Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Offs

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is bookish turn-offs, you know those books we shoot down completely because of these things. I’ve got quite a few that revolve around YA romances!

I’d also like to just add before I start that of course there are always exceptions to these but a majority of these types of books will turn me off.

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Romance Being the Central Focus In A Non-Romance Genre

Just to make sure everyone understands this: I am not saying romance in any book is a no-no for me only when I’m reading say a Fantasy or Sci-Fi novel and it’s more about romance than action or anything else. That drives me nuts. I signed up for death, revenge, and action not kissy faces and moony eyes!

I just really don’t like when romance becomes the sole focus of a book when the book itself is supposed to be about more than that.

Love Triangles

Most of the time love triangles in books are unrealistic, I can totally be on board with a love triangle if it’s believable. Such as if both love interests have good reasons to attract the attention of the main character (similar interests etc.), but unfortunately most of the time it’s just “Hey he/she is super hot! Oh hey so is he/she! I will like both of them!”.

Love triangles just tend to make things messy and add a lot of unnecessary drama to the story and what’s worse is when the object of said love triangle strings both love interests along. Just….no.

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Urban Fantasy (Anything With Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, etc.)

This genre is just a huge no-no for me, I’ve been there and done that! I was part of the Twilight phase and everything that came and went with it and that’s how I found out Urban Fantasy is NOT for me! I find that most of the time these books are riddled with the usual YA romance tropes that I can’t stand: insta-love, love triangles, etc. and are also full of air-headed characters that go around breaking all of the rules for said urban fantasy world.

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The only real exception I’ve found for this was Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series and I’m not sure if that would hold up my scrutiny anymore these days.

Unappealing Covers

This may sound pretty shallow of me but I think we are all allowed to dislike ugly covers, right? I mean after all the book cover is supposed to draw your attention not make you cringe away! I usually wait to read other reviews before I read something with an unappealing cover….


This one goes hand in hand with both #10 and #9! I cannot stand insta-love, it’s just unrealistic to me. I don’t believe in love at first sight (I do believe in attraction at first sight though) so having characters fall head over heels in love instantly just isn’t something I can take seriously. I want a slow-burn, developed romance!

Predictable/Over-Used Plots

You know the ones….the books that are referred to as the next “Hunger Games” or the next “Twilight”. I want more unique books, not ones that fall into the same old YA rut.

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All Talk and No Action

I like my books action-packed and fast-paced so when the narrative drags on and on inside of a characters head instead of having exciting things happen, that’s boring. I can understand taking your time to set things up but I really can’t stand having pages and pages of inner monologue and no dialogue or action.

Not Enough World Building (Fantasy Lite)

I am the type of person that NEEDS intricate world building because I read to escape reality and I want to be completely immersed in the world the book is throwing me into. It’s kind of hard to get into the book when the world has no structure or information at all.

Under Developed Characters

Nobody likes dull characters. Nobody. I find that well written and complex characters can either make or break the book, it’s a lot easier to read a book with great characters and a “blah” plot than vice versa. If the characters are developed I’ll be more invested in what happens to them and therefore enjoy the book a lot more.

A Story That Is Completely Different Than What Was Promised (False Advertising!)

Okay there really isn’t anything I hate more than getting a book, reading it, and finding out that it is NOTHING like what the synopsis promised! Prime example: “Blackhearts” by Nicole Castroman. It’s supposedly Blackbeard’s origin tale! So of course I expected some damn pirates! Did I get any pirates at all? NO! What I did get was a trope-filled historical romance.

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Do we have any bookish turn offs in common?

What are some of your bookish turn offs?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Offs

  1. Books, Vertigo and Tea April 25, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    I don’t think I completely understand urban fantasy? I love Anne Rice and am no stranger to Vampires and paranormal, but not sure these are done in the same style? I guess I have something to look into 😉 But I one hundred percent am in agreement with the rest of these!

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    • thesassygeek April 25, 2017 / 3:28 pm

      Mostly what I’m talking about with urban fantasy is The Mortal Instruments and books like it. I should have probably put YA in front of it because that’s mostly what I’m directing it at. So it would be a different style like you said!
      Hope that kind of clears it up a little bit! 🙂

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  2. bookwonderlandweb April 25, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Under developed characters make me very angry as well. I love reading novels with complex characters that I instantly fall in love with and feel what they are going through. Bland characters ruin the entire story and can make for a pretty tragic read. Great list!


    • thesassygeek April 28, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you! I definitely agree with you, bland characters ruin the story! I want complex characters that, like you said, we can fall in love with right away! I want to actually care what happens to them. When they’re under developed they could die a horrible, painful death and I would probably be okay with it, haha! 🙂

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  3. awayinneverland April 25, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Urban fantasy and insta love are such major turn offs!

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    • thesassygeek May 3, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      Glad you agree! While I’m sure there are some good Urban Fantasy books out there I just find a majority of them to be very cliched and inst love….never works haha! 🙂

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  4. Lilyn G April 25, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Oh yes! You make some great points. I will say, though, that there are certain subsets of urban fantasy I love. I call it ‘dark urban’. Like The Devil You Know by Mike Carey. Strong paranormal aspects, but really more a detective/noir novel than anything.

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    • thesassygeek May 3, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      Thank you and I’m sure there definitely are some good urban fantasy books out there it’s just a lot of the YA ones feel really cliched. Dark Urban sounds interesting though I’ll have to check that book out, thanks! 🙂

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  5. Swetlana April 25, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    In a way, I haven’t come across too many overused story lines or tropes yet, but that’s probably due to the fact that I just simply haven’t read as many books as other people! So when people talk how Red Queen (for example) is full of tropes and very predictable, I don’t feel the same way. But I do understand why it would turn someone off from a book! Who wants to read the same story over and over again?

    Great list overall and I definitely agree with a good deal of them and have included similar ones on my list too!

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    • thesassygeek May 3, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Definitely! I’ve noticed the same things since I haven’t read as many books either even though the number is getting larger the longer I’ve been blogging! Red Queen is definitely a big one, like you said, I’ve heard plenty of people saying it’s full of tropes and uses things from many other books too but since I have yet to read it I personally can’t say.
      Thanks Swetlana! 🙂

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  6. the (book) supplier April 25, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    We have a lot of bookish turnoffs in common. I think I’m more relaxed on the instalove tip, just because I work with 13 year olds, and everything with them is instalove. Oh, the drama! Happy reading!

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    • thesassygeek May 3, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Thank you I’m glad you can agree with a lot of these! With the insta-love that’s probably why I can’t stand it is all the drama! I definitely couldn’t work with any pre-teens I couldn’t take it, haha! 🙂

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  7. Caitlin Stern April 25, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Most of the urban fantasy I like isn’t YA. I wonder if the genre is part of the problem… Definitely pass on ugly covers, too! 🙂 My TTT

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    • thesassygeek May 3, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Oh I definitely think it’s YA urban fantasy that’s the bad stuff, it’s always so cliched and I think more adult urban fantasy would be better! 🙂

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    • thesassygeek May 3, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Definitely, glad you agree! I like to see unique and original YA stories not the same thing over and over again! 🙂


  8. Chrystal April 26, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Oh wow! You have some very unique points. I like that you included false advertising and overused plots.

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    • thesassygeek April 28, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much, glad you agree with some of these! 🙂


    • thesassygeek May 3, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you! Mostly I mean YA urban fantasy since they’re usually very cliched I’m sure the more adult urban fantasy books are much better! 🙂


      • iloveheartlandx May 4, 2017 / 4:53 am

        I was actually talking about YA urban fantasy, there’s some really good ones out there, you just have to wade through the cliched ones to get to them!

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