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Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Hi readers! Today I’m sharing with you my most disappointing reads of 2018. I read a total of 100+ books this year, which is the most I’ve ever read in a year. I read some new all-time favourites, I read some average books, and these 5 books are the 5 most disappointing books I read this year. Note: these books are books I read in 2018, not necessarily books released in 2018.

Most Disappointing Books of 2018

» Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

I have been very vocal about how this is legitimately the worst series finale I’ve ever read. I really loved the first few books in this series, but after Frozen Tides everything just went downhill. This book had no sense of urgency, nothing happened until the last quater and the ending was rushed, badly written and utterly unrealistic. After calling this my favourite YA fantasy series for a couple years, it’s disappointing to see how it turned out.

» The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Full disclosure, I DNF’d this book. I made it 185 pages in before I had to put it down. This is a horrible, fatphobic pile of garbage. I felt no connection to our main character, the only thing keeping me reading was that I wanted to find out what was so spectacular about the twists. But the absolutely disgusting way the author writes/portrays fat characters is unacceptable, harmful and downright disrespectful. No matter how shocking the twists at the end, nothing could redeem the faphobia for me.

» Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

This is yet another book I had really high hopes for this year but ultimately didn’t finish. I really enjoyed the first part of this book, but after that I feel like it went totally downhill and just couldn’t hold my attention. The tone and mood of the book completely changed after the first volume and it just didn’t work for me.

» Stripped by Zoey Castile

This was a super hyped book, and one of my most anticipated reads of the year, but unfortunately it wasn’t the book for me. It wasn’t necessarily bad, it just lacked depth and the ending was super rushed. I’m intrigued enough to continue the series, but I honestly thought this was going to be one of my new favourite romance books, which it didn’t turn out to be.

» 99% Mine by Sally Thorne

Well. This was a hot mess. To use three words to describe this novel: problematic, underdeveloped and shallow. Thorne knows how to write a good angsty, slowburn romance, however the unhealthy posessiveness, underdeveloped plot & characters and the lowkey shallow romance made me dislike this. I have a full length review if you want to read my more in-depth thoughts on this, but overall it just really wasn’t for me.

So, that’s the top 5 books that disappointed me this past year! If you’ve read any of these books, do you agree or disagree with my thoughts? What were some of your most disappointing reads of 2018?

Thanks so much for reading!

Taryn xxx

13 thoughts on “Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

  1. i put down Seven Deaths as wellll!!!!! it was just,,,,,,garbage. gosh, i think i probably DNF’d more books that I actually read this year lskjdfls especially arcs???? (which was the version of Seven Deaths I had, such a horrible arc year for my poor hopeful heart) </3

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  2. I’ve seen a couple negative reviews for 99 Percent Mine. I’m going to heed your warnings about the Falling Kingdom series. I borrowed the first book from my library recently so I don’t feel too bad about not finishing it.

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