I decided to do a little spin on this week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt and instead of characters traits I like I thought I would go with character traits I dislike!! There is usually a commonality between all of the characters I tend to dislike in books and when I really sat down and thought about it this was the list that I came up with!
There is just something about naïve main protagonists that just gets on my nerves.
Example: Charlie from Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Those characters that are just all me, me, me!
Example: Billy from Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Characters that have no backbone and just let everyone walk all over them.
Example: Elle from Geekarella by Ashley Poston
I really don’t like characters that judge other character without knowing/talking to them!
Example: Zuri from Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Characters who think they are better than other people!
Example: Jude from The Wicked King by Holly Black
I had another great reading month in May! Finished nearly everything on my May TBR and then managed to complete a few extra books on the side that I have been wanting to get to for a while now. I think this was my most successful reading month of the year so far and I had a great time reading through these books!
Pride by Ibi Zoboi – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – ⭐️4/5 stars
Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl – ⭐️4/5 stars
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – ⭐️4/5 stars
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – ⭐️5/5 stars
Save the Date by Morgan Matson – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – ⭐️5/5 stars
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – ⭐️3/5 stars
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
What if it’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – ⭐️4/5 stars
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – ⭐️4/5 stars
These are five quotes that stuck with me from the last 5 books that I’ve read! I believe this was a prompt for Top 10 Tuesday and I thought it was a fun idea so I figured I would give it a go!
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
“Every evil overlord needs a fluffy cat to stroke.”
Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl
“We are all anthologies. We are each thousands of pages long, filled with fairy tales and poetry, mysteries and tragedy, forgotten stories in the back no one will ever read.”
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
“For someone who loved words as much as I did, it was amazing how often they failed me.”
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
“never let the streets know when you’re upset. Don’t let any strangers see you cry. Hold your head up and look as if you’re ready to destroy the world if you have to.”
Final Girls by Riley Sager
“That’s not your choice. It’s already been decided for you. You can’t change what’s happened. The only thing you can control is how you deal with it.”
Pride is retelling of the classic tale Pride and Prejudice but with a modern twist. Zuri Benitez is a proud resident of her neighbourhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn. She has lived there her entire life and knows everyone on her block, but one day a new very wealthy family moves across the street and now it seems like change is inevitable.
Zuri kind of got on my nerves a little at the start of the book. She was a little too judgemental for my liking. She was just so passionate in her dislike for the Darcy’s that I almost found her to be a little juvenile and immature. She didn’t really come across as being seventeen in my eyes. However, as the plot progressed we did see her evolve as she grew closer to Darius and learnt more about his family and why we did see her let go of her preconceptions.
Darius at the start as well was a little too standoffish for my liking. He was almost too unlikeable for me to warm to him towards the end of the book when he did open up more and explain his situation. I get that the author wanted to stay true to the original concept but I feel the introductions happened too fast and they hated each other too quickly that it almost didn’t make sense to me.
Towards the end of the book I did come around and enjoyed the plot and how it progressed. I like that we see Zuri’s neighbourhood start to get gentrified and how she realises this throughout the course of the book and what her feelings are towards this. She really has to come around to the fact that change really is inevitable and there isn’t anything that you can do about it.
It was a very fast paced book; I did eventually enjoy all the characters and their arcs. Zuri’s younger sisters especially were very entertaining and brought a source of amusement and light-heartedness to the novel. If the start of the book was a little more lengthened and had time to really establish the characters and why they didn’t like each other I may have been able to really engage with the story a lot more.
⭐️3.5/5 Good book, just didn’t do enough for me personally.