Hey Book Nerds! We are almost to the end of 2016, and you know what that means! Everyone is posting their favorites and least favorites of the year. Today’s post is all about the least favorites. I read so many books this year that it is hard for me to recall which books I read when, so I’m going to use GoodReads to help me out. Any books that I read in 2016 that I rated 2 stars or less made the list.
Now I know some of the books on my list are loved by many people, unfortunately they just were not for me. As I have said before reading is a completely personal experience. These opinions are my own, and I don’t expect anyone to agree with them. I only ask if you have a difference of opinion on the following books then by all means let’s discuss it in the comments section in a respectful manner. I’m totally up for a book chat 🙂
That said let’s move on to the books!
This book was such a major disappointment. The plot was underdeveloped, so much so it can’t even pass as a short story. Ugh so many plot holes! Also, this was more about an older fey bitching and moaning about the younger generation of fey that we lose the tiny bit of the plot that is interesting. There are so many questions that are left unanswered in the end. Which okay I could accept it if this were part of a series, unfortunately it is not. This story would benefit from a couple of more edits/revisions to flesh out the plot and the characters.
Where do I start with this one? This had potential to be so much more than just erotic fiction. The characters were great, but the plot was just not there. I don’t mind erotic fiction it doesn’t bother me at all, but dammit there has to be a plot. Things I wish had been in this book: a POV from Gabe, more development in the romantic story-line, but most importantly, an actual plot!
Let me just say as far as this series goes, the books are hit or miss for me. This one was a definite miss, as in literally put me to sleep I was so damn bored reading it. The problem is Walker has a definite formula to her books, and that’s fine but change it up a bit please. Reading the same general romantic trope over and over again becomes tedious. Also, the sex scenes in this series…uh so not sexy. The descriptions used for both female and male body parts are either juvenile or frankly kinda scary. I mean who the hell wants to let a guy with an angry looking penis come near them? Not me, no thank you.
There is so much potential for this book to be fantastic if it had a bit more editing. The pacing was a bit choppy and really dragged in some places. There were too many plot lines that are not fully fleshed out. The characters lacked development and the ending was rushed. So many questions were left unanswered. Also, this was being pitched as a thriller, nope don’t fall for that. This is more of a mystery with literary elements. There is nothing thrilling about this story, but it is filled with family scandal and drama.
I attempted this book several times. Jacobson’s rendition of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice was a huge let down. I just could not get into it at all. It was like he took out everything that made Shakespeare’s work interesting. Also, the obsession that Strulovitch has in regards to his daughter’s sexual life and her changing body as she grows older is a constant theme throughout the book. He goes back and forth on whether or not it is acceptable to be attracted to her. It was just terrible and I found Strulovitch’s commentary in regards to his daughter’s body not only inappropriate but downright creepy.
And I Darken by Kiersten White is one of those books that when you hear the premise you’re like “Wow this is really cool!” and then well you read it. This book was pitched as the main character being the female version of Vlad the Impaler. A gender-swap of a historical figure, who in my opinion is utterly fascinating in a violent and morbid way. I guess you could say my expectations were set pretty damn
high after that, and I wish I could say this book delivered. I really wanted to love it, and there were some parts I really enjoyed. However, for the most part this book was a snooze-fest. I blame this entirely on the slow moving plot and way too much detail. I literally felt like my brain was going to crash from the info. dumping. This could have been salvageable if Lada spent more time being a kick-ass character and less time mooning over some guy. In the end, it just wasn’t for me. I did a full review on this one if you want to check it out.
Those are my least favorite books that I read in 2016. I’m surprised there are only six on this list considering I read over 160 books this year. If I remember the correctly the majority of the books I read were just okay. I didn’t hate them, but they didn’t wow me either. I won’t go over those, but I will be doing a post on my favorite reads from 2016 next. If you would like to check out my year in books you can find it here.
Alright let’s chat! What were some of your least favorite reads for 2016? Did you read any of the books listed here? Let’s discuss down in the comments 🙂
Happy Reading Book Nerds!