I keep writing posts and reviews about the books I loved reading or had a spiritual connection with. But wait... what about those few books that I don't end up enjoying or those that just didn't make the cut to get its own review. If you're looking for some books to read, heed my warning and stay away from these (in my opinion of course!).
**Disclaimer: This post is not to rant on these authors or these books. Everyone has their own opinions and this is not the intention of the post. My intention is to spill my deepest thoughts about some books that I haven't enjoyed in the years to inform.**
Half Bad by Sally Green
I'm very critical when it comes to books about the supernatural because there are just so many books that the rules of these beings vary widely from book to book. That's why it's important to find a supernatural book with a kind of unique element that makes it stand out from the rest. Write this down, I'm giving you some tips LOL. In this book's case, we have witches. The concept of the story is brilliant; I had no qualms with that, but then, of course, there is the problem with the narrative arc and the plotline. Yeah, there was none or at least that's what I thought. I know a lot of people who totally respect this book for its awesomeness but it just didn't sit well with me and every time I see it on my bookshelf, I cringe.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I 100% picked this one up because it was about a girl who relived moments before her death. The element of reliving things just adds something very unique to any book because 1) It's hard to write about and 2) It has to be done with perfection. As you can tell, I didn't like this book but not because their whole "reliving-everything-before-it-happened" scheme wasn't good. It was because the characters annoyed me to the point of no return. I was literally bawling my eyes out at how irritating and ignorant the main character was and, not to mention, she does some unmentionable stuff!
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
What makes this even sadder (is that a word) is that the covers for this trilogy are mind-blowing and beautiful. *clap clap* To the cover artist. I picked up all three books in one shot after going to a convention and saying, "Ohh hey I don't have all these books. I must have them!" But at that time my collection of books was just beginning so of course I jumped at any chance to buy books that looked nice. Boy, was I sorely mistaken! Incarnate is not bad; it's just not good. And I frequently yell at 13-year-old me for picking the entire series up without reading the first book. Incarnate also kind of follows that whole reliving and reincarnation aspect. The book fell flat with it's explanations and world-building. I wasn't extremely bored with the book but I wasn't lighting up with each chapter and anticipating the next. To any reader, that's a huge problem because you should be interested and excited for the book! So yeah it wasn't a total loss because I have these beautiful covers but then again, I will never read them. GARAGE SALE TIME hehe xD!
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
HAHA THIS IS FAKE!! Are you kidding I love all of Jennifer's books. Hope you're reading! Pst... this is here to trick you. yes I'm devilish like that. You can't deny the blogosphere's ubiquitous love for JLA!
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
I have a whole other book talk on this so you can check that out here! But to be short and simple, this book did not dress to impress. Ha, you see what I did there? (beacuse the cover is like, once again, so beauuuuitfffuulllll). The pacing was surprisingly slow, and I did not see that coming since this was supposed to be a fantastical, magical realism book. The characters we annoying, ugh. I don't like characters that pity themselves when there is someone out there that could be having it 1000x worse.
I haven't read many bad books at all and it was really hard to come up with these titles because I respect the authors but maybe I just didn't enjoy their books. And sorry Jennifer for putting you through that haha xD. I had to share my love for Jennifer L. Armentrout books.
So what are some titles that you just didn't enjoy? Care to share?