I’m a sheep; a follower-of-trends; never wanting to say when I think differently to others. This has to change. I decided that I need to start voicing my opinions whether they’re unpopular or not. So, here’s a list of books that I just did not like. Fair warning, there will be many a spoiler (how am I supposed to convey my feelings without being able to properly discuss events??).
Literally anything by Sarah J. Maas.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses. I thought it was a really interesting story and I loved the characters and their developments. I think if I’d only read the first (and maybe the second) book I would have been happy but as I’ve continued to read Sarah J. Maas’ books I’ve realised that I’m just not the biggest fan of her writing. Or her ability to make us fall in love with male protagonists only to try and make us dislike them in the next few books (sorry Tamlin, I thought you deserved better). I feel like SJM uses way too many “filler” chapters for my liking.
I read Throne of Glass first and thought it was predictable but pretty enjoyable. I waited a few months before continuing the series as I went onto ACOTAR. I made it halfway through A Court of Wings and Ruin before I just couldn’t continue. I found it repetitive and never-ending. If I have to read the word “mate” one more time I will probably scream. I finished Crown of Midnight a few days ago and *spoiler alert* the twist that Celeana is actually Aelin Galathynius was so. damn. predictable. I saw it coming from so early on that it really lost it’s “wow” factor. I told myself that I wasn’t going to continue reading but for some strange reason I purchase the next three books yesterday… I’ll try and push myself eventually but I saw a spoiler that Celeana doesn’t end up with Chaol and after getting over Dorian I don’t think my poor heart can take yet another love interest.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Boys is a series that I knew I wouldn’t like. I borrowed the first book so many times while I worked at the library and never opened it. I finally bit the bullet recently and I didn’t hate it. I couldn’t even get halfway through though, unfortunately, because of my biggest pet peeve – multiple perspectives. When used properly (like Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte) it can be quite interesting and can give more insight into the events of a book. However, The Raven Boys switches between so many characters so often that I just couldn’t keep track (hey, maybe that’s why I couldn’t finish Game of Thrones!) and gave up.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
So many people recommended this to me for so many years but I always had this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I wouldn’t enjoy it. I first came across this book when I was working at the library and I was intrigued but didn’t borrow it as it was in the adults section and I was stuck in my young-adult phase (I’m still in that phase, fight me). Again, this was another one that I couldn’t finish. I’m not 100% sure that the perspective changes are to blame, however. If you asked me what this book was about I don’t think I could tell you. Honestly, I spent most of the time confused. I found I was reading pages multiple times and still not understanding what was happening. I really wanted to love this book because the whole idea of a magical circus excites me to no end and I’m so sad that I couldn’t get into it.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Don’t shoot me for this but I didn’t love Caraval. I’m currently reading Legendary and I’m really struggling to continue. Both books have put me into a reading slump because they’re such hyped-up books that left me unsatisfied. Again, like Night Circus, I found it hard to keep up with the story line. I know that the whole point is to not be able to tell what is part of the game and what’s not but I ended up just not trusting anyone. I saw the whole *spoiler alert* relationship between Scarlett and Julian coming from a mile away but I was surprised by the twist that he was actually part of the game. I did enjoy trying to figure out the mystery but I felt that there were too many twists added that I couldn’t keep up. And now that I’ve started reading Legendary and learnt that *spoiler alert* Scarlett’s fiancé wasn’t actually the real deal and just an actor I’m once again looking at everyone through squinted eyes. I’m pushing myself to finish the series because I do want to know what happens but if I’m still left with questions I will be pretty pissed off. Please, please, please don’t let me down.
Well, that’s it for now. I know there are plenty more books that I didn’t like but I think I’ve probably annoyed enough people by now. I think my next post will be a bit more positive. If you’ve read up to here then thanks for sticking around! Please let me know if any of your opinions on the books differ to mine or let me know if you feel the same!