Least Favorite Books of 2017

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These are all going to be books I read and ended up rating anywhere from 1 to 2.5 stars, so the baddest of the bad for me! Its kind of nice since my list of favorites is waaaay longer than this one!

****PLEASE try and remember that these are my opinions and if you enjoyed these books, that’s great but they just weren’t for me.****

If you would like to see my list of Favorite Book of 2017 please click here!

These are in no particular order.

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Traveler by L.E. DeLano

This one was just incredibly slow, boring, and at times confusing. It’s about two characters in an insta-lovey romance who can swap places with their other selves in alternate realities, hence the confusion I felt the entire time I was reading. Plus it’s filled with tropes.

You can read my full review here. 


The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

This book was just one big NOOOOOO for me. Imagine every trope that you hate in YA and this book has it, throw in a terrible romance, action-less plot, and some cringe-worthy dialogue and you have “The Dragon’s Price”. Honestly the only redeeming thing in this book were the dragons and even then they weren’t that great.

You can read my full review here. 


The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

I am still upset that I didn’t enjoy this because the cover is GORGEOUS and synopsis sounded interesting. However, it was just kind of a mess. It was incredibly slow and not really about anything at all, I honestly couldn’t tell you what the point of the entire story was or even make sense of the things that did happen.

You can read my full review here. 


The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

I wanted a fast paced mystery/thriller with some dark gritty twists. However, all this book is about is dysfunctional sexual relationships and not really a mystery at all. The characters were completely dull and uninteresting and I really, really disliked them. Was it too much to ask for an actual plot instead of using sexual abuse as the plot device?

You can read my full review here. 


One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

This is an unpopular opinion, I know, but I really didn’t enjoy this book. I found it to be very predictable and ultimately very boring and at times ridiculous. I mean come on, a mystery is supposed to keep you guessing and shocked..not this.

You can read my full review here. 


Dare Me by Megan Abbott

I read this after I really liked Abbott’s other book “You Will Know Me” which was pretty fast paced and full of twists. However, THIS book was incredibly boring and slow. The mystery was boring and predictable and the characters were all wet mops, I skimmed a lot of this just so I could be done with it. Not to mention there is a TON of slut shaming along with cheating and statutory rape.


Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast

I like alien-invasion books, they can be fun BUT this one was just a mess. It was slow, everything that happened was just way too convenient, Raven (the MC) was awful she treated everyone like crap all the time, it was predictable, and the romance was cringey.

You can read my full review here. 


This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Yet another YA mystery/thriller that fell flat. It was predictable, slow, the romance was verbally/emotionally abusive and portrayed as not being so, and the plot itself made zero sense.

You can read my full review here.


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No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear

Extremely flat, underdeveloped characters that made constantly stupid decisions and were also pretty self absorbed. The plot itself was slow and boring and ultimately had nothing to do with “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote as it was meant to.

You can read my full review here. 


The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

This was described as being a psychological thriller and it just isn’t, it does represent mental illness but in no way was this thrilling or suspenseful. The big reveal at the end while not predictable was extremely anti-climatic.


There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

I really did want to enjoy this book but it was just…boring for me. It was way more focused on the romance than anything horror/murder-y, the murderer is revealed way too early, no shocking twists, everything was just very anti-climatic to me.


Final Girls by Riley Sager

I haven’t fully decided what I want to rate this but it definitely won’t be high. I did like the ending so points for that but overall I felt this book focused on all the wrong points, plus it was PAINSTAKINGLY slow and boring all the way up until the end. Disappointing since this is based on a great trope.

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

What were some of your least favorite reads of 2017?

Let me know in the comments! 

The Sassy

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8 thoughts on “Least Favorite Books of 2017

  1. Darque Dreamer Reads December 30, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Totally agree about The Roanoke Girls. Ugh! At least your disappointment list wasn’t terribly long! 🙂

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  2. awbreereads December 30, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    There are so many I want to read on here lol

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  3. Emma's Library December 30, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    I’ve not read any of these but I have been intrigued by One of Us is Lying. I keep meaning to pick it up whenever I go book shopping but it never ends up in my basket. Maybe that’s a sign!

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  4. The Paperback Princess December 31, 2017 / 12:07 am

    I have read the Ranoke Girls and enjoyed it, despite how f*cked up it was. I’ve been humming & ha-ing over One of us is lying. It’s gotten a lot of good reviews, but I also read Murder on the Orient Express and feel like it might be a copy cat.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek January 8, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      I have yet to read Murder on the Orient Express so I can’t say if it is a copycat or not but I thought the mystery wasn’t the best but if you do decide to read it I hope you enjoy it more than I did! 🙂

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  5. noreadstoogreat December 31, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Great post! I haven’t read any of these, though some are on my list. It always sucks when a book you are excited about doesn’t deliver

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