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Top 10 Favourite Characters in Non-Favourite Books

Top Ten Tuesdays is a blog tag hosted over at The Artsy Reader, there is a new topic every week and this weeks is; Top Ten Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

I want to preface this by saying I didn’t hate any of these books. It’s why I’ve said non-favourite books rather than disliked books. Some of them I disliked more than others but generally there was just something that let me down and disappointed me. Sometimes it was literally just the writing style that I didn’t get on with.

But here’s five(ish) books that weren’t my favourites but still had characters I loved in



A Court of Thorns and Roses #1 by Sarah J Mass – Rhysand (& Lucien)

I was going to give this book a 2 star rating but then Rhysand showed up and made it a 3 star. There were bits of this book that I really enjoyed but it was Rhysand that made me want to read the rest of the series (also I heard there was much more Rhysand in book two which I can now confirm and it was amazing although I’m looking forward to some more Lucien for the third book).



Half Bad #1 by Sally Green – Gabriel

I know a lot of people love this book and honestly me not liking this book was completely down to the writing style. I don’t even remember what it was but I remember not being able to read book two because of it. I was completely in love with Gabriel’s character though and do have to admit that I googled to find out what happened to him because I was too invested to not know.



The Breedling and the City in the Garden by Kimberlee Ann Bastian – Bartholomew & Charlie Reese

This is another book where the writing style got to me (it’s quite classically written and I just don’t get on with ‘classics’) but the two main characters and their relationship really carried me to the end of the book. Great characters and a story that promised to be even better in the sequel but I couldn’t read it. Sigh

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Kit, Ty & Kieran

Nobody shoot me, but, I skim read a lot of this book. The main story focuses on Julian and Emma and I Just. Didn’t. Care. Like seriously, I got about a third in and then just skimmed all their story line bits just to make sure I didn’t miss anything important but this book still scraped a four star from me because of Kit, Ty and Kieran. Book two thankfully had more of them, I haven’t read book three yet but apparently Kit and Ty have their own series planned too so I am there for it.

Releated to this are the other shadowhunter books. I didn’t care about Jace and Clara in the original series so never read it (I saw the movie and attempted to watch the tv show but gave up for the same reason after one episode) But I loved the WORLD that was created so gave it another go with The Infernal Devices series. Unfortunately I didn’t care about Will’s and Tessa’s plot either (and I mean seriously, does there have to be love triangles in all of these books) but Jem was another character that I ended up googleing to find out what happened to him.



The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sandserson – Kelsier

Sigh. I really wanted to love this book. It was my first Sanderson and it was hyped and sounded amazing. The magic system IS amazing and Kelsier remains one of my all time favourite characters. There were parts where he broke my heart. He carried the whole thing for me and I didn’t even care that I found other parts boring. I never read the rest of these books though and for anyone who has read this book you’ll understand why.


What about you? Do you agree with any of these? Did you love these characters but also love the books too?

And what do you tend to do if you fall in love with a character but not the book or series? Give up, keep going, google? I’d love to know.

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22 thoughts on “Top 10 Favourite Characters in Non-Favourite Books”

  1. Sanderson is one of my favorite authors, but he was an acquired taste for me. I loved the Mistborn series, but it took some time. I didn’t really appreciate it until the 2nd or 3rd book, and it got better during my second read through. I’m with you, though–Kelsier is awesome.

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    1. I get hung up on writing style a lot. I really liked most of the story in the first mistborn book but I think I’d have liked it a lot more without the diary extracts before each chapter.


    1. Well I mean, I don’t exactly recommend them all? Lol. But the second book in the ACOTAR definitely made reading that worth it for me.

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  2. okay, I haven’t read any of these books yet but a BUNCH of them are on my TBR so this was a super interesting post to read!! I just recently read Heart of Iron, and although I was pretty “meh” about the book itself, I absolutely LOVED the character of Jax, and he’s basically the reason I will pick up the sequel.

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    1. Oooh. Heart of iron is on my anticipated reads of 2018 list and I really want to read it but I’ve heard a few people say it’s just alright. But I’ve also heard people say they love the characters and I’m all for characters!


  3. Haha I agree about Mistborn! I really liked Kelsier and the first book and after that…I bailed out pretty fast.😂I have a few characters I love and am annoyed that I didn’t love the books that go with them, it’s such a hard thing right?! You want more but also the stories are frustrating.😭😂 I loved Jest from Heartless but not the rest of the book oops. And Katharine from Three Dark Crowns!! But it was agony actually finishing.😂

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  4. I actually liked ACOTAR, but seriously there was not enough Rhysand! 😮
    I looove him and I was so glad to see a lot more of him in ACOMAF ♥ I also have to agree on Lucien, I want more of him in book 3! I actually haven’t read ACOWAR, but I’m planning on doing that soon.

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