Let it go is my new feature, where I will spotlight all the books I DNF and the ones I read, but don’t want to review. And yes, the name is based on the wonderful song from the movie Frozen, hence the reindeer. This feature is based on several other DNF features.
Today a DNF review for a fairytale retelling that just didn't work for me. It's a shame, because it's about my favorite character from the TV show Once upon a time and I was hoping to get some interesting background story; Alias Hook. I also review the second book in the duology about Eon/Eona, which disappointed me and I was surprised by Adorkable. I liked it more than I thought I would, because I don't read many fluffy contemporaries.
Lisa Jensen – Alias Hook. Publication date: July 8th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books. Source: Netgalley.
Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain. With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game.DNF.
Look at the cover! Look at the blurb! It looked and sounded like everything I look for in a book. Peter Pan retelling with Hook as protagonist, it could have been amazing. Instead, I was bored and that made me lose my interest. I really liked the dark Neverland and what a douche Peter Pan actually is. I love the reason behinds Hook wish to kill Peter and his background story. I like how girls and boys dream their way in Neverland, but I just can't stand the slow snail pace and the fact that nothing happens . That is the reason I decided to stop reading this book at the 40% mark.
Alison Goodman – Eona. April 19th 2011 by VIKING by Penguin Group. Warning: don’t read the blurb if you haven’t read the first book.
Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon's army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona's power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled "Emperor" Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power - and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans.FINISHED: 3 stars.
That was disappointing. I fell in love with the characters and world-building in Eon and I had high expectations for this one. It felt like it was written by someone else. All the characters were completely different. I was annoyed by Eona, I disliked her romance with Kygo and I was creeped out about the love-triangle with Ido. Kygo was so aggressive and unkind, pouting like a little boy instead of ruling with respect. There is no chemistry with Eona, they are only verbally fighting. Making googly eyes doesn’t change the fact that their relationship isn’t healthy. I even started to think about Ido as interesting and he is a treacherous, nasty guy, but he is at least honest about his motives. If it wasn’t for the dragons and the awesome world-building, I would have given this book 2.5 stars.
Sarra Manning – Adorkable. May 24th 2012 by Atom.
Welcome to the dorkside. It's going to be a bumpy ride...FINISHED: 3.5 stars.
Jeane Smith's a blogger, a dreamer, a dare-to-dreamer, a jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand and has half a million followers on twitter. Michael Lee's a star of school, stage and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie. They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can't they stop snogging?
This is a book that needs time. The beginning made me doubt whether I was going to enjoy it, but after continuing I was happy I didn’t give up. Thanks to Debby’s high praises I started to warm up for the story and the characters.
Jeane is a dork who is incredibly snappy and snobbish to ‘normal people.’ She is mean to everyone around her and is only herself on her blog and social media. But when you find out about her background story, it’s not strange she is closed and afraid to let people close to her. I also liked how Jeane embraces her dorkiness and that she makes it her own brand. I understood her feelings for blogging and the friends she makes online and I disagreed with Michael because he believes it's all fake. Michael is the golden boy. There is also more to him than you would expect.
I disliked the relationships and how the characters handled them. Jeane is a couple with Barney, but they have no chemistry at all, and Michael is with Scarlett – a relationship doomed to die sooner or later. I just wish they were all mature enough to break-up, but when that happens Jeane and Michael learn more about each other. They have endless discussions and snarky conversations, but they can’t take their hands off each other. I really appreciated the realistic look on sex and how awkward it can be in the beginning. I only wished Michael stopped calling Jeane ugly and unattractive, because that rubbed me the wrong way.
Despite some of those bumps, I couldn't put this book down and I read it in one sitting. It's very easy and quick to read and I like how it all ended.