Discussion: 5 Hyped Series That Don’t Work For Me

We all know the books I mean when I say “hype”. Books that take the blog-o-sphere and beyond to dizzying heights of collective love. Books that consistently make the lists at the end of years or beginning of years or middle of years proclaiming them “Books I Must Have” “Books I Loved” “Books You Must Read”.

Some I’ve enjoyed. THRONE OF GLASS is one that I knew from the get-go I would love. Going further back to when I first began blogging Maggie Stiefvater’s “Wolves of Mercy Falls” series (SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER and the new companion SINNER) was one I loved to pieces and actively participated in the hype.

Sometimes though books just don’t appeal. Around the same time I was loving Stiefvater I was REALLY disappointed by another werewolf series, “Nightshade” by Andrea Cremer. I thought I’d love the series based on how cool the world sounded and how awesome Calla was. Then I read the first book and my Rant was extraordinary. Equally I will likely never pick up a John Green novel as I really don’t understand what’s so great about his books. I tried PAPER TOWNS and AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES and gave up.

It seems to be happening more often now and with less than half a year to go I wanted to talk about some of the hyped books of the recent years that haven’t hooked me. No spoilers though so feel safe.

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The Guild Games: Join Today!

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Have you heard about Elise Kova’s new series launching in January 2017? The Loom Saga starts off with THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM, a dark story of vengeance, family and politics that quite frankly sends shivers down my reading spine.

In prep for the Loom Saga Elise has created the Guild Games – once upon a time the Guilds resisted the Dragon King, but they fell, leaving a lot of broken pieces behind. Now as we gear up for the launch we’re working to make the Guilds the power they once were.

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Bookitcon Chapter 2 Recap Panel 2: Facts vs Fiction

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What is Bookitcon you ask? Its a charity event run by the seriously awesome Nori (of ReadWriteLove28) held in South Jersey to help promote literacy in children. The event raised money buy new books for two K-8 schools in Camden, NJ whose libraries need updating as well as create a library for the nonprofit group Grace in the Mud.

Well that’s the official reason – the unofficial reason is its an event for South Jersey that brings in a boatload of YA authors from across the genre divide so readers can meet, greet and be merry. Which I totally did and more importantly survived. Read my recap to find out about the author shenanigan’s, then mosey over to my recap about Panel 1 Surprises in Publishing – this recap covers the second Panel of the day!

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Bookitcon Chapter 2 Recap Panel 1: Surprises in Publishing

 

bookitcon chap 2

What is Bookitcon you ask? Its a charity event run by the seriously awesome Nori (of ReadWriteLove28) held in South Jersey to help promote literacy in children. The event raised money buy new books for two K-8 schools in Camden, NJ whose libraries need updating as well as create a library for the nonprofit group Grace in the Mud.

Well that’s the official reason – the unofficial reason is its an event for South Jersey that brings in a boatload of YA authors from across the genre divide so readers can meet, greet and be merry. Which I totally did and more importantly survived. Read my first recap to find out about the author shenanigan’s – this recap covers the first Panel of the day, so come back tomorrow for the second Panel!

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#ReadThemAllThon: Pokemon Indigo League TBR

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What it is: a 3 weeks long reading challenge based on the Kanto’s Indigo League.
When is it: The read-a-thon will run for 3 weeks between Sunday 8/14 to Sunday 9/4.
How to Join: From now til September 4th head to the signups page and follow the instructions.

Since I’m rewatching Pokémon with my niece right now and I’m doing #ARCAugust, this sounds fabulous. TLDR; Spreadsheet for my points info: #ReadThemAllThon Spreadsheet.

For the breakdown read on to find out more!

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Bookitcon Chapter Two Recap Part 1

 

bookitcon chap 2

What is Bookitcon you ask? Its a charity event run by the seriously awesome Nori (of ReadWriteLove28) held in South Jersey to help promote literacy in children. The event raised money buy new books for two K-8 schools in Camden, NJ whose libraries need updating as well as create a library for the nonprofit group Grace in the Mud.

Well that’s the official reason – the unofficial reason is its an event for South Jersey that brings in a boatload of YA authors from across the genre divide so readers can meet, greet and be merry. Which I totally did and more importantly survived.

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Book Review: The Dead Boyfriend

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Caitlyn has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Blade, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends who warn her that Blade may be a phony and that she is taking the whole thing too seriously. Caitlyn is smitten. She doesn’t care if she loses her friends. All she wants is Blade. When Caitlyn sees Blade with another girl, she completely loses it. She snaps. Everything goes red. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Blade is dead-and she has killed him. But if Blade is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?

ProsMy status updates are just…precious jewels of wit, Stine’s inadvertent use of the “yandere” trope

Cons – Less sense than most Shadyside teens, overuse of “Diary”, patently unbelievable lies

Spoiler – I’m going to ruin the “twist” to this book. Not that it matters.

Note – as of writing this review I could not find a different synopsis than the one I have here. I found this one on Teenreads.com…but the names were different (Caitlin vs Caitlyn, Colin vs Blade, which is funny considering what really happens in the book).

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