I’ll jump right in!
(1) Dare you to jump backwards: Name a book that you went into blindly and it let you down.
Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergen. The blurb suggested a YA centred around female empowerment, and I was SO excited, but it was awful. It attempted to crucify all men (who are all rapists and murders in Bergin’s eyes), not empower women. The plot was confusing, the protagonist childish and unlikeable, and it seemed entirely pointless. It’s a shame. I think, if the plot was developed, it could have been a wonderful story.
(2) One drink too many: Name a book that gave you a hangover.
I think I’m still reeling from Six of Crows. You can find my full review here (expect passion and the phrase BEST HEIST EVER repeated multiple times) but I am madly in love with this book. My mood when I finished was just like a hangover – I was very dizzy, and in desperate need of rest. GOD THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING GOOD. READ IT READ IT READ IT.
(3) Spin the bottle: Name a book with a terrible romance or romance scene.
The entire Twilight saga. I was OBSESSED with these at a young age. Even though I was very young when I last read them, I remember some moments of “romance” that were ludicrously terrible. Some were very possessive, some aggressive, and some a little bit overbearing.
(4) Mooning: Name a book that was too descriptive.
A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke. Though it is beautiful, there is a lot of information thrown at you in the first third of this book. There is no time to get to know the characters before their thrown into danger. All that you know of them is the world (albeit incredibly well built) that they inhabit. It’s an interesting and enjoyable read, but I would have liked a little less description and more character development.
(5) Scream and Run: Name a book that wasn’t descriptive enough or left you confused.
I’m bringing Who Runs the World? back for this. I wasn’t quite sure what was happening for a lot of the novel, and I was entirely indifferent to every character, apart from the protagonist (who I loathed). I think, with a little more development, this could have been a wonderful book.
(6) Staring Contest: Name a book you thought was going to take forever but was over in the blink of an eye.
I discovered A Court of Thorns and Roses in the summer of 2017. Though I didn’t have a particular interest in fantasy, Twitter was infatuated with A Court of Wings and Ruin, and I wanted to join in. I was terrified by the small print, and thought it would take FOREVER, but I flew through the entire series in under a week. Though there is a lot of controversy surrounding this series at the moment (#soapgate), and they are very smutty – I adore them.
(7) Car crash: Name a book that started great but ended badly.
I AM SO STUCK. Sorry! I can’t think of anything – everything that comes to mind starts terribly, and has a great ending, which is entirely the opposite of the question.
(8) Amnesia: Name a book that was forgettable or you forgot you read.
Optimists Die First by Susan Nielsen. It’s fine (I think I gave it three stars), but as I can’t remember anything about the characters and VERY little about the plot, it was a pretty forgettable read.
(9) Broken Limb: Name a book that shattered you.
I tend to be easily shattered by books, so there are many that would fit with this question, but I think The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas takes the biscuit. I was (and am) in awe of this incredible book. Not only is it ludicrously important, but Angie is a phenomenal writer, that has created characters that have completely latched onto my heart. I can’t WAIT to see the adaption – if the trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to be unbelievable.
Thank you for reading!