Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Felt Betrayed By

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is: Books You Felt Betrayed By: Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.

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1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. First of all, I kind of have the Twilight Effect with this series- I really loved Divergent (and even Insurgent) when I first read it, but going back and re-reading I find it really underwhelming. Anyways, I was so excited for Allegiant and it ended up being probably the worst series ender I’ve ever read. Not just the controversial death, but it made me really dislike Four and the plot was just so convoluted and didn’t make any sense!

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2. Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer. I loved the Elemental series and was excited to finally get Michael’s POV. And I was really enjoying this book – right up until the very abrupt end! Part of the problem was my sneaky ARC, but I felt like there were just SO MANY loose ends and this was supposed to be the series finale. Since then, Kemmerer has said she is continuing the series, but no date has been announced as to when that will happen.

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3. The Rose Society by Marie Lu. Every review I read for this series raved about how “dark” it was supposed to be and how the main character was supposed to be so villainous. However, I did not feel that way at all about it. There were maybe a couple of darker moments, but I felt way more sorry for the main character than scared of her, which was a major disappointment. I still haven’t read the final book in the series yet.

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4. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. So I gave this a pretty favorable review when I first read it, but the more I got away from it, the more disappointing I found not just this final book, but the whole series. Though I will always love the characters, the story just doesn’t make a lot of sense! I especially find the conclusion of the Glendower plotline to be particularly ridiculous and unsatisfying. I’m not even very interested in the upcoming Ronan spin-off.

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5. Kate in Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld. She kind of ruined everything between her and her husband, who I loved, with one stupid choice. The fact that it seemed so abrupt and not anything that the story had been “leading up to” made it even worse.

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MY TOP 5 VIEWED REVIEWS

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer Armentrout

Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Check out my review page for a full list of reviews!

 

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld – 2 stars (out of 5)

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”—innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.
 
Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

Thoughts:

-As in a lot of books I have read lately, the narrative is told in alternating chapters of present and flashbacks. Although, in this book, it’s not actual flashbacks so much as Kate, the main character, retelling her past. I am generally a fan of this type of style, but some of the past events chapters seemed to drag on a little too long for me. I felt like the chapters could have been about half the length.

-The writing was very good. I just wish the story lived up to it. The pace was very slow and for most chapters, nothing really happened. Where Sittenfeld really excelled was the character development of Kate and to a lesser extent, her twin sister, Vi. The story is told by Kate’s 1st person POV and I felt a real emotional connection with her.

The rest of the review will contain SPOILERS. I just cannot explain my disappointment without them. You’ve been warned.

-I loved, loved, loved, Kate’s husband, Jeremy. He was sweet and loving and patient. He seemed too good to be true. Because he was so wonderful, I was sure he was going to end up breaking my heart by cheating on Kate with Courtney. Courtney and Hank are their best friends. Courtney is a professor at the same college as Jeremy and Hank is a stay-at-home-dad and spends most of his days with Kate and her kids. Their friendship with them divided between “professional” roles, rather than gender roles. And while I wasn’t concerned with Kate and Hank, Courtney just seemed like the type of  person who would initiate an affair.

-But Jeremy did not break my heart. It actually ended up being Kate, and because of how emotionally connected I felt with her, I felt just as betrayed by her as Jeremy did. It happened just once, when both Jeremy and Courtney were away at a conference. And there was no good reason for it. I never felt, in the preceding chapters, that their friendship was leading up to this. And neither did Kate. And afterwards they only spoke once and never again.

-It really wasn’t a surprise that she got pregnant and that the baby was Hank’s. She decided she wanted to have the baby and so she told Jeremy about what happened. After some thought, he decides he doesn’t want a divorce (he was a child of divorce himself), they have to move so Hank and Courtney will never find out, and they will claim Greek or Italian heritage to explain the babies darker skin (Hank is black and Kate and Jeremy are white).

-I basically spent the rest of the book hating Kate. And feeling sorry for Jeremy – and Hank who they never told about the baby. I think what I’m most mad about in the ending is that there was no closure about Kate and Jeremy’s marriage. I think he still loves her, but there’s nothing in the end, a couple of years later, that even hints that he’s forgiven her.

-The earthquake that Vi predicted never happened in St. Louis, so it felt like kind of a letdown. But through the experience Vi grew into an adult and I felt like she had a happy ending. And Sittenfeld didn’t let her be completely wrong about an earthquake. A few months later is when there was an earthquake in Haiti and later in Japan.

-Overall, the writing was great, the character development was strong, but the story really lacked for me. I would be interested in reading other books by Curtis Sittenfeld, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Sisterland.

 

Monday’s Minutes

Monday’s Minutes is an update on what I’m reading and what I’m planning to read next.

WHAT I’M READING

Then We Came to the End

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris is an office satire. I decided to read this book because I follow Rainbow Rowell (author of one of my all-time favorite, Attachments) on Good Reads and she loves this book. And I love her. So I figured, A=B=C, I’ll love this book. However, I keep going back and forth with it. When I’m finished with it, it’s going to get it’s own review because I have too many thoughts on it to put here.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Too Close to Home   Sisterland   Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay, Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld, and Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox. All of these are library books and I’m hoping to get them all done before they’re due back.

What are you reading?