Books I didn’t finish: March 2012

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on March 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

I’m just making a collective post of books I didn’t finish this month. When I first got a NetGalley account, I went on a bit of a requesting spree and ended up with a bunch of books that I don’t want to read now.

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Publication date: 5.1.2012

On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.


This one was a total DNF for me. I made it through about 80 pages and was so terribly bored that frankly I don’t even want to stick around to see if it’s worth it. I just couldn’t do it. I hate giving up so easily on a book, but it just wasn’t for me. I probably won’t ever pick this one back up again.



Pure by Julianna Baggott
Publication date: 2.8.2012
We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.
Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.
When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.
I didn’t even make it 20 pages in this one. The writing is really dry, and because I don’t particularly want to read it at this time, I grumbled every time I went to pick it up. I’m leaving it on my TBR list so that I can give it a try some other time.
Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan
Publication date: 3.27.2012

High school sophomore Daisy Jones is just trying to get by unnoticed. It doesn’t help that she’s the new girl at school, lives in a trailer park, and doesn’t even own a cell phone. But there’s a good reason for all that: Daisy has a secret, unpredictable power-one only her best friend, Danielle, knows about. Despite her “gift” (or is it a curse?), Daisy’s doing a good job of fitting in-and a cute senior named Kevin even seems interested in her! But when Daisy tries to help Vivi, a mysterious classmate in a crisis, she soon discovers that her new friend has a secret of her own. Now Daisy and her friends must deal with chilling dreams and messages from the beyond. Can Daisy channel the power she’s always tried to hide-before it’s too late? Extra features include:
A short graphic novel illustrated by Alexis Seabrook, telling Vivi’s story
Danielle’s journal, revealing her deepest thoughts

Again with the same problem – I don’t want to read it at this time. It wasn’t boring necessarily, but the way it was delivered wasn’t really appealing to me. Maybe someday, I’ll try again.
Jessi (Geo)

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4 responses to “Books I didn’t finish: March 2012

  1. I know what you mean about the requesting spree. I did the same thing and ran out of time on all of them. Now I’m kinda scared to go back and request again. I don’t know the NG policy but I feel like the little kid who didn’t turn in their homework. That’s too bad about The Peculiars, it’s cover is very interesting. And Pure? I really wanted to read it but now I’m second guessing it.

  2. I just make it a point to request ONLY books I really want to read (like Immortal Rules!). If it’s kinda meh for me, then I skip it. I can wait til it comes out!

    Enchantress – as far as Pure, I would say still give it a try because I didn’t make it very far! I mainly put it down because I don’t feel like reading it at this time. It might be worth it, who knows!

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