The “Nope” Tag


Hi, beautiful people all around! (my introductions get cheesier and cheesier with time, please note this)  I was tagged by Ash and Lo @ Windowsill Books, if you haven’t checked their blog yet, please do it, because they are amazing and their posts are incredibly funny and cool. This book tag is one where I’m going to rant about things I didn’t like in books, some of my opinions might not be very popular. But know that if I didn’t like a book, it doesn’t mean that it’s wrong for you to like or that I have something against people who liked it. With this being said, let’s get into the questions!


NOPE. ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.


This book has so many awful characters that never get what they deserve and the ending so awful because there’s no resolution. You have those people who learnt absolutely nothing, who are definitely wrong for each other, but who get back together despite everything. And that’s not romantic, it’s just sick.

NOPE. protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

I’ve read two books written by Katie Cotugno, I read them because they are advertised as light romances, fluffy and so on. And sometimes I love to get into those simple romance contemporary. But these are annoying and frustrating because the heroines make the dumbest choices all the time. In 99 Days, there’s a love triangle, where the heroine constantly cheats and doesn’t even feel all that wrong about it… In How to Love, I felt like the heroine was weak and that the change she saw in the guy was definitely not there.

NOPE. series: a series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it (or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore).

I’m sorry for this one. I know you’ll hate me.


I can’t be bothered with this series anymore. It’s just getting too much for me. I’ve talked before about not being able to continue after Heir of Fire in Unpopular Book Tag and Books I’ll never read.  So, check them out if you want to know my opinion on this series because I don’t want to bother anyone by repeating myself.

NOPE. pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.


Anna and Étienne because cheating. I should have mentioned cheating in my most hated tropes because I hate it. I don’t understand why people find it romantic that someone would cheat on somebody else to be with you. It’s not. It’s hurtful for that person and it sucks. What’s romantic is breaking up with the person you’re with, when you start developing feelings for somebody else. It’s the most romantic thing ever.

NOPE. plot twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.


This book was a huge mess and miss for me. I know many people loved it and I can understand it, but it’s not for me and the plot twist was meh. I don’t remember if I saw it coming (I think I did), but I didn’t like it.

NOPE. genre: a genre you will never read.

I don’t really have one. I’m trying not to limit my reading preferences, I’m trying to read more books besides the ya genre. And I don’t have a genre that I will definitely never read. I tend to not go for Historical Romances  and Erotica (because they don’t do much to me).


NOPE. book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

I will cheat and use the same answer as Ash and Lo because besides Mass Market Paperbacks, I don’t have much of a hatred towards any other formats. I can read Mass Market Paperbacks too, but I hate what happens to the spines of these books. It’s tragic.

NOPE. trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

Every trope I mentioned in this post. But also, books where the non-white characters are always the villains, books where mental ill people get an awful representation (read rebeccamills01 ‘s comments on my post).


NOPE. recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.


I tried to, but it was very slow and I wasn’t getting into it and then I read some reviews that made me understand that this series isn’t for me. Also, I don’t think it’s nice that the series is advertised as being YA, when it seems to be more NA.

NOPE. cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Pretentios metaphors that make no sense.

NOPE. love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.


Eliza deserved better than the treatment she got from Wallace, you can say that he had his reasons, but at the end of the say what he did was very close to emotional abuse.


NOPE. book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.


Colleen Hoover first posted this on wattpad and it felt a lot like a bad fanfiction, the plot was awful, the romance made no sense, the heroine wasn’t relatable at all, she made stupid choice after stupid choice. And I feel like it was a bad decision for Hoover to publish this in paperback or whatever.


NOPE. villain: a villain you would hate to cross.


Smaug. I wouldn’t like to cross him, he was so terrifying in the movies. I guess Benedict’s voice helped a lot to make him so creepy. But I’ve got chills only thinking of the dragon (though he was a bit dumbish at some parts), but he scares me a little bit more than orcs or Sauron.


NOPE. death: a character death that still haunts you.


The real death in the Fellowship of the Ring and the not-quite-death one too! I won’t give you details because maybe there are still people who don’t know what I’m talking about. But the real death was very emotional and I cried the first time I watched it, the book also made it pretty emotional. You know I talk a lot about the LOTR trilogy and while I hold the books very dearly to my heart, the movies are even better. (blaspemy, I know)


NOPE. author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

I know Judy Blume was a huge thing back in the day, but my experience with her was pretty bad. Red Queen was also awful for me, I have a review on Goodreads that you can check out if you want to see why I disliked the book so badly that I don’t want to continue the series or read anything by Aveyard any time soon. 


Now, the people I’m going to tag are :

  • Marie @drizzleandhurricanebooks
  • Emma @thoughtsofabrowneyedgirlblog
  • Rebecca @mylifeasasportsfangirl
  • Jackie @toomuchofabooknerd

37 thoughts on “The “Nope” Tag

  1. Emma says:

    Aw, thank you so much for tagging me, Marty! This looks super fun! I usually do tags with my mom, so I’m sure she’ll love doing this one. 😊 We’ll definitely get around to it very soon!

