Here is part 2 of my review for 2018! I’ll be going through my best and worst books, as well as my most surprising and disappointing books, and I’ll finish off with my goals and yearly TBR!
These books were not all particularly ones that I disliked, but I was expected to love them and sadly didn’t. Luckily there were only five which really disappointed me, and I know many people enjoy these books so these are my opinions. I rated these around 3 stars, so I still enjoyed them to an extent, but was expecting to give them 4 or 5 stars. All the average star ratings I including were from Goodreads and were accurate as of 28th December 2018!
5/ A Madness So Discreet – Mindy McGinnis
Rating: DNF (3 stars at DNF)
Ave Rating: 3.79
The cover looks awesome, the blurb sounded awesome, I was expecting to devour this and love it. It started off being what I expected… the gory, twisted, insane asylum. However it soon became a strange murder mystery, which didn’t make much sense! It felt like Grace and the other girls were supposed to be apprentices, learning about how to solve murders, and this made the plot seriously go downhill. It became tedious and boring and I could not continue unfortunately.
4/ Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
Av Rating: 3.81
I loved the premise and thought it was such a fantastic concept, however I found the writing to be too simplistic and dry, and because of this, I found it quite difficult to fully connect to the characters. They were portrayed very well and felt like real people, but it seemed like it was missing something, their full emotions perhaps. As much as I enjoyed the idea of the doors, it did feel a bit out of place to have an easy and magical way out as suppose to the actual danger that would’ve been the forefront of a refugee story, there were suddenly no stakes on the line for them to escape which took away most of the emotion.
3/ The Guernsey Literature and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Av Rating: 4.15
Very heart-warming and enjoyable read. It was clearly well-researched and a lovely book to breeze through, but I don’t think it’ll leave a lasting impression. I was expecting to love this, but the format of letters made it quite difficult to feel attached to the characters and get immersed into the plot. So many people have this as a favourite, and a must-read for book lovers, and I got that, but I did find myself bored sometimes. I ended up liking the movie more than the book, which to me is a huge disappointment on the book.
2/ Jane Steele – Lyndsay Faye
Ave Rating: 3.92
I was really disappointed with this, after reading and loving Jane Eyre, I thought I’d love a Gothic serial killer retelling! I read the first half quickly, and enjoyed it a lot. I found the plot compelling and I liked how Jane was a serial killer for wicked people; she killed those she thought were deserving of it. And I thought it was clever how the author kept close enough to Jane Eyre, but still entirely different. But I unfortunately lost interest ever since Jane went to be a governess for Mr Thornfield; she lost her spunk and the momentum of the plot dragged. I couldn’t grip myself to what was happening and I started to care less and less until the novel was over. Very anti-climactic, unfortunately.
1/ Uprooted – Naomi Novik
Rating: 2/5 stars
Average Rating: 4.11
Yeah… I was so disappointed I didn’t like this. It was like ACOTAR, but without all the bits that I loved about ACOTAR. I did not get the relationship AT ALL (the Dragon was a douche) and did not get on with the main protagonist. The few action bits I enjoyed, and I found the writing beautiful but that was pretty much it. I had hyped this book tremendously in my head, so that is why it was really disappointing to me. I do know people either love this or hate this, and unfortunately I fell into the latter category. But I’m still going to try and read Spinning Silver as I heard it’s completely different to this, so hopefully that I would enjoy better!
So those were the books that I found the most disappointing this year. Did any of you read these books, and if so, what did you think of them? What were your most disappointing books of 2018? What were the best books you read this year? I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!!