Friday, November 18, 2011

It's Not You, It's Me (1)

"It's not you, it's me. I just want to be friends." I'm sure some of us have heard those dreaded words uttered before and the same saying can be applied to books.  Some books just don't work for me, whereas other readers may have really enjoyed them.  This new feature will be showcasing books that I never finished or reviewed.

Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy

Goodreads says, "When 15-year-old Enid Calhoun follows her boyfriend Wick to Maryland for a party, fearful that he might be intending to cheat on her, she finds herself sneaking on board a houseboat where Wick and his friends plan to have a wild night. But before the boys discover their stowaway, a hurricane strikes, and the teenagers are carried miles from the shore and shipwrecked. What follows is a harrowing, yet heartwarming, story of survival, as the teens battle hypothermia, dehydration, man-eating sharks--and along the way, confront their own deepest secrets, including their catalytic roles in the disaster."

*I just couldn't handle the main character Enid. She drove me nuts and every time I read her name, I immediately thought of the Enid in Sweet Valley High, who also drove me nuts.  However, I brought this book to my classroom and a few students, including boys, read it and liked it. 

Awakened (House of Night #8) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Goodreads says, "Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey.  Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z.  But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there.  Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it?  Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same – and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either… And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim?  The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship?  Does he betray his father or his heart? In the pulse-pounding 8th book in the bestselling House of Night series, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl’s heart?"

* I broke up with this series after Burned, but like any bad relationship, I went back for more even though I knew it wasn't going to be good.  Well, I was right. I got about 50 pages in and the little annoying things (teen speak and ridiculous love triangles) about this series crept right back up again.  I think I am done with this series for good.

What do you guys think? 


  1. I also broke up with the House of Night series. I can't remember which book it was, but it was after a certain person got killed and Zoey shut down completely. I just couldn't quite bring myself to continue since there were love triangles all over the place and things just kept getting stranger:)

  2. There are too many great books out there to waste time trying to like a book that you don't. It happens....

  3. Nice! I like it! I wrote a letter to a book like this once :) ( Great meme :)

  4. I love this feature - such a good idea! I haven't read either of these books, but there are plenty of books that just don't work out for me.

    Recently I thought that Saving June was just OK while everyone else I know loved it!

  5. I couldn't handle the House of Night series even though I love almost anything vampire. Oh well, others love it...

  6. I have never read any of the books but I can definitely understand why you didn't finish them. I haven't gotten that far into the HON-series but the teen speech annoyed me very much.

  7. I think the way you feel about the HON series (which I haven't read) is how I feel about the Blue Bloods series.

    I also felt this way about The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. It received rave reviews, especially by librarians but I just didn't like the main characters!

  8. I broke up with the house of night series from book4. I however never went back for more. Also I LOvE this new feature! I'll be sure to do one next week!!


  9. Jenny- I completely agree!

    Mrs. Q- So true! Thanks for visiting.

    Juju- I will check it out!!!

    Leanna- I haven't read Saving June- can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

    Manda- Agree! Thanks for stopping by.

    Christina T- I felt that way about Blue Bloods too. Good comparison- b/c they are very similar.

    Maji- Thanks so much! :)

    Mari- The teen speak kills me!! Thanks for visiting.


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