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January’s DNF List

I meant to post this yesterday but of course my life got in the way….those darn kids are so demanding wanting food or attention. I thought it might be interesting for you to know what books I was unable to finish and why. To be honest, I didn’t usually want to share this because I felt like not finishing a book is like a failing on my part. Then I thought, maybe they would like to know that a book was super boring or maybe I just couldn’t get into it or whatever the case may be. This is all just a long way of saying, I will be posting the month’s DNF list from now on….

Only one this month!

Title : The Friday Society The Friday Society

Author : Adrienne Kress

Publisher : Dial

Date Published : December 6th, 2012

Pages : 440

Summary (from Goodreads) : An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

Why the DNF??:

Cover looks delightful, sounds like a fun steampunky read, right?? I’m afraid it just didn’t live up to the hype.

This is one of those DNFs where I don’t have a whole list of things about why I didn’t like the book. I didn’t HATE this book. This is that DNF where you are reading the book and then you put it down (cause something else caught your attention) and then you picked it back and then you put it down again and then the amount of time between picking it back just kept getting longer and longer until you just didn’t pick it up again ever.

Although I like the idea of three sassy women solving crime, the author just ended up making them sound like snarky Valley girls. Not quite the steampunky goodness I was hoping for. It took FOREVER to actually get to them banding together and solving crime. I know they were trying to develop character but OMG it was just too much. In the end, the mystery was also pretty bland and I, obviously, wasn’t compelled to read one just to find out what the heck happened. I can’t say “Don’t read this book” but it just didn’t hold my interest.

What do you think? Anybody else read this book?

Trina

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