Hello beautiful people!
The LOVELY Miss. Marija @ Inside My Library Mind tagged me in The Wasted-Potential Tag … which sounds like a very fun tag in my opinion ha-ha! Thanks, darlin’!
Marija’s a WONDERFUL blogger and friend, an absolute inspiration in the blogging and bookstagram world. So IF you haven’t already discovered this amazing woman’s content, go check it out!
The creator of this EPIC tag is Elise @ The Bookish Actress!
One. A book that tried but failed to tackle an issue?
In Reality by Loralie Murrison ↠ This book tackles a lot of issues: gender identity and exploration, interracial relationships, domestic abuse, assault, cyber-bullying, invasion of privacy and much more. The book addresses some of these well, but there are two MAJOR plot reveals that blew my mind … and the author doesn’t really address it! I mean, some DARK DARK DARK plot reveals that NEED to be further addressed and discuss for closure are just … swept aside? It was a little unsettling.
Two. An intriguing series that didn’t pay off?
Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard ↠ I was O B S E S S E D with this series when it first came out. I think I read the first book in a day. I even dreamed about this series! Then book two came out and it was, okay. I was still liking it. Then the third book picked it back up! But that fourth book? Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh.
Three. A great beginning with a mediocre ending?
The Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong ↠ Now don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE this series … I actually plan to re-read it next year. HOWEVER, the ending didn’t end strong like the rest of the series. It was just … mediocre. The end villain and battle was VERY anti-climatic, and there were some things I wanted to explore more before the end. But it’s still a great series.
Four. A last-minute twist that ruined it all?
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer ↠ It’s not really last minute, since it occurs in the middle of the book … but the big surprise with Bella just … ruined it. I already had basically had enough of this series at this point, but I felt this COMPULSIVE need to finish it (especially since the third book wasn’t that bad in my opinion). But that twist? UGH.
Five. A great plot with some boring characters?
… I actually have no idea. I can’t recall since I would’ve most likely DNF’d the book. The books I have on my DNF list were more plot based or writing style reasons for dropping the books. One or two are unlikable characters, but they weren’t necessarily boring.
Six. A character death that ruined a book? (SPOILERS)
Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling ↠ Okay … this didn’t RUIN the book nor the series for me. I remember actually throwing the book when that scene occurred. Harry has had SO much taken from him, so when he had to watch Sirius pass away right before his eyes … I couldn’t take it. I imaged Harry eventually moving in with Sirius for a couple of the last books, the two of them joking with one another and spending quality time in a cute little cottage of sorts. And as the stories continued, Sirius could be referenced as partaking in Harry’s wedding, being there for Harry’s first child … all those lovely family events … *sigh*. I GET why Rowling killed a number of important and lovable characters … but this one STILL gets to me.
Another one is definitely Fred Weasley … which I won’t go in-depth about since this tag is getting long as it is ha-ha!
Seven. A romance that ruined a book for you? (SPOILERS)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling ↠ Let me be clear … I still LOVE this book. I’m pretty sure I rated it 5 stars and I maintain that rating to this day. But I REALLY couldn’t care less for Ron and Hermione’s relationship … at all. In both the films and books, there was NO chemistry (beyond friendship) with these two … yup, I said it. I wish Rowling had just kept the trio friends. Ah well, it’s still a lovely series.
Eight. A romance that you wanted to happen? (SPOILERS)
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han ↠ Oh boy … I’m going to PROBABLY be in the minority … but I do NOT like Peter and Lara Jean together. To be fair, Peter grows on me a BIT in book three … but in book two, I just wanted FOR ONCE the MC to pick the nicer and more genuine guy. John’s LITERALLY the biggest sweetheart and so wholesome. He’s kind, not over protective or pushy, funny and an actual great guy. But of course … she goes back to the jerk …
Nine. A scene you have petty beef with?
Various scenes with Peter in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han ↠ Okay … I can’t think of a particular SCENE … but Peter’s obnoxious and childish and immature and controlling and hypocritical behaviour towards Lara Jean in books one and two DRIVE ME INSANE! Maybe I’m just being overly sensitive, but I couldn’t understand everyone’s love for him. Sure, Lara Jean isn’t perfect … but she’s ALWAYS willing to meet half way and admit when she’s wrong. Peter though? He’s so stubborn and NEVER tries to see Lara Jean’s view on things … it’s excruciating. I think he finally gets better at the VERY end of book two and in book three, but this just REALLY irked me.
As always, there’s no pressure to participate: