A Difference of Opinion – Books My Friends Loved that I Hated

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a difference of opinion

DISCLAIMER: I’m usually a lot nicer! 

Hey guys! Danielle here!
I’m so excited for my first post on LilybloomBooks and any of you who already know me won’t be surprised that of course, it’s a ranty one! Yes, I am *that* girl! 😉
One of the things I love about my blogger friends is that we can disagree on books and not secretly be thinking “You’re such a stupid head!” (Well not always…lol) There have been some doozies though over the years, as you’ll see below and even now I’m still baffled that I was the odd one out because most of these SCREAM “It’s totally a Danielle book!” Without further ado, let’s rip!

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WE WERE LIARS

I was so excited to read this, I heard so much about how amazing the writing was, the characters and oh yeah, the Infamous Twist! I’ll give her the writing, it was impressive, and the prose was beautiful as was her use of metaphor. However at times, it felt a little pretentious.  Because of the mystery aspect to the plot, for me there was zero character development. We never get to know any of the characters. I actually can’t tell you the names of any of the Liars without referring to the text, that’s how forgettable they were for me. When there is zero emotional connection to a character this is a major problem.
The other low point was that twist. For me, it was soooo ridiculously obvious. There are major clues on every page, every interaction and conversation from 25%. If you’ve ever seen a David Lynch or M. Night Shyamalan movie than your nose will probably break from being smacked so hard in the face with the plot.
This book should be lauded by many for its beautiful writing and for the majority the plot will be executed with perfection so this is majorly an “It’s not you, it’s me” situation but I was utterly disappointed.

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BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION

What is it with me and twists?? Seriously, don’t mention a twist in the blurb people, I read that and my inner bloodhound comes out to play and she is merciless! If you were one of the lucky people who didn’t guess the “twist” within the first two chapters then Beautiful Oblivion was probably a great romance with scorching chemistry and an OMG ending. If you were like me however then you’re probably feeling a bit like “…eh yeah it was alright but what was the point again?”
Despite the ups and downs of its predecessor, I enjoyed Beautiful Disaster so I was actually looking forward to Beautiful Oblivion. Unfortunately I read about this ending that was supposedly mind-blowing and when I settled down to get lost in the romance, I couldn’t help but examine the book with forensic efficiency and within an embarrassingly few amount of pages I had ruined the plot for myself. Yeah I know, I’m my own worst enemy!

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TANGLED

(Takes deep breath)…Ya know what; if I start…I won’t stop. Yeah let’s just not go there….stop typing, stop. STOP!

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A LITTLE TOO FAR

Oh Jiminy Christmas! This book induces such a physical reaction in me when I think about it, that just looking at that cover causes me to feel a sharp pain in my frontal lobe that I legit think is a blood vessel exploding. Dysfunction isn’t sexy and while I could reconcile Lexie and Trent and actually enjoyed their relationship, despite the massive info dump at the beginning to get us on board with the relationship. Seriously we’re reading the book, we’ve bought the premise, we don’t need to know how amazing and sweet and kind Trent is, we’re on board now give us the sexy times, the relationship with Alessandro was just A Little Too Far (Ba dum bum) for me. I loved him as a character but the way Lexie treated him was despicable and that moment in her apartment sickened me. She wasn’t a character I could find anything likeable about and the two men were definitely the (few) high points of the book. Hype, you’re an evil mistress.

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THESE BROKEN STARS

Hey Hype, seriously beat it! I had such high hopes for this one. I mean, look at that cover and honestly for the first third, I really enjoyed – the descriptions of the ship, the tension, and the drama. The remaining 2/3’s however just dragged for me. All I can remember is a lot of walking across a planet with a few survival tests thrown in. It was tiresome and here it comes – yeah that “twist”? It would have been more shocking if (a) the characters were likeable and (b) if the book had the spine (get it?) to follow through with said “twist”. This had the potential to be great sci-fi but it came across as diluted and the type of sci-fi that I’d recommend to people who like the new Star Trek movies but make fun of the TV series i.e. just sci-fi enough to make them feel like they are outside their comfort zone. Needless to say it was wholly disappointing in *MY* opinion.

