Hey, lovelies! Okay, it’s time for the post I dread to write up every year: My Top Five Least Favorite Books Published in 2017! Also, I just want to preface this by saying that I’m sorry if I didn’t enjoy one of your favorite books, series, or characters. And that my feelings do not invalidate yours whatsoever. These are just the five books that were my personal biggest letdowns of the year!
➽Into the Fire (Night Prince #4) by Jeaniene Frost
Lord, help me. This was easily the biggest reading disappointment of 2017 for me. I have waited for this book for so long, because it is the end of Vlad’s story-arc, but instead this read like just a set up for her new spin-off. And, like, Vlad himself just felt really bad with his treatment of Leila, too. This book was just mostly filler, phonematic, and hurtful, and that’s not really a combination I want to read in any book, but especially not a beloved series and world I’ve been reading since high school.
➽Raven’s Mark: (The Raven Queen’s Harem #1) by Angel Lawson
The mythology behind this book is based on The Morrígan from Irish mythology. Morrígan is said to be a phantom-like banshee queen that is associated with anything war. And she is often represented by a black bird, some say crow and others say raven. There are so many different interpretations of this war goddess, and this is a loose representation that does keep some major elements of the folklore. But in this version, she is trapped in a mansion with five super-hot guys who all want to sex her up 24/7. Oh, and for the worst part of the story: Morgan is a virgin and will have to eventually choose one of these men to give that magical gift to. *throws up forever*
➽Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1) by Rosalyn Eves
This is a historical fantasy novel, set in 19th century Hungary, with some Hungarian folklore. The author actually places real people from Hungarian history in her story, too, so I’ll give her a little credit for a unique setting, but it didn’t help the actual enjoyment of this book. And this wouldn’t be a generic historical YA fiction novel if the highborn lady didn’t fall in love with a Romany boy. (Also, it’s almost 2018, stop using the word G*psy!) This was one of the first things I read in 2017, so I’m not as familiar with the story as some of these I’ve recently read, but that’s honestly because this is just so basic that it’s also very forgettable.
➽The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre
This is one of the very few ARCs I’ve DNFed in my life. I made it 56% in before I finally stopped forcing myself to even try. This story is about an author who is dying, but before she passes away she wants to write one final story. And this final story will be about the truth of what happened to her husband, which no one else knows but her. Unfortunately, her illness is coming quicker than expected, so she is forced to hire a ghostwriter to help her. And dark secrets and mystery ensue. But, like, nothing happens. And I honestly couldn’t even pretend to care about the protagonist or her deep, dark past. The only positive thing I will say is that many of my friends really liked this one, so maybe this was just a case of “it’s me, not you” type thing.
➽Bad Habit (Bad Love #1) by Charleigh Rose
I was very uncomfortable with the ages of the love interests in this book. For the majority of the book they are seventeen and twenty-one. They have explicit sex (most of which is voyeurism), and they leave the state with each other, but they never discuss how she isn’t eighteen yet. This just completely stunted my enjoyed for this book. And more importantly (and grossly), this book has a lot of flashbacks to them being young. And in the prologue, we get to see Briar as only fourteen-years-old trying to seduce Asher who was seventeen at the time. The author tries to make it look like the fourteen-year-old is the one throwing herself at the seventeen-year-old, but like, the seventeen-year-old still makes the fourteen-year-old orgasm. I don’t care if it wasn’t an orgasm through penetration, I can’t be reading this kind of content. This should have been named Illegal Habit. Or at the least, Uncomfortable Habit, because I was the entire time reading.
Whew! Okay! I’m glad that’s over! I hate talking about books this way, but I feel like I owe it to you all to always write this post up! I hope you are all having the happiest of holiday seasons! I also hope you all still love me! Also, make sure you guys check out a giveaway I’m doing on my Instagram! The winner will be chosen on Christmas, so enter today! ❄☃💙