Biggest Literary Disappointments

Have you ever read that so-much awaited book, only to find out it was so terrible you wish the author would rewrite the book again?

Well, unfortunately I have had to deal with this occurrence one too many times. The anger doesn’t go away, trust me. Every single time I think about those books I want to strangle someone, usually the author.

Here’s a list of some of those disappointments, aka what the fuck did I just read.

1. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris.

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Yes, it’s the very famous book series that inspired the also very famous TV show, True Blood. By the way, both the last book and the last season were terrible disappointments. And why? Well you know when you’ve bought all the books of the series, invested your time, money, love, sweat, blood and tears into it… ALL FOR NOTHING?

This book is like that. Our dear Sookie doesn’t end up with Eric, oh-no, she ends up with Sam! Sam the fucking shapeshifter whom nobody gives a fuck about!

Although the whole series is brilliant (13 fucking books), the ending of the 13th book killed me. It was as if someone had ripped my heart out of my chest and set it on fire. Thank you very much Charlaine Harris, I hope you burn in hell for this. (Or just rewrite the book, I wouldn’t mind that either).

2. Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

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The first book was so promising, it was so, so good! Indeed, it was so good that I’ve decided to ignore this one, and pretend this book isn’t the continuation of Uninvited.

A piece of advice for all the book authors out there, don’t make us ship a couple on the first book only to destroy it completely on the next one. Ok? Please don’t do it, it will make us, readers, despise you.

As a matter in fact, after reading this series I’ve decided to never, ever, ever read a book written by Sophie Jordan, ever again. This was not the first time she let me down. As such…

WE ARE NEVER EVER EVER, GETTING BACK TOGETHER

#TaylorSwift

3. Hidden by Sophie Jordan

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Sophie Jordan, again? Yes, guys, obviously Sophie Jordan is quite talented at writing amazing first books, but last installments? No, she sucks at it.

4. Fallen by Lauren Kate

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I had heard great things about this book, I am still hearing them actually – which is really weird cause this book totally sucked. I believe someone is making a movie out of this… I will anxiously wait to go the movies and spend my money on something that will totally suck as well, the movie, I mean xD

5. Sever by Lauren DeStefano

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There’s not much I want to say about this one, expect that Sever completely ruined a promising YA series.

6. Determined to Obey by C. J. Roberts

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While I was reading this book I couldn’t believe my eyes. The only word I can find to describe such a book is the word disgusting. There are two things on this book that are HUGE deal-breakers to me, rape and pedophilia. Urghhh… Seriously, how could C. J. Roberts write this? Captive in the Dark had already been dark enough for me, I didn’t need more darkness to be added. I thought Determined to Obey would be as good as Captive in the Dark, but no. It was way too disturbing for my vanilla mind.

7. Rogue by Katy Evans

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Is this the same author who wrote Remy?  *sighs*

I think not.

Thank you for reading, until next time.

(this gif illustrates how mad I was while writing this)

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Book Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy (#2)

Release date: March 12th 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ)

Summary: “Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …
While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.
Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner’s trilogy.”

Review

The Winner’s Crime is not what it seems to be, it’s much more. It’s a an intricate and well thought plot that will catch you in its spider’s web and you won’t even see it coming. The ending of The Winner’s Curse left us all hanging and wanting more. I bet no one expected Krestel to decide to marry the emperor’s son in exchange of freeing Herran as an independent country (although it would still be under the control of the empire, Arin would be made governor and all those politics). I’ll be keeping this review short so as to avoid giving out spoilers.

We were left with an angry and frustrated Arin, who had to watch his loved one bear the mark of the royal engagement, and a resigned but not in the least less smart and badass Krestel, who had sacrificed her love for a better life for Arin and the Herrani people. However, things don’t go exactly according to the plan and Krestel sees herself in a world of conspiracies and politics that even her can’t compete in. The emperor’s cunning plans and his network of people will turn Krestel’s life into a game where she never knows what the right move to make is. The conversations between Krestel and the emperor reminded me of a predator chasing its prey. Beautiful dialogue.

