A controversial topic to get me back into book blogging! I love watching these sorts of videos on Youtube, because like I said in a previous post, it’s just nice to see that there is someone out there who agrees with you when it feel like everyone else is falling at the feet of these books. The metaphorical feet… obviously.
1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
I feel like this could cause a lot of issues with some people as I know that this is such a well loved books series, but I have never been interested. I’ve heard very mixed things about this series, it’s like marmite, some love it, some hate it, yet I can’t get passed the reviews that take a more negative stance on this series. I also know a few of the plot lines to this book – I’m not gonna lie I watched the TV show – and I know that there would be a few plot points that would annoy the hell out of me. Clary and Jace being “siblings”, the whole typical “my nerdy best friend loves me but I pretend not to notice”, which doesn’t seem healthy to me and so many others. The plot itself seems good, I know it differs from the show but the basic premise seems the same, but I wouldn’t be able to get ignore the obvious YA tropes being used in abundance, and not the good ones. I’m sick of love triangles and messy relationships, give me something healthy thanks.
2. Most of John Green’s Books
John Green’s books have a bit of a cult following, people rave and rave about them, yet I don’t get the hype. I have read Fault in Our Stars, which I did enjoy overall, it was a good book. I also read Paper Towns which was… less good. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to get along with his writing style. Not that it’s bad, it’s just a little philosophical for me, the metaphors and deep meaningful quotes are too much at once. He also has a tendency to write “manic pixie dream girls” – at least that’s what I got from Paper Towns and the portion of Looking for Alaska that I managed to read before I put it down. They don’t seem real, and the boys who love them don’t let us see any of their flaws. I just don’t want to read more of this, I love a cute love story/coming of age tale as much as the next person, but these are just not my cup of tea. Which is why I won’t be picking up anymore.
3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The reason I won’t be picking up this book is pretty similar to the reason I don’t want to read anymore John Green. I read Fangirl, liked it fine, parts annoyed me, but overall it was easy to read and okay. I didn’t stay thinking about it days after like I do with most books, it was just okay. However it’s not Rowell’s writing that irritates me or her characters, this time I’m just not fussed. These days if I’m reading contemporary it has to have something to hook me in (When Dimple Met Rishi seemed so original because I had never read anything based around Indian culture). Eleanor & Park just doesn’t appeal to me, I’m not bothered if I do or don’t read it, I don’t feel anything about it.
4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
You know when a book series is over hyped? Everyone is talking about it, loving it, waiting eagerly for the next instalment, and sometimes you just don’t read it because nothing can be that good? That you just don’t want to read it just because it was talked about too much? That is me with this series. I don’t have any particular reason as to why I know I won’t read it. I read The Wolves or Mercy Falls and it was good, but I just won’t be reading this series. Even if I am curious to whether Pynch ends up together, or if Blue finally kisses Gansey and kills him. People blog about this book A LOT, so much so that I actually feel like I don’t need to. So I won’t.
5. Queen of Shadows by Sarah. J. Maas
Is this cheating to include this book? I have read the three others before this one but I just know that this is where I will stop. I could rant about this series for years, the first few books were just so good, that I felt let down by Heir of Fire, completely disappointed. Which I know is controversial because there is a huge fanbase for these books and people treat them like the pinnacle of fantasy. Though they really aren’t, Maas is good, I love Court of Thorns and Roses, but she’s not my top fantasy author. One reason I won’t be picking this up is because I feel like the characters completely changed from one book to another. They weren’t the same people anymore. “It’s called character growth” I hear you cry, yes well there is a difference to me between having your character grow, and completely change. There are parts of yourself that you just can’t lose, and that to me is what Maas’s characters have done in this series. I just won’t be picking up anymore of this series, not even Tower of Dawn even though I loved Chaol.
Got a reason why I should change my mind about any of these books? Let me know! On that controversial note I shall finish, even though there is probably many others that I could add to this list. Until the next time!