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Blogmas Day 11: Disappointing Books of 2017

December 11, 2017


It’s Blogmas Day 11! I still have a long way to go until Christmas and Blogmas is officially over, but I’ve been mind-storming for new ideas, and I don’t seem to be running short of them! I have SO MANY THINGS I want to talk about, but thankfully I have a lot of time too. Today I have for you a post more on the negative side, unfortunately. For Day 11, I present you my list of Top Ten Most Disappointing Books of 2017 (in order). 

If you know what tomorrow’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is, then you’ll know what is coming tomorrow to the blog. These next two posts go hand-in-hand, but this one is the saddest of the two.


Here are ten books that I didn’t enjoy for whatever reason, that maybe I had big expectations for but that let me down. 





10-La Bailarina by Ogai Mori. 2 stars.

I was recommended this book by my aunt, sadly. She thought this short book was really nice and interesting, but when I read it I found it to be SUPER depressing. Basically, there was a misunderstanding because I had understood this cute-titled story to be a happy and pleasing book when she told me about it. It turned out that she had found it interesting for other reasons… 



9-The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

I wanted to like this series, especially because of how everyone was talking about it being their favorite childhood read before the T.V. show adaptation came out. Although the writing style was witty and smart, I found the book to be very boring. 


8-Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. 2.75 stars.


Rebel of the Sands was SUCH a hyped book many people were raving about last year, and it was even nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award. But, unfortunately, it really let me down. I had high expectations, especially because the synopsis promised a story about a girl who was not at the center of the world, but it turned out to be exactly that. It was filled with tropes like “The Chosen One” and it was SO tiresome.


Also, the other thing that really bothered me was the problematic representation of a Western culture. The book is fantasy and fiction, etc., but Hamilton did talk about powerful beings called djinns in her story, which were not a product of the author’s imagination.


Further on, I read some reviews stating that the representation of these beings was not accurate nor well-researched and that the concept presented was offensive. I noticed very prominent marks of a stereotypical representation of the Muslim culture spread all throughout the book, and it really did not sit well with me.


This was said to be diverse, but nothing save the color of the main character’s skin reflected that, and diversity is not just pigmentation. 



7-Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. 3/5 stars. 

I was so excited for this book! A Jack The Ripper mystery novel? Sign Me Up! And I fell hard into a sad reality. This book was supposed to be all about one of the most outstanding psychopath murderers in history, so I was expecting a thrilling and suspenseful ride.


But the mystery never truly managed to grip me, and I got bored through most of it since it was a lot of the characters talking and nothing happening. I felt like Jack The Ripper was ALMOST left aside completely. Not what I wanted.



6-Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz. 2.5/5 stars

I had read The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz before when I was younger, and I had quite enjoyed it. But this book was disastrous compared to it, and so mediocre, in my opinion. The writing style was super cheesy, and the plot BORED me. This was supposed to be a book for children, easy to get through, a DISNEY book, but I slept through most of it! I think the plot and writing were its weakest points. 



I thought the story was too childish, but I’m not sure if it’s because of the age range it was written for, or if it just was a poor work. 



5-Breaking Damian by Eren Morgul. 2.5/5 stars



This was the second book I was ever contacted to review, and boy oh boy. It had its good and bad things, but overall, it was just disappointing. I LOVED the ending because it had a GREAT, sole plot twist that intrigued me a lot, and just because of it I might want to pick up the next book. 



However, the whole middle and the storyline felt A) like a copy of Avatar, the last Airbender, and B) SO FREAKING REPETITIVE. 

Here's an explanation of why: The world in this book was separated into four cities and Houses that people were sorted into depending on their type of abilities. 


The main character, Damian, discovered that he was an “arithmancer”, and so he had to join the House his father belonged to. But then he realized that he had also the ability to control ANOTHER of the powers, Water, so he had to travel to the second city to learn about it. 


Guess what? He found out he could control the third element as well! So he went to the city of Earth. Plot Twist! He possesses the fourth power too, apparently, and he had to travel to the fourth city. 


