DNF Roundup: The Chemist, The Drafter, Breath of Fire, & Saving Hope

Posted February 15, 2017 by Jessica in Jessica, Miscellaneous / 9 Comments

In the wake of my recent TWILIGHT reread, I decided it was time to give up the ghost on THE CHEMIST, which made me take a closer look at several others I’d been hanging to . . . and here we are: my second DNF Roundup.


I nearly made it to the halfway point before I temporarily set THE CHEMIST aside. The beginning was intriguing in a whoa-holy-is-the-MC-a-serial-killer? kind of way, but it all went downhill from there.

The more I learned about Alex, the less I liked her. Her scary sociopathic pragmatism . . . Her utterly unbelievable haplessness when dealing with the opposite sex . . . just ughhhhhh.

My last impression before I gave up was that Meyer needs to embrace her apparent love of romantic suspense and stop trying to turn into something more “respectable” like a thriller, b/c #notfoolinganyone.


It took me awhile to give up on THE OPERATOR too, b/c loyalty to Kim Harrison. I wish I could say that loyalty paid off, but in reality, it only made me resentful when I finally did call it quits.

Why resentful?

B/c seriously . . . this book . . . Every bad book cliche was present and accounted for . . . parts of it read like a spaghetti western, while other parts read like a badly dubbed Bruce Lee movie (and NO that is not an exaggeration) . . .

It was terrible. TERRIBLE. T E R R I B L E.

So terrible that I wasn’t surprised that Harrison went back to THE HOLLOWS after the second installment. #goodriddance


I read A Promise of Fire near the end of last year, and ended up giving it a mixed review.

BUT. I saw promise in Bouchet, so I won’t go so far as to say I eager to read the second installment, but I wasn’t dreading it either.

*flares nostrils*

I DNFed this one after the first couple of chapters treated me to one of the most convoluted miscommunications I’d ever read.

That thing we kept waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for Griffin to find out in book 1? Well, he finally does. Then Dollface runs away to nurse her broken heart, blah blah, histrionics, blah, I quit.


Last but not least, I give you SAVING HOPE, or as I like to refer to it in my head, GREY’S ANATOMY with ghosts.

I started watching it b/c Lois Lane was the best part of SMALLVILLE, and then there was DANIEL JACKSON (STARGATE, people. STARGATE). But the first season was spent waiting for Charlie to wake up, the second with him trying to come to terms with his leftover gift, and when season three began with Alex in her very own coma, I was over it.

It was just silly.

And that’s it for this batch, but keep your eyes peeled for another YA edition, b/c it’s a’ comin’.

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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.



9 responses to “DNF Roundup: The Chemist, The Drafter, Breath of Fire, & Saving Hope

  1. Not really a Stephanie Meyer fan so steering clear of The Chemist, I have The Drafter and well your description now makes me want to try it…lol…I mean Bruce Lee movies…I got to try it for myself now..hehehe. I heard a lot of things about the second novel Breath of Fire and how it wasn’t as good as the first one, so I can see if you didn’t care much for the first one not liking the second one. Not heard of Saving Hope but you probably gave that show a lot longer than I would have, sounds a bit boring…lol.

    Can’t read and watch them all, this year I have decided if I don’t like it’s out. 🙂
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  2. Meyer will not have me again! I breezed theough Twilight and hated it the entire time. It’s like singing along with a catchy Justin Bieber song.

    The Drafter was different for sure, it’s my first KH too.

    I DNFd Breath of Fire. I can’t get over the sex and angst in the first four chapters. All the self doubt and loathing. Like really?! You made it this far! Maybe trust the process?!

  3. Love it, very valid reasons to stop reading heck I’ve stopped reading a story for less. Either because the story is no longer interesting or I knew that I shouldn’t have picked it up in the first place because I knew I wasn’t 100% interested.

  4. Thanks for the heads-up. I had planned to read a few of these myself…if I can ever get around to it!

    I’ve been trying to trudge through a few books; I put them down for a few weeks, try again, put them down again. I’m probably just going to give up and DNF them. At least I tried (multiple times).

  5. Danielle  

    Sorry to hear you gave up on Saving Hope. The fourth season was the best yet IMO (no love triangle) and eagerly awaiting the fifth. Not for everyone, but I thought it was a beautiful love story in Season 1 and the spirits provide an interesting element going forward. There’s some really good ghost-patient stories.