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
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.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
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.
Frostblood by Elly Blake
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.
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
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.