2020 Book Disappointments.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Happy, happy Wednesday!! 

I am SO excited about today's post because I am talking about books!! Specifically, books that disappointed me this year. Fair warning...I might ramble a bit ;) 

Side note: Not all of these are necessarily "disappointments" but they just weren't what I expected. 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Wah, wah, wah. This book was definitely a disappointment for me. 

I love dystopian books. That sounds twisted, but I love learning about alternate realities and also relating them to the world that we live in. 

But this one didn't suit my fancy. 

I'm not really sure why. I just didn't enjoy it!! The pacing was off, I thought the main character, Thomas was annoying...It just disappointed me. 

I really thought I was going to like it but...I didn't. Maybe if Thomas had some personality (or any of the characters) then I'd like it more. 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I enjoyed this one, but I didn't love it. 

It started out very strong but gradually got worse and worse. And the ending?! What in the world? I definitely did not see it coming and was let down by it. 

But, I did like it. So was I disappointed by it? Kinda. I was disappointed by the ending. But the rest of it? It wasn't bad.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 

If you've followed me for a while, then you would know that I have lots of thoughts on this series.

The first book? I rated it 5 stars...I hardly EVER give out 5 stars, so that tells you that I enjoyed it. 

The second book? 3 stars. 

The rest...2. 

That's a pretty big jump if you ask me. 

And I'll tell you why...

First off, I HATED the ending. It was like a cliffhanger, but not. Didn't like it AT ALL. I had some HIGH hopes for Maven. I really liked him!! #teammaven But they really let me down...Really down. 

So I'll say it again...First book, great. The rest, not so great. 

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins 

What?! Oh yes. This book was sort of a disappointment. 

This book was, obviously, very interesting to me, a big Hunger Games fan. But, I was not expected it at. all. That was both what made me like it, but also not like it. 

First of all, it should have been about Haymitch. Who agrees? I'd MUCH rather hear about Haymitch than Snow. But, we all wanted to know how Snow got to what he is. How became the cruel, twisted, awful, person that he came to be. 

So, was I disappointed by this book? Not necessarily. Was it what I expected? No. 

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

This was another one of those books where I enjoyed the first, but the second? Not so much. 

Not to mention, this book is SO hyped up. Every time I'm looking on a YA book page, this book ALWAYS comes up. 

I read the first 2 books but I haven't read the last one yet. I still want to, but my expectations are very low.

I'm not really sure why I didn't enjoy this one. I think it was the dual perspectives. Yes, it was interesting, but in the end, it just confused and bored me. 

It wasn't the absolute worst but I was disappointed considering how hyped up it is. 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Going into this book, I didn't have super high expectations. I knew it would be sci-fi which isn't really my jam, but, I was still disappointed by it.

This is another one that has been very hyped up. I mean, it can't be hyped up for nothing right?

It wasn't awful, but I didn't really like it. 

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

This book. Was awful. 

This book was NOT hyped up and actually had horrible reviews. But, I loved the Selection series from Kiera Cass so I tried it anyway.

And yup, I should've listened to the reviews. I did not like this book at all. 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This book is another one that was very hyped up, so I wanted to try it out. 

I didn't like it. 

First of all, it's fae, which I've found that I don't really enjoy. 

Second of all, it's enemies to lover.

Third of all, I got very confused.

So yeah, I didn't love this one. 

One Day in December by Josie Silver

And finally, One Day In December.

This one wasn't awful, but I was disappointed by it.

It just didn't make sense. Like the insta-love? No thank you. 

I was both disappointed by this book, and it wasn't what I was expecting either. It was just weird. And, it didn't make sense. 

So, there you have it!! Those are my book disappointments of 2020!! Thank you so much for reading and I will see you back here again on Friday!! 


  1. What!! One Day In December!? Best book ever, just kidding! 😂
    But for real, you know my feelings on The Maze Runner! It was my favorite for a while!
    Also, I LOVED The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, I thought it was fascinating to see how Snow turned evil!
    Loved reading this post, Ella!

    1. Sorry!! I did like The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, I just didn't love it!! I thought it would've been MUCH better if we had a backstory on Haymitch!! Maybe it's because I literally cannot stand Snow.

  2. Now that's a lot of books! I haven't read any of these but will carefully consider your reviews.


    1. Haha!! I have a lot of time on my hands now-a-days!! They're not all bad, they just didn't suit my fancy!!

  3. The only one I've read here is One Day In December. Wait, what am I saying, I've also read The Maze Runner and Divergent! I think the problem with these is that they are overhyped. I always seem to dislike the books that everyone else loves!

    1. Maybe it's because I don't love the genres that everyone else loves? Maybe not, because I genuinely thought that I was going to really like all these books!!

  4. Aside from One Day in December I haven't read any of these...sounds like I'll steer clear of the others too! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    1. I guess it just depends on your personal preference!! One Day in December was is not my genre of choice...or trope!! The insta-love was not my thing!!

  5. I read One Day in December and felt the same. I din't mind it too much, as I like light reads, but I definitely looked at it as not realistic as far as a love story really goes. Thanks for sharing all these other books. I had one or two on my to-read, but reading your reviews helps me not want to waste my time, LOL.

    1. I mean it could’ve been worse, but the insta-love really annoyed me. Not realistic at all!!

  6. I didn't like One Day in December either; I expected such a better story after having so many fellow bloggers/readers recommend it to me.

  7. I hate when a book is disappointing. I used to just read it and move on, but lately, I have stopped in the middle if I can't read it any longer.

    1. I used to be the opposite!! If I didn’t like the book I was not going to finish it! But now, I feel like I have too!! I always have hope.

    2. I always hate reading a book that disappoints me. If it is really terrible I'll just stop reading it (which has only happened a handful of times).