DNF Roundup: Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak, Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter, and Wicked as They Come by Delilah Devlin

Posted April 27, 2016 by Jessica in Jessica, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 7 Comments


The kindle cleanup continues!

Despite all of these falling somewhere under the UF/PNR umbrella, they’re a diverse bunch, if only in my expectations.

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DNF at 16%.

BLACK CITY SAINT was one of my most anticipated new UFs. With a description involving Fae, dragons, and prohibition era Chicago, how could it not be?

However . . . A lot of you already know that I majored in English, more specifically literature, and even more specifically, British literature. Most of my required reading was wonderful.

Most.

But after Chaucer’s TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, my least favorite work was Spenser’s THE FAERIE QUEENE. It was terribly boring, and oh so very loooooong.

Guess which book BLACK CITY SAINT has as its foundation: THE FAERIE QUEENE.

Holy knights and dragons and cat-eating wolfy changelings and BLAH.

The story itself had tremendous potential, even after I figured out (no hard task, the hints were obvious) that George was indeed St. George, but 16% felt like 40 – 50%, and I’m finding that I loathe plots focused on a cursed individual forced to relive the death of his reincarnated One True Love over and over again.

Stahp.

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DNF at 0%.

No, you read that correctly. I never started this one.

JANE YELLOWROCK has been one of my Top Five UF series since I read Skinwalker. I adore Jane. I adore Beast. Many of the secondary characters are also fantastic, as are the plots of the individual books.

BUT.

For three books now, maybe four, a visit from the European Vampire council has been imminent.

It’s a huge friggin’ deal.

And it’s yet to actually happen.

When I was told by another reviewer who had finished their ARC that, once again, the European vamps were a no show . . . my head exploded.

I love Jane, I love Hunter, and I would never presume to tell an author how to write her books. But I absolutely refuse to read another installment until she makes good on her dangling carrot. #sorrynotsorry

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DNF at 42%.

This is the one PNR in the group, though I didn’t know that when I started, and it’s not an OTT sex, sex, sex (none at all by the time I DNF-ed, actually) focused PNR, so it felt more UF.

As UF as a book can be when most of it takes place in a weird steampunk parallel dimension type place, anyway . . .

The world was decent—not overly gadgety. The plot, also decent. BUT. The heroine . . . was less than inspiring.

I know women make bad relationship decisions all the time. I know when they finally get out of it, they’re broken and scared, and it takes awhile to recover and open themselves up to trusting another man.

BUT.

Just b/c I know it happens doesn’t mean I want to read about it.

It annoys the hell out of me to see a damaged woman continually push away a good (and sexy as hell) man, b/c burned before, blah blah, not ready, when WE ALL KNOW she’s going to give in eventually.

It’s tedious.

Even more so when she starts heavily flirting with another man.

“My last boyfriend was a major jerk, and I don’t want a new one, so I’m going to lead TWO men around by their noses, b/c I’m so confused, and it’s kind of fun, too.”

*flares nostrils*

Get out.

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And that’s it for this round of decluttering of my kindle. I’ll eventually get to the Yellowrock, but for those of you, like me, who have been waiting and waiting (and WAITING), for the Euro Vamps to make it to America, know that SHADOW RITES it not that book.

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.

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7 responses to “DNF Roundup: Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak, Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter, and Wicked as They Come by Delilah Devlin

  1. Jennifer from The Book Nympho  

    Sorry you didn’t like Wicked as They Come. I remember enjoying it and I need to finish up the series.

    DNF at 0%?! How can you even do a DNF review on a book you didn’t try? But I agree about your reason for not trying it. I too, love the series but the last couple of books have been kind of meh so I’ve put off on trying this one for that reason. Not sure I’ll continue the series. Especially since Hunter plans to write a total of 19 books. That’s too long IMO.

    Maybe if Jane moves away from NOLA and has a new storyline I might think about picking the series up again. I’m sick of Leo and just want him to be staked and until that happens (which it probably won’t) I’m done.
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  2. Jennifer from The Book Nympho  

    Sorry you didn’t like Wicked as They Come. I remember enjoying it and I need to finish up the series.

    DNF at 0%?! How can you even do a DNF review on a book you didn’t try? But I agree about your reason for not trying it. I too, love the series but the last couple of books have been kind of meh so I’ve put off on trying this one for that reason. Not sure I’ll continue the series. Especially since Hunter plans to write a total of 19 books. That’s too long IMO.

    Maybe if Jane moves away from NOLA and has a new storyline I might think about picking the series up again. I’m sick of Leo and just want him to be staked and until that happens (which it probably won’t) I’m done.
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  3. LOL I *knew* there was more behind our bloggy friendship! I, too, majored in British Lit! 😉 hehe Okay, so I’ll definitely skip Black City Saint. Too bad since fae and dragons. :/ The Jane Yellowrock makes me sad…but I haven’t even started that series yet,so… And I’m even more sad about Wicked as They Come because it’s been on my tbr for quite awhile and although I haven’t started it yet, I was quite excited. Hmph!

  4. I love Jane and Beast. I can’t give them up so I’m in it for the long haul. That said, I’m all caught up except for Shadow Rites so I may wait until there are a few more installments out before binge reading them because I hate waiting a year between books and she may have gotten the European Vampires story arc done by then :0)
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  5. To bad you had to DNF these but I can understand why. I haven’t started the Jane Yellowrock series yet but I do have book one on audio, so to bad there is a plot in the story that is just not going anywhere. 🙁