Shit Books I Unapologetically Hate

It’s time to get salty.

Inspired by LilyCReads’ ‘Shit Books That I Hate’ that came out quite a while a go, I decided it was time for a little collection of my 1-2 star ratings of books that I hated. As a disclaimer (#1), I have read all these, and won’t be going into books I haven’t read but know are problematic, they’re just, in my opinion, terrible. And I’m not going to be speaking constructively like a normal review so, if you’re not into me saying ‘this books sucks’ then this post probably isn’t for you.

DISCLAIMER #2: Just because I hate them, this does not mean that you cannot. I would never tell anyone that they should hate a book just because I do and if you love any of the books mentioned then great! I’m sure there are books that you loathe and I love too.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

27883214This book was so hyped. So fucking hyped. People were clambering over themselves at YALC 2016 to get the one proof they were giving away. Everyone was talking about it. Comparing it to The Night Circus, and how fucking dare you.

This was the one book I received for my birthday. It was every word synonymous with beautiful but oh my god, it’s innards were bladdy awful. Not only did the plot make absolutely no sense, there was no heart to the book? It was literally slapped together, and I feel really sorry for Stephanie Garber if she worked so hard on the world building because where was it? All the characters are unlikable and stupid as fuck, the main character was just dragged from one place to the next and could’ve been swapped from a human to a doll and you wouldn’t have had to make many changes to the text. Characters just threw information at her and then when she had questions, they would just say “it doesn’t matter” or “never mind about that” and we just had to move on. Who cares about that thing? I certainly don’t. What utter shit.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

rrcoverTurns out even your ‘handsome’ face can’t help you write a good book.

I didn’t even finish this nonsense because it wasn’t science fiction at all. It was a book about the perfect man being perfect and having sex with women and then them dying except it happens on Mars. Nowadays I just expect shitty female characters from male authors; if it’s sci-fi/fantasy, they’re sexually promiscuous with giant breasts and have no personality, or the opposite, an innocent virgin maiden, then if it’s gen-fic, they’re a bitch who cheats on the main male character. In most situations, she’s raped or killed or both. Without spoiling anything, Red Rising ticks a lot of these boxes in the first 100 pages. I couldn’t be asked to read the rest. Do one.



The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich


This was a lot more disappointing than most. #Ownvoices LGBT rep, how could I say no? I bought this the day it came out and read it in about two days. But what I read was just shite. It was just a poorly written story, but then again the concept itself was a bit odd. I get why; it’s meant to be a bit of a piss-take of spy movies and also a commentary on heteronormative stories. It could have been interesting…sort of. What it actually was a description of things happening, it was dire to read. I wrote a scathing review about it including some examples taken right out of the book. Read them out loud and you’ll see what I mean. Did anyone actually read this book before they published it? It’s just notes, it ain’t even a first draft.

This is a novel from a debut author too, which makes me a little guilty for saying all these things. But the work and the grind and the passion that has to be put in a debut novel just to get your foot in the door of an agent is so mighty that many just give up after a billion rejections. So to see this be taken on and published is such a shock and there, the guilt has gone.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

the_hostThis book was just generic Stephenie Meyer forumla. Take a special girl and make two guys fight over her. It’s not flattering, because the guys are also mean to the girl, who just moves from one room to the next to receive a few info dumps before nothing happens. And this is a thick book. Ughhhh. I can’t believe I read the whole thing, what’s wrong with me?

I didn’t put the Twilight series on here because, despite giving the books 1-2 stars on Goodreads, when I read them as a teen I adored them, so I don’t think lil’ Hollie would appreciate me trashing them now at 24. So I’ll do her a favour and just diss this nonsense.





Please, don’t take any of these to heart. I would never hate a person for loving a book I dislike. The freedom have a difference of opinion is a beautiful thing and hey, if there are any books that you hate but think/know I love, then tell me in the comments and we can all be salty together!

