Coffee Shop Talks is a weekly feature where we each discuss a bookish topic of our choosing.
This week's topic is:
Die for Me by Amy Plum
It isn't often that a book makes it to my DNF pile. If an author is new to me I try to do a little research and check to see what my blogger buddies and Goodreads friends are saying about them before I make the purchase. But there are still those rare occasions where I'm halfway through a book with rave reviews and I find that I just can't keep going.
This is how I felt about Die for Me. The action was missing, the romance had no affect on me, and it bothered me that the protagonist fell so easily for someone she knew nothing about. The whole story came across as just a little too young adult for my taste and I called it quits shortly after the 40% mark.
Afterlight by Elle Jasper
"Vampires. They're real. They exist. And they're so not what you think they are. And I was utterly, irrevocably in love with one."
Elle Jasper's Afterlight didn't quite make it to my DNF pile, but that's only because I became interested in finding all of the Twilight similarities. I was fascinated that there was a story that so blatantly imitated many elements of Meyer's novel and she wasn't even thanked in the acknowledgements! But I will say that between the two stories, Afterlight's setting was more interesting and the protagonist was a grown woman instead of a teen..although she often speaks like a teenage girl. I can somewhat understand why readers have enjoyed this story, but it just didn't work for me.
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