Top 5 Most Disappointing Reads of 2016

Hey Everyone!

How are you all? I haven’t been on here for a couple of weeks which I apologise about. The holiday season is quite busy as you all would know and I was absent across all my social media platforms which sucked. I am back because Christmas is over and I know how free time which feels quite foreign at the moment since I haven’t truly had free time on my hands since the beginning of the year in January.

So, I have a couple of posts which shall be posting in the coming days leading to the new year. I am going to start with the negative post so that I can end the year on a positive note. Today, as you can tell by the title of this post, I am going to talk about my most disappointing reads of 2016. This list does only include books which I completed, otherwise this list might end up being a top 20 or even top 30.

So, I am going to stop rambling like i always do. Here are my top 5 most disappointing reads of 2016.


5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This is a very unpopular opinion but I really didn’t like this book and I am really close to dnfing the entire series. There is nothing there that compels me to read the rest of the series. I didn’t really like the characters and I didn’t connect to them in any way. I found the plot to be boring. I do feel that had the series been under-hyped, I might have enjoyed the book more but I had such high expectations and they fell short by quite a bit.

4. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling

This may be another unpopular opinion but this post is going to be full of them in all honesty. I did actually enjoy this book but it was a disappointment in terms to the original series. I am sure that I would enjoy it more if I saw the play but the book fell short for me. There were so many plot holes and events which occurred which I refuse to accept as canon. I was able to enjoy it though by separating this book from the original series though.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Unpopular opinion number 3. This book has such a huge hype surrounding it and trust me when I say that I was really disappointed. I wanted to enjoy this book so much but I found the main character Cath, to be infuriating. Seriously, I could write an essay on why she bothered me. I also found the fan fiction part to be boring which didn’t help with my enjoyment of the book since it is featured at the end of every single chapter!  I’m hoping that Rainbows other book Eleanor and Park will be an improvement.

2. The Crown by Kiera Cass

Okay, so I feel like this won’t be an unpopular opinion since I haven’t heard a single good thing about this book from other people. Once again, I could write an 1000 word essay on why I didn’t like this book but I will say two thing, 1. You can read my review of the book HERE if you want to know my exact thoughts and 2. This book shouldn’t have been written. Harsh? Probably, but it should have stayed a trilogy. These books aren’t the best, in fact I can say that they aren’t really that good but they are my guilty pleasure books. The last two books kind of ruined the series for me. I usually like to accept that it’s a trilogy.

1.  The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving was by far my most disappointing read of 2016. It had such a good premise and it had such good potential but it fell flat. The characters were written so poorly and the plot, while done okay, was so predictable. Usually I don’t have an issue with this but it was a mystery book! If you want, you can read my review HERE. Other than that, all I can really say is that I do not recommend this book at all.


So, that was my most disappointing reads from 2016. Thank you so much for reading this post. I promise that I will be back with a happier post which will include my top 10 favourite books from 2016.

Let me know what books disappointed you this year. Do we share the same ones? Do you have any other ones. Feel free to comment below because I would love to have a discussion with you all.

Have a wonderful day and I shall talk to you all later.

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Aftermath by Clara Kenise | Review

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review by the publisher. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way shape or form.

Title: Aftermath29906037

Author: Clara Kenise

Publisher: Merit Press

Publication Date: 1st of November 2016

Synopsis:

Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad’s a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte’s twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life–the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free

Review:

I finished this book a couple of days ago and it left me stunned.

This book left me with so many emotions, so many opinions but I was unable to put them into words until now. Even now, I’m not entirely sure if this review will give the book the justice which is truly deserves.

This book is one of those books which keep you up at night, thinking about the story which was contained within the books pages. In this case, I was left in my bed thinking of the raw story that I had just read. The book itself was definitely dark, darker than what I was expecting. It is hard to describe stories such as these because I feel that it is inappropriate to say how great the story was when the events in the story were anything but.

During this book, we follow the story of our main character Charlotte who had been kidnapped four years earlier. After the events which lead to her being found in the attic which she had been contained for four years, we follow her recovery and as she enters society again. The themes of grief, trauma and recovery amongst many over themes which the story contains. These themes were explored in such a raw and realistic manner which as a reader, I really appreciated reading and I applaud the author for exploring such themes.

Also, to add onto how realistic this book was, the way that the author wrote the other characters, mainly her family was done very well. Each member of her family deals with her difference in their own way which is expected in this sort of situation. However, what I really appreciated was the fact that once she had been found, it didn’t impact the changes that the family had faced when she was missing. Yes, things improved which would once again be expected but her family wasn’t perfect and they did not return to how they had been before. This alone added to how realistic, raw and emotional this book was.

The topic of recovery is the main part of this story and once again, it was done so well. Charlotte faced many struggles, some that would never get better. As someone who has experienced something traumatic, though not as bad as what Charlotte experienced during this book, I really appreciated the way her recovery was shown. Yes, she would might not fully recover in the sense that all her problems will go away but was able to learn about ways to deal with it, that it was okay to  feel the way she did and that there were many different ways to deal with an event which had had a large impact on your life, or in this case, her kidnapping.

In conclusion, Aftermath is an incredibly realistic, raw  and captivating book which left you on the edge of your seat. It was rather difficult to put my thoughts in words for this review but let me say that this book is a book which I would recommend to everyone! I would easily say that this book is as good or even better than The Lovely Bones. If you haven’t brought this book or haven’t checked it out of your library, I suggest you do so right now. The themes that this story contain are so important in my opinion and I feel as this is a book which everyone should read during their life.

Rating: 5/5 Stars.