Most Disappointing Reads of 2017

I’ve already posted my “17 favourite books of 2017” post but I feel I also have to post my most disappointing reads of this year. This was the year I decided to not fall into the hype anymore or be sucked into that mob mentality. Some of these books I had no expectations for but they still managed to disappoint me.

I didn’t have 17 books I despised (which is pretty good when you read 200+ books) so these are just a few of the books that made me want to slam my own head in a car door. I tried to specifically keep this to 2017 release but there’s a couple of years prior.

This isn’t to say you can’t like these books though. Go ahead. These are just books I personally don’t like. I won’t apologise for not enjoying a book you love as well. Plus, I kind of love these posts so I wanted to add to them.


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1. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings / REVIEW

Probably the most obvious on this list. Zenith doesn’t release until next month in 2018 but boy, did I hate it. The PTSD rep was absolutely terrible from my perspective and the characters were bland. I truly have no other words. It was a mess that was in serious needs of more editing. Honestly, certain sections of the book sound like different voices, you can clearly see the beginning has been edited more thoroughly and the middle and end were left as a clumped mess that didn’t flow.

2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber / REVIEW

I only read this as a hate-read, honestly, and somehow I was disappointed to still. The concept of nothing is real for your novel could be interesting, but don’t make that your plot twist when it’s basically the blurb for your book. I wasn’t impressed. Not to mention there was unresolved child abuse that had no background or did not follow the main character, the whole scene could have been taken out of the book and not a word would have to be changed.

3. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven / REVIEW

If you know me, you know I’ll take any chance to rant about this problematic trash fire. I will gladly put myself up to the plate and fight anyone who tries to defend this book. Because, really, it was just bad. I don’t know how it was. The two characters were simply their mental illnesses and nothing more. Not a single person tried to help either of them and every adult was bad and dangerous. A terrible message to have in a book for young adults about mental health.

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4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin / REVIEW

This was also a book I knew I wouldn’t like but had to give a try. It truly started to come back this year since The Unbecoming of Noah Shaw was coming out. I shouldn’t have bothered. This book is a clump of every early 2000’s cliche rolled into one. There’s nothing to distinguish this or Twilight in a lineup. It was not original at all and frankly, grossly misogynistic.

5. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher / REVIEW

With the TV show for 13 Reasons Why coming out this year, it was clear there was hype building up behind it. From the very first moment, I knew I would hate this book. There aren’t reasons you kill yourself, not ones that you can list. Placing that blame on 13 other individuals is sick as well. I figured I’d pick up the book though, so I had a leg to stand on in arguments (I also watched a couple of the TV show eps and ick, bad acting). I DNF’ed this book. It was honestly terrible. There was no substance and the fact that I learnt not a single mental health term is used throughout just made me mad. Honestly, everything about this book makes me mad. It is similar to All The Bright Places in the way it is just authors cashing in on mental health stories with no research or substance.

6. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson / REVIEW

An Enchantment of Ravens may actually be my biggest disappointment. I saw so many people hyping it up and comparing it to ACOTAR (one of my favourite series) so I was beyond hyped to jump in. However, that was not at all what the story was. I was shocked by the fact it did not meet a single expectation I had – which doesn’t bother me, but this book was just bad. Nothing really happened either throughout and I was just left feeling confused when I finished.

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7. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. Manus / REVIEW

I’m honestly surprised this book hasn’t caught much backlash. It follows basically the exact same thing as 13 Reasons Why. The ‘plot twist’ just vilifies people with mental health issues, yet again. It wasn’t even well written, it was slow and quite boring. There are so many better thrillers out in the book world. I think the reason this particular one was hyped was due to the Breakfast Club elements throughout. Something I don’t agree with at all. I  mean, I don’t like The Breakfast Club, but still. This book should be called out more than it is, just saying.

8. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab / REVIEW

This one will probably have mobs coming after me. I’m not a fan of V.E’s writing. At all. I have finished two of her books (this one and This Savage Song) and was not a fan of either. They are intensely overhyped and I just can’t fall in love with either the characters or the world. It just all falls flat on me. I have literally tried to read all of her books and I just can’t fall in love like everyone does.

9. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli / REVIEW

Another unpopular opinion? Don’t worry, there are so many others that I am not including on this list. I just can’t fall in love with Becky Albertalli’s writing and it sucks. I wish I could enjoy her books and support them (I still promote them highly to people). I’m also not really into contemporary novels where the main focus is simply just the romance. I need a bit more to keep me invested.


That’s it! 9 books of utter disappointment. I’m sure there are more but these are the nine that jump out and I don’t remember fondly. I’m sincerely glad if you loved some of these books! I really am, I just can’t deal with some of them, unfortunately.

What are some of your most disappointing books of this year?


