Most Disappointing Books of 2017

It’s that time of year again; time to get bitchy and cheery about books-YAY.

This week, I’ll post my most disappointing books; the books that I shockingly liked; the worst books of the year; 2018 books that I’ve liked and disliked so far; and my faves of the year.  I actually did my faves of the year so click here to see that list.

So off we go with my most disappointing books of 2017.  Disclaimer, the books on this list were books I was REALLY excited about and they didn’t live up to my extremely impossibly high expectations.  Some of these books I gave a low rating and some I gave a high rating.  Click the cover if you want to read my full review.

These are in no particular order

that inevitable victorian thing

I loved Exit, Pursued by a Bear but this book-YIKES!! The characters were underdeveloped, there were dropped storylines, the world building was incomplete and not very interesting, and I don’t give two shits about the Canadian railway.  Sorry Canada and Canadians but I don’t give two shits about the American railway either.

Bang Bang Rating bombbombbomb

one of us is lying

I wasn’t expecting a critical read but I was expecting a good mystery considering this has been on the NY Times bestseller list for weeks.  It began pretty well but then it dragged ass and that ending-WTF?  I was legit going back to the crime scene to figure out who was doing what and that didn’t even matter. UGH!!!

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbomb

wrinkle in time

I know, I know and I hate to say it but WHAT THE HELL was happening in this book?!! We didn’t read this in school and I grew up in a town called Zion so maybe it was because of the religion aspect? Who knows.  Anyway, it starts off great with the weird six year old and the rough and tumble girl and the interesting bag like lady but then the pacing went bananas.  Then I couldn’t understand why no one was pointing out that a six year old does not talk or act like that and that ending was too abrupt.  I applaud the author for writing about black holes and god in the same book but DAMN, that was not a good book.  I will however go see the movie.

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbomb

dear martin

I waited a long time to read this book, last week to be exact, and I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like it.  I’ve seen Nic at ALA long before her book was published so I knew this book was going to be hyped but you know when you get that feeling…Well I was correct-no thanks.  I do think this book is a good conversation starter but that’s it.  There’s no depth to the real conversation and the character development was absent.  This book is called Dear Martin so I expected some deep inspirational convos with MLK.  Nope, he mostly talked about the white girl he liked that his mother won’t approve of.  I think MLK has other things to care about other than your insensitive mother.

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbomb

flame in the mist

OMG, this book was hyped to DEATH and boy did it disappoint.  I like to begin by saying that I’ve met Renee and she’s a sweet woman but she needs to fire her editor and fast.  She has great ideas and I like the folklore she incorporates but she needs someone to tell her to STOP IT with the Mary Sue heroines.

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbomb ( I was being generous with a three)


Marie Lu is a hit or miss for me but it’s mostly been hits so imagine my surprise and disappointment when I read this mess.  Emiko made some dumbass mistakes like not checking her room for bugs or checking her back when she went to meet, dude.  Sorry, forgot his name.  And that ending, I saw that coming a mile away.  And that instalove?  NOOOO, Marie does the slow burn romance so well.  I loved June and Day but this couple-GROSS!

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbomb 1/2

a conjuring of light

UGH, it hurts my feelings to say this but I did not like this series ender.  Rhy is such a weakling and I feel he never really recovered or it was a bit too late- either way it SUCKED FAT ONES!  Did we find out who Kel was? Did I miss it?  It was too much going on and I didn’t enjoy it.  I also listened to the audiobook for this one and I did not like the voices for Rhy, Alucard, or Kel.  Good god, Alucard sounded like an old ass man-NO!  I still love Schwab and if you get the chance to hear her speak, I HIGHLY recommend it-she’s inspiring.

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbomb 1/2

gentleman's guide

This book was a HOT ASS MESS.  Monty was the worst-completely unlikeable and I know he’s supposed to be but in my opinion, he never redeemed himself.  The topic of race was  was stereotypical-“Look everyone, a negro is in the room.  Are you the help?”  COME ON!!! Their unrequited love is so played out; I need to see something new, people. The sister was a trope-oh the girl who is smart and doesn’t want to be a princess (insert eye roll emoji).  And the eavesdropping of every important conversation just to advance the plot, NO.  Lee needs to find another way.  NOPE, NOPE, NOPE

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbomb (Once again, I’m being generous with this three)

jane unlimited

I liked Graceling and I think Cashore is a good writer but this-NO.  I liked the find your own adventure format and I was all about that but this book was a snooze fest.  The characters were quirky and mysterious and interesting but it was often too much unnecessary info.  And art forgery? Teen don’t give a shit about that.  The fact that these characters were in college lead me to believe this is new adult as I do not know what teen to give this to.

Bang Bang Rating: DNF

the upside

I loved Simon and I’m excited about the movie but I think I had too many expectations for her second book.  I did like it but I feel like this book is written explicitly for a 16 year old girl and it does not relate to the masses.  I read almost exclusively YA and in most contemporary, I can find some nuggets of relatable info but this one-NOPE!  I kept yelling at the protagonist to GET OVER IT ALREADY, GEEZ.

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbombbomb


This suffered from the same issues as Upside of Unrequited.  Serpent King was one of my top books of 2016 and this book lacked everything that I loved about TSK-the seamless incorporation of religion and the hope of a better future.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked it but not as much as I thought I would.  Also, I love Zentner and if you get the opportunity to see him, please do. Perhaps he’ll wear a kerchief like he did when I met him.

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbombbomb


I thought the end of book one was a hot mess but I like Heilig’s writing particularly the relationship between Nix and Kash but this book…Heilig started changing the rules of her world and I was like, HELL NO!  The strong character development from book one was missing and I couldn’t make it through.

Bang Bang Rating:  DNF

hunting prince dracula

I didn’t necessarily love book one but I did like to dynamic between the main characters. I do love Dracula so I was interested but most of my disappointment came from my poor reading abilities.  See, the title is Hunting Prince Dracula and that’s pretty much what they do for the entire book-hunting.  It’s not called Hanging Out with Prince Dracula so I was surprised when I got a lot of, “I’m a girl; look at me” and not a lot of Dracula.

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbomb

If you liked any of these books on this list, I apologize but not really- LOL.

Were there any books that really disappointed you this year?


2 thoughts on “Most Disappointing Books of 2017

  1. I also love Graceling but didn’t enjoy Jane Unlimited. I don’t have a problem with the art forgery aspect because at least it’s unique, and people do sometimes have unusual interests. I think I was actually more bothered by the umbrella-making hobby because, sure, someone in the world probably does that, but…it almost seemed like Cashore was going too far out of her way to make the character unique and then it just got weird. Mostly I didn’t like that the various stories got progressively unrealistic. I didn’t realize we were going to end up with aliens and alternate painting worlds and whatever. I liked when the stories were different but all kind of plausible.

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