Disappointing Young Adult Series

8 Mar 2017

Books are expensive and reading takes a lot of time so when I found myself spending my money on disappointing books or series, I can't help but to regret it big time and wish I can sell them. Likewise, I also used to read a lot of young adult series but I've stopped since 2012. Why, it's because most YA series tend to be redundancy with disappointing plot or character development. Still, if I were to pick the worst series or books I extremely regret purchasing, these are the books that made it to the list.

Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C.Cast & Kristin Cast


What the story is about

If the series "House of Night" makes you think about night creatures like vampires then you're right. This is a series where our teenager protagonist, Zoey Redbird is a fledgling vampyre (yes, vampyre with the alphabet Y) who bears a special mark chosen by the goddess vampyre Nyx to have a 'great destiny.' Entering the House of Night, a private school teaching young vampyres in their transformation to be, well.. adult vampyres. Not only does Zoey has to deal with the Change and her destiny, she also has to deal with rivalry against the leader of an elite club and romantic drama.

Why I dislike it

This book is stupid. I don't like using that word since it's really vague but that's what I kept on saying as I flipped through the pages. The first few pages were average, nothing extraordinary, nothing that made me go "oh my god I need to read this faster!" and it certainly did not pin me onto the edge of my seat. The more I flipped through the pages, the more stressed out I became. The language, choice of words and writing style of this book is just out of this world annoying, like it's a book that didn't go through proper editing process. It's like reading a whiny, borderline marysue "she is the Chosen One" protagonist's teenage diary filled with high school drama.

Here, let me give you an example:

"She wasn't thin like the freak girls who puked and starved themselves into what they thought was Paris Hilton chic. ("That's hott." Yeah, okay, whatever, Paris.) This woman's body was perfect because she was strong, but curvy. And she had great boobs. (I wish I had great boobs.)" 

"Speaking of boobs, I was totally sounding like one. (Boob...hee hee)."

— p.46

Um like, seriously? I've seen young adult books and series with a better and more sophisticated writing style instead of skinny shaming and immaturely talk about boobs or laughing about them. I mean come on, there are far more serious things to deal with rather than body shaming other young vampyres right, Zoey? If the writers of this book wish to include humor, they should have done it better (and of course, smarter.)

I think it's obvious that I dislike Zoey. She's whiny, immature and quite the mary sue who has all the power, the one who can rule the world, the special snowflake. She's definitely another Bella Swan with the only difference being she began as a vampyre, not a human girl. Not to mention Erik Night, Zoey's love interest, is just another creepy mister perfect like Edward Cullen or possibly, worse. Plus, who the f did oral sex in a school hallway!? 
I also find myself not falling in love with any of the characters in this book. I'm just glad I reached the finished line because this book annoyed me so much.

Favorite characters — none

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


What the story is about

A young adult urban fantasy read, Wicked Lovely takes us into the world of faeries. There are three basic rules that you will see from this book: first, don't stare at invisible faeries. Second, don't speak to invisible faeries. And third, don't ever attract their attention. Our protagonist, Aislinn is a 17-year old who carries the Sight, giving her the ability to see faeries. What seem to be a normal "let's pretend we don't see the faeries" lifestyle is suddenly changed when Aislinn is visited by Keenan the Summer King who told her about how he has spent over nine centuries searching for the One, the perfect candidate to be the Summer Queen. The story is pretty much about Aislinn and her decision on whether or not she wants to be the Summer Queen.

Why I dislike it

When I read the first few pages, I thought this book had the potential to be great or at least, decent. Unfortunately, it's nothing but a book mainly about Keenan chasing Aislinn and her fleeing from him because apparently, running away helps with decision making. The plot development was also bland and boring and I couldn't find myself feeling any connection towards the characters. For the role of a protagonist, I find Aislinn too bland and none of her interaction with other characters light up any spark. Another character that annoys me is Seth, Aislinn's goth and tattoo junkie boyfriend who, prior to meeting Aislin, went on to have sex with multiple girls to the point where he needed to check himself up for STDs. The funny thing about this book is how even though Aislinn is the chosen Summer Queen, she is in love with Seth and not Keenan but still had her fickle moments of not knowing who to choose, just like how Keenan is in love with Donia instead of Aislinn. This plot could have been interesting if it weren't for Seth's characters as a boring, hormonal and sex-hungry Goth boyfriend. Plus, Marr made Seth sounds like the perfect boyfriend which is such a bummer because he's what I'd call a Gary Stu. The fairy universe Marr created could have been a good one if her characters and plot development weren't so uninteresting.

