Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Den of Vipers by K.A. Knight


DNF @ 10%

I know some of you were hoping I'd struggle through all 600+ pages of this book to write a rant review, but I'm not really about that life anymore. Even in the name of entertainment. Unless the book is of the "haha bad" variety, I just dump it at 10-15% (sometimes less). Because life is finite and my to-read list is not.

Second, a caveat. I went into this book actually really wanting to like it. This was not a hate read experience. I actually do like really dark stories and the fact that so many of the negative reviews were complaining about it being too dark made me want to read it more. I can tolerate a book with some pretty gruesome content as long as it fits within the parameters of the story and isn't just done for shock value. Even the gun thing that had people noping out, I've seen in two other books I've read. (Because I guess I read fucked up shit.)

I am giving this a bad review because I thought it was boring and the writing was pretty bad. It reads like something a teenager would write on Wattpad, and I know that's comforting for some people but it doesn't work for me. We're told over and over how bad-ass the mafia dudes are and how special the heroine is because she's not like other girls and wears biker girl clothes, and it took me right back to the heydeys of Quizilla in the early 2000s with all of those "pick me" goth girl heroines. Obviously this book is doing pretty well and the author can laugh her way to the bank, criticism aside, but her style is not my thing at all. YMMV.

1 out of 5 stars

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