I used to post my DNF explanations in my weekly recaps because they're not really reviews and I didn't want them to be confused as "real reviews." But, since I'm not doing weekly recaps anymore (sorry, they're getting cut with the new year!), I had to decide what to do with my DNF explanations.
I considered getting rid of them completely, but I didn't for three reasons:
- I know some of you like them.
- I'm nosy. If I see someone reading a book and then they don't review it, I wonder why. Did they hate it? Was the review just not coming? Did they even finish the book? I figure if *I* want to know, maybe other people do too.
- Just because I couldn't finish a book, doesn't mean someone else might not love it. Chatting about books is what Small Review is all about, so why should a book get hidden away just because I didn't finish it?
Please remember, these aren't "official" reviews. These DNF explanations are simply me chatting about why I didn't finish a book and, as you'll see, I DNF books for all sorts of reasons (and not all of them because I didn't like the book).
Enough babbling? Ok, onto the DNF explanation!
Received: ARC from publisher, via NetGalley
Pages read: 100 of 192
My Un-Fairy Tale Life really is very cute. There are unicorns (at least in the first scene) and it IS funny, though I think younger readers would laugh out loud more than I did (I sort of snickered once or twice).
But it's also bizarre, with clowns and magic spells that remove mouths, and a kingdom of talking sheep (that I kept picturing like those sheep in the Serta mattress commercials). I can see kids enjoying these more unique features, but it was all a little too weird for my tastes. I'm not one of those readers who appreciates weird. I like my standard fare, thank you.
I also am far too old for this book. Some MG books work well as YA or even Adult crossovers, but My Un-Fairy Tale Life is not one of those books. This would be perfect for a 8-10 year old, and they'd probably get a kick out of the zany events, fast-pace, and emotional issues touched upon. But for me, it all rang a little too thin and young. Tweet