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Books I Simultaneously Love and Hate

There are books I love, books I hate, books I hate to love, and books I love to hate. This is about a strange crossover of books I both love and hate at the same time, for various reasons.

Books I Simultaneously Love and Hate:

Pegasus by Robin McKinley

I loved this book! Flying, talking horses with a whole civilization and culture and a princess who can talk to them. It's wonderful! :)

It also ended on a cliffhanger and will never be continued. >:(

Winterspell by Claire Legrand
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I loved the concepts behind these books: Nutcracker retelling, magical time traveling ships and maps, and superpowered villains. What's not to love? :)

The execution. Loved the ideas, but the stories built around them? >:(

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I loved the beginning of this book. I loved the setup, the setting, the gang, the characters, the impossible mission. :)

And then the last third happened, and it went from Mission Impossible to Mission Melancholy & Angst. >:(

The Others series by Anne Bishop
Beauty Pop series by Kiyoko Arai
Beauty by Robin McKinley

I love these books and feel like rereading them all the time. :)

I feel like rereading them all the time, which keeps me away from books I haven't read yet. >:(

Are there any books you love AND hate?


  1. Young Elites and Six of Crows are the only ones I have read on that list. Young ELites just didn't click or me at all.

    My biggest one may be the Kingkiller series. They are so...damn...readable that I have reread them multiple times despite having serious problems with certain areas (half of Wise Man's Fear is downright boring yet I keep reading).

    1. Agreed. I can't remember anything about Young Elites that worked for me (except the vague, starting concept). I haven't read that series, but I know what you mean! Those books are a special kind of evil, and then you feel doubly hateful for spending your precious time rereading something not great. Tis a problem. :(

  2. This is fun! I feel like I do have that with certain books. Especially the ones that ended on cliffhangers, no one said that was allowed! I think those infuriate me the most because often I love them, up until the end with no resolution. I agree about Young Elites. I felt very "meh" about it, yet somehow ended up buying the rest of the series anyway? Probably because like you said, the concepts seem fabulous and I don't want to admit defeat ;)

    1. Cliffhangers almost always = hate. Like, why? I either liked it and am coming back for the next book anyway, or I'm not. No need to use that gimmick. :P

      That's funny about The Young Elites. Never surrender! Unless it's horrible. Then admit defeat and move on to better books. ;)

  3. What a fun topic! It would make me miserable if a book I loved ended on a cliffhanger and the series wasn't continued. Aargh!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. The first couple years were hard...watching the release date get pushed back and back, then finally abandoning all hope. *sobs*

  4. Oh my, I am so glad I'm not the only one who didn't looovve "Six of Crows." I liked a lot of the elements, but got more and more annoyed by the end. It also bothered me that EVERYONE in the group had a love interest who was also in the group. Like, everyone was paired up perfectly. It was just too sweet and convenient, in my opinion.

    I found you through the Link Up in It Starts at Midnight, by the way!

    1. YES, I felt the same way. It was like the "Harry Met Sally" principle taken to the extreme, and in at least one case, it felt kind of forced? Thanks so much for stopping by! :)