Disappointing Books of 2021

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:

Aurora’s End by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

This ending wasn’t as impactful and as fulfilling as what I was expecting

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

The story just veered far from where I thought it headed..

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

This book was really hyped and it took me a long time to get into it

The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos

I was confused and underwhelmed throughout this book

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Another book I was highly anticipating and it fell a little flat

5 Quotes from Last 5 Books

These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

“Evil is not the enemy, for without it, there can be no good. Chaos, however, is unstoppable.”

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”

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One by One by Ruth Ware

“It’s not just the snow; it’s a hundredweight of unwelcome memories bearing down on me.”

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The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

“Being useful to others is not the same thing as being equal.”

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The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

“I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.”

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Witchshadow Review

*A little Spoilery*

War has come to the Witchlands . . . and nothing will be the same again. Iseult has found her heartsister Safi at last, but their reunion is brief. For Iseult to stay alive, she must flee Cartorra while Safi remains. And though Iseult has plans to save her friend, they will require her to summon magic more dangerous than anything she has ever faced before.

The structure of the plot wasn’t a favourite of mine to be honest. I didn’t really like that we lost all of that time right at the start and then have to have flashbacks throughout the course of the plot to find out what happened. Once again Safi and Iseult have been torn apart and even though they are evolving and distinguishing themselves as characters we don’t see them together enough anymore.

I feel like this was definitely Iseult’s book as she figures out what it means to be the new puppeteer and her voidwitch powers. We witness her struggle with the guilt of having to kill so many people and being able to do it so easily and not giving in to that ‘monstrous’ side of herself that she feels is within her. She has many revelations and epiphanies and we learn so much through her about the truth of who the paladins actually are.

Safi’s storyline was a little stunted to begin with. I didn’t really care about the Emperor at all and I wasn’t as invested in what was going on with that. I did like the fact that we learnt more about the Hell-bards and their history and the restrictions that they have now that Safi is one of them.

Vaness and Vivia was a storyline I wasn’t sure where it was going. Definitely didn’t think that they would actually form a relationship which seems to be the direction it’s going. Having that weaved into Stix and Ryber and their adventures was very entertaining and had me wanting to find out what was going to happen next.

Overall the Paladin’s and Exalted Ones were brought into the story way too quickly for me. Had they been introduced right from Truthwitch at maybe I would be on board but right now I’m kind of confused as to who is who. You absolutely need to read Sightwitch to have any indication as to what was going on in this book and even though I only reread it a month ago I was still kind of like huh?

The only thing that is really pushing me forward is Iseult and Aeduan finally being reunited and Merik’s little appearance right at the end with those mysterious sisters. I have no idea what is going to happen next I just hope Iseult and Safi get a chance to sit down, catch up with us and let us as a reader take a breather.

⭐️3/5 stars I’m invested, the story just veered far from what I was expecting

Prediction Book Tag 🏷

I did this tag around this time last year and thought why not revisit and do some predictions for 2021!

All of these prompts are your predictions for your…

Picture1The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

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Picture2These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

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Picture1The Diviners by Libba Bray – I have a feeling I’m either going to love this book or hate it!

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Picture2Witchshadow by Susan Dennard– I have a few ships in this series so I’m excited to see what is going to happen!

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Picture4Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare 

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Picture5Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett 


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⭐️More 5 star predictions!⭐️

A few weeks ago now I revisited some 5 predictions I made last year after completing them all and now I figured it was time to make some new predictions for me to check in with next year!

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Act your age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

The Diviners by Libba Bray