12 Books I Thought I’d Fall In Love With…And Yet, I Didn’t Like Them

Despite loving books, I can often be disappointed by them.

I know, the horror!

I thought it’d be nice to spend today talking about books I was expecting to fall in love with, but then they asked me out, and whoops, I was Catfished.

I shall never stick to the status quo.

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I Have A Lot Of Unpopular Bookish Opinions | The “Nope!” Book Tag

“Mikaela, what? I thought you were dead!”

I know that it seems like I disappeared on all of you guys out of absolutely nowhere, but I was very stressed and tired (and, in actuality, I am STILL stressed and tired), but I’m back now, and, hopefully, I won’t be taking any more hiatuses like I have been.

MARCH WILL BE BETTER I SAY.

But, today, I have a tag for you that was definitely made for me because I get to talk about my unpopular bookish opinions? And rant a lot? WHAT A TREAT.

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[TAG] In Which I Share My Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Hey, look; it’s been forever since I’ve done a tag! So, let’s do that!

I’ve decided to do the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag, mainly because I love talking about my unpopular opinions and finding people who agree with me. I am the Queen of Unpopular Opinions, and I will fight you for the title. But, seriously, I do have a lot of unpopular opinions – not even just in books, but life in general – and I thought a tag would be a fun way to share them!

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1. A Popular Book or Series You Didn’t Like

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HAHA, where do I start? I actually have a whole list of my least favorite series – which I’ll be linking to here – so I’m not going to re-list them all, but probably my top unpopular opinion regarding series is The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. I thought I’d love this one, but the romance was just too much, and the sequel bored me to death. Kestrel is just too good for Arin. And for book, probably The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. I literally can’t find one single soul who didn’t love this book, but I thought it was just meh. It was over-saturated with plot twists that got annoying after a while, and I was just missing something, I guess? I thought the ending was pretty good, though!

2. A Popular Book or Series That Everyone Else Seems to Hate But You Love

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Funnily enough, I also have an entire post dedicated to unpopular books I like, which you can find right here! BUT, for the purpose of this question and not wanting to repeat my entire list again, I think my number one is probably The Cursed Child. Everyone literally hates it and found it SO disappointing – but I read it in a day and cried and I loved it. And this book also proved that my Albus and Scorpius ship that I’ve been sailing on since 2013 has solid concrete evidence, so, there’s that.

3. A Love Triangle Where the Main Character Ended Up with the Person You Didn’t Want Them to End Up with OR an OTP That You Don’t Like

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Fortunately, I’ve never lost a love triangle (MWAHAHAHA), so I decided on an OTP I don’t like. And that’s Mara and Noah from the Mara Dyer trilogy. Honestly, I just really hate Noah and think he’s a pretentious jerk, so he could just disappear and all would be solved and make me ten times happier, to be honest. But everyone seems to love him apparently??? Ew.

4. A Popular Book Genre That You Hardly Reach For

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I usually read a little something from every genre because I’m usually pulled in by synopsis’, not genres, but contemporary is probably the answer for this one. Especially the phrase “cute contemporary.” Whenever someone says that a contemporary book was “adorable” or “cute” or “fluffy,” I’m just never going to read it ever. Maybe I’m a masochist who likes death and torture and sadness and panic, but I just get bored reading about people falling in love in the real world with real problems. And I don’t think I’ve ever liked fluff??? Basically, I’m a monster.

5. A Popular or Beloved Character That You Don’t Like

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Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments Series! I mean, I love all of Cassandra Clare’s books TO DEATH, but both times I read The Mortal Instruments, I was greatly annoyed by Jace. I mean, he probably wasn’t a trope when this book was published (way back in 2007), but after so many years of YA, I’m tired of sarcastic jerk-ish bad boys who have daddy issues and are using their sarcasm as a shield for how sweet they are. PASS.

6. A Popular Author That You Can’t Seem to Get Into

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This one’s easily Lauren Oliver. I read Before I Fall and LOVED IT – it’s still one of my all-time favorite contemporaries – and every single one of the books I’ve read from her after that have been total duds and I’ve DNF-ed them all. I only have Vanishing Girls left from her, but I love a good YA thriller, so, hopefully, this one’s good?

