It’s the end of the year and time for some recaps. I think this year was my best reading year and I am shocked by that. I enjoyed most of the books I read, with a few exceptions. These books are not books that I hated. I liked some aspect of them. They are just books that I didn’t find as enjoyable as I had hoped. Please understand that I am not bashing these books at all. If you liked them or love them, I’m happy. This is not a reflection of you at all. I’m sure there are some books that I like that you hate. I am merely presenting my perspective on why I didn’t find them as enjoyable.
My first least favorite read is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I read this book during the summer and it took me about a month to finish. I had to put it down a couple of times because I just couldn’t get into it. I expected so much from this book because of how popular the series is on Twitter, Instagram, and Booktube. I REALLY wanted to like this book. Feyre had all the attributes of an intriguing character. Sometimes, Feyre reminded me so much of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series. I wanted to connect with Feyre and the other characters but the writing did not work for me. Feyre was bland and I didn’t want to be inside her head. The plot pacing was really slow and I just couldn’t get into the whole fall in love with your captor thing.
The second book on this list is also by Sarah J. Maas. This one had potential and I rated it 3.5 stars. I liked Throne of Glass more than A Court of Thorns and Roses. I liked the dynamics between Caelena, Chaol, and Dorian. They seemed like the makings of a great trio. What I didn’t enjoy about this book was that the competition (mentioned in the summary) was secondary to everything else. I was tired of being told Caelena is an assassin who likes pretty dresses. I was into Throne of Glass until I noticed this pattern. I didn’t think it was necessary to emphasize that she’s a feminine assassin to readers. I understood it the first time and did not need it to be repeated. I didn’t care if she was feminine. I wanted Caelena the assassin. Towards the end, I had a feeling the book was heading towards a love triangle trope and I could not continue with the series. I wish there was more focus on Caelena the assassin.
The Young Elites was my first Marie Lu book. I like morally ambiguous characters, but villain origin stories don’t particularly interest me unless the villain is really compelling. From the synopsis, I thought the plot would be focus on recruiting, world building, Adelina discovering her powers, and missions. The pacing was slow at first, but once it picked up I kind of enjoyed some aspects of it. I even liked a few of the characters. The reason The Young Elites is on this list is because the writing felt off and I never truly became “hooked.” I read Marie Lu’s newest book, Warcross, and I enjoyed so I don’t know how to describe what didn’t work for me with the writing. There was also very little interaction between Adelina and other characters. I would’ve liked to see more dialogue.
So there you have it. Out of 42 books this year, I only had 3 that I didn’t find as enjoyable as the others. Let’s hope 2018 is even better. Have you read any of these books? What were you least favorite reads of 2017? Thanks for reading!