Do you see the loop? Do you understand how frustrating it was that I could predict what was coming from a THOUSAND MILES AWAY? He entered a new city, met a couple of people, and then “suddenly” discovered he could control the next element in the line.  


What was truly disappointing was that, throughout the entire story, the author tried to surprise the audience and failed. It just WASN’T working because the same thing was repeated, no kidding, FOUR TIMES. One for each of the elements. I was so sad about this.


Also, try to decipher what on Earth this synopsis  explains.



4-November 9 by Colleen Hoover. 2/5 stars.

I’ve heard amazing things about Colleen Hoover, and also terrible opinions about her books. I hands-on experienced the problematic issues with her writing and characters by reading November 9. Unfortunately, I picked the most criticized and troublesome of all of her books first, and it was not a good way to start out.


I can quote over 8 passages off the top of my head which made me jump out of my seat when I was listening to the audiobook and shut the book close when I was physically reading it because of the sheer problematic attitudes and unhealthy behaviors. It was GROSS to read, and I only pushed through to write a review. 


Also, Whitney Atkinson wrote a review that just PUT INTO WORDS all of my thoughts. It’s worth reading if you want to understand exactly why I didn’t enjoy this at all.



3-Blood Rose by Danielle Rose. 3/5 stars.


This was not as bad as it was disappointing. I received an ARC of it and I was SO happy about checking it out. It sounded really good and the cover was amazing. The book started off FINE, really good. But then there was an immense shift in the character’s personality, to the point where it became ridiculous.


I found myself rolling my eyes at some parts later on, and the storyline became so cliche. The writing style was solid, and it was one of my favorite elements. I could see myself trying out something else by this author, as long as it is NOT paranormal like this one. This plot was just an overused one.



You can read my Goodreads review HERE.



2-Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. 2/5 stars


I had heard so many amazing things about Passenger, but it just ended up being a LONG, tedious book to get through, with a writing style that was just too flowery and a plot that moved to a turtle’s pace.


My favorite thing was the World Building and Historical Settings, but I disliked the characters and couldn’t connect to them in this first book. I still, for some reason, read the second one, and it got slightly better. But Passenger was SUCH a letdown. 



1-Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon. 2.5/5 stars.


Finally, here is the FIRST book I was ever personally contacted to review, months and months ago. I was even more hyped up because it was the first time an author had reached out to me, but the book turned out to be boring and nonsensical.


The plot was BLAND like a pancake and even worse than melted marshmallows, the characters were SO underdeveloped, and I could spot the spelling and verb tenses mistakes without even trying.

I was so sad and so SHOCKED because of how bad the book was. I was terribly sorry, but I HAD to post an honest review, and I expressed all of my thoughts. I can’t believe it, but the first book I was contacted for was the most disappointing one of all 2017!


Here is my FULL, super rambly review you probably will have ZERO interest in reading when you see it because it is so freaking long.

Nevertheless, I will link. HERE. It was back from when I wrote a manuscript for each of my reviews. So sorry for the pain that sight will cause you. It is not even one of my worst ones in matters of length!



That prize should be awarded to my review of The Night Circus. Nobody in their right mind would ever read that entire thing. It is SO ridiculous, and I don’t know what I was thinking. Just for fun, here it is.


I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post and the bonus reviews I linked up there. You will faint when you see them, I promise!! This was a depressing article to write, and I DID NOT Have fun with it. But it is good to also let you all know which books are not for me and put my opinion out there, even if it is negative.

Tomorrow, however, you will be able to expect the POSITIVE version! And it will be such a pleasure to write! I’m rejoicing just thinking about it.




Stay tuned, and let me know if you agree with any of my thoughts on these books. I am also very sorry if there is one among my disappointing picks which you liked, but let me know as well so that we can discuss it! Controversy and different thinking are good too! It’s better to challenge each other constructively and have some fun debating. I hope you have a FABULOUS day today! Happy Blogmas Day 11!



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