Ten Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favourite/Disliked Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about those characters that we liked, but were in books that we didn’t like so much…Some of these books were 3 stars for me, but they just aren’t favourite reads!

Jessica Stanley- TwilightStephenie Meyer– I really didn’t mind Jessica. I liked her gossipy nature and that she had a crush.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

Alex- Those Girls- Lauren Saft- I wasn’t a fan of this book at all, but Alex was the most likeable character in it for me.

Those Girls

Heart- Ask Again Later- Liz Czukas- It wasn’t a book for me, but Heart was a sweet character.

Ask Again Later

Hannah- Paper Valentine- Brenna Yovanoff- I was intrigued by Hannah throughout this story. I felt like there was too much going on.

Paper Valentine

Anna- Girl Of Nightmares- Kendare Blake– I wasn’t the biggest fan of the sequel to Anna Dressed In Blood, but I was still intrigued by Anna’s character.

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

Willowdean- Dumplin’- Julie Murphy- I did really enjoy the character of Willowdean. She was so unapologetically herself.

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

Gwenni- The Earth Hums In B Flat- Mari Strachan- This book was a 3 star read for me, so it wasn’t a bad book, just not my favourite. Gwenni really did steal my heart though!

The Earth Hums in B Flat

Lil- Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story- Carolyn Turgeon- I found Lil to be a fascinating character! The book just became a bit weird.

Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story

Ella- The Night We Said Yes- Lauren Gibaldi- I liked Ella and Matt despite them being flawed characters.

The Night We Said Yes (The Night We Said Yes, #1)

Monroe and Nathan- Boys Like You- Juliana Stone- Two very cute characters!

Boys Like You

Have you liked any of these characters too? Feel free to leave a link to your post, so I can have a look at your list!

Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us bloggers to make. This week it is Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers. This is going to be a hard one for me, as I don’t particularly read scary books. So please don’t laugh at my pathetic selections! 😉

As ever, click on the book image for the Goodread’s page for the book!

In no particular order:

9460487Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar ChildrenRansom Riggs– I think this cover is quite creepy. That girl certainly freaks me out. I’m looking forward to reading this book.. eventually!

12476620The Man From Primrose LaneJames Renner- I’ve always had a bit of a weird thing about dolls. This cover is a bit creepy.

8224263A Little Girl In My RoomClaire Farrell- I read this book on my kindle, not knowing what to expect. If I had taken notice of the cover, I probably wouldn’t have read it. Freaky girl. *shudders* I’m glad I did read it though, even if the stories are incredibly disturbing!

7507908The ReplacementBrenna Yovanoff– I have this book ready to read, but haven’t got around to reading it yet. The cover alone freaks me out, but it looks like it’ll be good!

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Bad Girls Don’t DieKatie Alender– I’m so looking forward to this one, but cover is a bit.. creepy!

I only have five that’s in my collection, so my next five are books that have covers that make me run away from…

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Yes.. these covers scare me. I definitely wouldn’t read them on covers alone!

Feel free to link me to your Top Ten posts.. I bet you’re a lot braver than I am!

Paper Valentine

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.

Thoughts:

This is a really tough review to write, because I really do like Brenna Yovanoff’s writing style and I’ll definitely read more from her. In fact, The Replacement is already on my kindle, so I’ll definitely be reading that. I think my problem with Paper Valentine, was that it was just okay. It wasn’t amazing or gripping which I expected it to be given the synopsis.

Paper Valentine deals with a lot of issues over a fairly short book (just over 300 pages). It goes from Hannah’s depression, to ghosts haunting Hannah, to bereavement over Hannah’s best friend, eating disorders, abuse, foster care, murders, nasty girls and a little romance. I think this was just far too many issues to deal with at once. I feel that if some of them had been zoned in on more, it would’ve given the book a lot more depth and also made it more believable. I was left feeling quite disappointed that some issues were just glossed over. It got to the end, and some things had just not been tied together, which left me feeling a bit frustrated with it.

I think the characters are intriguing, especially the protagonist, Hannah and her friend Lillian. As I mentioned, Brenna’s writing is beautiful and I will definitely read The Replacements, I just didn’t feel the love for Paper Valentine.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- I was expecting great things for this book, and unfortunately I didn’t get gripped by it. I don’t regret reading it but it’s definitely not one I will re-read in the future.

Reading next:
Girl Parts- John M.Cuisick

Stacking The Shelves #26

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

NetGalley:

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I really should stop requesting books, but when they look like these beauties.. can you blame me?

Come Back To Me- Colleen Patrick- This book sounds like a good Young Adult Read!

Fae– C.J Abedi- This book looks particularly exciting. Can’t wait to read it.

The Pool Theory– Alexia Nazzaro- This book’s synopsis pulled me in!

Slumber– Tamara Blake- I’m completely in love with the cover of this book!

Bought:

Click on the book images to take you to the Goodread’s page!

17315134I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book! I thought it was about time to buy it and check it out myself.

9202278This book sounds intriguing. I’m interested to see how the mental health issues are dealt with.

13561164I know I’m very late in getting a copy of this, but there’s just so many books, so little time!

11500217There has been so much hype about this book, but I’m intrigued.

16137923Another book that I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time!

16248068I’m intrigued enough to see what happens in The Elite following The Selection. I wasn’t blown away by The Selection, but I found it addictive enough to carry on with the series. Oh, and the cover is a beauty!

I’ve got a bit of a mixed selection of books this week! Please feel free to leave the links to your Stacking The Shelves posts so I can see what you’ve got lined up to read!