Top 12 Books I Hated in 2017

This is actually not my idea. A member of my writers group suggested that he would be interested in this. (Thank you, Matthew.) So here goes. The top twelve books I hated reading. Enjoy!


1. Now I Rise by Kiersten White:


 Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

My Rating: 2/5 Stars

My Review:

 I enjoyed the first one of the series. I wanted to read more. I was disappointed. It was a waste of money.

What did I like?
Little Lada, the baby who had basically two sentences in the book. That’s it.

What did I dislike?
All the main characters. The further I got in the book the more disagreeable and obnoxious they got. I got to the point that I wanted to throw my Kindle fire and tell them to shut up. Mind you, I restrained myself! I would have regretted that.

The sex scenes. Time and time again it was implied. It was described. In far more detail than I care to mention and care to read about again. I skimmed over those parts but still. . . .

The rape. So, so, so much description name of rape. Some graphic. It was horrific.

I had trouble finishing this book. If you do decide to read it. . .well, maybe you will like it better than I.


2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

My Rating: 1/5 Stars

My Review: 

This was, straight up, one of the worst books I have ever read. This was really, really weird. I didn’t understand what was going on most of the time. It was confusing and perplexing to me. I disliked the format because it was like a lot of text messages and emails. I like text messages and emails but not when it is trying to tel me an involved story. I really do not recommend it unless you want to get super frustrated.



3. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley


This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.

My Rating: 2/5 Stars

My Review: 

Straight up I did not like this. This was booooooorrrrrrriiiiiinnnnnggggg. I liked the characters…a little…not much…but the plot was atrocious and confusing and some of the characters were straight up unlikeable. Boring. I almost didn’t finish. Don’t recommend.


4. Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame


Eden Monro came to California for a summer of sun, sand and celebrities – what better way to forget about the drama back home? Until she meets her new family of strangers: a dad she hasn’t seen in three years, a stepmonster and three stepbrothers.

Eden gets her own room in her dad’s fancy house in Santa Monica. A room right next door to her oldest stepbrother, Tyler Bruce. Whom she cannot stand. He’s got angry green eyes and ego bigger than a Beverly Hills mansion. She’s never felt such intense dislike for someone. But the two are constantly thrown together as his group of friends pull her into their world of rule-breaking, partying and pier-hanging.

And the more she tries to understand what makes Tyler burn hotter than the California sun, the more Eden finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t…

Did I Mention I Love You? is the addictive first book in Wattpad sensation Estelle Maskame’s DIMILY trilogy: three unforgettable summers of secrets, heartbreak and forbidden romance.

My Rating 1/5 Stars

My Review: 

** spoiler alert ** Misery. The best ways describe how I felt through this entire book. This is a well written, poison filled book. I know a lot of books glorify bad things….I never expected to read a book that glorifies falling for a drug addict, borderline alcoholic person with severe….and I mean, Severe, anger issues. Any girl that falls for a guy with just ONE of those issues is stupid…but all three? That’s awful. She’s asking for a super abusive relationship. And it all comes from the idea that SHE, of all people, can FIX him. Neither guys nor girls want a relationship in which the other is trying to change them. They resent it. If they care enough for the other person they will try to change. But most people with these problems won’t. Relationships, romantic or not, with one person having anger issues is abusive. It leads to depression and eventually to the idea that you don’t deserve better. It’s a dangerous philosophy. Yes, i will read more. But only to find out if she can possibly be more stupid. I would not buy or recommend this book. I’m genuinely concerned about the women and men that read this book and follow the philosophy it advocates. I wonder how many will ruin their lives because they listen to the poison that is written here.


5. Did I Mention I Need You by Estelle Maskame


Love has no rules.

It’s been a year since Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother…and secret love. Although they swore to ignore their feelings and put their family first, Eden can’t help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer.

