06 November 2013

DNF: Night Witches by L. J. Adlington

Night Witches by L. J. Adlington
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Source: Publisher
Star Rating: DNF
Rating: DNF

Pages Read: 50

Rain Aranoza is a teenage bomber-pilot from Rodina, a nation of science and fact ruled by the all knowing Aura, where the belief in witches or any type of superstition is outlawed. Rain's regiment is made up of only teenage girls and their role is vital to the war effort against the Crux, a nation of faith and belief, where nature and God are celebrated and worshipped.

But Rain is struggling with another battle. She's always had a sense that her nature is different from everyone else's, and that a dormant power threatens to burst out of her.

When she encounters a young Scrutiner she falls in love with him, but is torn between what she has been taught is right, and what feels right. As her understanding of her latent power grows, the enemy threatens both her friends and her love. She can no longer ignore the power but she must choose how she uses it ...
But what will she lose in the process?

In the past, I never used to post reviews of books that I didn't finish. I didn't feel like I could write enough about them for the post to be considered a review. But I have changed my mind, and decided to give this a try. Please don't class this as an "official" review, more of my jumbled thoughts on the book and why I wasn't able to finish it.

It's probably best to jump straight into this, and tell you the reason that I stopped reading. Well, on page 13, "the most beautiful boy I've ever seen" showed up. Yeah. Page 13. After that, I knew this book would just be about the romance, like so many YA books are, so I must admit that I didn't try very hard to get into it. 
You see, I was expecting this to be a book driven by tough female leads, and, like I have heard about Code Name Verity, that the relationship between the Night Witches would be the most important part. I wasn't interested in any guy showing up, especially if he was the most beautiful boy ever. Just, please, shut up.

Well, how as that for the shortest review ever? I think this might be a new record. Basically, don't promise me a book about badass women, and then throw in a romance that is clearly going to turn into instalove within the first thirty pages.


  1. Gah. I hate when "the most beautiful boy ever" shows up! He ruins everything! O.O

  2. Well, book character, its no point him being 'the most beautiful boy ever' if he turns out to be a complete wanker personality-wise. And p13? Geez.........

  3. Who knows, maybe "the most beautiful boy" turned out to be silly and she abandoned him for her friends. But I do admit, I would have been hard-pressed to go onward if I expected it to become instalove. I'm so sick of it. Yeah, guys can be hot, but they're not the only thing in the world. It's one of the reasons I still haven't finished INK by Amanda Sun, which I was so excited for. :(

    Sarcasm & Lemons


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