Most Disappointing Books of 2018… So Far

This sounds like it’s going to be quite a negative post but I don’t mean it to be! After thinking about the books that made it to my favourites list last week, I realised that there were a lot of books that I had expected more from. So this list isn’t about books that I hated but more about the books that I wanted more from. I think I rated the majority of these around the 3 star mark because there were still elements of the books that I really enjoyed.


Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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The main issue I had with this book is that I found it really hard to connect with the characters which is such an important part of a book to me. I loved the premise and thought it was so interesting and unique, but ultimately its downfall was the predictability of the ending, and the characters. I think if I hadn’t heard so many good things about it, I probably wouldn’t have been so let down by it because I was expecting to fall in love with it just like everyone else.

3.75 Stars


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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I have so many thoughts about this book, so many. This was another book that had an incredibly interesting concept but I feel like it was let down by the characters, and the way that it was executed. The book was painfully slow to begin with and I feel like it took a while to really get going. I’ve seen so many other reviews stating that if the book had only taken place in the Hinterland then it would have been a much better book, and I have to agree. The duality between the ‘real world’ and the Hinterland just didn’t work for me and I would have preferred it to focus only on the Hinterland.

3 Stars


Frostblood by Elly Blake

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This was the first book that I read this year which kind of set my reading off to a bad start. This book felt too similar to other YA books out there and I couldn’t really find anything that was new or exciting about it. I know that it’s incredibly difficult to write a book that’s 100% original but I couldn’t stop comparing it to other books that I’d already read. It’s unfortunate because I was really looking forward to reading this one and enjoying it – but I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to and I probably won’t be continuing on with the series.

3.5 Stars


A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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I have nothing against Sarah J. Maas’s writing or her books or absolutely anything about her. I know this was a novella that was supposed to bridge the gap between the ACOTAR books but for me it did nothing because nothing happened. There was no plot! I wasn’t expecting much drama after ACOWAR and I did enjoy seeing how the characters were recovering and rebuilding after the events. But I wanted something different from the novella as I still have no clue what the next books in the series will focus on.

3.5 Stars


What are some books that you’ve been disappointed by?

11 thoughts on “Most Disappointing Books of 2018… So Far

    1. Thank you! Yeah it’s so disappointing not being able to enjoy every book – I think it would be impossible to love them all haha! Those are three books that are on my TBR for this year, it’ll be interesting to see what I make of them haha.

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  1. Your little hedgehog decorations are so cute 🙂 Personally, I haven’t read any of these books but I’m probably going to steer clear of The Hazel Wood. I’ve heard such mixed things and don’t want to give it a chance 😛

    As for some books that disappointed me, I have to go with The Wedding Date as it was WAY more dramatic and immature than I imagined. I was also really disappointed in Ship It and Giant Days Vol 1.

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    1. Thank you, the hedgehogs are some of my favourite decorations haha. I was always so interested to see what I thought of The Hazel Wood but I wish I’d avoided it now!
      It’s always such a shame when being disappointed by books but I think I’d be really let down if a book was really immature as well.

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  2. I completely agree with ACOFAS – I know it was published mainly to set up Sarah J Maas’ next series, but I just couldn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. Great post!

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