Monday, May 6, 2013

Coffee Shop Talks - Books I Didn’t Like That For Some Reason Everyone Else Loved!

Coffee Shop Talks is a weekly feature where we each discuss a bookish topic of our choosing.
This week's topic is:


Die for Me by Amy Plum
It isn't often that a book makes it to my DNF pile. If an author is new to me I try to do a little research and check to see what my blogger buddies and Goodreads friends are saying about them before I make the purchase. But there are still those rare occasions where I'm halfway through a book with rave reviews and I find that I just can't keep going.
This is how I felt about Die for Me. The action was missing, the romance had no affect on me, and it bothered me that the protagonist fell so easily for someone she knew nothing about. The whole story came across as just a little too young adult for my taste and I called it quits shortly after the 40% mark. 

Afterlight by Elle Jasper
"Vampires. They're real. They exist. And they're so not what you think they are. And I was utterly, irrevocably in love with one."

Elle Jasper's Afterlight didn't quite make it to my DNF pile, but that's only because I became interested in finding all of the Twilight similarities. I was fascinated that there was a story that so blatantly imitated many elements of Meyer's novel and she wasn't even thanked in the acknowledgements! But I will say that between the two stories, Afterlight's setting was more interesting and the protagonist was a grown woman instead of a teen..although she often speaks like a teenage girl. I can somewhat understand why readers have enjoyed this story, but it just didn't work for me.

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Danielle Romero said...

I'll admit I haven't read either of these but despite the disappointment they left you at least the covers are pretty if they happen to be on your bookshelf lol
Btw I love the text you added to the bubbles :) would you send me the one of you so I can post it in the future?

Neyra said...

I actually loved those two books, though Amy Plums second book, Until I die sucked for me -_- I didn't find the similarities to twilight for Afterlight, but that's only because I found this novel before I even found out about Twilight, thank God! Lol

Anyways, let's see.. Oh Colleen Hoover's Slammed series. Smh it disappointed me because of all the race reviews they get. The main character, lake, seemed to immature and selfish. Not to mention whiny. *sigh* .com despite being 18, her little brother seemed more mature than she did.

Rebe said...

I have yet to finish Full Blooded By Amanda Carlson. I think I'm only a few chapters in and I keep thinking I should go back and finish it, but... it just isn't grabbing my attention.

Antonietta Scrofani said...

I haven't read either of these books but like Danielle said, they covers are pretty! Although I am curious now about Afterlight...were there that many similarities? LoL
-Nette =)

Toni Lesatz said...

I haven't read either book, but I am a cover whore and would have been sucked into both of those based on the covers alone. Hah!

That quote is SOOO right out of Twilight. Not cool, Elle Jasper.

Toni @ My Book Addiction

Van Pham said...

I read Die for me and actually really liked it. it's a shame that you didn't enjoy it. As for Afterlight, it was a DNF for me as well. I don't think I got as far as you though, I felt the author did too much info dumping in the first couple of chapters.

A book that I didn't like but everyone loved was The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. A book with a lackluster plot and characters...IMOH. I finished it, but wasn't happy that I wasted my time on it.

Great post!

Traci Horton said...

I haven't read either book either and I'm a bit sad that you didn't enjoy them because yes, those covers are beautiful!

I really don't like it when books are so similiar to each other. How many times have you heard, oh you have to read that one it's just like Twilight. Let's get some original ideas here! I know that there are going to be similar ideas/themes throughout different genres, but put the need to have their own twist something that makes them stand out and say I'm not following what someone else did. *stepping off my soap box now* :)

Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

Addicted2Heroines said...

Thanks for putting this feature together, Danielle! Yes, I will send the button over shortly.

I'm glad you were able to enjoy them, Neyra! I liked Slammed, but I understand the complaints about Layken. There are times that I can tolerate protagonists like that and times that I can't. I guess it depends on what kind of mood I'm in.

Rebe - I liked Full Blooded, but a lot of GR reviewers were calling it the best werewolf book ever written. Definitely do not agree with that.

Antonietta - I thought there were, but not everyone agrees =) Riley has rare, irresistible blood and Eli has to struggle not to drain her. He sneaks in and watches her while she sleeps. His family are the "good" vamps that don't drink directly from the source like the bad vamps do. They have a pact with the local witches similar to the pact the Cullens had with the werewolves. The family even has a crest like the Cullens did. I'm sure there is more, but it's been over 2 years since I've read it so that's all I can remember ;-)

Yes, I'm a cover whore too, Toni! The covers for both of these series have been great.

alibrarianslibrary said...

I didn't like Die For Me either! I know I am in a minority, and I'm glad that I'm not the only one lol. I just didn't see why everyone liked it. It was just SO FLAT. Though I did read it. And I read the next one. And now I will read the last one. Who knows? Maybe it'll be redeemed.

Reading XOXO said...

The Edge of Never, they say after 40% it gets better but it's so long uggggg :(

I really do want to like it more, the writing is not bad just sloooooow

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