This post could be controversial and possibly offend some people so I’m going to say sorry in advance. This is just my opinion. I didn’t like these books but it’s completely cool if you guys did. And even though I didn’t enjoy these books, none of these books were completely terrible. But they definitely weren’t for me.
This list actually turned out to be shorter than I thought it would be. I’ve had a great reading year and I was surprised by how many of the books I read this year that I disliked, because it turned out there weren’t many! I don’t like being negative on this blog but I’m not going to love every book I read. And, don’t worry, I will have a list of my favourite books from this year coming up soon.
Fallen by Lauren Kate
I knew this book had lots of bad reviews but, despite this, I was kinda interested in reading it. Even if a book has low ratings, I still like to decided for myself whether it’s any good. And I can pretty confidently say that the reviews for this one were right! This book was bad. There wasn’t much plot so the book dragged most of the time and Luce, the main character, was flat and boring. Also, Daniel, her love interest, was horrible. He was rude to her all the time and I didn’t really like that.
Bad Girls Don’t Die
To be fair, this book is a horror book and I don’t really enjoy horror so perhaps it’s not a massive surprise that I didn’t like this. But, for a horror book, nothing particularly scary happened. I’m someone who’s terrified easily but all the paranormal events going on this book were just so predictable that I wasn’t scared at all. Plus, I found the ending lacking, as it was rushed and I didn’t think it did a great job of wrapping up the book.
Panic by Lauren Oliver
This is probably the least worst book on this list (if that makes sense), I enjoyed it the most out of these but it still wasn’t great. My main issue is that the blurb built it up to be really dramatic and intense but it wasn’t. The whole premise of this legendary high-stakes game that features in this book kind of came across as unrealistic. Plus, none of the characters were relatable or interesting.
Splintered by A.G. Howard
I had many issues with this book. The main issue was Jeb, the best friend and love interest of the main character Alyssa. He was very possessive and had no respect for Alyssa and it was so frustrating reading about him. Then there’s the sensationalisation of the mental health issues that Alyssa’s mother suffers from, which was not ok. And the potrayal of nurses as being heartless people who just like to sedate patients and then leave them isolated, which I also didn’t appreciate.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
When I first read this book I fairly enjoyed it actually, it was a quick read for me and I quite enjoyed the writing style. But then, looking back on it a few days later, I started noticing some issues. The first was the ableism in this book and how this novel portrays disabled people as hopeless, which I don’t believe is right. Plus, I found most of the characters in this book uninteresting and I didn’t end up caring for any of them.