Happy reading everyone!

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Books I Probably Won’t Read

 

Wow, that title. I'm probably about to spread shade on one of your favourites. Am I ashamed? No. These are books that hold little interest to me, or just simply aren't worth my time from the reviews I have read.


Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Goodreads: here

I think this one is pretty easy to work out why I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole. "Author of All The Bright Places" aka the one book that should have never gotten a movie but somehow did. This is 13 Reasons Why all over again.

My best friend did actually put herself through the pain and torture of this book, messaging me quotes and making my whole body light up with rage. For her review click here.

 


The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Goodreads: here

This one is just here because some asshole spoiled me. So, let's move on because I'm still trying to find their Goodreads profile so I can slam them with the anger I kept in when it happened.

 

 

 

 

 


Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Goodreads: here

Wait for it, there's a real trend here. I was spoiled for this as well. Yep.

I  mean, Victoria Schwab and I do not have a great author/reader relationship. I just can't get absorbed into her worlds like everyone else and it makes me mad. I love being able to get involved with the hype, but Victoria and I are just never going to work.

 

 

 


A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab

Goodreads: here

I don't think I have to say too much about this one. I desperately wanted to be a fan of this series. I didn't mind the first book, gave it three stars, but I completely DNF'ed the second one. I even sold the two books I had. I just can't with character driven plots.

 

 

 


 

Reboot by Amy Tintera

Goodreads: here

Now, I have actual beef with Amy Tintera. I was a massive fan of her Avenged series. Adored her writing and was excited to get onto this series. I even posted on Instagram expressing my love, all excited and tagged her. Now in this post, I mentioned briefly that the second book was a tad boring for me but I was so excited for the final book in the series. Amy seemed to take this as an attack and subtweeted about me. Since then, I've basically decided I will not support a petty, immature author who thinks tha

 

t is okay. I was beyond thankful she isn't that popular as an author because only one of her fans bothered to come comment on my post. But for three days my anxiety was off the scales in fear. So, here I am boycotting anything she writes.

The tweet in mention.

The Instagram post in mention.


 Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

Goodreads: here

From what I've heard, this just isn't the book for me. I'm staying far, far, far away. Purely because of the fact the fan base for this series is so large they scare me. I mean, I read this review and just decided I would never pick this book up. I'd say sorry if you love this book, but I'm really not.

 

 

 

 


The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Goodreads: here

I actually read the first book. That's why this is here. I hated the first book. It was a trope filled mess that I know I would have loved when I was 13. However, at 19 it was just an annoyance and made me want to punch someone. I will 110% not be continuing with this series.

 

 

 


This list could honestly go on for another thousand words but I figure I should stop before everyone comes at me with pitch forks blazing.
Noteable mentions: Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth, anything by the duo Erin Watt, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James, Girl Online by Zoella and anything written by Abbi Glines.

What's a book that you probably won't read?

 

 

June Wrap Up

HELLO DEAR FRIENDS

So, it’s been a hot minute since I posted and I honestly don’t have much of an excuse. My bookish bestie came to visit so all my time was focused on giving her a great holiday, I’m sorry. I was meant to have some blog posts prepared buuuut I got sick (damn that immune system I say).

This wasn’t the best reading month for me. I only read 14 books and most of them I didn’t actually enjoy, which was disheartening. I did only DNF two books, something that needs to be acknowledged. Maybe my serial DNF days are coming to an end?

Nah.

Okay, but without further ado, because I’m sick again (I hate my body), here is the list of books I read this month and what I rated them:

  1. The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes – 3/5 Stars.
  2. Obsidian Blade by Morgan Rhodes – 5/5 Stars.
  3. Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts – 4/5 Stars.
  4. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus – 2/5 Stars.
  5. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner – DNF, 1/5 Stars.
  6. Trickery by Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington – DNF, 1/5 Stars.
  7. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – 5/5 Stars.
  8. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – 3/5 Stars.
  9. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – 1/5 Stars.
  10. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera – 5/5 Stars.
  11. The Dogs I Have Kissed by Trista Mateer – 3/5 Stars.
  12. Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee – 4/5 Stars.
  13. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – 2/5 Stars.
  14. This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis – 3/5 Stars.

Expect some more blog posts in the future, I have some plans on how I want to set out my reviews (which I want to do a few of). I hope you all had an excellent reading month in June! If not, let’s hope July is our month!

HAPPY READING EVERYONE.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven| Review

Rating: 1/5 STAR

Pages: 378 Pages

Release Date: 6th Janurary 2015

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads Blurb:

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
 
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

This review is basically the exact same as my Goodreads one, I felt it was perfect for my opinions.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: abuse, depression, in depth descriptions of suicide, suicide, death, anxiety

I went in knowing I’d hate this. I know it romanticises depression and suicide. I know these characters were nothing but their personality but I wanted to personally know. Also, a bunch of people in this Facebook group I’m in kept recommending this and I wanted a leg to stand on when I say “hey this book is actually really problematic, stop recommending it”. I have since done this around eight times and can’t help but express my utter disgust at this book.

