Saturday, September 28, 2019

Saturday Reading Wrap-up - 9/28/19

Not a great week for finishing books.  I'm beginning to wonder if I DNF more books after I finish a really good one.  You know, expectations being too high and all that.  Something to ponder.

After despairing of finding any new ebooks to download, I managed to find five on Wednesday - mystery, MG fantasy, urban fantasy, and two paranormal mysteries.  Due to all the DNFs this week, I only have one book left from before - a mystery.

Books read:

90) Kalanon's Rising by Darian Smith (9/22/19) - Fantasy Mystery*# - 5 stars.  New to me and way underappreciated.  99c from the ENT newsletter.
Review:  "Excellent blending of fantasy and mystery. I loved the world building, the characters and their backstory. I also loved the mystery of it all. And the twists that made me doubt that I knew who the villains were. And the ending. I'll definitely be looking forward to reading more."


9/26/19 - marketed as a Mystery, but felt more like Suspense - free.  Opened with a horrible event.  Flash forward two years to something totally unrelated.  Ah, that was back story.  Then the MC got too stupid to live. Close book, move on.

9/24/19 - Historical Mystery - free.  Once two characters have been introduced to each other, they don't need to continually address each other by name.  That and it was really slow to introduce any kind of plot.  The book opened with something, then the next chapter said x-number of years later, but there really didn't seem to be a connection and I got bored.  All in all, meh.

9/23/19 - Romantic Suspense - free.  The opening suspense chapter was so-so and then it led into what felt like a YA chapter.  Jarring to say the least.  And then I didn't care enough to continue.  Show me the hero and/or heroine and the villain right up front.  Hint at the stakes.  Give me some reason to care so I continue.

9/23/19 - Paranormal Romance - free.  Meh.  Started out 50 years in the future and felt more SF than paranormal and not in a good way.  It felt like it was trying too hard to be new and interesting, quirky and fun, but only managed to come out lame.  Bummer.  I had great hopes for this one.

Currently reading... a SF.  I'm afraid this one is going to end up a DNF if it doesn't get on the stick and give me a protagonist soon.  Like 15% in and no one is standing out as the MC.  Hell, I'm not even sure which faction in this space war is the good side yet.  Blerg.

How did your reading week go?  Better than mine, I hope.


  1. TSTL characters are the worst. I'll put up with a lot, but not much of that.

    Nothing outstanding this week, but only one DNF. When I realized I didn't care what happened to ANY of the characters, I gave up.

  2. Continuing on my re-listen to a favorite series. I started the next-to-last book this morning. Next book is the new release. I did try one other book in-between. It was basically a DNF, though I did give it 2 stars. Luckily, it came from the library so free. A highly hyped suspense, the blurb intrigued me. The execution? I did't like the protagonist and the so-called twist, which I skipped ahead to, fell flat. The idea was good IMO, and one I might do something with at a later date in one of my own books. Similar, but totally different.