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T5W: Disappointing Books of 2018

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, Shadowblackbut 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?


13 thoughts on “T5W: Disappointing Books of 2018”

  1. I DNFed The Hazel Wood when I read it. I don’t know why exactly but I wasn’t completely taken by it. I also didn’t like Milk and Honey. I found the poetry style to be jarring and irritating, the messages are no different to what we’ve heard before, and it was very repetitive. I got absolutely nothing out of it and I’m someone who loves poetry.

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    1. I’m so glad it wasn’t just me when it came to Milk and Honey. I just didn’t like it, you’re very right that it was jarring and sadly not something I connected with.

      I loved the idea of The Hazel Wood, I just didn’t think it was well executed, or maybe that it wasn’t well edited, or something? I don’t know. Either way, it disappointed me.

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      1. I think I’ve noticed a few more people recently not like Milk and Honey, so it’s not just us at all thankfully. It also disappointed me that I ended up DNFing The Hazel Wood because I really wanted to like it. Oh well.

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      2. I think it was one of those collections where people were almost scared to say they didn’t like, or get it, at first. Milk and Honey, and in fact any poetry, just isn’t for everyone.

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      3. Agreed because poetry is such a subjective form of writing, much more so than fiction and non-fiction alike.

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  2. I agree about The Hazel Wood, but I loved Spellslinger. I guess, sometimes, the book just finds you at the perfect time so you love it or at the wrong time so you don’t get along so well. I may read Milk and Honey, as I’m trying to read more poetry. I don’t read many thrillers or crime, so hadn’t come across those two. Hope you had lots of good reads to balance out the disappointing ones!

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    1. The most annoying thing, and I guess disappointing thing about Spellslinger is that I didn’t hate it. I actually quite liked it, but found it messy and difficult to read which ultimately outweighed the bits I liked. Oh well.
      If you get the chance, Elisabeth Hewer’s Wishing for Birds is a great poetry collection, and that’s coming for someone who doesn’t love poetry.

      Thank you, I’m hoping 2019 is a great reading year. I hope it is for you too!


      1. Ooh, I will look out for Wishing for Birds, thank you.
        I know what you mean about Spellslinger – there are plenty of books I have read where I have loved so many things about them but, ultimately, it just doesn’t work out!

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  3. Count me in as not liking The Hazel Wood! It was my first read of the year! So disappointing. LOVED the concept, did not like the execution.

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    1. It was my first ever ARC and one of my first reads of 2018, and yes, I couldn’t agree more. The concept was A+ super awesome, but the pacing and execution not so much.


  4. I loved the Spellslinger series, just shows every reader is different :). I find poetry for the most part hard to get into so I’m waiting till the library has Milk and Honey so I can try.


    1. I really like the concept and the magical hierarchy/background in Spellslinger, and actually liked the story, I just found it difficult to read, and after struggling through the first two books I found the struggle outweighed the enjoyment.
      I find poetry to be difficult, and sometimes hard to get into. If you get the chance to read Elisabeth Hewer’s Wishing for Birds, it’s pretty great and an awesome entry level poetry collection


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