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TGIF: Book Disappointments

September 16, 2011

Y’all! It is currently 53 degrees in New York!


*happy dances* *prepares to bake many pumpkin-flavored things this weekend*

 Anyway, for this very cool Friday, Ginger at GReadsBooks has asked:

 Have you ever come across a book you were so stoked to read, but it failed miserably in your eyes?

Oh boy.

Well, the answer is very much yes. But, just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean that it isn’t someone else’s favorite book in the whole entire universe and they think it’s brilliant and awesome and perfect. So, keep that part in mind. And if I mention a book that you ADORE, feel free to berate me and/or defend the book in comments. 🙂

Die for Me by Amy Plum 
This book was very meh for me. I didn’t love the main character OR her love interest and was far more interested in the supporting characters. However, if you are a Francophile, read this book for Plum’s scene setting skills.But only do it if you have enough money to buy a spur-of-the-moment flight to Paris.

Wings by Aprilynne Pike
This is the book that taught me faeries are NOT my thing.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
If you ever want to hear/see me lose my ever-loving mind, ask me about James Frey. That being said, I read this book ANYWAY because my curiosity got the best of me. And while the story is compelling, I felt that there was far too much filler and that the story could have been cut down about a hundred pages or so.

The last four Pretty Little Liars books by Sara Shepard
WHYYYYY did they contract for eight books?! WHY?! They should have done it in six. Because there were definitely two whole books where all I could think was “I really don’t care about any of this, just tell me WHO THE EFF A IS!!!!!” And now Shepard’s writing four more. I really have no idea what they will be about. But TWELVE books is about six too many for a series. SRSLY.

The Carrie Diaries by Candance Bushnell
Like every other woman on the planet, I adored Sex and the City the TV series. And I really like Candace Bushnell’s writing. So when I heard about the YA prequels Bushnell was writing, I FREAKED OUT. Because that was the part of the story I’d always wanted—how did these four very different women meet and become friends? But the first book was all about Carrie in high school and for the most part is was really really really REALLY boring. But it ended well. So I’m kind of curious to pick up the second book.

All right, those are the books I’m going to rag on. I hope everyone has plans to have a lovely lovely weekend! And if you’re going to be at Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, let me know on the Twitters! @bethanyelarson

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReadsBooks.

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