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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Snark Week Double Down- The Worst Books. The. Worst.
Aw crap, I missed a day! Lucky for you, that means you get twice as many snarktastic, bite-sized witticisms from yours truly. Try to contain yourself!
Anyway, the topic from yesterday was a feeding frenzy of the worst books I've ever read. I have to say, once I stopped reading books submitted for review, the number of times I wanted to throw a book out the window went down dramatically. I guess it goes to show that reading outside your comfort zone isn't always a good thing.
But wait, there's more! Before this blog returned to its roots as a lark for my own amusement, after I finished books such as these, I actually put words into sentences to describe the pain of having read them! It seemed like a good idea at the time.
With that said, here are, with linked proof and in no particular order, the worst books I've read. No particular order because let's face it, there comes a point where rankings simply don't mean anything any more. Nothing means anything anymore.
Styx's Storm by Lora Leigh. Ugh. It started off bad, got worse, and never redeemed itself. Admittedly, this is a series to read for entertainment and not for its...academic merits...but this is proof that everything can be overdone. Oh, and that having an editor is a good thing. Adding insult to injury is the fact that I paid money for this, and it was an ebook, so I can't even give the book away to someone and never have to see it again. First world problems, I guess, but the terrible relationship, bad writing, horrible plot, and everything else made this a disappointment from start to finish. And can I just say, it says something that four years later, when asked to write a list of the worst books ever, this was the first one I thought of? Again, ugh.
Caleb by Sarah McCarty- Boy, nothing like taking high expectations for a fun book and dashing them to tiny pieces by having the characters talk things to absolute death. And now that I look back at the cover of this book, is it just me or does it look like Photoshop did something painful to this guy's rib cage?
Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer- I remember being SO ANGRY about this book when I read it back in my early blogging days. This was back when J.R. Ward was becoming a thing so the lookalike books were starting out in full force. This one was a nauseating hot mess. I remember having to decide if I wanted to take time to review books I really loathed and thinking YES, the world must know what one person on the internet thinks of this book! I don't know if it helped or not, but if this review saved one person from reading this mess, it was worth it.
Original Sin by Allison Brennan- This book marked the first appearance of the Shutuposaurus here on the blog, a feat which has never been repeated. Ugh.
Oh, the agony! Which books make your list of worst ever?
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