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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Popular Book Series I Started but will NEVER Finish feat Cinder, Talon, Zodiac & more




I'm generally hardly a person that sticks with a series unless it absolutely knocked my socks off. Therefore I simply got a lot of unfinished series on my shelves. Some of them well-known. Here are they:





THE DARKEST MINDS  - Alexandra Bracken
I think this is simply a case of being too late to the party. I'm not sure whether this book inspired lots of similar dystopian books that read exactly the same, or it was inspired by them. I felt like I've read 78 books like this already, mabye I would've liked this more had I read it after the release. 

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES - Kami García & Margaret Stohl
I think I will maybe give other books by them a chance, but I really wasn't a fan. I found the Southern theme too over the top, despite this being undoubtedly a very skillfully written book that's surely innovative in the right places. I felt like the story of the two protagonists wasn't really interesting enough (to me), to want to read a sequel.

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER - Michelle Hodkin
I think the hype simply ruined this for me. I was expecting something completely different. A thriller, a horror story, just something fast-paced and exciting. I found the novel not really exciting at all and too romance-centric for my taste. 




ZODIAC - Romina Russell
I don't know what happened here, I love astrology and sci-fi, yet this just didn't hit the right spot for me. Maybe it's because the majority of the characters are human, I would have loved some more aliens. I mean it's space, come on!

TALON  - Julie Kagawa
Again one of those books that I'm positive I would've liked had I read it earlier. Maybe this would have been something for 14 year old me. Again, the tropes and the entire world feels so recycled! I love paranormal romance usually but this lacked any ounce of originality in my opinion.

HOURGLASS - Myra McEntire
I love this book. But she decided to switch protagonists in the sequel and I'm not really a fan of that.




CINDER - Marissa Meyer
I really didn't like anything about this. The hype really had me super curious especially because I love fairytale retellings and sci-fi. This one has it both! I found the diversity/Chinese aesthetic super forced and lowkey pretty racist. It really ruined everything for me to be honest!

SHATTER ME - Tahereh Mafi
I think this is just an overall case of "not for me". The writing, the characters, the plot - I'm surprised I even managed to finish this in the first place.

RED QUEEN - Victoria Aveyard
This book is simply hit or miss if you look at everyone's reviews. For me it was a miss, for reasons you've probably heard about.


Which book series will you never finish?

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Prequels and Sequels for a Finished Series: When Is It Beating a Dead Horse? | YA Talk






As you might know, I'm absolutely crazy for Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux Series. 

When I found out about OBLIVION, the first book OBSIDIAN from the point of view of the alien love interest Daemon, I wasn't so ecstatic.

With five books and a prequel novella, the series is already pretty long, too long for my taste if you consider the lack of actual story.

Unfortunately it seems to be common right now in the YA market to release additional content, usually novellas that aren't necessary to really understand the story.


Prequels: New Trend in YA?

Kiera Cass, Sarah J. Maas, Tahereh Mafi, Lauren Oliver - almost every YA author that celebrated success with a book series within the last years seems to have published at least one novella, collection of short stories, or (unnecessary) prequel that doesn't really add any additional value to the series.


Why I'm against Additional Prequels/Sequels in General

If you're a hardcore fan of something, obviously you'll be happy for every bit of extra content you get. But is it really necessary to keep on releasing content even long after your original story is done?

Whenever I read novella reviews the common reaction is "it's okay but you don't have to read it". I mean, if you don't have to read it, does it have a right to exist? Why should I pay money for something that doesn't show me a mind-blowing new perspective of things? Only because I'm so emotionally invested in the characters that I cannot refuse?

It's easy to say "if you don't like it, don't read it", but really - why should anyone support an author that doesn't seem to care about the quality of their content as long as it brings in more money?

Please Just Do It Like JK

Spin-offs that I think actually make sense are things like FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, one of the text books from the Harry Potter Universe that J.K. Rowling released in 2001. As a fan, this is a nice touch of authenticity. Unfortunately, not all prequels and sequels on the market serve that purpose.

Riddle me this:
  • In what way is a prequel consisting only of an alternating POV to an already published book a treat for the reader? It's not like you could possibly get any groundbreaking new info, the series is already finished. 
  • If an already successful author loves their characters so much that they decide to continue writing in that series, why don't they do it like Cassandra Clare and turn their passion towards writing multiple new series in that universe? 
  • Why half-ass it and cram out the stuff that didn't make it into the first book in a "collection of short stories", that are actually just the things your editor cut out of the first draft? 
True story, there is a highly popular author who admitted to doing that


A book series ends where it's supposed to end. Publishers, editors, and marketing specialists make sure of that. Any additional content provided should only be a treat for the reader. 



How Do You Feel About Sequels and Prequels for a Finished Series?


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

On Trends and Why You Should Stop Mocking Them | YA Talk

When I tell people that I love to read books about vampires, I still get a bunch of weird looks. 
"Vampires are so 2007", "Vampires aren't in anymore"
"Vampires are sooo boring", "Omg did you like Twilight??!" - 

I can't even recall all the things people have said to me, because at some point, I just stopped listening.


Yeah, vampires may have been a trend in 2007, but that doesn't mean I still can't like them, right?

