Top Ten Tuesday: Good Characters in Bad Books

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 April 3: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books


This week’s list might be a challenge.  I’m going to have to rely heavily on my reviews and I often leave out names.  Also If a book isn’t working for me I DNF and those titles usually don’t even get a review.  So I’m going to take a look at my one and two-star review books and see if I can find some titles where I liked the characters but maybe not the books itself.  Wish me luck

Ten Good Characters in Crappy Books.

  1. The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) Paige Mahoney is the main character in this series and I truly liked book one but book two was a bit slow and a supporting character that I liked better than Paige was missing for much of the story.
  2. Time Untime (Dark-Hunter #21; Hellchaser, #4; Were-Hunter, #7) Acheron is the only thing that saved this book for me.  I was not a fan of this one at all.  Acheron doesn’t have big part in this book but it ended up being the only sections that I cared about.
  3. Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files, #3) Jace Valchek is the main character in this series and I enjoy her and her smart-mouthed partner Charlie as well as the chemistry between Jace and the head of her department.  The problem for me with this book was that those two supporting characters were missing for much of the book.  I need that dynamics for this world to work for me.  I set down book four for the same reason half the characters I love are MIA.
  4. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) I like most of the characters in this world but my favorites are Tyrion and Arya as well as Daenerys and up until this book I had enjoyed the series.  This book just pushed me past my limit of tolerance.  Nothing happened in this and the previous book.  Nothing.  We followed characters as they were moved around a board and nothing happens.  I personally don’t care if he ever finishes the series because I’m done.
  5. Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20)  The main couple in this book was a struggle for me but I found the bad-guys were really well written.  Then there was an appearance of Lucian who is one of my favorites in the series.
  6. Silver Wolf Clan (Silver Wolf Clan, #1)  I wish I could give you the names of the characters I liked in this book but I don’t remember it much.  I did like the lead but the story felt off or two short.
  7. Thomas's Choice (Scanguards Vampires, #8) Thomas and Eddie were two characters I liked but the book took a graphic violent turn that I couldn’t stomach and I ended up DNF this book.
  8. Legal Wolf's Mate (Fabian Garoux #1) The characters were good in this book but there was a major shift in tone of the story that didn’t quite work for me.
  9. Black Wings (Black Wings, #1) Beezle is a sidekick in this series, a gargoyle I believe.  Overall I was disappointed by the first book in this series but mentioned that I like that character.
  10. A Touch of Crimson (Renegade Angels, #1) In the review, I mentioned that Elijah and Lindsay’s friendship was part of the reason I even finished this book.  I was tempted to DNF the book but must have kept reading for them.

This list was a challenge I often put the books out of my memory when I don’t like them or simply don’t finish them.  What characters from poorly written books have you enjoyed.


Top Ten Tuesday: Frighteningly Awful

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

 October 31: Halloween Freebie! 


Hmm… I can do whatever I want for Halloween…  I’m not into thrillers.  I don’t do scary.  I’m not a big fan of the holiday (sorry).  So I think I will simply pick 10 books that were either painful to read, I dnf, or simply didn’t like for this week’s list.  I will try to be nice but might get snarky.  No book is going to work for every single person that reads it so keep that in mind (looking at you authors) so if one of these titles looks interesting by all means give it a try,  maybe you will love it!

Ten books that were just awful to read…

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)  Don’t hate me but I loath Tolkien.  This was the most boring male-centric tale I have ever read.  I tried though but by the end, I didn’t give a damn if they ever destroyed the ring or not.
  2. The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)  I liked the first book but gave up this one near the end.  Unlikable characters and way too slow.
  3. Dark Eden (Dark Eden, #1)   DNF this one pretty quick.  Too dark and when you start diving into child molestation I’m out.
  4. Dune (Dune Chronicles #1)   Not really a science fiction more of a religious dogma piece.  No thanks.
  5. The Library at Mount Char   This was just too dark, too creepy, too not for me.  DNF.
  6. Armada   I tried with this one twice.  Once in print and once in audio and just couldn’t get into it.  Which is a shame since I enjoyed Ready Player One.
  7. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)   Another don’t hate me but I can’t stand this series.  I suffered through three books before deciding I really don’t care to know what it is like to be in a 12-year-old boy’s mind.
  8. The Glass Castle   I’m not a fan of gawking at train wrecks… Also, drowning kittens.  I’m out.
  9. The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)   This one I wanted to enjoy but the insufferably difficult name of the lead character and not finding any character I actually liked made me put this one down.
  10. The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World This book is not what it was billed as. I thought I was getting a charming NF read about the history of cats and humans and what I ended up with was a depressing textbook and an author that sounds like she doesn’t like cats.

Another week, another list.  Sorry, some of the comments are so brief but most of them I didn’t read enough of to have much to say about them.