It hurts my heart and soul to give you my first DNF review of 2016. It hurts even more that it had to be Glass Sword. I was looking forward to this book so much. I enjoyed the first book enough to want to pre-order the second book. What a huge mistake that was for me and I want that money put back on my Amazon gift card.
I DNF’d this at 30%. I do not know how that translates into actual pages as I was listening to the audio book. WHICH, I do not recommend to anyone. DO. NOT. LISTEN. If you follow me on Goodreads, you can see from my status updates that I despised this narrator. She does not have the right voice for this book and above all else – she was a *mouth breather*. That was so not necessary. All I could focus on was her breathing through her mouth like some kind of crazed animal. It appears that she never learned to breath through her nose like a normal human being.
Back to the failure that was Glass Sword. I never, ever connected with this story. I never connected with Mare, who was the most self-absorbed, over confident, and pretentious character I have read in a long, long time. Mare’s character did nothing but whine and bitch during the entire 30% of the book I suffered through. When she wasn’t whining, she was insulting everyone with a pulse. Or she was repeating herself, as if she had no other vocabulary to draw from. If I had to hear the words “I’m the lightening girl”, “little lightening girl”, or “anyone can betray anyone” one more time, I was going to wrap a baseball bat with barbed wire and go after her myself. I am not sure I could have rolled my eyes any harder every time those lines were said – which was a lot.
I was so desperately bored with this story line. It did not feel as if it was going anywhere and I found myself not caring what happened to anyone. My brain would pick up bits and pieces of the story and at one point Mare was talking about flying jets. JETS?! How did jets come into this futuristic dystopian story? I’m so confused. The story line was all over the place, the pacing was dreadful, and the characters were shallow. All of that made for a frightful read.
THAT, my lovely readers, is when I gave up and threw in the towel. Like everyone else, I have too many books to read to suffer through bad ones. I happily stopped this audio, let out a sigh of relief at my decision, and moved on. So please, do yourself a favor and do not read this. It may just be a very, very bad case of “second book syndrome” but I wouldn’t risk the frustration.