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 feature three completely different different book. I start with Once we were, a sequel to What's left of me, by Kat Zhang. This is a dystopian book about a world where hybrids exist, but they are hunted down by the government. The second book is a failed attempt to a fairytale retelling with a refreshing POV and lastly, a very hyped fantasy book that just wasn't meant to be.
Kat Zhang – Once we were. Published September 17th 2013 by HarperCollins. Review: What’s left of me.
Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away. Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion. Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.FINISHED: 3.5 stars.The thing about this series is that not a lot happens, but it’s still captivating. There is something about the writing-styles and the characters that makes me want to read on. Addie/Eva escaped together with some other hybrids and they are hiding with a family. They are asked to work with a resistance, but it’s much bigger than they anticipated and things run out of control. The hybrids are still fascinating to me. It makes me wonder what is better.. You kill a soul and someone who completes you, but on the other hand you need to share your body and it makes it hard to lead your own life.. This makes the dynamic between Addie/Eva very interesting. I look forward to the conclusion, which is Echoes of Us.
Tracy Barrett – The stepsister’s tale. Publication: June 24th 2014 by Harlequin Teen (Netgalley).
What really happened after the clock struck midnight?Jane Montjoy is tired of being a lady. She's tired of pretending to live up to the standards of her mother's noble family-especially now that the family's wealth is gone and their stately mansion has fallen to ruin. It's hard enough that she must tend to the animals and find a way to feed her mother and her little sister each day. Jane's burden only gets worse after her mother returns from a trip to town with a new stepfather and stepsister in tow. Despite the family's struggle to prepare for the long winter ahead, Jane's stepfather remains determined to give his beautiful but spoiled child her every desire. When her stepfather suddenly dies, leaving nothing but debts and a bereaved daughter behind, it seems to Jane that her family is destined for eternal unhappiness. But a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate...FINISHED: 2 stars.Written from the POV of the ugly stepsister instead of Cinderella, I thought I was going to read something good. Unfortunately, I was left bored and disinterested in any of the characters. Jane and her sister live a hard life after they are abandoned by their father. When their mother returns from a trip, she brings a new husband and sister with her. Cinderella is nothing like we know. The roles are turned and she is a whiny, spoiled brat whereas Jane is doing all the hard work. The two stars are for the character development from Cinderella and the unique POV, but that is about it.
Melina Marchetta – Finnikin of the rock. Published February 9th 2010 by Candlewick Press.
At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere. But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace. An impostor seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere's walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps. Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock--to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere, is alive. This arrogant young woman claims she'll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. Instead, her leadership points them perilously toward home. Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might one day rise united? Evanjalin is not what she seems, and the startling truth will test Finnikin's faith not only in her but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.FINISHED: 2.5 stars.That moment you don’t like a book everyone seems to love. I really tried. I picked this book up at the beginning of March and it took me nearly four months to finish this book, which is just ridiculous. I never felt tempted to get started and when I did, I was bored. The world-building is fantastic. I loved the overall plot, but nothing happens and I didn’t really care for any of the characters. Evanjalin is a strong woman, but that’s it. I never felt connected or interested in her or Finnikin. I will try the next book (because I have it on the shelves) and I hope there is some more action and story to it. I wonder if the hype and all the ‘I love this book, it’s my favorite!’ gave me too many expectations? I just.. don’t see it :(