Hello I am returned from the dead to drag some awful books.
What better way to end this awful year than with some awful books?
I also have a list of my favorite books of the year that I will be posting soon but for now enjoy some complaining!! also ft some copy pasting of my chaotic goodreads reviews
Also I know some of these are very controversial lol just remember this is my personal opinion and if you love these books that’s totally valid!
10. The Hummingbird Dagger
I read this book in January so I genuinely remember nothing about it except that I was super bored the whole way through and didn’t care.
Also, on Goodreads, the review I left right after reading it was “booooooring. that’s the review.”
9. Three Dark Crowns
Here’s the review I left I think it sums up my thoughts nicely:
“for a book that was supposedly about three queens killing each other, there sure was a lot of absolutely pointless flirting and courting and zero action”
8. A Date With Darcy
I was all ready for a cute YA contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice and I got… this mess. The main character was incredibly immature, selfish, and just dumb? Also all the characters were flat and underdeveloped, there was so much instalove.
7. And I Darken
I would like to present my thoughts on this book from my goodreads review in bullet point form:
-that was a disappointment
-idk why I thought it would be fantasy but it’s not
-this was like 200 pages too long like some parts were good but wow it dragged so much
-seriously I was bored out of my mind for a lot of it
-I hate mehemed with every fiber of my being
6. Wicked As You Wish
How can I not be mad at the book that put me in a reading slump for several weeks? This book had such messy convoluted world building (not talking about the Filipino influences, but I was so confused by wonderland… the ice kingdom… the royal states of America… Neverland… Arizona… wtf is happening with all these together) and 209381029381 characters too many so I was just ~confused~ for the whole book.
American Royals was objectively bad but it was such guilty pleasure trash that I really enjoyed it. Majesty was objectively even worse and had no fun fluff going for it. Every single character was a horrible person. The romance and ships sucked. Also the whole concept of white “American Royals” ruling over land they colonized and stole from Native Americans, and the inclusion of a Black character whose family was enslaved by the white royals, who was then freed but instead of being a king in his own right, decided to give up freedom to be a subject under his former enslaver?????? is very problematic
4. Frankly in Love
Frankly… Frank Li is a horrible person and thanks to him I hated this book! Seriously was everyone conspiring to lie to me because I’ve heard such amazing things from people I trust about this book but I hated it. Frank was annoying, sexist, and treated his girlfriend abhorrently. He literally cheats and lies and it’s never addressed, he faces no repercussions for it. The book tried to address racism but ended up honestly feeling racist to me. Also it used a gay character’s sexuality as a plot twist and let him be all sad and yearning while the straight characters got their happily ever after.
3.When Dimple Met Rishi
I also read Of Curses and Kisses this year by the same author and really enjoyed it but this… is all I had to say about this:
-why did a book that takes place at a coding camp have zero coding? just a lot of dancing and flirting
-can you say instalove?
-also we love that slut shaming and girl hate!!
-dimple is low-key a horrible person
-the writing style feels like I wrote this in 5th grade lmao
2. The Kiss of Deception
This was so completely wholly awful I don’t even know where to start. Honestly, it was so bad I kind of blocked it from my mind. It was so unbelievable literally every other page was like ~how convenient~ The main character was selfish and unlikable, both men of the love triangle were bland, boring, and useless, the entire plot made no sense, the world building was a mess… I might have liked it more in 2014 when it was published but not in 2020!
1. The Betrothed
Honestly this book was so laughably bad I kinda regret not writing a full length rant review lol. I know The Selection kinda sucks but it’s my guilty pleasure so I was ready to read this and love it for its cheesiness and sappiness even if it’s objectively bad but… wow I hated it. It was… an absolute mess. How did it get published?? Instalove, flat underdeveloped characters, clunky awkward dialogue and world building. It genuinely reads like a 2012 YA book, like literally The Selection but without any of the charm. The 2.9 goodreads average should tell you all you need to know lmao.
Did you hate any of these books too? Or did you love them lol that’s okay too I won’t judge. What were your least favorite books this year? I’d love to chat below!