Mini ARC DNF reviews

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Welcome to another set of mini-reviews that feature me DNFing ARCs. Because I have no shame and don’t really care. If I don’t like a book, I’m not going to read it. Even if it’s an ARC.

But, this time, there are two books in here! They’re each rated 1/5 stars for me.

Let’s get to it!

The Devil Aspect

Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

DNF at 50%

I really tried with this book. It started off with a bang. There’s a serial killer emulating Jack the Ripper in Czechoslovakia with Nazism around! Then, there’s an asylum where six patients are kept who are the worst of the worst! And somehow they’re connected!

But, I got bored. There were too many things going on, so the plot dragged as Russell sets all the scenes and plods along. It doesn’t help that I can tell the female characters were written by a male. They have “deep” pasts and have sworn off men, then, as soon as a man enters the scene, they want to be with him. Like, c’mon.

In the end, I was dreading picking this up and couldn’t bring myself to continue, even if it’s an ARC that has fantastic reviews on Goodreads.

Beautiful Bad

Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

DNF at 30%

The only reason I lasted as long as I did was because some of the book takes place around where I live! It’s a teeny bit more southern than I am, but it’s still in KC suburbs. So, I loved that part because it felt like home. I wonder if this is how people who live in big cities feel when their place gets a name drop. It was thrilling.

But, then, the characters and plot. There’s a murder and you start off knowing that, but you get snippets and the story is mainly in flashbacks, either to 2001 when the MC was overseas and met her husband or weeks before the murder takes place.

And, boy, that little blurb on the cover is wrong. From day one, there were MAJOR WARNING SIGNS that the man is unstable and shouldn’t be someone you’re dating. Major ones. Hell, when your best friend is like “keep away from that guy” you should not be ignoring her. The MC just didn’t make good choices.

I had no interest in knowing what happened because there were so many warning signs when they weren’t even dating, but she consistently thought with her genitalia. Maybe it’s because I’m aroace and don’t have interest in love or sex, or maybe it’s because it really was stupid.

Those are it. My two DNFs (so far) of the year.

Talk to me!
Have you read either of these?
Have you DNFed any books yet??

9 thoughts on “Mini ARC DNF reviews

  1. I haven’t read this nor have I DNFed but I think I will..
    I read one where there was only sex and it was a thriller so I skim read that book hoping the thrilling part would start soon and the book simply got over and there is book 2… Nooooo that I would DNF

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  2. I have DNFed one book – The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. It was a library ebook and I’d been looking forward to it because people have been raving about it, but I was so bored after a few chapters that I returned it. So, so dull. It’s right to DNF books you’re not enjoying.

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  3. I used to get pretty weird about whether or not I’d DNF books. I rarely used to. Now, I’m more keen on it because, pft, I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS! You know? So, I’m always intrigued by what other readers DNF. That being said, I’m sorry you didn’t get into these! Here’s to hoping your next reads are actually, well, good.

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    • I completely understand you! I’ve always been one to DNF but I’ve gotten faster lately. I’ve definitely read some good books since these, so thank you!


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