Biannual Bibliothon – Day 4 – 3 Stars and Under Reads

3 Stars and Under

Unfortunately, I missed Day 3 of the Bibliothon blogging challenges but I’m back today! In an appropriate follow up to my latest review today’s challenge is to talk about books you’ve rated 3 Stars and Under. It’s being hosted by burstingwithbooks so go check their blog out!!

3 Stars has always been a strange rating for me? Like 2 stars and 1 stars it’s pretty much that I hated the book but 3 stars is like I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it? It was just kinda okay, but then I like some 3 star reads more than others? Anyway here are some (not all!!) of my 3-1 stars reads! I feel like I shouldn’t have to say it, but this is just my opinion and if you enjoyed these books then coolcoolcool.

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DAY 4 PROGRESS 

BOOKS READ: 2
CHALLENGES COMPLETED:  2 (look I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone so I could have crossed off like all the challenges bUT I’M TRYING NOT TO DOUBLE UP)
PAGES READ: 369

I mean… it could be better, but 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1) With Malice One of Us is Lying A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige [★] – This was just ….. so bad. THERE WAS A LOVE SQUARE. I can’t. // REVIEW

With Malice by Eileen Cook [★] – I know I just did a review for this, but I need to mention it again because god this book was a trash fire of problems. // REVIEW

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas [★ ★] – I did enjoy some of the world building in this, but I just couldn’t deal with the abuse dressed up as romance. // REVIEW

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus [★★] – I did a review recently for this one too, but basically I didn’t like the way it vilified mental illness. If that hadn’t happened I think I would have given this 4 stars. // REVIEW

Gone Girl The Roanoke Girls City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn [★★] – I know this is a lot of people’s favourite thriller, but I hated it. The characters were unlikable (and not in a good way), I predicted the “twist” like nearly right away and the ending was the most stupid thing ever.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel [★★] – I’m not up for sexual abuse being glorified so it’s a huge no from me. I did appreciate the take on victimisation though, but that’s it. // REVIEW

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare [★★★] – I honestly don’t remember much about this? I just remember being pretty bored and not liking the characters.  I do want to give this series another go though, but it’s not a high priority.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne [★★★] – The more I think about this book the more I dislike it. The queer baiting, the total destruction of the characters and world building??? I don’t understand. // REVIEW (at the time of the review I rated this 4 stars)

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3) Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) Heartless

The Death Cure by James Dashner [★★★] – I LOVED the first two books in this series SO MUCH and then I read this and I can’t even express how disappointed I was by it. The Thing that happened was SO UNNECESSARY AND I’LL BE BITTER FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi [★★★] – I honestly don’t know whether I hated or loved the writing style in this. Tahereh seems wonderful so I’m sad that I didn’t like this. Again, I just couldn’t deal with the borderline abuse dressed up as romance storyline. I got strangely invested though? So I’m planning on continuing at some point.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake [★★★] – Kendare’s Anna duology is one of my faves, but I was really disappointed with this one. I think it was a case of misleading marketing. I was expecting a fight to the death and that didn’t happen, haha. There was so much happening, but nothing happening? I’m hyped for the next book though because of the ending. // REVIEW

Heartless by Marissa Meyer [★★★] – I was so excited for this because it was a story about the Queen of Hearts before she became the Queen of Hearts. It’s something that’s always interested me. I’m fascinated by how villains were before they became villains, but anyway. The reason I didn’t like this is me a It’s Me Not the Book situation because it was SO ROMANCE HEAVY. This was some of the worst insta love I’ve ever seen. I did like the ending though. // REVIEW

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Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you’re participating in the Biannual Bibliothon how are you doing?

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day!

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13 thoughts on “Biannual Bibliothon – Day 4 – 3 Stars and Under Reads

  1. Oh yes, I was a bit disappointed by The Death Cure as well? I liked the beginning of the series but…I don’t know, I didn’t love that last book as much, which makes me so sad. And yes LET ME BE BITTER WITH YOU.

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  2. Oh man Stealing Snow was just a bad book in my opinion. I am definitely not a fan and it wasn’t just the love square (though that didn’t help matters) but all the cases of insta-love that seemed to be in the story as well. I can’t say I’ll be checking out the sequel, but I may if my curiosity gets the better of me. 🙂
    Also The Death Cure was a major disappointment for me as well. It was the ending that ruined it for me, and yes I definitely understand The Thing you’re talking about, it’s like the same Thing I’m thinking of!
    Great post Lauren. 😀

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    1. So many parts of the plot were so eye-roll worthy too. I was laughing at some points because I couldn’t believe how ridiculous it was. I am lowkey tempted to read the 2nd one just so I can get a laugh but then I also don’t want to waste my time 😂

      Yessss. I was SO SAD because I loved that character to pieces and they deserved SO MUCH BETTER.

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      1. I can’t even remember a lot of the plot. I guess that proves how unremarkable the book was that I can’t remember much of it. I’ll wait and see what I think when the second one is released; maybe or maybe not.
        God they really did. I’m still bitter over it!

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  3. I loved Gone Girl because I read it after not reading thriller for years and before the hype (hipster?X’D) looking back if I read it now I probably would have disliked it.
    I’m the same with three dark crowns I could have read the first 50 pages and the last 50 pages and liked it just as much, to much filler and hype. The ending of TDC was really cool though so I will pick up the next book xD

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    1. I feel like if Gone Girl was one of the first thrillers I’d read I may have liked it more but idk ??? it’s weird because I did really like the movie. I think it translated better to film??? I did appreciate how twisted Amy was though and how at times I found myself feeling sorry for and then I was like nO haha

      YES EXACTLY!!! and same the ending had me super interested. i’m hoping the next book is more action packed.

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  4. OOH i’m participating in the biannual bibliothon but not in the blog challenges. Sorry to hear City Of Bones and Shatter Me were average for you, as I really really enjoyed them, but each to their own as they say! 😉 Thanks for sharing Lauren ❤

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