Disappointing Reads of 2015

Now that I’ve finally posted my favorite books of 2015, that means it’s time to talk about the unfortunate books last year that disappointed me the most. I’m not saying that any of these are horrible books or the worst books that I read last year, just that they didn’t live up to the hype or weren’t as great as I had hoped.

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray: I had such high expectations for this book. A gorgeous cover? Traveling through parallel universes? Potential tale of revenge? How could it possibly go wrong? Well the author could decide to make it all about gushy romance and not even take advantage of the fact that this book should have been about a revenge chase through parallel worlds, which gives you so much potential for awesomeness. And on top of it, none of the characters were likable and Marguerite was one of those heroines who just gets every answer handed to her. Which is annoying at best. Read my full review here.

 16101128 The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy: This was by no means, a horrible book. It wasn’t even an awful book. But for me, it really didn’t live up to the hype. I was excepting tons of cool alien invasion and survival aspects, but instead I got a forced romance that almost made me put the book down. It felt almost like the author had this really awesome gritty story idea about aliens and soldiers and survival and then he remembered he was selling it as YA so he shoved the romance in there. And as a result, it would have been ten times better without it. Read my full review here.

 22465605 Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins: The first book in this series, Rebel Belle, was one of the most fun guilty pleasure reads I’d had in a long time. So going in to the second book, I was expecting another book full of sassy southern beauty queens, flirty fun between Harper and David, and tons of ass kicking by our favorite Paladin. But to my shock and disappointment, this book didn’t really have much of any of that. Instead it was kind of slow and boring and definitely depressing. It felt like a completely separate book from the first one, in the worst way possible.

 10507293 The Selection by Kiera Cass: I finally gave into peer pressure and bought this book after hearing nothing but amazing about it and the rest of the series. I was doubtful but so many of my friends constantly raved about America Singer and  Prince Maddox and the swoony feels, so how could I not give it a chance? But let me tell you, after reading this book, it was hard to think of another heroine who I despised more than America. This girl just drove me crazy. It was one of those instances where so many boys are head over heels in love with her and I, for the life of me, cannot figure out why they would even waste their time with someone like her. The plot was interesting and fun but reading this book felt almost like a chore because America bothered me so much.

12578077 Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: In this last year, I’ve come to really love Jennifer L. Armentrout as a sort of late night, guilty pleasure read sort of author. Obsidian was at the top of my TBR list so on the first night of a read-a-thon, I sat down with the first two books, intending to devour them both. But as I read the first one, I was horrified to see what a jerk Daemon was. He wasn’t sexy teasing or joking flirty or all of those things that usually make us fall make in love with douche bag characters. No, Daemon was genuinely cruel and mean to Katy and it made me grind my teeth and want to punch something. It’s so sad to me that this series was ruined because the love interest didn’t know where to draw the line. Read my review here.

16182308 A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepard: This is the final book in The Madman’s Daughter Trilogy, and I couldn’t have been more excited for it. The first two books were creepy and gritty and unsettling at times, but so much fun to read. The conclusion promised to be dark and intense, a tale of horror taking place on the Scottish moors. But it ultimately fell really flat for me. The romance was strangely resolved, it wasn’t nearly as spooky or suspenseful as the previous books, and certain characters didn’t end up being as interesting as I’d hoped. While it had a clear message that the author was trying to convey, it was very disappointing as far as conclusions go. Read my review here.

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While looking back at a year of reading, there are always some unexpected surprises and books you weren’t expecting to capture your heart that ultimately do. But with that there are also some books that don’t live up to your expectations or the hype. Sad as it may be, they simply serve to make the amazing ones shine a little brighter.

Which books did you find yourself disappointed by in 2015?

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Review: Obsidian

Title: Obsidian (Lux #1) 12578077

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: May 6, 2011

Summary: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Have you guys noticed the growing amount of Jennifer L. Armentrout books I’ve been reading lately? Apparently smoldering romance books have been taking over my life. Maybe I’ll just blame it on the fact that Valentine’s Day is almost here.

Obsidian is about a girl named Katy who moves to this new little town and meets her next door neighbors, a girl named Dee is who super fun and bubbly and wants to be best friends with her, and her brother Daemon who is kind of a huge jerk. She finds out that they are aliens, supernatural shenanigans happen, romance blossoms, feelings are hurt, you guys know how it goes.

I’ve heard nothing but raves and crazy fangirls sobbing over this book, so I went into it fully prepared to swoon and gasp and shriek. Ultimately, I was a little underwhelmed by this book. I knew it was going to be very Twilight-y and I’m okay with that, but that actually wasn’t the reason that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

To start with, Daemon was a dick. I love my boys with a nice bit of sass and maybe a little cocky, but Daemon was just a straight up douche. Like, when I compare him to Roth from White Hot Kiss, Roth is playful and funny and a bit of a jerk sometimes but we all know he isn’t being serious. Daemon was rude and hurtful and arrogant in a way that made you want to punch him in the face. I didn’t like how he humiliated Katy in front of a bunch of people, constantly insulted and made fun of her, and how he thought he could act that way then just automatically be forgiven because he occasionally did something nice or because Katy thinks he’s hot. His behavior actually kind of ruined him for me and I never really found myself growing to like him. Maybe I hated him a little less by the end of the book, but I never liked him.

I liked Katy, she had lots of spunk and I enjoyed her witty comebacks when it came to Daemon. I also liked that she didn’t really instantly start falling for him, sure she thought we was hot, but she wasn’t in love with him or anything. She always called him out on being a jerk and walked away a lot which I wanted to give her a high five for, but then she would let him pop back into her life until her did something awful again. I would have respected her a lot more if she had just held her ground and pushed him away until he changed or started acting better, instead of tolerating the way her treated her. Also, Katy was one of those girls that makes some stupid decisions, gets rescued, then makes more stupid decisions. I don’t understand how we are supposed to believe that girls like that survived in the real world for years without some guy to run in and save them all the time.

Despite the issues that I had with the characters, I did really enjoy the alien aspects of this book. Aliens definitely aren’t anything that I read much about, so I really loved the newness of learning about alien powers and culture and whatnot versus the typical supernatural species I read about most of the time. I do wish that Daemon and Dee remembered more about their planet though because I would have loved to learn more about the differences between it and Earth and the way they lived. What we did get, learning about the different powers, their true forms and their enemies, was super intriguing.

As far as the plot went, it was a pretty light read. Most of it focused on the relationship between Katy and Daemon which I wasn’t really grooving on, but the few times that we got more, like the fights between Daemon and the dark aliens, I loved it. I was actually kind of mad that the summary of this book tells you that they are aliens, because probably about half of the book is Katy trying to figure out why they are so weird. Since we already knew what was going on, it almost got boring to wait for her to catch up. However, the superficial stuff like her dealing with bitchy girls and making friends, was entertaining enough to keep me reading until the book started to pick up the pace.

Obsidian was definitely a bit of a disappointment and I didn’t enjoy it half as much as I did White Hot Kiss or Wicked. I was hoping for Daemon to be a hot swoon-worthy hunk, but instead I got an immature, arrogant jerk who didn’t understand that you can keep people at a distance without treating them like total crap. The predictable plot and semi-boring first half was a bit hard to get into, but the humor and alien information kept my interest enough that I obviously finished it. I still wouldn’t consider this book as out of this world as everyone keeps saying it is. Get it? Out of this world? Aliens?

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