I had done the Perfect Book tag a while ago, so when I saw the lovely Sara @ The Bibliophagist do this tag, I thought it would be nice companion post to do on my blog as well. This was originally created by Alex. Make sure to checkout both their wonderful blogs for more fun bookish content.
- If possible try to not mention the same book twice, it’s more fun that way
- It’s a funny tag where you can rant about terrible (or just meh) books so have FUN!
- Just do whatever you want ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Tag the creator Alex and myself if you decide to do it.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT GENRE
pick a book that undermines the genre as a whole
I think the whole of the Red Queen series is a disappointment because it has uninteresting middle books, boring characters and a not so great ending. Just not an overall good representation of the YA fantasy genre.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT DIALOGUE
pick a book with dialogue written so poorly that it made you cringe
I remember DNFng this book because I found the dialogue completely cringey and have never gone back to trying the author’s books.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT SETTING
pick a book that takes place in a location that you wish hadn’t been picked
I wish the American Royals book didn’t have an alternate reality setting of the US because so many of the historical problems of the country are completely ignored in the world building.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT MAIN CHARACTER
pick the most annoying main character
Maddie from Dating by the Book is a little annoying because she can’t make up her mind about anything and has very fairytale/unrealistic ideas about romance.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT BLURB
a blurb that was so far from the truth that it made you do a double-take and check you had read the right book
The Seduction Expert was promoted as a brilliant feminist novel and one of the best romance release of the month, and wow was it nothing like that. Neither was there a romance in the story and I thought it represented exactly the opposite of all feminist values.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT FRIEND
from whiny attention-seeker to full-on traitor, pick a character that you think is the worst friend ever
I seek out books that have amazing friendships, so I’m not able to think of any bad friend characters.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT LOVE INTEREST
pick a character you think would be an awful romantic partner
I know he is very popular, but I feel Cardan from The Wicked King is not a good love interest in any way.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT VILLAIN
pick a character that you thought would have amazing evil plans but fell short and disappointed you
Marcella from Vengeful had so much potential as a powerful badass villain but ultimately her plotting came to nothing.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT FAMILY
pick a horrible bookish family
Casiopea’s family in Gods of Jade and Shadow is horrible, and I hated how awfully they treated her like a servant and not as a member of the family.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT PLOT TWIST
pick a book with the worst plot twist
I won’t call it a plot twist, more like a plot device – but a suicide attempt is used as a device to further the story and it completely threw me off. It came out of nowhere and horrified me because self harm is one of the few things that really makes me anxious and I like being prepared if such content exists in a book.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT TROPE
pick a trope you wish would be avoided in all future publications
I’m fed up of books which have the “girl on girl hate” trope and I just hope it disappears from all future books.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT COVER
pick that awful cover that almost made you miss a great book
This cover of One Giant Leap is not exactly awful but I feel it’s pretty generic and doesn’t depict how adorable, sweet and unique this romance is.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT ENDING
pick a book that has the most disappointing ending
I thought the ending of The Women’s War would be very explosive and while there was some loss, it just played out in a way that I didn’t like.
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT EXPECTATIONS
pick a book that was so hyped that it disappointed you, and you can’t understand why everyone loves it so much
It’s not that I had huge expectations from this book but I had read so many gushing reviews that I was assuming it would be amazing, and then felt very let down by the way it handled some important themes.