I haven’t taken a lot of time to read lately so this week I decided to bring you a bookish tag instead of my (sort of) regular Friday book review. I found The Nope Book Tag over at Nut Free Nerd. Since I have no problem expressing a negative opinion about a book I thought this would be a fun little tag but it was harder to come up with the answers than I expected it to be.
NOPE. ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. This book had so, so much potential but that (spoiler) happily ever after ending bullshit really ground my gears. The story could have been marvelous instead it was just another sappy love story with some mermaids thrown in. Give me a break.
NOPE. protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) by Laura Sebastian. Alright, don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book however…Theodosia is a great big pile of suck for the most part of the book. This is a new release so I won’t dig in about it but man do I dislike her.
NOPE. pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.
*AHEM* I haven’t finished the series yet, I’m currently on Queen of Shadows, but this Aelin/Rowan thing has to go. I have a deep seated dislike of Rowan because he is a prick. I retain hope that she will kick his manipulative ass to the curb.
NOPE. plot twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab . ~SPOILERS~ Kate’s ending had me enraged. I love Schwab, I love her writing, and the woman herself seems to be an awesome person but I will never forgive her for what she did to Kate. Completely unnecessary.
NOPE. genre: a genre you will never read.
Contemporary adult/young adult. I understand that it has become a very popular genre over the last few years but it just isn’t my cup of tea.
NOPE. book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
I really don’t care about my book format. I have hardcovers, paperbacks, audiobooks, ebooks, it doesn’t matter to me. If it is a book I want I will read it in pretty much any format.
NOPE. trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.
The Chosen One. I don’t mind love triangles, I don’t care about insta love, and brooding bad boys can make interesting plot fodder. What I hate, with a passion, is The Chosen One. There is only one person who can do this thing that needs done and save the world! Shut up. No. Get me my cast of support characters who are all perfectly capable of saving the world, too, especially if they work together.
NOPE. recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.
Holly touched on this in her post of this tag but her answer is perfect. I majored in English, I enjoy Elizabethan and Jacobean plays, but I very much have a strong dislike of Shakespeare. Every time someone recommends one of his plays to me (as if I don’t know of them already) and then is shocked that I don’t care for them I die a little inside. It is like you aren’t allowed to enjoy plays if you don’t love Shakespeare. Bah! Marlowe for life!
NOPE. cliché: a cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
Lip biting. I don’t know why it bugs me so much but I truly hate lip biting. I don’t care if the character is nervous, trying to make a decision, or just has an itchy lip STOP BITING YOUR LIP. STOP IT.
NOPE. love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.
I could go back to the Aelin/Rowan nonsense but instead I think I’ll choose Dara/Nahri from The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty. I understand that Dara has a troubled past and is a very complex character but he is, quite frankly, an overbearing jerk who has no care for anyone else’s feelings or thoughts unless they mirror or assist his own. Bugger off, Dara.
NOPE. book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.
Twilight. Fifty Shades. Mostly for the same reasons which I’m sure you already know and I don’t need to expand on.
NOPE. villain: a villain you would hate to cross.
The Jackal from the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. He is very, very clever, has zero remorse, a chip on his shoulder, and vast resources. He would strike you down and you would never see it coming. Adrius au Augustus is terrifying.
NOPE. death: a character death that still haunts you.
Sorry, I have nothing. I don’t mind character deaths as long as they serve a purpose. I get peeved about a few but as long as they serve to further the plot I’m pretty much okay with it.
NOPE. author: an author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.
I hate Cassandra Clare’s writing with the burning passion of a thousand suns. I will never, never get over Clockwork Angel.
That is it for The Nope Book Tag! If you want to do it please feel free to tag yourselves. Did you think I was wrong in any of my answers? Talk to me about it in the comments!