Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

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!



Currently Reading

The Martian
Andy Weir
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J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter
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J.K. Rowling
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J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
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Day 18: A Book That Disappointed You

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone - Kat Rosenfield Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare Crewel - Gennifer Albin Dead Poets Society - N.H. Kleinbaum If I Stay - Gayle Forman It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini Mockingjay - Collins Suzanne The Nine Lives of Chloe King: The Fallen; The Stolen; The Chosen - Liz Braswell Tris & Izzie - Mette Ivie Harrison

I kind of...went off the rails here. *ducks head* I didn't realize I was disappointed by so many books.


Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone: I just expected so much of this book. But, as most of you know, reading graphic sexual content makes me uncomfortable, and this book had a lot of it. I didn't like it. And on top of that, the plot itself was just generally disappointing. There was no suspense, no real connection between Amelia and the main character (whose name I don't even remember anymore), and it was just boring.


Clockwork Princess: Wow, how do I even begin to describe my disappointment? I mean, honestly.

Tessa ends up with them BOTH?! What the heck kind of decision is that? You know, she should have just married Jem. As the Wessa shipper I am, that would have been far less disturbing than marrying Will, waiting until he was dead and cold in the ground, and THEN MARRYING JEM, TOO. Plus, should we even TALK about the Wessa sex? TWO HOURS AFTER JEM "DIED"?! I MEAN REALLY. GRIEF SEX? THAT WAS OUR BIG MOMENT? AFTER ALL THAT MOANING AND GROANING ABOUT HOW "PROPER" TESSA IS AND HOW WILL WON'T BETRAY JEM'S MEMORY BY GETTING WITH TESSA AFTER HE DIED, WOW GUYS, YOU MADE IT TWO HOURS, SHOULD I GIVE YOU A SLOW CLAP?

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I mean, what the HECK?! Nope. Not okay. Seriously? That's ridiculous. And weird. And strange. AND JUST NOT OKAY. (To both things.)



Crewel: With that cover, how could I *not* want this to be amazing? But it was just poorly written and developed, and then that scene and I still cringe whenever I think about it. But mostly I hated Adelice.


Dead Poets Society: I can't even with this one. Here's my review. I don't have the emotional capacity to go into this book ever, ever, EVER again.


If I Stay: After the way everyone told me how much they cried, how emotional, how powerful this book was, I just...didn't see it. The timelines and crazy flashbacks confused me, everything both happened way too fast and moved much too slowly, and I thought Mia was an idiot, I thought her parents were idiots, and it was "nice" to see all the usual Oregon stereotypes in full swing. /sarcasm


It's Kind of a Funny Story: This is kind of supposed to be the "it" book, isn't it? It's like this, TFioS, and Perks that are those books you always hear about, that EVERYONE should read. And this just...wasn't good. I mean, honestly. The writing was poor (considering it was written in a week, I'm not surprised), the characters were dull, I hated Greg, and the whole moral of the story? Don't go off your meds. Greg didn't need a week in the psych ward to figure that out, he just needed to tell his therapist he stopped taking his meds and they would have told him not to do that. *Nothing* else in his life changed from being in the psych ward. Except he met whatsherface. That's it.


Mockingjay: "I know, I know! Here's this climax, and everything is HOPELESS, and then we'll blow up you-know-you and Katniss will WATCH and then she'll pass out AND THE REVOLUTION WE'VE BEEN WORKING TOWARD THIS ENTIRE SERIES WILL TAKE PLACE WHILE SHE'S UNCONSCIOUS. Also, she'll default to Peeta because Gale won't have her. GOOD PLAN."


The Nine Lives of Chloe King: I loved this show. Like, loved. My mom and I would watch it together, which sounds really dorky, but the shipping wars in our family room got pretty intense. And when I realized the show was based off a book series, I flipped out and bought the omnibus. But this is like...the most poorly written, bizarre, downright weird thing I have ever read. I'm still not sure if I just hallucinated most of what I remember of the book. But I made a few other friends read it, too, and I'm not the only one. It was just...skjcrsevnrjdtrhnjdrbt. Considering I read it to get closure after that fail of a series finale, I was so disappointed. I do not accept that Chloe and Brian got together. And I really, really (really!) don't accept that Alek and...*shudder* Amy got together. Ew. No. No. And the plot, I CAN'T.


Tris & Izzie: I'm an Arthurian fangirl. YA + Arthurian = spazzmatic, freaking out, bouncing off the walls Thalia. And I thought this was contemporary romance. was very magical. And made no sense. And the word "magic" was said like, two hundred times in the whole book, and the whole thing was because of a dumb love potion (or "philtre", which is a word I never want to hear again because of how many times it was used here), and the whole "her dad spoke to her fro the past" thing was just...strange. My friends and I who read this sometimes look into the distance and say things to our future children now.