10 Books That Were Crushingly Disappointing

This is me joining up with the gals at Brooke and Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday post!
Disappointment is something we all dread. Whether it be from books or our parents ( you know what I'm talking about ) it's never a good feeling. So here's a post of me dragging all of the books that disappointed me. If you're thinking about picking these books up, but have seen nothing but good reviews . . . uh, here's an alternative perspective?


Alice in Zombieland

I love Alice in Wonderland retellings, or rather the idea of them. I’ve only read one other retelling (two if you count the sequel), the review of which you can find here, but I’m defintely working on making that number a little bigger. I expected this to be so so much better. At the time of reading this, I was pretty into zombies. I was watching that Walking Dead, and occasionally uh, never mind that was all that I was doing. I did like them though, then this book came along and ruined it all. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the zombies that made me roll my eyes into the back of my head, it was the characters and the insta love. Such a disapointment, when it had so much potential!

Glass Arrow

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from this book. However I do expect a little more from hardback books, so in that aspect, it was a little bit of a let down.

The Kiss of Deception

I had hyped myself up for this book to the point where I was convinced it was going to make my faves list. Hell, I went out and bought the second / third book in HARDBACK without even reading the first one. Hmph, maybe not such a good idea. That’s not to say it was bad, don’t get me wrong. It just wasn’t . . . we just didn’t connect in the way I thought we would. The story wasn’t really what I thought it was going to be about, and there was a love triangle ugh.

P.S. I Still Love You

I did like this book, I really really did, but it was just so damn cliché. I knew what was going to happen in the book, I spent the whole time I was reading it hoping that I was wrong, but it worked out the way I though it would. Yes, okay it was still cute but maybe there should have at least been a switch in the order of how things got worked out?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

I did not enjoy this book when I first started. The way that Mara and Noah meet is horrible and utterly cliché. Throughout the book Mara calls him and asshole without really meaning it, she should mean it. Noah latches onto her without giving her the option to say no, he takes advantage of the fact the she 'owes' him something and manages to snag his first date with her. True he does get better as the book goes on but if someone was doing that to a friend of mine, my advice would be to stay the hell away from him.

The Beauty

The plot just wasn’t . . . that great.

The Imposter Queen

It was okay. I read the first 100 pages and just wasn't getting into it yet I still wanted to know how it turned out, so I flipped the book and read the last 100 pages as well. So technically, I did finish the book. The book also moves wayy too fast. In one paragraph Sig goes from happy to angry to sad with no apparent reason. I could understand this if this were a moment for him to be emotionally unstable, but it's not. There's a fight, a near death and the sad conclusion all in one paragraph. So much for the epic battle scenes.

Seraphina

Dragons are meant to be cool right? In this book . . . well they weren’t as cool as I wanted them to be. A big part of that was that I just wasn’t really a fan of the plot and the characters. I felt very diconnected with them, I think some of it was due to how the flashbacks were done. All we get once they're over is a couple of lines on how Seraphina feels and then they're never really mentioned again. It's like her mother only has an effect on her when it's relevant.

The Winners Curse

Ughhh. Long story short, this was horribly stupid for a book I thought was going to be nothing but cleverness. I loved the authors writing, I just didn’t respect that choices that characters made AT ALL.

Halfbad

I heard so many people rave about this one, but in the end it let me down big time. The writing was annoying, and the romance was confusing to say the least. It just didn’t make sense that he would be so devoted to a girl who he barely knew. Not only that, but I’m pretty sure her older brothers would be totally down to kill him. Where’s your self preservation dude?

If you want to read about some other books that disappointed me, click here to go to my book break ups post and click here to see some books that I DNF.




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  1. I've read three books on this list! The Winner's Curse, The Impostor Queen, and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I've been meaning to read Half Bad but I've been hearing mixed reviews about it... so let's see about that!

    AND DUDE YES. I have to agree with you on The Winner's Curse being SO disappointing! I bought the whole trilogy and once I finished The Winner's Curse I ALMOST didn't want to read the next two books... but in a way they got better? At least for me! The characters seemed more likeable and the plot more clever.

    The Impostor Queen was good enough, in my opinion, but it did lack something I can't name! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was a stressful book, but I liked the paranormal aspect about her killing people with her mind but I 110% understand you hating the romance aspect, because I did too!

    - Andrea at A Surge of Thunder

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    1. The Winner's Curse was so disappointing! I was also kind of grossed out by some of the things that happened in the book, and how they were dealt with eg. the slavery. I'm almost 100% sure that I'm not going to be reading the next books in the series ( oops ) although I have got a review coming in a couple of days with more info on why!

