More 1 Star Reads

The Identicals.  Find on Goodreads and Amazon. 

Goodreads Synopsis: Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha’s Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. Just because twins look exactly the same doesn’t mean they’re anything alike–and Tabitha and Harper Frost have spent their whole lives trying to prove this point. When a family crisis forces them to band together–or at least appear to–the twins come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the resentments that have driven them apart.

I decided to read this book because it was on the Goodreads Choice Awards list for Fiction. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this book to be honest. Just from reading the summary I could tell it wasn’t going to be my favorite, but I was willing to give it a shot. But The Identicals disappointed even the small hope I had.  There is nothing interesting about two rich straight white women complaining about how ”hard” their lives are. Tabitha and Harper are so annoying and whiny and I just disliked them both so much. I only made it a little less halfway through the book before I stopped reading it.  I gave this book 1 star on Goodreads.

Into The Water. Find on Goodreads and Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis: In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.
Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.
But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.
And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

Like the rest of these books I’m reviewing today, I found this book off of the Goodreads Choice Awards. I’d been hearing a lot of interesting things about this book, and I was excited to read it because I haven’t read many Thrillers.  Ultimately I did not finish this book, I got 38 pages in and I was just so incredibly bored.  I didn’t care for the characters, there was nothing to pull me into the story. It was also pretty confusing about who was who. There were just too many POV changes and I didn’t want to waste my time. I gave this book 1 star on Goodreads.

The Bear and the Nightingale. Find on Goodreads and Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis: At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows. And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

To be honest I was super excited to try this book. Having read two other Russian mythology retelling I was afraid that this book wouldn’t be unique.  In the end my gut was right. I DNF this pretty quickly, I wasn’t pulled into the story, nor was I able to feel attached to any of the characters. The writing style was more telling than showing, and there was a lot of exposition that I found to be boring. In the end I gave it 1 star on Goodreads.

Carve The Mark. Find on Goodreads and Amazon

When I first started this book I thought the book sounded familiar but I wasn’t sure why. It wasn’t until I actually got into the story that I realized that this book was the one I’d heard about in the bookish community.  I won’t waste my time giving a separate review of this book. I know there are others out there that are able to explain in depth the issues of the ”savage” troupe and the abelism, but I wasn’t able to find them. Please if you know of any leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to put links in my post later.  I gave this book 1 star on Goodreads.


  1. Great post! I love hearing opposing opinions about over-hyped books. 🙂 Makes me think twice before getting too excited about them.

  2. DNF-ing books is so sad 😦 I’ve heard mixed things about Into the Water, but mostly bad reviews. I didn’t even really like Girl on the Train, so I doubt I’ll give Paula Hawkins another try.

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