Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Expect a new top ten list every week!


| Top Ten… Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading |

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! If you’re anything like me and have a mountain of unread books, then you’re more than likely to have a few you no longer want to read. Luckily for me, they are few and far between. Sadly that means their removal makes absolutely no difference to my incredibly huge TBR… Scroll down for the Top Ten… Books I’m No Longer Interested In Reading. heart

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Poison Study

The Chronicles of Ixia

by Maria V. Snyderheart

I read the first three books in Snyder’s Study Series about ten years ago but, even then, found Yelena rather insipid and the overbearing romantic nature of the storyline vastly irritating. Ten years later I know that, despite owning the first three Glass books, that I will no longer be reading them.

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Enchantress

The Evermen Saga

by James Maxwellheart

Despite owning all the books in this series, I barely made it to two thirds of the way through Enchantress before giving up. The storyline was predictable, the characters two dimensional and the writing often left little to be desired. I just couldn’t go on.heart

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The White Rabbit Chronicles

by Gena Showalter

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Reading as though its pages were torn straight from a teenager’s diary, had I known how irritating the majority of Alice in Zombieland was, I would never have bothered in the first place.  I only need to re-read my review to feel my abject hatred for this book. And worse of all, I already own the sequel! heart

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City of Glass

The Mortal Instruments

by Cassandra Clare
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Picked up on a whim many years ago, the first few books in The Mortal Instruments series have taken quite the dusting on my shelves. Having seen a few episodes of the TV series however, and having read very mixed reviews, I’m pretty certain this isn’t a series for me.
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Stray

Shifters

by Rachel Vincent
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I’ve not just read one book in this series, but five out of six! I have no desire whatsoever, however, to complete a series whose characters make the same mistakes time and time again while the narrative repeats itself in Every. Single. Novel. Not to mention the romance…heart

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Nights of Villjamur

Legends of the Red Sun

by Mark Charan Newton

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Apparently I’ve finished Nights of Villjamur, though the only thing I remember is how painful I found the characters, how irritating I found the dialogue and how much I detested the entire experience of reading it. The plot and storyline? I really couldn’t even tell you what it was about. Needless to say, I will not be returning to this series.
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Clockwork Angel

The Infernal Devices

by Cassandra Clare
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Whatever possessed me to physically purchase a book called ‘Clockwork Angel‘?! I cannot even fathom what was going through my head because I just KNOW it is the type of book I’d detest. I can only say it must have been cheap with a shiny cover. Damn my magpie book finding skills.heart

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NOS4R2

NOS4R2

by Joe Hill
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NOS4R2 has been on my ‘currently reading’ Goodreads page since October 2015. Let’s face it, this book is never going to make it to the promised land. It is however a signed copy with a picture of the devil drawn by Joe Hill himself… 
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Outlander

Outlander Series

by Diana Gabaldon
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I know I’m judging from a TV series… but Claire Randall has to be one of the most irritating women I’ve ever had the misfortune to spend an entire season watching. Never again. And I’m sorry, but if you happen to be a botanist, I’m almost certain you don’t need to research what a forget-me-not is. The thought of actually reading this is painful.

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A Discovery of Witches

All Souls Trilogy

by Deborah Harknessheart

I own the first two books in this series and have read neither. After reading the many MANY mixed reviews, I’m not even certain I ever want to. The only thing that even tempts me is its setting in Oxford… but I’m not sure that’s enough of a reason to commence the slog.
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I’m starting to think I should start a “Books I Hated Giveaway”…

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The Monthly Round-Up: October 2015


The Monthly Round-Up - OctWelcome to The Monthly Round-Up. Join me as I look back on the past month to see which books I’ve read, the reviews I’ve posted, the goals I’ve completed and my all important Book of the Month!


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October was one of those months that’s starts off well – in a bookish kind of way – and then real life happens and it gets far too busy to even pick up a book! Hopefully things will be settling down shortly but I’ll try and keep on top of things in the meantime… which would be far easier if I was remotely organised in the first place!

A highlight of this month was attending the Gollancz Book Festival – which I will get round to blogging about shortly – where I bought some awesome sounding books, saw some amazing authors and got many a book signed! My poor October Goals have suffered though which means, except for the one goal I completed, the rest will roll over to November! I am getting very close to completing my Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge though so… hurrah! Here is the run-down of my October books:

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The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Changes by Jim Butcher

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Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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The Few by Nadia Dalbuono


Sci Fi Month 2015


Red Rising

by Pierce Brown


| October Goals |

To read at least two spooky books in time for Halloween

1 of 2  | Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

2 of 2 | Incomplete

Status: Incomplete

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To read at least two books from this autumn’s TBR list

1 of 2 | The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

2 of 2 | Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Status: Completed

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September Roll-over: To finish The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett

Status: p. 302 of 808 (37%)

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| Goals for 2015 |

Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge: 97/100 Books Read (97%)

Status: +6% during October

Dragons and Jetpacks 2015 Reading Challenge: 41/50 Books Read (82%)

