by Victoria Lee
Released: March 1st 2019
Series: Feverwake #1
Published by Skyscape
“…it boils down to one thing: it did not engage me.”
~ Under the Covers
As this is a DNF review I am going to keep this fairly short. I decided to stop reading this book at around 60%, so I definitely gave it a fair shot. But, I didn’t stop reading it because I hated it. This year I have made a resolution that I would try and read less 3 star and below reads, the consequence of this is that a lot more books will be DNF. I knew as I was reading that at most this book would get 2 stars from me and so I choose not to continue.
If I am going to pinpoint why I would have given this such a low rating, it boils down to one thing: it did not engage me. I liked the idea of the story, but I thought the story telling was clumsy. I liked the idea of the characters, but they fell flat on the page, especially the main character. I liked the idea of using fiction to make a point about what’s happening in the real world, but I thought this was done with such a heavy hand that it no longer felt clever and interesting. It was a lecture rather than a discussion.
But, I know I am in the minority in this regard as I have seen a lot of really positive reviews. For me, it felt like a great idea but there wasn’t enough skill behind the execution.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?