I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!
Ooh, this is tough. Really, reeeeally tough. I gave Spell Bound four stars and Phantom five, so obviously, I loved these books more than I hated them. But they each had things that bothered me, or made me angry, or want to throw them across the room.
Spell Bound: Huge daddy spoilers; do not read if you have not read the entire series.(show spoiler)
The Phantom of the Opera: Obviously, I love the book. I saw the play when I was five and I've essentially been obsessed ever since. When the movie came out when I was ten, I convinced all four of my family members to take me to see it in theatres--so I ended up seeing it four times. I've always loved the play, and when I first read the book in the fifth grade, I knew going in that it would probably be different. And while I think I love the musical more than the original story, this book still has its merits (obviously). And I love it because it has gorgeous writing and an amazing story, but I hate it because...well, because Raoul. I mean, I already ship Phantom/Christine like there's no tomorrow, but at least I kind of like Raoul--I just want him to find another girl (like Meg--I also ship Raoul/Meg--WHICH ALMOST HAPPENED IN LOVE NEVER DIES, BUT THAT'S A STORY FOR ANOTHER TIME). But book!Raoul is just...ARG. He drives me crazy. He's such a whiny brat, and he's constantly like, 'oooohhh Christine, I just love you so much I'd do anything for you' and then three seconds later, he'll be like, 'CURSE YOU CHRISTINE, BURN IN HELL FOR ALL I CARE YOU DECEITFUL WITCH' and so on and so forth for the entire book. He's the most irritating main character I think I've ever encountered. And I just despise him in the book.