Disappointing Books of 2017

Here is my list of the top ten most disappointing books I read in 2017. These are books I expected to enjoy, but ended up disliking. The list isn’t in any particular order instead it’s organized by genre.

Clicking each cover will direct to my full review.

Young Adult Fantasy


I went into Roar with a lot of expectations. The magic system is very similar to that of Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson, so those are HUGE shoes to fill. Roar was marketed as fantasy with a heavy amount of romance. Unfortunately, Carmack’s lack of experience writing fantasy is apparent in the flaws in the world building and magic system. Regrettably, the romance isn’t on par with her others novels either.

The Kiss of Deception was probably one of the worst books I read in 2017. #SorryNotSorry. Labeling this novel fantasy is a disservice to the genre. This novel is a young adult romance with a little mystery sprinkled throughout in a medieval setting.

Young Adult Contemporary 

the becoming of noah shaw
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer trilogy is one of my absolute favourite young adult trilogies. So, I went into The Becoming of Noah Shaw with HUGE expectations. Unfortunately, I found this novel to be boring. Nothing really happens for most of the book. As much as I love Noah Shaw, this book wasn’t necessary.

after the fall
After the Fall bit off more than it can chew. It tried to tackle a lot of important issues, but failed to offer anything substantial.


sweet little thing
I think that I’ve outgrown Abbi Glines’ writing. I used to devour everything she wrote and loved every second. Now, I find myself questioning whether or not she has any range as a writer. Sweet Little Thing is a cliché filled instalove romance typical of the infamous Abbi Glines formula.

Science Fiction

I absolutely LOVED The Martian because it’s a fun, intelligent, and well written story about survival, so when I found out about Artemis I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, Weir’s inability to write a believable female character is a huge disservice to the story as a whole.

I still can’t believe it won the Goodreads Choice for Science Fiction… Really?! *hangs head*

a matter of oaths
A Matter of Oaths has a lot going for it, but, ultimately, falters because of the vague writing style and poor world building.

three body problem
I’m definitely in the minority when it comes to this novel. I couldn’t connect with the story or characters. The Three-Body Problem has many interesting ideas that aren’t connected, leaving the novel feeling like gears spinning independently from each other unable to generate a cohesive final product.


The Bloodprint
I really wanted to like The Bloodprint. It’s premise is so intriguing and fascinating, but delivers nothing it advertised. I expected an intricate story about oppression, religion, and feminism, but instead received a poorly written novel with little to no feminist tones and a boring main character.

Again, I’m in the minority when it comes to Nevernight. Nevernight has an interesting premise but is bogged down by overwritten writing that makes it almost impossible to appreciate the plot.


Also check out my best books of 2017!

2 thoughts on “Disappointing Books of 2017

  1. I actually have both Artemis and Three Body Problem on my TBR and look forward to trying them out some day. I haven’t read The Martian and only saw the movie though. Maybe that will help for Artemis! But if that female character really is that awful… I’m in for some disappointment. I was a bit skeptical about reading it when I heard people say she read like a female character straight out of a YA story!!

    1. I really hope you enjoy Three Body Problem. There was just something about it I couldn’t connect with.
      Hopefully not reading The Martian will help you enjoy Artemis more since that was another reason I was so disappointed with it. The Martian was so good! 😜

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