Why helloooooo, there! It’s Lila. Back at it again with the book blogging shenanigans! Maybe you haven’t noticed buuuut…🎶it’s the holiday season! (the holiday season!)🎶 Okay, I’m gonna cut it out with the singing before I annoy even myself! Point is: it’s December and the holidays are upon us, friends. Naturally, there’s no better time to be a grump than now! Right?!*
*The correct answer is “Right, Lila!”
And since this season brings on such a gloriously grumpy mood, I figured that there is no better time to do The Grinch Book Tag than now! This book tag was created by Sam @ Thoughts On Tomes and, though I wasn’t tagged by anyone, I’M DOING IT ANYWAY STOP JUDGING ME, SHARON!!! So without any further ado…RELEASE THE MAYHEM!!!
1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out // Name a book/series/character that started out well and then went downhill.
When I first started reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber, I thought I was gonna love the book. The writing was so magical and the world seemed so promising. Little did I know I was about to read a book with an incredibly weak plot and snooze-worthy characters! Needless to say, I was not happy by the time I finished that yawn of a book.
2. Annoying relatives won’t leave you alone // Name a book that you did not enjoy but everyone else seems to love, and it will not stop haunting you.
I’m probably gonna get hate for this because for some reason completely unbeknown to me people love this book, but my answer is Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I went into the first book thinking it would be darkness and evil and blood and gore–and instead I got laughably nice and meek main characters, a boring, barely existent plot centering mostly around bland romances, a LOVE TRIANGLE (and to top it off, it was a love triangle that involved CHEATING–I mean, for Christ’s sake, give me a break!), and no fight to the death (which the blurb had promised there would be)!!! And yet I still hear people say, “Three Dark Crowns was sooo dark!” Ummm??? Did we read the same book??? I even gave the second book a chance because people said that it was darker and more action packed and generally just better than the first book. Cue exasperated sigh because, quite frankly, that is just not true. The second book was as bland and romance-focused as the first book and I am #annoyed that there is absolutely ZERO stabby-ness.
3. Your pets keep knocking over your Christmas decorations // Name a character that kept on messing everything up for everyone.
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD FOR To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before AND P.S. I Still Like You by Jenny Han
I’ve always solidly been a Lara-Jean and Peter K. shipper, so you can probably guess how upset I was when John Ambrose McLaren showed up in book two of the series just to try and wreck my ship! I just…
I mean, okay, so John Ambrose McLaren was a nice enough kid, but let’s face it: he ain’t no Peter Kavinsky.
Luckily Lara-Jean and Peter ended up together in the end, just like they should be.
4. You hear your parents putting presents out and learn that Father Christmas is not real // Name a book you were spoiled for.
Sooooo…I have a bit of a confession…I…like to spoil myself for books? (braces for impact) So, ummm, yeaaah…I spoil myself for almost every book I read…
5. It’s freezing outside // Name a character you just couldn’t warm to.
I ADORE the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir, buuuuuut I must admit that I’m not really a fan of Laia. I love Elias and Helene is my baby, but I just can’t get with Laia. I feel like Laia is a very passive character in that things happen to her, but she, herself, doesn’t actually do much. Aside from whine about things and mess things up for others, that is (but I won’t go into that because #spoilers). And, to top it off, she also has about as much personality as a wet rag! Idk, I just don’t like her that much. I’ll tolerate her for the sake of Elias and Helene, though.
6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is being played a lot on the radio, giving you anti-romantic feelings // Name a couple that you just could not stand.
So I was gonna say Wes and Maggie from Until Friday Night (a.k.a. my most hated book of all time), but I feel like I’ve ranted about them so much that y’all already know my whole spiel about why I hate that relationship. So instead, I’ve chosen Isobel and Rook from An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. Now, there’s a lot of reasons I disliked An Enchantment of Ravens, but I feel like Rook and Isobel’s romance was definitely one of the top reasons. I mean, I have never read a more instalove-y relationship. Ever. They literally spent two days wandering around a forest, barely speaking to each other and then–BAM! All of a sudden they’re kissing and they’re all “I WOULD DIE FOR OUR LOVE!” I got to that scene and I was so frustrated that I nearly gave up on the book. Like, calm down, kids, I get that hormones are running rampant at your age but you don’t even know each other! It was just so unbelievable for me.
7. The scratchy homemade jumper that you got for Christmas years ago but have never worn // A book that has been sitting on your shelf for years that you are not motivated to read, but do not have the heart to get rid of.
I bought the audiobook of A Million Junes by Emily Henrie only to realize that it was magical realism and that I’m not really a fan of magical realism. There are several reasons I haven’t gotten rid of this book yet.
- I didn’t want to have wasted my money, so I feel compelled to give it a chance.
- It’s an Audible digital audiobook which I bought over six months ago, so I can’t return it anymore.
8. Grandma has gotten run over by a reindeer // Name a character death that you are still mad about.
ALERT! SPOILERS AHEAD FOR The Raven King By Maggie Stiefvater!!!
This is kinda cheating, because the character didn’t stay dead, but I think that in The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Gansey’s death should’ve been more drawn out and angsty. I don’t take issue with the fact that he came back to life, just that I never had a doubt that he’d be okay, largely due to the fact that his death and revival happened so quickly. I wish Stiefvater had made his death at least more drawn out, if not more angsty, had made us question if Gansey really would come back to life. If she had done that, I think the ending of The Raven King would’ve been way less anticlimactic for me.
9. Shops are overcrowded with shoppers for the holidays // Name a series with too many books, or that went on too long.
I have conflicted feelings about Cassandra Clare’s whole Shadowhunters universe. On the one hand, her books are entertaining. On the other hand, as I’ve gotten older and read more and more of her interlocking series and developed a more critical eye, I’ve noticed that all of her main characters tend to read the same. For example, Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices), Jace (The Mortal nstruments), and Emma Carstairs (The Dark Artifices) basically all have the same personality and the same interests. They’re all brilliantly talented shadowhunters who are snarky and sassy, but secretly have a soft heart, and for some reason, they can’t be with the person they love. See? Maybe you think that’s just a fluke–but notice how Clary Fray (The Mortal Instruments) and Julian Blackthorn (The Dark Artifices) are also almost the exact same character, down to the point where both of them are artists! But I digress, I’m not gonna go on, even though I could.
Anyhow, that was kinda a tangent meant to illustrate that I think Clare’s series has gone on waaaaay too long. When you start repeating character types because you can’t come up with new ones, that should be when you know that you’ve been in the same universe for far too long.
Interestingly enough, Clare just announced that after her Magnus Bane trilogy, there will be no more Shadowhunters books and that she’s working on a new high fantasy series that’s 100% separate from the Shadowhunters universe!
10. The Grinch // Name a main character that you absolutely hate (not a villain).
Well, folks. Let me tell you. I really dislike Mare Barrow from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I didn’t mind her in book one, but by the end of book two, I had come to loathe her. First off, she’s whiny and bratty. Second off, more than being whiny and bratty, she’s so self-centered that she seriously toes the line of being full on narcissistic. The entirety of Glass Sword was basically Mare thinking she knew best, even though she clearly knew jack sh*t about anything, Mare insulting others on the premise tat she knows best, and Mare thinking that everything revolves around her. It pained me to spend the entirety of Glass Sword in her head because I hated her so much. I dislike Mare so much that I’ve decided not to read the rest of the series and it is highly unlikely that anyone could convince me to continue.