What Does the Bookworm Say? Disappointing Books

October 10, 2015 Crystal, Discussions, Thuy, What Does the Bookworm Say 2

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Hi and welcome to What Does the Bookworm Say?, a feature where we discuss bookish topics with my friends at The Reader’s Antidote and The Windy Pages. Each week, we will discuss a new bookish topic. Sorry this week’s post is a bit late. The weekend just ran away from me and I haven’t had time to format this post until now. This week’s question is: what recent book(s) were you disappointed in?

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I think of myself as someone who has high expectation for books. Part of it is because I’ve just read a ton of books and the other part is that I am continually reading in search for that feeling I got from Harry Potter or Outlander or (sigh) even Twilight. I’m always in search for the next book that is just going to blow me away! Throughout this journey, I have been greatly disappointed..ahem…Breaking Dawn and here are some of those books:

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. This book was so hyped! And I wanted to read it so bad! I was expecting a rich, dark fantasy world with old kingdoms and kings and princes and a story that reminded me of medieval times. But after 100 pages, literally nothing happened! I just couldn’t do it! I had no idea where the story was going because so far, it had gone nowhere! I’ve noticed that readers either love it or hate it.

 

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The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters: Here I am again with my love/hate relationship with YA horror. I was expecting The Cure for Dreaming to be a scary book because the whole atmosphere of it could easily allow scary situations to happen! But the author did not deliver. The story was fine, it just wasn’t what I was looking forward to going into it.

 

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell (unpopular opinion): I LOVE Rainbow Rowell so you know I couldn’t wait to read Landline when it came out! Well…..Landline has one of the most unlikable characters I’ve ever read. I just felt like I was mad at her all the time because she was making bad decisions! I loved the whole concept of the book but it doesn’t hold a candle to Fangirl!

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I tend to be pretty easy on books, usually finding a silver lining even when a book isn’t quite as good as I’d hoped. That said, there are definitely times when I’ve been disappointed by books. They usually come in pairs or threes and I always hate it when I hit a bad book patch. Luckily it doesn’t happen too often.

 

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Maplecroft by Cherie Priest: I was really excited to read this fictionalized tale of the Lizzie Borden murders. While creepy, the plot was way too slow and I found that there were too many view points and I never really got attached to any of the characters.

 

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Redshirts by John Scalzi – I really liked Scalzi’s Lock In and was looking forward to this novel that geeky fans everywhere seem to love. Unfortunately I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters in this book and I found the plot slightly confusing.

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Don’t forget to check out The Reader’s Antidote and The Windy Pages to see what their answers are to today’s question.

  • I actually just tried to read The Cure for Dreaming and got about 100 pages in and put it down. The writing was good but I felt like yes, it wasn’t scary enough. but also there were so many half baked sub plots, I had a hard time focusing on what i was supposed to be caring about!
    Sorry you didn’t like Redshirts, Thuy. I hear it’s really good. I was looking forward to reading it after Lock In. That said, I wonder if Hubby will like it more than us because he is such a huge Star Trek fan… maybe he’ll get it on another level.

    • Yeah he might. I would be interested to hear what he thinks of it. Lock In was really good!