#EndOfTheYear: The most disappointing 5 books I read this year – some unpopular opinions

This year has been really fun year and the beginning of my Bookstagram during mid-summer, so I got to find a lot of new books and want to read more. I found a lot of great books which I completely loved, but also read some books that were a massive let down.

DISCLAIMER: Just want to put it out there before we begin, that I may talk about books that you like or love. Just because I hated it, it doesn’t mean you can’t love it. This is no way shape or form an attack on anybody, I am just expressing my own opinions and feelings. 

So here’s the rank of the most…. un-loved books I read this year. 

dadwa5. Ocean of Secrets by Aimee Friedman. This book I rated with 2 stars because the writing was fine, I liked the main character and the relationship she had with her mum, but it never delivered on the fantastical element. It felt really flat and the romantic interest did not move me in any way shape or form. I kept on waiting for a climax (pun not necessarily intended) that never happened. *Sigh*

4. The Initiation & The Captive Part 1 (The Secret Circle #1) by L.J. Smith. Where do I even3099780 begin with this one? Main character and love interest meet and kind of have feelings for each other in 5 minutes. She literally sees a thread uniting them and feels that he is stirring something in her heart. We also get the idea that their romance isn’t a possible one because they are from different worlds. Then she moves (so we get the new girl trope as well) and is bullied by these girls and somehow she gets sucked into their Secret Circle and… I give up on life! I really tried to like this book. I kept on reading even when I didn’t want to continue reading, but the ending, when this dude appears is what made me want to throw the book at the wolves! I might want to read The Captive one day (maybe) just to see if it improves at all, but I highly doubt it. I might want to poke my eyes out with a fork first. Just saying. I know that I lot of people love this book, but it just didn’t do it for me. I have this one a 1.5 star rating  because I did like the concept.

173380593. The fearless by Emma Pass. The premise was amazing and I hands down love anything that is zombie/virus inspired. I am a sucker for these books. Even as a kid, Cass annoyed me to great lengths so it wasn’t quite the surprise that it continued to annoy me seven years later. This book was pitched like it was great for the fans of The Hunger GamesMatchedDivergent, and The Fifth Wave, but it had none of the qualities. I would’ve loved it if it would’ve had a plot that made more sense, characters that I could’ve cared about and less predictability. I DNF-ed it because I couldn’t cope with it. I did skip towards the ending and it was to no surprise that my predictions were right, gave myself a pat on the back for saving myself the time. I gave this book 1 star.

77473742. I am number 4 by Pitacus Lore. I did not care about this book or it’s characters. I honestly could not form any kind of attachment to any of them and I was really close to DNF-ing this one as well. I think I read it around the same time I was reading Fearless so it completely and utterly put me in a reading slump. But I continued to persevere and finished this book. The writing was juvenile, the plot had more wholes than Swiss cheese and the I wanted to smack the main character constantly. I’ve read books where the main character was a male and I could relate, I was able to care for his existence and did not make stupid mistakes. The only thing that made me happy at the end, was the girl. No, not the love interest, the other one, and if you’ve read the book you know who I’m talking about. This girl is the only reason why I will want to read I am number 9, but not any time soon. Gave this book 1.5 stars.

Before going to Number 1, I have two dis-honourable mentions:

  • Immortal Nights (Argeneau #24) by Lynsay Sands. I didn’t even know it was a series 28269994when I picked it up and I will surely not want to pick up the rest of the series. The plot was weak, action was non-existent and some bad guys who were far enough so that our main characters could have sex, but getting conveniently close so the tall, dark and handsome Tomasso would actually speak with Abigail. I think this book tried to by angsty, but failed big time. I think it wanted to be a lot of things, but did not manage.
  • Two cabins, one lake. This is the only romance that I have added on this list because when I fancy reading some steamy romance, I am not necessarily 25727873looking for plot depth or incredible writing style, I am looking for characters that I can root for. This book substituted any kind of plot with sexual desire and character development was non-existent. I wouldn’t even be able to tell you what the book was about because there was no plot, nothing but want and sex. Those brothers of hers were not funny, if that was me they would’ve slept outside if they’d tried to pull that kind of sh*t on me, in my house.

and finally, the anticipated Number 1, which I think some of you might  know which book it is:

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12576579Number 1: The Night School by C. J. Daughterty. I do apologize for the fans of this book, in no shape or form my opinions on this book reflect on you as a reader, but I HATE this book. There is no other word for it. I made a full review for it here  so check it out if you want to read more as to why I hate it. Want to know a few reasons as to why I hate it?

* spoilers ahead *

The lack of communication between characters made the whole plot possible. There’s  a lot of insta-love flying about and our girl is oblivious to everything. For a girl that was all trouble, she is now completely docile and a rule abiding student. The way sexual abuse was handled in this book was all wrong as well and the guy who was guilty received no punishment whatsoever. Worst of all, the main character, the girl who was almost raped, said to him at a later date when he apologised (he apologised! hahahaha!) that it was fine, she accepted his apology and was still unsure if she was into him. Say what? He gave her alcohol and took her into a dark corner with the intention of having sex with her and she said no, he shoved her so hard to the wall that she tasted blood!!! Then she’s still worried that Carter (the other dude) might think she is “a slapper”, and he lets her to believe that. The shit part it’s not that he’s an asshole, the shit part is that her internal beliefs are never challenged! So well done by adding some victim blaming in there too! And the ending, oh, the ending! I just don’t even want to talk about it as it fills me with rage all over again.

So what do you guys think? Have you read any of these books? Yes, I have strong feelings about certain books, but I would be more than happy to have a conversation and hear your comments on the comment section down below.

