May 24, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday | It's Not You, It's Me

This is a weekly list meme hosted by the wonderful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish. 

Even though I have no experience breaking up with people, I am going to have to break up with a couple of books today. Sometimes, books are perfect for a certain point in your life, but then you move on and realize that they were never really that good for you in the first place. Today, I am listing some of the books that I originally really enjoyed, but now have to say goodbye to.

The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl - Beautiful Creatures was one of the first YA books that I bought for myself. At the time, I thought the cover was simple but creative and the blurb caught my attention. And by that time everyone and their mother was raving about the series. So I read Beautiful Creatures and liked it. Then the rest of the series came and went, with me enjoying each book a little bit less, but still enjoying them somewhat. Everything was going well until the movie came out. I decided to re-read the series in anticipation of the movie, and I was definitely not as impressed the second time with the series. I actually never finished re-reading them because I lost all of my patience. It does not help that the movie was not terribly great either.

The Immortal series by Alyson Noel- Like the Caster Chronicles, Evermore seemed to be a great start to a new favorite series the first time that I read it. I enjoyed the romance and somehow I completely ignored that it did not really have a plot or anything like that. But the last couple of books in the series were saturated with drama and too much romance, which made me realize that was the case for the first couple of books too. Since I have read this series, I have found so much better series about immortals, such as the Immortal Beloved series, that I cannot justify a high rating for this reason anymore. 

Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols- Initially, I enjoyed this book before I thought about it for a while. The romance seemed cute at first glance and the main character seemed so relatable. But then I really delved into the mechanics of the story a couple of weeks later as I was writing my review and I was coming up with a lot more negatives than positives. I think that the cutesy elements of this novel tried, and eventually failed, in disguising the fact that it is not even close to being realistic and relatable to today's high school students. The main character was naturally good at everything and was planning to get into an good college without putting any effort into anything. It made getting into college seem like a joke, which bothers me considering how many teenagers struggle with that every day.

The Matched series by Ally Condie- This was one of the first dystopian novels that I read. For a newbie, it was pretty entertaining. The world seemed different and the characters were bearable. I enjoyed it the first time around. But then I got into some other dystopian novels and I realized that Matched paled in comparison. I realized that the romance and the attempt at a love triangle in the Matched series was not the best kind of romance and the concepts were not as original as I thought. 

The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I have an intense love-hate relationship with this series that is really leaning toward hate right now. I enjoyed the first novel, but then I looked back on it while reading the rest of the series and started to question what I really learned in Obsidian. I was completely unprepared to read the rest of the series since I do not believe that Obsidian set a good foundation for the series. Also, now that I look back on it, I think that the romance is a bit overbearing and intense compared to the lack of action in the plot.

The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld- Once I went back to look at this series, I realized that it was a bit rudimentary. At first, I thought that the constant use of phrases, like "bubbly" was endearing, but now I have changed my mind. I came to really dislike the shallowness of the characters and their lack of development. The repetition of words also really got on my nerves.
Are there any books that you have to break up with? Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with me or are you still in love with them? 

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