T5W 2018 Most Disappointing Reads

I have been a busy bee this week and haven’t had time to look at a book or the blog. It’s been bad times but I finally have a free hour, and what’s better than a Top 5 Wednesday to get back in the blogging swing?

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Ginger Reads Lainey and currently hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. I have found another Top 5 Wednesday I’m interested in! More tea shall be spilt this week, mwahaha.

2018 was a pretty good year for reading but some of my reads stick out in the worst way. From ‘meh’ all the way to throwing the book across the room. So let’s get into it:

Nightblood by Elly Blake

I feel like I’ve grown a lot from when Frostblood came out to Nightblood being released. The series just didn’t grow with me. I loved Frostblood, the fantasy and the relationships. In Nightblood I realised just how controlling Arcus is and it just ruined the book for me.

Shadow Play – Jill Ramsower

T5W 2018 most disappointing reads

I was so looking forward to Shadow Play, it was a fae urban fantasy based in my city. I have learned the problem with a book being based where you live is that you can be put off by any small details that are incorrect. The story was sadly not enough to save it for me.

Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean

Empress of all Seasons had such potential, the synopsis had me. The first twenty pages sucked me in. The village Mari grew up in was the most interesting part. I feel it would have been so much better if it was a duology. It just felt rushed.

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black – Emily Barr

T5W 2018 Most Disappointing Reads

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black wins the award for most hateable main character. Ella has no redeemable features. She treats her parents like dirt and has the worst attitude. There is the worst case of insta love in this. When this happened I chucked the book across the room, I was done.

I can’t actually think of another disappointing read, so my year must have been pretty good!

Did you have any disappointing reads in 2018?

22 thoughts on “T5W 2018 Most Disappointing Reads

  1. Laurie says:

    My disappointing reads? Oh, definitely when the surface breaks, ash Princess, the hunger games, the 100, we were liars. And there might be even more, but I can’t really think of them right now.


  2. divabooknerd says:

    I’m another reader who loved Frostblood as well but haven’t gotten around to reading Nightblood yet despite the entire series being released. I was probably lured in by that cliffhanger at the end of book one. I didn’t realise Empress of All Seasons was a standalone read. I love duologies personally and wish more authors would consider a duology, it would cut out that boring middle book syndrome. Sorry these didn’t work too well for you, hopefully you’re currently reading something fabulous!


  3. Jennifer Pletcher says:

    I did have a few disappointing reads last year. I think some I expected, but others I was surprised about Where the Crawdad’s Sing. It wasn’t TERRIBLE but it wasn’t as good as a lot of people told me it was. I think my WORST read for the year was The Sometimes Sisters.


  4. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts) says:

    Wait, Empress of All Seasons is a STAND ALONE?!?!?!?! I thought it was a series! Sorry you didn’t like it though – I love when the pacing is good and not rushed, but oof. I didn’t have a bad reading year until I got to the last two weeks of 2018 and then everything went downhill from there. 😭


  5. Olivia-Savannah says:

    I am so sorry these ones were disappointing to you! I didn’t actually know Empress of All Seasons was a standalone – I was so sure it was going to be a series! I think I can see why it was a bit rushed in that case :/ I was very disappointed by Sherlock Holmes stories when I read them!


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