Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
Oh this one really really hurts. Why? Because I really really like Gwenda. She's WONDERFUL and so much fun on Twitter and this is about Roanoke! One of my favorite historical mysteries! I just couldn't get past how much I didn't care about Phillip or Miranda. It got to the point where I was actively rooting for them to disappear as well. That's just not good when its the main characters.
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Unlike the Book Smugglers I couldn't force myself through this. I'm by no means a Japanese (or Asian) culture expert, but I've spent enough time around folks who either are or who study it seriously to visibly cringe the first time a character used 'hai?' (as in 'This is fine, hai?'). I'm passing it on to two of my friends who will hopefully read enough (and be willing) to do a vlog about it. In as hilarious a manner as possible.
Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson
In an effort to branch out into contemporary romance I'm picking up authors I don't know so well. Gibson was recc'ed to me, since I like Jill Shalvis, but we aren't a good match I don't think. At least not if this is an indication of her writing.