-4 stars Words cannot explain how bad this book was.I'd have to put the Sookie Stackhouse series, George RR Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series, the Eragon series, and anything written by Tad Williams here.Sookie: There's something to be said for a somewhat stupid main character. It gives the writer plenty of chances to have other characters explain things to the MC (and us). However, when your MC is so freaking stupid that she does the same things over and over again, never learning from her mistakes...that's when the writer needs to kill her off and find someone new to write about.Martin: Deadly dull. And just when it starts to get exciting, he starts killing off main characters. I slogged my way through the first two books and decided to look at Wikipedia to see if it got any better. Imagine my surprise when I learn the by the fourth or fifth book, he's managed to kill off every single main character except for one, who's a prick. I don't much like it when authors kill off characters, but when I went to all the effort to drag my way through his writing...*shakes her head* That I cannot abide.Eragon: I hate Eragon on multiple levels. There's the fact that he was this "genius author" who wrote his book when he was, what 17? 19? Yeah, a great book that takes the plot of Star Wars and sticks it in Tolkien's fantasy world, an author who has no imagination and poor descriptive abilities, one whose freaking PARENTS owned the publishing company that published him. He gets all sorts of accolades, when authors like Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (who wrote her first book at 14, was published without family connections, and has new ideas) are completely ignored. Williams: I've tried reading his different series on multiple occasions. What drove me crazy was his ADHD writing style. He would write a few pages from one character's perspective, rarely giving you enough information to figure out WHICH character, and then switch to another character..and another..and another. I felt like I needed to make a spreadsheet so I could write down the character's names, and what little I knew about them, just to figure out whose perspective I was reading. Entirely too frustrating!-5 stars I want to murder this book. It has pushed me to brink of insanity.The Elric Saga. Worst. Series. EVER. By the end of the sixth book, Elric manages to kill his entire family, everyone he loved, everyone he was ever friends with, everyone he met, and eventually destroys the world. And if that isn't bad enough, then his demon sword kills him and flies off. WTF?...This is kinda cathartic. Thanks, Poprad!
I'm normally the one who HAS to finish a book and/or series not matter how bad it gets, just because I have this never-ending hope that the story will be redeemed somehow. HOWEVER there is one book and one series that I've just had to give up on recently....Book: 50 Shades of Grey. There is so much wrong with this book that I can't even begin to focus my thoughts to make a summary. I quit halfway through. -5 stars I want to murder this book. It has pushed me to brink of insanity.Series: House of Night. It's been mentioned before in this thread, several times, but it bears repeating. I really enjoyed the first 2 or 3 books, but then it just got too... something. Between the weird storylines with the 'red' vamps, the overwhelming transition of the characters into caricatures, the fact that Zoey is going to be a smurf at this rate if she sprouts a new 'tattoo' anytime she faces any sort of challenge... I've just had to throw in the towel a couple of books ago.-2 stars How did this go so wrong?
Another -4 was Julia Templeton's Sinjin... oh, my... I was asking myself why, why all those raving 5* It is badly written, the hero is a jerk (is this the correct spelling? sorry... english is not my mother tongue). Nothing interesting happens...
...Bitten was just over-stuffed with sex. Elena hates Clay. Duh. She's mad with him: they have sex. ... She's pissed off all over again: they have sex...
The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger (yes, that is the title)The DUFF starts off with the portagonist, Bianca sitting in a club as Wesley Rush comes up and starts telling her how he's interested in her friends, and how she's going to help him make them be the next notches on his belt. And, he ever so rudely informs her that she is the DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend. and, with her messed up family life she uses him as a distraction... The guy's a brazen asshole who's trying to use you to get into your friends pants—all while telling you that you're a statistically ugly fat chick!!!!!!!!!!!
then, even though she hates him she falls into a friends with benifits thing because her home life is crap. Rather than talk with any one of her friends who she just pushes away, she sleeps with this guy who is a total man-whore, absolute douche and arrogant in an obnoxious way that just makes me want to slap him over and over.
This is a book about a snarky girl who fools around with a player. If you don't like the premise, then you won't like the book. What did you expect?
That's how I ended up feeling about Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I'd probably give it:-2 stars How did this go so wrong?It started out fun, but I quit reading around book..10? 11? And at that point, she STILL hadn't truly chosen between the two guys. I gave up and haven't read the next six or however many books. It's one thing for an author to create dramatic tension with a love triangle and another to drag it out to the point where you want to shoot one of the characters so she'll finally choose.
Primal Law (Alpha Pack #1) by J.D. Tyler -4this one made me sick - hero finds a mate, he is fighting it so he tries to have a sex with another woman..well he would do it if he could .Couple hours later he is back where his mate is, she smells another woman on him , they have fight five minutes later they have sex. STUPID!
The Substitue Bride - Margaret Pargeter -5 stars This book has a plain jane and thats what enticed me to read it....It was horrible.As the name of the book suggests, the h is substituting for her cousin..."'Well, no one,' he taunted, 'needs rose-colouredspectacles in bed.'His careless frankness was making her quiver andbringing wild colour to her pale cheeks." This is just a sample of how the rest of the book will be.In all the plain janes that i have read never have i come across such a jerk off. The stupidity of the h was also very frustrating. I wanted to slap both of them so hard and "bring wild color to their cheeks". And he didnt quit being a jerk till the last 10 pages when suddenly he realises that he loves his wife while the rest of the 230 pages he abused her both verbally and physically.I dont know what made them love each other.Maybe it was when the H (finally) realised that his wife was a virgin and not the slut that everyone ( his own family ) making her to be. This book takes the whole mean hero thing a step too far. This is one sick book. Dont read it.