I was looking through my books yesterday trying to find something appealing to read since I’m still struggling with my reading slump; and I found a few books that I wish I hadn’t bought. In my mind I regret buying these books because a) they were almost 100% cover buys, and b) I could’ve bought something better with the money I spent on these. Now, I must admit that I haven’t finished most of these books but I’ve been struggling with them for a really long time, so I feel this is a good enough reason for them to make this list. If I ever complete them and find that my opinions changed, I will let you know.
But for now, these are the four cover buys on my bookshelf that I regret buying:
THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING ERIKA JOHANSEN
I started this book about two months ago and thought that it held a lot of potential. But the more I read, the more I started to notice little things that either made no sense at all, or was so completely ridiculous that I actually thought my ability to enjoy fantasy books has come to a crushing end. After a couple chapters I gave up and read a few reviews, and discovered that I was not the only one with these thoughts, which was such a relief!
There are quite a few holes in the plot (and I say this even though I only read a few chapters!!). A lot of things annoyed me because they made no sense, and I feel that the publishers have completely screwed up the genre and target market for this book: this is NOT a young adult book, and it definitely doesn’t feel like a dystopian.
This book had about 3.5 stars on Goodreads the last time I checked, but I see now that the average improved to 4.02 stars!
SNOW LIKE FIRE BY SARA RAASCH
I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews on this book by some trusted book bloggers, so I think it is just one of those books that you either love or hate. Even though I got this one because I loved the cover, I also bought it because the premise sounded really interesting. But after reading about 45 pages I have to say that I’m not finding it very gripping. The story fails to pull me in and I cannot seem to connect with the narrator, which is disappointing because I’ve been enjoying female narrators in fantasy books lately. I’ve been told to push through because it does pick up later on, but I just cannot seem to do it…
FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL
I’ve spoken about Fangirl quite a lot on this blog, and not in the good way that you may find on most blogs and bookstagram accounts; because the truth is that I did not like this book AT ALL! I found the characters to be dull and boring, the narrator was annoying, detached and clueless, and the storyline was about, well, NOTHING…
I don’t understand the hype with this book, and I think it is probably the book I regret buying the most on this list.
TALON AND ROGUE BY JULIE KAGAWA
The Talon Saga has been on my reading list for a very long time. Ever since I saw the paperback covers at my local bookstore and read the blurb, I knew I had to get this series on my bookshelf. So when I found these two books on sale last month I naturally grabbed myself a copy of each and started reading…
And then stopped…
I don’t understand. I mean a series about dragons walking around disguised as humans? What’s there not to love?!? The answer, in short, is pretty much everything! The writing is very clinical, which is not ideal for a fantasy book that needs to be painted with descriptive imagery and creative details. I find the narrator to be annoying too, even though I can’t exactly put my finger on it.
I know that I haven’t read enough of this series to make a proper call, but I’ve read enough to say that it doesn’t start off on the right foot.
Are there any books that you really regret buying?