The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag 2.0

I’ve been giving a lot of two stars to books as of lately so I’m just gonna cleanse my hate. I wasn’t tag so oops.

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE

Alright so I read books 1-2 and I actually enjoyed myself reading these. Chaol was my everImage result for throne of glass seriesything and I was looking forward to Heir of Fire. Hell, I bought the book at Barnes and Noble and that shit was expensive. But when I read like the first quarter I was B.O.R.E.D. Then I tried reading the Assassin’s Blade and I was like “why does this exist?” I took a break and then like 3 years later I still never continued, I got rid of the books, and I don’t miss it because I heard the author shits on all the OG characters so nope I’m good. I didn’t really like anybody but Chaol anyway :/ Also, the author’s rep isn’t that good anymore too so yup bye.

25701463I had very high hopes for this one but was extremely disappointed. The main character loved girl hate way too much and was petty for no reason.

 

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE.

26025580This has under a 3.5 star rating on Goodreads and I’m not sure why. Do I give Gillian Flynn too much credit for her work? Perhaps. But I loved this little short story. I read it super fast and I was wrong about the plot twist. I love how GF makes fun of the paranormal genre in this book. I would recommend but I feel like I’m the minority in this one yikes

 

A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn people for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

13597723I can shit on this series for days. The love triangle in this is soooooooooo dumb. I hated the main character, I hated both of the guys, both sides were full on insta love. I usually don’t mind love triangles and insta love but god damn this was all trash.

 

 

POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO.

Sarah J Maas and John Green (old answer but still true)

A Genre You Hardly Reach For

This always changes. I feel like I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy or at least any good fantasy. I also don’t read a lot of historical fiction. I wanna change that though so any recs for fantasy and historical fiction would be nice!

A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING

I have so many okay okay. The Ineffective/Horrible Therapist like bye. We should not be promoting that thank you very much. Also, Love Cures Mental Illness. Gee why am I majoring in Psych if mental illness already has a fucking cure. Also, I still hate the whole characters withholding information crap to protect other characters. SO unnecessary. I basically hate all the black tropes {my post here}.

A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING.

Image result for a court of thorns and roses seriesMy friends in the real world keeps telling me to read this but I’m like NOO THIS DOESN’T INTEREST ME LEAVE ME ALONE YOU CAN READ AND LOVE THIS AND I’M GLAD YOU DO BUT STOP FORCING THIS SHIT ON ME THANK YOU

 

TAG YOU’RE IT…YEAH YOU!

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Febuary Wrap-Up|No Bad Books Month

I had a pretty bad month when it comes to my mental state but I still ended up reading 4 books. Despite me wanting to read more, I’m still happy because I read somee awesome books

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GENERAL

Favorite Book: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Least Favorite Book: Tiny Pretty Things (gave it 3 stars though)

New Authors ReadMia McKenzie  Sona Charaipotra  Dhonielle Clayton  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

New Authors I want to continue reading: All of them!

READING CHALLENGES

Number of “Diversity” Books Read: 4

Number of #OwnVoices Read: 4

Number Books Completed for Classic Life Challenge: Nada oops

WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS DID I READ

Number of Kids/Middle Grade: 0

Number of YA: 2

Number of Adult/Lit Fiction: 0

Number of Classics: 0

Number of Short Stories/Novellas: 0

Number of Short Story Collections: 2

Number of Realistic Fiction Stories: 2

Number of Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction: 0

Number of Mystery/Thrillers: 0

Number of “Other Books” (Historical, etc): Nada

Book REVIEWS

Here We Are| Tiny Pretty Things|Black Girl Dangerous

Mini Reviews

Nada

TV/Movie Reviews

Nada:(

Goals For Upcoming Month

  • Read at least 2 books
  • Blog more like WAY more
  • Do my 200 follower giveaway

 

Well that’s it! How was your reading/blogging month?

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January Wrap-Up|Success!

Well, this month was a pretty good reading month for me. I read a total of 10 books!

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GENERAL
Favorite Book: Difficult Women by Roxane
Least Favorite Book: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
New Authors Read: Roxane Gay, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, R.J. Palacio, Meredith Russo, I.W. Gregorio, Alice Pung
New Authors I want to continue reading: Roxane Gay, Alice Pung

READING CHALLENGES
Number of “Diversity” Books Read: 7
Number of #OwnVoices Read: 5
Number Books Completed for Classic Life Challenge: Nada oops

WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS DID I READ
Number of Kids/Middle Grade: 1
Number of YA: 6
Number of Adult/Lit Fiction: 3
Number of Classics: 0
Number of Short Stories/Novellas:1
Number of Short Story Collections: 2
Number of Realistic Fiction Stories: 6
Number of Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction: 2
Number of Mystery/Thrillers: 2
Number of “Other Books” (Historical, etc): Nada

Book REVIEWS

Falling Kingdoms Books 1-3|None of the Above|If I Was Your Girl|Wonder|The Naturals|Lucy and Linh|The Thing Around Your Neck

Mini Reviews

The Bad, The Good, The Great|#Diverseathon Wrap Up

TV/Movie Reviews

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Goals For Upcoming Month

  • Read more Mystery/Thriller books
  • Read Books by Black Authors and Books with Black protagonists (black history month)
  • Read a classic from my Classic Life Challenge {here}
  • Keep up with blogging at least 3x a week (I did everyday in January!)

