DNF… For Now: Prophecy Girl by Cecily White

April 4, 2013 Book Review, Cecily White, DNF, Entangled Teen, Paranormal, Prophecy Girl, YA, Young Adult 13

Publication Date: April 2nd 2013

From Goodreads:

Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.

I was born to slay Crossworld demons.
Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.
Then he shows up.
Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?
Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.

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I really hate to not finish books. I’m the type of person who needs to know how a story ends and always hopes for some sort of redemption before I get to the end. But with a huge review pile and books piling up that I really want to read, I’ve come to terms that the need to ‘grin and bear it’ is something I would have to get over.

I think the case with Prophecy Girl could potentially be categorized as a ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ situation. The characters were entertaining. The main character was somewhat of a troublemaker who had a no bullshit attitude and was pretty fearless. I really liked her. The dialogue was great and that kept me reading.

What I struggled with was the plot. I was a little lost with certain things. Every time I’d have to put the book down to do something else, I’d come back to it and be like, wait… what’s going on? What does this mean? The world is a little more on the complex side with Graymasons, bondmates, watchers and channelers… Reminded me a bit of The Mortal Instruments world in certain ways, a series I love by the way. Just a lot of little details and facts to remember and for whatever reason, it wasn’t sticking in my mind. I constantly had to go back and reread sections. It’s not to say I didn’t get the gist of it, but my enjoyment was dwindling. At about 50% I decided to call a spade a spade and move on.

The romance aspect, I am unsure of. Where I left off it was very hot and cold. Because of this thing called bondmates, it felt a little instalove-ish, for one of them at least since I didn’t get a clear enough read on Jack from what I read in the first half. I would like to see how this played out, since he was supposed to be her trainer as well.

I honestly wouldn’t mind revisiting this novel at a later date and see if it works out better, but for now it has been put aside.

Positive Reviews:
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-The Soul Sisters

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

13 Responses to “DNF… For Now: Prophecy Girl by Cecily White”

  1. starryeyedjen

    I honestly wasn’t aware of this book until very recently, but the reviews have been kind of all over the place from what I can see. Thanks for the honest review. I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up.

    Also, I rarely DNF a book, but I’m having trouble with TAKEN. I see you’re reading it, too, and was wondering how you’re faring with it…

  2. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    Aw don’t feel bad for DNF a book. Trust me, it’s better to DNF ad move on then to force yourself through it. If I see enough rave reviews about a book I DNF then I go back to it a couple months later. I think most of the reviews I’ve seen for this book are pretty meh.
    Life’s too short, read books you love!

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I’m easily confused but when you have unique terminology or aspects, sometimes you have to find ways to repeat things a few times until the reader is comfortable with it. If that even makes sense. lol

  3. Lauren

    I hate DNF’ing books, and rarely do it (honestly, it feels like masochism or something—once I start, no matter how awful the book is, I HAVE to continue). I’m really considering not finishing a book right now. This review is giving me that bump of courage I need, I think. Life, and in particularl READING LIFE, is way too short. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      That’s how I usually am! I think my problem with this one was I just wasn’t understanding what I was reading so it made no sense to continue. Life is definitely too short.

  4. Aman

    I didn’t like DNFing books but it’s easier to drop it while you can than to continue and waste your time and probably write a negative review for it.

  5. Sarah Elizabeth

    Oh yikes. I’m starting this soon so I’m not gonna read all of your review! DNF though! cripes! Hope I don’t dislike it too cause I hate not finishing books too!

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