The wonderful Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts tagged me to do The Wasted Potential Tag and I thought it would be fun. I do not often talk about books I didn’t like on this blog, but it I think it is an interesting thing to do every once in awhile.
One. A book that tried but failed to tackle an issue?
The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
The Almost Moon is up there as one of my most hated novels, which is a shame considering I did enjoy The Lovely Bones. The Almost Moon is so dark that it is almost ridiculous. The main character and her both her parents obviously suffer from mental illness, but it is never addressed. I had some issues with how the mother was made to be the villain, while the father, who made just as many mistakes, was excused. It has been years since I read it but it still makes me angry!
Two. An intriguing series that didn’t pay off?
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I wanted to love this series! It sounded so creepy and I loved the inclusion of the old photographs the author found at antique stores- such a cool idea. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me and I actually found it to be quite boring. It was disappointing because the premise intrigued me so much. I made it through the first two books in the series but couldn’t force myself to finish the third one.
Three. A great beginning with a mediocre ending?
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
I was really excited to read The Turn of the Key and I thought that it had a strong beginning. Ware is an expert at building atmosphere and I loved the smarthome twist on a haunted house. There was a lot of great foreshadowing and some fun reveals, but the ending was unsatisfying. I want the endings of my thrillers to give me all the answers, and that was far from the case here.
Four. A last-minute twist that ruined it all?
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I will forever be grateful to Everything, Everything because it was my despise for the twist that inspired me to start this blog- I needed somewhere to rant! I saw the twist coming a million miles away and I thought that it cheapened the entire novel. If you are going to do a twist like that it needs to be explored a lot more!
Five. A great plot with some boring characters?
The Girls by Emma Cline
Emma Cline is a very talented writer, but I do not understand how she managed to make a story about a cult so boring. I think the major problem was the main character. She had connections to the cult but was never truly in the thick of things. Because of this, it feels like the reader is on the outside looking in- not something I want when reading a book about a cult. Honestly, I would have eliminated her character all together.
Six. A character death that ruined a book? (SPOILERS)
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Forever my answer for this kind of question. Such a great book but that death was unnecessary and made me so angry!!
Seven. A romance that ruined a book for you? (SPOILERS)
Uprooted by Naomi Novak
I realize that Uprooted is a Beauty and the Beast retelling so it kind of needed the romance, but boy did I hate it! I felt like the characters had zero chemistry and the whole thing made me very uncomfortable. I think part of the problem is that the characters felt very one-dimensional. That said, I am still curious about Spinning Silver!
Eight. A romance that you wanted to happen? (SPOILERS)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I love you Peeta, but no! I will always be team Gale. I felt like Katniss settled for Peeta because she could not forgive Gale, which isn’t fair to anyone. A part of me wishes she would have ended up alone!
Nine. A scene you have petty beef with?
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I love Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I had a lot of issues with One True Loves. I can not really get in to the scene that annoyed me without spoilers, so I will just say this- I hate when there is a love triangle and it is obvious that the author wants you to prefer one of the love interests over the other, and to do this she makes one of them a jerk! I thought that the character deserved more time and understanding!
I have to ask the aged old question- Team Peeta, Team Gale, or Team No one?! Also, should I read Spinning Silver even if I had issues with Uprooted?