This list is small. Extremely small. I have some issues with books that I just couldn't get past. Obviously bad writing takes the number one spot, but that isn't everything that can be wrong with a book. A book can have brilliant writing, but the characters can be horrible i.e. Wuthering Heights and Jude the Obscure. I can see the literary value of them, but I just can't get past the characters. Charles Dickens also created some incredibly horrible characters.
Ascendant, Diana Peterfreund
I absolutely loved Rampant. But this one fell extremely flat for me. For one I couldn't even finish it. Maybe I was missing Giovanni, but I find myself getting tired of the boy that you fall for in one book totally disappears in the second book. I just found myself getting really annoyed with Astrid and the decisions she was making. I'm going to go back to it eventually to finally finish it.
Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins.
This book is showing up on everyone's top 2010 list and I wonder if I read something different. First of all I found the plot plodding and a bit too convenient and predictable. AND I HATE WHEN AUTHORS REVERT TO ALL CAPS TO SHOW THAT WE ARE ANGRY OR YELLING! I mean, really, italics will work just as well as does the exclamation point! I know everyone loved Etienne St. Clair, but he just didn't do it for me. He seemed very angry and his so-called witty Briticisms just seemed forced and not witty. More annoying. Even Anna bothered me. The way she treated her friend just seemed a bit harsh. The story seemed very mishmashed to me. Situations thrown together because ooh, it would make a good story, but it just seemed again to convenient and predictable.
Like I said, the list is small. I will be reviewing Anna soon and obviously it will be less than stellar.