This week’s topic:
–Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…
This was a pretty hard one for me, as I usually remember something about a book I’ve read. But I had two books that were sequels this year that I kind of went, “Wait, what was the first book about?” So I did some sleuthing and looked at some old lists and came up with a few more that I didn’t think I could remember much about for this list.
1. Spelled by Betsy Schow
Fairy Tale Survival Rule No. 32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.
I really have no memory of what this book is all about, apparently it is a retelling of the Wizard of Oz. I know I read it because I distinctly remember that cover, who could forget those shoes? I have a vague memory that it was funny and I liked it, but not a clue about the plot or characters. I did read the second book and liked it, but felt lost a little bit. Luckily the second book switched character POV to Robin Hood’s daughter, so except for the overarching plot from book one, I was able to enjoy it. The cover to the second book is even more stunning by the way. I really want to reread this series, maybe when all of the books are out.
2. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.
She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
I did remember a little bit of this story, but not enough that even though the second book switched main characters, I was still a little bit lost. Mostly because I couldn’t connect the characters to what I did remember of the first book. I did finish the series, but I still want to reread the whole thing at some point.
3. Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers, and Americans suffering from these so-called adverse effects were given an ultimatum: Serve the country or be declared a traitor.
Some people chose a third option: live a life of crime.
Apparently I read this back in 2015, and it sounds like the perfect book for me, but I don’t recognize the cover or the title. I usually at least remember the cover. There is a second book, so maybe when I’m caught up on some other reads I will pick these up and give them another shot.
4. The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova
For Tristan Hart, everything changes with one crashing wave.
He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.
This was another one from 2015, and when I looked at the cover I thought mermaids, but nothing else came to mind. I read a lot of mermaid books in 2015-2016, so it isn’t a surprise that I can’t remember much else. I remembered a bit more when I read the summary and the fact that the main character was male, but nothing much. I kind of remember that it didn’t float my boat much, too predictable maybe? But I might give it another chance someday when I’m in the mood for merpeople again.
5. Panic by Lauren Oliver
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
This was another case where I looked at the cover and went “I read that?” Once I read the summary though I was like, oh yeah, I remember it now. It was an excellent book, full of interesting characters and really depicted small town life well, and how far bored teens will go to get thrills. It might be another I add to my want to reread list.
So there are five books that I don’t remember well, or at all. Please stop by the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday Group page to see what other books people forgot about. It should make for an interesting post. It was for me. Let me know what books you forgot or if you remember reading these books or not.