Favorite characters — none

Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate


What the story is about

After the death of a boy named of Trevor and mistakenly blamed for his death, 17-year old Lucinda "Luce" Price is sent to Sword & Cross, a fancy name for a mysterious reform school. In Sword & Cross, Lucinda then met several characters with two major ones being Cameron "Cam" Briel and Daniel Grigori, two men Luce find herself attracted to (yet another cliche love triangle thing, ugh) all while she cannot (and will) digest the reason why Daniel feels so familiar to her. 

Why I dislike it

Allow me to admit, the reason I bought this book was the cover. It was mysterious, spooky and interesting.....which it was, in the first few pages. There were mysteries and Luce began as a character I wanted to get to know because obviously, someone who can see demons is no ordinary person. However, the more I read, the more I realized that Luce's attraction towards Daniel was borderline obsessive which made her look dumb. Daniel began as a cold character who clearly rejected Luce's advance towards him and yet, she still chased him around like a wild goose. Spoiler alert, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they're actually past lovers. Yes, Lucinda Price and Daniel Grigori are fated to be together but nothing is ever easy with this kind of story, especially since Daniel is fallen angel and Lucinda is cursed to die every time she learns about her past. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't feel any chemistry between the two at all. It's also exhausting to hear Luce defended Daniel by saying how he's different and then went off to chase him again. Aside from Luce, I was also annoyed with Cam's character. If Daniel is Sword & Cross' version of Edward Cullen, Cam is like the hypocritical, overly jealous douchebag Jacob Black who chased Luce not because he loves her but because he wants her to kiss him, like an object. 

Other than character development failure, the plot went by very slowly and it fell flat at the end too. It was really unfortunate because Lauren Kate had the potential to build her characters and the universe up. I'm not sure about the sequels since I haven't really felt the interest to pick them up.

Favorite characters — Penn Van Syckle-Lockwood, Gabrielle Givens

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare


What the story is about

A very popular series, I assume you know what The Mortal Instruments is all about. Plus, there's already a film starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower. Long story short, the protagonist is teenager Clarissa "Clary" Fray whose knowledge regarding Shadowhunters and the world surrounding it has been kept from her until she witnessed firsthand what a Shadowhunter is when she went to Pandemonium Club with her best friend, Simon. After an incident in the club, Clary's life was then turned upside down and she is now part of the Shadowhunters team.

Why I dislike it

I have mixed feelings about this series. I actually bought and read the series until the third book, City of Glass. I then stopped following the series because Clary's character was annoying me too much. Despite the interesting universe Cassandra Clare had created, I just couldn't spend the time to read pages over pages about Clary being a reckless, dumb redhead who made me want to slap her across the face sometimes. That's pretty harsh, I know but I can't help feeling that way sometimes. To be honest, the only reason I continued to book two and three was Isabelle "Izzy" Lightwood, a beautiful badass Shadowhunter who is more than just a pretty face (think Lydia Martin from Teen Wolf or Mimi Force from Blue Bloods book series,) 

Side note, Cassandra Clare used to write Harry Potter fanfictions so... in a way....if you think Clary Fray sounded like a stubborn, reckless Ginny Weasley and Jace Lightwood sounded like a blondie douche Draco Malfoy, maybe you're right. Still, I'd never admit that because Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy are much, much better than Clary and Jace. I found a passionately written review on Goodreads that pretty much described what I meant.

Favorite characters — Isabelle Lightwood

The worst: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Favorite characters — none

I don't think I need to explain why I think the Twilight saga is such a bad read. The writing is bad, the characters and their development are bad and Bella is the perfect epitome of a hopeless, fickle Edward Cullen-obsessed mary sue who couldn't choose between two guys. Heroines or protagonists like Bella are the bane of my existence, you guys. Not to mention, Edward is a creepy, sparkly unicorn creature who watched Bella sleep even before they got into a relationship. If anything, the only character I found interesting was Rosalie Cullen and I very much approved her killing Bella, lol.

Since I read all these books years ago when I was still in junior - high school, I'm sure I left some details as to why I found them disappointing. Even so, once I disapprove a book, I will remember that forever. In certain cases, I do try to read the sequel(s) of a series / book if I find myself falling in love with secondary characters or couples (for e.g. with The Mortal Instruments) but as you can see, none of the books I mentioned here managed to make me stay despite its potentially interesting secondary characters.

Let me know which book or series you regret purchasing or reading in the comments!

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