      The romance in Mara Dyer made me cringe so much. It was so uncomfortable! I think there's a scene where he follows Mara into the girls bathroom or something?? Really not something that people should aspire to have in a relationship. I mean, if she has said no and doesn't want you to follow here – definitely don't follow her into a place that's supposed to be private not only for her, but for other girls as well. *shudders*

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  2. I've read NONE of these, and definitely won't be picking any of them up any time soon XD

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    1. Good choice! Although some of these might just be me nitpicking, so there's totally a chance that you might like one of them <3

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  3. The Kiss of Deception was a book I was very excited to read but I was so disappointed with it :(
    My TTT.

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    1. YES! The idea and they hype behind it was awesome, it just wasn't carried through.

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  4. Half Bad is on my list this week as well. It was so painful...

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  5. I'm glad I'm not the only one who disliked Kiss of Deception. I couldn't finish it. Love triangle, sheesh. Also, for being the smartest girl in the kingdom she sure was discovered quickly. Not only her princely fiance, but an assassin and a royal spy all cornered her practically immediately. That's when I had to quit. Katniss she was not. lol

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    1. Yes, ughhh *eyerolls*. I just don't get it! The men are either geniuses, or her intelligence has been intensely overestimated. Not only that, but if she was smart – surely she could have come up with a way to figure out what he betrothed looks like rather than simply running away. She left her heart rule, which isn't a bad thing, but she just didn't use her brain sometimes.

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  6. I did kind of love Kiss of Deception, but DUDE, be glad you didn't stick it out with Half Bad. I ended up loving book 2, only to hate book 3 so much that I think I tried to actually stab it several (dozen) times. I do agree that PSISLY was a little.. cheesy. And The Glass Arrow wasn't as good as I had hoped either. I liked The Winner's Curse, but definitely not as much as the hype monster indicated that I should ;)

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    1. Oh thank goodness! I mean half bad did have some redemption points, but I definitely couldn't stick out anything worse than that. Hype can be a killer in so many of these cases. It's so terrible to end up hating a book that you thought you were going to love, even worse when you seem to be the only one who doesn't really like it that much.

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  7. I knew Gena Showalter would disappoint me with this series cause she did with other tow series, they went from my top favourite series to a disappointment as she wrote more books in it and I wanted to rea dMara Dyer books but never got around them, glad I didn't.
    Here's My TTT

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  8. Sorry to hear that you didn't like PS I Still Love You, The Winner's Curse or The Impostor Queen! I actually generally enjoyed them all but could understand where you're coming from. PS I Still Love You WAS very predictable, but I kind of thought that was the whole... atmosphere of the book, if that makes sense. Like, it's just not meant to be a game-changer. I did like TWC and TIQ though - TWC I enjoyed the strategies and TIQ I enjoyed the magic system. Still, great choices. :D

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    1. I completely agree about PSISLY – I got the feeling that it might have just been there for filler. I did enjoy it, even though the fact that it was included in this list may say otherwise, it just wasn't anything special. The first book, now that was something that I loved. The second book? Meh. OOh, I seem to be in the minority when I say that I don't like TWC and TIC – maybe I'm missing something haha :D

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  9. I really love Half Bad and the Winner's Curse...buuuut I aGREE WITH YOU THE GLASS ARROW!! What even was Glass Arrow!?? Am I the only one who thought it would be fantasy too because of the cover?! 😂 The dystopian threw me a lot. And I haven't tried Alice in Zombieland although I did pick it up at a library sale for 50 cents so. It's pretty at least.😂I wasn't a fan of the author's other book Firstlife though so I don't have particularly high expectations!

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    1. Alice in Zombieland just wasn't my cup of tea aka it annoyed the living hell out of me. I've always been a huge fan of character building, and these characters were more like caricatures. Not fun to read about and don't really make for a good story.

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  10. I have to say I agree with you on a couple of these (I haven't read most of the rest)! Half Bad and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer were just NOS for me. Not that they were particularly terrible. They both did a fairly good job of inspiring me to keep reading. I just wasn't left with a THAT WAS SO AMAZING kind of feeling, you know?
    -Amy

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    1. I totally get you! There are some books that are just . . . alright. I can't make up my mind whether I hate them for being so underwhelming, or love them for not being utterly terrible – even though when books are utterly terrible I can do a ranty review on them. Huh.

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    2. It's just so confusing! I mean, I think I actually prefer terrible books, because they make more sense! And if I hate them, like you say, I can rant and it is glorious.

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