Most Disappointing Books of 2016

disappointmentsI know I haven’t blogged much lately, but I love reading/watching this kind of thing so I wanted to make one. I’ll do one about my favorite reads as well, don’t worry.

This won’t necessarily be a list of the books I read in 2016 that I rated the lowest, but rather a list of books that I were excited about but that ended up falling flat. If this were to be a list of the very worst books I read, then Shatter Me would be on it. But since I didn’t have high expectations of Shatter Me, it didn’t really disappoint me either. 

8166391Let’s start with The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler. I love books about twisted teenagers who may or may not murder each other. I was really excited to read this for that reason, but I ended up giving it 3.5 stars. A lot of it was kind of slow, but I still enjoyed it as a whole and the ending was great. However, I much preferred Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. Everyone should read that one. 

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Okay, so part of me already suspected I wouldn’t be a fan of this and my expectations weren’t that high, but I’m still disappointed. I hoped I’d like it at least a decent amount, but alas. It’s just not great. It’s all love triangle drama and some weird ghost stuff I barely remember, meanwhile all the fighting and competing is literally fast-forwarded. I’m still semi-planning on reading at least the second book, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to it at this rate. I wish I could be in on this hype, but… no.

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23299512This  Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. Goddamn it, I wanted to like this but it was just okay to me. I enjoyed the general concept and the way monsters are created in this world is fantastic, but nothing really stood out to me. I still haven’t written a review and at this point I’m not sure if I’ll be able to because I don’t remember much. It was just eh. 

Oh, I really like that there’s no romance even though it has a Romeo and Juliet-like plot. A+, thank you.
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27190613And I Darken by Kiersten White. I’M SO SAD I DIDN’T LIKE THIS. I wanted to so so badly and I was so excited to get an ARC of it but then… holy mother of SLOW. I mean, it’s sloooooooooow. It took me months to finish it because it was such a chore to read. The characters are good, but lord have mercy. I just want to read about Lada impaling people alright, I don’t have time for this. I don’t think I have it in me to continue this series.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This one made me sad as well, because although I adore the format and the idea, it didn’t grab me 100%. There’s a twist towards the middle that really impressed me, but then it fell through. I’d hoped it was gutsier than that. It felt kind of slow at times, although the characters were great and they all felt real to me. I gave it 3.5 stars, so I didn’t think it was a bad book, it just didn’t give me what I wanted it to. What’s Gemina like compared to this one?

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29056083I had to edit the post to add Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t believe I forgot about it. What the hell was this though. No. I like Scorpius. I liked seeing the characters again (even though they were all OOC) but other than that… No. I can’t believe JKR approved of this. 

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22055262My number one disappointing read of 2016 was no doubt A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab. I thought it’d be awesome, but it just wasn’t. I know a lot of people love and worship it, and that’s great, but it did nothing for me. Zilch. I like Holland, it’s a shame he wasn’t in it more. I’m so sad I didn’t love this because I want to be a part of the hype so badly. Boo.

WHEN IS V.E. SCHWAB GONNA PUBLISH THE SEQUEL TO VICIOUS THOUGH BECAUSE VICIOUS IS MY LIFE. I JUST KEEP READING HER STUFF HOPING TO BE JUST AS CAPTIVATED BUT IT’S NOT HAPPENING 😦


What’s the most disappointing reading experience you had last year? 

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22 thoughts on “Most Disappointing Books of 2016

  1. Kelly C. says:

    I was incredibly disappointed with the Cursed Child as well. I couldn’t stand most of the characters (excluding Scorpius, of course) and the plot felt more as if it were a fanfiction. :/

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  2. Donna says:

    It took me four books to like the Throne of Glass series 🙂 I kept going because I loved snarking but only really started enjoying it when I read Queen of Shadows. Like you, I was disappointed by The Cursed Child, I was expecting so much more!

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  3. Kelly says:

    I have all of these except the first one, and I had planned on reading them, but I just haven’t gotten around to them. My husband said the Harry Potter book was one of the most painful books he’s ever read, so I didn’t even bother with that one, and I probably won’t, either. I have heard mixed feelings about And I Darken, so I’m not sure if I’m going to be getting to that one any time soon, either.

    I loved reading this post, though!

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    • Anette Reads says:

      Yeah, The Cursed Child was quite painful, though I did enjoy the reading experience for the most part because of the nostalgia. But then when I was done I was just left like “… what did I just read, why does this have to exist?” I think you’ll love And I Darken if you don’t mind really slow books that are quite heavy on the history. So for historical fiction lovers I think it’s probably perfect.

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  4. AJ Sterkel says:

    Yeah, totally agree about Cursed Child. It didn’t feel like “real” Harry Potter. My most disappointing read was probably Dracula. Who knew vampire hunting could be so boring?

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  5. Liam @ Hey Ashers! says:

    Aaah it’s so great to know I’m not the only one who felt that way about Throne of Glass, This Savage Song, And I Darken, and A Darker Shade of Magic! I haven’t read the other two you mentioned, but I’m just going to assume we’d agree on those, too. Sorry to see you had so many disappointing books last year. Hopefully this year will be better. =)

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    • Anette Reads says:

      Are you me?? I rarely see someone who agrees with me on all of those, especially ADSOM. I’ll definitely have to follow your blog! I glanced at your snarking Obsidian posts and I LOVE it even though I haven’t read that book. Have you read Shatter Me? I think you’d sink into the abyss just like I did.

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  6. Briana says:

    I read the first Throne of Glass book years ago and was underwhelmed. It’s possible Book 2 wasn’t even out at that point. I decided to stop reading the series and have been baffled by its explosion since then. Though I grant that it’s kind of clear that Maas wrote the base of ToG as a teenager, and I assume the series has improved with her experience as a author.

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    • Anette Reads says:

      Yeah, it was definitely obvious that she was young when she first wrote it. I wish it had been edited more to take some of that teen writer feel out of it. I’ve heard it improves and I own the next two books, so I might as well try and see.

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      • Briana says:

        Exactly! I imagine it did go through revision, but the underlying feeling was there. It reminded me of stuff I wrote where I was young. Mary Sue-ish character who seems to physically resemble the author and all that. :p

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  7. Misty le Tyne says:

    I found the Gender Game (and series) disappointing. I could only read the first two and thought ‘I’m out.’ The story seemed pretty interesting but it was so badly written and the characters just annoyed me.

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