I was tagged by Sahi to do the Not-So-Perfect Book Tag (which, by the way, was perfect timing because … I didn’t have anything to post today, oops) and it looked really interesting because I usually talk about my favourites in tags.
- If possible try to not mention the same book twice, it’s more fun that way
- It’s a funny tag where you can rant about terrible (or just meh) books so have FUN!
- Just do whatever you want ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Tag the creator Alex and myself if you decide to do it.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT GENRE: pick a book that undermines the genre as a whole
I’m picking Caraval for this one, because this was one of my first biggest hype disappointments. Up until then, I hadn’t been too critical of YA fantasy, but reading Caraval made me realize I needed to stop buying into the hype of every book that was going to be popular. I don’t hate it, but I was just so underwhelmed by it.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT DIALOGUE: pick a book with dialogue written so poorly that it made you cringe
Honestly, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I simply wasn’t a fan of the snarky back-and-forth in this one. It felt off-the-mark.
Maybe I’ve just got high standards.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT SETTING: pick a book that takes place in a location that you wish hadn’t been picked
Genuinely can’t think of anything for this one? Usually, the setting matches the book.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT MAIN CHARACTER: pick the most annoying main character
AELIN ASHRYVER GALAWHATEVER. Oh. My. Goodness. Reading Throne of Glass made me feel like I was losing my mind because I disliked her so much. I found myself getting frustrated with her time after time, not to mention Rowan Whitethorn, whom I also hate.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT BLURB: a blurb that was so far from the truth that it made you do a double-take and check you had read the right book
I am going to be completely honest here–I don’t really read blurbs? Like, I like going into a book knowing as little as possible? I read them when I put them on my TBR, but after that I kind of forget, so I really don’t know what I can say for this one!
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT FRIEND: from whiny attention-seeker to full-on traitor, pick a character that you think is the worst friend ever
What immediately comes to mind is a certain character from Nevernight that I won’t name because it spoils the book, but the big betrayal by one of Mia’s friends had my jaw absolutely dropping. Note I haven’t read Godsgrave yet, so my opinions may change.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT LOVE INTEREST: pick a character you think would be an awful romantic partner
Kaz Brekker, who is my favourite character ever, is a terrible love interest. I can’t fathom why anyone would ever think he’s a “perfect book boyfriend” — first of all, he’s seventeen, so um, hell no on that front. Secondly, he’s pricklier than a cactus, violent, angry, emotionally repressive, dismissive of feelings, hates being touched… I could go on.
I mean, I love him with my whole heart. But even my seventeen-year-old self would have to say no thanks.
(I was going to talk about Rowan Whitethorn instead, but we can’t use the same book twice.)
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT VILLAIN: pick a character that you thought would have amazing evil plans but fell short and disappointed you
I wanted AIDAN to be more violent than it was. Giant supercomputer that humans have trouble understanding. Give me all the chaos.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT FAMILY: pick a horrible bookish family
The Lannisters from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, whom I love. They’re horrible and it’s amazing. They’re such a diabolical, screwed up family, and reading about them is like a train wreck gone right. Cersei is one of my favourite characters in A Song of Ice and Fire, if I’m being honest.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT PLOT TWIST: pick a book with the worst plot twist
Obviously, spoilers–but in Jenn Bennett’s The Lady Rogue I don’t like how actual magic got incorporated into a work of historical fiction?? I just didn’t see it coming, and didn’t want it, and it just seemed so out of place to me, honestly.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT COVER: pick that awful cover that almost made you miss a great book
The Foxhole Court. Look at that cover. It is hideous. The white space. The font. The logo. It’s just … not a good cover … at all.
I really liked the book though–I don’t think it’s one of my favourites, but it’s so much better than the cover would indicate.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT ENDING: pick a book that has the most disappointing ending
Rick Riordan’s The Blood of Olympus–still one of my favourites, and I love Riordan’s books no matter what, but I just felt like there was so much unused potential in this book, that the plot was rushed, and that characterization was sacrificed for jokes and quest items. It didn’t deal with Percy and Annabeth’s aftermath of Tartarus and dark!Percy, and stuffing Reyna and Nico in just made it even more inflated, even though they’re two of my favourite characters.
I really wish this book lived up to its potential.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT EXPECTATIONS: pick a book that was so hyped that it disappointed you, and you can’t understand why everyone loves it so much
I picked Three Dark Crowns up because everyone said it was really good, but it turned out to be such a slow slog that I ended up skimming through it. I couldn’t understand why people liked it because I didn’t like any of the characters, thought the plot was boring, and the writing mediocre.