Saturday, July 12, 2014

Review: Books I Never Finished (part 1)

Over the years I've bought a lot of books. I've read a lot of books. I've also started a lot of books I never finished for one reason or another. So, instead of writing bad reviews for each of them in a separate post, I'm going to start Part 1 of - Books I've Never Finished and tell you a little bit about why that is.

Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

This book series was highly recommended by a friend and has even spawned a movie. I bought the whole series in a box set, eager to delve into the mysterious world that was to be "Beautiful Creatures". I even got three quarters of the way through the first book before I decided, once and for all - that it wasn't for me.

I can't say that it's terrible - because clearly enough people loved it enough to spawn the movie and two follow up books. I just didn't like it. I found it boring and I didn't particularly care for it. I put it aside for a week and kept telling myself I would go back to it - but I never did.

When the movie came out, I watched it (because, again - highly recommended) and I didn't care for it, either. The ideas just didn't do it for me, I'm sorry to say.

Tonya Hurley

I don't think I made it past chapter two of this one. It's just awful. Maybe it's because I'm an adult reading YA Fiction - but, it's my genre. I love this genre. I just don't care about a girl, whom, even after she dies - still just wants to be "popular".

I've never understood this concept. It makes no sense to me. When I was in high school, I didn't care about being popular. I wasn't popular, I had some friends I ate lunch with and hung out with at school and never wanted to be with "the popular crowd". They seemed shallow and uninteresting to me. A story told about a girl who wants this and ONLY this - is just ridiculous.

Also - there's the guy - that popular guy that eeeeveryone wants to be with. I never saw such a guy in school. Everyone had their own little groups and different people they were attracted to. The book was just so unrealistic (and yes, I get that it's paranormal fiction) and my suspension of disbelief just didn't happen.

To be completely honest - I bought the book in a thrift store because of the cover. The style of the cover just looked awesome. It's completely true what they say - you know, that one about not judging a book by its cover.

Alyson Noel

This is just one of those times where you say "I can't even.". I don't know if I made it halfway through the book, give or take - but I just couldn't take any more. The book is shallow and contrived. As I look through reviews on Goodreads, there's a whole slew of one out of five's. The book is so bad, someone even posted an Evermore drinking game.

It felt like the book was trying to be Twilight (another book of which I am not a fan) and the whole idea of the girl not being able to touch/be intimate with the guy - it just made me roll my eyes. The whole book is an eye-roller. You'll get tired of staring at the ceiling.

Was there even a plot? How the heck did the book spawn even MORE books? I sincerely hope they never make a movie out of it. I'll probably watch it if they do, but I guess I'm a glutton for punishment.

Just avoid this one altogether.

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