Book Reviews, Received for Review

DNF Reviews: Outlander, Blackbird, and Tempting the Best Man

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
Genre: Historical Fiction | Romance
Length: 864 pages
Published on 19th February 2015 by Arrow
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Diana Gabaldon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased from Amazon for Jenny’s annotated birthday present

Synopsis: 1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.
But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.

Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.

Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

I bought this book in December 2016 for Jenny’s birthday in October 29017. I read it, or attempted to read it, January 2017. I then had to hold my tongue for ten months.

Ten months.

Jenny loves Outlander. I think if you analysed her blood it would probably just be the words of the Outlander books.

So of course I had to try it. But simply trying it wasn’t enough for me. No.

I read and annotated it. Passed it along to some of her other friends to do the same before finally, finally, it would arrive to her in Finland hopefully read and annotated by some great people.

I read 100 pages. If that.

I felt so bad because I wanted this to be perfect – with annotation throughout.

And whilst there were parts of what I read that I enjoyed I just knew it wasn’t a book made for me.

I don’t like romance. I don’t like historical fiction.

3 stars / 5 stars

Blackbird by N.D. Gomes
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Length: 287 pages
Published on 16th November 2017 by YAHQ
Purchase: Amazon | Waterstones | WHSmith
N.D. Gomes: Twitter | Goodreads
eGalley received from publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis: My name is Alex. I am fifteen years old, and I don’t know where my sister is. Or if she will ever come back.

On New Year’s Eve 5,000 blackbirds dropped dead. The same day Olivia McCarthy went missing from a small coastal village in Orkney.

Now Her younger sister Alex is on a mission to find out just what happened to Olivia. But does she really want to know all the answers?

I wanted badly to like this book.But after finishing There’s Someone Inside Your House and finding it okay at best I couldn’t find it in me to power through another book that I knew I wasn’t going to love.

It took me 10% to confirm the idea I was going to DNF this book.

I was somewhat interested in why so many birds had dropped dead. I was interested to find out what had happened to her sister.

But, put simply, I couldn’t engage with the text.

After a week passed without me evening bothering to look at it I moved it to my DNF shelf.

no rating

Tempting the Best Man by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Gamble Brothers #1
Genre: Romance
Length: 199 pages
Published on 13th August 2015 by Hodder Paperback
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy won from Goodreads

Synopsis: She’ll make him lose control…

Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother’s best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can’t stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother’s wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they’re forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of “accidents” as the family tries to prove their “spark” can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first…

It took me almost a year to realise where this book had come from. I honestly don’t understand why I entered to win this on Goodreads.

My only thought it that I recognised the author and thought I might enjoy her YA work and didn’t look further than that.

Anyway I opened this book. Read a sentence.

Then wrapped it up to give to someone at work as an extra birthday present.

Really not my cuppa tea.

no rating
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3 thoughts on “DNF Reviews: Outlander, Blackbird, and Tempting the Best Man”

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t get on with these :( I feel like I’d be in the same boat with Outlander, but I can’t help but be tempted by The Blackbirds! Part of me feels that it wouldn’t be as mysterious and spooky as it sounds, though.

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