Book Reviews, Received for Review

DNF Reviews: Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton and Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton
Genre: Historical | Middle Grade
Length: 220 pages
Published on 2nd November 2017 by David Fickling Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Tony Mitton: Website
ARC picked up at YALC 2017

An epic journey of self-discovery that will resonate with anyone searching for their place in the world.
A Moving a beautiful story about a boy who finds his true path whilst learning the importance of mindfulness and living in the moment, Potter’s Boy follows the story of Ryo. After witnessing a lone warrior scare bandits away from his village, Ryo sets his heart on training to become a hero.

Setting out on a journey to find his way in the world, his encounters with the people he meets leads him to a true understanding of what it meanst to follow his dreams.

Usually I’d only post DNF review if I had a fair bit to say, this isn’t really the case for this book but as I got an ARC of it I think its only fair if I at least mention somewhere why I ended up giving up with this book.

I read the first chapter by request from someone from my book club and the writing was good however the story itself just didn’t really capture me. Its been a few months now and I haven’t had any desire to pick the book back up.

It really didn’t grab my interest at all.

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Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Young Adult
Length: 320 pages
Published on 4th October 2016 by Hot Key Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Krystal Sutherland: Website | Goodreads | Twitter
Finished Copy won from Readers First.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him – at least not yet.
Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl; she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl.

As stated I won a copy from Readers First and one of their terms is if you win a book they’d really love it if you posted a review so uh here I am.

This was another book I read the first 2 chapters of after a book club member requested it.

I was really looking forward to this book as I like to give contemporaries a chance now and then and not having to buy a copy for a genre I find hit and miss is always pleasing.

Unfortunately this one turned out to not be fore me. I did a big sigh and threw it mid-paragraph at one point.

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Neither of these books had major faults they simply just weren’t for me which is why I haven’t rated either of them.

By the time this post goes live its likely these will have found new homes as I’m attendign 2 book events in July that both offer book swaps!

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14 thoughts on “DNF Reviews: Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton and Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland”

  1. Agh DNF’s are the worst and so disappointing! It’s better to quit than to suffer through sometimes, though, right?! I did end up liking Our Chemical Hearts but I so so had issues with how problematic the author’s second book is that I kind of dislike OCH in retrospect.😂Probably not fair but oops.

    1. I feel like with OCH if i realllly tried I might’ve gotten through it but sometimes you just have to accept theres only so many books you can read and maybe at that point an average book isnt for you :P

      its a shame her other book had that effect on you! (i feel like i also have that somewhere too…)

  2. Our Chemical Hearts has one of my all time favorite covers (although I haven’t read it and don’t even know what it’s about xD) it’s such a shame that you didn’t like it (purely because of the cover lol)
    Hmmm contemporaries are just not my thing somehow. I just.. Don’t like reading as much about the world we live in xD (it’s totally boring.)

  3. Okay, I want to read Our Chemical Hearts so I am kind of glad the DNF wasn’t because there was something really bad about it but that it wasn’t for you? Because then maybe there is still a chance I would be able to enjoy it.

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