Saturday, May 25, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry - The Books I Wanted To Love, But Couldn't


This week on Book Girls our topic was books we wanted to love, but coudn't. It was suggested by Ruby @ Feed Me Books Now!!! Don't you hate that? You are super excited for a book, perhaps you have already seen some awesome reviews for it, then you just aren't feeling it. It's such a icky feeling. It makes me sad that I couldn't just love this book that I was so excited for!! This isn't really a vlog type post so I will just put a post together for you.

Other Book Girls Posts This Week




Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Oh guys!! I really, really wanted to love this!! I was so excited when I won an ARC of it and I tried... I picked it up at least 5 different times and it just wasn't doing it for me. If a book needs a full glossary in the back and has like 5 maps in the front, it's usually not a good sign for me. It feels too much like homework. And that cover is so, so pretty. I wanted to love you Stormdancer, but I have passed you along to someone who I hope can since I failed!


Level 2 by Lenore Applehans (Name Changed to The Memory of After and also has a new cover)

Okay, so this one was totally misleading to me. I knew that it was about the afterlife obviously, but I didn't know how much religion was a part of it. It seemed like it was almost constantly talking about God or sinning or something. And the MC pissed me off. She just let the guy, whatever his name was, tell her what to do and basically push her around. No backbone that one! I honestly tried very hard. No joke, I read probably almost 70% and was pissed off that it wasn't getting better and I was not enjoying it. It was at that point I said "Eff this!! I wasted almost 3 hours of my life on this and I refuse to waste more. DNF!" I know a lot of people loved this book, but I just was irritated and angry reading it so I figured I should just stop. I did read the end because I was curious though. It wouldn't have been enough to save it for me even though it was quite a twist.

Mind Games by Kiersten White

How I wish you were as awesome as your cover!! This was one of my most highly anticipated reads too and it totally didn't do it for me. I'm all about dual POV's when done right. I also enjoy the whole past and present thing. What I don't like is them combined, but in no order whatsoever. It jumped from sister to sister and back and forth from past to present. Neither sister was very likeable either and there was a huge lack of action. Don't get me wrong, there was some, but I expected more. The one great thing about this book besides the amazing cover though... the ending. Now that was brilliantly awesome!! Too bad that it didn't make up for the lack of awesomeness throughout the book for me.

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

This was another one that I was super excited for and it just didn't do it for me. I only tried like three times to read this one and gave up. I don't know if maybe I wasn't in the mood for something like this or what, but it was like torture trying to make myself read this. I wish I could say why I didn't like it, but it's nothing particular except I couldn't get into it. I DNF'd this after I decided to stop trying to force it.

Taken by Erin Bowman

Another case of the pretty cover lure!! The premise of this sounded great and add in the awesome cover and I couldn't wait for this!! Too bad that it had shitty characters that made me want to throw myself over the wall of doom to a fiery death. And I hate when there are conveniences thrown in to make the story flow. Like all of the sudden when things are bad, there this person comes out of nowhere and sacrifices herself for you. Ugh!! Not that this dude was even sacrifice worthy anyways!!

I'm leaving it at those five. I could keep going, I have like 7 more written on the list in front of me lol!! I know that Giselle had mentioned Unspoken and that is one that I also didn't like. In fact after four days of trying to read it I DNF'd it. Anyways, what are some books that you wanted to love, but just couldn't?

21 comments:

  1. *cries* This is so hard to look at and read the explanations on why you didn't like them. This sucks.. I looked forward to reading all of them, but the funny thing is, you're not the only one to claim how awful it was that they didn't live up to your expectations. It's a frustrating situation for me since I want to read them, but if the people I trust to give good advice and people who love the same books I do don't have great words to say about all of them, then why even bother wasting my time and money on these? Yeah.. I'm still curious to read them, but I'm really, really hesitant and probably won't give them a try.. :((( Some of the books that I wanted to love are Perfect Chemistry -- practically hated that book.. I just found it too cheesy and so very clichée that it didn't work for me at all. Anna and the French Kiss was too hyped for me and too slow too. Oh, and Deity by JLA -- another hype book that I thought it was going to be epic, but it was the usual from JLA. Hmhh.. Not that many come to mind. Oh, Ruining Me/You by Nicole Reed? I think it was that author. Anyhow, I hated these two and I don't really get why people love them. The MC was like a ping pong ball going back and forth between her childhood crush, her new crush and some junkie from a band or something. And she was so annoying. Oh well.. I guess we have to face the fact that not everyone can love the same books.

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    1. Yes, it's a good thing we don't all like the same books otherwise things would be pretty boring. I actually love reading good reviews for books I didn't like to see what other people liked about them and reading negative reviews for books I loved for the same reason. I love seeing the different opinions on things. If we all thought the same thing we'd be like a bunch of robots!