7. A Popular Book Trope That You’re Tired of Seeing

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I don’t even know if this counts as a book trope (it probably doesn’t), but when it comes to thrillers, YA or Adult, I’m getting really tired of the “OH MY GOD; YOU LITERALLY COULD HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS COMING BECAUSE IT MAKES ZERO SENSE AND IS IN NO WAY GROUNDED IN REALITY” plot twists. I feel like all the thrillers I’ve read this year so far have either been amazing, or they’ve fallen flat because of this strange need for a random plot twist that doesn’t have any evidence built up behind it. I’m going to blame the popularity of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train for this since everyone is trying to be the “next big thing,” but it only works the first couple of times before I get tired of it.

8. A Popular Series That You Have No Interest in Reading

 

Following the cute contemporary trend I mentioned earlier, I’ll probably never read a Kasie West book, a Morgan Matson book, a Jenny Han book, or any of the books in the Anna and the French Kiss series. I know everyone loves these authors and their books to the moon and back, but I literally get bored reading the synopsis’ of these books. I DON’T LIKE FLUFF. I’M SORRY.

9. The Saying Goes, “The Book Is Always Better Than the Movie,” but What Movie or T.V. Show Adaptation Do You Prefer More Than the Book?

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The Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie for sure! I read the first book of the series and really enjoyed it, but then read the second book and was so bored by it that I DNF-ed it. But the movie was actually SO GOOD, and I loved how Burton completely changed the plot because it made for a much entertaining movie. And, personally, I always thought that this series should have just been a stand-alone, and the movie’s storyline expressed it perfectly, so there’s that!

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And that was the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

I hope you enjoyed reading about all the things I like and don’t like that are totally unpopular! You guys really seem to like reading about my unpopular opinions because those used to be some of my most popular posts when I was a bit of a smaller blog.

Regarding tagging people, I never really tag specific people for these things, I just leave it open so anyone who wants to do this tag may do it! So, go ahead, and have fun with it!

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Unpopular Books I Like

So, as bookworms, we all have different opinions on books. Three people could read one book, and come out of learning different things, liking different things, and hating different things, which is what’s so cool about art. But, sometimes, there are books out there that we enjoy, but it seems like people shame us for liking said books and can sometimes act a bit “high and mighty” about it. So, I thought it’d be nice to talk about some of the books that seem to unpopular, in my opinion, that I really enjoy.

Also, I apologize for this being so late. My family overslept and decided not to go to church, and that’s, like, the only way I manage to post at 8 in the morning, so yeah. But let’s get on with the list!

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Queen of Shadows

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So, it seems like the entirety of the TOG fandom ended up splitting up because of this book, because some people literally can’t handle when two fictional characters don’t get together, even though when there are about 24374 hints that it ain’t happening. So, lots of fans hated this book because their ship didn’t happen or because all the characters acted differently (which, in my opinion, didn’t happen at all). This is probably one of my favorite books in the entire series (but all the books are so good, I can never choose a favorite)!

The Maze Runner Trilogy

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So, I’ve seen a lot of people hate on this series and saying the books get worse and worse each book and that Thomas is bland, but I actually love this series. Okay, I haven’t read The Death Cure yet, but I though the first two books were so addicting and wonderful and action-packed, and I absolutely love the entire cast of characters. Especially Minho, because he’s my boyfriend.

(I haven’t watched the movies yet, though? I’m so weird.)

Paper Towns

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Okay, so everyone seems to hate this book (or just John Green in general), but I loved this one. I see everyone say they really hate Margo, even though she is literally in the book for about max 40-50 pages (I mean, really? She’s MISSING pretty much the entire book) and they just found it boring, but I read this book in about two days when I was younger. I thought it was really hilarious and heartfelt). And, again, I failed to watch the movie, for some reason.

