Hype or Like Friday: Worst Reads of 2016

Hello Friday everybody,

The Theme for December is Year End reads of 2016 and the Book of the Month is A Thousand Pieces of You

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.
December 16: Worst Reads of 2016 – A little different than top over-hyped. What books did you read this year that you absolutely couldn’t stand?

Disclaimer: I know some of these books may have fan bases and if you liked them that is fine, these books just weren’t for me.

Wink Poppy Midnight by: April Genevieve Tuchloke

This was more of a let down than a worst read. I was expecting something like Pretty Little Liars and a nice murder mystery plot with a lot of twists and turns, and it was very boring. While I did like some of the characters the plot was just a mess and the twist was very boring.

Never Never by Brianna Shrum

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This was another book I was very disappointed in. I was intrigued by the premise, mainly because I like fairy tale retelling told from the villains perspective e.i. Wicked. While it did start off pretty good, the story started becoming a mess when James becomes Captain Hook. There wasn’t a lot of build up in becoming Captain Hook.

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

This was a book that started off so well, and than in ventured into YA cliche territory. With dumb romances and really bad love triangles or squares by the end of the book. The book was extremely dull and boring as well.

The Registry by Shannon Stoker

This was another premise that should have been amazing, but than ended up boring. It  could have had an interesting commentary on gender and society but than it ventured into dumb romances in which the whole plot stopped just to address a love triangle.

 

Those are the books that I didn’t like of 2016. What are your worst reads of 2016? Let me know in the comments below.

Mean Girls Book Tag

Today is October 3rd, when Aaron asked Cady “what day it was”

So to celebrate Mean Girls day I will be doing a Mean Girls book tag. Even though I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I will do it anyway because I love Mean Girls.

The Mean Girls book tag was created by Sarah-Jane atThe BookLife

1 . “It’s pronounced like ‘Cady.’” | Which fictional character’s name did you get completely wrong?

(Insert character from either the Throne of Glass series and Court of Thorns and Roses)

I couldn’t pronounce of the character names of either series. I am so sorry Sarah J. Maas.

2. “She doesn’t even go here!” | Which character would you like to in a fictional world from another book or series?

Hermione Granger in the Hunger Games.

I know that feels random, but hear me out. Most tributes win on strength alone, but it also takes knowledge and survival skills in order to do so. And I think Hermione can definitely survive the Hunger Games, with her skills.

3. “On Wednesdays we wear pink!” | Repetition. Repetition. Which book gave you deja vu of another book whilst reading it?

When I first read Red Queen, last year I felt like I have scene some of the same tropes in most YA fanstatsy novels.

4. “You all have to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.” | Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

I felt by the premise alone, this could have been an amazing story dealing with the commentary of gender roles. But than it ventured in YA territory with dumb love triangles, which I felt was going against the themes that the book was trying to focus on.

5. “You go, Glen Coco!” | Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.

Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower. He needs a hug. He has been through so much in the book, and you always want to cheer him on, and hopes he finds happiness.

6. “Get in loser, we’re going shopping.” | How long do you typically spend at a book shop?

Typically an hour, depends how much time I have to kill.

7. “It’s not my fault you’re like, in love with me or something!” | Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

I don’t know if I am that creepy, and I can’t think of any characters that I can obsess over.

8. “I can’t help it that I’m popular.” | Which over hyped book were you cautious about reading?

I read Shadow and Bone, a couple years ago and didn’t see what the big deal was, so of course I wasn’t rushing to buy Six of Crows. I picked up the book a few weeks ago and loved it. Now I am currently reading Crooked Kingdom.

9. “She’s a life ruiner. She ruins people’s lives.” | We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.

Cersei Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire. She is one my favorite villains of Westeros, and part of me wants to see what happens when she rules from the Iron Throne.

10. “I’m not like a regular mom; I’m a cool mom.” | Your favorite fictional parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Weasley are awesome parents to not just their own kids, but also accept Harry and Hermione as if they were their own.

11. “That is so fetch!” | Which book or series would you love to catch on?

