Universally loved books I hate: More unpopular opinions

Well guys. We’re back at it again. (The compulsion for me to make a devastatingly outdated Damn Daniel reference was almost insurmountable. But, with a heroic amount of strength, I resisted. You’re welcome.)

As we all know, I hate many a book. (2.96 average rating — yes, it dropped! — on Goodreads, tons of one star ratings, etc etc, we’ve heard it all before.) I also read a lot of — dare I say “mostly” — popular YA stuff. You know, the stuff I hear about from blogging and Goodreads and Bookstagram.

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Books everyone liked and I…did not: More unpopular opinions

Well, we’ve been here before.

On a lot of levels, actually. One: hey gang!! It’s been a while! I took another accidental hiatus! Are we surprised? No, I can’t imagine we are. If any surprise is happening at all, I’m sure it’s everyone being like, Oh, you were gone? Did not notice. Definitely did not impact my life at all.

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A whole new level of garbage: A Court of Wings and Ruin Review

Synopsis: Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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More unpopular opinions: Two books only I hated out of the whole world, except not really

Well, this year has been characterized by unpopular opinions and one-star ratings and really bad YA contemporaries. So why not close out the year with the best possible indication of what that year was like?

So here we are. Two contemporaries with decent Goodreads ratings; two somewhat promising but not completely synopses; two one and a half star reviews.

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Just One Day Series Review: Even good things are bad, you know?

Oh man oh man oh man. Here we are again.

You may have seen me freaking out recently about Just One Day. The rare good kind of freaking out. It scraped – just barely – into my all time favorites list. I screamed about it in my July/August wrap-up. But mainly this book gets hella name checking on this blog because of the main character, whose name’s spelling I actually genuinely forget. Not a good sign.

Update: It’s Allyson. Ridiculous spelling and I refuse to apologize for not knowing it off the dome.

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Contemporary Reviews: Because reading this genre always goes so well for me

Whaddup whaddup. Happy Halloween!! I hope negative reviews are spooky enough for you.

Has it been too long since I’ve posted? Probably, right? It seems like a safe bet to assume I’m constantly going too long without posting. I’m really good with schedules and organization and efficiency and having my life together, you guys. Nothing is falling to total ruin around me as I pile more and more onto my plate, signing up for more and more things and handling none of them appropriately or anything like that. I didn’t skip a class this morning in order to sleep for four more hours or something.

Moving on.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Review: Why do you guys like this book?

Synopsis: It’s no longer safe for Harry at Hogwarts, so he and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, are on the run. Professor Dumbledore has given them clues about what they need to do to defeat the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, once and for all, but it’s up to them to figure out what these hints and suggestions really mean.

Their cross-country odyssey has them searching desperately for the answers, while evading capture or death at every turn. At the same time, their friendship, fortitude, and sense of right and wrong are tested in ways they never could have imagined.

The ultimate battle between good and evil that closes out this final chapter of the epic series takes place where Harry’s Wizarding life began: at Hogwarts. The satisfying conclusion offers shocking last-minute twists, incredible acts of courage, powerful new forms of magic, and the resolution of many mysteries.

Above all, this intense, cathartic book serves as a clear statement of the message at the heart of the Harry Potter series: that choice matters much more than destiny, and that love will always triumph over death.

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Contemporary Mini-Reviews: Three contemporaries. One post. One half of a soul.

The last one in the title is me.

Tbh I have had a couple of these three reviews languishing in my to-post folder for literally months so I guess it’s time to get on that!!!! There’s literally no reason not to!!! It involves very little work and that’s the only thing I avoid!!!!!

Okay. These contemporaries are Dangerous Girls, We Are Okay, and By Your Side. I gave two one star and one three and a half stars. Wild. Let’s get into it.

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Graphic Novels: Three Mini Reviews

In an attempt to catch up with what I thought was a hopelessly lost battle between myself and my reading challenge, I hit up my local library. (Nice! is what you should all be saying, in unison, pumping your fists.)

Anyway, I headed over to the (newly expanded!) graphic novel section to do what I perceive as a lil harmless cheating. I picked up five, ended up reading three, and did not really enjoy them at all.

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Alex, Approximately Review

Synopsis: The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

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