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.

Booktube Made Me Read it Part 2

I did a post nearly two years ago now about 5 books that I I read because of Booktube, and I figured why not do an updated version from the last 12 months of another 5 books I have read because of my subscription box and what I thought about them!!

52867387._SY475_Beach Read by Emily Henry – This was a fantastic book. I went into it with the expectations that it would be a light fluffy contemporary yet it delves so much more into deeper topics and was quite thought provoking and touching. This was definitely a slow burn. There were various scenes that got me very eager to read on and find out whether or not January will get her happy ending! ⭐️5/5 stars

43263680Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – It was a little too info dumpy at the start of the book. For those first hundred or so pages it was really a struggle to get through. It was slower paced and there are just so many dates, code names, characters, rules and regulations as well as all the magical elements woven in as well. It was a lot more rooted into the historical elements of the houses and it kind of bored me. However, once I was settled into the story and the investigation about Tara’s death began the pacing definitely picked up and the action intensified. ⭐️3/5 stars

43888874Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – This book was fantastic! It was fast paced, cute and quirky! One thing I appreciated about the book was the communication between the characters. If one of them was upset they would express that to each other and kind of work their way through all of their obstacles. I thought Chloe’s sisters were really distinct and funny. Again they were always making sure Chloe was ok and checking in on her and was very supportive of her and her chosen lifestyle. I’m really interested to hear more about them! ⭐️5/5 stars

39679076House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig – The pacing was a little bit off at times. The beginning I thought really captured my attention and was very engaging and then there were a few sections in the middle of the story that was a little harder to get through and then the ending felt a little rushed to me. It felt like everything was kind of exposed suddenly and then wrapped up equally suddenly. However, I really enjoyed this book. It ebbed and flowed and had me intrigued enough to finish it quite quickly! ⭐️3.5/5 stars

42608037._SY475_Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – I thought this book was cleverly done. I had heard it involved a witch and witch hunter being forcing to get married and I didn’t quite understand how it was going to happen, but the way the plot line played out it made sense. It wasn’t at all insta-lovey and there was definitely a period of hatred, turned to indifference, to mutual respect and then we started getting more feelings involved. It definitely progressed on the slower side of thing but I didn’t mind it. I thought the premise was highly original and the whole dichotomy between the witches and the different covens was fascinating to get into. ⭐️4/5 stars

April Wrap Up

For some reason I have had the best reading month of my life! I know at this time a lot of people haven’t been able to focus on reading with everything happening in the world but it has really become an escape for me. This month I have never felt the need to take a break from reading or had to force myself to pick up a book, it’s been quite lovely actually. I ended up participating in two readathons this month the Smutathon hosted by Riley Marie on YouTube and I completed the OWL’s Magical Readathon which I will post a separate wrap up for tomorrow!

Picture1You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendriks & Sarah Pekkanen⭐️4/5 stars

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite⭐️3/5 stars

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye⭐️4/5 stars

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab⭐️3/5 stars

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert⭐️4/5 stars

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson⭐️4/5 stars

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan⭐️4/5 stars

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas⭐️5/5 stars

Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman⭐️4/5 stars

Pines by Blake Crouch⭐️3/5 stars

Wayward by Blake Crouch⭐️3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling⭐️5/5 stars

The Last Town by Blake Crouch⭐️4/5 stars

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo⭐️3/5 stars

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson⭐️3/5 stars

Enemies by Tijan⭐️3/5 stars

Angry God by L.J. Shen⭐️3/5 stars

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire⭐️3/5 stars

Hate the Game by Winter Renshaw⭐️3/5 stars

Bennett Mafia by Tijan⭐️3/5 stars

I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills⭐️3/5 stars

I Dare you by Ilsa Madden-Mills⭐️3/5 stars

The Dare by Harley LaRoux⭐️3/5 stars

The Lies We Tell by Becca Steele⭐️3/5 stars

Theirs for the Night by Katee Robert⭐️3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling⭐️5/5 stars

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Ninth House Review

43263680Galaxy (Alex) Stern has had a rough start at life, but she has been given a second chance and has an opportunity to attend Yale and is enveloped into the mysterious world of the nine secret societies that have been thriving there for hundreds of years.

It was a little too info dumpy at the start of the book. For those first hundred or so pages it was really a struggle to get through. It was slower paced and there are just so many dates, code names, characters, rules and regulations as well as all the magical elements woven in as well. It was a lot more rooted into the historical elements of the houses and it kind of bored me.

Alex I didn’t quite connect with for the first half of the book. She was just too mysterious I guess, we didn’t know a lot about her and she had too many secrets. She is a definitely a flawed character and being out of her element and thrust into the Lethe house and trying to live up to the expectations that are heaped upon her forced her out of her comfort zone. As she is learning about everything so are we, there is just a lot of information to wade through in a short amount of time. I did enjoy her development over the course of the story line though. She gains a lot more confidence in herself and really has had to come to terms with her past and everything that happened with Hellie in order to move on with her future.

I liked Darlington and I wish he was around for more of the plot. He was a nice contrast to Alex and even though he exudes that rich, know it all persona he has had to work hard to get to where he is now. Dawes started out as a quite innocuous character, I didn’t really think she would have much of an impact on the plot but she was like the dark horse of the story. She saved Alex’s life multiple times and stood up for her on multiple occasions as well when it came to the Dean.

Like I said the start of the book was a little bit slow and was quite hard to get through. However, once I was settled into the story and the investigation about Tara’s death began the pacing definitely picked up and the action intensified. There were some great twists and turns thrown in and I appreciated how much Leigh Bardugo went in depth with the different houses, I just wish maybe she only would of focused on a couple at a time and expanded upon them as the series continues.

⭐️3/5 stars a very slow build!

Stay Home Reading Rush TBR

Soooo I have made the last minute decision to participate in the Stay Home Reading Rush which started today and finishes on Sunday 19th April. I participated in the Reading Rush last year and had a lot of fun, so I figured why not encourage people to stay home, socially isolate yourself and read all weekend!!! 

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Read a book with a house on the cover!

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

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Read a book in the same room the whole time!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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Read a book set somewhere you wish you could go!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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Read a book that will make you smile!

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

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