Hazel and Holly – DNF review

Title: Hazel & Holly.

Author: Sarah C Snider.

Format: E-arc.

Publisher:  Double beast publishing.

Page count: 452.

Release day: May 16th 2019.

Genre: YA, fantasy, witches.

Rating: 1 stars.

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this arc!*

What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)

Nestled within an enchanted forest is the Grove, a community where witches and warlocks practice elemental magic, brew mystical potions, and lock their cellars against beer thieving gnomes. Life is quiet and uneventful. Well, except when Hazel’s long-lost father uses necromancy to trap her dead mother’s soul.

That simply won’t do. Necromancy is forbidden in the Grove, and for good reason too. Nobody wants filthy corpses shambling around, mussing up one’s garden. Hazel is determined to find her father and undo his treachery.

But despite Hazel’s plans of becoming a one-woman army, she can’t do everything alone. It’s not until wild sister Holly convinces her to leave the house for once and go to a party that Hazel finds a pair of unlikely allies in two bickering warlock brothers.

Together, the four of them go on a journey that takes them out of the Grove and into a world where necromancy reigns and the dead won’t respectfully stay in the grave. Hazel will do whatever it takes to stop her father and save her mother’s soul. Even if it means turning to necromancy. Even if it means losing her friends. Because they would never help a necromancer. Would they?

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My thoughts:

DNF @60%

I hate not finishing books, but sometimes it cannot be helped.. I kept forcing myself to pick up the book, and I kept putting it back after reading like 2 pages. I was just not liking this book at all. And the hardest thing is, I do not really know why..

We follow this witch, Hazel, who wants to free her mom from something her dad did to her. And honestly it is better explained in the summary then in the actual book.. I got so confused until I read the back of the book again.. Pretty soon in the book Hazel and her sister Holly make friends with these two warlocks (brothers). Then the four of them start to travel around to find Hazel and Holly’s dad.

First of all, why do all their names start with an H, I got so confused at times. Like ‘why does this character talk to that character’ to later realize it was actually a different character..

Second, I don’t really understand why these characters became friends. Holly had a crush on the one brother, but that’s not really a reason to become friends out of nothing (I would say). And Hazel was bored at the party and started to tell her dad problems to the other brother. And BAM lets solve all the problems together?!

Third, this running around made no sense to me. They didn’t really get any clue and then they went to some place, who would send them to a different place, for reasons I couldn’t really figure out.. And it just got a bit boring, running to a new place with a new wizard with a weird name and a story that might have been about their dad.

Fourth, I wanted more magic! Which maybe I would have gotten this if I had continued the book, but I just couldn’t ..

I hate to DNF books, especially arcs, but this book was just a bit too boring for me..

What is the last book you DNF’ed?

5 Replies to “Hazel and Holly – DNF review”

  1. The last book I properly DNf’ed was Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick. I read 3.8 books, but just could not bring myself to read the last 60 pages of Finale…? *awks*

  2. I have a handful of books that I’ve DNF’d. More recently, our library got in a new book “Spare and Found Parts” by Sarah Maria Griffin and I just could NOT get into it. I read half way through the book and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish. I hate not finishing books, too, but I just couldn’t find it in me to keep reading, so I totally sympathize!

    1. Luckily we’re not alone then haha! I do think dnf’ing books is for the best though! We read to enjoy!

      Evelynreads says:
      1. Definitely! Reading is for pleasure and it would be a shame if reading a book you didn’t enjoy put you off reading…

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