I was so happy when I got tagged in this tag by Kay @ Hammock of Books (thanks for tagging me!) because I find talking about my negative opinions of books so fun. Sometimes they’re unpopular but I do love a good rant now and again. Here’s hoping it’s just as enjoyable for you guys to read them.
NOPE. ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.
This book was incredibly disappointing for me. I can’t go into detail about the ending because of spoilers but safe to say, I was frustrated, bored and more than ready to yell at the characters. More in my review here.
NOPE. protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Hello, Ella with the ‘interesting’ mental illness, ridiculous illogical reactions and bland love interest, it’s not so good to see you again. I spent most of this book wanting her to go and sit in a corner and stay there while I read more about the far more interesting side characters.
NOPE. series: A series that turned out to be a huge pile of nope after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it.
This category was a hard one because I have a real problem with continuing series and I don’t like getting invested in series that are longer than three books.
However, at the moment the Throne of Glass series is this for me. After all the hype and the lovely covers, I have spent three months of the first half of this book and it’s been painful for me. I think I will DNF this soon.
NOPE. pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
KELL AND LILA, KELL AND LILA, KELL AND LILA.
Okay, I’m calm. This dislike for the ship partly stems from my dislike of Lila Bard (you get me ranting about her, I could go on all day) but Kell and Lila had no chemistry whatsoever. I didn’t even believe them as friends, let alone as this great romantic couple. They were so bland when they were together and I wished Lila would sail away on her boat and never come back.
NOPE. plot twist: A twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.
This book could fit so many categories for this book tag. The first word of my review is literally ‘nope‘. When I started this book, I didn’t see the ending coming at all but it was just the crappy cherry on top of a crappy book with incredibly unlikeable characters. I can’t believe this won so many awards. It was awful.
NOPE. genre: A genre you will never read.
I’ve read a lot of books in various genres so this was a hard one. As I searched through Goodreads I can safely say, I will probably never read a musical theory book (yes, I’m counting it as a genre). I love music but I’m a listener, not a creator of it.
NOPE. book format: A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
Hardback books. They’re heavy, bulky and they all come in different sizes so they look really odd on your shelves. Not to mention, they’re not that hardwearing nowadays and the spines especially bend under pressure.
NOPE. trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
This is related to the ‘not like other girls’ trope but the trope where female characters are always in competition with each other. I almost dread there being more than one female character in an ensemble cast because they’ll be rivals or enemies or be competing for the same guy. When I read Six of Crows for the first time, I was dreading seeing Nina and Inej on the page together and then was pleasantly surprised when they turned out to be best of friends. That is how much I was expecting it.
NOPE. recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.
I won’t read Cassandra Clare. I don’t hate her, that’s a very strong word, but I dislike her previous actions and I don’t think she’s changed. I’ve seen this book (and series) recced to the moon and back but I am not going to read it.
NOPE. cliché: A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
Apart from love triangles? The narration or the love interest telling me that the main female protagonist is ‘not like other girls’. I started a book recently and within about ten pages, the main female character took the time to say how she was better than other women because she wasn’t just interested in tea and sewing.
Nope, nope, nope.
NOPE. love interest: A love interest that’s not worthy of being one.
The love interest in this book is a violent arsehole who dumps his friend without at least expressing concern over him, you know after his friends loses the sports he loves and is in constant pain, enough that he turns to drugs to numb everything. And then we’re supposed to be happy that he is going to go into adulthood with a prison sentence, rather than sad over the complete destruction of his life.
NOPE. book: A book that shouldn’t have existed.
I could rant about this book all day. This is not only a pile of racist, misogynist crap, it is also not well-written. Insta-love far worse than any YA contemporary book strikes just over one hundred pages in and the characters dissolve into caricatures. Add the graphic rape scenes and the women being fridged left, right and centre (which apparently only gets worse in the next two books) and I wish this book had never existed.
It does make it fun to rant about it though.
NOPE. villain: A villain you would hate to cross.
We’re not going for people villains only here, right? I read The Rats recently and I have to admit, the thought of large, evil rats that have a taste of human flesh scare the living daylights out of me. It’s the unknown number, it’s not knowing where they were going to be next, it’s the fact that one bite will kill you and they show no fear whatsoever. They will come into your home and eat your dog and your baby within two minutes and there will be nothing you can do to stop them. NOPE.
Great villain, James Herbert. Suitably horrific.
NOPE. death: A character death that still haunts you.
The death of Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Sirius was one of my favourite characters, maybe because he’s so complex and his flaws are so obvious, but mainly I feel like he got a crappy hand in life. He has his horrid family, nine (ten?) years of happiness with his friends, twelve years in Azkaban, two years on the run and a year imprisoned in his hated childhood home before his untimely death.
I think, more than any of the other deaths in the series, this is the one I would change the most.
NOPE. author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.
Apart from half of the authors listed above? Maybe Stephanie Meyer, though I’ve heard good things about The Chemist. I’m probably going to go with Victoria Foyt, not only for writing Save the Pearls but for doubling down at the (understandable) negative backlash to it.
Tag! Feel free to do this if you want but don’t worry if it’s not the tag for you (or you’ve already done it).
And anyone who is reading this and wants to have a go (it’s a very fun book tag). Let me know in the comments if you do your own!