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Book Review Wednesday: Books I Didn't Like

I read a lot of books and most of them, I like. I hardly come across books I don't enjoy and if I'm not into it, I usually will stop reading. 

I also don't like to do negative book reviews but sometimes it's interesting to read about why certain people didn't like certain things. Negativity is good sometimes and it's nice to get a different perspective. 

Now, I know there's a lot of talk on Booktok and Bookstagram about not reviewing or rating books negatively but none of this is bashing authors or their writing styles. Reading is all about preference and these books just didn't do it for me, for a variety of reasons. Some, I didn't like the story, the character(s) or I just didn't feel a connection to the book. 



If you have read books I've suggested before, then maybe you won't be interested in some of these books. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas



This is a book/series that I've heard so much about over the years and it always sparked my interest. I love a good pop culture phenomenon and hate missing out so I decided to read it. I was not into it at all. I forced myself to finish reading it and just felt like I wasted my time. The story was hard to get into it, it was way too fantasy for me. However, I have heard that the first book isn't that great and most people feel that way. I might give the 2nd book a shot but the first one just didn't do it for me. 

Where The Truth Lies by Anna Bailey


This book has gotten rave reviews but wow, I really didn't enjoy it. The plot made me really uncomfortable -- it's a lot of religious abuse, homophobia, sexual assault, murder. It was just too much for me and I didn't really see the 'point' to the book. It didn't feel like there was a beginning, middle, and end... and I just felt like some of the plot points were unnecessary. I pushed through this book but I really wish I didn't. 

Such a Quiet Place by Meghan Miranda



I just wrote a review of Meghan Miranda's other book, "The Girl From Widow Hills" and raved about it. I read this one before that (it was just published and I read it early courtesy of Netgalley) and wow, I did not enjoy it. It didn't feel like there was anything even happening in the book. It didn't feel like there was a clear plot happening and it just seemed a little unnecessary. Her other books were much more meaty and interesting while this fell flat in a lot of ways. The ending was kind of anti-climatic and I really hated all the characters. It wasn't my favorite Miranda book and she has done so much better. I recommend skipping this one because every other book was better. 

Blocked - A Social Media Love Story 



This mini-review is not going to be kind and I apologize in advance. This was a solid plot -- it sounded so interesting and I was excited about it. I love that we're getting books that involve influencers nowadays... it's so relevant and makes sense. There was a lot of potential here but it just wasn't developed properly. Mia, the sidekick, has to be the most annoying, unrealistic character I've ever read; it was like the author was trying to write someone outrageous and quirky but it came off extremely fake. Winter, the main character, wasn't that great either and all the characters fell flat in some way. The book moved too slow at some points and too fast at others. I just was really unsatisfying and I was hoping for more out of it. It's a definite skip for me! 

What are some books that you read recently and didn't like?
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B