Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read (99)

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Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

I should want to read this. It’s about a slave girl who dresses as a boy to spy on the bad guys, right? But I have absolutely ZERO interest in dystopian fantasies that are really pseudo historical fiction. I don’t want to read a bout a society influenced by a real ancient society – I want an honest to god made up one. I want my fantasies to have actual magic. I’m sick of all of these books trying to emulate the brutality of Game of Thrones. Just stop.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

I have zero interest in reading a Harry Potter fanfiction repackaged as original fiction.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)

I have no interest in reading about an abusive relationship packaged as romance when the author can’t even decide if this book is for children or grown ups. This is just a sick, sick joke to publish this ‘romance’ and I for one cannot find a physically, mentally and emotionally abusive character ‘sexy’.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Somewhat interested in seeing the film, I just have no desire to open these pages, especially when pretty much every review I’ve ever read said there was issues with the juvenile voice used.

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

Again, this is the kind of book I should want to read: a kick-ass girl protagonist fighting an alien invasion. And the film has cast one of my favourite actresses, Chloe Moretz, as the lead. But I just can’t manage to give any fucks about this book at all, despite many of my reviewing friends reading this early and loving it to bits.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska

I tried The Fault in Our Stars, so I get bonus points for that, but I’m just not into self-congratulating authors and their whimsical quirkiness that always comes off as pretentious characters and especially not the manic pixie dream girl dream.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Again, a book with a film I’m somewhat interested in, but that interest does not extend to the source material.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

Initially i was interested in reading this, but as time moved on and the hype fell away I realised I just really was not interested. Every time a new book in the series is released I kind of look back on this one and think sadly, “We could have had it all.”

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

Marie Lu is a legend among my reviewing friends, but I just can’t gather any interest in reading this book. I just don’t want to read this kind of dystopian.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Just LOL, right?

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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read (99)

  1. Anne

    Why do you think John Green is a self-congratulatory author? His web presence has done quite a lot to enhance reading in general not just his own books. I’ve met him and he is about the most humble and shy authors I’ve ever met.

    LOOKING FOR ALASKA is amazing.

    1. Nemo

      Probably my biggest beef is that he claimed he was the first author to write a kissing scene where the girl made the first move (http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/john-green-thinks-tfios-invented-girls-kissing-first/). Then he ‘accidentally’ plagiarised a teen girl, although he did make amends in the end (http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/the-fault-in-our-sourcing#.ja90YQ0ym). Then he turned an accusation of being creepy into an accusation of being a pedophile (http://www.themarysue.com/john-green-female-ya-readers/). Whatever he does, he blows it out of proportion, because he thinks he’s more important than he is. He didn’t save YA, and his characters are poor imitations of how he wishes he was as a teen. He gets extra credit and privilege from being a man in a female-dominated industry (YA/romance, not literature in general, which is male-dominated).

    1. Nemo

      LOL there is NO WAY I am ever willingly reading anything of Clare’s. She’s a straight up bully, completely unoriginal, and I have no idea why everyone panders to her.

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