Books That DIDN’T Live Up To The Hype

A new week, a new top ten. Thus, here we are discussing our most recent one-star (zero-star??) reads. The books that utterly disappointed us to no end.

MOST DISAPPOINTING READS

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The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

I had so much hope for this dystopian/AI-universe but the plot completely lost me. I want those three hours back.

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Again, W T H was I reading? Said to be a YA horror in the vein of Stephen King. It definitely was NOT. It was a bunch of teenagers getting drunk, waving knives in each others faces and playing God.

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Honestly, do not even bother. I can tell you the story in three sentences. Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. THEY DO NOT TELL EACH OTHER EVER. 

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Ten Books We Haven’t Talked About Enough

As prompted by The Broke and Bookish, here are some books we feel haven’t been given enough spotlight and other books we haven’t talked about enough. Such a shame because there are all incredible books!

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The Eternal Ones and All You Desire by Kirsten Miller

An intriguing, mysterious and ultimately frustrating duology (mainly because it stops at two books) with bits of time travel, romance and an epic pair running from the devil himself. I seriously LOVE this adventure that Haven and Iain go on set against a dreamy New York and Rome backdrop. (Also, Haven has the cutest accent on the audiobook!)

 

Ten Books On My Spring TBR

I am extending this to Spring/Summer TBR and also books that are already out because reasons. Yay for more books! So here we go out top picks on our spring TBR brought to you by the Broke and the Bookish !

 

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab June 7th 2016

Anything by V.E. Schwab has now become an auto-buy. This first book in a new series by her will have monsters and magic. SOLD.
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The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey July 12th 2016

I enjoyed the first book in this series and I am excited to see what direction book #2 will take. I have a weakness for her beautifully described bird people aka the Avicen. With other races living in alternate universes from the human world this series has a definite City of Bones vibe going on.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater April 26th 2016

The sure to be epic conclusion the the Raven Cycle I AM COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS!!images

The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier March 8th 2016

An interesting new fantasy who’s cover is so pretty ❤

The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent August 16th 2016

Absolutely love the Stars Never Rise and I am ready for more awesome demons and corrupt systems and exorcist action.

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A Tyranny of Petticoats editted by Jessica Spotswood  – March 8th, 2016

This one has a mish-mash of favourite authors and some I’ve yet to try. I’m in the short story/anthology mood these days.

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman – August 18th, 2015 (an oldie but I still want to read it!)

A solid YA fantasy, or so I’ve heard with on point world-building – my fave!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – March 8th, 2016

Another Arabian Nights retelling that I can’t wait to start because #DIVERSITYINYA RESPRESENT.

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – February 23rd, 2016 (again, it’s already past but still haven’t read this!)

I feel the whole world has read this while here I am… reading things for school…

The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – May 3rd, 2016

I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS SEQUEL TO COME. READ MY FEELZ HERE.

Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get and Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

Top Ten Tuesday from those wonderful bibliophiles at The Broke and the Bookish left us feeling conflicted. So here goes : Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get AND Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

These are some badass characters that we love, love, loooooooooooooove to LOVE. But no one seems to agree with us )’:

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LEVANA from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I feel that Levana just gets such a BAD rep for being the badass b*tch that she is but I feel it’s 100% warranted due to the horrible life she had! Everyone needs to read Fairest and then they’ll see the light.

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DOLORES UMBRIDGE from Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K Rowling

I know you must be confused, how could I love the despicable Dolores Umbridge who caused misery with every pink encrusted step of her toady person? That’s just the thing…I despise her, but that is what makes me love her as a character. I often quote Umbridge as being my favourite character from HP because I have never come across a fictional character whom I have hated more. She is evil to her core but with a sickly sweet shell. Her evil is a special brand because she isn’t the dark lord incarnate, she’s just a nasty person so everything she does feels personal. So in summary, I love how much I hate her.


 

Aaaaand are some characters that we hate…

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MIA from If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I did not enjoy this book but I particularly hated the main character Mia. I just couldn’t connect or relate to her at all. I feel like everyone loved her and this book but here I am just hatin’.

TAMLIN from A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I did not fall for this frustrating character. I think what really killed me the most was the cringe worthy romance between him and Feyre. I DON’T GET IT GUYS!!

MARE from Red Queen (specifically Glass Sword) by Victoria Aveyard

She was fine in book number one but in Glass Sword Mare really grinds my gears. She gets so whinny and self-absorbed. She won’t take help from those around her and honestly I feel she is 100% to blame for basically everyone who died in that book. GET OVER YOURSELF MARE AND START TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

(*Sidenote: Risabella is dying because I love Mare, FLAWS AND ALL, HAHA.)

ADAM from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Don’t get me wrong these books are all amazing and I do love all the characters…but Adam freaking Parish in the Dream Thieves was the most annoying, self-deprecating creature I have ever encountered. He is too proud to ask for help from his friends who want to, and are able to help him and he only has himself to blame.

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ROSIE from Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern

I ABSOLUTELY HATE ROSIE. This cover gives off the impression of a happy, cutesy, chick-lit along the lines of PS. I Love You or perhaps, Leap Year. NOPE. Rosie is a horrible protagonist with ZERO no backbone. She accepts defeat at every turn of life AND DOES NOTHING ABOUT. The love of her life is engaged to a horrible woman, what does Rosie do? Nothing. Rosie doesn’t want to move in with old-guy-she-is-dating-who-is-ten-years-older-but-is-afraid-of-living-alone, what does Rosie do? MOVE IN WITH HIM. UGH. Her decisions about life are just SO POOR. She’s never open with her feelings, doesn’t do anything she WANTS and blames everyone else for everything. I could not STAND her.

