Worst books: 2017 edition // Wrap Ups

Hey hey!

I’ve already posted my favourites in 2017 which can be found HERE. Continuing my overdue yearly wrap up series, I’ll be sharing my worst books of 2017 today. They’re books that I found unenjoyable or just weren’t my type, but I don’t particularly hate any of these books. These are my personal experience reading them and don’t actually reflect the quality of the book so if there are any books on this list that you loved, that’s fine too. Now without any particular order, let’s get into it!


(A.K.A. this is why I have Goodreads trust issues)

260731501. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

3.5 stars

Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2016) + Goodreads average rating: 4.71

I had such high expectations for this sequel, because there was so much positive hype surrounding this novel. I heard from a good majority who didn’t particularly enjoy the first book, love this one. Naturally, I thought that there was going to be a huge wow factor that would such me into the series but it didn’t. I don’t hate this novel overall, but I am conflicted because there was a lot that I despised (namely, the territorial fae). A lot of the time, I was confused about the plot direction because the events seemed pointless and I got bored. Anyway, I have a whole review HERE.

190632. The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

3.5 stars

Multiple awards + Goodreads average rating: 4.36 + HYPE!!

Why couldn’t I have loved this?? Everything I heard about this novel built my interest in this novel, but the book just didn’t blow me away like I expected. I thought I was getting into a unique, strange and heart-wrenching read but I didn’t feel any attachment to the characters, nor was I particularly emotional throughout my read. I feel that this is a “it’s me, not you” situation, but I’m still disappointed.

84424573. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

3.5 stars

Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller (2012) + Goodreads average rating: 4.04 + HYPE!!

This was another novel where I set my expectations much too high. I didn’t find it gripping until the last half of the novel and I thought the plot was going to be more shocking. The novel focused on a lot of details I thought were tedious and I was a little disappointed in the ending. However, the story is dark and gritty, but perhaps the characters were a tad too infuriating for me.

21187454. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

3 stars

Multiple awards + hella Ness HYPE

This novel has such an interesting and mysterious premise and I’m actually disappointed in how disappointed I am. I was terribly confused and bored throughout the novel and didn’t grow attached to any of the characters. Also, I was not the biggest fan of the protagonist because he got on my nerves, but I eventually grew to somewhat like him.

19669695. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

3 stars

My love for Snyder books

I really wanted to love this because I love these characters but it fell flat. The plot was convoluted and forgettable. I found myself re-reading lines and carrying on low-key confused. The ending was a little strange and didn’t leave me with the satisfaction I have reading Snyder’s novels. It’s super sad. Full review HERE.


289541236. Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti

DNF @ 60%

I was just bored. I saw so much potential from the first novel of the series, but I found myself growing disinterested and struggling to finish this. There are 6 main characters and point of views but I didn’t particularly enjoy any of them. It was a lot of going back and forth between the characters and I thought there wasn’t a lot of  plot development. Many more thoughts HERE.

5686467. Learning to Play Gin by Ally Carter

2 stars

I really enjoy Ally Carter novels but this one was nothing more than a little entertaining. There was too much angst for me and not enough substance. I didn’t understand there root of the conflicts in the novel pertaining to the protagonist’s relationship and the classic Carter humour vanished. Also, the ending gave me no closure. A review can be found HERE.

232676288. The Fever Code by James Dashner

2.5 stars

Well… that’s the last time I force myself to finish another James Dashner novel. I really enjoyed the first novel of this series, The Maze Runner but everything has been downhill from there. When reading this novel, I still felt that need to finish every book I start and finish every series I start, but trust me that’s a bad idea. If you’re not enjoying your time reading a novel, put it down. This was a prequel I thought was going to answer some questions about WICKED but honestly, it raised more. And there’s a lot of repetition from the original trilogy. A whole conglomeration of thoughts HERE.

94604879. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

2.5 stars

This book had a completely tone to what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be super creepy (I mean, look at that cover aesthetic). It took a while for me to figure out what was going on and there wasn’t enough of what I wanted from this novel. I wanted to learn more about the peculiar children and their abilities but overall, it didn’t engage me.

3025492310. Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

3 stars

I feel that I was a little generous in my rating of this book because although I was super excited about the idea of conspiracies and secret societies, the execution was rather disappointing. I haven’t been the biggest fan of this series, but I was willing to give the finale of a chance. Unfortunately, the story was directionless and the ending was anticlimactic *sigh*. My full review is HERE.

And that’s the end of this post! I’ve realised that calling this list my worst books of 2017 is a little more harsher than my actual feelings about these novels. But those are my honest thoughts about these books so hopefully I didn’t offend anyone. Maybe you agreed with my thoughts? Hopefully, 2018 contains some great reads!

Emily x


What are your worst/disappointing reads of 2017? Biggest let downs? Ranting is fine. Comment below!

4 thoughts on “Worst books: 2017 edition // Wrap Ups

  1. I don’t even know if ACOMAF is the 2nd or the 3rd book!?! The names confuse me so much! Haha.
    But hyped books that disappoint are so annoying. You kind of assume going in that you’ll be disappointed BUT STILL


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