Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created by The Broke and the Bookish for list addicts. The only catch (and it’s a biggie) is that you are supposed to stick to ten things. This week’s list is…
Top Ten Books I Almost DNF (But Didn’t)
Realistically, this is going to be a list of my 1 and 2 star rated books. It takes an awful lot of silliness, convoluted plots, bland or poorly realised characters for me to stop reading. Characterisation is the most important thing for me so if I can’t connect with the leads then it is going to be a slog.
So far my DNF pile consists of one book, Heart of Stone by Christine Warren, as I have managed to muddle my way through pretty much everything else. I think being a fast reader helps as I know it is only going to be a couple of hours of my time before I am done.
1. Werewolf Sings the Blues by Jennifer Harlow (my review)
I really enjoyed Harlow’s F.R.E.A.K.S. series and liked the first book in this series (Midnight Magic) but I couldn’t connect with the heroine at all. I could handle the drug taking, the bitterness and the self-loathing (to a degree) but not her wanting to hook up with her adopted brother.
2. I Dream of Genies by Judi Fennell (my review)
I almost DNF’ed at the point where butterflies appeared when the hero and heroine had sex but struggled on. The fantasy section was like an acid trip with all manner of weird occurrences, especially when they rock up in the genie’s home town that was very reminiscent of Aladdin. The biggest problem was that I wasn’t sure if Fennell was writing a satirical piece or if she was serious about the whole thing.
3. A Lady and her Magic by Tammy Falkner (my review)
The main character, Sophie, veers between naive and sweet to crude and lewd which was quite disorientating. In one scene she fluttered into the bratty girl’s room to do some important magic thing and then only moments later was having fairly raunchy sex with the girl’s father.
4. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (my review)
Harry is a walking talking P.I. cliche but lacks the charm or competence of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Harry is a chauvinist and the women find that so appealing, they all want to jump him. The world-building was pretty slap-dash with magic used in a fairly haphazard fashion.
5. Red Heat by Nina Bruhns (my review)
Oh boy, where do I start? Julie is a TSTL heroine who spends much of the novel clinging to her manly Nikolai Romanov (yep, you read it right). Just thinking about her is enough to make my left eye twitch. Read my review if you want to find out about her TSTL crimes.
6. MacRieve by Kresley Cole (my review)
Loved, loved, loved the heroine Chloe but loathed MacRieve for the way he treated her. I have no problems with Byronic heroes who have the weight of the world on their shoulders and are looking for enemies everywhere but MacRieve was unnecessarily cruel and relished the pain he caused Chloe.
7. Fever by Joan Swan (my review)
This time it wasn’t so much the main characters that I had problems with apart from not understanding the connection between them but a guy called Taz who was the hero’s sidekick for part of the novel. The man spewed racist and misogynistic crap which was quite simply disgusting.
8. Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley (my review)
I am a huge fan of Ashley’s work and would champion most of her series if need be but this book had no real plot. Time jumps led to confusion at times and even boredom which is bizarre as this is the author that gave us the kickass Rock Chicks series.
9. A Howl for a Highlander by Terry Spear (my review)
Our lead, Duncan, is a phenomenal highland werewolf warrior who is on a mission to bring down a baddie. Sounds great? I thought so too until I discovered that his two methods of defeating his foe were dropping a dead body in the guy’s pool and…taking a chick out on cruises and feeling her up. I must be a fairly bloodthirsty wench but I wanted more action and a plot that made more sense.
10. It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (my review)
Hero? What hero? Instead we were treated to a first rate jerk who auditioned women for the privilege of having his kids and had hissy fits whenever he didn’t get his way. Bleh!