DNF Mini Reviews: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Second Lives by P.D. Caek
If you’ve been around Reader Voracious for awhile you will know that I typically leave my DNF reviews to Goodreads because they are not usually long enough to warrant a full post on their own. But as a reader I value negative reviews just as much as positive ones in determining what books to pick up, so I thought I’d include the occasional mini review post to round up my thoughts.
Please remember that these reviews are based on my own personal reading experience! No two readers read the same book: just because a book wasn’t for me doesn’t mean that you will not enjoy it. I’ve actually picked up and enjoyed books that received negative reviews because we all have different reading tastes.
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
Young Adult, Fantasy
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
DNF on page 73 😭
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
It pains me to say that Six of Crows didn’t work for me, friends. It took me about three hours to read 70 pages because I kept zoning out and staring into space. While this is a plot that I am sure I would love and Bardugo can write a good action sequence, unfortunately, I found the writing style the rest of the time to be boring and dense with information.
Sam & I actually tried buddy reading this book almost 2 months ago and began losing interest at the same time then (that time we only got to page 17). At the time I thought it was just fantasy burnout so I moved it to my not now shelf, but unfortunately we didn’t fare any better the second time.
While I enjoyed the witter banter between the Dregs, I found myself on information overload once the perspective shifted after the first chapter. I kept forcing myself to read thinking that it would get better, but I have come to terms with the fact that the writing style of this book is not for me.
🤝 Buddy read & DNF experience with the fabulous Sam!
by P.D. Cacek
Adult, Science Fiction
When four patients unexpectedly wake after being declared dead, their families are ecstatic and the word “miracle” begins to be whispered throughout the hospital. But the jubilation is short lived when the patients don’t respond to their names and insist they are different people. It is suggested all four are suffering from fugue states until one of the doctors recognizes a name and verifies that he not only knew the girl but was there when she died in 1992. It soon becomes obvious that the bodies of the four patients are now inhabited by the souls of people long dead.
DNF @ 18%
I really wanted to like this book, but the narrative style just isn’t for me. There were too many perspectives, people, and timelines for me to keep track of and it wasn’t an enjoyable reading experience for me. I think this will be an amazing story, but it’s been almost two months since I set it aside and I still don’t have the desire to return to it. Perhaps I will try again down the road, and when I do I will be sure to take lots of notes.
Many thanks to Flame Tree Press for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for my honest review!
Have you read any of these books that didn’t work for me? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments… but please know I am finished giving Six of Crows chances. I will be waiting for the Netflix show to enjoy this story.
Let’s go on another adventure together!