Showing posts with label six of crows. Show all posts
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

10 Most Disappointing Hyped Books I Read in 2016 feat. Red Queen, Soundless, Cinder & more





Sometimes hyped books end up disappointing unfortunately. Here are the ten biggest disappointments of 2016 for me. 




THESE BROKEN STARS - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Another one that makes me want to cry. My favorite thing ever in Sci-Fi is people exploring foreign planets. Why is this such an instant love romance, come on, give me space exploration!! (Dec 2013, Disney Hyperion) Goodreads

THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER - Melinda Salisbury
So many people told me to read this and the title sounds fantastic and so does the premise of this girl working as an executioner at court with her poisonous touch. But well, the book really isn't about anything. Nothing happens. Aside from a love triangle. (Feb 2015, Scholastic) Goodreads

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC - V.E. Schwab
This is the dangerous thing about hypes. You never know if you can trust them. I genuinely don't understand what I just read ????? (Feb 2015, Tor Books) Goodreads




RIDERS - Veronica Rossi
Boy, am I sad about not liking this. I love apocalyptic books and a book about the four horsemen of the apocalypse pretty much sounds like it's made for me. Sadly, I found this super boring. (Feb 2016, Tor Teen) Goodreads

SIX OF CROWS - Leigh Bardugo
This upsets me so much!!!! I love reading about thieves. I really wasn't a fan of the way Bardugo twisted European cultures and mashed them up together for The Aesthetic. (Sep 2015, Henry Holt & Company) Goodreads

CINDER - Melissa Meyer
I honestly looked forward to this so much, I love space, I love Sci-Fi things. But then this: POC for the aesthetic, Asian cultures mashed together completely detached from their meaning. I want to cry. (Jan 2012, Feiwel & Friends) Goodreads



SOUNDLESS - Richelle Mead
I was rooting for this. I keep trying out new books by Mead and end up disliking all of them for some reason. I was rooting for you. We were all rooting for you. But this one really takes the cake. Magically curing your disabled protagonist for plot reasons and belittling blindness. (Nov 2015, Razorbill) Goodreads

TALON - Julie Kagawa
Dragons. That's all it took to get me interested in this. Unfortunately this isn't High Fantasy but a paranormal shifter romance with a love triangle. (Oct 2014, Harlequin Teen) Goodreads

RED QUEEN - Victoria Aveyard
I should've seen this coming because it generally received mixed reviews. But yeah, the reviewers are absolutely 100% right about this. (Feb 2015, HarperTeen) Goodreads


TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE - Jenny Han
So many people recommended this to me and asked me to read it. I had high hopes because there's a biracial protagonist and an Asian girl on the cover and I liked the premise! In the end I found it really dull and couldn't quite get into it, unfortunately. (Apr 2014, Simon & Schuster) Goodreads

Have you read any of these books? Which hyped books disappointed you in 2016?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

[Review] Six of Crows (#1) - Leigh Bardugo: European Exoticism, Russian Cliches, and a Confusing World





In SIX OF CROWS, a gang of master thieves is hired to free the inventor of a dangerous drug that might kill everyone who uses it.

What intrigued me: The fact that no one on tumblr is physically able to shut up about Leigh Bardugo. Did I even have a choice?

European exoticism isn't cool-or inventive

The world building is just awkward. Ketterdam, the setting, is loosely based on a cliche of Amsterdam. The language and lingo the characters use is a weird mix between Dutch, German and Swedish words and names, umlaut marks thrown around randomly, and every cliche you've ever read about Russia. Please don't smash existing languages together, it may sound ~cool~ and **exotic** for people who don't see through this, but it makes native speakers cry. I cried. 

I was secondhand embarrassed more times than I could count. Stadwatch, Fabrikator, Hringkälla, Corporalnik ... can we just stop??

This does not work as a stand-alone

Aside from the fact that the lingo made me want to crawl into a hole out of embarrassment, this is just not the book for me. The characters are very much cliches - we have the morally grey super attractive reckless leader Kaz, the funny best friend Jesper, the badass girl who's secretly pining for Kaz, Inej. And some filler characters whose names I didn't bother to learn. 

There is so much filler, so many names and so many concepts I have never heard befor-. SIX OF CROWS is technically a spin-off of Bardugo's Grisha verse and supposed to be able to stand on it's own, but it really can't. I didn't know what was happening half the time. Heartrender, Drüskelle, Grisha... what is all this??! It's thrown around in the book very early on without explanation, or just a lazily muttered sentence here and there, and I had to look words up online to be able to follow the plot. This a red flag and should never happen if this book is marketed as the beginning of a different, independent series!

