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.
Series: Battles in the Dark #1
Published by Publicious Self-Publishing on October 29, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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.