Jennifer recently posted a discussion about how relying on reviews doesn’t always work, which made me think about how many times I’ve been deceived by reviews. Has this never happened to any of you? When you see this book that you realize has tons of awesome 4 & 5 star reviews, and then when you read it, you’re left like:

This has happened to me countless times! Here are some books that I couldn’t like, even when everyone else seemed to:

Wither for me was definitely a real big disappointment. The world-building was poor, the storyline was not at all what I wanted, and frankly, I was just bored most of the time. I got deceived by a beautiful cover.

The Iron King made me almost cry because I wanted SO BADLY to love it. I saw so many 5 star reviews that I was ready to love it as much as everyone else. And then I met Meghan… the dumbest girl (so far) I’ve ever read and… I can’t.





The Selection

Lots of girls fighting for one guy….. Yes. That is DEFINITELY the book for me. Let’s throw in a love triangle and some Hunger Games-ish world building and you have a bestseller! (Although to be fair, I actually want to read this book’s sequel…)





Matched gave me such a headache. I can’t remember for the life of me what happened in the book. But I do remember how much I groaned while reading this. I know there was a (badly developed) love triangle, an annoying main character, and some clichés here and there. I had actually started liking it, but then…






When I got approved for Waterfell on Netgalley I squealed in happiness. I LOVE mermaids so I couldn’t wait to read this one…

You don’t understand how much hate I got on Amazon because I posted a negative review of this book.

Because of this book I don’t trust pretty covers anymore… and I’ve pretty much lost all desire to read “Sea Creature” books again, other than Karen Amanda Hooper’s books.



I attribute not liking them for several reasons: 

  • Expectation
  • Love Triangles
  • Poorly Developed World Building
  • Beautiful Covers
  • Expectation
  • Annoying main character
  • Expectation
  • Naive main character
  • Expectation
  • The fact that I forced myself to get through it
  • Bland Characters
  • Expectation


Ironically enough, I rated most of these books 3 stars on Goodreads, 2.5 stars in reality. I think I should probably stop being so generous when rating books… Also, fun fact: most of these books are dystopians.

Moral of this story is: don’t judge a book by its reviews (or by its cover for that matter). Don’t expect a kickass book because everyone else says it’s kickass.

Have you experienced something like this before? If so, let me know in the comments below! 

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19 thoughts on “Dear Book: WHY CAN’T I LOVE YOU?!

  1. You’re not the only one! Ashes by Ilsa J Bick. Ugh. I am still unsure if I’ll read the last book. Also, there are some reviewers in Goodreads that I don’t trust. I feel like they’re being paid to give 5-star ratings. Don’t ask me who!


    1. I sometimes feel like I read a completely different book! And I know what you mean. When I see the same reviewer handing out 5 star reviews all the time, I tend to get suspicious.


      1. I think it’s worse when someone recommends the book to you, and you don’t know how to tell them “Um, I pretty much hated it.”


      2. Yes! I give out lots of 4 and 5 star ratings because I tend to read books that I’m really really sure I’ll love. I hate wasting my time books that i won’t like 🙂


  2. Great post, Marianne. I understand completely! Wither is the type of book where enjoyable is not an appropriate way to describe one’s reading experience. It’s way too intricate with a world building that leaves a lot to the imagination (and not in a good way). Iron Fey series tends to rehash the same world and plot lines over and over so it’s tedious. The rest of the books are something I won’t even read because they’re not my type of reads.
    Don’t feel bad!


  3. This is so true. Everybody is going to have their own opinions on books and some books that you absolutely love, others will hate and vice versa. That’s why it’s always a little nerve-wracking for me to recommend books. Bc just because I liked it doesn’t mean that everyone else will.


    1. Yes! I get so nervous when people ask me for recommendations. Especially when they actually pay money for the book (instead of borrowing it from me or the library), it’s makes me anxious for them to like it!


  4. Sooo true I agree with everything that you said! Especially about judging a book by it’s cover, sometimes with ARC’s and the lack of reviews that’s all we do sometimes I’m afraid. I’m still too scared to pick up my copy of Waterfell because of all the bad reviews. I remember before Goodreads and blogging when I would only read highly rated books on Amazon, which brought me Hush, Hush *shudders* while reading it I wanted to throw it across the room in frustration.


    1. Hahaha I actually liked Hush Hush somewhat, because I took it as a comedy book. This shows just how much opinions differ, haha.


  5. YES YES. *sobs* I just finished reading Mila 2.0 and I’m probably a minority, but expectations killed it for me. And I’m with you on Matched! What is it with that book?! I couldn’t understand the hype. at. all. I wanted to throw the entire thing. I ended up actually liking The Selection…but it was kind of opposite for me because I thought I’d hate it and I liked it! (Wow.) But all your reasons….yup, they contribute to me dying with a book. So disappointing.


    1. It’s not that I didn’t like Matched, it was more that the world-building really disappointed me. I’m glad you relate to me 🙂


  6. 1. I disliked all those books you mentioned too, except Iron King, which I really liked xD But, to each her own!
    2. Amazon freaking sucks. I swear people and authors troll Amazon reviews and downvote negative reviews as their second job almost. Stupid Amazon.
    I think the hype is what really kills these books, all the reviews get to you after awhile. I know the 5th Wave was like that for me-I DNFed that book.


    1. I haven’t gotten around to the 5th Wave, but I have heard many mixed opinions. Definitely lowering my expectations for that


  7. This is an excellent post. Sometimes there is so much hype around a particular book or series that I expect so much from them. I want so badly to love them as much as other people did. It’s a let down when those expectations aren’t met. I honestly have felt that way about a couple of the books I have read this year. I’m glad that someone else has similar feelings.


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