Until next time,

Love,

Jane

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Books I read: July Wrap-up

A bit late, but this seems to be the norm lately with the amount of projects I have on my plate, a full time job and personal commitments. *Sigh*

How I managed to read 12 books in July, I don’t know. Honestly surprised that I managed that. In a previous post I talked about how close I was to completing the Booktubeathon as well.

So without further ado, the titles:

  1. Plague town (Ashley Parker 1) by Dana Fresti
  2.  The Secret Circle by L.J.Smith
  3. Vampire Academy graphic novel by Richelle Mead and Emma Vieceli
  4. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  5. The summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  6. King’s (The King Trilogy #1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
  7. King for a Day (The King Trilogy #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
  8. King of Me (The King Trilogy #3) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
  9. Shadows (Dark Touch #1) by Amy Meredith
  10. Night School (Night School #1) by C.J. Daugherty
  11. Immortal Nights (Argeneau #24) by Lynsay Sands
  12. The Fearless by Emma Pass 

Finally, my Booktube-a-thon update!

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I’ve had such a crazy time last week trying to juggle working full time, doing the Book-tube-a-thon, and going away Friday to Sunday for a Hen party, and just now I found the time to sit down and write this. I am so behind schedule with a lot of things, so I am hoping that this weekend I can spend it in a more productive manner!

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From my Booktube-a-Thon list there were some challenges that I managed to do, some I didn’t. I did read 7 books, however I didn’t get the chance to read outside as the weather was horrendous in the UK. I also went away for the weekend for a hen party with only my kindle, so I managed to read 3 books during that time (Don’t know how, I swear!).

The 2017 Reading Challenges & my choices:
1/ Read a book with a person on the cover – The Secret Circle by L.J.Smith✅
2/ Read a hyped book – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon ❌
3/ Finish a book in one day – Vampire Academy graphic novel by Richelle Mead and Emma Vieceli ✅
4/ Read about a character that is very different from you – I am number four by Pitacus Lore ❌
5/ Finish a book completely outdoors – Realm of Mindweavers- Book One: Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe ❌
6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick ✅
7/ Read seven books – The summoning by Kelley Armstrong ✅

  • Instead of the three books that I did not get a chance to read, I read the King trilogy by  Mimi Jean Pamfiloff.

I wish I would’ve managed to do it all, do the Instagram challenges and all of that, but I am quite pleased that I have managed to read 7 books in 7 days against all odds! I suppose that at the end of the day I must be happy that I have accomplished that.

How did your Booktub-a-thon go? How many books did you manage to read?

XOXO 💋

Jane.

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Booktube-a-thon TRB list! Finally! ;)

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7 days of intense reading? Sign me up for the Booktube–a-thon!

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For those who don’t know, the Booktube-a-thon is a weak long readathon involving competitions, twitter sprints, instagram and video challenges and it runs from the 24 of July to the 30th of July, and the rules are simple: follow the challenges and read 7 books until time’s up!

The 2017 Reading Challenges & my choices:
1/ Read a book with a person on the cover – The Secret Circle by L.J.Smith
2/ Read a hyped book – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
3/ Finish a book in one day – Vampire Academy graphic novel by Richelle Mead and Emma Vieceli
4/ Read about a character that is very different from you – I am number four by Pitacus Lore
5/ Finish a book completely outdoors – Realm of Mindweavers- Book One: Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe
6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
7/ Read seven books – The summoning by Kelley Armstrong

In the meantime, as I was late posting this up, I have already finished reading Hush Hush and I will soon tell you what I thought about it! *Wink*

In the meantime don’t forget to interact on my Social Media, you know how much I like it!

Goodnight,

XOXO 💋

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Help stop poverty, buy a book: Oxfam | Weekend Book Haul

Book shopping is the best kind of therapy for me so I had a blast yesterday morning browsing through shelves and shelves of books, especially when buying books helps other people too!

I bought these books from Oxfam, a charity organisation that helps fight poverty across the globe and it feels so good to know that my love for books can make a difference in someone’s life somewhere across the world!!! Isn’t that incredible?! If you want to know a little more about what Oxfam does, then click here and you can do online shopping too ;).

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Mansfield park and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and could not resist buying Mansfield Park & Pride and Prejudice (one of my top 10 books of all time!!). I am beyond pleased with finding these. 

 

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The Godfather by Mario Puzo

I must confess that I have not seen the movie so far, which is why I actually picked up the book as I tend not to read the book if I’ve seen the movie. I have a generally idea on what the book/movie is a portrayal of the 1940’s criminal underworld with Don Corleone at the centre of it all. I am so excited to have this book and explore a world that I don’t know that much about! 

This is currently on sale at Book Depository at £4.52, you can buy it here.

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The Secret Circle by L.J.Smith

I heard about this fantasy YA novel a long time ago, but didn’t got around to reading it, however I am glad I picked it up now. The story follows Cassie as she moves to New England and bonds with a group of teenagers from her school and becomes part of their Secret Circle.

If you want to buy this book, please click here.

 

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The fault in our stars by John Green

This is another very popular YA novel that I haven’t read yet or seen the movie. I am really excited to start reading this. The story centres on Hazel, a young girl who was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer when he was 12. Hazel meets Augustus at a Cancer Kid Support Group and her whole world changes. 

The fault in our stars is on sale at £5.65 and you can buy it here from Book Depository.

 

If you read any of these books, please send me your thoughts in the comment section. Also, if you have any other recommendations, please let me know as I am always looking to expand my reading horizons.

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