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Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

capture-20181219-164432.pngHi guys! How are you? 2018’s been a pretty amazing reading year for me and I’ve really enjoyed most of the books I picked up. I love spreading bookish-love and positivity. But as much as I wish I could say I loved every single book I read this year, that obviously wouldn’t be true. Not every book is for every reader and these are the ones that didn’t meet my expectations this year. Sidenote: For some reason most of them are blue. Maybe I should read less blue books next year???

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

If you go on Goodreads and read the reviews for literally any YA fantasy with a female lead you’ll find at least one review that claims it’s all fawning over pouty princes and pretty dresses. Well, this book is literally that. At least the first 80% of it is and not even the badass ending quite made up for it. It was an epic ending though.

Melmoth av Sarah Perry

This book was a lot darker and a lot less magical than I was expecting. It was also a pretty dull read and left no impression on me, beyond some of the more disturbing and graphic violent images I’d honestly rather have been without. TW: rape, violence, murder, genocide.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Listen, I like Sarah J. Maas’ books. I even love some of them. Chaol is one of my favorite characters in the series. So I say this with love, but why wasn’t this book a novella? Like, seriously why? It’s literally just romance and one piece of useful information right at the very end.

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Truthwitch av Susan Dennard

I was extra disappointed with this one, because I wanted to love it so badly. My main problem with it was the messy world-building, I just couldn’t visualize it. I also had a hard time staying invested in the plot and characters, which is never a good sign. I’m still thinking about trying the sequel though, cause witches and female friendships are my favorite things. So if anyone’s read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Splintered by A.G. Howard

After this and Heartless, I think I’ve learned my lesson. Alice in Wonderland retelling are not my cup of tea. This one has a very emo aesthetic which I personally found kind of  ridiculous and a clichéd love triangle where both love interests were controlling twits fueled on toxic masculinity. Fun times.

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

I adore His Dark Materials, so when I heard about this book I was practically ecstatic. Too bad it’s the most boring thing I read all year. Most of this book is literally just a boy, a girl and baby floating around in a canoe trying not to get murdered. It’s Pullman, so of course it’s well written. But compared to the adventure and intruige of His Dark Materials, this was a let down.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Which books disappointed you in 2018?

31 thoughts on “Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

  1. Unfortunately I had exactly the same experience with Truthwitch, I had such high hopes for it but I ended up barely being able to finish it. I see what you mean about Tower of Dawn but I just love that world so much that I will read anything set in it!

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    1. I’m sorry I didn’t live up to your expectations either, but I’m glad I’m not the only one who feel this way. I agree, I’m still so excited to read Kingdom of Ash! Maybe that’s why Tower of Dawn felt extra long, lol.

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    2. It’s so great to finally find others who were also super disappointed by Truthwitch! While reading it, I just kept thinking, ‘I don’t care, I don’t care, am I almost done?’

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  2. Ahh… Tower of Dawn… I always wondered why she chose to make it a core book and not novella! There was no need!! He’s actually not one of my favorite characters, so that book was tough for me. lol.

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  3. …I like to pretend the emo Alice in Wonderland book doesn’t exist. (A.G. Howard wrote another book after that, a Phantom of the Opera retelling, which was even more… it was like Splintered, but worse).
    Also I agree about the worldbuilding in Truthwitch. So messy, lazily fake!european, and while I did like the first book enough to read the sequel – which was boring – I don’t think I’m going to complete the series.

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  4. Speaking of emo Alice in Wonderland, The Hazel Wood is a book that I don’t think lived up to its billing. I expected to love it or hate it based on the reviews, but it was just a bit ‘meh!’

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  5. I haven’t read any of these, but I’ve been interested in both Sea Witch and Truthwitch (I have a copy of the second one too), so yikes. I’ve heard many people being disappointed in Sea Witch, so maybe I’ll drop one from the TBR despite the badass blurb. :/

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  6. As soon as I read this post, the first thought I had was also: why are all these books blue? While I did enjoy La Belle Sauvage, I also thought it spent most of the book just meandering about, with not much of a plot to begin with. Hopefully there will be more exciting things happening in the next book!

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  7. Okay, okay – I love Tower of Dawn, but I can totally see what you’re getting at! I read it again this year in anticipation of Kingdom of Ash (which I ended up not liking) and definitely thought it was just a little too drawn out. I wasn’t too into the side plot either, with… that price guy and Chaol’s old girlfriend? Nesyrn? Don’t even know their names.

    I haven’t read Splintered, but I’ve DNF’d some of that author’s books before. I just can’t get into her characters!

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    1. I’m sorry you didn’t like Kingdom of Ash! The side plot’s definitley a big reason Tower of Dawn was such a slow read for me, I felt like main point of it was for Nesryn to get a boyfriend? Which is nice for her, but not super interesting.

      I’ll definitley stay away from her other books then!

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  8. omggggg I had completely forgotten about The Book of Dust. Clearly I had erased it from my mind because it was so disappointing! I think two of my most disappointing reads for the year were Sky in the Deep and Blackfish City, I was super excited about both of them and was really let down.

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    1. There’s definitley nothing memorable about it! Unless you’re interested in canoes, I guess. II’m sorry those were both disappointing for you. I still haven’t read Sky in the Deep, but I’ve heard a lot of mixed things. Fingers crossed I enjoy it more than you did!

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  9. I’ve read quite a few similar thoughts on Truthwitch which is that it is ‘ok’ but ‘not amazing’ and sadly I think I’ve read enough of those for me to not be bothered. Oddly though I subscribe to Susan Dennard’s newsletter and she is an actual darling and her writing advice is very useful!

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    1. I read the same things, but chose not to listen because the book has ‘witch’ in the title. Your decision making skills are clearly superior! I saw some of her writing advice on twitter and though the same thing, it was so insightful. Maybe she’s grown as a writer 😊

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      1. Haha! Oh I wish I had decision making skills! It’s more a case of limited time and an endless TBR so I made a harsh judgement call. Her writing advice is great, I may dip into some of her other stories in the future because I think she knows what she’s talking about. It just might be that sometimes her stories work for some people but not for others!

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