The Species Within by Kimberley Clark | DNF Report

May 23, 2014 Reviews 15

DNF Report

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I’ve decided that when I’ve spent days (and sometimes weeks… because DNFs tend to take a lot more time) reading a book and have to give up on it, I want to give a quick explanation why. So welcome to what I’m calling a DNF report. It’s not a real book review but a quick report of why I had to call it quits and the time of death.

The Species Within by Kimberley Clark

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Species Within by Kimberley Clark | DNF ReportThe Species Within by Kimberley Clark
Series: Battles in the Dark #1
Published by Publicious Self-Publishing on October 29, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 402
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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WARNING: This book is intended for people aged 18+

Kira, a huntress plagued by dreams of fire and pain has worked tirelessly to rid her city of the scourge that has nearly destroyed it…nostvores, mythlend creatures with dark and vast appetites for blood and sex. She does this not only because they had killed so many people in her life, but also because she has an edge that no other human had…she has their abilities. The problem was, these abilities were killing her and she feared time was no longer on her side.
So the moment she found out that Darius, a nostvore leader was threatening to awaken an indestructible species to help him enslave all humans and mythlends, and that she may be the key to his plan, she knew her only choice was to risk her life with the little time that she had left and join her enemy to find out why, and to make sure his plan failed.
If that wasn’t dangerous enough, the more time she spends with the Vanatre nostvore Emmerich, and the mooran Kuron, who she brings with her for protection, the less she wants to kill them. Instead, she feels an unexplainable attraction towards them both, and she fears surrendering to such desire with either is a deadly game to play, for she would not only be risking her life, but quite possibly her heart.

I feel really bad about The Species Within, but I just couldn’t finish it. I’ve spent days trying to connect with these characters and get invested in the plot. It’s just not happening. I think that this COULD be a great fit for a lot of people, it just wasn’t for me.

Why it didn’t work for me:

– Too many POVs. There is a LOT going on and yet not enough. Because there’s so many POVs there’s a lot of story lines to keep track of and at the same time, the story moves forward very slowly because you keep jumping around.

– I was almost invested in the Main MCs story, but I can’t grow to like her. She’s just a bit too obstinate for me – it’s like she’s trying to be kick ass and while she easily could be, her attitude just isn’t making her at all likeable for me.

– It’s kind of paranormal romance and kind of urban fantasy, teetering on the edge of erotica. I like all these genres, but as it turns out, I guess I don’t like them too combined. I can’t get settled into the right reading mood because it just keeps changing.

So it didn’t work for me and I’m calling it.

Time of death: 40%.

It had real promise and who knows, that last 60% might have done it if I could have pushed through.

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About Kimberley Clark

Kimberley lives by the idea that everyone should have a bucket list of things they want to accomplish in life, but not only to have a list, but attempt to mark off as many items as possible. One goal that was high on hers was writing a novel and having it published. This idea of writing a novel wasn’t new to her, but an inevitability, as her love of reading books and watching movies inspired her to create her own stories. When the day came that she finally did start to write, she realized that this was going to be something that she wanted to do more than once, emphasized by the fact that her first novel was to be book 1 of a trilogy, and that there are many more stories waiting inside her head ready to be created. Her hope is that not only for people to enjoy hers books, but that people are inspired by them as others have inspired her.
Kimberley was born in Sydney, Australia, and currently resides in the Gold Coast hinterland.

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15 Responses to “The Species Within by Kimberley Clark | DNF Report”

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Brandee – I really have been on the fence about dealing with DNF books for a while, but I think I’m happy with this approach. Plus, the reasons I stopped reading might be the same reasons someone else might like it!
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  1. Anya

    I love this way of talking about DNFs! I keep trying to decide whether I want to post about DNFs on my blog, but I always run up against not wanting it to look like a normal book review since I don’t want people to get confused, and I just don’t want to think more about a book at that point haha!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Anya! Yeah – I really don’t want to write a long review about a book that I had to quit, not to mention I don’t want to give the impression that my review is a reflection of the entire book. I didn’t finish it, so it might have gotten a lot better and to treat it as a complete review seems unfair.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      It might work for you Carol – It definitely had some positive elements to it. I was in a bit of book funk that probably made me a little less tolerant than I might have been too, so who knows. Another time I might have pushed through!
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  2. Jessica @ Rabid Reads
    Twitter:

    I’m sorry this didn’t work for you. I get it though–sometimes when a book is too many things, none of them actually work. It seems like a good idea in theory, but in practice . . . kind of like those old TV/VCR numbers, LOL. And save us from trying-too-hard-to-be-kickass MCs. Thanks for the heads-up, Berls 😉
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Oh man TV/VCR numbers! LOL! Now THAT’S a blast from the past 😉 Yeah this book had potential and I feel like if it had committed to one story line, genre a bit more it would have been much better.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Yeah, I can really enjoy multiple povs when their done right, but this one just was all over the place. I felt so bad because I wanted to love it, but c’est la vie!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Thanks Carmel – I don’t want to say it’s not worth giving a shot, but it really didn’t work for me :/
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  3. Stormi
    Twitter:

    I hate it when a book doesn’t work but some times it happens. I almost called a DNF on The Lost but I stuck it out and the last 30 percent was fairly interesting..just wished the whole thing was. 🙁

    I am not a huge fan of a lot of POV’s and I think the only series with a lot that I enjoy is Cedar Cove..lol. 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Multiple POVs can be really good. but it can also end up pulling you in way too many directions. Like in this book unfortunately 🙁
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