Status: +6% during October


| Reviews Posted |

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Red Rising by Pierce Brown


4 and a half Stars

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks


Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell


The Few by Nadia Dalbuono


                  

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter


| Other Posts From October |

The Monthly Round-Up: September 2015

The Month Ahead: October 2015

Cover Reveal: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

Cover Reveal: Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Cover Reveal: The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Tough Travelling: Well Travelled Roads – A (Tough) Traveller’s Guide to the Roads of Middle Earth

Tough Travelling: Creative Cursing

Tough Travelling: The Good Thief

Bookish Beats: Assassin’s Creed III

Bookish Beats: Enigma – The Cross of Changes

Bookish Beats: Audiomachine – Phenomena

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Bad Bookish Habits

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Author Duos Which Should Exist

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Wishes for the Book Genie

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Homicidal Inanimate Objects

Teaser Tuesdays: October 06 – The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett

Teaser Tuesdays: October 13 – NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

Teaser Tuesdays: October 20 – Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

Teaser Tuesdays: October 27 – Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter



Alice in Zombieland

Book One of The White Rabbit Chronicles

by Gena Showalter

Young Adult | Fantasy | 404 Pages | Published by MIRA Ink in 2012


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An Alice in Wonderland retelling you say? With zombies? What’s not to like?! Well, quite a lot actually. But this will probably cure me of my habit of judging a book by its cover… and title… and tagline. Whilst this isn’t a terrible novel – I am sure there are people out there who would love it – it really wasn’t a book for me. The first half of this novel left me angry that I’d even bought it in the first place but, once I had forgotten how irritating I found the narrative style, the other half was actually quite fun.

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. 

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. But that’s all it takes. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. 

Her father was right. The monsters are real. 

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

First and foremost, Alice in Zombieland is not a retelling. Beyond the protagonist being called Alice and her brief glimpses of a rabbit shaped cloud, it has nothing to do with Alice in Wonderland at all. No Mad Hatters, no tea parties, and not one person’s head is offed! But enough about that. This is a tale about a young girl who has lost everything. Her family, her innocence and her world come crashing down around her when her father’s apparent delusions become terrifyingly real. Alice must decide whether to live a life on the run in constant paranoia, or to stand and fight.

Alice in Zombieland takes an interesting spin around our general concept of ‘the zombie’. In this novel zombies are spiritual beings who attack and feed off the human spirit. There are people who can see such creatures, who can fight them with their own spirit form – Alice’s father was one – and after tragedy strikes, Alice is thrown headfirst into the same crazy and dangerous world. Whilst the premise of spiritual and ghostly zombies is an interesting one, the scare factor could have done with being turned up a notch. This perhaps has more to do with descriptive style though than the plot, which was at its strongest during these scenes.

The story is told through Alice, or Ali, a sixteen year old girl whose apparent intelligence is undermined by her vacuous narrative. The narrative, for the most part, is vapid and irritating, the text talk is infuriating and I am physically repulsed by the word ‘smexy’. Shudders. This novel, which can only be likened to a teenager’s diary, should have an appeal to certain readerships – those who like romance novels, fans of this YA style and other teenage girls – but for me it felt insincere and lacking the depth that makes first person narration work well.

And of course! This novel has a less than sensible dose of adolescent romance. Cue the instalove, the dark, dangerous and brooding guys (who can only be tamed by one woman) and an endless stream of verbal diarrhoea extolling their virtues. Romance is not and never will be my thing. And if you’re going to have visions of the future, I can imagine a thousand things more useful than a continuous loop of two sixteen year olds getting off with one another. But hey, what do I know.

When the action kicks in however, perhaps half or two thirds of the way through, there is a marked improvement in the narrative style. The plot develops an intriguing element as the opposing ‘hazmat’ side come into play and starts to build up an over-arcing storyline which will presumably play out in the next novels. Though it could have used some more tension and more of a scare factor – that’s more description of the zombies and fight scenes rather than what’s under Cole Holland’s shirt – once the story gets into its flow (and out of the high school) it actually becomes quite enjoyable.

Alice may not be one of my favourite protagonists but she does have her moments. When taking a backstep from the romance, the emotional qualities of her character are much starker, more painful and more real. The love she has for her family, the sorrow of her loss, and the pain and guilt over her last words to them are woven throughout the story and add a little of that much needed depth to her tale. On the other hand, the hoard of other characters felt a little generic. I didn’t particularly like or dislike any of them, in fact, with the exception of Alice’s grandparents, none of them made me feel much of anything at all. Except irritation.

Alice in Zombieland is a novel which, if I had known what it was like, I probably wouldn’t have read. The zombie plot was captivating enough to keep me going to the bitter end but it wasn’t enough to make up for the hours I spent reading it. There will be readers who find Alice quirky rather than vacuous, who will love the romantic storyline and swoon at Cole Holland’s supple sixteen-your-old man-child chest. Just not me. And the worst thing of all – I already own Alice Through the Zombieglass.

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