Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.
Day 11: A Book That You Hate
I really don’t like to say I ‘hate’ books because its kind of harsh but the book gods demand it so here I go. A book that I hated (or had a very strong negative reaction to) was Fallen by Lauren Kate.
Here is the blurb on the back of the book (nope, I don’t know what I still own it):
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all sewn-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce– he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.
How do I begin? Lets start with the misleading synopsis. Daniel is ‘the only bright spot’ at Luce’s new school according to the blurb but from what I could tell that couldn’t be further away from the truth. When Daniel and Luce meet for the first time, he proceeds to flip her off.
Oh, it gets better.
Despite this incident she is drawn to him (because flipping off girls only adds to the mysterious factor apparently) and after several more incidents of Daniel treating her like garbage Luce decides to break into his school records to find out more about him, because for some reason (which isn’t obvious to the readers) Luce is intrigued by Daniel.
Lets review that for a moment shall we, a girl was treated horribly by a guy but decides to get to know him better anyway because he is cute and mysterious. That’s a great message to take to heart kids!
Secondly this book is 452 pages long. For 400 pages (literally from the first page to page 401) THERE IS NO PLOT! We watched Luce ogle Daniel for 3/4 of the book with stupid, insipid thoughts like what size shoe Daniel wears (WHAT?). Then the last fifty pages, Lauren Kate remembered she needed to finish the book and also make it somewhat about angels so she wrapped it up in the best way she could: by solving absolutely NOTHING.
You are one sly devil Lauren Kate. You got me. I saw Fallen on the bookshelves and was really attracted by the cover. (The only appealing thing about the book). I read the blurb on the back of the book and thought it was just okay, but low and behold, as I exit the store there’s a copy of Fallen in my hands, bought and paid for. If this doesn’t cure me of judging books by their covers I don’t know what will!
You know what the worst part of it is? Disney has secured rights to film THE WHOLE SERIES. Why Disney, why? Please for your sake, if you see this book– run in the opposite direction. You’ll thank me, I promise!
What book do you hate? Share it below and happy reading!
P.S.– A few of the links below express different opinions than mine just so you can see a different perspective.