Underwhelming Reads of 2017

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome to a controversial (maybe?) post I like to write up at the end of the year. We all like to share the list of our best or favorite reads of the year, but how many of us talk about those disappointing reads of the year? You know, the reads that don’t quite match our expectations, the ones that aren’t OMG 5 star reads!

That’s what I’m here to talk about today.

Let me add this disclaimer, okay everyone. Just because the books are on this list does not mean that they are bad reads. It just means that either the hype was so great and it just didn’t meet those expectations for me, or that there was just something missing that didn’t make it absolutely outstanding.

All right, let’s just jump into these books. There really aren’t that many.


Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. This book had sounded so interesting to me, and the cover is really nice to look at. So I was expecting this to be a good sci-fi read. And it was BUT it was also lacking for me. Overall it was actually a short book and I feel like so much more could have been expanded on, particularly when it came to the world-building and the political differences. Also, I feel like the summary was a bit misleading. All in all, this story had a lot of potential and it just fell short for me. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars.


Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Okay, so this one is probably going to be the one that might upset people most. But please, as I said in the intro for this post, just because the book is on this list doesn’t mean that it is a bad book. In fact, I did give this book 4 stars. But honestly, I think it was all the hype surrounding this book that ended up making it so I expected so much more from it. Plus there were just some parts that felt a bit forced to me, and overall this book just didn’t end up giving me that emotional impact I expected or that I had felt with other books read in 2017.


Perfect Ten by L. Philips. Now this one is definitely an underwhelming read for me. I only gave it 3 stars because honestly though it was easy to read and didn’t take long, I finished it only because I received an early copy from Penguin’s First to Read program and felt it deserved to be fully read before I reviewed it. But the suspension of disbelief needed for this book is ridiculously high. Sam is wishy-washy in his decisions, and he is not really all that loyal to the person he’s dating, as he ends up flirting with others–and at the same time he scolds his friend for staying in a relationship with someone who continues to cheat on her. Overall it was just super disappointing.


The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash. For the setting and the geekery, this book is actually not that bad. I’ve read a few books in 2017 that take place in or around a convention, so I relate to those books really easily. But the romance aspect of this story just didn’t do anything for me; I couldn’t root for the unrequited love at all, because to me it was so clear that they were nothing more than friends and there were better options out there for our leading man.

Okay, so there’s one more book I kind of want to add to this list, but I feel like it should be separate from the others because this is my only DNF book. It isn’t something I do often, but in this book’s case, I just couldn’t think of forcing myself to continue with it any longer.


King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I really liked the first book, Red Queen. Though the overall tale was one I had read before, I nevertheless enjoyed the experience and was excited to see what the series would amount to. Then Glass Sword came out and I felt like I was dragging myself through most of the book to reach the end (and what an ending that was!), so honestly the ending was what saved the book for me and made me willing to give the third book a shot. Unfortunately I ended up giving up about halfway through this. For me personally it just felt like nothing really was happening, and I just couldn’t continue trying to force myself through a book when there were so many others waiting to be read. So, I will not be finishing King’s Cage nor will I be picking up War Storm. If you love the series though, then I’m glad you connected with the book in a way I just didn’t.

All right, well I guess that is all for this post. I’ll be back again in a few hours with my next post…which is actually my final post for 2017.


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