I know we’ve said it before with blog posts like this but this is a post for readers, not authors. No offense is meant to any author named here but we aren’t going to like all books and often we want to talk about disappointments, the fails and the incredulous. This is one of those posts, so look away now if you want to.
Micky and Hollis here again charting some of our epic failures that almost hurt with disappointment. Sometimes I feel like I particularly hurt over a crashing fail when I’ve hyped the book up to myself. Often I’ve waited a year or six months for a particular book, new or part of a series, and the sadness when it doesn’t work out is intense. Where appropriate, we’ve linked our reviews so you can see what our problems were.
We recently read a book at the same time that we’d both been anticipating, it wasn’t a buddy read as such but turned into a finish on the same night situation. The utter relief at feeling the same about this book when it has about 750 positive reviews (prior to release) was wonderful. What was this book you ask? THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett.
Following up the previous day’s disappointment was another sorta-buddy read, this is a week where we both just happened to be behind on the same ARCs, and literally hours after THE GRACE YEAR, we found ourselves slogging through INTO THE CROOKED PLACE. This had an okay end for Hollis, wrapping it up with a two stars but willing to read on, but for Micky it was a dnf, she just couldn’t go on, key dramatic music.
THE BEAUTIFUL by Renee Ahdieh was another where we’ve been in tune in epic disappointment, although this was a 3 star read for us both (review here). It’s just we wanted it to rock our world with 5 stars, we’re greedy like that. We also kinda wanted vampires from this vampire book? We think that was less of an ask.
Another fantasy crash landing came in form of follow-up from Natasha Ngan in GIRLS OF STORM AND SHADOW, the sequel to GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE. Micky really enjoyed book one but kind of hated book two, Hollis saw the writing on the wall with book one, so it was less of a disappointment for her when book two didn’t work. We both gave it 2 stars and our review is here.
Another one where we black sheeped on was CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by André Aciman. This is a well-loved, and much hyped, book we both absolutely loathed. Neither of us really want to relive it so here are our one-star reviews if you’re curious.
THE UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina Lauren makes our list because, well, Hollis really struggled with this (it’s her least favourite CLo!) and Micky wasn’t far off in her thoughts either. Hollis diligently wrote her review here and Micky copped out of writing one for the blog but they were both 3 star thoughts.
Come tell us about your book disappointments, we all have them and it cheers us along to know it isn’t just us!