The Wasted-Potential Tag || Tags & Awards

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?

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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?

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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?

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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)

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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.

The Nominees

As always, there’s no pressure to participate:

↠ Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea
↠ Marija @ Inside My Library Mind
↠ Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
↠ Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog

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26 thoughts on “The Wasted-Potential Tag || Tags & Awards

  1. OHMYGOSH YES YES YES!!! Harry was SO SO close to getting just a happy ending & TWICE he had it ripped from him & honestly was that really necessary?! 😭 On top of that, I felt most of the deaths in Deathly Hallows were unnecessary? AND YES, THANK YOU!! I didn’t think there was any chemistry between Ron & Hermione at all?!

    Hehehe I think Peter & Lara are very cute but I secretly shipped her more with John Ambrose as well!! He’s such a sweetie & he deserves the world!!

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. I KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!! THE SADNESS!! And yes … I swear, Rowling just wanted to break our hearts in the final book. I feel as though we aren’t alone on this … a lot of people seem to not find their chemistry that great.

      JOHN! He’s so adorable, eh? I need a John … but my age and non-fictional ha-ha!

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  2. Great answers for this tag! 🙂 I used to think Eclipse wasn’t that bad before I re-read it. Now I’m just trying to make it through Breaking Dawn 😛
    The last time I re-read Harry Potter I completely forgot Sirus’s death, don’t ask me how I forgot, but it was like a giant shock all over again. SO sad!

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      1. HA! I have no idea how I’m surviving through this book, but I somehow am. I know how you feel because as I’m reading I know the basic plots, but I’m like I don’t remember this happening! 😂
        Yeah, it was really sad and it just snuck up on me. I didn’t realize it came so soon!

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  3. Thank you so much for tagging me!!
    Ohh gosh, when Rowling killed Sirius, I just knew that she wasn’t gonna give Harry a break. I don’t really have any feelings about Ron and Hermione—I have to reread HP soon!
    Ahh, can someone just write an AU wherein Lara Jean picks John Ambrose? I was honestly fine with both of her options, but a part of me always wonders what it would’ve been like if Lara Jean had chosen John Ambrose.

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  4. WOAH WOAH WOAH I didn’t even realize that The Red Queen series had more than 3 books?? I haven’t read any of them yet, but this was an old series I had considered picking up again but was uncertain.

    As much as I adore the TATBILB series, I also have to agree with you in a lot of the thoughts you had. Part of me really wanted Peter and Lara Jean together because HE WAS JUST SO GOOD AND TREATED HER SO WELL. Granted Peter grew more in the last book, but I just hated how much he didn’t communicate!!

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  5. Oh Jenna you hit the nail on the head with the Cainsville Series, I love the series so much but it’s one of those where it falls a bit flat in the end

    And yeaaaaaah I haven’t even finished the red queen series, I got maybe to the end of book 2/ beginning of book 3 and lost faith in it! I have the full series sitting on my shelf to finish but never do!

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  6. Awesome tag, Jenna!! Okay, to this day I will NEVER understand why Ron and Hermione became an item. I thought they had no chemistry at all, and it felt just shoehorned in there in the later installments of the series! And, that death at the end of Order of the Phoenix will ALWAYS haunt me! He was my favorite character! *cries* I enjoyed the first Red Queen book, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish the second one. That series had so much potential!

    Wishing you the happiest of weeks! ❤

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    1. Awe thanks! If you haven’t done this yet, you should 😉

      I KNOW, EH?! I still don’t get how they ended up together. I know Rowling even said in an interview she regrets putting them together but she wanted to stick with her original idea or something.

      Ugh!! THE FEELS! I cried so hard when I read the book and when I watched the movie!

      It does … it’s such a shame. And have a lovely week, darlin’! ❤


  7. Ah I totally hear you about the red queen series! Oh I totally hear you about breaking dawn. I hear you about Sirius- that one still hurts. And I don’t feel ron/hermione either. And I actually do hear you about John Ambrose in PS I still love you- but peter ended up winning me over in always and forever in the end. Awesome answers!

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