End of Days

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Everyone on Goodreads seemed to hate this finale with a passion, but I loved it. People thought it was utterly ridiculous and didn’t make sense and made them super angry, but I actually almost cried while reading this book. I really loved the romantic moments between Penryn and Raffe and the family relationships, not to mention how tense it was. I absolutely love lore about angels and devils, and I loved learning more about Uriel.

Insurgent

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I actually really hated Allegiant, but re-reading the series last year, I actually really enjoyed this sequel. I’m a fan of war politics in books and don’t mind ones that are slower-paced, not to mention that Tris had some really great and realistic character development, especially when she suffers from PTSD. This book was actually really clever, in my opinion, and not at all boring.

The Raven King

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Okay, some people might say this isn’t unpopular, but I know I saw some really negative reviews about this book and how disappointing it was, but I devoured it. Pynch was absolutely adorable in this, the writing was as magical as always, and, to avoid spoilers, I actually really enjoyed the ending and how everything unfolded. Also, apologies, but I didn’t really care much about Noah, so everything revolving around him didn’t bother me. Maybe it’s just the fact that ambiguous endings don’t bother me too much, plus we’re getting a new trilogy in the world anyway.

City of Bones

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And, again, some people might say this isn’t unpopular, but most Goodreads users seem to snark on this book a lot for being similar to Harry Potter (even though, honestly, to do that, most people are reaching like crazy), and I actually avoided it for that reason. In the end, I caved it and read it for myself, and I’m glad I did, because now I’m a Cassandra Clare fangirl.

Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Some also might say this isn’t unpopular, but I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews when I was around Goodreads about this book, and I found it really enjoyable. I definitely didn’t enjoy the rest of this series, but this one was really quirky and funny, and I loved it.

Red Queen

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Yep, I love Red Queen. Everyone seems to hate this one for being unoriginal – which isn’t a crime in my book; nothing can truly be free of cliches – and saying that it was made to become a movie just because it got a movie deal even before it came out, which is apparently an evil motive, even though books like The Hate U Give and Moxie have had movie deals months before their releases. I found this one to just be a really fun read, and, yeah, it may be predictable, but I didn’t think it was too bad, and I really liked Mare.

The Cursed Child

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And I enjoyed this one, too. I’ll wait before someone says I’m not a true Harry Potter fan. But, really, I loved getting back into this world and I smiled and laughed and teared up reading this, and all the Albus and Scorpius (who I shipped years before this book released). Pretty much everyone hates it and says how disappointing it is, but I don’t agree. Guess I’m not a real Harry Potter fan anymore!

All the Missing Girls

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I saw a lot of my favorite crime book reviewers saying they found this book boring and that the format wasn’t good, but I thought this book was pretty amazing. I thought the way this book was told – which was backwards – was what made it really addicting, and I found it really easy to piece all the clues together and keep track of everything. It made the book tense, and though the chapters were long as all hell, I still found myself glued to the pages.

All is Not Forgotten

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Again, another book that had a lot of negative reviews for this book once it come out, and I was going to not read this, but I’m glad I did. It’s more of a contemporary thriller about a small town and its secrets told from the view of a twisted therapist, and it was brilliant. I read this in one whole day, and I loved Dr. Forrester’s POV. Some said he was too clinical, but he’s a therapist. That was sort of the point. I just really enjoyed this one, and now I feel like I’m in a party of one.

Order of the Phoenix

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Not really an unpopular book, but I’ve seen so many people say this is their least favorite book in the series, which shocks me. This is definitely one of my favorites, and it seems that some people hate it because Harry is depressing and the beginning was boring, but again, I’m a fan of slower-paced books, and I thought Harry’s behavior was justified, since, you know, literally saw someone die, saw someone get his hand cut off, and watched Voldemort come back to life, and no one believed him, but, I guess we all have our opinions.

The Widow

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I don’t know if I can really classify this as unpopular, but I saw really average reviews for this one, and I really loved it. It’s a thriller, and I could tell from some of the reviews that people expected some sort of amazing twist, but it’s just a linear storyline where everything you think it is, it is, which is sort of interesting, since it feels like so many people expect thrillers to have a giant twist these days to be considered good. It was such an interesting way of telling the story, and a great way to showcase domestic abuse.

