Well this is a depressing topic if ever I saw one. Why did I pick this as one of my questions again? Oh right yeah, BECAUSE I IS BITTER Y’ALL. There are some books out there that have really disappointed me over the years…and I was all ready to love and covert them too! 😦 Therefore I thought this would be a good question to tackle, because maybe, just maybe, I can prevent you from suffering the same fate as me! That being said, just because I don’t like these books I am about to waffle on about, does not mean that you won’t like them because everyone’s tastes vary, (spot the disclaimer) but these are my own personal book disappointments.
Allow me to direct you to the WALL OF SHAME:
Hmm, there seems to be an orange and purple theme going on here, maybe this just means I should stay away from books with orange or purple covers? That must be it, guys! I’ve cracked the secret to the universe! *Chuffed face.*
Why books why?!
You were all such bright sparks, full of positive proclamations and hope. You promised me adventures of daemons and spaceships, fairytales and underworlds, first loves and teenage growing pains, and instead you gave me…
Since I’ve already reviewed The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Abandon by Meg Cabot, Across the Universe by Beth Revis and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde I will leave those books to the side.
Which leaves us with four remaining novels that I had big expectations about that let me down. Bookies, you have some explaining to do!
If I really went into detail about all the issues I had with these books I could be here a week, (you guys know how long my reviews can get) so instead I’m going to talk about the biggest issue I had with each. 🙂
The first book that popped into my head was The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman which is the last book in the His Dark Materials trilogy and is a must for any fantasy fan. I absolutely loved this series, and still do even taking into consideration the last novel. The books follow an orphan named Lyra living in the grounds of Oxford Unversity. The world is ruled largely by religion and each person has their own animal (known as a Dæmon). Being a fantasy novel, Lyra soon gets wrapped up in some serious stuff and goes on a quest which spans the three books.
As I’ve said this is a fantastic series but the last novel suffered from a serious lack of editing in my opinion. The Amber Spyglass is longer than the other books and it didn’t need to be. My main recollection of it is some woman coming across a new species who had wheels instead of feet, or something bizarre like that. She spent what felt like half the book learning pondering and analysing them which quite frankly bored me to tears. It made reading the book a chore and I felt like giving up at so many points. I read this when I was a lot younger so that could have made it an even tougher read, but it is safe to say my expectations were mushed more than mashed potato.
The Hollow by Jessica Verday was an impulse buy. Amazon kept recommending it to me and I couldn’t get away from that classy grey cover (I fall for it every time). I also liked the idea that it was putting a twist on the The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, most associated with Washington Irving’s short story. Unfortunately, it had one of the most vapid protagonists I have ever come across and I was bored from start to finish. Stranger still, the main character felt like a 70 year old stuck in a teen body!
Next we have Queen of the Slayers by Nancy Holder. Yes, that’s right folks, I read Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels! In fact, I have a whole mini bookshelf of them *geek status now complete*. I got particularly overexcited about this one because it was set around what happened after the series ended. As a distraught fan I was desperate for more and was searching for closure. This novel seemed like the perfect answer. Unfortunately, I hated it. I guess in my head I had all these idea of what I wanted to happen afterwards, but none of them emerged and I was furious. In fact, I feel like the author couldn’t have done a worse job. The writing was lackluster, character conversations lacked charm and the plot was all over the place. I guess this was the specific point I decided it can be best to leave something you love how it is, rather than adding to it for the fans sake as I mentioned on day 1 of this challenge, and it is that reason also why I will never read the Buffy comics.
Side Note: If you’re looking for good Buffy novels, try The Lost Slayer series by Christopher Golden, Halloween Rain or Blooded. 🙂
Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern…I’m honesty not sure how I ended up with this book. I didn’t buy it, so I guess someone gave it to me! I’d heard so much praise for her popular novel P.S. I Love You that I was expecting to enjoy this read about a woman who suffered from a miscarriage and since returning from the hospital appeared to have strange memories that weren’t her own. Instead I found it a painful slog. It wasn’t all bad, there were a few funny scenes and witty observations, but in the end I couldn’t get on with the writing style and I doubt I will be attempting any more of her books anytime soon.
Finally bringing up the rear we have Reckless by Cornelia Funke. I found this one day when browsing in my local library and recognised the author’s name from her popular Inkworld Trilogy. Its unusual cover caught my eye and the story sounded like a mix between The Chronicles of Narnia and an old fashioned fairytale. The book follows a boy named Jacob who finds a portal in his father’s study and soon becomes an expert at traversing though the word. But when his younger brother Will follows him one day and gets infected Will is transformed into a Goyl, a killing machine made of stone.
Sounds interesting right?
It started off well, I always love seeing how authors come up with their portals to other worlds, there are some great idea’s out there *Cough* His Dark Materials! *Cough* The Dream Merchant! *Cough*. Unfortunately the plot soon slowed down and became more about dithering and talking about things happen rather than them happening, the characters felt undeveloped and the biggest issue was the writing. It was so unfeeling and…bland. I wonder if a large part of this was because it was translated from German to English. It a shame because there were some great ideas in this book but they didn’t translate well in the novel!
Which books have disappointed you over the years? Did you enjoy any of the books that I didn’t? 🙂
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