Some Disappointment in the Fantasy Department - The Neverland Wars + Glass Sword DNF Discussion

Monday, August 1, 2016
Glass Sword & The Neverland Wars DNF Discussion

I don't do DNF discussions a ton, mainly cause I don't really DNF a lot of books. Or if I end up putting them down, I still have intentions to finish reading them someday in the future. However I've got two on hand that I'd like to talk about so it's time to discuss.

The Neverland Wars

cover of The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse
Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home. read more...

However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.


Title: The Neverland Wars
Author: Audrey Greathouse
Series: N/A
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retellings
Source: Review copy from the publisher. Thanks Clean Teen!

I picked up The Neverland Wars because it was a retelling, and I had yet to find one of Peter Pan that I really liked. (if you have any Peter Pan retelling recs I'm more than happy to here 'em) It started off great, and from what I gleaned from the summary it had a unique enough plot. Then I got to this part of the book...

Finally, trying not to arouse suspicion, Rosemary asked, “Gwen, what are hormones? ”Gwen set her laptop aside on the nightstand. She smirked, but she resented the implication that all of her behavior and feelings had been dismissed as an inevitable, impersonal product of her adolescence. “They’re little things that get inside of you once you start growing up. They’re like tiny bugs that start changing how you feel about everything. They bite at every part of your insides, infecting you with grownupness before you even know you’ve caught them.”

And well. After this it was a bit difficult to take the MC seriously... The writing style wasn't bad, and I probably would have read on but I lost interest.

It may seem a bit over the top to abandon a book because one paragraph, but while deciding whether to DNF or not, I read a couple reviews and saw that the book just wasn't for me. Maybe I should have given this book more of a chance, but honestly in my opinion there's really no use in reading a book you don't enjoy, what do you think? Also because what Gwen said about hormones, she ends of scaring her little sister, Rosemary, and while I was reading that part I was thinking, seriously?

Glass Sword

cover of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different. Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. read more...

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Library

I honestly quite liked Red Queen, but Glass Sword never managed to hook me. I got to about 80% but then my digital loan expired. Technically I still had the time to finish the book if I really wanted to, but I decided not to. For the entire 80%, Glass Sword was really boring, however I didn't really notice I wasn't enjoying it till after I read a negative review and I realized I was dragging my way through the book.

I really wanted to like it because I did enjoy the first book, however the more I think about it the first book wasn't all that great either. I read Red Queen (tongue twister alert) not long after I started my blog, so I wasn't as picky back then. I'm not 100% on whether or not I'd still like Red Queen if I reread it now, to be sure I'd have to read it again. What's your opinion on Red Queen? I've seen a lot of people calling it a huge mash of a lot of other dystopian and fantasy books, and I can definitely see where that opinion it coming from.

Also everyone on Twitter was screaming about how Glass Sword had torn out their hearts and such, so I was expecting something astounding, but for me it was kinda meh. I suppose the end could have been the part ripping apart their hearts, which I didn't get to, but honestly I wasn't really feeling this one. If you've read Glass Sword in it's entirety, is it worth it to stick around to the end?

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I do my DNFs in a discussion formats cause often times I still have lingering questions after putting down a book. So if you've read either of these novels can you do a girl a favor and help me decide whether their worth picking up again?