DNR Reviews (1)

We all have those books that we didn’t finish. Now, fess up to it! DNR Reviews are reviews of books that I never finished (for whatever reason it may be). Just because I never finished it doesn’t mean I didn’t like it though, so paying attention to the ratings are worthwhile!

I choose to write reviews of my DNR books because I think there is value in every story, even the ones that I didn’t finish. I got some sort of impression from the book and its abandonment does not mean that it should be relegated to a review-less universe.

Book: The Guardian by Sherrily Kenyon
: St. Martins, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Source + Date Read: Library + January 2013
Favourite Line: “Strange how you always remember the pain someone gave you, but seldom the hurt you caused them.”

So, I found this in the library and thought it was a stand alone book, it’s cover was pretty and I was bored out of my mind so I thought, why not? Well I was wrong. About half way in (yes, it took me a long time, don’t judge me) I realised that this book had some serious gaps. Who are these characters? Why are they always having sex? Why does no one seem to have a history?! I finally googled the book and realised it was 5th in a series of paranormal romance books. That’s a genre I absoloutely despise. Still, I trudged on for about 50 more pages before I became too disgusted to even try and finish it. The book wasn’t bad, it was just not my cup of tea.

But if you like that genre, the characters are defined (in excruciating detail) well and Kenyon’s ability to write dialogue is superb.

Try To Finish? Never in hell.


Book: Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown
: Doubleday, 2013
Genre: Historical fiction, historical thriller
Source + Date Read: Purchased + May 2013
Favourite Line: “The decisions of our past are the architects of our present”

I was so excited for this book to come out that I was a bit angry at Brown that it took me so long to get into it all. I love Dante. I love books about Dante. So why didn’t I finish this damn book? It’s a good book, and I love the action packed history and the return of Langon, but it felt so very lackluster to me. It’s very much like Brown’s previous books in the Robert Langdon series but about 200 pages in, I gave up. I put the book down and never looked back. I’ll probably look back though, maybe I was stressed. Maybe it was me. Maybe I was the reason for the break-up. It’s not you, Inferno, it’s me.

Try To Finish? Yes, but at a later date. I’ll try again in December during break.


Book: Unwind (Unwind Trilogy #1) by Neal Shusterman
: Simon & Schuster, 2007
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Source + Date Read: Borrowed + February 2013
Favourite Line: “Stupid dreams. Even the good ones are bad, because they remind you how poorly reality measures up.”

I was really impressed by the cover of this book, so much so that I borrowed it from a friend the first chance I got. Alas, it was not meant to be. I lasted a whopping 56 pages into the book before I put it down to sleep and never picked it up again. I didn’t have the heart the next day to return to it and just kept on reading other things.

I applaud Shusterman for creating a terrifying dystopian society around the trade or thought of organ donation. Fascinating, it has some good sci-fi elements in it too. So many people love this book that I’d say it’s worth another shot (hence the high rating). I didn’t dislike what I read, I just got kind of bored.

Try To Finish? Yup, I think I’d give this another shot but I’ve got to be in the right mind frame for it.



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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  7. DoingDewey says:

    I agree that it can be worthwhile to post some thoughts on a DNR, especially if you have something positive to say that might help someone else discover that they love one of these books that just wasn’t your cup of tea 🙂

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