1. The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski. I wanted to love this book, but it was incredibly slow and the writing really was bugging me. I could not connect to the characters at all. It was a book that should have held my interest, but didn’t.
2. The Rattled Bones by S. M. Parker. Ugh, I could not stand the main character in this book, but I could have overlooked that if the story itself was engaging and it really wasn’t. It was slow as heck, especially given the length of the book itself.
3. Sleeper by MacKenzie Cadenhead. As someone who has lost two people to suicide, I just cannot deal with jokes about suicide. The second I came across that in this book, I was done.
4. By Your Side by Kasie West. I usually like if not love West’s books, and this one was set in a library, so I should have loved it, right? Well I didn’t. The characters were boring and I didn’t feel the chemistry between them at all. And a whole lotta nothing happened in the book.
5. Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin. I really wanted to love this one since I’m a huge fan of sister stories, but again, I was so unimpressed by this book. The characters didn’t hook me, the story itself didn’t make me feel anything.
6. The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn. Probably my biggest disappointment this year. I usually LOVE Kuehn’s books, but I just could not get through this one. I think I made it about 7 chapters in before I had to admit this book wasn’t going to work for me.
7. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills. Everyone I talked to seemed to love this book, so I was excited and I couldn’t wait to dive in. Unfortunately, I am the black sheep for this one. I could barely read 50 pages of it, that’s how boring I found it.
8. The Beast is an Animal by Peternlle van Arsdale. Way too weird for me and I’m amazed I stuck with it as long as I did.
9. The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend. I was really hoping to love this one because I love stories about families & siblings. Unfortunately, these characters were one dimensional and very boring. I don’t think I made it that far in the book.
10. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. Between rampant homophobia & rape threats against the main character? Hard pass.
1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. This book just made me so sad. The Throne of Glass series is so far removed from what it started as, I mean the main character doesn’t even have the same name. I miss what it used to be and I miss what it could have been. Unfortunately, I think SJM may have taken on too much at one time while writing her two series, and ACOTAR is starting to bleed into ToG and quality is bleeding from it.
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I was beyond excited when this was announced and when the arc was in my hands I nearly collapsed. However, this was just garbage. I made it halfway through before finally giving up. This was paranormal romance in a fantasy setting with seriously abusive characters and I’ve never felt more betrayed by an author.
3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I just don’t get along with Kristoff’s books unless they’re co-written with Amie Kaufman. Nevernight was terribly overwritten and repetitive, even in the opening pages! I didn’t connect with the style whatsoever.
4. The Awesome by Eva Darrows. I was hyped for this! So many of my friends had given it 4- and 5-star ratings, I thought, what could go wrong? Oh dear god. I put this down because the main character tries to RAPE someone it’s written like it’s supposed to be funny? She gets a boy black out drunk, he literally can’t walk or speak, and then tries to have sex with him. THEN she has the nerve to get mad at him for not being able to, so she makes him sleep either on the floor or next to her but without covers in his own house, still half-naked. Fuck that shit. Absolutely FUCK IT.
5. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I really hated the first book, but the second book was marginally better. However, this third book was soooo not for me. I hate Alina and I hate being in her head and she was such a drag in the beginning of this book. Having had the story spoiled for me, I’m so glad I didn’t push myself through a book I hated for THAT nonsense.
What are some books you couldn’t get through?