KESTREL from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Oh, goodness. Where do I even begin with Kestrel? There is so much to love about her, TRULY. She’s talented, brave, determined, passionate. But what is utterly lacks is COMMUNICATION SKILLS. Kestrel never says what she means and is in a constant state of secrecy from the man she supposedly loves – Arin! I don’t get it. I feel when you’re struggling with a relationship, albeit a tricky, political one, YOU SHOULD TALK ABOUT IT WHEN YOU CAN. So many missed opportunities, Kestrel – PLEASE TALK TO ARIN IN THE WINNER’S KISS OR I WILL LITERALLY BURN YOU ALIVE.


What are some of your favourite or least favourite characters? Do you agree with us at all or are we completely off base?

That Time We Tried Books We Don’t Usually Like… AND LIKED IT

Shoutout out to The Broke and Bookish for a Top Ten that challenged us to think of books outside our comfort zone!

What happens when we read genres we don’t usually read? WE END UP LIKING THEM. One of my favourite things about reading, and books in general, is that you don’t really know what you like or don’t like until you read it! It’s always a surprise and I love when an unexpected book becomes one you don’t know how you lived without for so long.

Here are some reads we wouldn’t usually pick up and why we’d pick them up again and again!

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A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

I don’t usually gravitate towards historical fiction, but I received an ARC for this book so I gave it a shot. It was a dark and twisted tale about a girl who was wrongfully sent to an insane asylum and somehow becomes the assistant of a mad doctor in solving gruesome murders.

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Contemporary is normally the last thing I reach for. But the integrated graphic novel and bright, larger than life cover drew me to it. This ended up being a very cute mystery-esque novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

A totally messed up contemporary about twins, a school shooting and just so many layers and twists of CRAZINESS! Don’t let the cover deter you, this book was a wild ride.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I haven’t read a lot of science fiction because it usually goes over my head. But this was a perfect introduction to sci-fi with a hint of fantasy and a touch of romance! And also, one gorgeous babe  – TARVER MERENDSEN, EVERYBODY, AM I RIGHT?

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Contemporary has never been a favourite genre of mine – I don’t like to read about real life. I like to escape in a fantasy or a good ol’ historical fiction but Morgan Matson completely transformed my view on contemporary. This is an incredible roadtrip adventure full of plot twists and OMG, NO – moments, just like any reliable fantasy!


What books outside your comfort zone complete shocked you and made you fall in love?

 

When a Book Meets It’s Song-Mate

New week, new list thanks to The Broke and Bookish! We’ve paired some songs that immediately bring a certain book in mind. Some are more literal that others… While others are much more emotional…

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff X Gasoline by Halsey23395680

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler X Love Yourself by Justin Beiber17899354

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey X Radioactive by Imagine Dragons16101128

The Rose Society by Marie Lu X Bad Reputation by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts23846013


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Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo X Hello by Adele14061955

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo X American Money by BØRNS23437156


What are some theme songs you have for a favourite book?

Which songs made you 200

and which ones made you 200-1

Did we do these ones justice? Let us know!

 

HAPPY GALENTINE’S DAY <3 – Our Top Ten Favourite Romances

HAPPY ALMOST VALENTINE’S GALENTINE’S DAY ❤

The Broke and Bookish inspired us with their Valentine’s themed Top Ten’s, so here are our absolute FAVOURITE romances – whether they get a happily every after or not! These couples and almost-couples definitely gave us ALL. THE. FEELZ.

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Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

My favourite contemporary novel to date. I love the look inside film production, the main characters obsession with the golden age of Hollywood and the fact that the main character is a lesbian and this ISN’T her coming out story.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress X Thorne is everything.

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The on again off again love between Shazi and Khalid is so entertaining.

My True Love Gave To Me (North & Marigold) by Stephanie Perkins

Girl likes boy. Girl buys tree from boy. Boy carries tree to girls house. Boy cleans girls house……AKA the cutest love story I’ve ever read!!!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

New boy next door moves in but Madeline has a serious condition. She’s deathly allergic to basically everything. Should be no issue what so ever right?


 

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Isla & The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Where do I even begin? Josh & Isla are my favourite couple from Stephanie Perkin’s trilogy. They’re so YOUNG and foolish and in loooooove, ugh. They make all the stupid teenage decisions and I can’t help but reminisce those carefree days of young love.

The Heir by Kiera Cass

This one was sooooooooo romantical, seriously, Eadlyn has ALL the boys lined up for daaaaays. This particular Selection was more enjoyable for me, because who wouldn’t want 35 eligible bachelors vying for their hand?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

While this may not seem like your typical contemprary romance, this had ALL THE COUPLES. There is so much TENSION in this that I literally can’t with all three couples. I just love that no one gets left out and it’s all about the UNREQUITED LOVE. (Also, throwback to Olivia’s take on this GEM of a book.)

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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

THESE TWO ARE PERFECTION. And yes, all of these caps are necessary. They’re an adorable, mismatched pairing and you can’t help but cheer them on as they find their way to each other. There’s also the holiday feel that makes their romance extra special.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

AMY. AND. ROGER. OH. MAN. Quite possibly my favourite couple of 2015. Their love is slow and so, SO awkward. Also, Roger is just my ultimate dream man. Nerdy, compassionate and a total BAAAAABE. I’ll take one please!


Do our favourite romances match up with yours? Which fictional boyfriends are we missing?!?!