Kristi at The Story Siren wrote a post recently about books that just didn't work for her and I asked her if I could do the same and use her idea-and she's so sweet she said yes!
Even though I'm a librarian and I know there's a reader for every book, there are some books that just aren't for me-even when reading as a librarian. I tell my teens to not waste their time with books they aren't enjoying and I think I should follow my own advice. I do branch out and read outside of my typical genres, but sometimes I'm just not into a book and I can't bring myself to finish it. My teens love when they can debate with me over a book and argue why they love it! So just because I didn't like these books doesn't mean you won't! (Actually all three of these have rave reviews around the blogosphere, so I guess I'm the weird one!)
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
-The premise sounded unique-the son of a supervillain finds out he's also half superhero and has to go live with his father and learn about being a superhero. There's not too many superhero YA books, but this one just didn't work for me. I found Damien to be annoying, obnoxious and really hard to relate to-most likely because he was grew up as a supervillain so you were cheering for the bad guy-but I just found him not very likeable. Plus, there's going to be a movie version on Disney Channel so I was expecting something a little younger, but this one is not Disney Channel in book and I'm sure there will be many many changes when it hits the small screen to make it more tween-friendly.
Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda
-There just wasn't enough action or dialogue to keep me interested in reading this one. It was sort of a slow start too and if a book isn't really grabbing me, then I have a hard time finishing it. I've read rave reviews on other blogs though, so it's just my personal reading tastes I guess-I actually have some teens I think would be perfect readers for this one and I'm eager to get their feedback.
Fire by Kristen Cashore
-I know, I know-I expected to love it too! But I just couldn't bring myself to finish it-or even really get all that interested. I didn't like Fire, there were too many characters to keep straight and after listening to Graceling with a full cast, Fire on audio just wasn't the same. I tried reading it, I tried the audiobook and I couldn't do either. I hope to get around to reading it at some point-I might have to read it for my state book award committee, but I just didn't love it as much as I loved Graceling or Katsa and Po.
Any books that you're just not that into?