1. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.
This book . . . Urgh, there was so much hype around it, and it just took me forever to get through. I didn’t like it much either.
2. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.
ALL THE FEELS. SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM.
*sobs for eternity*
3. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.
Oh, wow. This book was the most disappointing I’ve read all year. Not only it did fall way below what I was expecting, but it was really hard for me to read — the writing style was good enough… but it was boring. And just overall not very good.
4. The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel.
5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Note: I LOVE THIS BOOK. IT BROKE MY HEART AND I LOVED EVERY WORD OF IT. But . . . Cancer is a tricky, depressing topic, yes? It was hard for me to read, as it was obvious it was not going to have a happy ending.
6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon.
I had to read this book for school, and to be honest, despite its glowing reviews, it was not for me. The basic narration style (understandably so, considering Christopher’s condition) annoyed me to no end, and I found myself using any excuse to put this down any chance that I could.
7. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta.
Again, another required reading book. I had to actually force myself to finish this. I know what you’re thinking — But Kara, everyone loves this book! And that they seem to do. But I did not. I’m yet to pick up another of Marchetta’s novels. She’s a good writer, don’t get me wrong, just not for me.
8. Under the Dome by Stephen King.
I guess enjoyed this? Really, I did. BUT IT WAS SO HARD TO GET THROUGH.
9. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy.
Oh, this book. This book was not, in my opinion, good at all. The main character, Alice, was so dislikeable that for me it was really, really hard not to DNF this book and finish it. And the plot? Non-existent, mainly.
10. Ink / Rain by Amanda Sun.
I loved the concept of these books. I loved the culture and mythology and setting which was so, so unique. But the execution was where it fell flat to me, along with the characters and writing; that was what made it hard to get through. (Note: Ink is the first in the series, Rain is its seuqel.)