than the last, something must be done. And so they consult the Seer. A deal is struck: the village will thrive once more, but in return, Orleigh must be sacrificed to the Earth God, Teymos.

Years later, when Orleigh’s closest friend, Piprin, learns that Orleigh might still be alive, he resolves to rescue her and to return her to the Land of Mortals. Guided by the Seer and the myths of his childhood, Piprin sets out on a quest to the Land of Gods, where mortals like him are forbidden.

But will Piprin survive his quest? And why is the Seer so interested in Orleigh’s fate?

A tale of friendship, acceptance and self-discovery, filled with a new mythology, The Seer’s Curse is a moving debut to be enjoyed by all fantasy fans.


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The cover art is really interesting and was the main thing that caught my eye when I saw this book on NetGalley. The cover looked awesome and the synopsis sounded promising, so I requested it. I like all the small drawings on the cover and now after reading some of the books I actually get what most of them are/mean.

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So honestly, this book was just boring. I DNFd at 51%, so I gave it a fair chance but so far it was just dull and not much has happened.

The book felt very familiar. The whole idea of a child is born and things start going wrong and the village thinks the child is at fault or cursed and blames them for everything *cough* The Trials of Morrigan Crow *cough*. There was also a story in, I think, Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo that started similarly. So I wasn’t overly impressed with the set up for the story.
There was also the idea of the Seer, which I thought was kinda pointless. He basically just watches over everything. Which also reminded me of the movie Happily Never After, with the pig and whatever the hell that pink thing is watching over the fairytales playing out. However, in this one, the Seer doesn’t have a magical set of scales that if bumped everything goes to hell. The seer does, however, have a map thing that he moves pieces around on that represents the different characters in the story. I saw someone say that he uses the map to control the characters, but in the couple times, the map was mentioned in what I read that wasn’t the case. It was more like he moves them around after something happens so he can keep track of where they are. So no he isn’t controlling them with the pieces. Also for that reason, I think it was kinda pointless, why does it matter if he keeps track of them on a map? Really what did that add to the story? But also, did the author get that idea from that map in Spy Kids were the weird scientist dude keeps track of the hybrid creatures on the island from inside his volcano?????

The writing wasn’t anything to rave about either and I didn’t enjoy the multi-POV. It wasn’t specified at the start of the chapter whose POV we were reading from, which can be fine if it is written well. However, all the POVs just felt the same, there was nothing distinct that made it feel like a different person’s POV. It also just randomly swapped to a person that we hadn’t heard from before, so that got confusing as well.
I also didn’t like the huge jump in time. The first jump was fine. We see Orleigh’s birth, which played a part and then we jumped to when she was a kid. That jump in time was fine, it was done well. The next one is after Orleigh is taken to Teymos and it jumps 10 years ahead. That would be fine, however, nothing adjusted to account for the fact that the main person we are following at the time is no longer a kid, he is like 17 or something now! Yet, he still acts like a whining child and it feels like he hasn’t grown up at all. There was just a bit of disconnect with Piprin after that point.

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I did like the addition of the ‘myths’ throughout the book. They were just short little tales that Piprin’s mother told and they were quite interesting. They always had a moral to tell that helped the kids through something that was going on in the story.
Those were the only things that really stood out as well done for me, so this section is very short.

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Overall, it could have been a lot better with a few small tweaks. I in no way hated the book, but it just wasn’t captivating my attention and it felt like just a few aspects that I have seen before in movies and books thrown together. Which wasn’t enough to motivate me to continue reading.

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Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce – DNF Review

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Title: Tempests and Slaughter
Tamora Pierce
Series Name: The Numair Chronicles
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 6th, 2018
Pages: 480 (Hardback)
Publishers: Hachette Australia
Rating: I’m not giving this book a rating! Usually, my DNF books get rated a half star, but I don’t think it was that bad. 

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The highly anticipated NEW Tortall Legend from TAMORA PIERCE, the #1 New York Times bestselling author who is legend herself, is a must-read for any fantasy lover! 

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble. 

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.


This will be a completely unstructured review. I am just typing what I’m thinking of as I go! 

Okay, so I have decided to DNF this book at 52%. It’s not that I’m hating the book, I’m just not enjoying myself. I’m having to force myself to pick up the book and read, but when I do try and read I start falling asleep, even though I wasn’t tired at all!

Also, the book is taking forever! I use the app BookOut which you use to track your reading as it goes. So when you start reading you press the ‘continue reading’ button and it times you, then when you’re finished you end the session and put in the page number or percentage you’re up to! I have been reading for 6 hours already and still have an estimated 5 and a half hours to go and that is soooo much longer than a usual book of this size would take me (About 4 to 5 hours more than it would usually take me actually).
As I’m not enjoying the book and because it’s taking so long I just feel like I’m getting nowhere! I may have considering finishing the book if it was a quicker read, but I’m not forcing myself through another 5 and a half hours of something I’m not enjoying.

Also, basically nothing has happened in the first 50% of the book!! The MC has basically just been going to classes, which, sure was interesting at the start but now it’s just getting monotonous! I also don’t know anything about the world. There has been hardly any explanation at all. All I know is that people have magic and they go to this school.
However, I did find out this morning that this book is set in the same world as one of her other series. As I have not read any of her books up until now, I haven’t read that other series. So maybe that is why there is no explanation of the outside world in this book. But it doesn’t say anything about this being based in the same world as her other series in the synopsis or anything! I only found out while watching Cat’s (Little Book Owls) Haul video this morning and she said it.

