Top 5 Wednesday: Books I will Never Read

Happy Wednesday everyone,

For today’s top 5 Wednesday, it is Top 5 books I will never read.

This was a very tough list because I do have an open mind when it comes to books, series or authors. I may have some unpopular opinions on this list and if you are a fan of these books that is fine.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

The Selection Trilogy

I have heard very mixed things about the book. Some thinks its one of their favorites others thinks its just a series full of dumb YA cliches. Even judging by the premise it just never interested me.

The Winner’s Trilogy

When I first read The Winner’s Curse I DNF. I just felt the book a very boring and the characters I felt was flat and uninteresting. I read it again for Hype or Like Friday, finished it and my opinion on it never changed. I really have no interest in finishing the series.

The Grisha Trilogy

This is another series that I felt was way over hyped than it needed to be. I read the first book and literally saw the twist coming a mile away, mainly due to the character’s name. I heard Six of Crows maybe better, but I won’t read the Grisha trilogy.

Any Cassandra Clare series

While I may focus primarily on the Mortal Instruments, I just feel that as a whole I think she is very overrated. I read the first few books of The Mortal Instruments and I just didn’t get the hype surrounding the series. Even the TV show I just thought was okay and not as great as everyone makes it to be. So I don’t really have any much interest in reading her work.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I read her Darkest Minds Trilogy, and just thought it was kinda meh. I also heard a lot of mixed things about the book. I also feel as a whole that the author is kinda overrated. I felt Darkest Minds was over hyped, and I wasn’t in a rush to pick up her next book.

There’s my list of books I will never read. I may read them eventually but I am not in a hurry to read them

What are some books that you will never read? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Hype or Like Friday: When do you consider a Book to Have Reached Hype Status

Happy Friday everyone,

For this weeks Hype or Like Friday it is: When does a book reach hype status?

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

Hype is a term that could be both positive and negative. I will first give you a few examples of when a book reaches hype status.

1. Movie Adaptations 

Ever since adaptations has been made for bestselling novels, it always hypes up the popularity. Examples have included; Twilight, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Fault in our Stars etc. I admit I actually did read Twilight and Harry Potter before the movies were even announced. But seeing the trailers to Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars made me want to go out and read the books.

With movie adaptations, it takes those who haven’t read the book or heard of teh story will pick up the book and become fans. While a lot of the YA adaptions have been fairly hit-or-miss, it does expand the fan base of the book series and draws up more interest.

2. Booktubers and bloggers

Over the past few years Booktube and blogging has always played a key role in whether or not a book reaches hype status. Usually if the booktuber has hundreds of thousands of subscribers it plays a role if the book reaches hype status if they love the book. I know since, many of the books I pick up are well loved by those in the booktube community. While I still follow my own opinion, I feel many readers see if any of the booktubers like a book and read it for themselves.

I also think it could affect how one sees a book. An example is this months Book of the Month which is The Winners Curse. The Winners Curse was very hyped up by members of the booktube community. Last year I decided to read it and I DNF. I think as I was reading the book, I was wondering where is this “great book” everyone was talking about. I am currently re-reading it so I could give my own view for next weeks review.

3. Fandom

Fandom is a funny thing. I admit I am a fanboy of series like, The Lunar Chronicles, Harry Potter and a Song of Ice and Fire. If you seen some of my reviews for The Lunar Chronicles and especially Winter, where I admitted its my favorite final books of a series. The Lunar Chronicles is still one of my favorite series and I also admit there was some problems because no book is perfect.

Sometimes I think fandom can also lead a book series to be over hyped. An example is the works of Cassandra Clare. The fandom is very active and also over hyped a book. To be honest I only read the first two books of the Mortal Instruments and the first book of the Infernal Devices series. I just thought they were kinda “meh”. Not bad but also not mindbogglingly great. But sometimes the fandom can’t see the flaws in a book and keep saying how great a book is when really it is just okay.

Those are my examples of when a book reaches hype status. Do you have a book series that has reached hyped status that you haven’t read yet? When do you consider a book to have reached hype status? Let me know in the comments below!

Mortal Instruments: Shadowhunters Review with spoilers

Tuesday was the season finale of the Freeform series Shadowhunters based on the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. Click here for my first impressions of the series.

First let me describe my history of the series, to be completely honest I only read the first two books and than I stopped. I hopefully will pick up the series again. With that said I don’t really have any context of how the TV show holds up to the book series, so I am judging this as a TV show itself.

Also while I am at it let me give you my views of the 2013 movie. It was ok, nothing special.

At first I felt that the series started the same as the movie, going to the club and Clary sees the Shadowhunters hunting demons. I felt the show started off a bit slow, but in regards to the fact that it is a supernatural show the show has to introduce the characters, plot and the  world to an audience who mostly didn’t read the books, but I think the show did a good job.

Now for the character. I actually prefer show Clary and Jace to movie Clary and Jace. They actually have chemistry and Jace doesn’t sound too emo. I also felt that the romance was handled a little better than the show. I actually like more of the supporting cast which includes Alec, Isabelle and Simon also did a pretty good job.

My main problem with the series is a lot of the plot lines. A first they have to get the Mortal Cup, than have to rescue Simon from vampires, Simon actually turning into a vampire, the politics of the Institute, Alec’s coming out story, plot line with the wolves, finding Valentine, saving Clary’s mother and dealing with the fact the Clary and Jace turned out to be brother and sister. I felt that with so many plot lines it was hard to keep track of what was going on and this is from someone who watches and enjoys Game of Thrones. I think the season could have used a bit more a polish just make the series a little more cohesive.

I also really hated the Clary and Jace brother-sister twist and I know from friends who have read the book what really happened, but even than the plot-line was stupid to begin with. I also think that the Alec coming out story line could have been better handled without him trying to marry a girl and than go for Magnus at the wedding.

I know the show did take liberties in regards to the book series, but I am not judging the show on how good an adaptation just on the show itself. As show I thought it wasn’t that bad. Hopefully in future they could make the plots more cohesive.

Grade: B-

Shadowhunters: Mortal Instruments First Impressions

Shadowhunters is a TV series based off the Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare. The Shadowhunters series is also based on the 2013 movie Mortal Instruments City of Bones, which flopped at the box office killing any chance for a sequel.

For my thoughts on the actual book series, I only read the first book and currently reading the second book, and will give my views of the books when I get the chance.

For my first impressions on the series is that I actually kinda like it. Judging mainly from the first 3 episodes, while I think the pilot wasn’t all great I think things really pick up on the 3rd episode where we get more of a glimpse into the world of Shadowhunters. I am not going to nitpick changes made from the book because it’s an adaptation changes happen and if I complained about every show that changes from the book I wouldn’t be watching Walking Dead, Dexter and Game of Thrones.

Let’s first start with the characters, Clary (Katherine McNamera). I think her acting got a little better from the pilot and while I didn’t really care for book Clary or even movie Clary hopefully by the end of the series she could change.

Next of the leads is Jace (Dominic Sherwood). This Jace is an improvement from the movie and actuallt put in some personality like he had in the book.

In regards, to the supporting characters I feel they have good performances and are my favorite part of the series.

For the series as a whole I’m going to keep watching till the end of the season. A common complaint is that it doesn’t follow book, therefore it’s bad. For me I am not judging how well it adapts the book but how it stands on its own and on its own its pretty descent. Maybe if it was on CW or Sci Fi Channel I think it would have been better. By the end of the season I will have my final thoughts.