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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?