Least Favorite Books of 2020 🌿

 🌿 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful day, full of good readings & wonderful moments.❤️ Super excited to finally bring you a new end of the year post, this time it will be all about those books that I liked the least this year. Of course, it’s always good to clarify that this is only my personal opinion about them and it doesn’t mean that they’re bad books or I hate them, they just haven’t worked for me. 😊 There are a couple that I’ve abandoned and others that simply haven’t resonated with me for centers reason. I know that lately there has been some controversy with this type of posts on Twitter, especially, and I rarely get involved because I don’t like conflict, but I’ll say what I said on the networks, and it’s that sometimes I feel that when we book bloggers or creators of content, talk negatively about some book so everyone talk about it, but when we work hard on our content and publicizing all those books we love throughout the year nobody recognizes our work, so you know what? You can and have all the freedom to talk about those books that haven’t been for you because it’s valid as well and as long as it’s done with respect, it’s fine.  👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 
Luckily this year it has been difficult for me to choose “bad” books to share with you because I really read things that I really liked, some that I’ve loved and others that have been good, so it was a challenge to find these five books which I’ll talk to you next.
My plan is to share with you these books, from the one I liked the most to the one I liked the least. I’ve also decided to include some books that I’ve DNFed this year for the simple reason that they’ve not been for me and because, to be honest, I had no more “bad” books to talk about and that’s great, of course. 🥰 
I’ll do this post as I try to do all my posts, with a lot of respect and love above all, but I’ll also be 100% honest about my opinions, always remembering that it’s not the absolute truth about these books, but rather a personal experience. Now without further ado, let’s start, I hope you enjoy it & also share your opinions with me. 🌿 

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Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
 

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❌ Sadly I DNFed this one, that’s why it’s in this position today, since I didn’t read it in full I cannot have a complete opinion, but I can tell you that it wasn’t for me. I found a heavy narrative full of descriptions and terms that I didn’t understand, it also seemed slow to me and I wasn’t interested enough to continue reading it. Believe me, guys, it was very difficult for me to admit that this book wasn’t for me because I LOVE Leigh Bardugo, but this book just didn’t resonate with me at all and that’s fine, I know many people have enjoyed it and that’s great.❌ 

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Darkness never works alone…

Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become.

As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.  

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❌ This is another book that I DNFed, I got to read more than 150 pages and the plot seems to be all over the place and goes to a place that I’m not interested in following, also the writing style is a bit repetitive and that makes reading difficult. In addition to all this, the characters aren’t complex or interesting enough to want to follow them, especially Nadya who is one of the most confusing characters I’ve come across with.❌ 

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Will I still be loved if I show people who I really am?  

Four high school seniors. Four secrets about to be told.
 
If Indie had it her way, she would never choose to river raft with three other high school seniors, mostly strangers to each other, from her journalism class.
 
A loner, a jock, an outsider, an Instagram influencer. At first they can’t see anything that they have in common. As the trip unfolds, the unpredictable river forces them to rely on each other. Social masks start to fall as, one-by-one, each teen reveals a deep secret the other three don’t know.
 
One is harboring immense grief and unwilling to forgive after the death of a loved one. One is dealing with a new disability and an uncertain future. One is fearful of the repercussions of coming out. One is hiding behind a carefully curated “perfect” image on Instagram.
 
Before they get to the end of Hells Canyon, they’ll know the truth about each other and, more importantly, learn something new about themselves.
 
What the Other Three Don’t Know is a poignant and gripping YA novel about the unlikely friends who accept you for who you really are and the power of self-acceptance.

   

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❌ The point of the plot seemed super interesting to me BUT I don’t think it’s executed in a way that keeps you expectant, it also resolves in a rather superficial way. I really appreciate what the author wanted to do in terms of diversity but the plot itself seemed super weak to me, as well as I think it is full of stereotypes.❌ 

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The first novel written for an adult audience by the mega-selling author of the Divergent franchise: five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons–and reconsider what it means to be a hero . . . by destiny or by choice.

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended. 

