Showing posts with label firstlife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label firstlife. Show all posts

Monday, May 15, 2017

10 Overhyped Books I Disliked in the First Half of 2017 feat. Caraval, Firstlife & more




Sometimes you're really looking forward to reading certain books because all your friends love them. Sometimes I genuinely question my friendship with these people after reading these books. Hm.



THE GRACES - Laure Eve
I've never read a book so racist and homophobic and biphobic in my life. It's beyond me how anyone can recommend this with a good conscience. And beyond that, it's TWILIGHT just with witches instead of vampires.

THE KISS OF DECEPTION - Mary E. Pearson
The hype absolutely killed this one for me. I was expecting excellence, looking at how much bloggers hyped this! I really don't know what to do with books that have no plot. Not my cup of tea.

ARMADA - Ernest Cline
Welp. This was hyped way too much and my expectations were way too high. I love READY PLAYER ONE, but not so much that I'd enjoy the same thing all over again minus world building plus homophobia and ableism.



STATION ELEVEN - Emily St. John Mandel
Not sure what happenened here - I had no idea this was going to be so literary and so much more talk than actual gritty dystopia. Not my cup of tea.

SHUTTER - Courtney Alameda
This has been hyped for years and I actually was really excited for a super scary read. Unfortunately I didn't like this for very arbitrary reasons and it went more into the gore than scare direction, which I just really, deeply dislike.

FIRSTLIFE - Gena Showalter
At some point, this book was everywhere! I really love afterlife setting, but this one was really awkward, poorly written, and just reads like every other dystopian book from the last 5 years or so. Super uncreative. No thanks.



THE MERCILESS - Danielle Vega
I just couldn't. Gore and racist micro aggressions and a non-existent plot were way too many things to complain about for me - I really really didn't enjoy this.

CARAVAL - Stephanie Garber
This is the disappointment of 2017. Nothing has been hyped more than this book, and I'm genuinely shocked with all the things that I found in this that are downright dangerous for readers.

THE DEAD HOUSE - Dawn Kurtagich
Sigh... another horror book whose scariest feature is the insensitivity. If you are picking this up looking for DID representation, don't.




THE AMATEURS - Sara Shepard
I've never read any of her PRETTY LITTLE LIARS books and was very curious to find out what the fuss is all about. But this one hit me hard with racism and sexism. Hard pass.


What books disappointed you in 2017?

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Most Anticipated New Releases of 2016 | Top Ten Tuesday





 Here are my Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for 2016! Can't believe the year is about to end.


10. FIRSTLIFE – Gene Showalter: Life after death has always fascinated me, I can’t wait.
9. STARFLIGHT – Melissa Landers: I feel like everyone in the blogosphere has either already read this or heard of it. I need it, I’m a sucker for everything space.
8. HEARTLESS – Marissa Meyer: I haven’t read her Lunar Chronicles, but since she’s coming out with a new fairytale-ish retelling next year, I’m going to hop on the band waggon!


7. THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE – Heidi Heilig: I just love everything time travel and this sounds like it might teach me a lot about different cultures. I’m ready!
6. PASSENGER – Alexandra Bracken: Pirates. I’m not passing up a pirate read, come on.
5. RIDERS – Veronica Rossi: The minute this was announced, I was ready. I love the riders of the apocalypse and every single fictionalized version of them. Gimme.


4. GLITTERING COURT – Richelle Mead: I’m about to finish the Vampire Academy series. I have no clue was this is about, but my girl Richelle wrote this. She could write two sentences on a piece of paper in kajal and I’d still buy it.
3. HEIR TO THE SKY – Amanda Sun: The synopsis made me laugh. Apparently, in this one someone falls off the edge of the world. I don’t even need to know more, this got me hooked. Oh my god.
2. WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT – April Genevieve Tucholke: Unreliable narrators and magical realism: How to hook me 101.


1. THE LAST BEGINNING – Lauren James:

Good news, I will be shutting up about James’ debut THE NEXT TOGETHER soon, because the sequel is about to be published! If you love time travel and strange internet humor, I strongly suggest this brilliant read! Okay, but the sequel has a lesbian couple as protagonists (if I’m not mistaken) and I think I was born ready for this.
(no this is not the final cover, it was the only edit I could find so I wasn't forced to make a godawful one myself in paint.


Expected publication: November 2016 by Walker Books


What new release do you look most forward to in 2016?


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.

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