Day 12: A Book You Don’t Like Anymore

Today, I have to discuss book(s) that I once liked but I don’t anymore. May be it is the The 39 Clues Series. It is a children adventure series written by a collaboration of authors including Rick RiordanGordon KormanPeter LerangisJude WatsonPatrick CarmanLinda Sue ParkMargaret Peterson HaddixRoland SmithDavid BaldacciJeff Hirsch and Natalie Standiford.

I liked the original series and I read the 11 books in a matter of a week. They were a very quick read; the language being simple since these are meant for children. It revolves around the two siblings who go for an adventure hunt in competition with their distant relatives, who all belong to the world’s most powerful family i.e. Cahill. They all are on a hunt of 39 clues which would lead them to the ingredients to make a serum that could make one the most powerful person on the Earth.

Then I started reading the sequel to the series which is named Cahills vs Vespers and I was disappointed by the way the story moved on. But I somehow read all the six books of this series as well. I was not happy at all. My experience with the sequel of the original series make me question whether I still like the books from the first series.

They were an enjoyable read once but I don’t think i will ever get back to them. They are quite childish for my taste now. Neither would I want to continue with the future series continuing the journey of the two kids. It was especially the second series, in which instead of maturing, the characters had become even more childish. It was irritating and quite frustrating.

And here I say goodbye to these books.

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Day 11: A Book You Hated

Hate is an intense word. I would not use this word for anything in the whole world. I am going to rather discuss about the books which made me mad or angry.

First of all, I regret ever trying to read Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith.

There are multiple series with so many books! Why didn’t the world end in 2012!?

I made myself read them because I thought the story would become interesting. It was only in the middle of the third or fourth book (I don’t remember which… I wouldn’t want to remember either) that I lost my temper. Of course, I never completed that book, neither did I move on with the series. The problem with me was that the story was so morose and ugly that I couldn’t continue it after when a moment came which tortured my mind emotionally. Yes, it had that effect on me. If it is possible, I would burn all the books (all known copies) of these series and erase it entirely from the internet because world would definitely be a better place then. Still no hatred.

Another such book is Lightning by Danielle Steel. My review for the book on goodreads is as follows:-

This book is a gross mixture of some unrealistic and grotesque circumstances and it is a joke of the relationships. The story of Alex, a happy woman after 17 years of marriage comes to know that she has breast cancer and she has to go through mastectomy and chemotherapy; she has a hellish time going through it all while her amazing husband remains distant or angry, depending on his mood and gets tangled in an extra-marital affair. This is when she comes closer to her colleague who supports her through the hard times and they fell in love. And then one day, trouble befalls her husband and he is charged with the crimes of fraud and embezzlement and he realizes how much he loves his wife, who is now cured.

What happens next!? Our worthless protagonist realizes she still loves her husband and that very husband is saved from going to prison. And what happens to that person who helped her through hard times? – He is left in the dumpster all alone.

In the beginning, you sympathize with the protagonist but then, it is nothing. It is a play of emotions, which is not portrayed in the right away. The book could have been better if the author had created believable characters with a distinct personality. But it wasn’t so.

I do not like the plot line itself. But that is my opinion. It is full of absurdities to the very core. It is definitely a book, I would never open again because it somehow made me furious and enraged by the end of it.

Still no hatred.

I guess that is more than enough for today’s prompt. 😉 🙂