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False Start [3] – Hold Me Closer Necromancer, Heart of Iron, The Names They Gave Us

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My schedule has been sooooo busy lately that I’ve hardly had time to read anything in print. Almost everything has been an audiobook and really audio or no, it’s hard to stick with a book when I’m not totally enjoying it in one way or another.

Today on False Start, I’m sharing a couple titles that I’ve put on hold and I’m deciding whether I should come back to them or not!


NECROMANCING THE STONE by Lish McBride

I really enjoyed HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER but I’m just having a hard time getting into this one! I grabbed the audio to read around Halloween and I didn’t reeeeally like the narrator but he also wasn’t awful. I also have a lot less fondness for shape-shifters than I did for the other paranormal happenings in the first book.

FINISH OR DITCH IT? I’ll probably come back to it someday as print. It’s only two books and they’re very fun, but this one wasn’t grabbing me.


HEART OF IRON by Ashley Poston

This actually started out really fun in the first few chapters, reminding me of The Lunar Chronicles meets Mistborn. Now it just feels TOO much like The Lunar Chronicles and so many other series out there. I’m not feel like it’s super original, there are a lot of characters, and I hate this robot romance.

FINISH OR DITCH IT? I thought this was going to be a stellar read for me (no pun intended) and it’s just … disappointing. I loved GEEKERELLA from Poston but this one isn’t clicking. I made it 30% and I’m having a hard time getting further in so I may ditch it with a sad heart.


THE NAMES THEY GAVE US by Emery Lord

This kiiiinda of doesn’t count since I barely started it but I immediately had to put it on hold. I’ve loved all of Emery Lord’s books but with cancer being so prominent in the first few chapters, I just can’t bring myself to read it. I tried. I can’t right now. The main character’s mother’s cancer returns and I’m putting all of my energy into keeping focused on cancers being in remission that I just can’t read this at the moment.

FINISH OR DITCH IT? I want to finish, but it can’t be right now. Maybe down the road when everything is further behind me, personally.


Have you read any of these books? What have you thought? Did you love them or leave them?

False Start [2] – The Traitor’s Kiss, The Impostor Queen, Nevernight

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I’m not sure if it’s me or if it’s time or if it’s the books I’m picking up, but I’ve found that lately, not a lot of books are sticking. I’m trying to figure out whether I want to finish the books that don’t grab me right away or just put them down and find something that I’m passionate about. On FALSE START today, I’m talking about some recent books that are currently in limbo for me!


THE TRAITOR’S KISS by Erin Beaty

I received a copy of THE TRAITOR’S KISS from Macmillan for review and I was so excited to read this book! Then once I started, I kind of felt like it wasn’t like how I remembered the synopsis when I first added it to my TBR. The beginning of this book felt a little too cookie-cutter, following popular YA tropes and Sage was a little too typical “rebellious/not-a-proper” girl and it just didn’t feel unique. I had a hard time starting this one and from the tone, I’m not sure I want to continue. I really tried to push forward but I kept getting stuck.

FINISH OR DITCH IT? I’m not sure yet. I think I’ll wait for more reviews to come out but this might be one of those that I put down and don’t make it back to because I’m not feeling it.


THE CURSED QUEEN by Sarah Fine

I actually really loved the first book in this series, THE IMPOSTOR QUEEN, but I just hit a wall starting this book. It’s a companion so I was left wanting more of the main characters from the first book (although it does feature those characters from a different view point early on) and the characters just felt so forced. I just really wasn’t into it and had a hard time continuing, no matter how much free time I had.

FINISH OR DITCH IT? I might ditch it. Once I hit that wall, it’s hard to recover. I know there’s a third book but I don’t know if I want to push myself to finsih this.


NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff

This was just a case of poor format! I started this via egalley months ago but it didn’t have the footnotes that everyone was talking about so I decided to wait for my print copy to arrive. By then I had other books lined up that I had to read and I just didn’t have the time to come back to this. I enjoyed the little bit that I read but this has been hanging out there ever since the summer.

FINISH OR DITCH IT? Definitely finish! I just need to find the time to get back to my print books. This is definitely high up on my list of things to read.


Have you read any of these books? What have you thought? Did you love them or leave them?

False Start [1]: A Shadow Bright and Burning, The Reader, Kiss Cam

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I’m not sure if it’s me or if it’s time or if it’s the books I’m picking up, but I’ve found that lately, not a lot of books are sticking. I’m trying to figure out whether I want to finish the books that don’t grab me right away or just put them down and find something that I’m passionate about. On FALSE START today, I’m talking about some recent books that are currently in limbo for me!


A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING by Jessica Cluess

I received an audio review copy of this book and was SO excited to start it. The concept sounded great and the audiobook narrator was Fiona Hardingham who I loved in THE SCORPIO RACES… but for some reason I’m having the hardest time with this audiobook! I actually stopped the audio and switched it out for THE SCORPIO RACES because 1) Fiona’s voice was just making me long for Puck’s story and 2) it was time for my annual re-read anyway. I think I started to realize though that I love Fiona Hardingham in TSR because her voice goes well with a spunky character. When it’s someone who’s not as bold and spunky, her narration starts to feel a little shrill and I’ve honestly not liked any of her other narrations so far. I was having a hard time getting into the story too, feeling like I was just kind of thrown in, but audio could be a big part of that.

FINISH OR DITCH IT? I think I’ll try to read this one in print instead of audio. I’ve heard some REALLY good things about the book and I think maybe I’m just not clicking with the narration.


THE READER by Traci Chee

I just started THE READER — on audio as well — and it’s another book I’m just not clicking with. The narrator, Kim Mai Guest, is okay and I liked her narration in another book I listened to but I think this is more of a case of me not clicking with the story. The beginning felt very cookie-cutter YA fantasy, almost edging on a dystopian feel with a society who can’t read and who seems to be persecuted if they can. Things just started picking up from where I last left off in the audiobook and it’s giving me a little hope. It doesn’t quite feel too deep yet so I’m unsure if I’ll like the actual story or writing but it’s too soon to make any judgments yet, I think. I’m going to push on a bit more and see how it goes.

FINISH OR DITCH IT? Try to keep going for a bit. I think I want to listen to a bit more of the book before making any decisions and see how the plot picks up. I’m not super impressed with the beginning though.


KISS CAM by Kiara London

I’ve had a hard time with Swoon Reads books (I seriously don’t think I’ve liked a single one. Not even exaggerating there) but Kiss Cam was best-friends-to-more so how could I not try it? It started off cute but it immediately took a turn into the unbelievable for me. From an incidental kiss brought on by vlog viewer questions to all of a sudden, let’s make this a whole segment where two characters who supposedly don’t like each other kiss all the time. It seems way too silly. The story could have very well started the *feelings* from the one kiss and I don’t get why this whole kissing segment is necessary or realistic. It really turned me off so far and the dialogue is just okay so I’m not super thrilled about continuing.

FINISH OR DITCH IT? I think I’ll try to keep reading and see how it goes. There’s still a lot of book left to build up those lovely friends-to-more feels and really develop a nice relationship. I think I’ll see how it goes and it’s a quick read so even if it doesn’t go well, maybe I can still finish it.


Have you read any of these books? What have you thought? Did you love them or leave them?