It was a book I read recently and really liked it. It is a very underrated book and if you are a fan of Chinese Culture and Mythology, mixed with fantasy, than I recommend that you give it a read.

12. “How do I even begin to explain Regina George?” | Describe your ideal character to read about.

My ideal character would be smart, caring, loyal, strong, funny when they need to be, serious when they need to be and can take of themselves.

13. “I just have a lot of feelings.” | What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of “the feels?”

What an emotionally draining book, and I seriously cannot wait until what more the series has to offer.

14. “Nice wig, Janice, what’s it made of?” “Your mom’s chest hair!” | Which characters one liners would you love to claim for your own?

Basically anything that Tyrion says can be an awesome one-liner I could claim as my own.

15. “Boo, you whore.” | Name a time a character’s decision has made you roll your eyes.

Most of Tris’ decisions in both Insurgent and Allegiant.

 

All right that is the Mean Girls Book Tag. If you reading this, consider yourself TAGGED. And have a Happy Mean Girls Day.

 

The Registry by: Shannon Stoker

Summary (via Goodreads): The Registry saved the country from collapse. But stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death.

Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the book, despite some of the problems that the book in regards to the story. I liked the concept of the book, how the setting reinforces gender roles and is perceived as gender norms. Girls are raised to be wives and boys are raised to be soldiers. Girls have to be pretty while boys are taken from their families and trained to be soldiers and have no identity given to them. I like how each chapter starts with a quote  from the The Registry Guide for Girls or Boys, which specifies the roles each gender has to oblige to.

I thought the characters were really good, but could have used some development. Mia, while she comes across as the average “Disney princess” who wants something more, I see the reasoning why she wants given to what happened to her sister. Andrew, the person who works at Mia’s family farm is a good character, but not as developed as he should be. He has to enlist in a week, and is at first reluctant to help Mia escape. Grant, Mia’s “fiance” is sort of the average bad guy who thinks women should be seen as property, I would have liked to have seen more development from him, and maybe a little on his backstory and upbringing. Whitney, Mia’s friend could have used some more development, instead of just being the stock friends character. Carter, someone who Mia and Andrew meet on the way to Mexico, has good character in him but was kind of wasted on the forced romance and love triangle.

If their is a negative that the book has it is the love triangle. The love triangle feels like it was forced in because authors think it will make the book better, but it kind of weakened the book. Both Andrew and Carter has good characters to them, but he love triangle brought them down. It also highlighted one of my bookish pet peeves which is when the plot stops just to address the love triangle and how boys pine for her really brought the story down.

I would have also liked to have seen the world and how they deal with the gender roles, rather than just the point of view of the main leads. I would have also preferred first person narration instead of third person just so you could know how the characters feel and what they are thinking. I also felt that the ending was a little rushed and ends sort of on a cliffhanger. While I know other books are published it would have been nice to have a clear ending.

In the end, I thought it was solid story, brought down by a forced cliched YA romance. I will read the next book to see where the story goes.

Grade: 3.3/5

May TBR

Hello all,

I kinda want to give myself reading goals for the month so I am listing my May TBR. It will hopefully help me with my reading goals and with summer approaching I will have more time to read them and hopefully enjoy them

The Registry by Shannon Stoker

I bought this week a while ago and it was sitting on my nook for a while. I am currently reading it and so far it is good.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses, surprised me last summer and while her work is very hit or miss. I think the characters are much better developed than in The Throne of Glass series.

 

Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum

As some of you know, I am a fan of fairy tale retelling or twisted fairy-tales told from a different perspective. This one is the story of Peter Pan told from the point of view of a young Captain Hook. I read the sample and it hooked me in.

Some Boys by Patty Blount

A few weeks ago, one of the Top 5 Wednesday topics was books on hard topics and this book came up a lot. While the subject matter may be triggering (sexual assault), I have heard great things about it.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The sequel to the Young Elites, and with how the first book ended, I really want to know what happens next and seeing Adelina’s going further into darkness and how she gets there.

My goal is at least 5 books this month, and if you have any other suggestions let me know.