Guest Post by Zuleeza from Qwerty Book Blog: You Loved it? Oh…

Hello there all Readaraptor readers! (or should I say, rawr!). I’m Zuleeza from Qwerty Book Blog and I’m here to hijack Readeraptor. Nah, don’t worry, it’s just for a while. Raimy is here with me, safe and bound and gagged.

Have you ever feel like a black sheep? You found out that the whole world is in love with that particular book but not you. (Okay, that sounds very deep and depressing LOL!). What I meant to say is have you ever asked yourself ‘did I read the same book as everyone else?’

I did. A few times even. So, if you are a fan of any of the books I mentioned below, I hope I won’t get thrown with a big fat panda because hey, it must be boring if everyone likes the same book. Hihi. Here are my top six;

(Caution: My rant could be a bit…ermm…spoilery)

6. Die for Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum
Die for Me (Revenants, #1)


With that title and that cover, it’s easy too see why I decided to pick this up. But it turned out to be a disappointing read for me 🙁 I think the nickname ‘Twilight in Paris’ given by the great Stephanie Sinclair of Cuddlebuggery suits this book perfectly. It has so many elements that I despise in a book; insta love, obsessive, stalker-ish hero, damsel-in-distress heroine, fluffy dialogues, for example;

“The answer to your question of where I was taking you would be…to the most beautiful place in Paris. With the most beautiful girl I have been lucky enough to set eyes on…”
Moreover, while I found the idea of ‘Revenants’ as quite original, I just wish it was executed better. Here we got people who don’t need medical attention after days being deprived of foods and water. And they claimed they are humans, the only difference is that they are immortal. Hmm…I think I need more logical explanation to accept this premise.
5. The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1)

This was one of my post-Twilight books which meant to say that my standard was pretty low back then (I even gave Nightshade 5-stars at that time) and I still disliked it. Great concept, really but it was tainted with excessive romance of the two leads, Violet and Jay. Well, it wasn’t the book fault, I think. I was expecting something else from the story entirely, that’s why it didn’t work for me. :/  

4.Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

Everneath (Everneath, #1)


Before I read it, I thought  that this is definitely the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I think it’s more possible for me to be kicked by a unicorn in an intergalactic battle than to have such amazing Photoshop skill possessed by the cover artist. But when I started reading it…

It wasn’t bad per say, it was just boring for me. I found Nikki as a very uninspiring heroine and Jack? Yeah, he’s sweet, loyal and all that but I don’t know, I didn’t feel the depth of their love at all despite all the romantic lines (which I strangely found as cheesy). I was rooting for Cole the entire time until I got to the end of the book, I wished he kept his mean-obsessive lover persona but then he turned into this desperate-obsessive lover. 🙁

3. Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins 

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)

First, why would you call your series as ‘The Sweet Trilogy’? It doesn’t sound…right? Anyway, right after Sweet Evil release, I kept seeing all these glowing reviews and most importantly Kaidan Rowe, EVERYWHERE on the net. So my curiosity got better of me. What did I thought of Kai? He had his moments (he successfully made my ovaries a little shaky but that’s it, no explosion or anything). But I just can’t tolerate the fanservice, info dumping, and plot holes. So yeah, I won’t go near the sequels anytime soon.

2. Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux, #2)


Daemon Black. Another highly sought-after bad boy. Before you start to stone me to death, hear ya, hear ya, I ACTUALLY LIKED OBSIDIAN. I even thought Obsidian is the politically correct version of Twilight. But Onyx turned out to be such a let down for me. And It puzzled me to see so many reviewers thought that Onyx is waaaay better than Obsidian. For me, Onyx was a pain to get through; the mock love triangle, the ‘ha-ha, that joke is not even remotely funny anymore’, the tug war between Katy and Daemon…lets just say that the only reason Onyx didn’t end up in my DNF pile was because I paid for it.

1. Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Dat revised cover.

Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t have problem with the writing.

Well, except this part “My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps.”

In fact, I got a serious case of nerdgasm for the first fifty pages of the book. My biggest problem was Juliette. Why she had to make out with Adam whenever they had the chance?! And it wasn’t a simple peck on the lips, it was make out as in err…make out! And remember that they did this while running away from Warner? Granted, she was lone-leyh, Adam was the first person she could ever touch blah blah blah, but if my life was on the line, I won’t have time to get all smoochie-oochie with my boyfriend. But that’s just my personal view. 😀

Again, I totally understand that some of these books might be your ‘best book ever’ and I respect your thoughts and opinions. 🙂

And thank you so much Raimy for having me on your blog! I promised I won’t kidnap you again!

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  • maya

    I haven’t read any of these, so thanks for the tip as I probably won’t be going near them any time soon (except to gaze at the beauty that is Everneath’s cover!) I completely understand your complaints with the insta-love, love triangles, etc etc, that kind of stuff really gets on my nerves too! Great post 🙂

  • Nina @ Death Books and Tea

    I’m not the only one who didn’t enjoy Die For Me! *hugs you* Not read the other ones-but thanks for the heads up. I have been looking forwards to reading Sweet Evil and Shatter Me for some time, so I’ll probably read them. But I didn’t fully enjoy Kimberly’s Pledge, so I can see why TBF may not be that good. Thanks for the post.

  • Zuleeza

    @ maya: Hi maya! Remember that my thoughts on these books are like me against the world. So don’t just take my words for it, who knows you might like all of these books when you read them! 😀

    @ Nina: Oh, really? 🙁 I meant to read The Pledge because I’m hoping I would enjoy her other series.

  • Jesse Owen

    Fab post, I’ve only read one of these (The Body Finder) and I so know the feeling when I’m not entirely sold / like a book that everyone is raving about!

  • Bungle

    Enjoyed this post, it made me laugh!

    I loved Die For Me, I love Paris and I come from an art background so it was the right kind of book for me on many levels. I’ve not read all of the others but I do have one or two on the shelf waiting.

    I really didn’t enjoy Throne of Glass and everyone else seemed to and you do get that feeling ‘did I miss something’ but like you said, we all like different things and the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same thing.

    Brill post!

  • Faye (Daydreaming_Star)

    The only one of these I have read is Die for Me and I agree with you COMPLETELY! Even As I was reading it I was all… *headbutts wall*

    I really, really didn’t understand the hype surrounding it at all. But I’m glad I am not alone in this feeling! lol.

    Great post 😀

  • Zuleeza

    @ Jesse: Haha…apparently we are in the minority. 😛

    @ Bungle: I see. It’s good that you’re telling me that because you reminds me that our background will surely affect our choice of books. 🙂

    I’ve yet to read Throne of Glass. Kind of nervous when you said you didn’t like it.

    @ Faye: Headbutts wall? LOL. When did facepalms become no longer mainstream. 😛

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