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And that’s it for all the unpopular books that I like! I hope you enjoyed it and it made some of you guys feel less ashamed to like books that everyone seems to constantly belittle!

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What are some unpopular reads that you like? Do we share any of the same ones?

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My Least Favorite Series

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And with spring comes…me complaining about my least favorite series. Last month, I talked about a lot of my favorites and such because it was the month of love. But I thought it’d be great to introduce a bit more about me by talking about my least favorite series!

NOTE: Most of these series are super popular and well-loved, so if you’re not into that, you don’t have to read the post! No need to troll me because we all have different opinions.

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The Selection Trilogy

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Oh boy. I knew I should’ve stayed away from this one because of all the bad reviews, but the covers are stunning, plus, who knew, it might be one of those fluffy series that I liked even though I knew it was terrible (you know what I’m talking about). Yeah, it was just terrible. America is one of the most annoying characters ever (this is coming from someone who doesn’t really care too much about characters who are supposed to be annoying) and it really annoys me that this is attempting to be a dystopian, when it’s not. It’s one of those dystopians where the author thinks that if she throws in some sparse details about the world it counts, but it really doesn’t. Not to mention the romance is really boring and really cliche.

The Winner’s Trilogy

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I have a lot of series that are uber popular on this list, but this one is probably the most popular. I was really excited to read this series because it sounded right up my alley – a fantasy book centered around politics and a smart female MC with a forbidden romance. And, for some reason, it just didn’t work out for me. I love the politics and I love Kestrel to death, but the romance bored me to tears. When you don’t ship the couple, and you don’t like the main male lead, it quickly becomes annoying. I even tried to read this twice because I felt like I missed something, but it didn’t work out.

The Darkest Minds Trilogy

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Again, another popular series. I found these books to just be okay, nothing really spectacular. I think I owe it to the fact that these books are so incredibly slow at times and tend to drag in some places. By the time the third book came around, I ended up DNF’ing it and not looking back.

The Shatter Me Trilogy

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I don’t really know the general consensus of how popular this is, but I didn’t like it. This is just one of those series that just got worse and worse with each book, and the only truly redeeming factor was Warner (who is one of my favorite book boyfriends ever). Ignite Me was just a travesty since it was 2/3 romance, 1/3 actual plot, which felt like it was shoved in merely as an afterthought, with one of the most disappointing “big battles” ever.

The Under the Never Sky Trilogy

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Okay, so I can’t really say this is my least favorite series since I only read the first book, but, wow, was it a book. I literally rage-quit reading it because the insta-love was just SO BAD. It took about a week and a half for them to go from hate to love because Aria gets her period and starts to smell good according to Peregrine. No joke. It was also a really boring journey story, which, again, not a huge fan of.

The 5th Wave Trilogy

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This is one of the saddest series to see on my list, mainly because I loved the first book. Loved. Then the second book came along and was meh, but I still stuck with it. Then the finale came, and it all went to hell. It was all over the place, the ending left readers with way too many questions, and the romance was completely useless. I was just left disappointed, and the series just isn’t my favorite anymore.

Mrs. Peregrine’s Trilogy

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Again, this was a series I sort of made it halfway through, to be honest. Again, I fell in love with the first book and how quirky it was, but I was bored to death while reading the sequel, and ended up just giving up on the series all together because I had zero interest in the finale.

The Testing Trilogy

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This is probably the least known series on this list, but the first book was brilliant. It turned what could have easily been a cliche dystopian novel into something a little bit new. The sequel ended up basically following the formula of the first one, and the third was just plain boring, and the deaths in it were seriously unnecessary. I was just really upset with this one since it had so much potential.

The Wrath and the Dawn Duology

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And we have another popular one! I actually finally read this series last year over the summer, but I found myself feeling meh about the whole thing. The writing was beautiful, yes, and I loved how witty the MC was, but I just couldn’t find myself falling in love with this series. It isn’t bad by any means, but I just ended up giving both books around 3 stars.