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What about you guys? Any books you expected to love and found yourself the lone wolf? Let me know in the comments!

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16 responses to “A Difference of Opinion – Books My Friends Loved that I Hated

    • Danielle

      Danielle

      I felt terrible too, I kept flicking back wondering what I was missing but it was just a total disconnect. I am looking forward to reading more from those authors though, perhaps not from that series but I’ve heard great things about Kauffman’s book Illuminae so that’s definitely going on the list!

    • Danielle

      Danielle

      Yay! More people like me! It’s always a relief to know that you’re not totally alone lol! Thanks so much for commenting!

  1. Sarah J.

    The only book I’ve read that you’ve mentioned is We Were Liars and I agree so hard. I don’t understand why everyone went on about the twist and it being so shocking. It wasn’t shocking at all. I spent more time thinking up better twists while reading than actually enjoying the twist once it was revealed. Since you mentioned your bloodhound coming out for twists, what are your thoughts on Gillian Flynn’s twists?
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    • Danielle

      Danielle

      Lol I did the same thing whilst reading! I’ve only read Gone Girl, I need to read more of Gillian’s books but I quite enjoyed her twists even though again I knew what was coming from early on but because I adored how insanely ridiculous her characters were, I loved how she made me experience a whole mess of emotions, it was like a super concentrated soap opera! If We Were Liars had concentrated on building the characters rather than trying to be so evasive I probably would have had a similar experience to GG!

      • Sarah J.

        That’s a really good point! I think characters are what make books stand out so much when it comes to unreliable narrators. If the characters aren’t fleshed out it’s harder to feel tripped out when things are thrown your way because you are looking for the twist if you aren’t engrossed.
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  2. Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books

    Dani you’re such a stupid head! (I had to because I’m all mature like that)

    Actually the only one I’ve really read and have any place to disagree on is Tangled and even I agree that book is going to not be everyone’s cup of tea. So it doesn’t surprise me when people don’t like it one bit *shrugs*

    I adore your opinionated behind no matter what we may ever disagree on haha Love ya girl!

  3. tonyalee

    I remember when we went to read Tangled with everyone – and NOPE. We were both like, ” I don’t even think so!” LOL

    I didn’t read Beautiful Oblivion – I only read the first book. You are a trooper. lol

    And you know I adored These Broken Stars and really like We Were Liars.

    • Danielle

      Danielle

      Haha I know! Just bleaugh!
      Re: The Beautiful series, I freaking won the entire series signed a few months back lol, I keep side eyeing the pile!

  4. Rachel

    I don’t think that I would liked We Were Liars if I had known that there was a twist! I read The Sin Eater’s Daughter and I didn’t hate it but it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Everyone loves it but I do plan to read the sequel to see how it goes!

    • Danielle

      Danielle

      The Sin Eater’s Daughter is on my list. It was much loved by all my friends too so a bit hesitant about it. We must trade thoughts when I get around to it!

  5. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    I am cheering along with you about We Were Liars!! I agree that the writing was awesome, but everything else? BORED. I also knew the “big twist” almost immediately, which made it all pretty boring- and like you said, I didn’t care at all about the characters either! I haven’t read any of the others on your list, but I hope I fare better with These Broken Stars!

    I am definitely a black sheep with The Walled City and Magonia. The Walled City, while also beautifully written, bored the life out of me, and I didn’t care about the characters (I sense a pattern!). And I don’t get Magonia. It’s weird, it didn’t make sense, and I don’t like bird people. This is a fun post! I would love to make a huge list of these one day!
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    • Danielle

      Danielle

      Yes, thank you!! I do hope you will like These Broken Stars, it’s the one I’m most bummed about! The Walled City and Magonia are both on my list, I was aching to read them before they came out but they are sitting on my desk since then, I don’t know what it is about them that’s stopping me but…

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