Hyped Books I Wasn’t Impressed With

We all know the feeling of reading a highly acclaimed novel that just didn’t live up to the hype. It’s disappointing and frustrating, especially when you feel like you’re the only person in the world who didn’t enjoy it and everyone else is giving it raving reviews.

16101128The first book that comes to mind for me is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I remember reading this book and giving it an absolutely scathing review on Goodreads because I was so angry. Rick Yancey is a wonderful writer and The Monstrumologist series is one of my favorites (as you can see here). I had read the first Monstrumologist book before The 5th Wave was released and I was so excited to read more from such an amazing author. I expected gorgeous writing, complex characters and a unique story, and all I got was teen angst and a predictable, unoriginal alien invasion tale. I didn’t like any of the characters and I thought the writing was far inferior to that of his previous works. Now, I since have read The Infinite Sea and thought it was a little better, but that’s only because I lowered my standards. I have yet to read The Last StarĀ and I’m not sure if I ever will.

Harry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Script_Book_CoverAnother ridiculously anticipated novel that I thought was garbage is The Cursed Child. This book doesn’t deserve to exist, and that’s me being nice. I loathed this. I’ve read Harry Potter fan fiction that was better than this. No, seriously; way better. The Cursed Child is about Harry Potter’s son, Albus, and his years at Hogwarts… and it spat on everything that the Harry Potter series was about. It made Harry out to be a horrible father, which makes no sense. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t have been more understanding of his son. None of the characters were true to the original story. It was a horrible mess and I refuse to accept this as a part of the series. It’s a piece of trash. That is all.

99561I love John Green, don’t get me wrong, but I never really saw the appeal of this book. And maybe that’s just me and I needed to be in a certain place in my life to appreciate the story. Unfortunately, I just didn’t get this. It was slow and boring and I didn’t really like any of the characters. I didn’t really get any deeper meaning it was trying to convey and I didn’t relate to it on any level. It all seemed sort of pointless to me.

City_of_BonesThe next one I feel is a series that everyone I know is in love with, and I just don’t understand it. I can’t stand Cassandra Clare or The Mortal Instruments. Whenever I hear anyone talking about what a great writer Clare is, I almost want to gag. I totally don’t want to offend anyone and I know that this is a well-beloved series. I just can’t see what’s so great about it, and it honestly grossed me out. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this book so the details are fuzzy, but I just remember being very unimpressed with the writing in the book and thinking it was quite subpar.

41rEe4pc3yL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I’m just going to say it: I thought If I Stay was really unoriginal and I did not see what all the hype was about. I’ve seen/watched so many other things with the same premise that I just wasn’t blown away by this at all. I kept waiting for something new or exciting to happen, but nothing did. However, I read the sequel on a whim and was taken very much surprise by it. I absolutely loved Where She Went. It was heartfelt and emotional and beautiful and I was so blown away. So I guess you could say that ultimately, I’m happy that I read If I Stay because I liked seeing what happened afterwards.

29749085One of the bigger disappointments that I’ve experienced recently has been from Queen Leigh Bardugo, and that was Wonder Woman: Warbringer. You can read my full review for all of my thoughts on this book, but let’s just say I expected so much more. The book was boring and the characters were stale and it felt like a less fun version of a Percy Jackson novel. I was just as excited for this book as the next person; I preordered it and I followed Bardugo’s book tour online and everything, but the book just fell short for me. I know that many people enjoyed it and I’m so glad they did. I wish I could have found that same enjoyment, but alas, I did not.

I realize that everyone has different tastes and preferences, and I totally respect that. Let me know which selections you agreed or disagreed with. Or let me know if there are titles that you yourself were disappointed in that should have been on this list. Mahalo!

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BOOK REVIEW: Rick Yancey “The Monstrumologist”

22053363_1813681091995307_358929244_nTitle: The Monstrumologist

Author: Rick Yancey

Genre: Horror

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

 

This is actually a TBT review, something that I posted on my Goodreads account a few years ago but want to now share on my blog. So here it is in all it’s glory, readers:

I’m not really into horror.

Well. I say that. But I’m kinda into zombie movies and I watch the Walking Dead. My mom will watch the occasional horror, and I will stand by, gaping.

So I really don’t know why I wanted to read this. I saw it at a bookstore and thought it looked very interesting. However, when I went home and looked at it on Goodreads, I noticed that more than half the reviews mentioned the blood and gore. So why I picked the book back up when I saw it at the library a few weeks ago, I still don’t know. Probably just morbid curiosity.

It’s probably a good thing I watch the Walking Dead, because if I didn’t, I’m pretty darn sure I would have been shell-shocked by this book. It is very gory.

A good thing about Rick Yancey: he is incredibly descriptive. I love his writing a lot.

A bad thing about Rick Yancey: he is very very very very descriptive.

It was gross, but I had to hand it to Rick: he is an excellent author. I loved his writing so much, from the bottom of my heart, to the core of my being. I thought it was incredible. I liked the main character, Will Henry, and while I at first didn’t like him, the Monstrumologist himself ended up growing on me.

I have to say that the character Kearns was my least favorite. He was witty and funny and, at times, even charming. But he was very sick in the head, and he gave little regard for the lives of others (although it must be noted that he didn’t particularly care if he, himself, died either).

It was a sad book at times, too. In the midst of the blood and guts and gore, children are attacked and slaughtered, and it hurt my heart.

I don’t really know what my final verdict on The Monstrumologist is. I liked it at times. Hated it at times. Loathed it at times. Wanted to throw it across the room and scream at times. But all in all, I think this book did exactly what the author intended it to do: it scared me.

I finished the book late last night, and I turned off my lights and crawled into bed. And I have to say that it was the first time in a very long time that I’ve been genuinely scared that there was a monster hidden under my bed. After a few minutes, my childish fear subsided and I was able to sleep, but I can’t shake off the fact that I was legitimately afraid.

 

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