Tuesday, July 29, 2014

15 Days of Being a Book Blogger featuring Day #04: Book Flinging Time

Haven't you ever read a book that you kind of just wanted to fling across the room, because it caused you to rage so bad that you nearly blacked out?! 

It's been a while since I've actually flung a book across the room, but last year I read a couple that I couldn't help but chuck. I mean, they were just a hot mess. I loved the idea behind the synopsis, don't get me wrong, and the author wrote the story in a really pretty poetic and lyrical way, but for some reason a number of things just didn't sit well with me. I had issues with the first book that I was hoping the second book would resolve, but sadly it didn't. It only exacerbated them and made them worse. 

I'm not usually one to tear down an author or their books, but I'm also not afraid to say whether or not I liked the book too. I wouldn't feel like I was being honest if I had to sugar coat how I feel all the time about a certain storyline, a couple of characters, or how the book read overall. If it doesn't sit well with me, then it just doesn't and there's nothing that I can really do about that. 

So, with that being said, let the book flinging begin!

Temptation (Temptation #1)
Karen Ann Hopkins
Last year, I was lucky enough to be on a blog tour featuring Karen Ann Hopkins two books, Temptation (Temptation #1) and Belonging (Temptation #2), and I was excited because the synopsis and the idea of getting a little peek into the Amish was definitely something that I was interested in. Temptation started off alright, but the further I got into it, the more frustrated I became with the book. There were things that just glaringly rubbed me the wrong way and there were things that I wish had been written differently. There were issues with the two main characters and their romance, even if some of it was written very soft and pretty, the issues were still there and they just wouldn't go away. What started off to be a promising series, just ended up getting worse. 

Belonging (Temptation #2)
Karen Ann Hopkins
And what I had hoped would be resolved in Belonging, sadly wasn't at all. For one, the relationship was extremely unhealthy, and I didn't like the fact that the characters had this way of tearing one another down or demanding the other change, when they weren't willing to at all. That type of thing right there, will definitely turn me off of a book or series quicker than anything. But, there was so much more that just stuck in my craw, as well. The Amish community that Rose was so adamant about playing house in, the naivety, the judgement coming from Noah - all of that and so much more - snowballed into my chucking both books across the room out of frustration.

With all of that being said, there were a couple of good things that came out of these novels and that was, the beautiful writing style of Karen Ann Hopkins and Hunter. I wish that Rose would have given herself a little more time to get over Noah, before jumping into something with Hunter and giving him the false hope that she would let him be good for her because he was. He was so much better, so much more supportive, and healthy. This was another thing that was so disappointing about the novel. However, just because these two books didn't really sit that well with me, doesn't mean that you might not enjoy them or the characters.  I would encourage you to read them and decide for yourself. 

The Dollhouse Asylum
Mary Gray
I read the Doll House Asylum by Mary Gray last September and even though I ended up giving it three stars on Goodreads, I felt like it was still book-flinging worthy. It's not that it was a horrible book, but it wasn't the most memorable either. There were just things about this novel that I felt were frustrating and borderline rage worthy, if that makes any sense at all. Despite being a little interesting and compelling, the issues that I basically ended up having with it were, Cheyenne and her blind obsession for Teo absolutely drove me bonkers, the whole time I was reading. It was just so hard for me to connect with this character, no matter how hard I tried too, I just couldn't seem to do it. That's pretty much a deal breaker with me, when it comes to whether I like a book or not. I have to be able to connect with the characters in order for me to truly enjoy the story and get a sense of purpose out of what I'm reading. 

I mean don't get me wrong, there were still some smaller things that held my interest and wowed me. The book held definite potential to be so much better than it turned out being and I was saddened that it ended up being a bit of a let down for me. I really really wanted to like this book so much, but instead it just sort of ended up falling a bit flat for me. However, for fans of the dark and sinister mythological tales, it is the perfect story to entertain you. I would recommend at least giving it a try and seeing what you think first, don't just take my word for it. Even if this was an "almost-book-induced-flinging" for me, it might not be for you and you could end up really liking it. So, I would definitely say, give it a try.

What was the last book that you flung across the room? Let me know in the comments below, because I'm totally curious. :)


  1. I used to be a huge LKH fan, but I think it was around A Kiss of Shadows (or something, I really don't remember anymore) I just got fed up with all the horizontal dancing that I wanted to fling the book across the room. Another book that warranted that reaction was Lord of the Flies. I _hated_ reading that book. It was just horrible!

    1. LOL. I didn't mention it, but you know there was a classic (As I Lay Dying) that was book-flinging inducing too. I swear, I don't think I've HATED a book so much as Fifty Shades of Gray, as much as I HATE As I Lay Dying. I swear, if I were Cash I would killed them all and took the money and ran. Hahaha.


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