Top 5 Wednesday: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Not every read is going to be a success for me. It’s a hard fact to swallow, but there it is. This week for Top 5 Wednesday, I’m sharing with you some titles that, while they may not have been published in 2018, I did read last year and was disappointed in.

One way or another, whether by hype or my own expectations, I was let down. Have you read any of these titles? Did they disappoint you as well or, perhaps, did you enjoy them? Let’s chat in the comment section below. 🙂



Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey from Gingerreadlainey.



White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

My Review: 1 Star


I went into this expecting a really twisty murder mystery. It didn’t really live up to that. I thought that the relationships were way too problematic and the mystery just bleh.



It’s a Book by Lane Smith

My Rating: 2.5 Stars


I thought this book would be a celebration of books. What it turned out to be was, I thought, a rather patronizing read that was anti–books-in-any-other-format-than-physical.



Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

My Review: 2 Stars


This book was a case of visually stunning, characteristically flat. I couldn’t get into it with any of the cast, but especially Odessa, the main person the reader is meant to be following through the action. She was difficult to like or remember, her relationships & connections to side characters lackluster, and aside from all that, the pacing of the book at large suffered.



Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

My Review: 2.5 Stars


I really wanted to like Ace of Shades because the premise sounded like books I’d enjoyed in the past. The pacing and the flip flopping personality of one of the dual perspectives (Enne) bothered me a lot, though, and I thought it was too dry a story to interest me in spending any more time in this world.



To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

My Review


When I read the description for this book, a story about a siren princess, I was expecting a certain something. I liked the promise of a bloodthirsty princess that hunted princes, even of the prince that has been seeking revenge for humanity.

That wasn’t really what ended up being in the book, though. Lira fell so far short of being what a siren is mythologically speaking that I can’t think of any word but disappointed. There was also something off about the pacing (what a common theme among these books!) because the action bunched up until the last 13% and WHOOSH!






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13 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

  1. I’ve not read any of these books — but I guess that might be for the better? My co-blogger did warn me away from To Kill a Kingdom when I was about to add it to my TBR though, and she shared a few of the same points you did. Sometimes books just aren’t what you expected/wanted them to be.

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