The Mara Dyer Trilogy

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Again, another rage-inducing series. I knew from the Goodreads reviews I should have avoided this one, but I decided to read it anyway. Noah, the love interest, was probably the most annoying love interest ever. The concept was under-used, and the third book was just a hot mess of a finale that had a conclusion from out of the blue, not to mention probably the worst sex scene ever. This series just left me annoyed.

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And that’s it for all my least favorite series! We’re all done with the negativity and the complaining (for now).

Also, tomorrow, I’m going to be trying out a brand new time! Much like on Sundays, I’ll post early in the morning! It’s so stressful having to post and then promote before I start my track practice, so I’m just going to adjust the time instead. Hopefully, it’ll work out, and you guys won’t be completely lost!

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What are some of your least favorite series (I promise I won’t bite if they’re my favorite)? Do we share any (please say we do; I’m all alone)?

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The Book Blogger Confessions Tag

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And I have arrived with another book tag!   I saw this first on Books Amino, and I thought it looked like fun, so I decided, “Why not?”

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Which book, most recently, did you not finish?  

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My Sister Rosa was my only DNF of this month. I love thrillers in general, but prefer adult ones to YA, and I thought this one would be a good one, but, it wasn’t. This was more contemporary than thriller, and even though there was supposed to be a jaw-dropping ending, I didn’t care to make it through pages of a romance I didn’t care about. Why do YA books ruin themselves with romance (this shall be a topic for discussion)?

Which book is your guilty pleasure?  

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Definitely the Everneath trilogy. These are just really fun, fluffy books with pretty good plot twists. I wouldn’t say it’s the best series out there, but it’s a really fun ride!

Which book do you love to hate?

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 Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. I actually read this book twice – once when I was twelve, and again earlier this year – and twelve-year-old me and sixteen-year-old me have very different opinions. I enjoyed it back in middle school, but as a high schooler, I just noticed how insta-love-y it was, and how poor the world-building is. I actually ended up rage-quitting. Not a good reading experience.

Which book would you throw into the sea?  

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[Insert Any Classic Here]. I honestly can’t even begin to choose just one, but I’ve only liked one or two school-assigned books, and have been completely unimpressed with the many others I’ve been forced to read (this calls for another future discussion topic).

Which book have you read the most?  

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Unwind, most definitely! I re-read it with joy this past year because I had finally acquired the sequels, and I’m pretty sure I loved it even more than I did reading it the first time. Just know that I will promote this book with my life, and you’ll probably see it mentioned about 2841849149 times on this blog.

Which book would you hate to receive as a present?  

Does “Any book that I already own” count as an answer? I think yes.

Which book can you not live without?

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Because I’m horrible at making choices, I’m going to horribly cheat on this question and say that I can’t live without any of Sarah J. Maas’s books, the Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson series, and the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. These series and authors always make me so happy, and when I’m feeling down, or just need a little pick-me-up, these are my immediate go-to’s.

 Which book made you the angriest?  

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Hm, again, multiple answers for this. For Dangerous Girls, I was angry for the main character, who was treated horribly by the media and painted as this horrible human being, who also had to deal with the death of her best friend and her cheater of a boyfriend. For The Couple Next Door and The Game You Played, I was angry because the main men were total douchebags.

Which book made you cry the most?  

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I’ve actually never cried while reading a book; I’ve only teared up, at most. But, A Monster Calls drained all my emotions and I did tear up a lot reading those final pages AND during the movie trailer, so that’s who the award goes to!

Which book cover do you hate the most? 

It’s a tie between the original Shatter Me cover, the original Throne of Glass cover, and the new Winner’s trilogy covers. All three of these covers just don’t seem to understand the theme of their own books – Juliette and Celaena, who are both badass, look like they’re going to prom, and Kestrel, who can’t fight, is holding a sword – and they just look horrible in general.

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And that’s it for this book tag! Only two more posts left until the new year rings in: my Year in Review for 2016 and my December Wrap-Up!

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What are some of the ugliest book covers you’ve ever seen?