For me, a year ago I was very excited to read Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 and there was a huge hype over the book. So I read it and it took me a grueling two weeks to finish (I had a deadline 'cause I had to write a review for it...ugh, so painful). I was so disappointed because the book had so much story and character potential. It could have been a wonderful and intriguing book, but it just ended up being a repetitive pile of junk. Anyway, has anybody else had a similar experience with other books?
Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I loved the first book of Hunger Games but the second was not that good and I didn't like the third one at all.
I completely agree with you. The first book was riveting and fast paced, but the second and especially the third was painful to get through. Collins turned Katniss into a whiner and a damsel in distress! Throughout those two books I kept asking where the real Katniss went. The only character I actually liked in the second was Finnick.
I actually read the first book and refused to read any more because I had a feeling the whole series was going to go downhill. So I still have a good impression of the first book, haha.
The last two books in the Saga of Darren Shan. I am doing a reread this year, so I might change my mind. But (no spoilers), the last two books just get a little too much for me and I hated the ending so much. It's pretty original I guess, but ulgh.
I must now be cliche and say, The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostavo. If anybody has ever read it, you will understand. I went into it saying, "I am not afraid. This book will not defeat me." But then, after all the long letters, on a whim romance, and suckish rambling about historical crap, I struggled, I fought, and in the end, I was defeated. I came out on the other end with the proverbial stake driven through my heart, my eyes bleeding.
I tried to read The Help and found myself unable to get interested at all. This may or may not have been because the movie had me expecting more of the book than it wanted to deliver in the first few chapters. I gave up pretty quickly.
Everything is Illuminated. I loved the parts written by Alex, but I felt like the parts written by Jonathan were like a mimic of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but I don't think that JSF knew what he was doing. GGMs metaphors made sense to me, and I loved it. JSFs just seemed... like he was making it up as he went along.
Interview with a Vampire wasn't nearly as good as I wanted it to be. I found Louis' whining overwhelming. It's one of the very few times I'll say I liked the movie better than the book.
Wake, it sounded really good and had a really good concept but it was just boring and nothing really happened. Major letdown and a little weird in some places
Another was Incarceron it sounded really cool and interesting but it was so confusing! Literally just as I was like "I totally get this now, everything makes sense, finally I can enjoy this book" I would turn the page and be like "son of a bitch" because the author threw another unnecessary plot twist at me
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I honestly do not see what people love about this series at all.
In terms of adult books, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Now, I love Pratchett and Gaiman but for me this book was good--but not great. It was funny, but disappointing in the end.