Top Ten Tuesday #20 (September 1st): Top 10 Characters I Just Didn’t Click With

It’s Tuesday, and you all know what that means! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is ‘Top 10 Characters I Just Didn’t Click With’ and doing this, I’ve realized there were a lot more characters I didn’t click with than I thought! Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Eadlyn from The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir

Ah, Eadlyn. What can I say? America may not have been the best character, Eadlyn definitely takes the cake between the two of them for annoying characters! She was just so stuck-up and snobby throughout most of the book and although I praise Kiera Cass for taking a more unconvential route with her character, it just didn’t fully work out with me.

2. Nora from the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush Hush saga

Ugh. I don’t know, I feel kind of guilty putting her on the list (hopefully I’m not the only one!) but I just didn’t click with her. She came off as a bit too helpless and needy for my taste. (And she literally burst into tears one time because of the upcoming danger she’d be facing…no joke.) I did like the books though, mostly! (You can check out my review on them here, here, here and here.)

3. Bella from the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight saga

Do I even need to explain this one? I mean, I suppose I liked the books okay, when I read them several years back, but I just didn’t click with her character. Nope.

4. Cassia from the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie

Matched trilogy

One of the main reasons I most certainly did not enjoy this book (and series) is because of the main character herself, Cassia, who is definitely one of the blandest characters I have had the not-so-pleasure of encountering. I honestly have no words

5. Adam from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me series

Ughhh someone has to put this guy in his place! Dude. Stop being so needy and MOVE ON. Not to mention stop being such a darn jerk!! I was okay with him in the first book, but I was most definitely wrong in doing so because soon after, needless to say, I did not like him!

6. Tariq from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn

Can someone please get some bricks to knock some sense into this guy? I just didn’t like his character at all; he definitely cannot take a hint, and it was incredibly annoying to watch him pursue after a girl who obviously isn’t interested. -_-

7. Grace from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

The Wolved of Mercy Falls series

She’s an okay character, I suppose, but she was a bit too angsty at times and there was just something about her that didn’t sit right with me. Afterwards I warmed up to her more though, but that initial feeling never really completely went away. I still enjoyed the series though, which is good. 😉

8. Laurel from Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Love Letters to the Dead_bookcover

I recently finished this novel, and I just didn’t click with her. Especially not at the start. The book itself was okay (although it really felt like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, from the POV of a girl) but it took me a while to warm up to Laurel, and even then, it wasn’t fully.

9. Rose from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy_bookcover

Although I really like the series overall, in the first book I just didn’t click with Rose. She was reckless to the point of being a bit ridiculous, and her attitude just didn’t sit well with me. Of course, I liked her a lot more by the end of the series, but in the first book, she wasn’t the best for me.

10. Tate from Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love_bookcover

Although I liked Ugly Love okay enough, I wasn’t a fan of Tate. :/ I really wanted to be though, but I just didn’t care for her much and she fell pretty flat for me.


I actually wasn’t expecting that I’d be able to make it to 10! I usually like most of the characters in the books I read. But there we have it! What characters did YOU not click with? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comments below—and feel free to link your TTT post if you have one, I’d love to check it out! ❤

Happy Tuesday!

Analee 10

Matched by Ally Condie | Book Review

(Matched #1)

Published: November 30th 2010

Synopsis:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


Matched_bookcover
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My Rating: 3 stars3/5 (Decent)

Book Information

Publisher: Dutton Books

Genre(s): Young-adult, utopian/dystopian, romance

Page Count: 369

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 0525423648


I had relatively high expectations for this book, firstly because of the interesting synopsis, and secondly because of the gorgeous cover. The book wasn’t bad specifically, it just didn’t blow me away. 

Quick Summary

Matched follows 17 year-old girl Cassia Reyes as she finds herself ‘Matched’ (the person who she’s going to marry) with her best friend, Xander, an oddity in itself because citizens are usually never Matched with people they already know. Cassia is delighted, until she questions who she’s really meant to be with when she sees the face of a childhood friend/acquaintance named Ky Markham in the micro card meant to show Xander’s information. Cassia is unable to stop thinking about Ky, and Cassia begins to question the Society, throwing everything–and everyone–she believed in out of balance.

Plot

As for the plot, it was alright, but nothing that outstanding or something that I haven’t seen before, sadly. The world-building wasn’t bad, but not the best, I would say. Okay, so the Society controls basically everything. There are Officials for… basically every citizen? Not sure if that’s just my jumbled up thoughts talking, but that’s what I remember. However, I did like how the world was built, as in, there wasn’t just pages upon pages of explanation of what this world was, how they lived, etc. It just was there, and we got to understand it ourselves.

Characters

I wanted to connect with these characters, but for some reason, I just couldn’t. Especially with the main characters. If I didn’t enjoy the other characters, I would’ve at least wanted to enjoy the main characters. Cassia seemed a bit uninteresting and didn’t have much to her as I would’ve liked. In the moments where she actually did something that didn’t make her boring, I could see a glance of what she could’ve become, but sadly wasn’t. Xander and Ky were the two guys in the unnecessary love triangle (remember what I said about love triangle not bothering me? Well this one is definitely an exception) and sadly I wasn’t as into them as I usually am. :/

 

Writing Style

The writing style was a bit lyrical, which was nice. However, the main problem I had with the writing style is the structure. I saw no good format during the book; no actual climax, no character development. Nothing drove this book other than Cassia and Ky’s romance. Who’s the antagonist? The whole Society? The one Society official who told Cassia to forget about Ky(who I barely even remember due to her name being mentioned, like, once)? What kind of characters are these, might I ask?

Then lastly we have the anti-climactic ending. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but it was just…I’m out of words. I would’ve thought at least there would be a better ending to the book, but alas, there wasn’t.

Overall…

An okay book. As I’m looking at this review, I’m realizing that I have quite a few complaints, and I just wanted to make it clear that I did not hate the book, and I’m not trying to bash the book negatively in any way. I know lots of people enjoyed this, but it just wasn’t for me. If you’ve read Matched, be sure to tell me your opinion in the comment section below, because I’d love to hear what you thought about this book! If you haven’t read this book, please don’t be daunted by my review! If it’s something that interests you, go for it. I don’t want to influence you to not read something that you might really enjoy. It sadly did not live up to my expectations. Hopefully it will live up to yours!

Don’t forget to check out the book trailer below, by the way!

If you’re hungry, scram and go eat this!

-A