I am, by my own admission, a massive mood reader. Since becoming a blogger I have become slightly better at sticking to a TBR, but even now, if I’m not in the mood to read a book I will be quick to DNF. Sometimes though I may be slightly too hasty. There are books out there I DNF the first time around (Nevernight… I know, I know) that I adored the second time round and was so glad that I gave them a second chance. The book’s i’ve chosen to highlight for this weeks prompt are all books that I DNF, but have read some raving reviews for and am likely to give a second chance too. Do you give books a second chance, or do you simply DNF and never look back? Let me know in the comments.
The Night Circus
I definitely didn’t give this one a fair enough first read, I think I made it maybe 2 chapters in before giving up. This one definitely fell foul of my mood reading, and after all the amazing reviews I am more than willing to give it a second chance.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Three Dark Crowns
This was another quick DNF for me, so when Susan over at NovelLives gave me a choice of two books for her to read (one being the above) I thought she would be the perfect guinea pig to see whether I should give it another go 😂. She loved it, and we have very similar tastes so shes convinced me to try again.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.
I honestly don’t remember why I DNF this the first time around. I remember starting it when I was on a charity Convoy a few years ago, and think my lack of reading time and general tiredness made me give it up. I have loved everything else I’ve read by Kristoff though so this will definitely get a second chance.
Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.
But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.
Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.
Weave the Lightning
It was the complexity of the magic system that put me off this the first time around, I felt it wasn’t explained enough and because of that struggled to imagine what was happening. However, I have read multiple reviews that say if you push past the first 20% or so it all starts to make sense so I’m hoping to give this one another go.
Gerrit is the son of Bourshkanya’s Supreme-General. Despite his powerful storm-affinity and the State’s best training, he can’t control his magic. To escape the brutal consequences, he runs.
Celka is a travelling circus performer, hiding both her link to the underground and her storm-affinity from the prying eyes of the secret police. But Gerrit’s arrival threatens to expose everything: her magic, her family, and the people they protect.
The storms have returned, and everything will change.
David Mogo, Godhunter
I actually made it pretty far into this one, but I remember being accepted for a highly anticipated ARC on Netgalley and I just never picked it up again. I definitely remember enjoying it and found the world and magic system really intriguing, so this will definitely be getting a second chance.
Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Despite pulling his biggest feat yet by capturing a high god for a renowned Eko wizard, David knows his job’s bad luck. He’s proved right when the wizard conjures a legion of Taboos—feral godling-child hybrids—to seize Lagos for himself. To fix his mistake and keep Lagos standing, David teams up with his foster wizard, the high god’s twin sister and a speech-impaired Muslim teenage girl to defeat the wizard.