Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

Happy Tuesday!

I love talking about over-hyped books because I always find it so interesting which books other people thought were over-hyped. I’m also a lot more critical of books when they’ve been hyped up and I think that’s partly down to my expectations being so high for them. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s choices for this weeks topic!

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm and each week there’s a different bookish topic to discuss. If you’re interested in participating, or checking out Shanah’s blog, click here!

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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Even though I like this series, I still feel like it’s extremely over-hyped. Especially the most recent books, Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms. I loved the first 2 books but after that I began to lose interest and didn’t really like where the plot was going. I feel like the hype surrounding these books hasn’t helped at all – I just really don’t understand the hype with the most recent books! That being said, I’m determined to finish the series because I’ve stuck with it for so long!

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert


There was so much hype surrounding this book, to the point where movie rights had been bought before it was released. Because of all of this, I was expecting amazing things from the book but I was let down so much by it. I found it really boring in places and I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, and the plot was incredibly slow. Maybe it will be better as a movie though?

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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I think I’ll forever have mixed feelings about this books. It was one I was so excited to read because of the premise, but I ended up disliking quite a few of the characters and the plot felt really predictable at certain points. I still really enjoyed the premise of the book but it definitely suffered from being over-hyped to me. I think if I’d gone into it with lower expectations, I probably would have enjoyed it more.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas


Out of everything Maas has written so far, ACOTAR is by far my favourite but I was so let down by ACOFAS. Pretty much everyone was excited about this book and I couldn’t wait to get it and be back in that world with all the amazing characters! But I was so frustrated after I finished the book because I didn’t feel like it was that good, or as good as the rest in the series. I understand that it was only a novella, but absolutely nothing happened in it and it was just so boring. It’s probably the book that I’ve been the most disappointed by this year.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner


I still have so many thoughts on this book years after reading it. I think most of the hype from this series came from the movie and that was part of the reason why I decided to pick up the book. I feel bad for saying it but this book was painful to read – it was just such an incredibly slow plot. I still really love the plot of the book and I found it so interesting but the pacing was the biggest issue with this book.

What are some books that you think are over-hyped?

21 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

  1. I was so excited to read The Hazel Wood but after many bad reviews I decided to probably not read it. I’m afraid it will disappoint.
    I’m still planning on reading ACOFAS but am in no hurry.
    Great list!

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    1. I feel like One of Us is Lying would have been a lot better if there wasn’t as many cliches!

      It’s such a shame about ACOFAS, it feels like such a pointless book to me haha.


  2. I agree with The Maze Runner! I thought the movie was pretty good, but the book… ugh it was difficult to get through it. Great list 🙂

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    1. I haven’t managed to get around to The Night Circus yet, but I’d definitely agree that there’s a lot of hype surrounding it. Did you enjoy it?


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