Most disappointing books of 2020

The worst books I’ve read in 2020

Disclaimer. These are my opinions about books which I was really excited for and they fell flat for me.

8. Sun Catcher by Sheila Rance – 2/5

  • I really wanted to love this book but y’all, what?
  • The first 100 pages were confusing because I had no clue what was going on. It feels like you muddle through a poorly explained world, finally, understand it and then the ending? The biggest ‘fell flat’ I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read and if I was 14-year old Flotrenza, I could see myself reading book 2. But I’m not and I won’t. 

7. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson – 1/5

  • What was this book, please? The murder mystery aspect? So promising but the romance aspect of this book was so unnecessary and borderline manipulative.
  • Never again. I can’t believe the series doesn’t end there. Hell to the no.

6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – 2/5

  • So I was vibing with this book initially, seers vs rich boys. Then the whole ley-line ish confused tf out of me. I think this could be a me thing though, but as the first in the series, it felt like the book ended on a conclusion befit of this book and really didn’t need to continue.

5. The Magician by Lev Grossman – 1/5

  • I was sure this was going to be the number 1 book of the year for me. No. No. NEVER AGAIN. 
  • This book as a foundational book had so much promise. Sold to many as an adult version of HP, this was excruciatingly disappointing. I really hated the main character too, HATED him. Let’s not even talk about the relationships or the world itself? Everything about it sucked. 
  • Lev Grossman is a great writer though, just a shame that this is a book he wrote.

4. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – 1/5

  • The excitement in my soul when I received this book? Omg. I was so excited! Heed the trigger warnings btw, they are there for a reason.
  • Yeah, so that part of the book was horrifying but also based on things that actually happened, so humbling in a shocking way. 
  • I just really hated the convenience of this book, we have the final showdown you know? The ending which we’ve been leading up to and the entire book was just built on convenience. “Ah yes, we defeated him, but not enough to kill him hahaha book 2 we shall defeat him”. Like what. No seriously, that’s the book. It’s a no from me chief.

3. Deadly Education – 2.5/5

  • I’m sorry to say that this felt rushed. It needed another read-along/review. There are some things that contextually didn’t make sense. I was underwhelmed by the execution of this book, and considering I bought this asap, I’m disappointed.
  • No guys, so disappointed. 
  • I have many faults with this book, the school itself could have benefitted from more development. I would have honestly enjoyed it a lot more if the book was 100 pages longer and we actually got to understand the school more as a sentient being, you know?
  • Lord this was a sh*t show.

2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – 2/5

  • I have no words, but f**k Mal, that abusive ass, lying ass, manipulative ass f**ker!!! What is wrong with y’all? Why was this book so highly recommended?

1. Infinity Son by Adam Silvera – 1/5

  • Omg. Who approved this book? No seriously, who? I was so excited to read this, a gay Latinx character with superpowers? YES MA’AM!! 
  • Firstly, this world-building? Non-existent. I still have no clue what celestials vs whatever else the other beings were called, did. How they came about? All of it? No clue.
  • The writing was omg, so bad, it was like a romance author diving into fantasy having never read a fantasy book. A disaster.
  • And BRIGHTON. Jesus Christ, that character was a trip and honestly sounded like the author hated gen z, YouTube creators and was making it known in this book.

I’m actually pretty exhausted after writing that, but to be honest. Only 8 books of the 141 I read were terrible. So I take that as a win!

Happy new years guys, let’s wish for a great year next year!

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