Now that I shared with you my favorite books of the year it’s only fair to list some of the books that I found lacking… The good part is I’ve got all of these books for free one way or another, so no money lost at least ;). Maybe I should split them by source… Oh, and yet again, there’s no specific order, these are simply all the books bellow 2,5 stars and some DNF’s
Some of you will have a completely different opinion about these books, but I can’t help it if I don’t like them, so live with it 😉 and feel free to share your thoughts!
The big unknown [Amazon freebies]
Some of these $0 books look so tempting and it’s so easy to click and upload them to your Kindle. Some of them are even great, but I haven’t found any this year. Instead, I found few really uninteresting stories.
It might’ve been a fun read if the story progressed a bit faster into the mystery area, instead we’ve got two characters apparently trying to hang out and first glimpses of any mystery started at around page 70… DNF.
Barely 104 pages and yet none of them was fascinating mostly because of the language or rather the style because this story suffered from a hard case of “tell don’t show”.
Review me please [various review copies]
From time to time, there are those books that you’d really like to read, review and help authors spread the news about their stories. Unfortunately, not all of these stories are good.
I really wanted to like this story, but so many things bothered me, like the story – too little story and kind of flat graphic -sometimes it was hard to recognize what’s happening.
The City of Wizards by George Mazurek
Well, the idea behind this story might’ve been good, but it lacked world building, character development, and reasoning. Everything went on too fast and it made me feel like “wtf is happening?”.
Boy-1 by H. S. Tak, Amancay Nahuelpan
graphic novel, sci-fi, action
Graphic novels on NetGalley are a big unknown, especially the ones under “read now” cathegory. This one was full of pointless action, characters that I couldn’t care about and lacking plot.
Kaminishi by Jan Suzukawa
time travel, romance
It was such a pity that this one didn’t deliver, I liked the idea, but the rest was simply not good, basically it lacked proper plot or at least I was distracted by all the sex scenes which, let’s face it, weren’t so good 😉
Read this! [a gift]
Sometimes you just receive the wrong one, but the intentions were good and it looks good on the shelf 😉
How To Think Like Sherlock by Daniel Smith
The idea behind this book was great if only author could actually have some nice tips instead of saying over and over to read Sherlock Holmes novels. After all, I know that already 😛
Read to me [the free audiobooks]
There are few sources you can get your audio books from for free, my main one used to be SYNC, but that also means my only “choice” is to get the free book or ignore it. I admit I’m kind of used to grab it all because I might like to listen to it one day and here are some of the results. Plus one book from Playster that I hoped will be better.
That was simply weird and not in a good way. It bored me and I think it was supposed to be thrilling? Plus the “Polish” language was horribly read and not well written… Google translate much?
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
young adult, fantasy
It’s the heroine! Or rather lack of, since it’s hard to call this whiny kid that. She was so annoying, the story was predictable, the insta-love-triangle was horribly lame.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
young adult, contemporary, drama
There’s one review on Goodreads that pretty much mirrors my thought about this book, or at least the part that I’ve listened to since I didn’t manage to finish it: “This book should be called I’ll Give You Death by Artistic Metaphor”
A book about dragons should be interesting, right? Not in this case. It’s written in a style of a memoir and it’s more history than adventure and it’s simply not very interesting. DNF, but with a slight chance of finishing it somewhere in the future.
Do you have a book you’d like to complain about from this year?
Have you read anything horrible, boring or simply not for you?
Have you DNF’d something? Or maybe left “for later”?