Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
This weeks topic is: Books You Felt Betrayed By
Sadly, this is a topic that by nature will contain spoilers as the books that I feel most betrayed by are those that kill off my favourite characters. Yes, Mr R R Martin I'm looking at you...
1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I think anyone who has read the Red Queen series will understand why this is on my list.
The hatred I felt towards him at that start of the series was nearly indescribable, I empathised with Mare so much when she found out the kind of person he was. However, as we found out more about his upbringing I did start to feel more pity than anything for him.
I still think theres a seat in hell reserved for him...
The Sin Eater's Daughter made me feel very similar to Red Queen. Betrayal really does sting. Only this time the vast majority of the characters had something to hide and/or were trying to trick Twylla, our main character. She was a little naive though, she'd been told she was the Daunen Embodied (super cool goddess incarnate) and that her touch was certain death. Yet she never questioned it. No-one wanted to be near her for fear of this and the only person who seemed to want her to be happy then betrayed her too!
Every turn of the page brought a slew of fresh anger...not to say that I didn't love the series but it definitely focuses heavily on politics and trickery.
In all honesty I feel betrayed by this entire series because Pierce Brown kills characters almost as often as George R.R. Martin (don't worry he's gonna get his own section too.) Now, I wouldn't have as much of a problem with it IF I DIDN'T LIKE THEM ALL SO MUCH. In my own work I take great satisfaction in writing a death scene but why oh why did he have to kill two of my favourite characters...
I was not okay reading this series, I feared for all my little violent and vulgar children.
**Trigger warning for suicide and grief in this novel**
All the Bright Places has a spot as one of my favourite books. Its also a novel that redefined the term ugly cry for me (think Kim Kardashian ugly cry and you're pretty close.) For a lot of people this probably seems like a strange pick for a book I felt betrayed by, its pretty easy to guess how the novel is going to end but I still felt heartbroken reading it. Nothing could've prepared me for what I was about to read.
This betrayal applies to both the books and the TV show. A Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire has to win first place not only for most character deaths but most main character deaths. Yo become attached to any character in the GOT universe is to set yourself up for ultimate heartbreak. No-one is safe.
For me personally the notable scenes that I cursed Mr. Martin were;
The Red Wedding
Hold the door
Those who've watched or read know exactly who Ollie is and why we hate him...