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 snowflake and the reindeer. This feature is based on several other DNF features.
Today I have two books for you. One dragon book gone wrong and a bully book I wish I could lit on fire. I don't think there has ever been a book that made me feel that way. There are books you don't like, there are books you can't connect with and this is a book I hated with a fierce passion.
It's a high school prank gone horribly wrong-sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon-and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population.Joshua McCune - Talker 25. Expected publication: April 22nd 2014 by Greenwillow / HarperCollins. (Edelweiss)
DNF around 13%. This book went wrong for me with Melissa. I couldn’t stand her. There was something annoying about her and I disliked how she treats her family. She makes fun of her brother in front of a crowd, she yells and is disobedient to her father and when she comes in trouble, she likes to blame others for it. It’s sad that I didn’t got the chance to meet the dragons, which was the reason I wanted to read this book in the first place.
Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.
Amanda Maciel - Tease. Expected publication: April 29th 2014 by Balzer + Bray. (Edelweiss)
DNF around 7%. I have no idea what was going on here. Sara was by far one of the most infuriating characters I’ve met this year. Books about bullying are my soft spot and I thought it would be interesting to read a book through the bullies eyes. WRONG. If I didn’t hate Sara after all her slut shaming, this would have done the trick. She and her friend Brielle have been bullying and name-calling Emma and the girl commits suicide. Now Sara is complaining about how Emma ruined her life even more and how she is innocent; she is the victim her. OH HELL NO. It’s hard for me to feel something else than fury when it comes to bullies, but I was willing to see her side of the story. This ruined any connection or compassion I could possible feel for her. My e-reader was filled with quotes that enraged me when I decided I couldn’t take it any longer. This is one of Sara fine remarks:
“We have testimony that you . . .” The crappy-shade-of-blonde head turns toward Hot Intern and he hands her a piece of paper with a bunch of writing on it. “Yes, here. You called her a slut?”
“Did you call Miss Putnam a slut?”
“Um, I guess so.”
“You don’t remember?”
“I mean, I don’t remember calling her a slut that day.” I do remember pushing Emma against the lockers. Her dark-red hair wasn’t pulled back yet and it settled in those annoyingly pretty curls around her shoulders as she sort of scrunched up defensively, wincing and crying in that helpless-little-girl way that just made me angrier. She whimpered a little, I remember that. She held up her hands slightly, either like she was surrendering or finally starting to protect herself—I don’t know which. Or maybe I do. I guess it was surrender.
This would all be embellishing, though, so I don’t say it.
“Do you mean you called her a slut on another occasion?”
“I mean, I thought she was a slut. I’m sure I called her a slut. I don’t know if I called her a slut on January the twenty-third.”
-eARC page 10.
Not the one girl Emma had been sort of friends with, Megan Corley. Megan is kind of slutty too, and they didn’t always get along.
-eARC page 12.
Don’t even get me started on the amount of ‘skanks’ and ‘whores’ I encountered. I wish I got money for every time I read one of these words on a page, I would end up being a millionaire. I stopped counting after 26 words.
And now the whole world thinks Emma Putnam killed herself because we called her a slut—not because she was a slut. That makes sense.
-eARC page 12.
So, she should have committed suicide because she was flirting with guys and you thought it was skanky? Time to open your eyes, miserable human being.
I’m done talking about this horrible book.. Have you read any of these books?