This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Unpopular Bookish Opinions. There are a lot of hyped YA books I don’t like. I’m not sure if it’s me or the books or the hype, but here are ten over-hyped YA books I didn’t enjoy.
(Note: If you enjoyed any of the books on this list, that’s awesome! I’m glad you found something you enjoyed reading. They’re on this list because they weren’t for me.)
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: I feel like I’m the only person in the world who didn’t like The Cruel Prince. I was bored for the first 300ish pages and I thought Jude was a terrible main character and made stupid choices. I also predicted most of what happened. It was only the last 50 pages that made me consider reading book two, but I still haven’t. I don’t know if I ever will.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyami: I wanted to like this book. But I didn’t. It falls into a lot of annoying YA fantasy tropes—the romance overshadows the plot, the plot wasn’t as thrilling as I expected, I couldn’t tell the difference between POVs—and I was just so disappointed.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: If this series was the first three books, I could understand why so many people loved it. But this series has the last three books and I don’t understand anything. They are terribly written. Nothing happens until the last half of book six. Clary and Jace make a lot of stupid decisions. And it’s just not my thing. Not. My. Thing.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: I thought I would like this book, and I would have but the pacing was awful and the resolution was disappointing. The first half of the book is so slow and then the second half is confusing in a non-clever way. Just no.
Mirage by Somaiya Daud: This book sounded fan-freaking-tastic. But it fell short of all my expectations. It was supposed to be this cool fantasy set in space dystopian with a badass girl defying the cruel empire and it became a romance in disguise. I seriously wanted to throw the book across the room when the main character did nothing but pine for a guy she couldn’t have. Seriously?! Where is my defiance? Where is my revolution?
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: After adoring Strange the Dreamer, I thought Muse of Nightmares would easily become a favorite book. It wasn’t. It was boring and repetitive and dragged on and on with nothing happening for ages. And the ending? Cheap. Absolutely cheap.
When Dimple Met Rishi/From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon: These books look super cute and adorable, but they are lies. Lies. When Dimple Met Rishi promises a fun rom-com about a girl who is a computer whiz and it becomes a drama-filled teen romance with absolutely no computer tech fun. From Twinkle, With Love promises a fun rom-com about a girl who wants to be filmmaker, and it does the same thing: little to no film making, tons of drama, cliche and cheesy and easy romance. Stop, I give up.
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton: My Lady Jane was okay. It was a bit too long but was somewhat fun. My Plain Jane, though, completely gutted Jane Eyre and made stupid changes for comedy sake. They missed the entire point of the classic novel. I cannot stand behind it. I will not be reading more.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde: I’m not sure if this is hyped or if I just heard a lot about it because there’s a lack of convention-centric books out there, but this was a feel good story. You have issues? No, problem. You are fine just the way you are. It attempts to open a discussion about mental illness, but it never pulls through. Also, the convention details are so inaccurate I cringed while reading about it. I’m going to go read Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series again to scrub my mind of this story.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Unlike the other books on this list, I don’t hate Caraval. I just expected more from it. The writing is gorgeous, but I didn’t think Scarlett was that great of a main character. She makes a lot of awful decisions and even the sister relationship couldn’t redeem her character arc.
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