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So this week I wanted to get back into the swing of things and jump on a weekly meme. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is ‘books that were recommended to you’ and considering almost all of my books were recommended to me in some form, I thought this would be a very repetitive list with books you already know I love.

I came across Aimal’s list of books she wished she hadn’t even bothered with, specifically books that had been rec’d on Booktube. I found this interesting because Booktubers do often get paid to promote certain books, and you often see the same book roaming around the channels. So, instead of talking about the same books over and over, here is a list of books that I gave a go because of Booktube, but were just a little bit trash.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

So American readers seem to love Morgan Matson. I picked up her newest book because a few American Booktubers would not stop talking about her, and it seemed genuine; it came from a place of love and adoration rather than money and PR. But this book is so damn long and nothing happens. Yes, there were many parts that were cute and fun to read, but the rest was girls fighting over a boy and just chapters of chapters of “we did more swimming and partying in the sun”. It just would not end.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This book actually makes me so angry. I wrote a little review on Goodreads about it, but didn’t want to post one to my blog because I’d actually DNF’d it, and didn’t think that reviewing only 100 pages of a book would be appropriate. Booktube, especially certain creators who I adore, would not SHUT UP about this book, which they’d only come across because the author is hot (apparently). I really wanted to get into more sci-fi, so found this a perfect starting point.

But oh my God, it’s awful. In the first 100 pages, this book offends women, the working class, and the MC is the most perfect person that he’s immediately unlikable. Ew.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Shortly before reading Delirium I had read Panic and also found it really dull and uneventful, so I’m not too sure what possessed me to keep going with Lauren Oliver books. Delirium was just your stereotypical dystopia disguised as a utopia and by this point, this trend had definitely gone out of fashion. I’m not sure if I would have loved it if I’d read it while dystopias were popular, but I guess we’ll never know.

Soundless by Richelle Mead

I’d only read Vampire Academy, and while VA was ok but a little cheesy, I wanted to give Richelle Mead another go. It was the last book to read on my holiday, and I was ready to enjoy it like the rest of the books I’d read. But it was just dull. I can’t remember too well what happened in the story, all I know is thinking that this story could have been set anywhere, during any period of history, and it would have stayed the same. I was ready to learn about Ancient Chinese culture, but you would only know it’s set in Ancient China because of the front cover.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

More of the same as my criticisms as Delirium, only I read Divergent to the end and had an itch to read the next one. But then, the spark fizzled out and I no longer cared. I’ve been spoiled about the ending, and I can’t be asked to watch the films. Such a shame.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Why oh why did I bother? I found Throne of Glass to be average at best, but now the books are bigger and everyone has mixed feelings about them, I honestly don’t want to carry on. I struggled with Heir of Fire, and apparently it doesn’t get any better. Do I have time? Do I even want to make time? The thing is, if I don’t read them, I feel like I’m uninviting myself to a huge party that the whole YA book community is a part of. Forget Booktube, EVERYONE talks about this series. I just wish I had never started in the first place, so I’d never spent loads of money on these tomes, and never cared whether or not I enjoyed it.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

The Host is straight up stupidity on my part. Despite loving and then being really critical of Twilight, I’d heard a lot of good things about how different The Host was and how science fiction-y it was. I was intrigued, although painfully aware about the way Stephanie Meyer writes; with ease, but with so much problematic content. Had she listened to feedback? Had she worked to write a better story?

The answer was a no and then some. The Host was worse than Twilight, and so much more damaging. There’s almost no science fiction to it, it’s just love triangle drama.

ALL OF THEM by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is the holy grail of Booktube. I struggle to find a popular Booktuber who doesn’t adore her. I read The Infernal Devices and they were OK, but still super cheesy with repetitive lines and awkward dialogue. But The Mortal Instruments was even worse. I read the first three, because I know the rest of the novels were just a push to get more novels out there. It was easy to see that the plot was supposed to naturally end at City of Glass, so I ended it there too.

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