It’s time for another end-of-year discussion post! (Are you guys getting tired of these yet? I hope not, because I’m sure not getting tired of writing them!)
I know that I personally, and many of my friends, love bookish rants – whether they’re on booktube, blogs, twitter, whatever. Unpopular opinions, rant reviews, unhaulings, the works – so, today, I decided I’d tell you guys my ten most disappointing reads of the year! (I was gonna aim for 17, since it’s 2017, but I didn’t really have 17 books that legitimately bummed me out badly enough to be worth ranting about.)
I was feeling particularly committed to this post, so these will be in order from the least disappointing to the MOST DISAPPOINTING!
10. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
I know this one is controversial, and a lot of my friends adored it, but I felt like this book’s representation of mental illness was incredibly problematic, and on top of that, the writing was just very poor. I couldn’t bring myself to give any fucks at all about any of the characters, and I hated Violet’s attitude. She is such an incredibly unlikable love interest that I have no clue how I was ever intended to root for her.
9. All Rights Reserved – Gregory Scott Katsoulis
This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I was ecstatic when I received an ARC, but it was such a letdown! The MC’s refusal to speak seemed like a cool plot idea, but in execution, made for a very boring and slow narrative, as well as a lot of terrible decisions that just made me want to throw my kindle across the room.
8. Girl Out of Water – Laura Silverman
This author had gone through hell on Goodreads when a ton of anti-semitic people decided to “punish” her for being anti-Trump, so between what she had gone through, and the fact that I was told this book had a disabled black love interest, I was honestly fully prepared to love it. Instead, the MC was one of the literal worst characters I have ever read in my life, and I raged through most of the book (and all of my review).
7. The Undertaking of Lily Chen – Danica Novgorodoff
This graphic novel was so stunning, and so many people had raved about it to me, so I was fully convinced that it would be flawless. Instead, first of all, the cover is deceiving, and the art inside looks nothing like it; second, it is such a disgusting and terrible plot, with disgusting, terrible characters.
6. Haven – Mary Lindsey
I’ve been trying to get back into paranormal romance this year, and after the delight that was Black Bird of the Gallows (another PNR from EntangledTeen), I thought Haven would be amazing, too, but it was so incredibly misogynistic and gross that I DNFed it around the halfway mark.
5. The Waking Land – Callie Bates
Another ARC that I thought I would adore, but it had such a terribly rude and self-contradicting MC that I had a hard time finishing it. The plot for this one was great and the writing had so much potential that I would consider picking up another release by Callie Bates, but I would not continue this series.
4. One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus
When I read this, literally every single person on my GR friends list who had reviewed this, had given it 4+ stars. I thought there was no way I would dislike it. Holy hell, was I wrong. This book is problematic from start to finish, plus the “mystery” is not only harmful, it was also painfully easy to guess.
3. Final Girls – Riley Sager
Much like #3, this was a thriller that I expected to adore because EVERYONE I knew was loving it! I was so bored, and couldn’t connect to the story at all. I hated all of the characters (yes, ALL of them) and wasn’t even remotely interested in what was happening until around the 80% mark, which is honestly waaaaay too late.
2. The Ravenous – Amy Lukavics
Another of my most anticipated of the year – I submitted several requests for this ARC, before finally caving and getting it from #booksfortrade. I hadn’t read a YA zombie book in a while, and the plot just sounded so fun, but unfortunately, I was bored and disappointed through about 95% of the book. The ending was great, but it was another case of too little, too late.
And finally, my #1 most disappointing read of 2017… *drumroll*
1. The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert
Technically, this doesn’t come out until January 30th, but since I did read it in 2017, I decided to include it in the list. I had such incredibly high hopes for this book, but I was not only disappointed by it, I was also enraged and insulted. There’s honestly too much garbage for me to sort through it all in a paragraph, so I’ll just invite you to check out my review from last week if you’re interested in learning why this was my single most disappointing read of 2017!