Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing really awesome today! For this article, I thought it would be fun to list and explain a few books that I didn’t particularly like. I always see articles about book recommendations and whatnot so I thought this would be a cool little twist on the trend. I’m not trying to offend anyone or anything by uploading this article, and I would say I’m sorry that maybe your favorite book is featured in the article, but to be honest, I’m really not, so all I can say is enjoy :)

❀ | The Young Elites (Lu, Marie)

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To be honest, I got this idea because I was talking about this book to my friend and it just plain sucked so why not start the list here. I bought this book I think one or two years ago and started reading it but never got around to finish it. This year, I kind of forced myself into finishing into because I was cleaning/donating books and remembered that I never actually finished it, so I made myself finish it. To say the least, I was glad I didn’t finish it before because this book was extremely bland. It was predictable from the start until the last four chapters, maybe. The main character had to gain the trust of others, she gained it, and then she lost it. It was boring and a waste of my time. If you like fantasy, maybe it could be for you, but it was nothing too out of the ordinary to be considered original in the fantasy world. The whole ‘pulling strings’ and energy thing was also a little confusing, so personally, I would’ve liked it if the author put a bit more clarification with that part of her magic world. The only thing I would give credit for the author is the use of unique names. I love anything that isn’t really ‘modern’ so considering it was set in the 1300’s, I’d say it did a pretty good job.

Overall Rating: 3/10

❀ | Matched (Condie, Ally)

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This is another book I forced myself to read last month. Dystopian novels are one of my favorite things in the world (hence my username), but this book was not for me. Sure, the plot made it sound more interesting, what with society controlling everything its citizens did, but then again, most dystopian novels have that set already. What was supposed to make this book interesting was the fact that the protagonist got ‘matched’ with one boy (her best friend: spoiler!) and also another boy who she only knew from school (spoiler!). But that wasn’t even interesting. Her relationships with the ‘forbidden boy’ was too clean cut. They didn’t really have any struggles except for the fact that their love was forbidden. They would just sneak around and do all that other stuff, so what’s even the point of it? The setting was underdeveloped, as well as the characters and plot. Similar to The Young Elites, Matched is also part of a trilogy which is maybe why I think this way, but also the first book is supposed to set the scene for the whole society. All we know about this world is that people get matched with whoever they’re supposed to get married to, have their food already prepared, and people have a set date to die. In short, there was nothing personal about how they could live. To go along with the character development, the three main characters all had pretty similar personalities. They didn’t have any particular interests that separated them from each other and Xander, god, he was the most boring person, like I love cliche couples sometimes, but I was not feeling him at all.

Overall Rating: 2/10

❀ | Everything Everything (Yoon, Nicola)

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This book’s summary was actually pretty interesting, but the delivery was a little underwhelming. For starters, the girl has a disease that makes her unable to go outside. Then a boy moves next door and he starts to come over??? After all her life she’s never had another visitor besides her mother and nurse??? Sorry, but that was a little unbelievable in a lot of areas. I didn’t think this book was too bad, because it touches upon a sickness, which I personally like in books because it’s more informative that way, but this book was circled around her sickness. I don’t think that your disease should ever define who you are, but this book made it seem like you couldn’t live because you couldn’t go outside. Also, the ending was the absolute worse thing. I’m usually a fan of plot twists, especially at the end of the book where the main character dies or something because it adds a little flavor to the story, but this ending was just plain stupid. I’m not going to spoil it, but when (if) you read it, I have a feeling you’re going to be disappointed too. One thing I did like, however, was that the book was written more so like a diary than an actual book. I felt like the character could connect to the reader better this way so I applaud you for that, Mrs. Yoon.

Overall Rating: 5/10

❀ | 180 Seconds (Park, Jessica)

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If you can’t already tell, I really enjoy reading the cliche teen romance novels whenever I get the chance. Normally, I read them on Wattpad because I don’t want to waste my money on the same storyline, but unfortunately I did so with this next book. 180 Seconds sounded like an interesting book when I first read the summary on Amazon. It’s the book where the girl meets the popular guy and they fall in love because life just had a way of doing that. Except their relationship was so fake. Like, I can’t even begin to describe how undeveloped the characters and their feelings were. The two characters meet one afternoon and after spending a few days together they start dating. I mean, I get that it can happen in real life, but it was too fast paced of a relationship with my preference. Also, there was a lot of kissing. Like too much that I didn’t even finish the book, and to be honest, I don’t really feel like finishing it now. It’s a good book in theory, I think, but there was just too much happening for my liking. It was cliche, and although I normally like that kind of stuff, it was too cliche and too fast that one moment the girl bumps into the guy and the next, they’re making out. Just saying.

Overall Rating: 1.5/10

❀ | Twilight (Meyer, Stephenie)

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And last and certainly least... Twilight! It sounds really overrated now at this point because everyone is saying this book is bad, but holy crap, it’s freaking terrible. First off, the main character had absolutely no feelings. Like none. Zero. Zilch. She didn’t have an interests except for the creepy guy that can smell her blood. The author didn’t describe Bella as anything. She was kind of a loner, didn’t do any activities outside school, she’s kind of an outcast, and that makes her extremely uninteresting. Even if she liked the weirdest thing, like having a passion for knitting, that would already make the book (and whole series for that matter) interesting. But unfortunately, that was not the case. The story itself was also really predictable. From just reading the summary, you’d know she’d fall in love with Edward, revolve her life around him, throw in a little love triangle, and BAM! she’s a vampire now too. And I’m not even going to say ‘spoiler’ because it really isn’t one. You just know that’s all going to happen. Also, the message it sends for readers is absolutely degrading. Bella is literally just concerned about her vampire boyfriend and no one/nothing else. Like no sweetie, you don’t need a man to be strong, and you certainly don’t need to be at his beck and call 24/7. And the ending of the whole series??? Worst thing ever. I’d say the only good thing about Twilight is the fact that the last book (well, whole series) was made into a movie and they used Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” in it. Literally that is the only thing that was appealing in the whole franchise.

Overall Rating: 0.8/10

Thank you guys so much for reading! Again, this is not written to offend anyone; I just wanted to share my reviews on some books I’ve read. If you liked this article, please let me know your thoughts, and if you want a part two (or reverse book unrecommendaton (aka, book recommendations)), let me know!