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Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Love:
- Tris & Izzie- I wanted to like this book so much- just look at the cover! It’s based on the Tristan and Isolde myth, which I love, but it’s so bad. So bad.
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making- I thought I would love this book. The writing is gorgeous, and I highlighted tons of quotes and passages that were just perfect. But, I was bored, a lot. I didn’t connect with the characters, and even when I switched to the audiobook, it was hard to make myself finish the book. I’m so sad, because I thought this was going to be my book.
- Every Fifteen Minutes- I read a lot of thrillers, and most of my favorite thriller writers are female (Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, Chelsea Cain), so Scottoline has long been on my radar. I was super excited to finally get a chance to read this for book club… and it was bad. Like the male character is basically a Mary Sue kind of bad. My eyes rolled hard, ya’ll.
- Your Heart Belongs to Me: I love Dean Koontz… most of the time. Odd Thomas is one of my all time favorite characters, but Koontz can be very hit or miss with me. This was a huge miss, and I think I was shocked at how bad it was.
- Revival- it’s not that I hated this book, it’s pretty good, but I didn’t love it. I’m used to loving anything King writes, but as often as I re-read King’s books, I won’t ever re-read this one.
- Insurgent- I liked Divergent, I really did. And I liked Insurgent, but the cracks began to appear early on. The things I loved about Four and Tris weren’t as present, in fact they seemed to regress as characters. By the time Allegiant was over, of all the problems I had with it, that one death at the end was the only thing I liked. I just feel like Divergent was a cool idea, but that Roth never really had it planned out.
- The Glittering Court- Richelle Mead is a favorite of mine. I liked her Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines is one of my top all time favorite YA series, but this book? Not so much. It wasn’t horrible, but I probably would have dnfed if it had been any other author.
- The Iron Trial- Sigh. I read the first three books of the Mortal Instruments books and they were just okay for me. I don’t remember seeing any HP rip offs (if anything it seemed more Star War-sy) but I found the writing boring. I do like Holly Black, so when the chance came to read the arc of The Iron Trial, I was pretty happy. But the book was SO MUCH like Harry Potter that it just pissed me off. Like, a lot. I still feel rage when I see this book. Rage, I tell you.
- Winterspell- Another gorgeous cover and a story based on a beloved fairytale (this time the Nutcracker) only this one I couldn’t finish. It was so cringe worthy (Clara is pretty much making out with a life size statue) that I gave up. I tried, I did, but it was bad.
- Sweet Valley Confidential- I loved SVH when I was a kid. True, the series did age well (have you tried re-reading them? I have, and it just made me sad for the YA I had to grow up with in the 80s and 90s). But this book dropped a bomb on all my childhood dreams. A terribly written bomb, and there were no survivors. If you have any love for the Wakefield twins, then STAY AWAY from this travesty of a book.
The books I liked less than everyone else.
- The Alchemist – I don’t often feel the need to burn a book, The Alchemist brought that out in me. I honestly do not understand the 3.81 average rating.
- The Maze Runner – Everyone and their mom seems to love this book and I just don’t get it. The first book didn’t answer ANY questions. But then added questions and I just didn’t get it.
- Stardust – I know that this book is like beloved or whatever but I didn’t like it at all. The movie was alright though.
- Beautiful Disaster – I can let a lot of things slide in books, even in contemporary romance where it should be fairly realistic. I know that it’s not real so I’ll buy almost anything. Except this. Beautiful Disaster has one of my very few one star reviews (mostly because if it’s that bad I DNF) so that’s saying something. I thought the heroine and hero were dumb as a bag of rocks and needed some serious help and while I understand that it is fiction etc, etc, I just can’t with this book.
- Days of Blood and Starlight – I know that this is the one that will cause the most intakes of breath (especially for Kate!) but I was bored and the only reason I finished is because the narrator was amazing.
The books I wanted to love but didn’t love.
- How My Summer Went Up in Flames – With a cover and title this cool I had high expectations. Turns out those expectations were too high.
- The Kiss of Deception – I liked this book just fine, but I didn’t love it like other people did, but I think that has a lot to do with the fact that fantasy isn’t normally my jam.
- Allegiant – I loved Divergent. Enjoyed Insurgent (though as time goes by, I think this less and less). I wanted Allegiant to be AMAZING and finish the series with the same love as I started it. I blocked out the evening so I could read it in one sitting, which I did. But I actually threw my book when I was done. If you read it then you know the ending, which I thought was stupid for many reason, which is too much to go into here. Also the fact that I couldn’t tell the difference between Tris and Four narrating is a problem.
- Mini Shopaholic – The Shopaholic series used to be one of my favorite series. Then it just became too much and even though I wanted to love them I believe they ran their course.
- The Last Star –“I looked into his chocolate fondue fountain eyes.” – need I say more?