Books that made you chant “No, no, no”
Yesterday a couple blog friends were talking about a book on Twitter. I caught the middle of the conversation focused on how Spaz P threw the damn book across the room. Being a reading masochist, I couldn’t help but ask what book. She and Nat (Wicked Lil Pixie) were chatting about the fantastic agony-inducing Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson, specifically the fourth book City of Souls. Hearing that a plot twist would cause a reader to throw a book made me what this book on my to-read list. (I’ve added the first Zodiac novel The Scent of Shadows to my to-buy list.)
It got me thinking about how most of my favorite books get me so invested in their characters that when the author begins to make their lives hell — including traumatic breakups, bad decisions and an overwhelming inability to say the wrong thing — it hurts. You want to jump in and fix things.
I’ve talked before about how Richelle Mead does this. It’s the reason she’s one of my favorite authors. When I read the end of Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid #3), I cried and wanted to toss that book on the floor.
I know I’m not alone on this one. A few friends have chimed in on their Throw-The-Book Moments:
- Several of the Terrible Fever Support Group gals (myself included) wince when just thinking about the graveyard scene in Unholy Magic (Downside Ghosts #2). Add what I like to call “that slap” into the mix and your heart just breaks. The situation was already bad, but Stacia Kane made things the absolute worst for Chess and Terrible in that moment. Painful.
- From Shadow Kiss to Blood Promise to Spirit Bound –most of the Vampire Academy novels have some moment where you want to cover your eyes and pretend it’s not happening. Lots of our Twitter friends were happy to lament about the emotional rollercoaster that was Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5). Cem from Cem’s Book Hideout summed it up: “I kept putting it down and walking away or it would have hit the wall a LOT. And still I love it.”
- Those of you who joined us in reading City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare in September will probably second Kelly from Reading the Paranormal’s thoughts on the ending. Her direct quote: “I hate you! I hate life! Nooooooo!”
- A handful of moments from the Twilight books were tweeted to us. (I’m including “spoilers” here, I suppose.) The two biggest “no, no, no” moments: Edward leaving Bella in New Moon and Jacob’s kiss me or I’ll go get killed trickery in Eclipse (Ed note: You could say I’m not “Team Jacob”).
Now it’s your turn. Tell us, what cringe-worthy, heartbreaking, evil plot twist had you wanting to chuck a beloved book across the room? (Yes, we’re only talking about the ones you love so much you want to throw them, not crappy books!)