January started off really, really well reading-wise. I mean, the first 8 books I read were all 3+ stars. But then… then things went downhill.
Just a quick disclaimer before I talk about these books: when I say “the bad and the ugly”, I’m being humorous. No, I didn’t enjoy these books but you might! Or maybe you did. It’s also not an attack on the author. I think it’s silly that we have to state this whenever we want to discuss books we didn’t like, but you’re entitled to your book feels just as I’m entitled to mine.
TIME BOMB by Joelle Charbonneau.
Why I didn’t like it: As I talked about in my review, I think this would have been a really nice read if it wasn’t for the microaggressions. It felt like the author was trying very hard to be inclusive and instead of it coming off well, it came off… really, really bad. This book definitely proves the case for writing in your lane.
THE VINES by Christopher Rice.
Why I didn’t like it: This book was so disappointing.
I absolutely loved Rice’s books A DENSITY OF SOULS and THE SNOW GARDEN, but this one isn’t on the same level. While the writing is good and the setting is magnificent, Rice’s characters in this one falls flat. I expected the story to pick up once we got into the “meat” of the plot… but there was no meat to this story. None.
THE LIBRARY OF SOULS by Richard Denney.
Why I didn’t like it: This read like a first draft. The grammar was atrocious, the characters were terribly unbelievable, and this needed an editor so badly. I had tried to give this author a chance last year when I read WHAT LIES BENEATH (another one that needed an editor), and I was hoping there would be growth in his writing since I really enjoy Denney’s Youtube channel. However, there was zero improvement.
THE DEADLY SISTER by Eliot Schrefer.
Why I didn’t like it: It just didn’t make any sense.
I mean, it was apparent what was going on right from the beginning, but I could have lived with that if we had seen any real motivation from either sister. This also would have worked much better as a NA thriller or an adult thriller. The ages of the sisters and the lack of parental involvement just didn’t make sense and added to the lackluster plot.
THE WITCH DOESN’T BURN IN THIS ONE by Amanda Lovelace
Why I didn’t like it: While there were a few feeble attempts to include trans and nonbinary people, this entire collection was terribly ciscentric and full of white feminist imagery. It reads a lot like the diary of a 13 year old girl who just discovered feminism and thinks misandry is, like, totally awesome. There was also a poem (that has supposedly been removed from the collection) that was a direct rip off of Rachel Wiley’s 10 HONEST THOUGHTS ON BEING LOVED BY A SKINNY BOY. While Lovelace tried to explain this by saying the thoughts are “used a lot” in the fat posi community… that’s not exactly a good reason to plagiarize.
And that’s my The Bad and The Ugly for this month! Thoughts on any of these?