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Because a lot of people seemed to enjoy my last post (and because my good friend Michel @ Raistlin0903 wanted to see this one take on it – please check out his blog, it’s awesome!!) I decided to write about the ten books that didn’t live up to the hype.
Again, this is my personal opinion! Also, these are in no particular order.
Maze Runner by James Dashner
I wanted to like this one so much. The concept was great but the author really didn’t know how to handle it. He tried to keep the reader in the dark for the longest time, using the most ridiculous devices known to mankind, and then when the big reveal came, it just didn’t have any significant impact.
There was just too much going on at one point and it didn’t lead anywhere. A lot of loose ends and things that didn’t make sense. Plus, the worst ending ever. Overall, this book was a major disappointment.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Another one I was really, really hoping to love as much as everyone else seemed to! I thought I was going to relate to Cath and her story, but I ended up being bored and annoyed by her the entire time.
I also didn’t care for Simon Snow and the gang. It honestly just broke my focus and made my reading experience all the more tiresome. I liked the little interludes, such as Cath’s dad situation and other snippets, but otherwise this book was just meh.
The 100 by Kass Morgan
For those of you who don’t know, I love the show. I just finished season four recently and I don’t really know what to do with my life now… But the books? Yeah, not so much.
The two are completely different. I’d say they share a few of the major characters and the basic storyline. Other than that, they take completely different turns and cannot even be said to be on the same quality level.
The show is badass. The books are really juvenile and boring.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Before you say anything: no, I wasn’t expecting this to be anything like Harry Potter. I read everyone else’s reviews and was more than prepared to give this one a chance and treat it as an individual novel.
Maybe because I’m not a fan of the genre. Maybe because I haven’t read Rowling since I was, like, fifteen. Either way, I just didn’t care enough about the characters or what was going on to be really invested. I did enjoy some parts, don’t get me wrong, but overall this book just wasn’t my favorite.
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Look, I enjoy messed up relationships as much as the next person. I get it, they’re appealing (on paper) and can be quite engaging. But these two… Ugh.
I tried to like them as characters, to understand them, but they just got on my nerves so much. Also, there was no real story going on, which just bothered me. I need something else other than romance to keep me going and this one was laughable in that department (seriously, that sideplot? What sideplot?)
A guilty pleasure read… If you can even call it that.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
What to say about this one that I haven’t said already?
The concept was okay. It wasn’t groundbreaking but, really, what dystopian novel is nowadays? The real problem was that I didn’t connect with any of the characters, especially Tris, the protagonist. I thought her decisions and values were so dumb and I didn’t relate to them in the least. I didn’t understand what these kids were doing and what moved them half the time. It just made no sense to me. This world made no sense to me.
So yeah, not reading the rest of the series.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I devoured the first book in this trilogy. I thought it was amazing and clever and just extremely well-done. But the second and third books disappointed me greatly.
It just felt like more of the same: repetition, repetition. I also felt my spirit dying along with Katniss’s throughout the story. She’s basically a shell of her old self by the middle of it and I couldn’t connect with her anymore. What was she fighting for at one point? I didn’t know. It just felt like I was being dragged through the story, and I felt drained. It just wasn’t enjoyable anymore.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
I was ready to fall in love with this. But I just felt like the story wasn’t going anywhere. I didn’t care about Alaska or the protagonist (whose name I can’t even remember) and felt like it was just too much drama where drama needn’t be. I also didn’t get the “poetic” side of it, or how “special” Alaska was, or why the MC was in love with her. I didn’t get ANYTHING.
I think this book tried too hard to be clever and different, and failed on both accounts. Also, after reading another book by the author, I realized how formulaic all his stories are. Which is just boring and uninteresting.
The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
I’m not familiar with Artemis Fowl, but everyone and their mom are, apparently, so I decided to try this one first.
It promised laugh-out-loud moments, yet I chuckled once, at best. Maybe the humor wasn’t for me… Maybe if I’d been younger.
I found myself really unimpressed by some of the writing. I did enjoy the sarcasm and cleverness behind some lines, as well as the overall tone of the book. Yet something was missing. Maybe if it had been longer, I would have been able to connect with the characters more. Otherwise, this was really, really average.
Snotgirl by Brian Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung
I wanted this to become my new favorite comic. The art was so cute and manga-like, and the premise was really interesting, seeing as I’m a blogger myself. Yet, it didn’t deliver.
It was just incredibly superficial, the characters were all really shallow and mean, the story was a bit confusing at places, and although I did appreciate the authenticity and unapologetic tone of it, there just wasn’t a whole lot for me to love.
Lottie’s character is really unexplored at this point, and I’m anxiously waiting for the next issue to come out so I can form a better opinion of it. I hope it changes my mind!
And it’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this one and please check out my previous post 10 Books That Lived Up to the Hype if you did 🙂 I’d love to chat so drop me a comment below!
Thank you so much for reading and until next time!