These Books Would Be Better If...

It's time for Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks topic is:

Books I Wish Had More or Less....

I decided not to stick to just one thing, instead to pick books that I feel would have been improved if they had more or less of one or two things. Some of these are books I really loved, but wanted a little something more for. Some of these books are ones I absolutely hated, and who doesn't love a chance to moan about some of their least favourite books? I know I DO!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)More Romance

Crooked Kingdom was a fantastic book and I felt it was a brilliant end to that duology. But I ended up only giving it 4/5 stars because it wasn't everything I had been hoping for. I really wish there had been a little more romance. Mostly I just wanted to squish Kaz and Inej's faces together and make them kiss! I ship them too far too much and wanted them to have a bit more closure to their relationship than what we got. But mostly the squishing together of their faces!
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Less Romance

Urgh, Empire of Storms was such a gigantic disappointment in so many ways. And in other ways it was suitably epic. Mostly in the Manon and Asterin chapters... Those girls are THE BEST!!! What I really hated about this book was how ridiculously focused on romance it was. Seriously, every character gets paired off, to the point where it got ridiculous. Honestly, there wasn't a main character that didn't get paired off with someone. My eyes were rolling so much. I could also have done without the most over the top, ridiculous sex scene in the history of ever. Not to mention Dorian turning into Christian Grey.

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Exactly my face during Dorians Christian Grey moments.
Uh... NOPE!

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2)More Jin

I recently reviewed Traitor to the Throne and I did really enjoy this book, but it was lacking a few things. The main thing being JIN! Jin is incredible and should be put into as much of this book as possible because he is hilarious, adorable and rather awesome. I missed him when he was absent for parts of the book. I needed more of Jin. I needed more of Jin with Amani. I just needed more Jin!
Too Late

Less Soap Opera Drama

Oh wow, I absolutely hated Too Late. I usually adore Colleen Hoover's books, but this was just an absolute mess. Horrible amount of soap opera, over the top drama. Such ridiculous scenes, like one where a girl sleeps with someone else in front of her abusive, rapist ex. REALLY?!?! Who does that?!?! Everything about this book was way over the top and I hated it. I can't for the life of me understand any of the 5 star reviews it gets. Especially considering that I feel the rape in this is never properly addressed.

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
More Action

I really enjoyed The Raven Boys, it introduced some amazing characters and I was fascinated by the ley lines and the search for Glendower. I hate to admit to being disappointed by the second book, The Dream Thieves. I felt it was really slow and boring, it seemed to lack a plot. I felt not a lot really happened in it and I was nodding off trying to get through it. I just didn't think it was as good as the first book and it put me off continuing the series. It was such a shame though, as this book focuses on Ronan and I absolutely love his character.

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3)

Less Death

Okay, fine, just less one particular death because... WHY!?!?! Like, seriously, why. Why would Green do that to us!?! I read this book almost a year ago now and I am still not over it. I just have to think about this book and I get all worked up. I absolutely loved this book, it was a 5/5 read for me but I just can't move past it. I wanted a sunshine and rainbows ending because that is just who I am! I don't know why so many of my favourite books end in the deaths of my favourite character.

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Unleashed (Uninvited, #2)
More Sean

I remember reading and loving the first book in this series, Uninvited. I liked that is was super fast paced and had a ton of action. I really enjoyed the romance as well, it was slow building and it wasn't the main focus of the story. I was very excited for the conclusion to the series... And then I was completely let down. The author spent book one building up these characters and their romance, then just separated them straight away and brought in a new romance. Urgh! It was awful. I wanted Sean back so badly. A total let down of a book, I would never recommend reading it.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
Less Copying

I really did not like Red Queen... AT ALL! It had been one of my most anticipated reads the year it came out, and I was left totally disappointed. I was expecting something incredible from this book, instead I just got a story I have read a million times before, only they did it first and they did it better. It borrowed from so many other well known YA books that it all felt far too predictable and I found myself bored whilst reading it. I expected this book to be one I'd be unable to put down, instead I found myself barely able to finish it.