This book, even though it reads slow, is ridiculously fast! It flips through events and years extremely quickly. Which makes it really hard to follow! At the start of the book the MC was, I think 10 (but pretending to be 11, which makes it even more confusing when trying to keep track of how much time has passed between chapters). Now the MC is I think 15 (or maybe he is just saying he is 15, I have no idea). Even though he is 4 or 5 years older the character doesn’t feel like he has matured any besides from his powers growing. So it is hard to think of him as a 15-year-old when he still reads like a kid. As it was so fast of a change there has been no time for development of the character as he ages.
The chapters do have timestamps, but I honestly feel like timestamps are useless! Sure I read them but I have forgotten what the last one was, to be able to gauge how much time has passed anyway and as I’m reading an eARC, I can’t just easily flip back to the last chapter to check.
Also at the start of some chapters is the MCs school timetable, which I also think is kinda pointless. It’s a tonne of info that you forget two pages later anyway. And as him going to class is basically all that is happening anyway we find out what classes he is doing in that chapter, so what is the point?

I also don’t like Ozorne. He is obsessive and kinda controlling. God forbid if one of the characters want to do something else with there life besides sit by his side or defeat his enemies?! He is also always trying to push Arram to learn war magic or whatever it is called as he wants Arram to help him kill the race that killed his father. Even though on multiple occasions Arram says he never wants to kill anyone, that’s just not the type of person he is. Varice is kinda bleh. She is the ‘perfect side character’. Intelligent, gorgeous, outgoing, caring, etc. But she has nothing that makes her stand out as a character! She is just the pretty smart friend who likes to cook.

In the synopsis, it hints at a romance between Varice and Arram & that Ozorne might be put on the throne, which is yet to happen in the first 50%! Not that I am keen on romances anyway, but I feel like if it doesn’t set the scene or happen in the first quarter of the book, it shouldn’t in on the synopsis! I have been going through page and page, waiting for something major to happen that will put Ozorne near the throne. But it’s not happening.. Which is making the book even more frustrating as you just want it to happen!! Especially because I feel like that would be some action in a so far pretty dull book.

Now I like a good chosen one book, but this one was just pushing it way to hard! It is pointed out multiple times that the MC is more powerful than others and will go on to do amazing things. It is also mentioned hundreds of times how young he is to be that powerful! Like, come on! At one point a teacher gets up him and forces him to prove that what magic he just did, he did alone and someone else wasn’t helping him because ‘how could someone so young be so capable’! Also, all the other tropes related to ‘the chosen one’ is there! Kinda quiet, doesn’t have many friends, not confident around girls, ‘underestimated’ and who knows what else! The chosen one trope can be done so well! Look at The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni, The Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and heaps more! It can be done amazingly and you barely even realise it’s a chosen one story, it just feels natural. But this is just pushed overboard.

I may pick this book up again later. Possibly as an audiobook as it’s so long and hard to get through the start, listening to it might make life easier.

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Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth – Spoiler Free Review – DNF

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Title: Carve the Mark
Veronica Roth
Series Name: Carve the Mark
Genre: YA Fantasy Science Fiction
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Pages: 468 (Hardcover)
Publishers: HarperCollins
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In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.


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*Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers Australia for providing me with a eGalley of this book in return for a honest review*

I Did not finish this book at 54% so this review will be purely a review of the first half of the book and as to why I did not finish this book.

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I don’t really get this cover. It’s not very appealing and it also just looks like cuts in something and as far as I can tell the ‘carve the mark’ refers to when Akos is carving the marks into Cyra’s arm for the kill she made… So I don’t really get the point of the cuts made into whatever that is on the cover and what I’m assuming is meant to look like gold blood running out of them.. It’s just a little odd.

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So I loved the Divergent series, it is really good and written very well. This book wasn’t written bad, but the pacing was really bad! Everything is dragged out so much and there just isn’t much going on but a lot of writing about that nothing. This was one of the reason I stopped reading.. The pacing just makes it so hard to read. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy books with slow pacing some time but this was just too much and that joined with the plot itself was just not worth continuing.

Another reason this book really annoyed me was the names of characters, things and places. Most of them are sooo hard to pronounce! As I went along I started highlighting on the Kindle App every time I couldn’t pronounce a name. There was 15 in the first half of the book.. I don’t mind 1 or 2 names that I can’t pronounce because you can just look at them and move on with the reading, but because there was sooo many of them it was hard to keep track of who everyone is because I couldn’t keep track of the names. This meant that half the time I was confused and trying to figure out who everyone was. There is a glossary in the back, so why couldn’t a pronunciation guide be thrown in too…

Here is some of the examples of some of the names: Aoseh, Eijeh, Thuvhe, Ylira, Zetsyvis, zivatahak, etc.

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Honestly the plot is just kinda eh. I don’t even know really what is going on and I also don’t really think anything really has happened so far except a certain two people being kidnapped… and what the 2 of them are doing atm with the people who kidnapped them.. Besides that I feel like nothing else has really happened.

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I feel no connection to any of the characters at all. This book is done in Multi POV, following Cyra and Akos. Besides that the name is written at the start of the chapter it is hard to tell the difference between each POV. When Multi POV is done well you can tell by the writing which character is which, but this book there was no difference in writing between the 2 main characters and if I got distracted by something in real life I would have to go back and check who’s POV that chapter was because that was the only way to tell.

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The world itself is interesting and if everything else was done well then this could have been a really good book. But as it stands this isn’t a book I’m going to continue. I was at a point that I was forcing myself to read a bit of it and then falling asleep a couple chapters in. I was getting nowhere quick with this book.

So overall the pacing is bad, the names are so hard to pronounce, the plot so far is just dull and the Multi POV isn’t done well. This is not a good representation of Veronica Roths writing! Go read Divergent!!

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