There actually is a crowd of people in the book blogging community that is all about the same stuff. You tend to find the same books on ten different blogs. Especially with YA, people play favorites. You can't run a YA book blog without even just having heard of Marissa Meyer, Stephanie Perkins, Tahereh Mafi, and Sarah J. Maas.

Whether it's the same five authors all over everyones' blogs or the same topics, sometimes posts tend to get repetitive. I see the same genre stuff on countless blogs all the time.

Is it a bad thing to like popular stuff?

Of course not. You can like whatever you want, and if you want to post about it, you do you. What bugs me isn't that people tend to go for the same genre/author books all the time, but seeing people pretend to like them just for the sake of belonging to the IT crowd. If you obsess about something for quite some time, you'll start to romanticize it. Same goes for books.

Why is it that you can't like what you like and not be afraid to show it?

What's in today, might be out tomorrow. I'm not a high schooler anymore, I don't care what people think is cool. My reading habits are maybe influenced by what's popular right now due to hypes, but I decide on my own whether I actually like it or not. You should, too.

Swimming with the stream in terms of reading preferences can get pretty exhausting and is not worth it. I used to try to keep up with the recent trends and at least read the books everyone is going on about. I don't anymore, because I don't want to have to keep up with anyone's expectations but my own. I like to read what I read and if it isn't what's cool right now, so be it.

Guilty pleasures don't exist

You may be mocking the trends of the early 2000s right now, but do you really think that dystopian fiction, those New Adult novels, or your paranormal romance books will still be cool in 2020? I don't think so.

I hate that we have to label everything a guilty pleasure that other people don't approve of. There should be no such thing as guilty pleasures. Whatever you enjoy should be what you're proud of reading. Even if it's smutty mom porn. I mean, these days that kind of stuff even makes it to the big screen ;).

No one should be ashamed of what they're reading, especially not on the internet.

Who the heck cares about trends anyways.

What is your stance on trends? 
Do you check out the popular stuff or do your own thing entirely?

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I Fall For Problematic Love Interests | YA Talk




I may not be the only one 

Usually I try very hard to be the voice of reason. But I also have a lot weaknesses when it comes to YA. The second we've got a sexy villain love interest entering the room, I'm suddenly unable to think properly.

After asking some of my friends in the reading community I noticed that all the male favorite characters are usually people that you wouldn't want to meet in real life - especially not in a dark corner.



Top Five Favorite Male Character Answers I got:

- Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
- The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
- Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
- Patch from Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

I haven't read all of these books, but I certainly noticed that there's a trend towards male villains.


Why are the bad boys so appealing?

  • Confidence
A thing that plays a major role when determining whether you find somebody attractive, is their confidence. When you present yourself well, you're more likely to succeed. 

  • "I do what I want"- attitude
I guess it's also a sense of maturity that radiates from men who know what they want and don't hesitate to for it, no matter the cost. They put themselves first to achieve their goals and that's probably what we all should do - of course within legal bounds. I'm not saying you should build an army of robots and invade your professor's house because he failed you in a class.

  • Danger!
With bad boys, you're bound to make more memorable experiences than with the nice guy next door. If the YA heroines stuck in a love triangle between the good guy and the leader of an illegal rebellion against a totalitarian regime, you already know who she's going to choose. 

We read books because we want to experience new things. We want to see the world the way never could in real life.

So hell yeah I'm going to root for the heroine to choose that guy who robs banks for a living over her childhood best friend! I don't care if he's a mass-murdering insane greedy villain, as long as he doesn't torture puppies.

I'm not ashamed to say that I'm absolutely 100% a problematic villain fangirl. Are you?


Who are your problematic favorites?


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Review] Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi



In SHATTER ME, Juliette gets a cellmate after almost a year of being locked up alone because she is a threat to society. 

What intrigued me: The fact that everyone and their mothers have read this.


Little Miss Perfect?

What annoyed me the most about the plot is that every two chapters Mafi puts massive emphasis on how beautiful and goodhearted and pretty she the main character but yet she does not know it- therefore everyone falls for her. The problem with characters like this is that they are neither likable, nor interesting. 

Literally every single male character her age expresses romantic interest in her at least once and compliments her. Boring. I'd rather read about a character that stands out because of their personality than their looks. 

I’m having a hard time sympathizing with superficial characters. The books that I like usually don’t spend much time explaining eye colours and hair flowing down in chocolate rivers. I want to sympathize with the characters for the character’s sake, not for their looks! Of course shortly after the first chapters, another guy in addition to the token love interest gets thrown in, and we have 

The Typical, Predictable Love Triangle

On the one hand the sweetheart Adam, the boy that gets thrown into Juliette's cell. But what a coincidence, he's not a stranger, but a boy that used to go to her school! And of course he has been in love with Juliette forever for god knows whatever reason, since they spoke about 15 sentences total before they said I love you. Yeah. 

And then we have Warner, the villain, that bad guy who most likely secretly has a good heart and is obsessed with her. I don’t need to continue reading the series to know that he’s probably gonna go through character development, turn out to be not so bad and Juliette is torn between the two. Yuck. This is simply bad plotting. And lazy writing to be honest. 

I didn't care about Juliette and the generic love triangle is both predictable and boring. The world building confused me and I simply didn't click with the book. Just not for me.


Rating:

☆☆

   



Additional Info


Synopsis:
"Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior."(Source: Goodreads)

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