All the books below have left me in such a big puddle of disappointment that I couldn’t even write a full length review for you. Here are some mini reviews on my recent disappointing reads.
Simon VS the Homosapiens Agenda
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
[synopsis taken from Goodreads]
I don’t know, maybe you’ve heard of this book before? It kinda sorta has a movie coming out soon (aka March 2018), and everybody kinda sorta raved about it when they read it, so needless to say, the hype for this book is kinda sorta huge.
I picked up this book way after everyone else, so the hype was insane once I finally read it.
It fell completely flat for me.
I didn’t connect to the characters, or find them very interesting. There were also way too many side characters for me to keep track of, and I kept confusing their names and personalities and in the end, just sort of gave up.
The plot wasn’t particularly interesting either? Like there’s nothign specific that I can point at and say “That. I don’t like that.” But there wasn’t anything in the plot pulling me in, other than the anonymous e-mail sender, which honestly wasn’t even that intriguing to me.
Some good points! LGBTQ+ rep! Jewish rep! Good parents and siblings! And Simon himself was a pretty well-developed character.
It wasn’t the worst book, but it far from lived up to the hype.
All Rights Reserved
In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.
Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.
But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech – rather than say anything at all – she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.
[synopsis taken from Goodreads]
You don’t understand how excited I was to read this book. The premise sounds amazing-everything you do is copyrighted? Like, damn, that sounds like it would make an amazing story(even though dystopian is kind of over). And a bunch of BookTubers had gotten this book for review, so I was seeing it all over the place. I had to read it.
And it was such a big flop.
The plot was boring. Even following the “leader” of the resistance, we barely got any action. The action we did get was filled with “legal matters.” (see below) The side characters were either undeveloped, annoying, or not seen enough. In addition to that, the world was filled so many intricate laws that the author felt the need to explain, and there was so much legalese in the book that I just skipped over.
The world just felt extremely bland and legal. Idk, that’s the word to describe it.
It was so stiflingly legal. So many laws, legalese, and contracts that it made it very hard to sit through and read.
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
[synopsis taken from Goodreads]
Now, this may have been the most disappointing read of all. I absolutely adore Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles are one of my favorite series, and Heartless blew my mind. But.
Arghhh I just can’t.
Going into it, I was already a little skeptical, just because I usually don’t enjoy superhero movies and books. They always feel bland, and they just don’t appeal to me. But, since this was a MARISSA MEYER book, who is an auto-buy author for me, I decided to give it a shot.
This is why not:
This book is over 500 pages. Should be exciting, right?
This book contained about four fight scenes, two of which were either fake or boring.
Most of the time was spent world building, introducing an insane amount of side characters that I couldn’t keep straight, since they all had two names as well(secret identities and all that), making stupid plans that went nowhere, and just monologues of the characters pondering life.
I didn’t even especially like the side characters. The main character, Nova, wasn’t especially interesting either. She was pretty badass, and had interesting powers/skills, but other than that, there was nothing intriguing about her.
The other main character, Adrian, wasn’t that great either. Yes, both of them had secret identities, but that didn’t spice anything up, since the identities were already revealed to the reader at the ery beginning of the book.
So, the world didn’t interest me, the plot didn’t interest me, the characters didn’t interest me. Is there anything else left?
Except it’s one redeeming factor-the ending. The ending is an absolute plot twist/cliffhanger/absolute insanity. Like whattttttt.
So, now, I don’t know if I should read the next book just to see why this book ended the way it did, or just leave it be, since I obviously didn’t enjoy this one.
I AM FRUsTRATION
Thanks so much for reading! Have you had any disappointing reads lately? What did you think of Renegades? Let me know in the comments below!