Lowest Rated Books on my Physical TBR

I’ve never really cared *that* much about a book having a low rating… if anything, I’m more wary of books that have high ratings.

I’ve done several other blog posts talking about the highest rated books on my physical TBR, highest rated on my Goodreads TBR, and lowest rated on my Goodreads TBR. I thought it was about time that I finally a blog post about the lowest rated books that I own and haven’t read yet. Quite a few of the ones on this list surprised me because I could have sworn some had huge marketing campaigns and loads of rave reviews – but that obviously isn’t the case!

As I haven’t read any of these books yet, I can’t say whether I agree with the ratings or not. But I do plan on doing a follow-up post in a couple of months, after I’ve read some of the books featured on all the lists I’ve made, to see whether I did enjoy them or not.

Here are the lowest rated books on my shelves at the moment…


The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess

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GOODREADS RATING: 2.81 STARS

Bea has started to hear and see things that no one else can – creatures, voices, visions. Then strangers visit Bea and tell her she is different: she has the rare powers of a witch. They warn her she is being hunted. Her parents think she is hallucinating and needs help. All Bea wants to do is get on with her life, and to get closer to Lars, the mysterious young man she has met at the skate park. But her life is in danger, and she must break free. The question is – who can she trust?


That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K Johnston

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GOODREADS RATING: 3.22 STARS

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendant of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.


The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan

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GOODREADS RATING: 3.27 STARS

A dark power called the Talisman has risen in the land, born of ignorance and persecution. Led by a man known only known as the One-eyed Preacher, it is a cruel and terrifying movement bent on world domination—a superstitious patriarchy that suppresses knowledge and subjugates women. And it is growing.

But there are those who fight the Talisman’s spread, including the Companions of Hira, a diverse group of influential women whose power derives from the Claim—the magic inherent in the words of a sacred scripture. Foremost among them is Arian and her apprentice, Sinnia, skilled warriors who are knowledgeable in the Claim. This daring pair have long stalked Talisman slave-chains, searching for clues and weapons to help them battle their enemy’s oppressive ways. Now, they may have discovered a miraculous symbol of hope that can destroy the One-eyed Preacher and his fervid followers: The Bloodprint, a dangerous text the Talisman has tried to erase from the world.

Finding a copy of The Bloodprint promises to be their most dangerous undertaking yet, an arduous journey that will lead them deep into Talisman territory. Though they will be helped by allies—a loyal ex-slave and Arian’s former confidante and sword master—both Arian and Sinnia know that this mission may well be their last.


The Graces by Laura Eve

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GOODREADS RATING: 3.28 STARS

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?


The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

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GOODREADS RATING: 3.36 STARS

Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box for ever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they’ll never visit it alone; and they’ll never take back their offerings.

Four years later, the gang have drifted apart. Then a series of strange and terrifying events take place, and Sep and his friends understand that one of them has broken the pact.

As their sacrifices haunt them with increased violence and hunger, they realise that they are not the first children to have found the box in their town’s history. And ultimately, the box may want the greatest sacrifice of all: one of them.


Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling

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GOODREADS RATING: 3.39 STARS

It’s 1577. Queen Elizabeth I has imprisoned scheming Mary Queen of Scots, and Alyce’s mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce kills the witchfinder and flees to London – but the chase isn’t over yet. As she discovers her own dark magic, powerful political forces are on her trail. She can’t help but wonder: why is she so important? Soon she finds herself deep in a secret battle between rival queens, the fate of England resting on her shoulders…


Have you read any of these books?

6 thoughts on “Lowest Rated Books on my Physical TBR

    1. I’ve seen The Graces and its sequel in bookshops recently and they have a really weird new cover. I’ve picked it up in shops to look at not realising that I already have it but with a less weird cover at home haha.

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