Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is a FREEBIE! So I guess that means we can pick whatever topic we like. What hasn't already been done by now? My goodness...
This week, I think I'm going to talk about the top ten books that made me feel like I was the outsider. So the topic is Top Ten Books That Everybody Loved... Except Me:
by Marissa Meyer
Like many of the books on this list, this was one I was looking forward to. Sci-fi Cinderella with cyborgs and androids and an evil queen who lives on the moon? Sign me up! Unfortunately, this book didn't really wow me... and while it wasn't bad enough to deter me from trying the rest of the series, I'm certainly not going to gush over it, either. World-building? Weak. Romance? Meh. Plot twists I didn't see coming? Ha! I figured the big one out within the first few chapters. I'm hoping the sequel is a lot better.
my review of Cinder
by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
This one looked so cute and fun, and I when I got it from the library I thought I'd be in for an entertaining read. Little did I know that the characters would be so off-putting that I wouldn't even be able to finish. While the premise sounded great, I just couldn't stand Lily. Gritting my teeth and pushing through didn't help. The urge to slap that shrill little twit was so strong that it was making me a little crazy. I abandoned this book, and I don't even care how it ended.
my review of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
by Maggie Stiefvater
I had a tough time getting through this book. I did enjoy the first installment in the series, but in this one, I felt like Stiefvater's writing was getting in the way. I kept wanting something to happen, and instead all I got was more flowery prose. It didn't help that so much of this book focused on Ronan, who is my least favourite of the Raven Boys. I'm still on the fence after reading The Dream Thieves; I haven't yet decided if I'll continue with the rest of the series (even though I do so want to find out what happens with Gansey and the prophecy)!
my review of The Dream Thieves
by John Green
Oh, no. Just... no. Seriously. I don't get it. What's so appealing about a couple of self-important teenagers who are basically emotionless, walking thesauri? Most pretentious... book... ever.
my review of The Fault in Our Stars
by Gayle Forman
I wanted to read this one so much when it came out that I actually shelled out money to buy the hardcover... and then I regretted it as soon as I read the book. The basic idea was sound, but for a book that was supposed to be about relationships, connections, and characters, I found that the development of all three was sorely lacking. I just couldn't care about any of the people in this story, because the author hadn't done enough to make me care. (I think I made a comment in my review about Mia's parents' friends being some of the most interesting characters in the book. I don't think that was the author's intent.) The near-death experience was pretty boring, too.
my review of If I Stay
by Suzanne Collins
War is hell. Yeah, we get it. But after the first two books in this series being so full of action, I found that this one read too differently. My lasting impression from this book was one of futility and boredom. All I can remember is Katniss finding new places to hide, and something about taking down the government... but at a price that basically nullified the reason behind everything that had come before. So depressing. (I guess I prefer my endings to be happy.)
my review of Mockingjay
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hey! It's Twilight with aliens! After hearing about how awesome this book was, and ZOMGDaemon!!!, I figured I'd better see what all the fuss was about. Instead of a fun paranormal romance, I got one of the biggest jerks in YA and some of the worst writing I've seen in a traditionally published novel.
my review of Obsidian
by A. G. Howard
So many of the reviews that gush over this book and series talk about some character named Morpheus. Disclosure: I never even got that far. I was so put off by Alyssa's ethics, the book's treatment of mental illness, and Jeb (does he want to be her friend or her father?) that I just couldn't keep going. I stopped right after Alyssa decided it was okay to steal a wad of cash from a girl just because that girl was mean. I don't mind characters who break the rules... but I'd prefer for them not to justify themselves with such weak excuses.
my review of Splintered
by Sarah J. Maas
I was actually pretty surprised by this book and my reaction to it. I'd heard that the story was amazing. I'd heard that Celaena was this incredible, kick-ass heroine. I'd heard that Maas was a masterful writer. What I'd heard and what I experienced for myself didn't match up. While it wasn't the worst book I've ever read, it was disappointing, given what I'd been led to expect.
my review of Throne of Glass
by Michelle Hodkin
This is one of the most baffling choices on this list. Why is this book so popular? Is it just because it has a drop-dead gorgeous cover? It can't possibly be the story itself, because it's fairly weak. The characters are kind of stereotypical. We're told more than we're shown. And Noah? If you're going to write a bad boy, actually make him bad. A bad reputation based on nothing does not a bad boy make.
my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
What books did you dislike while everyone else loved them?