The Nope Trope Book Tag!

Hey guys! Today I have another tag to share with you and it’s the nope trope book tag created by Zoe’s All Booked. I found it while I was scrolling through booktube and I thought why not give it a go. I love book tags, they’re so much fun and I liked the questions for this one. So let’s get into it!

Eavesdropping w/ miscommunication – Name a book you heard great things about and expected to love but ended up hating.

It has to be Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor because this is the one read I was most disappointed by last year. It’s been hyped up so much and because of that I was expecting it to be a five star read, but it was actually three stars and I think I’m being too generous even with that. I went into this expecting it to be an amazing fantasy, but it felt more like a romance to me and it had insta-love with Lazlo and Sarai. Everything else didn’t seem to matter once Lazo and Sarai laid eyes upon each other and it annoyed me so much. I just didn’t care and I wanted to know more about each character’s magical ability and the lost city of Weep. Maybe this story wasn’t for me because everyone else seems to love it.

Love Triangles – Name a series where you can’t pick your favourite book.

This series is amazing and I can’t decide which is my favourite because I loved all three books so, so, so much! Although I think I do feel a teeny bit more love for Finale just because of that ending. I feel like it’s really rare for an author to give me an ending I so desperately want because something always ends up being left out, but honestly Finale had everything I wanted and I was ecstatic when I finished it. This series seemed to get everything right for me and I was completely swept away by this magical world. Everything from the writing, the plot, the characters and the world building is fantastic. Honestly, I could step right into this world and not want to leave because of how incredible it is.

Not Like Other Girls/Didn’t Know I’m Beautiful – Name a book that has a pretty cover but was boring as all hell.

I was so excited to read Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater after completely falling in love with the The Raven Cycle. That was such a great fantasy series, the world building was incredible and I was so invested in the characters and their journey. Even though I loved all of the characters, I definitely found Ronan to be the most intriguing because he can literally pull objects out of his dreams and into reality. So when Call Down the Hawk was released I bought it straight away and even though the cover doesn’t match The Raven Cycle, it’s still beautiful and I love the colours. The plot, however, was such a disappointment and I couldn’t believe how much it differed from The Raven Cycle in terms of the characters and the writing. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and I didn’t find them likeable at all – even Ronan and Adam! Also, I was expecting it to be focused on Ronan but it seemed other characters were in the spotlight more than he was and I didn’t really care because I was reading this book for him, not Carmen or Jordan or whoever else had a POV. The plot was so boring and it was really dragged out. I struggled so much to finish it and I was so disappointed because I was really expecting to love it.

All-Consuming Love – Name a book that gave you a book hangover.

Definitely House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas because this book blew me away. I knew going into this I was going to love it because it had everything I look for in a fantasy, but I wasn’t expecting it to hit me quite as hard as it did. I became so connected to the characters and their different backstories. I cannot wait to see more of Bryce and Hunt in the second book! You really get to know each character the further you delve into this story and you end up caring about them so much. It’s such an emotional story and I cried at the end because that scene really got to me. By that point, I was so invested in the story and the characters and it was honestly one of the best scenes of the entire book. It was so, so beautiful. Even now I can’t stop myself from thinking about these characters and I’m so ready for the next book.

Douchebag Boyfriend – Name a book that took you a while to get into, but you ended up loving.

I was racking my brains over this one for ages but I couldn’t think of any recent books I’d read so I’ve had to go way back to when I read The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I really struggled with the beginning because it takes so long setting everything up and for the story to really get going. But once you get past the first 150-200 pages, it really takes off and it’s so worth sitting through the start because the story is incredible after that. I don’t read alien invasion stories but I thought The Host had a really cool take on it with two minds being in one body and the fight for dominance. I’m so glad I didn’t DNF it.

Tell us your favourite or least favourite trope!

One trope that has exploded recently that I really hate is The Secret Royal, which is basically when there’s an orphan who actually ends up being a lost king or (usually) queen. Personally, I think it’s become overused now because there’s so many young adult/fantasy books with this trope lately and I’ve been avoiding all of them because I don’t care for it. It wouldn’t be so bad if the plots were different but they all seem to be the same recycled plot too. Can we please move onto something else?

So that is the Nope Trope book tag! What are some of your favourite/least favourite tropes? Feel free to leave a comment below. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

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