Most Disappointing Books of 2018

Yesterday, I talked about the top books I read in 2018. Today, I’m shifting gears and talking about the most disappointing books I read this year. Out of the 73 books I’ve read there are only a few that didn’t live up to my expectations. Most of these books are beloved in the book community so I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t love them as much as everyone else.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

I read this at the beginning of the year and I have yet to read a book that disappointed me more than A Gathering of Shadows. Everything that I enjoyed in A Darker Shade of Magic disappeared in this book. Between the meandering plot and the elemental games that felt inconsequential and the characters, I couldn’t get into this story. I wanted to DNF it many times, but I struggled my way through it hoping the plot would improve. Sadly, it didn’t become interesting until the last 200 pages.

You can read my review here.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

This book was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. Sadly, I DNF’d it at 53% because I couldn’t get into the writing or the characters. Their POVs weren’t distinctive and I wasn’t a fan of the lack of communication between the two characters. I tried to push through it, but I was so bored. I wish I could’ve finished this.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and The French Kiss should be on the worst of 2018, but I don’t have enough books to write that post. This book is superficial and one of the worst contemporary books I’ve read. It’s a mess. There’s so much cheating and betrayal. The love interest isn’t that interesting and Anna deserved better than being romantically involved with a scammer. I wasn’t a fan at all. You can read my review, which includes a few tweets here.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I thought I would love Red Rising, but I just felt “whelmed” by it. I don’t think it’s a badly written or that it’s a bad book. I just expected more from it. I found Darrow incredibly uninteresting. I was so bored with him and wished there had been multiple POVs because I just couldn’t bring myself to care about Darrow.

Check out my review here.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I broke a book buying ban at the beginning of the year because there was so much buzz surrounding this book. Even people in the book community who don’t normally read YA gushed about it. I just knew I was going to love it. Sadly, The Cruel Prince didn’t live up to hype for me. There were some aspects I enjoyed, but the plot was poorly paced, the characters were shallow, and there wasn’t much world-building.

You can read my review here.

So there you have it, my most disappointing reads. Five out 73 isn’t bad at all. What are the most disappointing books you’ve read this year? Let me know in the comments!

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11 thoughts on “Most Disappointing Books of 2018

  1. I finally got around to reading A Little Life, after hearing about it for so long. I couldn’t finish it. The writing was great, and I generally don’t mind serious and/or depressing stories. However, at about the 3/4 point I realized that I was dreading picking it up each evening, and that I’d been in a funk for most of the time I’d been reading it. I asked a friend some general questions about the tone of the rest of the book, and then decided not to finish.

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  2. I’m disappointed with Lola and the Boy Next Door. I read Anna a few years back and felt like this is the time for me to get back to the series, but ended up barely able to finish it. It felt so juvenile and too much drama. I can’t even finish Red Rising, it’s just… full of macho-vibe for me ahaha.

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  3. I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince (I agree about the pacing though), but I was a little disappointed by The Wedding Date as well. I think the hype got to me and I was expecting something extraordinary and it just wasn’t that.

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  4. I was sadly underwhelmed by the Cruel Prince as well. A 3.5 star read for me. I think I just expected too much from it. I’m super excited for the Wicked King tho! Lovely post! ❤️


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