Hype is a great marketing tool and once in a while a book comes along that lives up to the expectations the hype creates. But then there are the books you keep hearing about, you read them and they’re just kind of meh. Unfortunately there are more in the latter category than in the former. Mostly hype does nothing good, it only creates unrealistic expectations.
Just a quick disclaimer for the sake of clarity. These are my personal opinions, they are subjective and reflect my tastes. If you love one or more of the books I mention that’s great, they just didn’t do it for me. Please don’t burn me at the stake for potentially not loving your favorite book(s) *backs away slowly in a non threatening way*.
Please stow your aggressive protectiveness and put on your protective suit because I’m about to throw some salt.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. This series has some problematic elements. But I sort of like the first book. The thing that pissed me off though was that Celeana is supposed to be the best assassin yet she never shows it. She just brags about it. Talk about an enormous ego, she’s kind of like the Donald Trump of young adult fantasy. Am I taking it too far? Sure, whatever. I take it back *leaves it in anyway*. You’re welcome to call me a hypocrite because I read all five books in the series. The second one was good, the third not so much, the fourth I liked better than the third but the fifth just NO. I definitely have a love-hate relationship with this series.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. This is one of those rare occasions where I prefer the movie over the book. The diary format isn’t for me. And the magic that this book possesses for so many other people just doesn’t reach me for some reason. Sure, I can relate to Charlie on a lot of levels, but it doesn’t make me go wow or make me realize something profound. Though I do recognize that it’s a classic and I think it’s worth the time spent reading it.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. When I picked it up I was so excited to read it and when it just didn’t do it for me I was so angry. Ugh. It starts in the middle of a chase scene which is so confusing that it immediately threw me off. I like the main characters’ close friendship, it’s nice to see girls who don’t hate each other once in a while in young adult. Iseult and the bloodwitch has some serious otp potential. I just really don’t like Safi and why is a truthwitch so important? Threadwitches can see so much more than anyone. Hidden relationships for instance. Right? I mean I know what I would choose.
Shatter Me by Teherah Mafi
⭐️/5 stars. I rarely say this, but I hate this book. The writing is filled with purple prose that doesn’t make sense and super annoying crossed out lines. It’s angsty but not in a good way, it’s awkward and weird and just ugh. The characters are awful, I can’t stand any of them and I cannot see why anyone could ever like Warner. He’s boring as hell. And Juliette she’s not strong, she’s a whiny little brat. Okay, I’m done talking about how much I hate it. I’ll never mention it again. On a more positive note, I read Furthermore which is also by Teherah Mafi and I enjoyed it immensely!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. I was expecting to love it and I was just very underwhelmed. The pacing is excruciatingly slow and I never really connected to the characters. I do want to read the rest of the series because I think the world is interesting. I went to see the movie when it came out and I liked it okay. But I’m a bit confused, is there going to be sequel or is that it? I will eventually read the rest of the series, but I’m not in a hurry to do so.
I hope you didn’t get too offended. You never know in this day and age, someone somewhere will always get offended. I’m sure there are people who either hate or at least strongly dislike my favorite books. I think that’s absolutely great, otherwise reading would be boring. And you know what, sometimes you really do need to partake in a good screaming match. Kidding aside, opinions are just opinions. No one is shitting on your grandma’s grave.