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
More Action

I wanted to love Mockingjay, but it is definitely the weakest book in the series. It isn't awful, it just isn't the conclusion I was hoping for from the series. It starts very slowly, not much really happens until the final third of the book and then it suddenly feels rushed through. Not to mention Katniss sits out on so much of the action. There are great scenes I'd have loved to actually see, but we can't because Katniss isn't there or she passes out. This was just a bit of a let down after the amazing book that was Catching Fire.

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)
Less Romance

URGH!!! This stupid book, I get annoyed just thinking about it. This book lacked world building or even a basic plot. The whole plot seemed to revolve around the romance. Even the books biggest 'plot twist' was just the identity of the two love interests. That is in no way exciting. Everyone else seemed to love it though, I felt I must have been reading a different book to them. There are three main characters in this book, Lia, then an assassin and a Prince. We're given two names, Rafe and Kaden, but it's not revealed which is the assassin and which is the Prince. Why? It is the most boring plot twist ever. How can that be the most exciting thing that this book has to offer? It's not even a twist, as you know it is coming. So it is logical to work out for yourself that whoever seems like the obvious option to be the Prince or the assassin, they'll end up being the opposite. And they do! WOW! I'm totally shocked.

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What would you love certain books to have more of less of? Do you agree with any of my choices?


  1. Oh dear, Red Queen was somewhere on my to-read-eventually list, but I'm sure the copying would annoy me, too.

  2. OOh nice list! See I didn't even think of doing something like this! I struggled with this topic and twisted it into something else! I can agree with most of these. The ones I've read! I will admit that I did enjoy the Kiss of Deception but yeah, kind of romance focused! The series does get a lot better though! Not sure if you gave up on it or not!

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  3. I agree with so many of these! Dream Thieves is probably my least favorite from TRC because of the reasons you mentioned above. It feels like a filler book. And Red Queen! At first it was just meh, but the more I think about it, the more I hate that book. It's so freaking unoriginal, and it doesn't even made an attempt to hide it. As for Crooked Kingdom, while I do want more romance, I think Kaz and Inej ended perfectly because Kaz definitely has contact issues and having them kissing out of nowhere will be unrealistic... unless it's sort of in a epilogue or something :D

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  4. Great list! I agree completely with Unleashed. Uninvited was so good and I loved Sean. If I remember correctly, I gave Uninvited 4 stars and then TNFed Unleashed because I missed Davy's relationship with Sean. 😬

  5. Some of these are fantastic and hilarious. Less copying in Red Queen is so perfect. I wanted less of that as well. And I absolutely agree on needing more romance in Crooked Kingdom. I wanted to smoosh two character's faces together. Great list!
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  6. Omg I didn't know the Empire of Storms romance went Shades of Grey style. 0_0 Reason #2989 I'm happy I've ditched the series for good haha! And YES. I can't believe Traitor to the Throne had so little Jin in it, and there wasn't even a good reason. It was like losing Chaol all over again and aghhhhh, I hope book 3 fixes it or I'm going to be upset. (I mean, I'm glad Amani knows how to be awesome for herself and doesn't pick up new lovers all over the place. But I miss the banter with Jin so much!!)

  7. Uh-oh. Looks like I've have some fangirl rants when I finally read some of these. ;) Lots are on my TBR, where they've been for FAR too long. Leigh's is one duo I'm really looking forward to reading.

  8. Definitely agree with some of these!
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  9. Ha ha "squishing faces." I just won Crooked Kingdom in a giveaway last week so I'll see this one for myself here soon. :) Mockingjay I can kinda see I have only seen the movies but there were times when I thought enough about dresses and parades lol and more action! But that might just be me...

  10. I hate when an author pairs everyone off in the series. That is what started to bug me in the Lunar Chronicles series. Does everyone need a boyfriend in the midst of trying to save the world???? Also, I know what you mean about The Raven Boys. I love those books but they take me forevvvvvver to read because it's not so much action. I love how you did this topic!!

  11. OMG YES TO ALL OF THIS. I absolutely loved Crooked Kingdom, but I wouldn't have minded more romance (more Kaz / Inej? please and thank you). And Unleashed definitely could have used more Sean, I agree. That love triangle felt so forced and unnecessary. And Red Queen would have definitely been much better if it wasn't so cliched and unoriginal. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3

  12. I have to agree, I so wish that Mockingjay had a lot more action in it! I found it to be so dry...

  13. Great list! I definitely need to read these romances.


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