Disappointing Books of 2020

This is five books I read this year that disappointed me for one reason or another. These aren’t necessarily books I hated, I just might have been underwhelmed by them or they didn’t live up to the hype.

My most disappointing books are:

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I have loved all of Leigh Bardugo’s books so far but this was severely underwhelming for me.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Didn’t live up to the hype in my opinion.

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

I really thought I was going to love this book but I found it kind of mediocre.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

I just didn’t gel with the premise and storyline of this book. Sanderson’s prose was of course immaculate though!

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Again I expected a bit more from this book, a little let down.

July Wrap Up

I’ve had a pretty great reading month in terms of quantity, the quality of the books were a little average though. There was a lot that I thought I would love that were just kind of ok. I participated in two readathons this month which went really well and I read a lot of books that have been on my radar now for a while so I am definitely satisfied with that!

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The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker⭐️3/5 stars

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski⭐️3/5 stars

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand⭐️4/5 stars

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer⭐️4/5 stars

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai⭐️4/5 stars

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert⭐️5/5 stars

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides⭐️4/5 stars

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa⭐️4/5 stars

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo⭐️4/5 stars

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller⭐️5/5 stars

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed⭐️4/5 stars

The Night Country by Melissa Albert⭐️3/5 stars

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo⭐️3/5 stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn⭐️3/5 stars

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan⭐️2/5 stars

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan ⭐️5/5 stars

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Reading Rush Wrap Up

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I accomplished all the goals I set for myself and completed some great books along the way! All of my ratings for the books will be in my monthly wrap up!

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert

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Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

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I ended up completing all of the reading challenges plus I collected a few of the extra badges along the way!

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Into the Crooked Place Review

43550637._SY475_Into the Crooked Kingdom follows a girl named Tavia who sells dark magic on the streets for her Underboss Wesley. Until one day she uncovers a sinister plot that could detroy the whole realm and all the people in it.

I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book. They were all very distinct and you could differentiate between them easily. All being from different parts of the realm and having such varying backgrounds was really intriguing and definitely brought more depth to the storyline.

Tavia was one of my favourites. I think because she essentially introduced us into the storyline I was more attached to her character in particular. Her love/hate relationship with Wesley was very entertaining, I kind of wish they would of acted on their feelings or maybe communicated a little bit better. Wesley for a minute there seemed open to that idea but Tavia shut him down and walked away. I think if we had a little more romance in the plot I would have been more engaged.

Unfortunately there were times throughout the book where I wasn’t all that interested in what was happening and didn’t really care. Although we are given pretty high stakes and there was definitely a lot of twists thrown in there were long periods of not a lot happening and it made me zone out a little.

I also wish we delved deeper into the magic system and how it works. We are kind of given a lot of information but I felt like it wasn’t enough. Maybe if we were given the origin of the world a little more and how the different charms work. How the Kingpin came to power in the first place or learning about the different people in the world would of helped. How the crafters came to be and how many different clans of the Kin there are.

I came out of this book a underwhelmed. I felt like the bones were there for a great fantasy story and there were elements I really loved. The found family, the intriguing magic system, an evil overlord they need to defeat, but it didn’t wow me in any way. I am still interested enough in the characters where I think I will be picking up the next book but it’s not something I’m dying to read.

⭐️3/5 stars Not gripping enough for me…