My deal with DNF is that if something better comes up I'd rather read, I end up putting a book aside and then I just never get back to it and I'd have to reread just to remember, so why bother? But recently I'm getting better at just realizing a book isn't for me and setting it aside intentionally. So, this'll be a mix of both.
Summer of Yesterday
[July 8, 2014]
ARC from ALAMW
Back to the Future meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High when Haley’s summer vacation takes a turn for the retro in this totally rad romantic fantasy.
Summer officially sucks. Thanks to a stupid seizure she had a few months earlier, Haley’s stuck going on vacation with her dad and his new family to Disney’s Fort Wilderness instead of enjoying the last session of summer camp back home with her friends. Fort Wilderness holds lots of childhood memories for her father, but surely nothing for Haley. But then a new seizure triggers something she’s never before experienced—time travel—and she ends up in River Country, the campground’s long-abandoned water park, during its heyday.
The year? 1982.
And there—with its amusing fashion, “oldies” music, and primitive technology—she runs into familiar faces: teenage Dad and Mom before they’d even met. Somehow, Haley must find her way back to the twenty-first century before her present-day parents anguish over her disappearance, a difficult feat now that she’s met Jason, one of the park’s summer residents and employees, who takes the strangely dressed stowaway under his wing.
Seizures aside, Haley’s used to controlling her life, and she has no idea how to deal with this dilemma. How can she be falling for a boy whose future she can’t share?
I'm ALWAYS here for time travel and romance and the complications of that. But it didn't take me long to realize this book wasn't for me. The voice felt kind of young and the writing was nothing spectacular. She'd barely actually started time traveling when I decided I'd rather try something else.
[July 30, 2014]
egalley from FirstToRead
A fearless and spirited pilot conquers Hollywood. Now can she survive movie stardom?
In 1945, Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel films her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand new name. As “Kit Rogers,” she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame. She also navigates real-life romance, finding herself caught between a charismatic young writer and a sexy and enigmatic musician from her past. But when one of her best friends dies mysteriously and the most powerful studio in the world launches a cover-up, Velva Jean goes in search of the truth— risking her own life, as well as her heart, in the process.
Set during Hollywood’s Golden Age and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters, American Blonde will mesmerize readers of The Chaperone as well as fans of the Velva Jean series.
I really enjoyed the writing and the cast in the book. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything. However, 100 pages in, it felt like nothing was really happening. Most of the action seemed to be happening to everyone but Velva Jean. She didn't really have any conflict of her own. She also didn't really have a personality. I loved the idea of this war hero taking over Hollywood but she just...took all the insults she got during training and worked and did what she was told. I'm sure it picks up at some point, but I'm not interested enough to keep going and with the pace I was reading it, wouldn't have finished it before the expiration date anyway.
[August 26, 2014]
ARC from BEA
After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…
Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.
To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.
I really don't remember much about this book, but I was bored. I wasn't super interested in it until BEA when someone said the hero was a lot like Mr. Darcy - of course I'm in if you invoke Darcy. Sadly, I don't think I even ever met him. The writing was just okay and the story itself was really dull. I had zero interest in continuing. After the author's temper tantrums, I felt even more okay with the decision not to.
I think I'm going to leave it at 3 for this round up. The only other ones I DNF were technically school books, a library non-fiction book, and one that doesn't come out until February, so I'm saving it for the next one. Do you DNF books? Any in particular I should be looking out for?