Disappointing Books In Disguise: Part 1

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I was going to do up a post of a few books that really disappointed me but then I came up with the post title and decided it’d be more fun to do a post about books with gorgeous covers but whose contents were a let down. Because nothing in the book world is more disappointing to me than a bad book with a beautiful cover, it’s like false advertising!

There are actually quite a few books like this so I’m going to be making it into a kind of series so there will be at least another part to this post! Here’s Part 1 though!

These books will range from 1-3 star ratings since a couple of these did receive 3 stars from me but were still a “meh” kind of book. I will also link up reviews for these if you want to hear me rant and rage some more on any particular book!

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We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

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I really liked the cover for this one since it was really eerie with the tree branches and the font is kind of glowing like a fire which is a thing the main plot focuses around. However, I thought the pacing was extremely slow, not much happened, and the big plot twist at the end was completely predictable. Seeing as how this is a psychological thriller having a predicable ending isn’t really the way to go.

You can read my review of “We’ll Never Be Apart” here.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

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I absolutely LOVE this dark cover and the font is gorgeous! Unfortunately this book was not dark, creepy, or eerie in the slightest and it was actually very confusing and very boring. It was also loaded with tropes such as insta-love and the characters make frequent poor decisions.

You can read my review of “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” here.

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Blackhearts (Blackhearts, #1)

I really like the minimalist approach with this cover with the little ship in a bottle and the contrasting black cover and hot pink/grey font. It’s not the greatest of covers but I thought it was cute but ended up really, truly hating the book. I wanted adventure and pirates and all I got was a very questionable historical fiction romance. Boo.

You can read my review of “Blackhearts” here.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound

I loooove the cover for this book, it’s mesmerizing and I actually enjoy most of Hodge’s covers period. But just because a book has a pretty cover does not mean its contents will be as pretty, which is where I found myself. I thought the plot was extremely confusing, the pacing was all over the place, and the characters were all pretty “meh”. This book had its good moments too but unfortunately I still didn’t really enjoy this all that much.

You can read my review of “Crimson Bound” here.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Geneive Tucholke

Wink Poppy Midnight

Oh…look who it is again. I guess it’s safe to say Tucholke’s writing just may not be for me. Her plots just get really messy and confusing and the synopsis on the book promised something quite different than what was delivered. I just felt like there wasn’t a sold plot or story in this book, but I loooooove how pretty the cover is with all of the little plants, webs, and critters. I liked aspects of this book but just overall…meh.

You can read my review of “Wink Poppy Midnight” here.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

A Fierce and Subtle Poison

I wanted to love this book so desperately because the cover is so pretty with its tropical plants! However, I thought the premise was not executed well at all and the main character was extremely dull it would have been way better if we got to see more of the cursed girl whose touch is said to kill and who has green skin and grass for hair.

You can read my review of “A Fierce and Subtle Poison” here.

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell


This cover looks dark and eerie and I pretty much love anything with a pirate ship on the front! Then to top it all off it’s a Peter Pan retelling that’s also dark and eerie!

So what went wrong? Everything. I was completely confused because the plot was a complete mess filled with tropes such as love triangles and insta-love. There was virtually no world building and that was a shame since this was a dark, twisted version of Neverland! What a let down….

You can read my review of “Unhooked” here.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest

I really loved the white cover with all of the overgrowth and the font is really neat looking as well, however, this was….a mess. Yet another book with a pretty cover whose plot is never explained and lots of things in general are left unexplained along with very under developed characters. There really was so much potential here….

You can read my review of “The Darkest Part of the Forest” here.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Were you disappointed with any of these?

Do you think any of these covers are gorgeous as well?

