This year has been really fun year and the beginning of my Bookstagram during mid-summer, so I got to find a lot of new books and want to read more. I found a lot of great books which I completely loved, but also read some books that were a massive let down.
DISCLAIMER: Just want to put it out there before we begin, that I may talk about books that you like or love. Just because I hated it, it doesn’t mean you can’t love it. This is no way shape or form an attack on anybody, I am just expressing my own opinions and feelings.
So here’s the rank of the most…. un-loved books I read this year.
5. Ocean of Secrets by Aimee Friedman. This book I rated with 2 stars because the writing was fine, I liked the main character and the relationship she had with her mum, but it never delivered on the fantastical element. It felt really flat and the romantic interest did not move me in any way shape or form. I kept on waiting for a climax (pun not necessarily intended) that never happened. *Sigh*
4. The Initiation & The Captive Part 1 (The Secret Circle #1) by L.J. Smith. Where do I even begin with this one? Main character and love interest meet and kind of have feelings for each other in 5 minutes. She literally sees a thread uniting them and feels that he is stirring something in her heart. We also get the idea that their romance isn’t a possible one because they are from different worlds. Then she moves (so we get the new girl trope as well) and is bullied by these girls and somehow she gets sucked into their Secret Circle and… I give up on life! I really tried to like this book. I kept on reading even when I didn’t want to continue reading, but the ending, when this dude appears is what made me want to throw the book at the wolves! I might want to read The Captive one day (maybe) just to see if it improves at all, but I highly doubt it. I might want to poke my eyes out with a fork first. Just saying. I know that I lot of people love this book, but it just didn’t do it for me. I have this one a 1.5 star rating because I did like the concept.
3. The fearless by Emma Pass. The premise was amazing and I hands down love anything that is zombie/virus inspired. I am a sucker for these books. Even as a kid, Cass annoyed me to great lengths so it wasn’t quite the surprise that it continued to annoy me seven years later. This book was pitched like it was great for the fans of The Hunger Games, Matched, Divergent, and The Fifth Wave, but it had none of the qualities. I would’ve loved it if it would’ve had a plot that made more sense, characters that I could’ve cared about and less predictability. I DNF-ed it because I couldn’t cope with it. I did skip towards the ending and it was to no surprise that my predictions were right, gave myself a pat on the back for saving myself the time. I gave this book 1 star.
2. I am number 4 by Pitacus Lore. I did not care about this book or it’s characters. I honestly could not form any kind of attachment to any of them and I was really close to DNF-ing this one as well. I think I read it around the same time I was reading Fearless so it completely and utterly put me in a reading slump. But I continued to persevere and finished this book. The writing was juvenile, the plot had more wholes than Swiss cheese and the I wanted to smack the main character constantly. I’ve read books where the main character was a male and I could relate, I was able to care for his existence and did not make stupid mistakes. The only thing that made me happy at the end, was the girl. No, not the love interest, the other one, and if you’ve read the book you know who I’m talking about. This girl is the only reason why I will want to read I am number 9, but not any time soon. Gave this book 1.5 stars.
Before going to Number 1, I have two dis-honourable mentions:
- Immortal Nights (Argeneau #24) by Lynsay Sands. I didn’t even know it was a series when I picked it up and I will surely not want to pick up the rest of the series. The plot was weak, action was non-existent and some bad guys who were far enough so that our main characters could have sex, but getting conveniently close so the tall, dark and handsome Tomasso would actually speak with Abigail. I think this book tried to by angsty, but failed big time. I think it wanted to be a lot of things, but did not manage.
- Two cabins, one lake. This is the only romance that I have added on this list because when I fancy reading some steamy romance, I am not necessarily looking for plot depth or incredible writing style, I am looking for characters that I can root for. This book substituted any kind of plot with sexual desire and character development was non-existent. I wouldn’t even be able to tell you what the book was about because there was no plot, nothing but want and sex. Those brothers of hers were not funny, if that was me they would’ve slept outside if they’d tried to pull that kind of sh*t on me, in my house.
and finally, the anticipated Number 1, which I think some of you might know which book it is:
Number 1: The Night School by C. J. Daughterty. I do apologize for the fans of this book, in no shape or form my opinions on this book reflect on you as a reader, but I HATE this book. There is no other word for it. I made a full review for it here so check it out if you want to read more as to why I hate it. Want to know a few reasons as to why I hate it?
* spoilers ahead *
The lack of communication between characters made the whole plot possible. There’s a lot of insta-love flying about and our girl is oblivious to everything. For a girl that was all trouble, she is now completely docile and a rule abiding student. The way sexual abuse was handled in this book was all wrong as well and the guy who was guilty received no punishment whatsoever. Worst of all, the main character, the girl who was almost raped, said to him at a later date when he apologised (he apologised! hahahaha!) that it was fine, she accepted his apology and was still unsure if she was into him. Say what? He gave her alcohol and took her into a dark corner with the intention of having sex with her and she said no, he shoved her so hard to the wall that she tasted blood!!! Then she’s still worried that Carter (the other dude) might think she is “a slapper”, and he lets her to believe that. The shit part it’s not that he’s an asshole, the shit part is that her internal beliefs are never challenged! So well done by adding some victim blaming in there too! And the ending, oh, the ending! I just don’t even want to talk about it as it fills me with rage all over again.
So what do you guys think? Have you read any of these books? Yes, I have strong feelings about certain books, but I would be more than happy to have a conversation and hear your comments on the comment section down below.
Until next time,