Unpopular Opinions Tags

I saw this over on Howdy Yal and thought it looked fun as I often disagree with the masses on beloved book series.

A book or series that everyone seemed to hate but you loved:

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)

I don’t think “everyone” hates it, but I have seen a fair amount of Sherlock and Dr Who fans hating on Jackaby, just because the synopsis compares itself to those shows. As I’m not a die hard Dr Who or Sherlock fan it didn’t bother me – and Jackaby did remind me of a Sherlock Holmes character with a little Dr Who. I liked it quite a bit, actually.

A love triangle that didn’t end the way you wanted it to. – *SPOILER ALERT FOR THE COVENANT SERIES*

Sentinel (Covenant, #5)

Alex-Aiden-Seth from The Covenant series. I was always, always Team Seth! Aiden was just ok for me. I never really got into him. But, thankfully Seth got his own spin-off..

A book genre you hardly ever reach for.

New Adult. While there are a few that I’ve enjoyed and there are still a few that will peak my interest, for the most part it’s just Young Adult Erotica and I can’t get behind it.

A popular or beloved character you did not like.

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Somewhere in book 2 of the series, Tris really got on my nerves. And in Allegiant. Forget about it.

A popular author you just can’t enjoy.

Cora Carmack. I’ve heard lots of great things about her books, tried one and couldn’t get through it. Then again, this is a New Adult author which I’ve already said I don’t really like.

A popular trope you’re tired of:

Memory Loss. I’m actually reading a book that features this right now, but it seemed to kind of blow up recently and they all seem pretty similar.

A popular series you have no interest in reading.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I’m changing this to no interest in CONTINUING reading. Throne of Glass series. I read the first book and really have no idea what all the fuss is about. I just did not care for it at all.

A TV show/movie that was better than the book.

Pretty Little Liars is a guilty pleasure show for me. While I haven’t really liked the past couple of seasons as much, I did like the first couple. I’ve read most of the series and I have to say I like the show much better.

Taylor Swift Book Tag

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I’ve been a bad blogger lately since I’ve been spending most of time on NaNoWriMo instead of reading (books, I miss you!), so I looked through some “book tags” and decided to go with the Taylor Swift Book Tag. Feel free to tag yourself if you’d like to do it!

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Pick a book (or book series) that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. I loved the first book! And liked the second! I was sooooo looking forward to the conclusion of the series, and then Allegiant came along and I HATED it! It ruined my enjoyment of the series as a whole and I was not excited at all anymore for the movies.

2. Red: Pick a book with a RED cover.

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

3. The Best Day: Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I was just as naïve about things when I was in high school as Lara Jean is in this book.

4. Love Story: Pick a book with forbidden love.

Forbidden

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I mean, it’s right in the name in everything. (While it’s a forbidden romance, I don’t think the song would be appropriate for it at all!)

5. I Knew You Were Trouble: Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – The Darkling!

6. Innocent:  Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

Sentinel (Covenant, #5)

Sentinel by Jennifer Armentrout. No one ruined the ending, per se, but finding out about the spin-off before reading this book definitely gave some things away.

7. Everything has Changed: Pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

Juliette throughout the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi.

8. You Belong With Me: Pick your most anticipated book release.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Out January 27th!

 9. Forever and Always: Pick your favourite book couple.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Boys + Blue. They aren’t technically a “couple” but they’re all kind of love in with each other and me with them!

10. Come Back, Be Here: Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.

Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. It’s one of my all time favorites and has a signed bookplate sticker in it.

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer Armentrout – 3.5 stars (out of 5)

Sentinel (Covenant, #5)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

It’s a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

Sentinel is the last book in the Covenant series and I found it to be a pretty satisfying conclusion.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

-Seth is back!!!! And he’s not a psycho!!!! And he’s back to being my favorite!!!! Not that that excited me or anything…But seriously. I love Seth. I love his banter with Alex. I love how protective he is of her. I love that he no longer is being the controlling douche he was in books #3 and #4.

-And since Seth is back and has joined the Army of Awesome, Alex is able to take some of his power and become the God Killer. My favorite part about this final fight to take out Ares is that Aiden actually kept his promise and didn’t try to fight with them. I understand him wanting to be there for Alex. But his insistence was ridiculous. Dude. He’s the god of a war. You’re a little Pure-Blood. THERE IS NO WAY YOU MAKE IT OUT OF THAT ALIVE! I was very happy when he finally agreed to not be there and that he stuck to it. I also liked that Alex and Seth had to work together to do it.

-So the downside of becoming the God Killer is that the gods are going to want you dead after you do their dirty work so you can’t go after them. Alex was about 99% sure that was going to happen, but was still holding out hope since Apollo – the only one who can kill her – says he’ll take care of her. However, taking care of her does not include keeping her alive. So she dies, after a nice last moment with the very distressed Seth. Unlike that other book that killed off it’s heroine, I felt like Alex’s “death” makes sense. We found out at least a book ago that this would probably be the ending. And she is the only one who can do it. And it basically saves all mankind. Was I bummed that she died? Of course. But it seemed to make sense with the story.

-But dead is such a relative term when it comes to a book that details the Underworld – where you can play video games and still hang out with your friends. Alex gets to see Caleb (!) and her mom and Olivia and even Lea. But obviously she’s still not that happy about it. After completing a little ceremony with Apollo, she finds out that her mortal life is over, but he had previously given her a drink that has made her immortal. And Aiden has also been given that drink – thanks to a deal that Seth makes with the gods, which sucks for Seth, but sets up his spin-off series nicely. (Can I say how excited I am for a whole series about Seth!? I’m excited!) In exchange for the immortality they have to spend 6 months in the Underworld and 6 months in the mortal world for all eternity. Does that make much sense? Not really. But it’s still a happily ever after for Alex and Aiden that I find pretty satisfying.

-Overall, I enjoyed Sentinel and the whole Covenant series. Though Lux is still my favorite JLA series, I would recommend this series to fans of her. I would also recommend it to people who enjoyed The Vampire Academy series – they have similarities, but I ended up liking this series way more. I would also recommend this series to fans of Greek Mythology. I’m sad that it’s over, but I’m looking forward to more Seth in the future.

Monday’s Minutes

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Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Apollyon (Covenant, #4)

Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer Armentrout. Well, if you’ve read my reviews of the first 2 books in the series (Half-Blood and Pure) you know that my favorite character is Seth. In book 3, Deity (I didn’t write a review on that one), my love for him became quite diminished. This book is not inspiring any warm fuzzies for him, either, but I’m still holding out hope. On the other hand I’m becoming more of a fan of Alex and Aiden together (as we’re all supposed to be). The pace is a little slow so far, but I think it’s starting to pick up.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Sentinel (Covenant, #5)  Legend (Legend, #1)  The Saving of Benjamin Chambers (A Uni Files Short)  The Art of Letting Go (The Uni Files - Year One)  The Art of Forgiving (A Uni Files - Christmas Short)

Sentinel, the last book in the Covenant series. I’m going to be a little sad to have the series end, but I’m looking forward to see how it all wraps up. Legend by Marie Lu is finally available as an eBook at my library and I’m looking forward to starting that series. Also, I was the winner of the Uni Files give-away (yay!) over at Kimberly Faye Reads! It includes ARCs of The Saving of Benjamin Chambers and The Art of Forgiving and an e-copy of the first book, The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom. Thanks Kim and Anna!

What are you reading?