Sunday, March 6, 2016

DNF Review: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

I feel bad about this. I just about never DNF books. But I can't help it with this one. Just cannot read more of it. I can't. Which makes me sad. As I have seen so many people I adore read and love it already. I wanted to be able to love it too. Was so excited for it. And it looks so gorgeous. Sigh. I really wanted to like it.

I don't think I have ever chosen to DNF a book after just reading six chapters. And about fifty pages or so in my eARC. I just seriously could not stand it anymore. This review of mine will not be very long, as I did not read much of this book, and so I don't know all that much about it. But I'm still sharing a little.

The reason for why I couldn't read more of this book was the writing. It was not good. Like really not good. I kept hoping it would get better, but it didn't. It was just silly. And I must be honest, I can't take reading more books with bad writing. I never end up enjoying a book if I don't like the writing much. And so I had to stop. I know that if I managed to finish this book, my rating would not have been high. And I simply can't take reading more crappy books. I want to spend my time reading books that are amazing. So I'm sorry I didn't finish this book, but not that sorry, tbh. It just was not a book for me at all. I know this, despite reading so little. I mean, I could have read longer before quitting, but didn't want to. Really not for me.

I'm not sure what I wish to share about what little I read. The first five chapters had four different point of views. I did not like. Because they were short chapters. And I didn't get to know a single one of them from reading those. Bad writing. Boring story in the beginning. First small part about Vika. Was curious about her, but she didn't seem all that much to me. Then her father, Sergei. His chapter was written so, so badly. Which is a reason for why I quit. Just couldn't stand it. He seemed like a boring person. Sigh.

There was a couple chapters from Nikolai. He and Vika has powers, I suppose. But I didn't find it interesting. He was a boring person too. I guess I probably would have ended up liking him, if I read more, but when the first three chapters with him in it did nothing for me, I don't want to waste more time. Then there is the royal people. Yuliana. I didn't care for her one bit. Just, meh character. And her older brother, Pasha. So common in other books too. So yeah. This would end up being a boring read.

I'm sorry, I just could not read more of this book. I'm sure others will love it, as many have already, but I was not one of them. And I can't recommend that you read it either, because I found the writing to be so bad. Shrugs. But yeah. I do feel a bit bad, for me, that I wasn't able to read this book. I really did want to love it. But it just wasn't possible for me to read more of it. Big, big thank you to HarperTeen for the auto-approval on Edelweiss. <3 Thank you for the chance to read it early. Sadly, was not a book for me.



  1. Awww, I'm so sad you didn't like this one! It's one of my most anticipated reads for 2016. So this makes me a bit nervous.. But thanks for the honest review.

    Precious @ Fragments of Life

  2. Aw, C. Sorry this was a dud. It sounded like a book up your alley, too!

  3. Aw, sweetie, this makes my heart hurt! I adored this story and all the characters and the magic so much. I am so sorry to hear it didnt work for you, esp because I encouraged you to read it so much! LoL. It still makes me laugh how sometimes we completely agree on books, and other times we're complete opposites! That's what makes reviewing great, tho! So many different opinions! ♡

  4. If the writing is bad, I can totally understand giving up on the book. There are so many good books out there, you shouldn't have to waste your time reading a book you don't enjoy.

    Majanka @ I Heart Reading

  5. Aw, I'm so sad you disliked this one! It's probably one of my favorite books of all time, and I found the writing to be magical and beautiful. I guess it just wasn't your thing, which happens, though it's sad if it's a book you were really anticipating. I hope you love your next read! <3

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  6. I'm sorry you didn't like this one! I've seen so many people raving about it,but not every book is a perfect fit for everyone! I'm hoping to give it a shot when it comes out! I did like reading your review...thank you for pointing out about the points of view and characters!

  7. Ah, 4 pov are so hard to keep up with for me too, sorry to hear that this one didn't work for you

  8. I sadly am not enjoying this either. I'm like halfway into it and it's been like 2 weeks since I put it down and I haven't really thought about it :(

    ~Karina @ A Reader Under The Sea

  9. I'm reading this in two weeks, and I had started it for the blog tour... I've been pushing it off. I hear there is a crazy love triangle and it kind of turned me off, just *hearing* about it. I'll still be reading it but I no longer have any kind of excitement towards it, given the more *honest* and less fan-girl-y reviews I've been seeing.

    Anyway, great review, Carina!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


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