    And, wow, your answers are so on-point! I’m actually still undecided as to whether or not I want to start Throne of Glass, since there are so many mixed opinions. I’m sorry that you didn’t like it. 😕

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      No problem! Aw, I really hope you two enjoy the tag very much! Thank you, Emma! The first two/three books are amazing, but things go pretty downhill from there, at least for me. There are people who still enjoy them very much, I think it’s a matter of whether you like Rowan and who the MC had become, lol. Hope you enjoy it more than me if you get to reading it! ❤

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      I really felt nervous about this choice because I read so many raving reviews and none mentioned it, but the final part made me dislike Wallace so much. He was putting so much pressure on Eliza and she was already in such a bad state. Idk, I feel like that’s unacceptable in any relationship, but it makes it even worse in their case because of her anxiety.

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  2. Marie says:

    Lovely answers to this tag! – and thank you so much for tagging me 🙂 I’m with you on the Anna and the French Kiss series. I read it a little while ago, but now thinking back about it, that cheating part did not sit well with me. It makes me a bit sad, though, without that, it would have been the perfect cute romance. I much prefer Isla, in this book series 🙂

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  3. Naty says:

    What a fun tag!! I loved reading your answers. Funnily enough, I posted today the review for A Court of Thorns and Roses! Hahaha but I see why it would not be for everyone! 🙂

    I also hate metaphors just to make the book/main protagonist sound “deep”.

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Thank you very much, Naty! And it was a pretty fun tag, indeed! Haha, what a funny coincidence, but I’m glad you enjoyed it nonetheless! I have a huge issue with the pace, in general, in SJM’s books because I’m a mood reader and I really love books that get into action pretty fast and her books are usually slower. 🙂

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      • Naty says:

        Yes, that’s very understandable! There isn’t much action until the last pages so you chose very wisely not to read it… for me it wasn’t a problem, the slow pacing 🙂

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  4. rebeccamills01 says:

    Thanks for tagging me and giving me a shout out lol. I completely agree with Wallace not being worthy of being a love interest. Not sure why everyone liked him when he was such a douche and acted so gross to Eliza when she truly needed him?? I also absolutely hated Anna and Étienne….another gross trope and part of the reason why I hated the book so much.

    I can’t get into Katie Cotugno’s books, either. I’m going to give Top Ten a try because I like hockey and I think it centers on a hockey player and a girl. Fireworks was such a huge disappointment for me and I kind of regret buying it. I’m glad I’m not alone in disliking her books, though because it seems like everyone loves her!

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Hahaha, no problem! I think Wallace was very disappointing because I really liked him in the beginning, he was very nice and there for Eliza and then he turned out to be an asshole when she couldn’t do something that concerned him.
      I’m sorry that Fireworks didn’t work for you either, I was interested in that book to see whether Cotugno’s books are getting better. Disappointed. It’s always good to have someone agree to your unpopular opinion, hahaha! Readers united! Anyway, it seems like our tastes are very similar! ❤

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      • rebeccamills01 says:

        Exactly and he completely disregarded her mental health. She was struggling in so many ways and all he could think about was himself. That’s probably why I wasn’t as big of a fan of the book or the ending in general.

        Agreed. I’m always willing to give an author another chance but it becomes annoying after a while. On a book supposedly focused on friendship, there’s a huge amount of girl hate in there.

        Sounds like it!! Can’t wait to talk more about them. ❤

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  5. windowsillbooksblog says:

    YAY! You did the tag!! Thanks for your sweet comments! And oh my gosh! We love you even more now! Your answers were perfection and we couldn’t agree with you more on so many of these! We actually quit on the ToG series after Empire of Storms. We wish we would have quit after QoS like you did because EoS was so, so bad! And we are so glad you are as mad about the cheating in Anna as we are! Cheating is never justifiable in our opinions! Literally we agree with you on so many of your picks! Eliza needed a better love interest, mass market paperbacks will always be the worst, and never will we read another Victoria Aveyard book again!

    Such a fabulous post, friend! Happy reading to you!

    -Ash & Lo

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Aw, thank you for your comment, girls! Love you too! ❤ I really couldn't take QoS, I really loved Chaol and I feel like his treatment in these books is getting worse and worse. Even that novel of his own seems like a bait to all his fans that were dissatisfied. Plus, Sorscha's treatment was awful. Glad you agree! ❤ Happy reading to you two too and thank you for this nice comment! 🙂

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  6. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Absolutely agree on Heir of Fire / Queen of Shadows. The entire series went downhill for me after book three and never became the same. I haven’t found the energy/mood to start Empire of Storms or even Tower of Dawn. I want to, though, because I refuse to give up on this series! And also because I still enjoy some things about it and I’m super curious to find out where the author is taking it.
    Amazing tag! Although a big negative hahaha

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Aw, I can understand you for not wanting to give up on it, I felt so disappointed when it turned so bad because I invested so much time and love in those characters, but there are some issues that I can’t get past. I’m glad you still enjoy things about it! Thank you, hahaha, yap it’s pretty negative, but still fun! 🙂

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  7. R A I N says:

    OH MY GODDD!!! YOU DISLIKED Reed Queen??? Was it THAT awful? It has been on my reading pile for AGES and I jam afraid to start it. UGHHH!!! NOW I AM EVEN MORE NERVOUS!!! AHAHAHA!!! xD xD

    i loooooved this tag, by the way. I haven’t done a tag this month. Maybe I’ll do this one? YOU WON’T MIND, would you? 😉

    GREAT POST!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Hahaha, don’t let my opinion change your mind about reading it! Maybe you’ll end up enjoying it, I really hated it because it felt like a mix of the most popular tropes in the fantasy/dystopia genres. And it didn’t feel original, at all.
      Noooo! Please consider yourself tagged! ❤ I'd love to see your answers.


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