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❌ I could really see the potential of the book, but I think the execution of the book in its entirety didn’t work well for me, the reading process became quite heavy and slow, on the other hand, It also seems to me there’s a lot of this story that’s told and a lot of information is thrown at us without really seeing much action. It lacked the “do” factor and that surprise factor that I think the author knew how to give in her YA work. ❌ 

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An instant New York Times bestseller!

“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” -Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves and The Star-Touched Queen

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

“This book destroyed me and I adored it.” -Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval  

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❌ I like the main idea a lot, cause it follows powers that come from gods and there’s an interesting background that touches on religions, but the execution of the book wasn’t successful for me. The characters are super weak in character, they lack a lot of shocking personalities, you know? as well as the world and the magic system, that although I liked the idea, it ended up being quite confusing for me. ❌ 

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I hope you found it interesting to discuss a bit about my less favorite books of the year, I know I have quite unpopular opinions, so I hope you don’t kill me & I want to thank you for always being there, you’re the best! ❤️

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 🌿 Question time! What are your least favorite books this year? Why? & What do you think about this type of post? I would love to know everything you think. I hope you have a beautiful day and see you soon with a new post! 🌿 

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42 thoughts on “Least Favorite Books of 2020 🌿

  1. I’m entirely with you on how you feel about Wicked Saints, it just didn’t do anything at all for me. I was super disappointed when I was reading it.

    I ADORED Ninth house. It was actually one of my favourite reads of the year – but as I was reading it I KNEW it was going to be a read that split people down the middle so I totally get why you ended up on the other side of that line.

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    • I’m SO glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t been convinced by Wicked Saints, the promise is wonderful, but it was so boring to read 🥺🥺 & I absolutely understand your feelings about Ninth House and you’re right, I feel like it’s that kind of book that you love or just isn’t for you and that’s fine, it makes me happy that you enjoyed it ❤️❤️

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  2. Even though I quite liked Chosen Ones, I can definitely see why it didn’t quite reach the mark with a lot of people – it was slow, a little tedious at times, and it didn’t feel like a Veronica Roth book.

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    • I think my disappointment with the book is as you say because I expected something else from the author and I don’t mean to say that her style in the book is bad, but that it’s just different and didn’t resonate with me. I’m SOso glad you enjoyed it ❤️❤️✨

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  3. I agree with you on The Chosen Ones – it was a DNF for me. I just finished Ninth House a couple weeks ago. I’d seen conflicting reviews, but I enjoyed this one. I’ll definitely read the next in the series.

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    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt this way about The Chosen Ones!! 🥺 & I’m glad that despite being such a polarized book you’ve enjoyed Ninth House, I still adore the author, so I’m excited to know what stories she will surprise us with in the future 😍✨

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  4. That first para 👏👏 these lists have been going on since the beginning of the book community, I don’t understand why some people suddenly decided they are “wrong” also that’s so true! We scream on the top of our lungs everyday about the books we love but all that work is ignored after one negative comment! It’s annoying as hell

    There are a few books that I wasn’t a fan of this year however I adored Ninth House but that book is definitely not for everyone, the over descriptive written threw me away at the start as well and I didn’t think I would like it but I was pleasantly surprised 😊

    Have a great day and happy reading 📖

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  5. I was really looking forward to Ninth House, but it seems to be disappointing a lot of people who opinions I trust 😬. And it’s too bad about Chosen Ones! It always sucks when the author spends too much time ~telling instead of showing~ 😅. I really liked reading this post, Sofii! It’s nice to get a little, respectful heads up about all of these books in one post hahaha 🙂.

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    • I really hope you enjoy Ninth House, I adore the author, so I’ll always be more than happy to read her books, but this one just wasn’t for me & The Chosen Ones was so meh, which I didn’t expect since the author tends to write things very easy and addictive to read, I would still read some more of it in the future if the book sounds great. Thank you very much for your support, honey !! I am so glad that you enjoyed the post

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  6. I think Ruthless Gods is also one of my least favorite read this year. I always love the direction of the story and the atmosphere, however the writing was repetitive, using words like blood and bone ad nauseam to build the imagery which was very frustrating to read. The characters also did a 180 from how they were in Wicked Saints! I will still read the final book because I am curious of how everything will ends, but that’s the only reason :/

