There were several books that I was very excited about since hearing about them and I was very disappointed by them. There were also some very hyped books that while lots of others loved, I just didn’t and as I have a lot of thoughts on some of them, some probably unpopular opinions, I thought I would share what books I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would.
The kingdom by Jess Rothenberg – I think this book just wasn’t for me. I can’t quite explain why I didn’t enjoy it much.
Evermore by Sara Holland – I loved Everless and so I was so excited for this but it just wasn’t as good and left me feeling a bit unsatisfied.
We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo – This felt like any other fantasy book and I got bored halfway through.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I think it’s time to admit that Laini Taylor books are just not for me. I just can’t get on with her writing style even though the story itself was quite interesting.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – A really hyped book that while I enjoyed I didn’t love. My favourite part of the book was Silas. If there is a Silas book I would read that.
The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie – Another book that I was excited about that after reading a few chapters I just knew it wasn’t for me.
The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman – I loved the first two books and I was so excited about seeing how it would end but the story moved so slowly and not a lot happened until the very end so I wasn’t invested in the story by the time we got to the action and the plot moved forward.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron – I am so sad I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I was so excited for it but it just took too long for the plot to move for me and I got bored. The magic system and the world was so great though!
Alex Rider: Secret Weapon by Anthony Horowitz – I love the Alex Rider books but the short stories just felt very off character for Alex at times and I just didn’t enjoy them as much.
Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa – I loved the first book so I was sad when I got bored halfway through this. I honestly can’t remember much of what happened in it.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Look I have never been more upset over a book that has let me down. I waited for years for Nikolai book and this was not it! It felt like a Zoya book and while I adore her, I wanted more Nikolai. Also was not a fan of Nina’s story.
The Wicked King by Holly Black – I cannot get past the toxic relationship that is Jude and Carden.
The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee – Wow this book was problematic.
Once and Future by Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy – I feel like I read a different version of this than everyone else because this book was problematic as hell and I haven’t seen anyone mention it! From the mass genocide of Arabs (and barely a paragraph of the character coming to terms with this) to the way Arabs were spoken about beforehand. I just can’t. The story itself was a mess too.
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – This book was boring and predicable as hell and problematic too. Why do people ignore the token diversity when the authors are white? I was thrown by some of the token diversity in Obsidio but this was…something else.
As you can tell I have been thinking about Once & Future and Aurora Rising since I read it and I have a lot of feelings about both of these books. I’m tired of the way that people of colour are portrayed in books and especially that no one says anything on the many stages of editing and beta reading and arcs and these authors just so happen to be white.
Anyways most of the books I read while there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with them just weren’t for me aside from the few problematic books I read this year.
Any books disappointed you this year?