Misc.

Books That Disappointed Me

Hello, readers!

I know why y’all are here.

YOU’RE HERE FOR THE TEA.

You’ve come to the right place, then.

I’m going to share some books I’ve read that have disappointed me. Now look, I like most of what I read, but in these rare cases, my expectations were either let down or just a complete miss. Books where I thought I was going to get more than I actually did. I don’t have ill feelings toward any of the authors or books, so if we don’t share an opinion, it’s perfect okay. Actually, I’d love to see comments defending these books (as long as it’s civil.)

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Now for the tea.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

OKAY SO THIS BOOK IS LOVED BY A LOT OF PEOPLE. I just thought it was way too slow and uninteresting for a book that’s under 200 pages. The storyline is your typical murder mystery, and characters who were diverse but undoubtedly not worth rooting for. Plus, as a newly asexual when I found this book, I was told EHAD had “such incredible ace representation!!” and it was just, “lol I’m asexual” end of story. So yeah, wished it had been more. I’ve heard better things about the sequels though.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

I actually really liked Red Queen when I first read it. Granted, my reading taste is a bit different now than it was then. However, Glass Sword was such a let down. I honestly can’t even remember what it was about. I don’t plan on reading the last two books, either. Shame.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

This might be the biggest disappointment of all. Back in March and April, I became obsessed with the film CMBYN. I watched it 8 times. (Don’t ask how I have so much free time.) But the book? THE BOOK WAS SO BORING. Sure, the movie is slow-paced and character driven, but it somehow worked on screen compared to the book, which made me want to throw it out my window. I still love the film, but after reading the book, I’m so thankful the movie wasn’t narrated by Elio’s thoughts, otherwise I would’ve hated it.

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Meet Cute by various authors

I wrote a full review for Meet Cute here where I described my full thoughts on the novel, but I actually really enjoyed some of the stories. The majority, though, fell flat or was just a string of small events which reached a bland conclusion. This book had some fantastic authors, but some of the stories didn’t live up to its standard.

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

I HAD SO MUCH HOPE FOR THIS BOOK! It had this epic concept that teens get a wish at 18 that they’ll live with their entire lives, and the consequences of their wishes. However, the execution of this idea was done very badly. The main character had little redeeming qualities, and worst of all, a plot twist in the novel where a character who wishes to not feel love and instead “feels nothing at all” was totally aphobic! I was the wrong person to read this book, apparently.

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Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

I was super excited for this book—Middle Eastern main character and a female romance? SIGN ME UP. But instead I was let down when this novel (while having a cute female relationship) had some unchallenged comments describing girls as “exotic” (gross) and general biphobic ideas. Overall, 0/10 wouldn’t recommend.

By Your Side by Kasie West

I’ve read a couple Kasie West books, but BYS is probably the weakest one in terms of loveable love interest and plot structure. The whole hook of spending the night in the library is just a small snippet of the book (personal opinion maybe but I didn’t like that much) and the rest of the book is just the events that follow. Honestly, with an author like Kasie who’s written so many books, one is bound to be weaker than the rest.

ACOWAR / Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

This is a popular one. I think. I used to love SJM books. But in 2016, I learned more about problematic aspects of her books that made me lose some respect for her series. I continued to read her books, though, since I was invested in the characters. BUT ACOWAR AND EMPIRE OF STORMS WERE TRAGIC. Honestly, maybe SJM writing two series simultaneously made her a little lazy but both of these books were released not too far from one another, and SJM’s quality, in my opinion, tanked. And if the reviews are ACOFAS are correct, my hypothesis was correct that SJM’s books quality reduce with every year. I rest my case.

I hope you liked this post! And more importantly, I hope you got all the spilled tea you were really here for. *wink nudge wink* Another reminder that these are just my opinions and it’s alright to not agree! It’s great that we readers can disagree and still be open about our opinions.

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Thanks for reading! What books disappointed you? I’d love to know in the comments!

xoxo,

Jill

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9 thoughts on “Books That Disappointed Me

  1. I admit I held SJM in high esteem and genuinely thought she would improve or tried to. Then I read ACOFAS and it she didn’t even try it seemed like. All the issues I ignored in ACOWAR came to light in ACOFAS and now I’m not sure how I feel. I don’t hold any animosity toward the author personally, but I’m happy that I’ve been discovering other fantasy up my alley. I’m still looking forward to Kingdom of Ash because I might as well finish the series at that point.

    I haven’t read any book from the Red Queen series and I spoiled War Storm for myself and evidently it’s not worth a series pursuing for me.

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  2. Every Heart a Doorway and Glass Sword are both on my tbr, so I’m curious to see what I think. As for SJM, I agree; ACOWAR and EOS were okay and kind of disappointing. ACOFAS was a trashfire with too much sex tbh. I do plan to read KOA though, to finish out TOG since I’ve stuck with it this long. 😅

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  3. gooorl the tea is scalding rn !! i totally agree with your opinions of By Your Side. I never have super high expectations going into Kasie West books mainly because they’re more fluffier than what I normally go for (plus she pops them out 1-2 times a year which is WILD) but this one did lack a bit. I was mainly dissapointed with the fact that it was pitched as this whole “teens spend a night in the library, oooh, they fall in love, ooooh, secrets are revealed, oooh” and they literally spend 25ish% of the book there. Idk I kinda wanted it to be a bigger part of the plot but maybe it just worked better that way?? hmm idk.
    loved this post! <33

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  4. I’m sorry to hear that these books didn’t live up to your expectations. I’ve been meaning to read Meet Cute and By Your Side because of such high ratings from most of the blogs I follow. However, it’s quite refreshing to see these kinds of posts because I see it as a reminder to keep my expectations in check. Great post! 😀

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