We all have our favourite books of the year, I posted a Top Ten books of 2018, and so did many other people. We have a tendency to focus on the books that we really liked or took us by surprise, and we never really think to talk about the books that disappointed us. I’m not talking about books that we really didn’t like, or books that we absolutely despised, but making that distinction that we’re talking books that disappointed us. Y’know, the overly hyped ones that were average, the ones that you take a punt on and weren’t the risk, yep, those ones. The thing is, I didn’t hate any of them. Some of them were given 3 stars because they were OK, they just weren’t what I was expecting.
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Spellslinger Sebastian de Castell (review) I have really taken a shine to different magical stories and YA novels, so when I discovered this series I was so excited. It was hyped in the bookish community, and it sounded like it was perfect for me and it was, well, disappointing. The story was messy and even though the premise had promise and I found bits funny, I had to give it a second go to understand what the hell was going on. I read the second book in the series, Shadowblack, but I just didn’t want to read on any further.
The Intruder P S Hogan (review)I took a punt on this book after seeing it being touted on NetGalley as a new thriller. I absolutely love a good thriller, and thought that this sounded new and promising. The beginning was OK, but after a couple of chapters it cliff dived to sub-mediocrity and floundered there for the rest of the book.
The Hazel Wood Melissa Albert (review) This book, a little like Spellslinger, suffers from being hyped. In fact, it was one of the first books I really remember being super hyped. It was one of the first books I received as a NetGalley reviewer, and I had such high hopes. In fact, I really liked aspects of the story and some of the characters, but there were bits that were really off and really big pacing issues that made it a little underwhelming. I would still read a follow up, but I don’t think I’d have nearly as high hopes.
Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur I don’t love poetry, so you may wonder why this was disappointing. So many people said it was good, nay, great, and I really enjoyed Elisabeth Hewer’s Wishing for Birds, so I decided that I would probably really enjoy it. Nah uh. It was hard work in all senses of the phrase and not at all what I expected or hoped for, and probably made me take a step back away from poetry all over again.
The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie This is by no means a bad book, it’s Agatha Christie for crying out loud, but it’s not the Agatha Christie I know and love. It was an early novel, which probably explains the predictable narrative, and it just didn’t have the excitement and storytelling of her later books.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
What books disappointed you in 2018?