Most Disappointing Reads of 2018
In 2018, I read way more than I have in years past. I had some pretty amazing reads and met some pretty amazing people. I took a dive into some pretty popular series that I’d avoided up until that point. Some I loved. But unfortunately…some I didn’t.
I know a lot of people do their most disappointing releases of 2018, but I’ve decided to encompass ALL of my reads for 2018. These are the top ten books that just did not live up to the hype or meet my expectation, out of the 100+ books I read this year.
TEN: Ever the Hunted [series] by Erin Summerill
I actually can only include the first two books in this series here, because the new release from 2018 [Once a King, see review here] was a significant improvement on the other two books. I did enjoy reading this series, but I’ll be honest: I felt like I could plug in any YA names and I’d have this storyline. The characters were underdeveloped, and the world building wasn’t stellar. I enjoyed the reads, but I was expecting more.
[See reviews for Ever the Hunted and Ever the Brave]
NINE: My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren
This was my first Christina Lauren book, and I did really enjoy the read. I guess with how much everyone loves these books, I was just expecting a little more? Although I’ve heard they can be a little hit or miss, so I’m not ready to give up on these authors yet. I’m open to suggestions for which book to try next!
EIGHT: All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller
This one was disappointing for a little bit of a different reason. This was the very first ARC I ever reviewed…and honestly it just wasn’t the book for me. I didn’t know what to do – I didn’t enjoy the book at all but didn’t want to DNF my first shot at an ARC review. I pushed through it, but I definitely didn’t enjoy it.
SEVEN: Evermore by Sara Holland
After liking Everless so much earlier this year, I was waiting with high hopes for the sequel. Unfortunately, Evermore didn’t live up to those hopes. I felt like not much happened for the first 75% of the book and the romance fell flat. HOWEVER, I did love the ending, so I can’t complain that much. It’s still worth the read!
SIX: The 7.5 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
This was a highly anticipated ARC for me, and I’ll be honest – I HATED it. It was way too confusing and hard to follow, and completely different from what I was expecting. I know this got a lot of good reviews, but it was NOT the book for me.
FIVE: When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
Let me lead with this – I was so excited to get this ARC. I absolutely love Mary Kubica, and I felt so lucky to get an early peek at her next book. I still feel that way! Unfortunately, I didn’t love the ending of this book. Mary Kubica’s other books are so impressive, with great writing and great twists. The ending for this one just felt a little… easy? I don’t know.
FOUR: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I actually hesitated at putting this so high on the list, because I really did love this book and it’s sequel (I still haven’ t gotten to the third installment yet). I guess with all the hype I was just expecting a little bit more?
THREE: The Selection by Kiera Cass
Ok. This series definitely deserves a spot in the top 3. I was overall just not impressed with this entire series. I felt like I had read it a million times before, and then mixed every YA novel I’d ever read and mixed it with The Bachelor…which I cannot stand. I’m actually impressed I made it all the way through this entire series.
TWO: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
This one definitely needs a clarification, because I actually 4 stared it. HOWEVER. I absolutely adored this series, and after the previous books my expectations were SO HIGH. And I feel like KOA took a swing…and a miss. The ending just didn’t give me everything I wanted, which is a bummer for a series so near and dear to my heart.
ONE: City of Bones [TMI series] by Cassandra Clare
Ok, nobody hate me for this! And I swear I’m only including books 1-4, and DEFINITELY not TID books because I loved those. But I dove into this early in the year, and actually had to stop after three books. After all the love I’ve seen for it all over the internet, I went in with really high expectations. They were not met. The first three books were painful for me to read. I will say I got peer pressured into finishing the series and enjoyed book 5 and 6, and like I mentioned previously I did LOVE TID. I’m excited to go on to TDA in the new year.
Ok, how many people hate me after that? Eeeek I’m sorry if I dragged your favs! The thing I love most about this community is that everyone has different opinions and loves different things, and that’s ok. I hope everyone had a great 2018, and that their disappointing reads weren’t all that disappointing.