The Wasted-Potential Tag

When I first saw this tag on Marija’s blog @ Inside My Library Mind, I was so entertained that wanted to try it as well. Definitely checkout their blog for much more fun bookish content. I don’t know if I can make this post as salty as Marija was able to, but I’m gonna try 🙂

1. A Book That Tried But Failed to Tackle an Issue

Things You Save in a Fire

I seem to be the only one around who gave Things You Save in a Fire less than 5 stars (it actually made it to the final round of GR awards in the romance category ughhh), but I really didn’t enjoy this book. The author definitely tries to tackle issues like a badass woman trying to make it in a man’s profession like being a firefighter, and also showing us the longterm affects of trauma – but I never felt that the issues were tackled in a substantial way. It all felt pretty superficial with a love cures all ending 😦

2. An Intriguing Series That Did Not Pay Off


I won’t deny that the premise of this series is very intriguing and the characters are good, but the ending just wasn’t worth reading through four books.

3. A Great Beginning With a Mediocre Ending


Furyborn has one of the most explosive prologues ever, but then it’s mostly downhill from there. I won’t call the ending mediocre, but I found most of the book to be.

4. A Last-Minute Twist That Ruined It All


The ending twists of Descendant of the Crane ruined me, in the sense that they gave my heart a huge jolt and then ended, without the possibility that we would ever get a sequel. It’s just not fair.

5. A Great Plot With Some Boring Characters


The plot of the Red Queen series wasn’t very great but it had potential, it was interesting in parts, but ultimately it was bland fare due to the boring characters (except Maven who could have been so much more).

6. A Character Death That Ruined a Book (SPOILERS)


The death of Jesper at the end of Relic didn’t totally ruin the book for me but it was a very unexpected shock, and I really thought she would have a much more important part to play in the sequel.

7. A Romance That Ruined the Book For You


Romances mostly never ruin my reading experiences, because I’m pretty careful in what I choose to read. But I can say that I have never found Jude and Cardan from The Cruel Prince to be a good romantic couple, and I still don’t understand why they are together. I still haven’t read The Queen of Nothing, so I can’t say if it’ll change my opinion.

8. A Romance That You Wanted to Happen


This answer has been the same for almost two years now, and despite hoping that Nikolai would be getting his own romantic plot in the sequel of King of Scars, I will forever be disappointed that Alina and Nik never got to explore a romantic relationship.

9. A Scene You Have Petty Beef With


This is definitely petty on my part because the final scene in The Marriage Clock is one of the most significant in terms of Leila’s character development, but I just thought it was selfish of her to make an event dedicated to her parents all about herself and essentially hijack it.

What do you think of my answers? Do you like ranting about books too? If so, please consider yourself tagged and link back to me so that I can get to know all your salty views too…

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    1. I know right… there’s just that spark that’s missing 🙁🙁🙁 I thought it would be mind blowing after that prologue but alas 😂😂


        1. I still haven’t been in the mood to start Kingsbane lol 😂😂 Maybe next year… we shall see… but I’m glad to know what you thought… it’ll definitely keep my expectations low..


  1. GREAT GREAT ANSWERS! Oh, I also desperately wanted Nick and Alina to be together! I mean, who’s Mal compared to Nikolai????
    And I also didn’t enjoy The Raven Cycle, I loved Gansey and Blue (hated Adam), but the ending was so disappointing…. The idea had soooo much potential!
    Happy reading!

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    1. Thank you Jane !!!!
      Ohh Nik and Alina will forever be in my thoughts as the power couple… they had so much potential… Mal is just so meh 😂😂😂

      I still can’t figure out how I managed to read the full Raven Cycle though I didn’t understand so much of it.. I think it was Blue and Gansey’s love story and the friendships too… but totally agree about the ending.. i felt very let down after all the buildup 😬😬
      Hope you are having a great reading day too !!!

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      1. So true!!!!
        I know? Some chapters were just so strange and I thought what am I reading here haha! And yes, Blue and Ganesh were the reason I continued as well….
        although I stopped about 150 pages from the ending 😂😂😂😂

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    OMG SAHI I AGREE. In Relic, a certain death did ruin it for me, not because the character didn’t deserve to die but because I remember feeling rather disturbed about how the protagonist felt. I can’t actually recall fully how she reacted but I remember this part.

    Alina and Nik *thinks* I can’t remember if the Darkling’s name was Nik. All I know is I WANTED THE ALINA AND THE DARKLING TO FALL IN LOVE. Was the hero’s name Hal? Or H something? I really didn’t like him. 😦 He was so … meh.

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          1. Haha I try… every tag when I do, I keep my GR open on the side and think if I can include a book which doesn’t come first to mind 😂😂😂 doesn’t always work out though…
            but sometimes, I do wanna keep talking about my favorites too 💕💕

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    1. That whole death scene in Relic was pretty disturbing ….

      You didn’t read the second book in Grisha trilogy right ?? Nik comes in then… he is a smartass and I love him… he is the protagonist of King of Scars…
      And in the first book I agree, I wanted Alina and Darkling to fall in love too… their chemistry was just so 🔥🔥 but he is a mass murderer, so I guess we don’t want that to happen… Mal is the hero…. he is still the boring one 😬😬😬

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      1. OMG YEAH? I don’t even remember too much of the first! I remember the most outstanding scenes but the rest I feel is lost on me.

        MAL! Yes. He was so meh 🤣

        BTW this Nik guy is intriguing the shizz out of me.

        I agree, the death scenes were super disturbing. Idk why, it’s not like we haven’t read scenes of characters dying. What do you propose was different? Was it the drastic moral switch of the protagonist that happens because of that scene ..?

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        1. I think I just never expected the death to happen in Relic, so that was one aspect… there was the morality switch, there was Jesper’s brutal death too…. I think because the book went to quite a few dark places before already, it all built up to too much suddenly…

          Shadow and Bone definitely has some outstanding scenes… but I’m telling you, if you read the rest of the books, whether you love them or not, you will never forget Nik… he is just ❤️❤️❤️ and I remember the author once telling that she introduced his character with the intention of killing him off by the end.. but while writing, she fell in love with him so much that she couldn’t.. thank god for that because I love him so much too 😍😍😍😍

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          1. I agree!! The darkness was such an undercurrent, you don’t notice when it suddenly takes you over. It isn’t often a book messes with me that way or has me so flabbergasted and unsure how to feel. I think that’s why I rated it higher.

            Hahahaah I DIDNT KNOW AUTHORS INTRODUCE CHARACTERS WITH THE IDEA OF KILLING THEM OFF LATER! What’s this?? OMGOMG. I’m so glad he’s doing wel ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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          2. Ya.. I understand that’s why you rated it higher… I gave it a 3.5… I just think I wanted something more and it was missing.. but I couldn’t truly articulate it 😬😬 Don’t know if I wanna read the sequel either…

            Haha maybe authors do for side characters… maybe they just want characters to do little things and then go away… but I’m so glad she didn’t and he exists… he is like the bright light of the Grisha universe… his sassy sarcastic self brings me so much joy 😍😍😍


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