5 Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

I normally don’t “hate” books but this week’s topic at Top Ten Tuesdays (A weekly meme created by the The Broke and the Bookish) was Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time). And I couldn’t get 10 books and i have just listed 5.

These are books for which I had great expectations owing to hype created by other bookworms or they were written by favorite authors.

I know some of the books that i didn’t like might be a big shock for a majority of YA lovers. Some of these are bestsellers, but still these are the books that I didn’t finish reading because I wasn’t hooked or simply didn’t like it.

  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating

I’ll admit i picked the book for its pretty covers. And it did seem a bit intriguing with the title but threw me off with all “meets in dream- meets in real life” crap. Hellooo, they made a movie in Tamil in the 90’s where a guy meets the girl who he dreams of in real life and tries to woo her. Atleast that movie wasn’t this bad.

 

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  • Heartless by  Marissa Meyer

Don’t know what the hype is all about in here, i felt like the first half was like watching Merida.

  • Shopaholic to the stars by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors and i was beyond devastated at this 7th book in the shopaholic series. The series should have just ended with book 5.

  • Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11)

Another series that i loved, grew up reading with and became a part of my teen years was Princess diaries. And when i heard there was a 11th book after so many years, I did have some doubts and I was right. The book was nothing like the first 10 books. I didn’t like it at all.. 😦 I did manage to read it fully though.

  • The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

I have already rambled enough about how this book was a huge disappointment. Ms.Cass should have just stopped with book 3.

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What were the books that disappointed you recently 🙂 Just to have a fair warning..

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The One – (The Selection 3) book Review

Okay I take back everything bad I said about The Selection. But that wasn’t entirely my fault. I didn’t like the first two books but the third one did the charm!!

I couldn’t stop gushing over the book. I want to re-read it again. I’ve shared a teaser of the book in my last post and in the past two posts I have been talking about nothing but The Selection series😜

A lil background here: In the first book, we are told about the Kingdom of Illea which has its own caste system from One to Eight, where One comprises of Royals and Eight includes the homeless.

America is a Five and her secret boyfriend Aspen is a Six. They are looking forward to get married but break up when America signs up for the Selection due to her mother’s pressure and Aspen feels that he is not worthy of her. In an attempt to forget Aspen, America enters the selection and gets shortlisted among the first 35 girls, who are a bunch of Twos to Fives.

She does not expect to fall for Prince Maxon but the pair eventually do even though she doesn’t feel like admitting it to him. The book ends with Aspen finally making it as a Royal Guard and even worse where he ends up guarding America’s room. They meet in secret and even though the Prince is aware of an ex boyfriend in her life, she never tells him it’s Aspen. The 35 girls are shortlisted to 6 who form the Elite.

The second book in the series is my least favourite and long story short – America doesn’t decide who she needs in her life and falls back and forth between Aspen and Maxon. The Elite get reduced to Four by the end of this book.

In The One, the rebel attacks that were mentioned slightly in first and second books take up bigger space and forms the major turning point. Secrets are revealed and there is lot of deaths. I’m not giving away as to who dies. America finally finds herself moving away from Aspen and falls in love with Maxon who is kinda dating the other Elite Kriss. All the enmity between the four girls disappear half way through the book and they kind of become buddies. The king’s selfish and arrogant attitude is revealed in this book and he openly ill treats America because of her low caste.

So all this drama would explain why I got an instant liking to this book 😝

I feel bad for calling Maxon as dumb in the first book’s review 😕 He is not!  He s sweet, considerate and reserved. It took me two books to like him no wonder America took that much time 😂😂


There are five books in the series. But the Fourth book – The Heir is like fast forward to 20 years after Mer and Maxon get married and rule the country. I was disappointed with this time lapse but keeping my fingers crossed.

I give a 4/5 for this book alone in the series 😀😁

Pic courtesy : Pinterest, not mine 😊

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Teaser Tuesdays ft The One

From The One (Selection -3) by Kiera Cass

“So take your time,” she advised. “Adjust to where you are. And let it go. You don’t choose him; he chooses you. There’s no point in hating the others for that.”

“Do you know who he wants the most?” Celeste asked. And for the first time, I heard worry in her voice.
“I don’t,” Queen Amberly confessed. “Sometimes I think I could guess, but I don’t pretend to understand everything Maxon feels. I know who the king would choose, but that’s about it.”



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

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Selection by Kiera Cass

Goodreads Excerpt

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined

This is a dystopian fiction and the story is set around post – Fourth world war America renamed as kingdom of Illea. The caste system and the build up to the selection reminded me of Hunger Games. The similarities do not end there and throughout the book you will be comparing the two stories. I chose this book because I was bored of all the high school romances aka Young adult books that I’ve been reading lately.. I had expected this book to be different. But the only difference here is the era. Even after hundreds of years, there exists the love triangle, the mean girl, the best friend and a truly ever after.

And the fact there’s the horrible casteism even in that futuristic world seems a bit of a minus to me. Oh well it’s dystopian! I got confused whether they were in the future or in 17th century.. Holding swayamvars and curtsying, were a little too much 😐

America’s mother (why did the author choose this name for the female protagonist 😕) is the exact copy of Elizabeth Bennet’s mother. I felt betrayed when Mer falls again for Aspen 😏. But the Prince was kind of dumb too. That he doesn’t know anything outside the castle wall was a little hard to digest.
Okay, the good points.. Ummm… I’m racking my brain as to what were the good ones.. Well, I laughed here n there.. And I’ll admit I was hooked to the story and had to finish in a single day. Although there isn’t much speculation about who will win and be crowned the princess, the author decided to continue that in the next three books. And I’ve already started with book 2 – Elite 😝 I’m shameless like that!!

And I loved the cover.. Donno why I was reminded of the ice queen from Narnia 😁