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Subject: Don't you hate it when...
Date Posted: 10/14/2009 6:36 PM ET
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You've got a book that you've been waiting to read because you just know it is going to be really good and you want to pick the right time to savor it and it turns out, instead, to be a book you can't get interested in???

I started reading Accidental Werewolf and had such a hard time staying iwith it - I forced myself to keep reading hoping it would get better and grab my attention.  But no, it ended up being a book I never finished.

Has anyone else had high hopes for a book only to be disappointed and if so, which ones.

Tina

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 6:39 PM ET
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The Accidental Werewolf didn't really catch my attention either.  I finished it though and then read the next one, Accidentally Dead and I liked the second one much better.

Tina D. (tinad) - ,
Date Posted: 10/14/2009 6:40 PM ET
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I have the next 2 books in that series - so maybe there's hope for Accidentally Dead. 

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 6:45 PM ET
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I felt that way about Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  My library has it so maybe I'll give it another try later... or not.

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 8:17 PM ET
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I've felt that way by the last few of Lynsday Sands.  Where did all the humor go to?  Just left the series.  Yuck.

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 8:38 PM ET
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I started a few recently... had all the books for the series. Dante Valentine (which I really wanted to like), Blood Ties and Dark Cresent Sisterhood. For some reason I could not get into any of them. I tried but couldn't finish...

I tried one book by Sherrilyn (1st Dream Hunter?) and couldn't finish it.

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 8:43 PM ET
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This just happened to me last week.  I had "Vamped" on my WL for awhile and got it pretty cheap at Border's with a 40% coupon.  I was so excited!  But I started reading it and it just did absolutely nothing for me.  I got about 4 chapters into it and then posted it in the WL thread.  Needless to say I was quite disappointed.  It really looked like something I'd be into. 

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 9:00 PM ET
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I had the same reaction to Accidental Werewolf. I decided not to read the rest of the series ... cause the first one was just kind of boring. I like books that have more interesting characters than those, or something interesting about the world they live in that is original. Not just the same old, same old werewold or vampire in it. That one was just ... yawn.

Date Posted: 10/15/2009 12:31 AM ET
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I felt that way about Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison. I was so excited about that book! I thought it was going to be fantastic. It sucked. I hated it. I didn't finish it. I was very disappointed!

Date Posted: 10/15/2009 9:25 AM ET
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I had the same problem with larissa Ione Demonica series, Charlaine Harris sookie books and the Magic Bites, etc. by I can't even remember, lol.  Couldn't finish any of them.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 12:31 AM ET
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I feel that way every single time I pick up a Marjorie M. Liu book. The premise of the story sounds so amazing but when I try to read the first few chapters I just can't get over her writing style. I don't know what it is, but the way she writes just puts me off of the novel. Which is a shame because I've heard some good things about her paranormal romances.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 7:04 AM ET
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I don't usually get too many books that I dislike so much that I can't finish them.  I guess I have a natural way of liking just about everything I read? lol.  I recently started reviewing books on my own book review blog, and have only posted I think 3-4 Did Not Finish Reviews.  Usually if I don't like something I'll force my way through it to the end, but those books I just had to stop, they were so boring I was actually falling asleep.  In one case, the book was way too disturbing, and I was upset about that one, because I liked the authors previous novel.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 9:19 AM ET
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Cheryl, I had the same problem with the Marjorie Liu books.  Just couldn't handle her writing style.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 10:28 AM ET
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I had this problem with C.L. Wilson's Tairen Soul series and Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series. I was ready to totally love these but just couldn't get into them at all. I was especially suprised to not like Wilson's series because the books have such great reviews.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 5:26 PM ET
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I just had this experience with the Andrew Fox book Fat White Vampire Blues.  Had everything going for it, but I just couldn't care about the main character.  Another reader called him a whiner and I thought, that's a little harsh, until I started the book, and, Yep, he's a whiner.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 7:50 PM ET
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Sarah, I felt the same way about C.L. Wilson's duo Lady of Light and Shadows and Lord of the Fading Lands. I read the first book and put it down thinking "I just wasted time on this book?" Sad thing is, the premise and reviews sounded so good that I bought both books at the same time. Maybe I'll finish them eventually. The world building was decent, but for some reason I had a really hard time caring about the protagonists.

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 6:02 PM ET
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I felt that way about Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.  Although I only read the first couple of chapters and maybe it just wasn't what I wanted at the time, which is why it didn't catch my attention.  I sent it out and then was annoyed with myself that I didn't at least keep it to try again later.  I hear everybody loves that series.  And believe it or not, I have yet to read the last 2 books in my favorite series Queen Betsy and Night Huntress, just haven't really felt I was ready.  Which is strange.  Maybe it's time.  LOL

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 6:56 PM ET
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I'm struggling to finish Cape Storm right now.  I WILL finish this book tonight!  I like Rachel Caine but the last couple of Weather Warden books haven't thrilled me.

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Date Posted: 10/28/2009 3:22 PM ET
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I was the same way with Accidental Werewold.  I did finish but found that I was skimming over parts.  I had the next two on my shelf and thought I'd look at the second if it was the same I wouldn't waste my time with it or the third.  Well, for some reason the 2nd and 3rd turned out to be much better.  They involve the same characters.  I don't know if they grown on you or just develop.  Believe it or not I was sorrry when I finished the 3 rd book!    There's a fourth on coming out in February and it's on my WL.I