Thursday, May 1, 2014

DNF: Only Everything by Kieran Scott

Only Everything (True Love, #1)
Only Everything (True Love #1) by Kieran Scott
High school romance is tough—even for a bona fide love goddess. Can Cupid succeed as a mortal matchmaker?
When Eros (aka Cupid) is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion, she is banished to what she believes to be hell. We call it New Jersey. If she ever wants to go back to the comforts of her old life, she will have to find love for three couples—without using her powers.
Eros, now calling herself True, immediately identifies her first project in Charlie and believes finding him love will be a piece of cake. Charlie is new at school and eager to break out of his old image of band geek, so it’s lucky for him when he falls in with the right crowd on his first day. But music is still his passion. That is, until he meets Katrina...
Katrina is floundering after the death of her father and takes refuge with a boy who, while not entirely supportive, will be there when she needs him, unlike her mother. Too bad True thinks any girl Charlie talks to is perfect for him. Can she get out of her own way and help Charlie and Katrina connect, or will she be stuck in New Jersey forever?
GRPublishes in US: May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA fantasy/mythology
Source: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers via Edelweiss
Series? No

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Did Not Finish
I wrote a post about negative reviews, and how I don't review if I don't finish, and a very wise blogger pointed out that knowing what a blogger doesn't like can be valuable to publishers and authors too. I think that it also helps my readers build trust that I am not just slapping good ratings on everything I read. I have a knack for picking what I will lack based on synopsis and reviews, but that even fails. Then another blogger mentioned she did a did not finish post and I thought it was a great idea. So, here we go:

skimmed to 7%

I couldn't get into this one. I guess I was expecting it to start off in the high school, and that I could connect with the main character Eros/True. Instead it is set in the sky/god type place and greek names are being thrown like candy from a pinata. I don't know much about mythology, but I do like some of the retellings that I have read. The ones that make it feel like I am being introduced to the characters and not just expected to know. Yes, I am almost 30, and I studied in high school and probably college, but it has never been the catcher of my attention.

The star crossed lovers, forbidden and her having to save him, I really wanted to like it. I wanted it to catch my attention. But it didn't, sadly and I was skimming until I just thought to myself, I am behind schedule and its slow for me, and confusing, so I stopped.

That isn't to say that the writing is poor or the characters are poorly constructed, it's personal on my end.
I'd love to see if you have a great review of any of this books and what you loved about it.

Positive Reviews:
 A Life Bound by Books
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you like mythology books?
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  1. I have heard of this one just this week for a first time. It sounds interesting but I think I have had my share of highschoolers for now. Sorry you couldn't connect with this one. Great review, Brandi :)

  2. Jenea WhittingtonMay 1, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    I am a huge mythology fan, but this is one that I am not really sure about. I'll have to think about picking it up. Sorry you weren't able to finish it, but I understand completely. Not connecting with the MC makes it hard to read the books.

  3. I'm sorry it wasn't for you but when you don't connect with the characters it's always really difficult, I can understand that.

  4. Sometimes it just doesn't work

  5. I think it might have been different if started at the high school

  6. I am usually not a mythology fan so it may work for you

  7. LOL, can't get rid of highschoolers being a ya lover

  8. I may have skimmed over that part. Human misconception

  9. Sorry this one didn't work for you - I am a firm believer in not forcing yourself to read a book that just isn't for you. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  10. I always hate not liking something I thought I would, but still

  11. Sometimes it's just a miss, and it can't be helped. Sorry this didn't work for you!

  12. I hear ya. Sad, but then again, not every book is for every reader, right?

  13. Yeah I have a hard time with DNF reviews myself, but great job!

  14. Thanks, its hard to decide to write or not

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