Morsels [17]: Nothing Good Can Come From This

Series: Prisoners of Peace, #2
Margaret K. McElderry Books | September 20th, 2016
Source: ARC paperback from Simon & Schuster
Young Adult | Science Fiction
Rating: DNF

I’ve not DNF’d a book in a long time because I didn’t believe in the practice. I believe that I’m doing a disservice to the authors who worked hard at their craft. But after a considerable time, I’ve also learned that I cannot, in good conscience, allow my TBR pile to grow bigger because I’m stuck reading a book for weeks at a time. Such is the case with The Swan Riders.

I read The Scorpion Rules a month or so ago because I got this sequel for review. And while I struggled with that book as well, I somehow managed to get through it just fine. It wasn’t the most amazing thing I’ve read but it was passable, at least. I had hoped that The Swan Riders will redeem it all for me, though. I rooted for it to get better. But after a few weeks of trudging along, I could no longer do it.

I had an overwhelming feeling of apathy with this book. It was unbelievably slow, sterile, and clinical. Greta as a human left me cold. Greta as an AI left me feeling hopeless. I just didn’t have it in me to be gracious and patient. I was bored and wishing I was reading something else. And it wouldn’t be fair if I couldn’t give it the attention it deserves. I had to abandon this one.

Series: Mister, #2
Self Published | June 22nd, 2016
Source: Bought
Erotica | Adult Fiction
Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars

This book made me rage. Romanticizing rape is never okay. And if you tell me that “fantasy rape” is not romanticizing rape, don’t. You’re wasting your breath.

“Mr. Romantic isn’t as dark as some of my characters. James Fenici is dark. Merc is dark. Hell, I think Ford is probably darker than Mr. Romantic. So that’s why there’s no trigger warning in my blurb. This isn’t a dark book and if you think it is, you missed the point.” (from the page, End of Book Shit).

The author writes that readers who will find this book to be dark will have more than likely missed the point entirely. Β And I’m okay with that. I don’t care if your book is something that’s not written with my taste in mind. What I care about is the level of patronizing superiority to assume that you know what would and wouldn’t set your readers off. Β  I’ve read some pretty fucked up Erotica in my life but nothing could ever be this level of fucked up. The man, “Mr. Romantic”, likes to exercise his dominance with fantasy rape. He’s physically and verbally abusive. And yet, the author decided not to put a trigger warning on her blurb, because, like she said, this is not dark. But who are you to decide?

Mr. Romantic has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He grated on my nerves from the get go. I enjoy dominant characters from time to time, but I was not ready for this man. Ivy Rockwell is the fly trapped in his web. And if there’s anything I hate more than asshole characters it’s the doormat heroines that plays opposite them.



  • Jazmen

    Yikes and more yikes, passing on both, for sure!

  • Mr Romantic was a difficult one there, I can understand why you didn’t like that one, but you shouldn’t give up! The next book is great, and the overall story arc picks up!

  • Aw πŸ™ Gorgeous reviews Joy. <3 I'm sorry you had such bad luck with these books. Ahh. Not loving books is the worst, lol. These books do not sound good at all. Ugh. And I totally get why you had to DNF that first one. Oh, well πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Oh no, I’m so sorry these didn’t work for you! I used to be against DNFing books, but now if I have to do it I have to do it. Sometimes it isn’t worth the time to keep staying with a book that just isn’t working. I hope your next reads are much more satisfying, Joy!!

  • As much as you want to enjoy all the books, it’s not possible to. I rarely DNF, but when I do I like to believe I do it with good reason… we don’t have time to struggle through all of the books. These one sounds like they just weren’t that good and not your cup of tea either.

  • I’ve seen a lot of reviews saying the same thing–that the reader just could not get through the book. Welp, thanks for the warning!! I have a lot of books on my TBR anyway. I need to focus on those lol. And I’m definitely good on the bootlegged version of 50 shades–sounds awful!

  • I have not read the first book to The Swan Riders and I think I’ll be okay avoiding it…

  • I can completely understand about Mr. Romance, in particular. I think this author wrote my least favorite book of last year and it was erotica gone wrong for me as well. She certainly pushes the envelope! As far as the DNF, I can’t blame you there as it certainly sounds awful!

  • You dnfed? Whaaat? But yes I will NEVER get through my tbr if I do not dnf. Also I have like 2000 free ebooks!

  • Oyyy, they both sound atrocious. I’ve read some twisted smut, but I wouldn’t read Mr. Romantic.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Wow, fantasy rape? Definitely not the erotica I can handle. Sorry about your DNF though! I DNF here and there, but it’s rare. I do like to give books a shot but you can’t push it if it’s not working.


  • Oh man, these sound like books I would never want to touch anyway.

    Mr. Romantic sounds like I would probably hate so I’m glad I didn’t know anything about that book until you reviewed it on GR and here. Gah.

    I hope your reading picks up this week. No more boring and maddening books! πŸ™‚

  • I’ve read some pretty dark romances and some erotic thrillers. I would think with a title like, “Mr. Romantic” it wouldn’t be dark. I don’t DNF a lot, but I’ve done it a few times. Sometimes, I intend to try again later when I’m in a different mood and then just never get back to it. Somtimes, I just say no more. I have too many books on my TBR that I don’t want to waste my time with a book that I don’t enjoy. I do completely understand what you’re saying about ” disservice to the authors who worked hard at their craft”.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads