With all the top 10 lists I've posted this week with my favorite reads of the past year, I feel like I must give fair time to the opposite end of the spectrum. I have never posted a list of my DNFs or disappointments before, but this year I am.
This list is sure to be controversial, as opinions about books are incredibly subjective and often our feelings toward a book can be due to our moods. I'd love to hear your opinions in the comments below (respectfully)!
These are my DNFs and disappointments for 2012:
(The Hunt #1)
Darkness Before Dawn
(Darkness Before Dawn #1)
This book was too predictable for me with bumpy dialogue and cardboard cutout YA characters. I found myself feeling very ho hum about Dawn and her love interest, Victor, and I didn't really like many of the other characters. I also didn't buy the dystopian world. The things the vampires let the humans keep versus the things they banned just didn't make sense to me. This one had a lot of potential but things just didn't click into place for me. I technically read the entire book, but there was A LOT of skimming involved.
(Colbana Files #1)
I was super excited to read this one after several friends loved it, but clearly I somehow got a totally different book than they did. The main character is supposedly a badass with her sword, to which she has a special connection even. Too bad she rarely used it in the book. She was also not incredibly likable, especially with her not-so-stellar decision making skills. Oh, and the hero shows how much he likes her by slamming her head against a car trunk and choking her until her vocal chords are temporarily damaged. Hot, right? Nope. DNF.
This was one of my highly anticipated YA books of 2012, so imagine my genuine disappointment that this one was slowly paced, confusing, and riddled with religious undertones. I just couldn't get into it, no matter how hard I tried. I couldn't really understand what the heck was going on with the group of teens that wanted her to join them and I was not even into Jeremy, the love interest. All around a big bummer. DNF.
Boyfriend From Hell
(Saturn's Daughter #1)
Shadow and Bone
(The Grisha #1)
Although many seem to have loved this book, I did NOT. I was bored with constant info dumps and paragraphs about stupid details like the color of people's clothes but not enough info about the important stuff, like the powers that the Grisha use. I also couldn't look past the glaring plot holes that drove me crazy. This is another case of, "Did I read the same book that everyone else read?". I did actually read this one to its end, but it still didn't impress me.
Alice in Zombieland
(White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
With a name like Alice in Zombieland I expected a fun and edge-of-my-seat book about zombies. Umm, no. Instead I got a wet noodle for a heroine, plot holes that left me with too many questions, and some sneaky religious undercurrents. I didn't really like Ali and wondered why Cole was so into her, but I especially wondered why there was such a focus on their ridiculous relationship and not enough focus on her training to be a zombie killer. Read this one to the end, but painfully.
Do you agree with my list of disappointments?Have you read any of these books?What books do you think should have made my list?