Hi 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???
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.
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.