Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Hey, friends! Okay, I know this post is going to be a little on the controversial side, but just remember that just because a book wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean that it isn’t for you or anyone else. I’m so sorry if one of you favorite books happens to be on this list, but I promise you and your enjoyment are valid! But these are the ten 2018 publications that I found to be really disappointing. (Click on the titles to read my full thoughts and feelings, along with full lists of the trigger warnings that I came across!)

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert

Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Cracked Kingdom (The Royals #5) by Erin Watt

Rule (Rule #1) by Ellen Goodlett

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Okay, loves! Again, I’m so sorry if any of your favorites are on here. I promise, I still love you with my whole heart and I’d never intentionally hurt anyone. People just always want me to make this post at the end of the year, so I always write one up! But I hope you all are having happy holidays! And Merry Christmas Eve for everyone who celebrates! 🎄

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59 thoughts on “Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

  1. I was so disappointed by Everless and the Hazel Wood as well! I went into both with such high expectations, and both unfortunately, fell flat for me. Hoping your 2019 is filled with nothing but marvelous reads! Have a Merry Christmas, love! ❤

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  2. The Hazel Wood didn’t really work for me either. I DNFed it with the feeling that I’d pick it back up but I’m really not inclined to do so. I, however, did like Everless but I didn’t think it was that mind-blowing or fantastic enough to warrant a rating higher than 3 stars. I’m still going to give the sequel a try though.

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  3. you are so sweet it’s crazy. i liked The Hazel Wood but honestly it was so weird, i’m surprised it worked for me at all?? hope you have literally zero disappointments in 2019. you deserve nothin but five stars

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  4. Totally agree about The Hazel Wood and Everless! Everless was high on my anticipated releases for the year, but it was SUCH a letdown. The Hazel Wood was just not that good of a book (in my opinion). Great post as always, Mel! Merry Christmas 💕

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    1. Rule has the potential to be good… which is why it hurts more! Hahaha! But yeah… The Hazel Wood I read in December of last year… and it really has stuck with me! Hahahahaha! But I hope you’re having the happiest of reading, sweetheart! Merry Christmas! 💕xx

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  5. Oof I guess dnf-ing These Rebel Waves was a good choice! You know I follow your insta stories religiously, so after seeing you talk about Fight or Flight I had to remove it from my TBR, because NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT. Great list, I love you, I hope you have the most amazing time during the holidays!

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  6. The only two I’ve read on here are Everless and The Hazel Wood. I thought both were “eh” I don’t think I was disappointed by them, mostly because by the time I got to them, the hype had died down a lot and many people had written reviews on how disappointed they were so like?? i didn’t have high hopes. i definitely enjoyed both books but nothing amazing if i’m honest.

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    1. Yeah, I read ARCs of both… and…. they were really hyped at the time! Hehe! But that’s okay! We can’t love them all, you know? But I hope you’re having the happiest of reading and holidays, love! 💖xx

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  7. I see two books from my TBR on here – The Hazel Wood and Cracked Kingdom. I’ve seen so many mixed reviews for THW, but I have to read it to know what I think. As for CK, the series as a whole has been a 2.5 star series for me, but it doesn’t change the fact that they’re addicting reads. I’d like to stop reading them. But I won’t until I finish the series.

    Thanks for sharing!

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      1. Maybe I’ll keep it in the back of my mind for now. I don’t remember seeing it at my library, so I might have to ILL it, anyway. In the meantime, I have plenty of other books to keep me busy!

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    1. Fight or Flight was such a weird one… because I knew some of the things were problematic… but I couldn’t put it down? I dont know! I’m very excited to see what you think of it ! 💖xx


      1. I’m pushing myself to finish The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth. I didn’t like the first book because I found too many inconsistencies there. But I just had to finish also the second one, so that it is not hanging in the air for me. So I do not enjoy it much, but, luckily, only around 50 pages left.

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