Maybe it was the topic, maybe it was the world building, but I was just so bored out of my mind while I read this. Nothing in there, nothing in this premise made me want to continue. I didn't like any of the characters, I found the mission annoying, and the world building confused me too much to even want to bother learning what's going on. I'm sorry, this is probably an it's not you, it's me situation.


Rating:

☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

If you haven't been in contact with Northern European or Russian culture, go ahead. You'll probably enjoy this and think it's very unique and interesting. To my European friends out there: No.



Additional Info

Published: 29th September 2015
Pages: 465
Publisher: Henry Holt
Genre: YA / High Fantasy
ISBN: 9781627792127

Synopsis:
"Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
 

Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first."(Source: Goodreads)


 Have you read any of the Grisha books?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

10 Popular Books That I Disappointingly Rated 1 Star | Top Ten Tuesday





*Sighs* I know there are quite a lot very popular books in there and I do also realize that taste differs and some of you love these books.

Just because I didn't like them, it doesn't mean they're bad. Live and let live, okay?





10. WITHER - Lauren DeStefano
I just don't like books that mostly take place in fancy mansions. This was really boring.

9. WAIT FOR YOU - J. Lynn
See, this shouldn't be surprising to me because NA Romance mostly weirds me out. But I really like JL Armentrout and am constantly chasing the high/giddy feels I got from her Lux series.
I'm an addict.


8. SHIVER - Maggie Stiefvater
This was my first Stiefvater novel and absolutely scarred me for life. Um... this is literally about a girl trying to make her dog/ pet werewolf her boyfriend.

7. THE GODDESS TEST - Aimée Carter
I absolutely love everything Greek mythology and was very disappointed to find a very bad twilight fan fiction. Yikes.

6. SHATTER ME - Tahereh Mafi
Having everyone rave about this should've prepared me. Abusive is not romantic??? Wtf???

5. LANDLINE - Rainbow Rowell
I have read my fair share of Rowell novels and not really liked any of them, I don't know why I keep trying. It's still disappointing each time. You'd think I'd learn from my mistakes.

4. CRUEL BEAUTY - Rosamund Hodge
Dear lord, save me. This was basically the YA High Fantasy version of one of those smutty historical romance novels you can buy at train stations.

3. SIX OF CROWS - Leigh Bardugo
*sighs* can people please stop using other cultures for aesthetics and also doing it WRONG. Simply hiring someone to back check facts can't be that hard for a bestselling author.
Also, this book is just bad.


2. THESE BROKEN STARS - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
This one bored me out of my mind with the annoying insta-love.

1. CINDER - Marissa Meyer
I am allergic to cultural appropriation. How to get on my author blacklist 101.



What's your most disappointing 1 star read?


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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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Book Characters That Everyone Loves But I Don't "Get" | Top 10 Tuesday






I am so sorry for half of my answers here. Unfortunately liking book characters is just as subjective as liking books!

10. Akiva 
from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE by Laini Taylor
I would even go as far as to say that I don't only dislike this guy or "don't get" him, I'll even say that he ruined the book for me. If he wouldn't exist, I would have loved it. BOOM

9. Richard Campbell "Gansey" III. 
from THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
Honestly? I don't know what's so interesting about him. I found him annoying and pretentious (which is exactly what he's known for and why people like him??? I don't know)

8. Annabeth Chase 
from PERCY JACKSON by Rick Riordan
I am SORRY but she's so... non-existent to me. Was she even in the books? Literally zero personality. I am SO SORRY

7. Étienne St. Clair 
from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
When I think of Étienne, I feel nothing. First time ever that a romance novel that literally doesn't have any other plot than the romance had me shrugging at the love interest. Étienne who?

6. Adrian Ivashkov 
from VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead
He's so annoying, so pushy, such a bad side character to set off a love triangle. It's a shame, really.

5. Augustus Waters 
from THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
I am NOT a John Green person. Jesus, this kid was annoying.

4. Severus Snape 
from HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling
The good old debate. Either you love him or you hate him.

3. Isabelle Lightwood 
from CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare
Yeah, she fights in heels, we get it. I don't really get why she's universally acknowledged as the Feminist Hero™ of YA at all.

2. Kaz Brekker 
from SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
Gosh, such a conceited, annoying wanna-be bad boy. I can't. He gets half his lines from fortune cookies I bet.




 1. Aaron Warner 
from SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

Well. I am not a fan of problematic bad boys with a tragic backstory that reveals they had a heart of gold after all. Abuse is abuse. Sorry, Warner.





Which characters that everyone loves don't you like?


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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