Top Ten Tuesday: Most Disappointing Reads of 2014

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is a Freebie! I’ve decided to go with my Top Ten Most Disappointing Reads of 2014. Click on the links for my review (if applicable) or the Good Reads page.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. It seems like everyone in the blogosphere is obsessed with this series. I just don’t get it. I gave this book 1 star.

Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)

2. Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth. I was hoping that this book would in some small way make up for Allegiant. Or make me fall for Four again. It did not.

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)

3. Just One Day by Gayle Foreman. Yet another book the blogosphere loves that I did not. I just don’t get it, guys.

The Dancing Master

4. The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. I really enjoy Klassen’s novels, but this one was pretty bad. Especially the parts where she actually plagiarizes herself from another book!

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes

5. All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant. This book had so much potential, but just didn’t live up to it. I really wish it would’ve focused more on the reality show plotline.

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)

6. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. While it started out interesting enough, it had super unlikable characters and became very confusing.

We Were Liars

7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I think this book suffered from too much hype. It had a good twist, but it did not make up for the rest of the book.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

8. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Don’t get me wrong, this book was cute! But it was definitely my least favorite book of the series.

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)

9. The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris. I love the fake relationship trope and had been looking forward to this book for a long time and it just didn’t live up to my expectations.

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

10. The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Yet another beloved book in the blogosphere that just didn’t do it for me. I found it way too slow and pretty boring until the end.

What Top Ten Tuesday topic did you choose? What are some of your most disappointing reads of 2014?

Reviewing the Unreviewed: June

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

Make it Count (Bowler University, #1)

Make it Count (Bowler University #1) by Megan Erickson. Read June 14-15. 3 stars. 

This book was pretty cute. Definitely one of the better New Adult books I’ve read. Though Kat annoyed me at times, I liked her growth throughout the story and I adore Alec.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo. Read June 17-18. 4 stars

I still can’t review this. I’ve started it twice. I don’t know how to do it without spoilers. I don’t know how to do it with spoilers, either. I have decided on a rating, though:

Plot: 3.5
Characters: 4.5
Readability: 4
Enjoyability: 4 
Overall Rating: 4 Stars

I’m still holding out hope that I’ll get a coherent review done for this one day!

We Were Liars

We were Liars by E. Lockhart. Read June 18-20. 3 stars.

I did not see that coming! Great twist. Unfortunately, the rest of story I did not find as interesting. I really enjoyed Lockhart’s writing style, though. 

Tease (The Ivy Chronicles, #2)

Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan. Read June 19-23. 1.5 stars.

The first book in this series was ridiculous, but overall cute. This book was just ridiculous melodrama.

Silver Bay: A Novel

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes. Read June 23-26. 3 stars.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the other Jojo Moyes books I’ve read. While multiple 1st person is my favorite POV, there were too many views and their “voices” were not very unique. 10-year-old Hannah did not at all “sound” like a 10-year-old. I didn’t really connect with the characters and while I liked them well enough, I didn’t care too much about them. I also thought that Liza’s big secret was over-dramatized and the twist in the ending was predictable.

All that said, I still find Moyes an incredible writer and look forward to reading more of her books.

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RE-READS

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

To gear up for Ruin and Rising, I re-read the first two book in the series, Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm.

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Put Back on the TBR Shelf

Slated (Slated, #1)

Slated (Slated #1) by Teri Terry. I tried to get into this, but I just didn’t find it very compelling. The plot was slow. I got about half way through before I got distracted by other books and this ended up expiring from the Library. I might try it again someday.