T5W: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

I don’t normally discuss books I dislike. Half the time I can’t even remember what they are because I just push them out of my mind (lol) to make room for other books. So truthfully, trying to even think of disappointing reads was a bit of a struggle, and thank Goodreads for helping me.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme hosted over on Goodreads. You can check out the topics here.

Most of these books I rated 2 stars or less, though there is one exception…

Both of these books sounded right up my ally. I was immediately drawn to Johnston’s That Inevitable Victorian Thing because I’m rather fond of the Victorian era, and the fact that this book was set in alternative history, I was intrigued. However, I was so disappointed. Parts of the book were confusing, and by the end of the book, I thought, “So what?” I’ve decided that Johnston’s books aren’t anything I’ll look forward to in the future.

I’m not sure I’m the right judge for The Smoke Thieves since I read it as an ARC, but god, it was one of the most boring books I’ve read. I didn’t care about any of the characters or their motives. The story was meh, and it was overall a huge letdown, which made me sad because I love fantasy and this book does sound so good! Alas.

I really want to love all of Stiefvater’s works especially since I adore The Raven Cycle. But when I picked up Shiver and continued with Linger, I knew it was a series I didn’t want to finish reading. I had hope for All the Crooked Saints because it sounded like it had the perfect Stiefvater whimsy and magic to it… Boy, was I wrong. I listened to it via audiobook and while I enjoyed the narrator, I couldn’t help thinking, “Where is the plot?!” I felt like nothing happens and I’m just taken down this weird, mysterious road with no destination in mind.

As for The Bird and the Blade (which I also read as an ARC), I was just so sad about the ending. While the book is historical fiction, set in ancient East Asia (possibly Mongolia or maybe China, I can’t remember which), I thought it would really appease my itch for historical East Asian works (since there aren’t many to begin with). But that wasn’t the case. If I remember correctly, I ended up giving in 1 star.

The Cruel PrinceLook, I know what you’re thinking. Nicole, TCP is so good, how can you give rate it as one of your most disappointing reads? Well… it’s not that I wholly disliked the book. It didn’t live up to the hype for me, and with strains of verbal and physical abuse along with a down-right odd “romance,” I was left feeling very meh, and decided it didn’t live up to the hype.

I’ve been told The Wicked King is better, but I just don’t know if I’m willing to read it. I’m afraid it won’t live up to the hype (again because seriously, the hype is REAL).

I vaguely remember reading Black when I was in middle school and high school and felt indifferent toward her books then, and I have a feeling it just hasn’t changed over the years. 😛

I’ve only read 2 books in 2019, but here’s hoping I won’t have bad reads (lol kind of a silly wish but okay, Nicole).

What were your most disappointing reads of 2018?

5 thoughts on “T5W: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

  1. Wink says:

    I feel you about The Cruel Prince. The romance doesn’t make sense considering how abusing the love interest was. I also found it EXTREMELY predictable which annoyed me. The book really doesn’t live up to the hype. I thought about maybe reading The Wicked King but I’m afraid I’ll just end up wasting my time by being miserable the whole time.

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