 

 

Well that’s it! How was your reading/blogging month?

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The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes| 2 Special Stale Snowflakes feat. Pointless Side Characters {Review}

 

13597723Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.


Review

Some people compare this series to Criminal Minds (my all time favorite by the the way) and so I came into this story with sort of high expectations.

Big mistake.

I think being a die hard super fan of Criminal Minds is what hindered my enjoyment of this book. The author was trying too hard to be like Criminal Minds but by replacing adults with teenagers with a dash of cliche recycled ideas.

I thought this was going to be about a group of teenagers who have prodigious psychological abilities and they were going to be a team that works together to solve complicated cases that the average FBI agent couldn’t crack themselves.

Instead, I got a character who thinks she’s above all who can’t decide between which boy she likes, side characters who were more interesting but served no relevance and the annoying “you’re too young to do anything so stay here while the adults handle things” trope.

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The characters have brilliant capabilities but humdrum personalities. We have our main protagonist, Cassie, who is a natural at profiling people and whose mother happens to be missing. But that’s all we got. There’s no personality, no complexity, not an ounce of uniqueness in her. Yet, everyone in the story was obsessed, jealous or in love with her. She’s a special snowflake and I just don’t get it. She keeps justifying being a part of a case, her ideas, her need to be in everyone’s business because she’s a natural/profiler. I GET IT, YOU THINK YOUR’E SPECIAL AND EVERYONE ELSE IS NOT. Though in her defense, ALL the characters were this egotistical. Being in her head was dreadful, the only thing I enjoyed was her profiling. I wished this was a multiple POV story but unfortunately we have to see things through her dreadfully dull eyes (also, it’s “her” story so it wouldn’t make sense to have multiple povs)

Then there’s Dean. A fellow special snowflake but instead, he’s the mysterious love interest with a dark past who also tries to avoid Cassie because he’s afraid what he will think of her. Sound familiar? Oh yeah, every YA love interest out there.

“I-don’t want to talk to you,” he said, “you’re better off with Michael.”

*rolls eyes to the moon*

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Speaking of Michael, he is the other love interest. Yes, a love triangle, a way for Barnes to amplify Cassie’s character by having other characters fall head over heels for her. To me, Michael shows no purpose in the story, other than following Cassie around like a lost puppy. Barnes tried to create purpose at the end, but I didn’t buy it. He’s supposed to be a natural at reading emotions, yet, although a cool talent, I didn’t care because he only used his talent to show off to Cassie. I wanted him to be more relevant in the plot.

Another natural, Sloane was also a big disappointment because it was apparent she was trying to be the adorable sweet cinnamon roll that is Reid. Unfortunately, she was trying to be too much like Reid. She would spurt out facts that served no purpose. Reid was a multiplex character who also happens to be intelligently gifted with a eidetic memory. Sloane just seemed like a walking computer with sticky fingers.

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Then there’s Lia who, like Michael, didn’t serve much purpose either. She’s a natural born liar who can also easily detect when someone is lying. I didn’t care for her much because she also had no relevance to the story and therefore, can’t develop a good opinion of her. The only thing we know as the reader is that she loves Michael (on and off relationship with him but since Cassie came, he should have let her down easy instead of keep her to the side for just in case Cassie picks Dean UGH), is apparently flexible, wears little clothes. Ah yes, and the author states these characteristics as so we have a negative perception of her.

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(IRRELEVANT TO MY RATING) What I don’t understand about the story is why they won’t let the teens help in active cases. I know Michael said that they “just want to be them”  and they are used for cold cases, but the team never worked on cold cases in the entire story. They all were kind of just there. I mean, Cassie looked at some of the cases but never made an actual profile or anything. The program is basically USELESS. I hate to mention criminal minds again because this story is not Criminal Minds but I feel like they would want the input of natural born youth. Reid was the youngest member of the FBI team and they welcomed the kid (22 years old I believe).

I don’t know, I think it’s the unnecessarily teen drama that bugged me the most. The love triangle with Dean and Michael was too familiar with other YA stories (DerekxChloexSimon from the Darkest Powers trio, JacexClaryxSimon from the Mortal Instruments series, BenxCameliaxAdam from the Touch Series) I won’t even mention the series that rhymes with liefight. I don’t think this love triangle was needed or even wanted. I wish it never existed and I love love triangles 😦 

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Despite the characters, I was still engaged throughout the story. My favorite part of Criminal Minds was the profiling and thinking processes and there was a whole lot of that in the story. I wished Lia and Michael played more of a role besides orbiting planet Cassie and actually put their abilities to use. I assume in later books they will and if not, might as well kill off these characters. I also hope Sloane becomes better because blabbing about percentage of people who eat a certain food and different forms of hugs is not making her character more compelling.

Cassie and Dean are lost causes because apparently they are above everyone else. Perhaps this was a profile story and everyone else will have their own in future books. I don’t know if I will continue the series because I don’t think I could stand reading in Cassie’s perspective any longer.

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