It’s nearly July. I’m seven books behind on my goal of 300 books for 2012 and I have read a total of 137 – not too shabby, I say. Out of those 137, I’ve only ever flounced on five books. Pretty good percentage, considering. These are those five books and why I couldn’t finish them.

Between by Cindi Tefft
Publication Date: April 21st, 2011, Read on January 8, 2012
My Review:

This is one of those times when I know I’m not giving a book a fighting chance and for that, I apologize. It bothered me that the MC didn’t give her life a second look back. She was killed in a car accident and when she realized she’s dead, she cried…then there was an abundance of swooning over the kilted grim reaper. I just can’t continue.

Instant-love relationship is not my thing and this book has it.

Pyxis by K.C. Neal

Publication Date: November 4th, 2011, read on January 4, 2012
My Review:

Unfortunately, I think I was on the outside looking in with this book. A lot of my GR peeps loved Pyxis. I, on the other hand was bored the entire time. I can’t remember now what it was that bored me; perhaps it was whatever the book was about – which is primarily the problem.  At the time, it just wasn’t grabbing me.

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
Publication Date: March 6th, 2012, read in March sometime.
My Review:

Illuminate is one of those hefty books that could’ve used a trimming. It was incredibly long. I believe it took me three weeks to get through 164 pages and after that, I quit. The plot moved painfully slow with characters who were just as exciting as plain rice cakes. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get through angel books for me lately; Illuminate certainly tried hard to be original but the long-windedness of the story just bored me.

Soldiers (1980 – 1989) A Special Forces Novel
Aleksandr Voinov
Publication Date: March 14th, 2010, read in May 11th, 2012
My Review:

One word: DISTURBING. I read, skimmed, got through about a couple chapters of this book then quit. I’ll tell you, it’s one of the most graphic, violent and gory reads I’ve had yet. And it’s not because this book dealt with war nor because the male characters were on the verge of getting involved in gay relationships. I’m not all disturbed with the latter topic but more so the circumstances in which these two men got involved. I’m not about to divulge how it happened but theirs was definitely nothing to be romanticized about.

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012, read in May, 2012
My Review:

This book did a wonderful job in making me feel complacent. For a moment, I thought, “wow, this is so fantastic!” And then a fast moving train out of nowhere slammed me flat into the ground. I was left picking up the pieces of my brain, wondering what the hell had happened to the amazing book I was reading. One thing’s for sure, this book will never make it to my bookshelf. Between the characters’ disturbing dependency relationships, to the female lead’s inability to say “no”, I just couldn’t continue. I was angered by this book for the last quarter of it. So much so that I didn’t finish. It would take a wide-open mind to accept some of the concepts in this book that I simply couldn’t. And I questioned why the publishers thought this was an acceptable YA. Just because the characters are in their teens does not warrant a YA stamp on a book, especially if you consider the actions and the female lead’s state of mind.

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