C.L. Wilson has destroyed me
Surely you remember how I raved about The Winter King? Well after finishing that amazing five-million-star book, I proceeded to read the entire Tairen Soul series (also by Wilson), which I adored JUST AS MUCH!!
Six of Wilson’s books later, and I feel like I can no longer read anything else in the world.
Her books were utter perfection.
They spoke to me in a very Harry Potter-esque way. They’re nothing like Harry Potter, of course, but I mean that Harry Potter is a series that I always love, I can always reread, and I will never ever forget. It touches me on some other, amazing, rarely seen level. Wilson’s books are like that to me.
The problem I now have is that I feel ruined for everything else. It’s like no other book can compare. Right after finishing Tairen Soul, I read a two star book and then immediately didn’t finish two other books.
I feel like I’ve lost my ability to love any other book.
DNF #1: Finnikin of the Rock (OMG don’t kill me!)
I’m almost afraid to say this because Finnikin of the Rock is so fiercely adored by basically all my book blogging friends! I specifically gave this book a shot after Tairen Soul because people are CRAZY passionate about the Lumatere Chronicles and I wanted to be one of those people. I needed another awesome book.
But sadly, it wasn’t for me. 🙁 I stopped reading at 32%.
I think my biggest problem with the book was the pacing, and that in itself caused a few other problems for me. I felt like I was just thrown into the middle of this really unique world that was explained too quickly, and it left me drowning. Since it was thrown at me so fast, I never really got attached or invested (in the plot or characters).
Something about the presentation just didn’t click with me. 🙁 I was forcing myself to keep going. Although I was mildly interested in some of the ideas, I had no real attachment to the book and finally stopped when I realized I just wasn’t enjoying it all that much. I’d rather be reading something else.
Have you read this book?
I’ve heard that books 2 and 3 are better than the first, so is it worth me trying to power through book #1 so I can move onto the others?
DNF #2: This Savage Song (again… don’t kill me X_X)
In hindsight, I have NO IDEA why I bought this book. It doesn’t even sound like something I’d be particularly interested in. I’m not a big urban fantasy girl and it’s described as:
“a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.”
Funnily enough I’m not a fan of two of those three authors. Their styles just aren’t for me.
I stopped reading at 29%. To be fair, I didn’t hate the book. I didn’t even particularly dislike it. I just didn’t love it or feel any strong attachment to it, and for me that was enough to realize I’d rather be reading something else.
After Wilson’s books, it’s hard to tolerate a book that I’m kind of indifferent about. My standards feel so out of whack and I won’t settle for anything less than AMAZEBALLS.
I have no doubt that Victoria Schwab is a fantastic author. I think I’m just not the right audience for this book/style whatsoever and I honestly have no idea why I even bought it.
What do you do in a situation like this?
My current “solution” is to binge Harry Potter. I’m rewatching movies 1-3 and rereading books 4-7. It seems to be the only thing I can love right now.