I shouldn’t have wasted my time. It got to the stage my eyes were moving across the page but words? They weren’t there. I took notes while reading but it became tedious at 15% purely because I was taking a note every. single. page. That’s right folks, that’s how bad this book is.

Because characters who are only the textbook version of their mental illness make sense! What’s a personality? No clue, it’s surrounded by stupid behaviour and stereotypes. Shove your quirky, mental health stereotype up your ass.

So, I can’t comment on everything but for this amount of notes to be taken in such a short snippet of this book? Not good.

Honestly, I wish I could display just have much I was ripping my hair out reading this. Almost every single thing that is included is cheap and not at all well done.

A collection of my thoughts while reading it:
– “Is today a good day to die?”
– Honestly what the fuck
– hate at first sentence
– they’re so obnoxious kill me
“Behind the ugly glasses she’s pretty, almost like a china doll.”
– ^ just going to leave that there because i don’t think it deserves a sarcastic comment because of how dumb it is
– 3% in and it feels as though it’s making comedy out of depression
– like yo i have depression, have had it for as long as i remember so i feel i can comment on the fact this is terrible representation in just the first chapter
– ok it literally say it’s started to rain and our the male mc decides to state that again??? that’s sloppy
– please stop describing her eyes @ 5%
“She’s pretty and tall, but not too tall, with long, restless legs and curvy hips, which I like on a girl. Too many high school girls are built like boys.”
“semihot girls”
let’s comment on girls appearances every other page because i’m a piece of shit
– still @ 5%, even angrier now
– how is this good rep in anyway
– this is complete and utter mockery of good rep
– i want to punch everyone who says this is good rep
– terrible counsellors? wow great let’s tell kids that adults aren’t here to help
– counsellor lists people who would be upset if he died, Finch is stuck on multiple girlfriends
– what a literal piece of shit
– he’s obsessed with Violet after chapter one i’m going to puke
– so much telling rather than showing, it’s frustrating
– punishment equals bangs? jesus this book is a mess
– these counsellors are terrible
– Finch is honestly a pompous asshole
– Violet is bearable despite her lack of personality
– i can’t stand judgemental characters???
– how many stereotypes are shoved into this book
– the answer?
all of them
– Finch is honestly a pig, which is an insult to pigs
– “Faggot” is used as an insult
– why is everything sexualised???
– so edgy!! so cool!!! turntables!!! vintage!!! hipster!!! w!!! o!!! a!!! h!!!
– SMOKING SO COOL
“even though i’m not much into eating” ??????
– these characters are so dumb i want to strangle them
– literally no one this age talks like this
– ahhh, that my friends is the smell of sweet, sweet slut shaming
– there’s seriously so much focus on people’s eyes, it’s weird
– these kids are so ungrateful
– *boy starts facebook page just to talk to you* this is not romantic
– 16% invites himself over to her house late at night & she gives in and just says yes after saying no?????? super romantic!!! WHY IS THIS OKAY?????
– I hate everyone

In short. There are better books out there. A List of Cages. Under Rose Tainted Skies. Eliza and Her Monsters. There are books out there that paint realistic views on mental health. This is definitely not one of them. This book is disgusting. Not only the way it shames women but the way it romanticises suicide and depression.

I’ve honestly never been so revolted by a book. Truly. If I see people recommending this they’re about to be blocked/unfollowed/unfriended/punched because no. I honestly feel dumb after reading this – something that only happened when I read Caraval.

I also want to say how Finch is not a boy you should want to date. He’s just straight up creepy. You made a Facebook to talk to me and invite yourself to my house basically instantly? Yeah, I think no.

This book is not good. This book is terrible. This book should be banned. Having depression isn’t being quirky or different. Having depression also isn’t who you are entirely. No one ever knows I have depression, unless I tell them. I know I’ve recovered, however I still have bad days. This book doesn’t paint any of this in a realistic light.

I have experienced almost every trigger warning this book features, and I’m telling you, as a person who struggled through 3/6 of the triggers, this book is a piece of shit.

Not only that, but the end is a complete cop out. Almost every idea is stolen from other books. The Fault In Our Stars. Perks of Being a Wallflower. Looking for Alaska. 13 Reasons Why. All books I hated.

Actually, more on the fact this is similar to 13 Reasons Why – suicide is literally used as the entire plot and then proceeded to be used as a twist. I can’t stand that. Disgusted.

My tip for you if you love this piece of shit book:

Find a better novel to promote as your mental health awareness book.