Least Favourite Books of 2016

Hey guys! I thought this would be a really interesting post to do where I look back on all the books I’ve read this year and focus on the ones I really didn’t enjoy and actually found to be quite disappointing! I am in no way saying they are awful books because lots of people really liked them but sadly this wasn’t the case for me!

Rebel of the Sands1) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This book was just full of so many spelling mistakes and punctuation errors it was like no one had even bothered to edit this and just published a first draft. It might seem harsh but I really wasn’t impressed with all the mistakes I was noticing. The characters really didn’t stand out for me either and I found it hard to like the main character. The story was alright but not the best it didn’t really intrigue me or make me want to continue the book. I did finish it eventually but I am definitely not reading the second book anytime soon.

 

 

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REVIEW: A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (Firebird Trilogy #3)

A million worldsTitle: A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray
Pages: 419
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication date: 1st November 2016
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Book Depository

Synopsis:

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite’s hands in the final installment of the Firebird trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

In the epic conclusion to the sweeping series that kicked off with A Thousand Pieces of You, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed.

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REVIEW: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

the-other-einsteinTitle: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
Pages: 304
Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication date: 18th October 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Book Depository

Synopsis:

A vivid and mesmerizing novel about the extraordinary woman who married and worked with one of the greatest scientists in history.

What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Marić, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century.

In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever.

A literary historical in the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. PoeThe Other Einstein reveals a complicated partnership that is as fascinating as it is troubling.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Series That Got Worse with Each Book/Season

Hey guys! Hope you have all had a great week so far! The topic this week is open up to TV shows as well. You can choose any book series or TV show that you thought started out strong but then got increasingly worse with each book/season. I would advise you to prepare yourselves for some serious rants but also a little love because even though these books make me angry, I do have a soft spot for them too.

Please do not be offended by any of my choices, this is just my personal opinion. Just because I have included these books/TV shows on my list does not mean that they are awful and that I wouldn’t recommend them. Just because I do not enjoy these particular ones does not mean someone else won’t.

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

Fallen by Lauren Kate (Book series)

Not going to lie, I immediately thought of these books when I saw this topic. Fallen started out so strong, it was such an intriguing idea for a book. It drew me in immediately and I really loved all the characters and I was caught up with Daniel like Luce was… I was constantly wondering why he was so familiar to her and if they had met before. But then book two and three and four happened and I completely lost it. The writing was terrible, Luce was a horrible main character, she constantly complained and blamed Daniel for everything, if I remember correctly. I honestly don’t know how he put up with her, I was so done with her and gave him so much credit for still loving her. The only redeeming quality about these books is the freaking covers because they are so gorgeous! I absolutely love the first two covers. They are pretty much what made me pick these books up!

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REVIEW: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman

tales-from-the-shadowhunter-academyTitle: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman
Pages: 672
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 15th November 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is any more. He knows he was friends with Clary and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him … but he doesn’t know how.  So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, he throws himself into a new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again, rediscover his relationships and ascend as a true Shadowhunter. But he soon realises that nothing is ever straightforward at the Academy…

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017

Hey guys! This weeks topic is focusing on older books that deserve some love too! It can be books you meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. These are books that have been sitting on your TBR for a while, and you really want to get to!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this… I have that many books to read it’s painful and they are all begging to be read but I just don’t have enough time! Too many books and not enough time is my problem. I’m going to have to be harsh and pick favourites for this post so lets just get into it.

red queen1) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This was actually on another Top 5 Wednesday post books you want to read before the end of the year and would you look at that, I haven’t read it! I’m not really surprised but I would like to read it in 2017 which is scary to think that is only a few weeks away! Has anyone read this book? I mainly bought it for the cover and have heard so many mixed reviews about it! Would love to hear your thoughts on it and if you think I should bump it up to the top of my TBR?

 

 

 

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December TBR!

I cannot believe it is December already! Seriously where has 2016 gone? Not that I will miss it because it wasn’t the best year so I’m excited to see what 2017 will bring! My TBR for this month will be quite small because I imagine I’ll be working a lot since December will be a busy month. I’m super excited for Christmas, I’ll be counting down the days!

tales-from-the-shadowhunter-academy1) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman

This was on my TBR for last month but because it’s such a huge book I only managed to read half of it! I actually finished it yesterday though and it was a really amazing book! I’ll be posting a review soon!

Synopsis:

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is any more. He knows he was friends with Clary and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him … but he doesn’t know how.  So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, he throws himself into a new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again, rediscover his relationships and ascend as a true Shadowhunter. But he soon realises that nothing is ever straightforward at the Academy…

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