Book Snob Tag

I saw a video on Youtube and I liked the idea. So I stole it! I just looked like fun.

(Thanks Tia and all the Books)

There are a total of  7 questions and I welcome everyone else to take it and share their opinions. I’m not tagging people. (Clearly I’m in an unsociable mood after a long and crappy day at work).

Getting right into it:

 

1. Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

For me this depends on two things.

Firstly, If I have heard a lot of hype about the book before the movie is released and I think I want to give it a go I’ll read the book first. If I just can’t get along with the book after a couple of chapters then I may just watch the film when it’s out of the cinema and easily accessible.

Secondly, if I see a trailer for something that looks amazing and I find out that it is an adaptation, I will read the book first. Obviously, the same as above applies. If it’s not good I’ll probably just leave it and watch the film at a later time.

If it is something that is not on my radar or it’s just something I’m not really into I’ll just watch the film. This tends to go for films that the other half wants to see. I learnt a long time ago to just read the books I know I’m going to enjoy. No point in wasting the time you have on things you do not like!

 

2. Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

Physical books!

No doubt about it.

Yes, ebooks are convenient and cheaper but nothing will ever beat a physical book. The feel, the smell, and the emotions that attach themselves to each and every book you own / read mean so much more.  There is just nothing better.

 

3. Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I am marrying a non-reader.

He’s into stuff I’m not and never will be into.

There is no point in having a relationship where you do EVERYTHING together. That would be extremely boring. He has his things and I have mine. It doesn’t offend me (too much) that he doesn’t read. Just like I don’t have any interest  in playing video games or building computers.

He has his thing and I have mine and it is even better that he does his stuff in his man cave and I have my reading room for my reading and writing. It’s so perfect for when we need space for an hour or two.

 

4. Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

I never read Horror. I have no interest in it. At all. So I’d be very happy to ditch it. There is no way I’d watch a horror film, never mind read one.

 

5. Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

I’m a sucker for Romance and I would probably choose to read this genre for the rest of my life if I had to.

 

6. Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Romance for sure. There is no doubt really. The comments you see are awful sometimes. ‘They’re not real books’. ‘They are not creative’. ‘People who read them must not be intelligent’. I could go on. I have nothing to say to people who have snobby  shitty opinions like this. I LOVE a good romance and I have three degrees. The people who write romance create diverse characters and emotive stories that are just as good as any other genre.

 

7. Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

I jumped on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon when it first came out. However, once I finished the series I realised just how rubbish it was. Those who bitched at me for reading them had a right to. They were a load of garbage. I hold my hands up, I deserved to be snubbed for reading this series. Along with Twilight they are quite possibly some of the worst books I have read and I’ve read some corkers.

 

Copy and paste this tag? I’m super interested in everyone else answers so send me links / tag me.

 

Lucy

xx

The Cruel Price (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black

 

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Book: The Cruel Price (The Folk of the Air #1)
Author:
 Holly Black
Genre:
Fantasy
Release Date: 2nd January 2018
Pages: 370

My Rating: 2.5 / 3 stars

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Goodreads

 

My Thoughts…

I bought this book back when it first came out in 2018 and after reading the first couple of pages I found that I just wasn’t in the right mood for it. Bizarrely, this routine became a habit with this book. For several months I picked it up and put it straight back down after reading a few pages. After a while I just gave up with it all together and it sat on my TBR shelf for a long time.

I had (notice the past tense) placed myself on a book buying ban to try and make a dent in my TBR list and found myself drifting towards this book. Once I had decided that this was the book I was going to read next I was determined to actually complete it this time.

I saw so many 5 star reviews for this book online and I feel like an oddity as I definitely don’t rate as highly. I’ll be honest, there are things I did like about the book but there were more things I didn’t like about it.

I’m going to jump straight into the things I did not like.

The book lacked character development for most, if not all of the characters. Due to this I found it ridiculously hard to connect to the story. I’m presuming I’m not the only reader who finds it extremely difficult to read a book when it is impossible to build a relationship with the characters, especially the main protagonist.

I also found that the characters were annoying at times. I’m not going to get into this too much because I feel like once these floodgates open they will never close. However, in a shortened version: Jude’s relationship with her twin sister Taryn was irritating due to the their immature and whiney nature. Taryn excelled in this category and could win an Oscar for bitch of the year due to her jealousy.  Cardan was stupidly dramatic and his reasons for bullying just seemed really petty to me. Don’t even get me started on Valerian  and Locke. They are absolute arseholes. I just have not time for characters like that.

When new characters were introduced throughout the book there was a lack of explanation to who they are and where they came from. They just seemed to have come out of no where, did their job and then disappeared back to where they came from. The new characters come from different Courts and these weren’t really discussed either which is a shame. This caused confusion and ruined the story a little for me. I don’t understand why someone would introduce new characters into a story without any insight to their history and who they are. This loops back to the whole character development issue I mentioned earlier.

Regardless of the negatives there were a few perks to the story which moved it from a 1 star rating to a 3 star rating (I think I’m being really generous). There is drama from the get go and I do love a story with drama! I mean, it’s dark in places but it’s drama nonetheless. Right from the very beginning shit hits the fan and it makes you want to read on.

It’s an easy and entertaining read. Although there are quite a few ‘blah’ moments I found that they were easy to get over. It’s not the most amazing YA fantasy book that I have ever read but it’s readable. I’ll probably read the second instalment when I get my hands on it. However, I’m not running into town to buy it at 9am when the shops open.

 

Lucy xx