Monday, December 28, 2015

Tina's Disappointments of 2015

Over the course of the last three months, I was encouraged by a few readers to check out some of their favorite series. I gave each of book one a try to test the waters before delving into future reading. Much to my disappointment, my expectations were too high.
Shon had started her list in a previous post - Shon's Disappointments of 2015 (view here)
I want to add a few of my own...
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
This is my most recent read. The book seems to be popular among the younger crowd and I was curious about the author so I picked it up. The writing isn't bad. The flow of the story is too slow for my taste.
The beginning didn't capture my interest and the start was rough. When the key characters were introduced and the story finally fell into place, the book was already ending. At least she found her brother at the end. If through it all, she never returned her brother home, I would have been exasperated. Maybe that deserves +half a star.  
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Another celebrated author, the story didn't contain "horror" as summarized. Cas is completely ordinary. He does not have supernatural powers. He does not have a group that battles with him. Yet he is a ghost slayer and his mother is a white witch. Cas comes on a chase to find Anna, this horribly tragic ghost that has taken countless lives. And the Creole ghost that ate his father. Without meaning to, he finds friendship in a small town and forms a close bond with them as they help him tackle the badass of ghosts.
Ok, the flow of the story isn't bad. I guess I just don't love it. It's hard to wrap my head around a prom queen liking the school weirdo/bullied and a teenage ghost slayer falling in love with his ghost prey. Yeah.

The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy 
The progression of the story is another slow one. In all honesty, I almost wanted to give up on the book but it's such a short book...  I thoroughly disliked how carelessly Salome tosses the word "friendship". Very strangely, she catches the attention of three boys and they each want her affection. And she throws herself at all three. Bizarre.
You begin to learn there is a reason why the boys are after her and why her emotions are all over the place. But it takes her a very long time to understand these newly founded emotions. She just isn't bright.  
Disappointed with these stories, I didn't feel compelled to post the reviews on the blog. But here, I can casually list a few ~ let me know if you feel the same.


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