But it’s not like anything is going to happen. Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and she knows gorgeous, green-eyed Tyler must have moved on as well. But as they spend the long, hot summer in the city that never sleeps, it becomes obvious that those old feelings are still there…simmering beneath the surface. Will Tyler and Eden be able to resist temptation?

Did I Mention I Need You? is book two in Wattpad sensation Estelle Maskame’s DIMILY trilogy: three unforgettable summers of secrets, heartbreak and forbidden romance.

My Rating: 1/5 Stars

My Review: 

Ugh. Enough said.


6. The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve


In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. They spend the night frantically protecting their children and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands’ fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms–joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain–and her spirit soars. Then the unthinkable happens and Grace’s bravery is tested as never before.

My Rating: 2/5 Stars

My Review: 

This book talked a lot about marital sex which, genuinely, made me a bit uncomfortable. I know, for someone of my age that’s probably weird. I was angry at Gene for how horribly rough he was with Grace, whether it was mentioned in passing about sex or just in the general treatment of her. I didn’t really like Grace but I felt sorry for her. I, also, do not recommend this.


7. Miss You  by Kate Eberlen


Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven’t met properly yet. And perhaps they never will . . .

Today is the first day of the rest of your life is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even though she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change forever – but not in the way she expects.

Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be.

For one day, the paths of an eighteen-year-old girl and boy criss-cross before they each return to England.

Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and fate, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly . . . or is there?

My Rating: 1/5 Stars

My Review: 

Don’t like it. Don’t recommend it. Enough said.


8. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher


The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Warsmovie.

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

My Rating: 1/5 Stars

My Review: 

I disliked the book. It was well written. However, I disliked the immense amount of bad language that was used throughout it. I also disliked the low sexual morals described. It is implied that sex is just something that happens and it’s fine no matter how long the relationship lasts. I wish I had not read the book. I love Carrie Fisher and her acting. I would much prefer having my innocent view of her that I did have before reading the book. If you want an innocent view of Carrie Fisher, do not read this book. If you want an in depth look at her life; the good, the bad, and the ugly, then this book is for you.


9. Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert


 Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn’t fall apart the way he feared. But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host has sparked national media attention. His lies in his son’s hands; Braden is the key witness in his father’s upcoming trial. Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four mile per hour pitch already has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden’s saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch. Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction. 

My Rating: 2/5 Stars

My Review: This was supposed to be a Christian book. I guess in some ways it was. But, the Christians in the book used a fair amount of bad language.  However, this book did teach me a lot about forgiveness, trust, and loyalty. It taught a lot about what each of those mean to me. It was well written.


10. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith


In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.

This is the truth. This is history.
It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.
You know what I mean.

Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner.

My Rating: 2/5 Stars

My Review: 

This was weird. . . . I am so confused. I didn’t overly enjoy this.i found it kind of gross. . .and graphic. I don’t think a chapter went by without several mentions of sex, female or male anatomy, and just a lot of sexual suggestions. Most of the time it was way too much for me. It just had too much sex and a lot less emotionally connection. It was sex driven.


11. A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin 


Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.

After his parents’ divorce, Justin is on rocky mental ground. But when a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

A scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, but things get worse when she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues. Along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves.

A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery.

My Rating: 1/5 Stars

My Review: 

This was disappointing. Don’t read.


And last but not least: 

12. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My Rating: 0/5 Stars

My Review: 

I. Hated. This. Book. I. Hate. It. With. A. Passion. I can’t believe I wasted four hours of my life on it. I hated it from cover to cover…anything that is possible to hate in a book, I hated. From the characters, to the storyline, to the secondary storyline, to the style of writing. The language was fairly excessive and completely unnecessary and there was way too much discussion about sex. Nothing graphic was was insinuated and implied frequently….far too frequently, for my tastes. I disliked all of the characters I thought they were all creepy or crazy or just plain unlikable. 


And there we have it! The 12 books I hated reading of 2017. Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Hope you enjoyed!


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