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  2. Oh it's such a bum that Stormdancer didn't work for you. The reviews I've seen have been quite a mix so it's sad to see you not liking it as much. I'm afraid to read Mind Games after all the reviews, I highly doubt I will be reading it but I may have accidentally reserved it at my library... just maybe... *guilty look* I didn't enjoy Level 2 either, the beginning was so boring. :/

    Thanks for sharing, Amy! I agree with you for most of them. <33

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    1. I really wanted so much to love Stormdancer. I actually held onto it for a while hoping...but then I saw that Eileen wanted it so I decided to just give up on ever getting back to it and send it to her. :) A lot of people really loved Mind Games. Level 2 made me irrationally angry. I was mad at myself trying to read it instead of just giving up earlier.

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  3. Stormdancer was amazing but it was WORK to read. Luckily I read it at the right time and didn't struggle much, but it's certainly a hefty one, and not just in size!
    All of these are books I've seen mixed reviews for. I liked Mind Games but I totally get why some don't. I really want to like Level 2 and I have a copy so hopefully I like it more once I'm able to read it.
    It stinks when you REALLY want to love a book and you just... don't.

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    1. I think that was my problem with Stormdancer. I just couldn't fall into it and wrap my head around things. It sounded so awesome, but I just couldn't do it. Mind Games was one I had high hopes for, I just felt like it was so all over the place. I might continue the series though. The way it ended was pretty awesome! I hope you like Level 2 I think I am the minority in not liking that one.

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  4. Aw, that's always a bummer! Taken just came into the library for me today. Crossing my fingers that I enjoy it. I'm not a fan of unlikable characters, though (obviously), so we'll see.

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    1. I know a lot of people loved Taken, so definitely don't take my dislike for it as anything but me not liking it. Lol!! You could love it just like so many other people! :)

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  5. Well...I had no intentions of reading any of these, so YAY! So sorry these didn't work out for you.

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    1. Hahaha! Win! Now you won't be disappointed if you didn't like them!

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  6. Taken looks so good.....the only one I have read on the list is "Stormdancer", and I admit if it wasn't for Buruu, then meh.

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    1. I really tried. I wanted so much to love it. I never got very far into it. I admit that I'm not a huge fantasy reader so it wasn't unexpected for me to not get into it, but with so many awesome reviews and a great synopsis I thought I would.

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  7. Level 2, Mind Games and Taken were three of my 2013 musts. Unless they go on sale or I can loan them I won't be reading them. Two recent books I wanted to love but couldn't were The Vicious Deep and Valkyrie Rising. I had to DNF both which is a shame because I loved the concepts.

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  8. Yeah, it's hard to put my finger on the reasons I don't click with a book. I recently read one where the writing style just didn't work for me. It was weird -- I'd read and I just couldn't picture what was happening. Sometimes I'm bored. And sometimes the book promises something great and doesn't deliver.

    Great idea for a post!

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

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  9. I haven't read any of these books so I can't comment on them. As for me, the one book that I really wanted to love but didn't was Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines. I love Abbi's writing and have always loved her books. This one was hard for me to buy some aspects of the story and I just couldn't get past it. I'm really glad that lots of other peeps loved it though. Good job with this post, hon.

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  10. Ugh I so should have put Stormdancer on mine, that book ugh, I couldn't even get past page like 25! And what a disappointment Taken was, hey? That pretty cover had everyone fooled!

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  11. Stormdancer for me I had to DNF. It just was not my book.

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  12. I don't think I would've picked any of these to read. LOL This meme is fun. I always look forward to seeing it each week.

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  13. I was definitely the same way with Mind Games. To me, it wasn't even a book. When I finished, I had no clue what even happened because everything is so all over the place. I really wanted to love it because dual POVs are my favorite, but alas, it was a major letdown.

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  14. I've heard that Taken, Dualed, and Level 2 didn't turn out nearly as good as the covers looked. I did attempt to read Dualed, but I couldn't finish it :(

    Stormdancer is still on my to-read, though I have heard many good things! It's too bad you didn't like it. I do get that feeling of feels-too-much-like-homework sometimes.

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  15. OMG, I'm so glad I'm not alone with Stormdancer. The first half or so was practically IMPOSSIBLE for me to get through. After that it was pretty good, but good god that was a slow start. And I'm usually really tolerant with slow beginnings. And Mind Games was absolutely awful, Dualed made no sense at ALL, Level 2 I've been avoiding because of your review because you pointed out preaching, but the author is awesome, and I still need to find a way to make up for recommending Taken to you, Giselle, and Jenni. In my defense, I did read it after The Lost Code.

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