It’s been some time now that I came to the sad conclusion that I AM WEAK!
You see when I go to Goodreads or Instagram or WordPress and I see many friends raving about a book…they wear me down!
I swore: no more!
Sophie this month you are on a book ban! You have too much books unread already and your book budget has been exploded many months ago. No more book buying!
They are all shiny and aclaimed but who cares? You know you have to resist. You pinky promised your hubs who so does not want to build one more shelf to support your book addiction.
But then I see the “Nth” stellar review and I break! I order this hyped book that will certainly leave me fulfilled and exhalted*and will have me baking hubys’s favorite chocolate cake just to mellow the man and convince him to build that shelf*.
Most of the time my spurt of the moment buy is spot on.
But sometimes the impulsive buy of this so hyped book leave a bitter after- taste.
Because it did not live up to the expections.
Well today’s topic in Top 5 Tuseday at @bionicbookworm is about these “much ado about nothing” books. The one so hyped who missed the mark with me.
As I am a rebel I will give you more than 5 as I read both YA and Adult with the resason why. Yes today I AM DISHING OUT!
Collide by Gail Mc Hugh: 61094 Ratings on GR with 4,23 stars.
A missed first encounter…
Colliding with a second chance…
On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother’s death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start.
While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can’t live without her by his side, he’s sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man.
Until she meets Gavin Blake—a rich and notorious playboy who is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Emily tries to deny the instant connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is not inclined to let go so easily. Recovering from his own painful past, Gavin will stop at nothing to win Emily over.
This unexpected encounter compels Emily to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life.
It disappointed …. because the female.MC gratted on my nerves! She was a real doormat! Being abused was normal and she made excuses! Oh Hell no!
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren:130.146 ratings on Goodreads, 4.04 stars.
An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.
Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.
Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.
As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.
It disappointed ….because it left me cold. The writing did absolutely nothing for me and it felt superficial. I tried a second one but then called it quit.
Reasonable Doubt series by Whitney G. 32624 ratings on GR with 4,11 stars
“I really wanted to like it but …no.
Too short, too much sex (never thaught I would say it) and lack of backbone in the story. I hate when writers slice their stories in so many little pièces we’re kept waiting. Sorry but it’s not enough for me. I can’t commiserate with Andrew nor forgive him for what he is doing to Aubrey because we don’t have time to understand or enough explanations.
It’s as Andrew is just a douche and Aubrey has no self esteem and act like a sex crazed kitten. I’ll buy book 3 only if it’s a “real” book, with more than 100 pages and more substance.
So, so disappointed here.”
The same can be said of the Sylvia Day Crossfire Series. First book on GR got 413.414 ratings with 4,19 stars whereas the fourth book in this series got 78.587 ratings.
“Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness. He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily.
Gideon “knew.” He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each others most private wounds and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart ”
Disappointed because ….I loved the first 3 books then it fizzled out. Honestly it was meant to be a trilogy and was simply dragged out. I was under the impression that the author just wanted to make more money.
When we Collided by Emery Lord.13.604 ratings on GR with 3,84 stars
I had so much hope as the cover is really pretty with all its colors and the reviews were enthusiastic. My main problem with the book was Viv’s personality. I really have a hard time connecting with characters behaving erratically or buoyantly. Constant whirlwind.
Second issue I have with the book: the love between Jonah and Viv did not feel real to me. They did things together, Viv helped Jonah throughout his ordeals and they cared for each other but … I guess Viv acting so careless sometimes and flirting somehow with other guys and just coming too forcefully on Jonah made me disbelieve their feelings.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 493.469 ratings on GR and 3,76 stars
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything
I was really sad to feel only mild interest in this one as it had so much success. But I never fell into the story. I don’t know why though.
One Small Thing by Erin Watt 2.478 ratings on GR, 3,76 stars
I really pinned for this one as I love Erin Watt’s books but sadly I could not like it. I found some inconsistencies in the book (they are in the grass then suddenly he leaves the bed where they made love. WTH? ) My main problem was that I was MAD at Beth’s parents ALL THE TIME! And I was mad at her best friend Rebecca AND at the whole school. Heck make it the whole town! I found that it was unrealistic to have everyone and I mean really everyone in town against him! He was not a serial killer for God’s sake! Not believable that everyone was blind and dumb.
Looking for Alaska by John Green 943.127 ratings, 4,06 stars
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.
This happened with every John Green ‘s books that I’ve tried. His writing simply does not work for me and feel all over the place. I know he is a gifted author he just isn’t one author for me.
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins 34.374 ratings on GR, 3,76 stars
Barely weeks ago I recommended Hex Hall by the same author. Sadly the magic did not repeat in this one. It was good but not great. Certainly not what I had expected. The humor that I loved so much in Hex Hall was missing.
Now it’s your turn! Do tell me which hyped book left you disappointed.
Thanks for reading!