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Top 5 Wednesday – Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Posted January 16, 2019 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 5 Wednesday / 0 Comments

These are books you read in 2018, not only ones released in 2018.


Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

I started a buddy read of this series with 2 (new at the time) friends on Twitter toward the beginning of the year, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t skim the second half of the book. The other two ladies gave it a more fair shot, but I bailed on the buddy read quickly and just stuck around for the friendship. I didn’t like any of the characters, there was a weird creepy pseudo-incestuous situation, and I just didn’t feel drawn in by the plot. This is a really hyped series on a lot of the booktube channels I watch, so I was disappointed to feel so “meh” about it.

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

I received this book in my first ever Illumicrate, and I was excited. The author is an active member of the bookish community, so the release of her debut was incredibly hyped. This book was supposed to be a hard-hitting contemporary, and I am sure it was beautiful and touching for some people, but I just didn’t connect. It didn’t feel like anything special to me, and contemporaries usually have to have something extra before I really care.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Oh man. This one might be the worst one. I LOVE The Lunar Chronicles, which I got into because of Kate, and I was super excited when I found out the author was writing a new series based on superheroes. The synopsis sounded great, and there was a lot of pre-release buzz. Kate and I excitedly set up a buddy read because we both couldn’t believe how long it was taking us to get to it, and then…cue the awkward “So uh, how are you feeling about this?” messages. This book was slow, and that’s saying something coming from a reader like me. I didn’t care about any of the characters, and I also probably couldn’t tell you any of their names. I’m honestly not sure if I will be continuing with the series.

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

This was another failed buddy read, and I feel like I did Kate dirty on it. I read a chapter of this book when I was trying to decide which of my subscription box books to read, and I earmarked it as one I was excited for. When I came back to it with Kate about a month later and actually started reading, I was so disappointed. You might see a theme here – I didn’t care about the characters. I slogged through via skim-reading because a goodreads review promised a good villain reveal, but just…meh.

The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

I got this book in a Litjoy subscription, and I was so excited for it. It was part of a Celtic Myth themed box (although I got the book-only option), and it was such a bizarre read from the get-go. There was insta-love, there was constant lack of information given to the reader for the sake of the mystery, and I hated the ending. Do not recommend.


Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I am a shameless shill for The Lunar Chronicles, and I really enjoyed Heartless. I was going into our buddy read for Renegades with a lot of hope, despite the fact that superhero books aren’t generally my jam. I was disappointed. It was by no means bad, but it just didn’t excite me, and I was expecting it to. I think I would have been happier if I hated it, because then I would feel SOMETHING about it, but I don’t. I got Archenemies for Christmas, and I’m going to give it a shot, but I just don’t know what sort of interest I’m going to have in this series.

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

This was another buddy read with Paige, and it was not good. Even though Paige feels some guilt about this, she should not, because I was also super pumped to jump in. I loved the cover art, and I had the fancy schmancy Fairyloot edition with the black pages, and the synopsis sounded awesome. Then it fell flat. Like, completely, totally, unforgivably flat. I ended up DNF’ing it and getting the highlights from Paige, and I’m not sorry about it.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve already talked about this a fair amount, so I won’t dwell on it, but this might be my biggest disappointment of the year. I put off reading this series for so long, and I was so excited to finally take it on. But the ending really destroyed it for me. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so much character development undone that quickly.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

I WANT TO LOVE HER BOOKS SO MUCH!!! I love her as a human being, I love her style of writing, I love the concepts she comes up with, but somehow I just can’t wrap my mind around the whole package. Paige and I went with our friend Rachel to a signing for this book, and I tried to start it with an open mind. But I think it was just too weird for me. The writing was beautiful, but the story just didn’t draw me in. I’m going to try some of her earlier writing this year to see if I might be able to work myself up to trying this one again.

Piper by Asher Jay

This is a graphic novel I picked up at Half Price Books, because I fell in love with the art. My love for it stopped there. It was a retelling of The Pied Piper that was overly simplistic, and there were weird jumps in the story that weren’t explained. There were two or three separate occasions that I went back, because I thought I turned an extra page due to seemingly missing or confusing information. I hadn’t.

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