'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
1. The main character(s). It is very important for me to feel a connection with the MC. I need to like them in order to enjoy a book. Nothing is more annoying than a MC who is whiny/shallow/arrogant/any other negative word. I’ve had many times where I wished the MC just died and that isn’t the best way to look at a book.
2. Slow or inconsistence pace. There is nothing wrong with a slow start. Some books are very effective when things slowly unravel, but most of the times it just makes the story drag. It feels like the story stays in one place and it makes it hard to continue. What I also hate is a pace that keeps changing. The beginning is fast and you are thrown into action, but the middle part is spread and takes a lot of time, before you end in a rushed ending. It makes a book feel very chaotic to me.
3. Boring plot. This happens for me in books where the romance takes the main stage. If I want a lot of romance, I’ll read a romantic book. If I read a fairytale/dystopian/etc. book, I want only that! There is nothing wrong with a touch of love, but in the end I want a more interesting plot. If someone is murdering young children, I want my story to evolve around that mystery. I don’t want to read about a girl who swoons over her new boyfriend she only met three days ago.
4. Writing-style. Some books just work for me, but there are a lot of books I couldn’t read because of the writing-style. It’s hard to explain where those books go wrong, but I think you all know a book like this. One of the things I always notice are the dialogues. Some authors make them choppy and unrealistic. It can be so painful to read dialogues like that. A writing-style is especially good when it doesn’t feel like reading: it’s more like you are watching a movie in your head.
There are many other things I dislike in books (think of: insta-love and lack of world-building), but they are not bad enough to make me DNF it. What are reasons for you? Or do you finish your books?
My first DNF this year was probably the fastest DNF I have ever had. After 20 pages I decided that it wasn’t going to work. There was something about the writing-style and the main character that didn’t felt right to me. I must say that the mixed reviews also played a role. A lot of readers had problems with the.. not so smart and childish Molly. I could already feel that sipping through the pages, so that made me decide to quit reading. I’m talking about Undeadly from Michele Vail.
The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird...
Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she's shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite boarding school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Life at Nekyia has its plusses. Molly has her own personal ghoul, for one. Rick follows her there out of the blue, for another...except, there's something a little off about him. When students at the academy start to die and Rath disappears, Molly starts to wonder if anything is as it seems. Only one thing is certain—-Molly's got an undeadly knack for finding trouble.
What is your recent DNF and why?