Friday, April 5, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday (#13)


The Feature & Follow is a creative meme that allows bloggers to get to know each other, and gain more followers! It is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

If you would like, it would be great if you followed me via Email, GFC, Linky, Bloglovin, or Google+ (all on the right). Let me know in the comments if you did, leave a link to your blog, and I will comment and follow back! I always do, I promise! Thank you so much!


Q: Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate -- ? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?

Oh, yeah. It is pretty common for me to go into a book feeling apprehensive or not trusting of a book. Most of the time, my gut feeling is correct. 

For example:

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)


I loved the first three books of the series. I thought that they ended really, really well. But when I heard that Clare was writing three more books in addition to the three already printed, I was a tad bit (read: A LOT) infuriated. I had a feeling I wouldn't like. 

But, like a good fan and am inquisitive reader, I picked this on up as soon as it released. And read it fairly quickly.

And hated it. 

Want another example?

Shattered Souls (Souls #1)


I sort of hate reading about what authors believe is reincarnation. I had a feeling I wouldn't like this book. BUT. Everyone seemed to really like it, according to Goodreads and Amazon, and I saw it in the library, and I thought I would give it a try.

Bad idea. I hated this book as well.

Those two books got one star each from me, as well as a few other books, but those two are the first I thought of. 

And, on the flip side, it rarely happens that I think I'll hate a book, and end up loving it. I have pretty good book instincts, when it comes to MY tastes. I guess I know myself pretty well :)

So, what about you?

33 comments:

  1. Just out of curiosity why didn't you like City of Fallen Angels?
    Old follower
    my F&F
    http://kimberlysnovelnotes.blogspot.com/2013/04/friday-56-26-feature-friday-25.html

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    1. There are so many reasons, girl! But mostly, I hated what she did to Jace. I hated that she had to extend the series at all. And frankly, it was boring. I can't even remember half of it.

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  2. Oh no! Not City of Fallen Angels! It's honestly been so long since I've read it that I don't remember what happens, but I know I was one of those crazy fans who was glad she continued the series. I can see what you mean though. If the series is wrapped up nicely, it can be frustrating to get back into it again. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Following back via BlogLovin :)

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    1. Maybe you should re-read it! The 5th book is out! And the 6th book comes out next year! I'll finish this series, but I'll definitely be carrying a harsh mindset as I delve into the conclusion of TMI.

      Thank you!

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  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. I just followed back.
    I read two TMI books and couldn't get into either of them. Those were good examples for me of books recommended to me that I went against my instinct and read. Live and learn, I suppose.
    - CeCe @steamingmugofbooks.blogspot.com

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    1. Live and learn, indeed! Thank you, CeCe :)

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  4. Haven't read those. Didn't really have that kind of adversion to a book though. I guess I feel more worried that hte book won't be what I was thinking, not automatically that I won't like it.

    Luckily with my example I was wrong to be worried!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Maybe you shouldn't read them, Jessica... stick to those movies! :D

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  5. I hate it when authors suddenly decide to extend a series :/ The result is almost never good :/ I believe that when a series is successful and closes nicely, you SHOULD NOT tweak with it. Let it stay in history as an awesome series, rather than try and butcher it by stretching any plot-threads you can find. It's like having knit a perfect sweater and then for some reason you decided to expand it so you keep tugging and pulling and stretching and in the end you're holding a tattered sweater with wholes and frayed threads... why would you do that?
    *new Linky and Bloglovin folower* :)

    Thanks for stopping by my FF :)

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    1. Ahhh, you echo my thoughts perfectly! I agree wholeheartedly. But, what's done is done :\

      Thank YOU!

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  6. Would you believe I have not read any of these yet? New follower via Bloglovin

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  7. Ohh sorry that you didn't like them. I wanted to read Shattered Souls cause of the cover :) lol

    old follower

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog! New follower via linky!
    Beth @ Free Spirit Books

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  9. Something was slacking in The City of Fallen Angels. The first three books I loved but the fourth and the fifth.. not so much. But I still liked the series as a whole :)

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  10. I tried the audio for Mortal Instruments #4 and even the sexy voice of Ed Westwick could not save it for me once the narration switched over to Clary...LOL Bummer on Shattered Souls and I'll agree that it takes a very special author to tackle reincarnation and come out the other side unscathed. I love the Remember Me trilogy by Christopher Pike though and it deals with that subject matter. :) Great post, new GFC follower. Thanks for stopping by my FF!

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    1. LOL, I can't do audio. I know there are some special needs, and audio can sometimes be convenient, but my belief if that books are meant to be read.

      I've never read anything by Pike - thanks for the recommendation! :)

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  11. Thank you for stopping by at my FF :D

    I have yet to read something written by Cassandra Clare. I keep hearing so many different things about her - some people love her, others think she's basically just milking the cow. Think I'll give it a try, though. :D

    'Shattered Souls' I want to read as well, however, mainly because of the purrrrrrrty cover, haha! xD

    I followed you back on bloglovin (and noticed I'm your 100th follower wooo! Congrats! :D)

    Cory @paperflutterby.de

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    1. Milking the cow! LOL! That's funny :D

      I thought the same thing about Shattered Souls... well, color me disappointed.

      Thank you, Cory! YAY for 100! *dances*

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  12. Thanks for stopping by my FF!
    I haven't read any of the Mortal Instruments books, and I'm so undecided about whether I should. I hate it when a series is stretched out too much!
    I'm an old follower :)

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    1. Go for it, don't go for it? lol :)

      Thank you, Cerian!

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  13. I've heard mostly bad things about the fourth TMI book >_<

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I followed back on Bloglovin :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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    1. Yeah... it's bad.

      My pleasure, Kazhy! Thank YOU! :)

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  14. Oh, I love Miss Clare and will probably read anything and everything she ever writes. But I agree, another three books really screwed up the series for me.

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  15. I was so disappointed when Cassandra Clare wrote more books too! I'm still going to read the next book in the series that's coming out tho. new follower thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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    1. Twas a sad, sad day. Same here! I still have to know how it ends (if that's even the case...)

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  16. It took me 6 months to read City of Bones. And when I finally made myself finish I found myself skimming the long and boring descriptions. I think I liked this book but I can't quite make up my mind because I hated the writing :/ And I'm still planning on reading the rest of this series simply because everyone else loves it and I feel left out haha.

    Thanks for the follow! Following via Bloglovin!

    Miss J @ Miss Book Reviews

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