Saturday, December 19, 2015

10 Biggest Disappointments of 2015

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Today I'm going to be doing something different. I figured with the end of the year recaps of all the amazing books I have read this year that are to come, I would showcase the books that I was a bit underwhelmed by.

Keep in mind that by no means are these books bad. Just because I was disappointed doesn't mean I didn't necessarily like it, and no way means that you won't either!

Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

I had high hopes for the last book in the Burn for Burn trilogy. The whole entire book was going spectacularly, and then the ending happened. Every single couple that I wanted to end up together did not and the ending was just really weird. The last 100 or so pages had all these massive twists and even though I didn't like how it ended, the book was overall really good. You can tell that my opinion isn't the only one; the second book had a rating of 4.2 stars while this concluding novel had an average of 3.75 stars.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith

Jennifer E Smith is known for her cutesy contemporary novels. I read her novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and adored it back in 2014. I had high expectations for this one, and it just fell flat. It took me 26 days to read this! Twenty six! That is the longest a book has taken me to read and it really shows that I just didn't care about the book or its outcome.
Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Earthbound is the first in a trilogy that tells the story of Tavia Michaels and the adventure that follows when she realizes she has super natural powers. Throughout the book there is a love triangle as well. That was the only aspect that I was continually drawn to throughout the novel. Overall, I was just really bored and didn't care for Tavia or her love interests. However, the last 80 or so pages were really interesting and I just might pick up the second book.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I actually really liked Clockwork Angel, it just didn't live up to the excessive hype for me. People say that the Infernal Devices trilogy is the best that they have ever read, and I just didn't see it here. I'm obviously going to be continuing this series along with the Mortal Instruments, and I believe by the end of the trilogy, I will be connected to the characters. You can find my full review here!

Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Scorched is the companion novel to the first new adult novel I ever read, Frigid. There is a special place in my heart for Frigid, and I think that is why I was a bit disappointed with Scorched. The novel was my no means bad, I just didn't like it as much as its predecessor. To read more about my thoughts of this book, see my full review here!

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Okay, here's the thing: I really didn't like Sweet Evil. But as the series continued, I grew to love it! Sweet Reckoning, the third novel, was such a great concluding addition. Sweet Temptation, which encompassed all three books in Kai's POV, was even better for me. Though Sweet Evil made me want to rip my hair out, the other books made up for it time and time again. I gave Sweet Evil 2 stars, Sweet Peril 3.25, Sweet Reckoning 4 Stars and Sweet Temptation 4.25 stars. You can find my review of Sweet Temptation here!

Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Dear lord, The Fill in Boyfriend infuriated me to no end. I expected a fun, light contemporary where I would root for the characters. My friends on goodreads adore this book, and frankly, I expected to do the same! Instead I got a self obsessed and superficial main character that I despised reading from. There were some redeeming qualities, and it wasn't Kaie West's writing that got to me, just the story-line, so I gave it two stars. If you want, check out my rant review here. The Fill in Boyfriend has to be my biggest disappointment of the year.

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

I had big expectations for Nowhere But Here. It is much loved in the book community, and was even nominated for a goodreads choice award. I just don't see it though. I've read plenty of books by Katie McGarry, but this one just fell a bit flat. I did really love the book in the last third or so, but the exposition just killed me. The character development and secondary characters really appealed to me, so I will be continuing with the series. I just won't be expecting as much. Read my review here if you want to know what disappointed me!

Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

I have a feeling I just don't like protagonists that only have three letters in their name. Tia, the main character in this book, frustrated me almost as much as Gia in The Fill in Boyfriend. The thing that made me like this book just a bit more was the family relationships and friendships in this book. Even with that, I kind of hated this book half the time and really liked it the other times. The story just didn't really do anything to me and I actually face palmed from the horrible decisions the main characters made. Stop on by here for my review!

Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

Last but not least is the self published science fiction novel by Julia Crane. What disappointed me the most was how juvenile all the characters were portrayed. Instead of acting their age, which was in the late teens to early twenties, they came off to me as 13 years old or so. Another thing that just irked me were all the errors, grammatically and plot wise, that I picked up on. Granted, Freak of Nature did not have a professional editor, so I gave it a bit of a leeway. This novel wasn't necessarily bad, but it wasn't my cup of tea.

Want to know which other books I've been disappointed in? Check out my shelf on goodreads that is devoted to just that! What were some of your biggest disappointments of 2015?

Thanks guys for stopping by!

Happy Reading! :)

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read! 


  1. What a fun idea for a list! And I know what you mean some books aren't bad, but still disapointing as they aren't what you hoped for/ expected. I've had a few of those books this year as well. It's always a shame when a book doesn't turn out to be as good as you hoped.
    I did enjoy Sweet Evil, but never continued the series, hearing that the rest of the books are even better makes me think I might have to give the rest of the series a try once. I own Frigid, but haven't read it yet. I have heard about most of the other books, but haven't read them.

    1. Thanks Lola! I think disappointments happen more often for me when it is part of a series, especially one that I love, because my expectations keep rising and rising. I think you should try picking the series back up again if you liked Sweet Evil. I (obviously) didn't, and am still a fan of the series overall. I hope you get around to Frigid soon! It's so fun to read during the winter. :)

      Thanks for stopping by Lola!

      Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

  2. I was really disappointed by the "Mortal Instruments" series. After all the hype, I expected something spectacular. Honestly I liked the movie more than the book.

    1. Have you read all of them? I'm reading City of Fallen Angels right now, and though I'm liking it, I'm not loving it. So far, City of Glass has been my favorite out of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. Are you going to be watching Shadowhunters, the ABC Family show that's going to be premiering soon based on the Mortal Instruments?

  3. This was a great idea for a list! I read some books this year that didn't necessarily live up to my expectations either. I might do a post like this as well! If I do I'll definitely mention you!!

    1. Thank you! Though it is unfortunate you've had some disappointments, I'm glad I inspired you! :)

  4. I didn't care for Biggest Flirts either, but then again I didn't really go into it with high expectations... :)

    1. Glad to know I'm not alone! I didn't have the highest of expectations, but I never had read any Jennifer Echols book before then so I didn't know what to expect. :)