- Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
I don’t think any book I have read has had a crappy ending however I do feel that ‘The Lost Witch’ by Melvin Burgess had a little bit of an anti-climactic ending. It didn’t end in the battle that it was built up to be.
- Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.
I think that there has never been a series that I haven’t enjoyed as I tend to read within a genre I really like but I am sure I will come across one! I have however read individual books that I feel this way about as ‘The Lost Island of Tamarind’ by Nadia Aguiar. It was that this book was bad I think that it was just to complex a book at the age i was trying to read it.
- Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like
I think that ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn had a plot twist that I didn’t see coming. The book has a very dramatic ending but I wasn’t quite expecting to end like it did.
- Genre: A genre you will never read.
I wouldn’t ever not read a whole genre of books however I would not necessarily be drawn to romantic books as I find the genre quite predictable. I am aware that it is a generalisation and I would say no to reading a good book within the genre but it wouldn’t be my first choice.
- Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
When the Hunger Games films first came out I felt that there was a hype around reading the books as well as watching the films however I have never felt the need to read the books. It didn’t help that I didn’t particularly enjoy the Hunger films past the first one.
- Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
I don’t really enjoy reading books that have a ‘love triangle’ within the story as I feel it is very predicatble in most cases. It is also a very common twist to see in books, primarily in the romantic genre.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment your Nope Tag thought)
The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess was part of a recent subscription box service I received that I have written a previous blog post on and I have just finished reading it. It is based upon a young girl, Bea, who discovers she has powers. These powers are something that she has never experienced before and she has to come to terms with this alongside a witch hunt headed straight for her. The book is a young adult fiction and one which I enjoyed reading.
This is a book that I generally would not have chosen and I am glad it was a part of this subscription box as I really liked the novel. It has a good balance of character development, mystery and magic to create a great novel. I liked the structure of the book as well as it is chapter based with each chapter being reasonably small in length which allows for easy progression and targets.
The characters in this book are a real strong point as all of the main characters are extremely well thought out and developed. The main character of Bea is likeable and realistic even although she is a witch. She has a real innocence about her as she tries to come to terms with the new discoveries she makes every day and you see a real vulnerable side throughout the book which would be expected with a young teenager. The other witches you meet throughout the book are also very well developed. This is something I didn’t expect however as there are a few of them and they are not necessarily the main character. Each witch is explained and met in a concise yet informative manner which allows for an insight into who they are and why they are that way. However, I feel as though when we meet back up with Bea’s dad his mental state wasn’t explored enough and I didn’t comprehend fully how he got to that stage.
I found the storyline intriguing and it kept me wanting to read on however I felt as though the ending didn’t do the rest of the book justice. The whole novel is leading up to a climax where it is the witches versus the hunt however I felt as though it was very anti-climactic. It was expected to be a big immense battle which it wasn’t. I also felt as though it was rushed. A lot of time was spent building this moment up but when the ending occurred I felt kind of disappointed. I feel as though even although there was a conclusion it wasn’t one that left me feeling as I had completed this book. I think the ending would have been a lot better if it had a few dedicated chapters specifically to it to be able to explore the possibilities and why it had ended in the way it had. Either that or chapter dedicated to what happened after the moment between the hunt and the witches and to see how Bea handled it alongside the other witches.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book as it is a great read with a great adventure. It has a young female lead and a great storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would love to read other books by this author.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment if you have ever read this book or would like to in the future)