"It's not you, it's me." Some books just don't work for me, whereas other readers may have really enjoyed them. This feature will be showcasing books that I never finished or reviewed; you know…...the dreaded DNF.
The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer
Goodreads says, "An English teen questions all she knows about aging when she encounters a set of journals that date from the present back to the reign of King Louis XIV in this blend of contemporary and historical fiction from the author of the acclaimed Gideon trilogy. Stella Park (Spark for short) has found summer work cataloging historical archives in John Stone’s remote and beautiful house in Suffolk, England. She wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and her uncertainty about living at Stowney House only increases upon arriving: what kind of people live in the twenty-first century without using electricity, telephones, or even a washing machine? Additionally, the notebooks she’s organizing span centuries—they begin in the court of Louis XIV in Versailles—but are written in the same hand. Something strange is going on for sure, and Spark’s questions are piling up. Who exactly is John Stone? What connection does he have to these notebooks? And more importantly, why did he hire her in the first place?"
Guys, this one should have been a hit for me. I love time travel, but the novel was rather wordy. The writing style was reallllllly tough for me to get into. Also, the time travel wasn't exactly what I was expecting. As I was reading it, I was questioning how this novel could work for young adults. So, needless to say, I was disappointed.
DaVinci's Tiger by L.M. Elliott
Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love. When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families."My Thoughts: Unfortunately, I couldn't get into this book. For starters, there was a lot of historical descriptions, which I normally like, but here it felt very textbook-ish. I need more than just history in my novels, so I DNF it. I am questioning whether I put it down too soon though, because it appears from other reviews that things start to pick up.
Have any of you guys read these books? Let me know your thoughts.