For this week’s 5 Fandom Friday, we thought we’d go to the dark side, and talk about five books that we had more or less high hopes for, but that disappointed us.
1. Silber: Das Zweite Buch der Träume, Kerstin Gier
The first one was really good, so of course number 2 was waiting in line to be read. But nothing happened in this book. Seriously. It’s like you’re waiting for something to happen, because, you know, calm before the storm and whatnot, but nope, it just does not happen. There’s nothing. No climax, no built up, no anything. It’s just a really boring book.
2. The Infinite Sea, Rick Yancey
We enjoyed The 5th Wave a lot, and we had high hopes for The Infinite Sea, but… Well, it’s not a bad book, don’t get me wrong; but it’s not as good as The 5th Wave. Not in the least. Part of the story is good, but at some point it just looses its edge. The characters get annoying, there’s no real development, and you don’t really know what it is you’re waiting for. It’s building up to something – you just don’t find out what it is. But hey, maybe we’ll know what it is after reading The Last Star (we bought it yesterday!).
3. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
We absolutely loved The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. They’re both absolutely amazing books, with great stories, great writing, and great characters that develop over the course of the story. Mockingjay, on the other hand… Well. When I first read it, it felt like Suzanne Collins was trying to fit too much story into too little space. It’s like she had to finish the story in so many pages, and so she fit all the ideas she still had into those limited pages – and that’s what the book feels like. So much is happening, you can’t even follow it all. And then it slows down for no apparent reason, only to pick up the pace again. There’s next to no character development (except maybe for Katniss) because there’s not enough time to make the reader see enough through Katniss’ eyes.
4. Das Geheimnis der Talente, Mira Valentin
I have to admit that I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book. The idea sounded cool enough, so I thought I’d give it a try. And the idea is good, so the book starts off promising – and then goes boring very fast. I thought it would focus at least a little on the Fantasy aspect of the story, but no, it had to turn into the story of a pretty much emotionless teenager stuck in a love triangle – no, wait, it’s a love quadrangle! I f*cking hate love triangles, but a love quadrangle?! Are you kidding me? – with three (!) guys fighting over her. And she picks the wrong one, because she’s a stupid idiot teenager that fancies herself deeply in love with an asshole. Jesus. I really tried to like this book, but boy, was I glad when it ended.
5. Allegiant, Veronica Roth
If you haven’t read Allegiant, here’s some free advice: don’t. Don’t read this goddamn book. Because I did, and it was a huge mistake. I liked Divergent, and Insurgent was okay, but my god, did it go downhill from there. The writing is horrible. The constant change of perspective could be fun – but it’s nothing short of horrible. Tobias is the whiniest character I have ever met. It’s so incredibly out of character compared to the Tobias we got in the first two books that it was an honest to god fight to read the parts written from his perspective. The story went a completely unexpected direction – and not in a good way! The whole plot made no sense to me. And don’t even get me started on the end. I wasn’t just disappointed in this book, I hated it. Do not read Allegiant. Seriously.