So the dreaded reading slump has hit me again;- something which I’m beginning to tie down to high stress times in my daily life. Logically, with my book addiction, you would think it would be the opposite, but apparently my brain can’t read when I’m very worried or stressed.
The same slump has this time extended to my reviews and book blogging. In order to create a break through, I’ve decided to do a fun little book tag which has been all the rage recently over on the booktube (Youtubers who have channels dedicated to books).
I usually will stick a book out no matter how bad, and usually I will stick out a series too. But every now and then I come across a book or a series that I just cant finish. The list below, is an overview of the few books/series I cant finish and the reasons why. The reasons vary, depending on the book. A few I may end up picking up out of pained curiosity to see how they end, but I am 90% sure I am just DONE with these books/series.
Before we continue, I wish to advise that my opinions here are in no way intended as offensive, as you may really like some of these books. These are just my opinions and do not reflect any company or other’s opinions.
- The Spellcaster Series by Claudia Gray
One of my first Blog posts here on this blog was a scathing review on the first book in the series. In summary, I hated it. I perhaps would have liked it when I was 13 and found bland and insufferable Mary Sue characters legitimate heroes. But this book does nothing for a 21 year old post-grad student. The story line held promise, the execution was so awful that it would make Hades cry.
I would not waste my brain cells on any further attempts made by Gray, and I don’t care if the series “gets better”. I simply don’t believe you. This is one of those books that I’d burn happily if I ever needed the kindling.
Characters? Lack luster and have no room for character growth. Most are horrid.
Plot? Just as bad.
Verdict: Case closed! No chance for appeal.
2. Shattered Sea series by Joe Abercombie
I also reviewed the first book, Half a King, not long into my years reading challenge. In a case of missed connections, I struggled with this book. From the onset, I was overly optimistic, picking up a section of the genre I wasn’t necessarily comfortable with. I’m not a high fantasy sort of gal, but this book had glowing reviews in one of the highest Goodreads star ratings I had seen. This was a good book, but I got bored frequently and often put it down to read others.
Apparently the other two books in the series are excellent, but given my lack of connection to the other book, to me it seems like wasted money trying to follow the series. That’s not to say that others should stay away- I genuinely believe many of you, dear readers, may enjoy this book and series. But before you invest, make sure you listen to your gut on this one.
Verdict: The jury has decided against the defendant.
3. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee
I’ve yet to write my review for Angelfall (the first book in the trilogy), but much like Half a King, this book didn’t grab me. The premise was exciting and everyone has been raving about this series, but I just couldn’t get into it. It must have sat on my bed side table for weeks before I decided I just needed to finish it so I could get it out of the way. Peyrn was a lovely, spitfire heroine, but I didn’t get the chance to properly know her or gain a connection to her. This is what a post apocalyptic movie is when its been directly transferred to a movie companion novel. This is all go-go-go action and not so much pondering on the state of things. I frequently got confused and lost by what had actually happened to make the world end, and while the angel mythology was intriguing, I had to rely solely on my own Biblical knowledge of angels to get some idea of what was going on.
I’m assuming the rest of the books are a same style of writing so I am reluctant to continue on with the series. Not that Ee isn’t a good writer- her skill in her debut novel is remarkable- it’s just that it’s not the style of writing that I usually go for. I’m one of those people that prefers descriptive flowery language. I can definitely understand how some people may like this series- a cool heroine, a nice love interest and a potentially exciting story to follow. This is just not for me.
Verdict: The Jury finds the defendant guilty. Chance of parole unlikely.
4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
I was too young when I started this book. I couldn’t appreciate it at the time. An absolute monster of a book, I was 16 and ambitious; wanting a more meatier historical-tied version of the vampire books I was consuming like I had a series case of the munchies. I did really enjoy reading it, I just didnt ever finish it.
I stopped a little over half way, just simply puffing out of steam. The challenge was too great, and I was bested by this book. I’ve never got around to finishing it, but it’s been so long since I read this book, if I wanted to, I’d have to start again from scratch. Over the last 5 years, I simply just havent found the time to dedicate to this book.
Have I 100% closed the door on this book? No. My memory of the sheer brilliance of it is too compelling to say goodbye to it. I’m just saving this book for a later time, when I have more of it. This book has unfortunately just been bumped down the pecking order of my TBR for so long, that it’s been collecting dust for a while.
Verdict: Decision not reached. Appeal to be made in a few years
5. Girl Online Series by Zoe Sugg
I reviewed Girl Online in one of my first reviews on this blog. I brought it to read on the train and read it solidly within a few hours. This book doesn’t cater to the taste of bitter 21 year olds. This is also exactly the sort of book you’d expect from someone who garnered her audience through youtube videos. I love Zoe and her videos. I’m a subscriber and watch and enjoy her videos frequently. I just don’t know if writing a book is the best outlet for Zoe’s skills. Zoe is a good blogger, and even though she had a ghost writer helping her here, this book really struggles to pull itself together. Multiple different writing styles, frequent spelling and grammatical mistakes, large plot holes and enough cheese to make your teeth hurt, this book isn’t for anyone who’s over the age of 15.
While I imagine that Sugg’s skills have progressed since the first book was published, I watched her vlogs while she created the next book Girl Online; On Tour. The whole writing process seemed so rushed that I can just imagine it would be a struggle to read. I didn’t think the first book needed a sequel, but apparently Sugg’s fans won against common sense.
I love you Zoe, but I think I’m going to have to pass on the book sorry.
Verdict: The Jury has voted against the defendant. No chance of appeal.