We get to understand Krestel’s surroundings and new life right at the beginning of the book. Krestel and the emperor are having a talk and you can see that everything that the emperor does has a meaning behind it or an ulterior motive. I loved how Arin and Krestel’s vulnerability became apparent throughout the book. It showed that no one can be perfect and things sometimes don’t go according to the plan.

Now, the relationship between Krestel and Arin killed me. Why? Probably because there was none except for when Arin had to go to the palace to the engagement party or by the end. And don’t get me started on that. My heart ached, it throbbed. I was wide-eyed in the middle of the subway because I just wanted to scream at Arin for his incredible bad timing and sense of opportunity. And then… AND THEN. We have Krestel in an unthinkable position! Marie Rutkoski has ended a book like many wouldn’t, she defied the “let the reader be happy” unspoken law: she broke my heart but in a beautiful and brilliant way. I never anticipated that last chapter and couldn’t have asked for more. It was pure perfection and it made up for some of the slow parts of the book.

*ARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 Chibis

Book Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

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Series: Uninvited (#1)

Published: January 28th 2015

Publisher: Harper Teen

Goodreads:The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.”

Review:

This book is the shit. It was one of the best books I read last year.

As you were able to read on the Goodreads blurb the story takes place in a society where this HTS/ killer gene exists. Scientists found a way to distinguish violent people from non-violent people, separating them as if they were two different species.

The main character, Davy Hamilton, used to be the high school homecoming queen , a musical genius, used to have the perfect GPA and a rugby captain boyfriend. Then suddenly, due to obligatory tests it is found out that she is a carrier of the HTS gene. She is then immediately uninvited from her school, and pretty much normal society.

Later, she enrolls in a public school, on a special class with all carrier classmates, there she meets Sean, who is, in my opinion, drool-worthy.

But once Davy loses her mind when her jerk ex-boyfriend humiliates her in a party, she slaps him. Afterwards, thanks to a complaint filed by her ex,  the police takes her away and brands her with an H on her neck, to distinguish her from the other people.

However, stuff get even more complicated when Davy and Sean are taken from the public school, only to be transferred to a psycho-like facility, where HTS carriers, carefully chosen for certain skills they possess, are trained to become government killing machines.

This book ends with Davy, Sean and their friends escaping from this facility to a remote place near the Mexican border.

4.5 Chibis

New Book Releases: March 2015

This month I challenge myself to read all of these books…

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The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Publication date: 3rd March

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The 27 Club by Kim Karr

Publication date: 3rd March

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Easy Love by Kristen Proby

Publication Date: 3rd March

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Publication date: 3rd March

Guess who’s got an arc? I do! I’m currently re-reading the first book to get to this one!

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Confess by Colleen Hoover

Publication date: 10th March

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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Publication date: 10th March

More Lauren Oliver? Yes, please!

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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Publication date: 10th March

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Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano 

Publication Date: 10th March

I have mixed feelings about Lauren DeStefano, I was quite disappointed with the Chemical Garden series.

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Prudence by Gail Carriger

Publication Date: 17th March

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Drop Dead Sexy by Katie Ashley

Publication Date: day unknown

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The Other Man by R.K.Lilley

Publication date: day unknown

Oh man, I can’t tell you how much I want to read this one. R. K. Lilley writes the sexiest books!

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The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare

Publication date: 17th March

I haven’t even read the first one of the series, but I just know I will get to this one 🙂

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Reckless Love by Kendall Ryan

Publication date: 17th March

Hottie goodness by Kendall Ryan? Is there a better word for yes?

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Naughty King by Michelle A.Valentine

Publication date: 17th March

I hope this book is naughty, got it, naughty? *I know, my jokes are terrible*

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Manwhore by Katy Evans

Publication Date: 24th March

You know Katy Evans? Well, she wrote Real? Ever heard of it? No? What are you waiting for? Go read it, dammit!

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Half Wild by Sally Green

Publication date: 24th March

YES YES YES YES, THANK YOU, OH GREAT LORD OF BOOKS!

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Revved by Samantha Towle

Publication date: 24th March

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The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter

Publication date: 31st March

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Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Publication date: 31st March

I got an arc, heck yeah!

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Fall with Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publication date: 31st March

Jennifer L.Armentrout, just one of the best authors alive.

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Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

Publication date: 31st March

Made us wait long enough, right Shelly?

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