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Books That Let Me Down This December

I always hope that this list is short, but I never feel guilty if it grows above 3 books. I have the belief that life is too short to read books that you aren’t enjoying. There are too many amazing books out there to be read and if you waste your time on books that you aren’t enjoying then all of those other books are missing out on your time!

Also, any review or opinion of a book, is good publicity. We are starting a conversation about an authors work. If you love or hate it, start the conversation. Someone may change your mind.

Let’s get started

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

I am so disappointed that this has made my December list. I received an ARC from my lovely friend Tamara from Booked For The Weekend, which I have only just gotten around to reading (oops). I so wanted to love this book. It sounded perfect, robots, humans, Jay’s writing style and quirk. But when I started it, it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. I found it clunky and hard to get into. I couldn’t work out the protagonist, and when I say work out, I mean I couldn’t work out if I liked her or not. I’m planning on giving this book another shot in the new year, but for me, today, it really didn’t keep me intrigued or interested.

 

Shadow of The Fox by Julie Kagawa

This is another book that I am so upset that I didn’t enjoy. I received a copy of this book in an OwlCrate, and as much as It looked amazing, the cover is stunning people! And as much as my Bookstagram friends are all raving about it, I just couldn’t get into it. At the 50 page, decision making mark, I felt as though I had been immersed in a culture that I knew nothing about and I was drowning. I also found the writing style a little stiff and hard to read. This one just isn’t for me.

 

New World: Ashes by Jennifer Wilson

Yes I am aware that I finished this book (review can be found HERE). But it let me down. After New World: Rising, I was expecting something big, but 290 of the precious pages were about torture, electro-shock therapy, mental and physical conditioning and abuse. It was hard to read, but I kept going because I wanted to see how it would end. I am glad I did, because the last 40 pages were fantastic. But up until then, the pacing was off, the protagonist was abused and tortured, we were constantly reminded of death, the scene changes were choppy. It just left me rather unsatisfied. If the whole book was like the last 40 pages, this book wouldn’t be anywhere near this list..

 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

So this book was never on my radar, it always seemed a little young to me, even when I was the perfect age to enjoy it. But now it has been made into a Netflix movie, naturally I wanted to read the book before I watched the movie. But it turns out, I’ll just be watching the movie…. I find the writing style to be stiff and choppy and the language used to be quite young, like it is designed for a younger reader. Which is fine, I probably would have enjoyed it more when I was 16, not 26… I found it hard to get through the first 20 pages. This is one of those instances where I am most likely going to be saying the movie was better… I think the hype let me down, more than the book. I had it built up to be this sweet yet funny, coming of age tale with a hilarious yet unfortunate mis-hap. But that isn’t how I found the book to be at all…

 

I’m a little terrified to write this next one…

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas….

I hadn’t picked up this book or series previously, purely because so many people love it, and it is so hyped. I tend to not enjoy books that are overly hyped and well loved by nearly everyone. And it turns out this book is no exception to that rule. I found Maas’s writing style to feel stiff and forced. Her sensory descriptions fell flat and felt too much like she was forcing us to see what she wanted us to. Then there is Celaena. Why write such an unlikeable protagonist? I get that she is only 18, but how the heck did she become the worlds most feared assassin in 8 or so years then end up in prison? Yes I probably would have found that out if I had of finished the book, but I just couldn’t do it. It felt too much like work to continue reading. I’m sorry if you are among the majority that love this book and this series, but it just does nothing for me. Maybe I should try the ACOTAR series instead? I am a little dubious that I’ll like that either, but hey, a girl’s gotta try!… Right?

 

Is there a book that you loved on this list? Comment below and tell me why you loved it, maybe I’ll give it another chance!

Thanks!

Julie

P.s You can find my previous list of books that let me down in November HERE.

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Books That Let Me Down This November

This post may be a little controversial, so if in the collage below are any of your favourite reads, probably get out of this blog post… Now.

These three books let me down this month, I was really looking forward to them and two out of three were books that I was approved for ARC’s from NetGalley for. I didn’t finish these books. How do I know that I didn’t like them if I didn’t finish them? You may ask. Well let me tell you a thing about me. I give every book a chance, they have 50 pages to wow me, to draw me in and invest me in the story they are telling. If by 50 pages, I’m not invested, or even slightly enjoying the book, it gets unfinished. I used to feel guilty about this process, but not anymore. There are so many books to read and so little time,so why waste precious time reading something I’m not enjoying, why waste my time as well as the authors, the review readers and the NetGalley Team’s time? Which brings me to the following three books. Hold onto your hats people.

 

 

Mirage – SomaiyaDaud

This book has such a fantastic premise, stunning cover and so many great reviews, not to mention the overall hype about it! For me, I found the pacing incredibly off, it is quite slow paced to start with, but it speeds up in moments it needs to be slow, for the reader to appreciate the scene, and it is slow in the ‘action’ type scenes. I just found it incredibly hard to get into. I found myself having to re-read passages, to go back chapters to re-read things to make the current chapter I was reading make sense.

Grace and Fury – Tracy Banghart

Again, The premise of this book sounds so good! Two sisters, chalk and cheese, both spending eternity looking after the other, even by hiding a royally, deadly secret. It sounds incredible. However I found the writing style quite stiff and the language being used added to that stiff feel. I totally understand the Victorian Era language style, but it takes away the flow from scene to scene and character to character, throughout the book. It felt like a classic style book that I was being forced to read at Uni. I didn’t finish this one, but I can see and understand why so many people are loving it. It just wasn’t for me.

To Best The Boys – Mary Weber

I requested this title from NetGalley for its originality, for the idea that a girl was going to go into a male dominated quest, kick some serious arse and get to go and get a quality education. What I wasn’t expecting was to hate the protagonist. I felt as though she was trying to hard to be cool and edgy. It made her come across as callous and obnoxious. This book is fast paced, so that aspect really works in its favour. The over all writing style is a little different to what I usually go for, I didn’t finish this book, but like Grace and Fury, I can see how this book will be well received in some circles.

 

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That brings my let down post to an end. It wasn’t incredibly long this month, and I hope I can keep them under 5 books a month. I was a little wary of posting this, but the reasons we don’t like books are just as important as the reasons we do. I also believe that any publicity for a title is good publicity and just because I am posting something negative about these books, doesn’t mean you won’t like them. This is purely my opinion!

We as bloggers are creating conversations about titles, through these conversations, we are getting the title and authors names out there for people to make their own mind up about reading or not reading.

Did any of these titles let you down?

 

As always, thanks for reading!

Julie