Sometimes you just need to rant. These are some book series that I don’t like and that I probably will never finish!
1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
My Thoughts: WOW. That was boring. I definitely don’t see what all the hype is about. The characters felt inauthentic to me and I didn’t connect with a single one of them. The story also felt boring and underdeveloped. I was constantly falling asleep while reading this…even in the middle of the day! I’ve never read a book about ghosts or psychics before (I didn’t know what The Raven Boys was about going into it) and I just really didn’t like the topic. Obviously I’m in the minority, but in my opinion this book was a huge miss.
Synopsis: It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore
2. A Game of Thrones by George R. Martin
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
My Thoughts: This book was a chore to get through. I typically love fantasy, but I found this book hard to follow, didn’t connect with or enjoy most of the main characters, found the main storyline boring, and hated the strange ending. There was way too much war, violence, incest and sex. I unfortunately purchased the entire series, thinking I would like it, but don’t think I’ll be wanting to read the rest of the books!
Synopsis: Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty. The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
My Thoughts: This book was a quick read. It was alright, but did not leave me wishing for more. I feel like the world the story is set in was very interesting, but that something was missing. It could be that the story was not as exciting as I had hoped, or that the character development wasn’t as detailed as I like.
Synopsis: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
4. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Stars: 1 of 5 stars
My Thoughts: All action and no character development. That’s how I would describe this book. It felt like epic battle after battle with very little back story. I found myself not caring what happened to the main characters because I had not developed an emotional attachment to them. I listened to this as an audiobook and because I was not into it, I found it REALLY hard to not to daydream about something else while listening.
Synopsis: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
My Thoughts: Unfortunately, this story got worse and worse for me as it went on. It started out with great potential; Claire accidentally time travels back in time and is captured. At first I enjoyed getting to know her future love interest, and even though it seemed to take FOREVER for them to get together, I did enjoy that first bit of the story. As the story progressed, however, I started to get very bored. There is A LOT of character development in this story, which I usually enjoy, but I thought there was just too much of it. We learn SO much about so many unimportant characters. It just felt like space filler (and this book is already very long). Towards the end of the story it gets pretty disturbing – there is a lot of violence, a gruesome scene where Claire kills a wolf with her bare hands and a same-sex rape scene. I found all of that to be much too explicit. Overall, a disappointing read.
Synopsis: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
6. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
My Thoughts: This one is a hard one to review. For the vast majority of the book I was thinking “boring boring boring” but the ending captivated me enough that I was left thinking “I wonder what happens next!” I decided to rate the book a three instead of a two because I liked it enough to continue with the series. This is a long story and the majority of it is about politics and training for war, which aren’t subjects I find interesting. Someone who likes Game of Thrones might enjoy this one. I loved the dragon and the complicated relationship of Eraton with Aria, but other than that it was just alright. I listened to this on audiobook which I think was essential…if I had read a physical copy I’m not sure I would have made it to the end
Synopsis: Darkness falls …Despair abounds …Evil reigns …Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn’t sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall – one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life.
Jen @ Habitat for Happiness