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5 Novels I Haven’t Finished & Why

Hello, everyone! How are you?
Today’s blog post is well overdue, and I can already feel your judgement! I know, I’m a terrible blogger and a reader, but I’m working on it! One day, I will eventually read all of these.
Now, feel free to go down below and read!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Blurb:

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

GoodReads Information:

Published Date:
October 1st 2008
Publisher:

Harcourt
Pages:

471
Literary Awards:

Locus Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2009); Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s literature (2009); William C. Morris YA Debut Award Nominee (2009); Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2011); Milwaukee Country Teen award Nominee (2010); Sakura Medal nominee for High School Book (2010); Florida Teens Read Nominee (2010); Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Nominee (2009); Iowa High School Book Award Nominee (2011); California Young Readers Medal for Young Adult (2012); Lincoln Award Nominee (2011); Andre Norton Award Nominee (2008); Cybils Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2008); Green Mountain Book Award (2011); Missouri Gateway Readers Award Nominee (2011).
Genre:

Fantasy; Young Adult; Romance; Fiction
Rating:
4.09/5

Reasons:

Honestly, on a personal note, someone I used to know gave this book to me, and after a very big fallout, I decided I didn’t want to touch the book. However, unlike everything else I was given, I couldn’t throw it out.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any attachment to the book for those reasons, but I do have attachments towards it in the sense that I own a pristine hardcover edition of this novel, and it is gorgeous.
It sounds really ridiculous. It’s just a book- but man, those bad memories. But it is a darn beautiful book. Maybe I should just get over it? I’m conflicted now. This wasn’t quite how I saw this section going, to be honest. Oh well.

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Blurb:

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along a muddy track.
Only four come out on the other side.
The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and encourage teamwork and resilience. At least, that’s what the corporate retreat website advertises.
Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker, Alice Russell. Because Alice knew secrets, about the company she worked for and the people she worked with.
The four returning women tell Falk a tale of fear, violence and fractured trust during their days in the remote Australian bushland. And as Falk delves into the disappearance of Alice, he begins to suspect some dangers ran far deeper than anyone knew.

GoodReads Information:

Published Date:
February 6th 2018
Publisher:

Flatiron Books
Pages:

326
Literary Awards:

Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) Nominee for General Fiction (2018); Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Mystery and Thriller (2018).
Genre:

Mystery; Fiction; Thriller; Mystery > Crime; Thriller > Mystery Thriller; Cultural > Australia
Rating:
3.84/5

Reasons:

I honestly did attempt to get into this novel, getting a quarter of the way through before I gave up. I just couldn’t do it, it was… slow- I mean, I’m not going to lie and say I bought it because it looked like something I’d be interested in, because that is only partially true. Truthfully, I did buy it because I was told I needed to branch out of my usual genres, so I bought this book. Biggest $16 book mistake I could’ve made. Now, this gem sits on the second shelf from the bottom, hiding in the corner so I don’t have to see my regrets.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Blurb:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

GoodReads Information:

Published Date:
September 13th 2011
Publisher:

Doubleday
Pages:

391
Literary Awards:

Locus Award for Best First Novel (2012); Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Longlist (2012); Guardian First Book Award Nominee for Longlist (2011); Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Adult Literature (2012); ALA Alex Award (2012); Lincoln Award Nominee (2014); The Kitschies Nominee for Golden Tentacle (Debut) (2011); Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Fantasy and for Favourite Book (2011); International Dublin Literary Award Nominee (2013).
Genre:

Fantasy; Fiction; Romance
Rating:

4.04/5

Reasons:

I bought this book years ago, but before I could read it, my mother wanted to. So I lent it to her, and a few weeks later I got it back. By then, I had already started another two books, and had entirely forgotten about it. However, this isn’t why I never read it. I never read it myself because my mother said the book was boring, the characters weren’t developed well and it took too long to get to the point. Personally, I hate these types of novels, and because of this, I decided it would be in my best interest if I just read something else.
I probably should’ve made my own verdict, but c’est la vie.

The Night Circus
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As Old as Time by Liz Braswell

Blurb:

What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast?

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns—a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind—images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.

GoodReads Information:

Published Date:
September 6th 2016
Publisher:

Disney-Hyperion
Pages:

484
Literary Awards:

NIL
Genre:

Fantasy; Young Adult; Retellings; Fantasy > Fairy Tales
Rating:

3.87/5

Reasons:

Alright, you can’t judge me, but I bought this book because I was in an intense Disney mood, and when I saw this book, I had to have it. However, this mood quickly diminished and I forgot about this book. I don’t actually know why I never got round to reading it properly, I should, but I’m never in the mood for these types of novels anymore. All I want is something new, dark and magic-related. Which surprisingly fits this novel perfectly. Perhaps I’ll give it another try.

As Old As Time (Twisted Tales, #3)
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Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart

Blurb:

Bold, brutal and beautiful, this is a must-read with the glitter and romance of The Selection and the thrilling action and intrigue of Red Queen.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive.

Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace – selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman.

But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything.

Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win? 

GoodReads Information:

Published Date:
July 26th 2018
Publisher:

Hodder Children’s Books
Pages:

320
Literary Awards:

NIL
Genre:

Fantasy; Young Adult
Ratings:

3.84/5

Reasons:

I started to read this, truly I did. I got two-three chapters in before I wanted to throw it across the room in frustration. This author doesn’t know how to write. Everything is bland and dry. The only thing different about each other characters is their name, and I just wanted to strangle how irritating the sisters are. Like, I know starting a book is difficult and the beginning is always the worst, however, you could’ve at least given it a try to be good.

Extract:

“Serina could see plainly, even form a distance, the fury in her sister’s eyes. Their brother, Renzo, kept a hand on Nomi’s arm as if to hold her back. Serina couldn’t read his expression, but she was sure it didn’t echo their parents’ open anticipation.”

If you haven’t read a plethora of novels like me, you wouldn’t be able to see the issue here. But if you have, it is starkly obvious. These sentences are short and blunt. Lacking information that fuels the novel, or adds anything to the scene. A sentence should encapsulate what is going on, where they are, what they are feeling or seeing. Sure, the author hit this mark, but it shouldn’t just be that alone. And the entire novel, from what I could tell, was like this. Not just this paragraph. It was terrible.

Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury, #1)
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So, that is all for today. I attempted to add a bit of breadth to these lists, and hopefully, it makes it a better read.
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