What are some of your most disappointing books in disguise?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

29 thoughts on “Disappointing Books In Disguise: Part 1

  1. Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books August 16, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    I am sad that these books are disappointing because they do have beautiful covers! I have had my eye on Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea for a long time now but admittedly that is just because of the cover!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 21, 2017 / 3:24 pm

      I know, it’s always disappointing to waste a pretty cover!
      I read meh reviews for Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea but I STILL read it even though I knew better because of the cover! 🙂


  2. Amanda @ Literary Weaponry August 16, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Wink Poppy Midnight has been on my radar because of that cover. I’m now rethinking that choice. That cover is difficult to pass though…

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 21, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      That’s the reason I picked it up but I think me and Tucholke just aren’t compatible. It’s one of those books where I’d recommend checking out reviews before committing to see if it’s something you’d enjoy or not. 🙂


  3. littlebookynook August 16, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    I haven’t read any of these stories however I have seen quite a few of these with kind of “meh” reviews. It’s always such a shame when a book with a pretty cover is better than what’s inside the book. Great post!!

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  4. Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books August 16, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Haha this is so funny I literally just did a post like this! Except it was about pretty covers and IF the cover was a disguise. Your books all look so beautiful so it’s a shame that the cover was a sham :/

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 21, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      That is funny, I’ll have to check it out! I’m always suspicious of book covers these days haha! I know it really is a shame to waste pretty covers 🙂

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  5. MetalPhantasmReads August 16, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    That’s sad you didn’t enjoy A Fierce and Subtle Poison. I love her writing style and the plot was interesting. Quite an interesting list for sure 🙂

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 21, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Thank you and I’m happy to hear you enjoyed A Fierce and Subtle Poison more than I did, the only reason I rated it a little higher was for the writing because I thought it was gorgeous. The main character was what did me in.

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      • MetalPhantasmReads August 23, 2017 / 3:40 pm

        Yeah I’ve seen that comment too and it’s all good 🙂 do you think you’ll read her next one?

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      • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 31, 2017 / 8:26 pm

        I would be interested, I think it’ll be one where I wait and read a ton of reviews before deciding! 🙂


  6. coffeelovingbookoholic August 17, 2017 / 3:22 am

    OMG, these covers are all so gorgeous! i haven’t read any of those books but i could totally see myself picking them up, because of these covers! 🙂

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  7. MiRakelBooks August 17, 2017 / 4:13 am

    I haven’t read The Darkest Part of the Forest, but I have read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by the same author. The premise was really interesting, but I didn’t care for the writing and how the story went.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 28, 2017 / 10:00 am

      I started and then put down The Coldest Girl in Coldtown because the writing was boring me so I think it might be safe to say I don’t care for her writing either, her books always sound so interesting too! Such a shame


  8. JenAcideByBibliophile August 17, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Wow, literally every single book you posted about in this has been a book I have been debating getting. I have almost purchased these multiple times, but never did because I had a feeling they would be disappointing. Those covers always get me though!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 28, 2017 / 10:02 am

      Same! I’m really bad with buying books based on just the gorgeous covers, I debate with myself a lot on them as well! It’s just so enticing! 🙂


  9. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads August 17, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I haven’t read any of these yet but quite a few of them are on my TBR. I hate when books with beautiful covers end up being disappointing. It’s such a let-down 😛

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  10. Jessica August 17, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Out of your list, I’ve only read The Darkest Part of the Forest. I also picked it up because I was super intrigued by the beautiful cover, but alas, the story didn’t do it for me. I agree with what you said about the lack of story and character development.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 28, 2017 / 10:07 am

      Glad it wasn’t just me with The Darkest Part of the Forest, I thought it sounded so interesting and it was just sort of meh. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it either 😦

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  11. Michelle August 18, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Great post, Heather 🌸
    I love the cover of Blackhearts, but I know you were totally disappointed! The covers of Wink Poppy Midnight and A Fierce and Subtle Poison are also quite lovely, but I haven’t read any of them yet 😊

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 28, 2017 / 10:08 am

      Thank you Michelle!
      Wink Poppy Midnight and A Fierce and Subtle Poison weren’t terrible but just weren’t for me, both had beautiful writing though. Those are books I’m sure other people will love, just not for me! So you might enjoy them more than I did! 🙂

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