DNF Dish ~ Books I Couldn't Tolerate

I've read (more like attempted to read) quite a few of the eARCs on my iPad and unfortunately I had to DNF (did not finish) quite a few of them. I don't think I can do full on reviews for these books because I didn't read more than 75% of any of them, so I'll just list why I DNFd these books.

Author: Natasha Sinel
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Source: eARC via Edelweiss

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+ so many preposterous things kept happening
+ the characters were bland
+ the characters' actions made no sense whatsoever
+ awkward writing is very awkward
+ everything was so cliché and stereotypical

Author: Caitlin Sinead
Genre: NA Contemporary
Page Length: 218 Pages
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Avon
Source: eARC via Netgalley

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+ instalove
+ cheesy romance lines
+ bad writing
+ not enough politics!

Author: Claire Kennedy
Series: Suddenly #1
Genre: Chick Lit
Page Length: 356 Pages
Publication Date: June 16th, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: eARC via Edelweiss

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+ characters are back-stabby
+ stereotypical characters with little to no emotion
+ didn't fancy the writing
+ bored to a fault, all talk and no show

Author: E.K. Johnston
Genre: YA Fantasy-Retelling
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: eARC via Netgalley

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+ knock-off version of The Wrath and The Dawn
+ characters' actions do not make sense at all
+ horrible world-building
+ confusing scenes
+ instant "connection" between characters who you know will become love interests
+ bad storytelling/weak plot development

That's a quick highlight of why I could not finish any of these books. Which books have you DNF'd recently? Have you read any of these? Do they get better? 
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  1. I need to DNF more often... I've finished reading way too many awful books this year as it as is... As well as read too many bad books in years past.

  2. *breathes sigh of relief* I wasn't hugely excited about any of these. It's a shame they didn't work for you, though.

  3. I only recognize A Thousand Nights from the list, and trust me, you're not missing out.

  4. I've never read one of the books you mentionned, haha, lucky for me maybe? Lately, I haven't finished Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout, it focused more on Layla wondering who was the best for her between the two guys than on the plot itself... *sighs* These characters were such clichés, I really couldn't handle it (even if I had survived to White Hot Kiss).

  5. I haven't DNF'd many books lately which is really great for me! Insta-love is the most common culprit for putting me off a book, so I'm a little nervous about A Thousand Nights but I've also heard some great things so I'll be giving it a try :)

    Most recent post on Enchanted by YA: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/announcement-etsy-shop.html

  6. I don't DNF very often, but I think I need to do it more often... I also have a DNF review I need to write... I like the style you've used it, Dana!

  7. I haven't actually read any of the books you DNFed (nor did I request them in the first place), but I have DNFed The Fall by Bethany Griffin recently because it's just so confusing, there's no pattern, and there isn't that much difference from the original story by Edgar Allen Poe.

    Hope your next read is better, Rachel! :)

  8. Bahh I'm so sad you didn't like A Thousand Nights! I liked the flow of that one.

    I was mildly interested in After Hours, but the lack of logical characters makes me sad.

  9. Sorry you didn't enjoy these! I haven't read any of these, but it was interesting to hear your thoughts! :)

  10. I was really looking forward to reading A Thousand Nights! I'm sorry you didn't end up enjoying the book Rach :( I think I have eARC with me; hopefully it might be something I might end up enjoying? :)

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

  11. Aw MAN. Two of those were coming up soon for me! The Fix, which I may just ummm not bother with right now, and A Thousand Nights which I guess I should at least try, even though I have not heard great things. But now I won't feel bad if I have to DNF it ;) So sorry these didn't work out for you though!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

  12. Aw, I'm sorry you didn't like A Thousand Nights. I just finished that one and quite liked it. :) Good luck on your next reads! I hope they're way better! :)

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

  13. I always force myself to finish books - I've never not finished a book. There, of course, are some I haven't loved but not enough to put down.

  14. Oh wow, I had REALLY high hopes for A Thousand Nights. I might as well remove it from my TBR, if it's a knock off of A Wrath in the Dawn, then I would rather read that because everybody loved loved it! Thank you for sharing your DNFd books♥ It gives me an idea on what to spend my reading time on and what not to! (You know we don't have a lot of that hahaha)
    Great post Rachel! :)x

    Jumana @ Books by Jay

  15. Oh man, such a shame that A Thousand Nights is a knockoff version of The Wrath and the Dawn, I was looking forward to reading it. The first book sounds super cheesy and just no.

  16. Oh man. I'm bummed about A Thousand Nights. I was really looking forward to that one too.

  17. Shame to hear about A Thousand Nights as I've been looking forward to starting it. I haven't read The Wrath and the Dawn yet but I've heard some amazing things so I might read that one first!

  18. I actually really enjoyed THE FIX but maybe it was because the subject matter was so important to me. I've been nervous about A THOUSAND NIGHTS though, just because I loved WRATH & DAWN so much. I'm going to really try to consider it for its own merits!

    I recently DNF'd DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE. Might go back to it... wasn't bad, just had too many other books I was excited about at the time.

  19. Shame these didn't work out for you. I'm putting The Wrath and the Dawn aside until the sequel comes out so maybe I'll decide to pick up A Thousand Nights in the meantime, despite the negative reviews. Though, I have to admit, the things you listed don't exactly make me super-excited for it lol. After Hours is one of those books that I was very very excited for but then all the reviews I've read were just so negative that I fell out of love of the synopsis.
    I really should learn to DNF more easily. Great way to list the books you gave up on. :)

  20. I'm sorry these didn't work out for you! I'm fairly good at DNF-ing books - it helps that I have a strong sense of my reading tastes - but I dislike doing it all the same. I'm bummed to hear about the poor world building in A Thousand Nights, as I was looking forward to a new fall fantasy!

  21. I haven't heard of all these novels, but none of them were ones I was actually planning on or am interested in reading, so maybe that is a good thing for me. I actually haven't DNFed a book in a long while! I don't DNF often and I am more so trying to find time to read more than anything else at the current moment...

  22. A thousand nights makes me SO sad. I might give it a try, but damn, how disappointing.

  23. I actually haven't read any of these. I do love how you laid out these DNF reviews though!! Sorry they didn't work for you!

  24. OOOh, I've heard about A Thousand Nights. Never read it before, but a lot of people said that it's super duper similar to The Wrath and the Dawn, so eeek, I don't think I'll ever read that book. :/

  25. I haven't read any of these, nor do I plan to. :/ A Thousand Nights sounded good at first, but the more I heard about it the more I didn't think it'd be a Danielle book. After Hours just sounds... bad LOL.
    Sorry these didn't work for you, but sometimes you just gotta DNF!

  26. I need to DNF more, so often I force myself to read until the end in hopes that it will get better but generally it doesn't! I can totally see why you DNFed these as I hate insta-love, stereotypical characters, backstabbing characters etc. Hope the future books you read will be much better! <3


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