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    • I absolutely agree with you about the books, the idea was amazing and there are some interesting factors, but the execution was very poor for me. 😔 I hope that if you read the ending is something that you can enjoy and surprise you, I would love to know your opinion ❤️❤️

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    • Thank you! 🥺🥺🥺 I love Leigh as an author too, but I don’t think this is a work that I would recommend in the future, it was very difficult for me to read, but mostly confusing. Even so, I know that there are many people who have loved it and that makes me happy, I hope that if you get to read it, you will love it too 🥰👏🏻✨

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  7. i’m sorry you didn’t love these books, sofii!! i’ve heard both good and bad things about ninth house, and i do love leigh bardugo’s writing, but i’m just not finding myself particularly inclined to read it so maybe it’ll be low priority haha. and i’m not interested in wicked saints at all lmao, so i’m glad to hear that it wasn’t one you enjoyed!! 😭

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    • Thank you SO much, May!!! ❤️✨ I feel bad I didn’t enjoy them, but we can’t love every book we read and that’s okay.👏🏻 Even though Ninth House didn’t work for me, I know it has a wonderful idea behind, so I hope you can enjoy it if you read it, of course I still think Leigh Bardugo is brilliant 😍 & on the other hand, I can’t recommend Wicked Saints because I wouldn’t be honest, the idea is good but the execution is super messy 😔

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  8. ninth house is pretty high up on my tbr but i have seen a lot of mixed reviews..personally, i haven’t picked it up yet because it’s pretty dark and i think i need lighter reads right now. but yeah, i’m also a big leigh bardugo fan! i feel like i haven’t seen chosen ones mentioned in awhile – it’s too bad you didn’t enjoy it more. honestly haven’t bothered tracking the books i didn’t like because well..i just DNF anything i don’t like and leave it to either return to at a later date when i’m in the mood or forget about it haha.

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    • I hope you love Ninth House, honey! ❤️ I know it didn’t work for me, but still has a really cool idea to explore behind, so I hope you can enjoy it! 😊 I fully understand that you DNFed books that you aren’t liking, in general I have started to do that too, if I have finished any of these it has been because they were ARCs but yes, I understand what you mean. 👏🏻✨ I hope you have a beautiful day ☀️🥰

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    • If you’re interested in the premise of Ninth House you probably love the book, it’s kind of heavy and descriptive, but I know that many people have enjoyed it and that makes me happy! 😊✨ I’d love to hear your opinion once you read it, as well as the other books, honey. ❤️
      Have a beautiful day ☀️☀️

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  9. This was really interesting! I definitely understand why Ninth House and the Emily Duncan books made it on this list. I liked Ninth House, but it wasn’t what I expected and I really had to fight to get through the first few hundred pages. And I loved Wicked Saints (mostly because I’m hot villain trash) but Ruthless Gods really was a letdown. I still liked those books but I definitely understand why others wouldn’t.

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    • I’m really SO glad that you were able to enjoy both books!!! ❤️❤️ I know that, without a doubt, they have very interesting ideas to follow and although they haven’t worked for me, I understand why so many people love them. 😊 Sorry Ruthless Gods didn’t surprise you as you expected! I hope you have a wonderful day and a happy new year! 😍🎉✨

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  10. I love reading about other people’s least favourite books, honestly! I think my least favourites from this year would be The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and Cinderella is Dead – both books I was really excited to read because the plot/premise sounded amazing, but both were a let-down in the execution for me.

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    • I’m SO glad you like reading this kind of posts, me too!! 👏🏻👏🏻✨
      Oh, so sorry you didn’t enjoy any of them, personally I did like Evelyn Hardcastle but I understand it’s kind of intricate and won’t work for everyone & I’ve heard mixed stuff about Cinderella is Dead, hope it works for me once I read it, though *fingers crossed* 😅😅❤️❤️

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    • Oh, don’t worry, honey! My opinion on Ninth House is somewhat unpopular, I know that many people have been loving it and it has very solid points, so I hope you enjoy it too!!! it didn’t work out for me, but I still love the author and am excited to try her future books 😍✨👏🏻

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