We’re midway through the week and after receiving A Court of Frost and Starlight yesterday I was at a loss for what to post.
Originally I thought I would post a nice rant about how thin the book is (legit it’s Sarah J. Maas’ smallest novel yet and this is including her novella), but I figured it would just be me screaming into a void about something that I can’t control.
Then, with all of my negative feelings, I saw this amazing book tag that Erica’s Bookshelves posted yesterday and knew it was just for me. Also, you should check out her blog. I fell into a bit of a hole while on it because she just has so much solid content.
The Nope tag was originally created by A Booktube Book.
With all of this said, I’m going to do exactly what Erica did in her post and warn you guys beforehand: I’m going to be talking about aspects of books that I didn’t enjoy. I may not have enjoyed it, or appreciated it, but be certain that this isn’t an attempt to undervalue anyone’s opinion or work. It’s just my opinion on something, which truth be told, means absolutely nothing.
Nope: Ending-A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy
I’m starting this one off on a positive note.
I died from Blood for Blood‘s ending. It was so emotional and tormenting and damn Ryan Graudin but to this day I feel myself hurting from the ending.
With that said. I loved the ending and wouldn’t have wanted something different.
Nope: Protagonist-A main character you dislike and drives you crazy
You know, the main character from The Selection.
I will never get over my hatred of her name and profession. Her name is Singer, so she’s a singer.
I think this character drives me crazy because she is about on par with a bachelor contestant. She’s vapid and ignorant and I just couldn’t handle her.
Nope: Series-A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE after you’d invested all of that time and energy on it. Or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore
I think the Snow Like Ashes series has been my most disappointing series as of recently. The premise held so much potential, I just wasn’t a huge fan of the execution.
I haven’t read the last book in the series and I am still considering it. I mean, you never know, the last book could turn the entire series around.
Nope: Popular pairing-A “ship” you don’t support
Liam and Ruby from The Darkest Minds.
Now, understand I liked them as a couple at first, but after meeting Liam’s brother, I couldn’t get past the idea of Ruby and Liam’s brother as a pair.
Nope: Plot twist-A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead had about seven plot twists and I hated all of them. However, I did enjoy laughing at that book.
Nope: Protagonist action/decision-A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE
There are many decisions that Anna in Anna and the French Kiss made that I was cringing from.
Nope: Genre-A genre you will never read
I’m going to defer to the there’s no genre I won’t read because I honestly believe I like everything I just have to give it a chance.
Nope: Trope-A trope that makes you go NOPE
The Bad Boy love interest. I can’t stand it because they always end up doing truly awful things and then have an excuse for it later on.
Nope: Recommendation-A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read
Game of Thrones but only because it’s so long and because George R.R. Martin will likely die before finishing the series. I don’t need that in my life.
Nope: Cliche/pet peeve-A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes
When authors use flowery language that doesn’t make sense.
Maas does this.
She’ll say, “He kissed the back of my hand,” which doesn’t make sense. What is the back of your hand?
Nope: Love interest-The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you think shouldn’t have been a viable love interest.
Jacob from Twilight. With Bella or the child. He was just a worthless character.
Nope: Book-A Book that shouldn’t have existed and made you say NOPE
The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele. It was cool in theory, but terrible everywhere else.
Nope: Villain-A scary villain or antagonist that you would hate to cross and would make you run in the other direction
Hannibal Lecter. He’s awesome to read, but terrifying.
Nope: Death-A character death that still haunts you
There’s a particular death in Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix that, to this day, I struggle to reconcile.
Nope: Author-An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit
Honestly, I haven’t experienced this. I think it’s unfair to judge an entire future body of work of an author based on a single bad experience.