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.
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:
- Love Triangles
- Poorly Developed World Building
- Beautiful Covers
- Annoying main character
- Naive main character
- The fact that I forced myself to get through it
- Bland Characters
DID I MENTION 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!