Top Ten Tuesday: Ten characters that C.J. wanted to punch in the face, aka didn't click with

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I'm clearly character oriented, if you check the reviews...   

c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten

Dave  -  Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid 

I liked the book in the end, but I thought that Dave was kind of an asshole.  Julia wasn't great either, sort of manicpixie with zero boundaries, but Dave ruined all the goodwill he earned in the beginning by being a douchey McDoucherton towards the end.  I wanted to crush his happiness.   
Rose  -  After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga, Peter Facinelli, and Robert DeFranco 

I didn't like most of the characters in this book, because I just didn't like the book that much, but Rose was especially irritating.  It was so obvious how much the authors wanted you to love him, which made me want to hate him.  He was also sort of patronizing and totally blah.  

Katsa  -  Graceling by Kristen Cashore 

OKAY YES I DIDN'T LIKE THIS BOOK THAT MUCH CUE THE PITCHFORKS.  I just thought Katsa was annoying, and Po was really sort of bland.  And named after a Teletubby.   
Grace and Sam  -  Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 

I wanted to like them.  They just didn't have a personality.  I say personality in the singular, because they were basically attached to each other.   

Raif  -  Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios 

I liked Nalia a lot.  She's sassy and smart.  I'd probably have liked the book more if I hadn't found Raif sort of...meh.  He's the typical broody bad boy rebel, and that's about it.  Or maybe it was more that they were OMG SO IN LOVE after about five seconds.  
Dai  -  The Walled City by Ryan Graudin 

I was sort of meh about this book when I finished.  I realized, while reviewing, that the whole reason was Dai.  Jin and Mei Yee were strong, well-developed, and had super interesting stories.  Dai felt like a cardboard cutout with a crazy backstory.  
Lily & Rowan  -  Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini 

As usual, I liked The Other Guy.  Except this time, I didn't like the girl either.  I couldn't get a handle on their personalities.  They were sort of flat and inconsistent, and I just couldn't bring myself to care about them.  I kind of wanted other Lily to set them all on fire.  Except Tristan.  

Rachelle  -  Crimson Bound by Rosamunde Hodge 

Unlike Nix, who was complicated and zingy, Rachelle reads like a middle grade heroine thrown into a young adult novel.  Except, that's probably an insult to middle grade.  She's just sort of overly hyper and I wanted her to shut up.   
Elizabeth  -  The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker 

Like Rachelle, Elizabeth reads young.  She's supposedly this badass witch hunter, one of the best in the kingdom, but out in the real world she's kind of a childish dumbass.  I liked the supporting cast way more, and found them to be actually competent.  

Juliette  -  Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafia 

I really wanted to like her.  I thought the writing style of the book was so freaking clever.  I just found her kind of meh.  She's not overly annoying, she just didn't stand out to me.  I can't even remember that much about her.  I thought Adam and Warner were much more like real people.  


  1. I've not read either one of Rosamund's novels, but they look gorgeous and I'd certainly like to read them since they're re-telling's. Always a favorite kind of genre. :)

  2. I haven't read many of these books, but I'm intrigued to read Crimson Bound! Interesting choices! My TTT!

  3. I really liked KATSA I thought she was such an interesting unique character.

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  4. Eeeh, I will just cover my eyes about the Grace/Sam one because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH I CANNOT EVEN. ehhe But I totally agree withs o many of these. I liked Trial by Fire while I read it, but just the other day I was trying to remember what it was about. So yeah, characters = didn't do much for me. And Juliette did drive me a bit batty. >_< Here's my TTT!

  5. Yes! Dave and Elizabeth made my list as well. I haven't read a lot of the books on your list but I hear you when it comes to Raif. He fell very flat for me. Great list.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  6. I'm glad I'm not the only one who wasn't super impressed with the characters of Shiver. I really enjoyed Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boy's series though.

  7. I haven't read ANY of these yet but Nyx from Cruel Beauty made my list. She made me scared to read Crimson Bound O.O I still need to read Graceling, Shiver and Shatter Me though but we'll have to compare notes once I do ;)

  8. OMG YES TO ALL THESE CJ! Great minds think alike, right? ;) I don't understand what people see in all these characters - Juliette especially. (So much time spent thinking about guys!) And Katsa felt like such a typical fantasy heroine to me; there really wasn't anything to distinguish her from other characters. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices & post! ♥

  9. I agree with you about Juliette, but then again I didn't like Adam or Warner either.
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