Popular YA Books I Will Never Read

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

City_of_Bones  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

Looking for alaskaJohn 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

Eleanor & Park  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

THe RAven Cycle 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 

QoS 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!

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The Harry Potter Book Tag!

Since the 20th anniversary for Philosopher’s Stone is coming up I thought a book tag based around Harry Potter would be a perfect fit to the theme. So I went searching and found one with a few intriguing questions.

Flagrate
A book you found interesting but would like to rewrite 

ATBITS The premise was so interesting and it was a bit different from anything else I had read around that time. I coveted it for age before I finally bought it. And I enjoyed it, 3.5 stars enjoyed it. But I was expecting something I didn’t get, it was weirder than expected, so maybe I’d rewrite it to fit the image I had in my head because that was a damn good book.

Alohomora
The first book in a series that got you hooked

DP Trilogy I will never be over how The Summoning effected me. It brought me into the book world, (aside from Harry Potter of course). I bought the first two on a whim and speed read them so fast. I was hooked from beginning to end and they truly started my journey into the book world.

Accio
A book you wish you could have right now

The Long Way is already out but I haven’t got it yet and I’m so looking forward to some serious sci-fi reading. It sounds intriguing. I always love a Sarah Dessen book but haven’t found one I’ve enjoyed as much recently, but her new one sounds great! A perfect summer holiday read.

Avada Kedavra
A killer book

TSS Monster’s created from bad actions? A seriously dark world? Murder? Danger? I say yes every time. And V.E.Schwab is a master. Her books kill me every time, in a good way. My heart literally bleeds for every character she creates.

Confundo
A book you found confusing

TMOTF - Elliot I had to read this for my university course and… I did not have a fiddle what it was trying to say. I couldn’t finish it and I couldn’t even understand it at times because I was so bored. Safe to say I did not write an essay on it.

Expecto Patronum
Your spirit animal book 

Seraphina It’s a fantasy, because my spirit animal book could be nothing else. It has dragons, I love dragons. Political intrigue. Add in a strong independent heroine and I’m in love. Seraphina isn’t your typical, arse-kicking, standoffish, alluring protagonist that is becoming very common in YA literature these days, and I feel like I connect to her more because of this. She uses her brain rather than her fists and is overly concerned with what people think of her. I couldn’t relate to her more. Full review

Sectumsempra
A dark, twisted book

TLT The synopsis does not do the dark edge layered in this book justice. I was so surprised about this that I kept forgetting it was a children’s book. The lies that Faith weaves throughout her village are convoluted and twisted and quite shocking for a young girl to spread. I wrote a full review here.

Aparecium
A book that surprised you in a great way

DOBAS I believe I mentioned how much this book changed my mind about Taylor’s trilogy for me in last years wrap up. But it really pleased me. The plot got deeper, the world got bigger, the characters more intriguing. Now I’m officially hooked on Taylor’s writing; I already have Strange the Dreamer on my shelf!

Trying Out a Book Tag – The Goodreads Version

I’ve done a fair few reviews on this blog – sporadically – so I thought maybe it was time to change it up a little and dive into a book tag! Because these are just so much fun to do and I get to talk about so many books at once. The more books the better am I right?

I’ve seen this particular tag floating around the internet for a few weeks and they look like some fun questions, so why not start here? Obviously you need a Goodreads account for this, and obviously I do, otherwise I’d loose track of all the amazing books I have to read!

What was the last book you marked as read?

hobbit

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – been meaning to read this for ages and I finally did. I was surprised at how easy it was in comparison to The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien slipped into the style of children’s book easily. But I still don’t understand how they managed to make 3 three hour films from it.

What are you currently reading?

heartless

Heartless by Marissa Meyer. This had been on my TBR since before it was released, I love The Lunar Chronicles that is also by Meyer. She just has a way of creating new perspectives on fairy tales – this one is based on the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. I can already tell my heart will be broken by the end of this book.

What was the last book you marked as “to read”?

The Tales of King Arthur by Thomas Malory. My sister bought me a beautiful copy for my birthday and I can’t wait to read it. I love Arthurian legend and it’ll be fun to read up more on English mythology, especially a story that it still influencing stories all over the world today.

What book do you plan on reading next? 

Tough question! I never really know until I pick the book up. It’s a toss up between A Court of Wings and Ruin and Illuminae.

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, because it helps me organise my thoughts on each novel I’ve read. Also I love showing my appreciation on novels that I adored.

Are you doing a yearly reading challenge? 

Yes and this is my first year of doing so! I only challenged myself 40 books however, because it’s hard for me to read as quickly as I used to these days because I’m always so busy. Goodreads says I’m still on track though.

Do you have a wishlist?

Is it bad if I say I didn’t even know you could do that on Goodreads? So no, I don’t, I just include the book I want to read, owned or not, on my to-read list.

What book do you plan on buying next? 

Our Dark Duet! I love V.E. Schwab so I’ve been eagerly anticipating this for a while.

Do you have any favourite quotes? 

I have quite a few! So here’s just a sample.

“The world inside myself is vaster and richer than this paltry plane, peopled with mere galaxies and gods.” – Seraphina – Rachel Hartman

“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.” – Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo

“I’m not going to die, she said, Not till I’ve seen it.
Seen what?
Her smile widened. Everything.” – A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen 

Who are your favourite authors? 

V.E. Schwab, Marissa Meyer, Jane Austen, I probably have more but these are the ones that jump into my mind straight away.

Have you joined any groups?

Not yet, I haven’t had the time to commit to anything like that and I would like to throw my all into something like that.

How many shelves do you have on Goodreads? 

Seven… I feel like I should add more.

 

There we go! That was my first attempt at a book tag… quite fun actually, and it’s forced me to be more precise with my answers, which is probably a good thing.

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