5 books that didn’t live up to the hype

I bought a new Kindle a few months back, and I’ve been reading a lot more as a result. Lately, I’ve been making my way through the books that I always hear people raving about.

I’m in a Harry Potter running club and all of the other Ravenclaws in our group on Facebook are always talking about the same few books over and over again. Plus, there are a few books I always see on different book blogs, Twitter, or Goodreads that I’ve been checking out.

Unfortunately, I ended up hating a lot of these books, and in this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, I’ll be sharing five books that I think don’t deserve the hype they get.


The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This is quite possibly the worst book I’ve ever read. No, this is actually the worst book I’ve ever read. The structure of the book is super weird, which can be okay if done well, but it’s so awkward in this book. The first half takes place at school, and then the second half they all move to New York together and there’s this dumb Narnia plot. It makes no sense. He literally rushes however many years of school they go to into such a short amount of time and it feels so forced and awkward.

I’ve tried to remove the memory of this book from my brain, but I remember there being a scene where they fly to Antartica (or some other cold place? I don’t remember) and they turn into birds? What? There are a lot of other dumb magic rules in this series too. Half the time it feels like Lev Grossman had this weird idea for how magic would work in his world and wanted to include every bit of information he thought up, even when it doesn’t further the plot or have any importance in the story.

Also, the characters are all just so unlikable and one-dimensional. I’ve heard from friends who love this series that the first book is terrible and that it gets way better, but I can’t imagine having to read about these dumb characters for two more books.


A Discover of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I really enjoyed the first third of this book. A really smart woman in academia who is also a witch trying to hide her past? Sign me up. But then the author decides to add this dumb vampire romance in and suddenly the main character is about to give up her life, safety, and her career that she worked so hard for in order to stay with him? NO THANKS.

Give me back my strong female character, please and thank you.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Ugh, this book. I had so many problems with this book. First off, the main character was so uninteresting and kept doing dumb things that made me care very little about what would happen to her.

It also felt like nothing happens in this book. I DNFed it, and when I stopped it seemed like things were about to start happening, but I was so pissed that I spent 60% of the book waiting for something to happen that I didn’t want to keep reading on the off chance it suddenly got interesting.


Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

I read Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch series and loved it, so when I heard everyone praising this book, I knew I needed to read it. But after reading it, I don’t really see what was so special about it. I enjoyed it and don’t think it’s a bad book at all, but didn’t think it was as amazing as I was led to believe it would be.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 

This book isn’t necessarily a bad book, but I really don’t understand people who think this is the greatest book ever written. It’s got a cool premise, but the writing is pretty bad. After trying to read Ernest Cline’s other book, Armada, which might even be worse than The Magicians, I hated this book even more because that book is terrible.

20 thoughts on “5 books that didn’t live up to the hype

  1. LiteraryOwlDesigns says:

    I’m so happy you had ACOTAR on this list!!! I wasn’t able to make it through the first chapter because I hated it so much, her writing style just isn’t for me. But it’s still recommended to me all the time!!!!! Everyone says “oh yeah the first two books kind of suck but it gets better.” Yeah no…not reading two crappy books before the series gets good.
    And Ready Player One! I didn’t like that book at all. I didn’t understand any of the hype, I was so bored while reading it.

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    • Jenna says:

      ACOTAR was so boring. I don’t understand people who want you to suffer through crappy books in order to get to a great one. Plenty of great books out there. Instead of reading two crappy ones and a great one, you can just read three great books!

      And yeah, I don’t get the Ready Player One hype. I think people just like it for the pop culture references. I know a lot of people who don’t read at all, but picked up Ready Player One and thought it was the greatest thing to ever exist, so there’s also that.

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  2. Vicky says:

    Ready Player One I agree with. It didn’t feel original- it just felt like a mash up of pop culture, which didn’t really grab me. Maybe I’m cynical!


    • Jenna says:

      Haha, I’m definitely here to complain with 😀

      Lots of people do love them though, so if you do end up reading, you may like them!


  3. writewhereiread says:

    I feel the exact same way about ACOTAR! The first book was just BARELY enough for a second book and after that…I’m like yeah, I hate Feyre more and I could care less about what happens to Reysand or whatever. Just…no.


    • Jenna says:

      Haha, fair enough. I couldn’t get past the first book. I’ve heard they do get better though. I had so many other books I wanted to list, so I just went for the biggest ones 😉


  4. somebooksandpaws says:

    LOL! I had been wondering if I should read The Magicians since I started watching the TV series, so thank you for helping me dodge that bullet!!! xD I’ve read too many negative reviews by now to know I should not waste my time on it. hahaha

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    • Jenna says:

      It’s so bad, haha. I’m glad I’ve saved you! Though for what’s it’s worth I’ve heard the second two books in the trilogy are fantastic so if you’re enjoying the show, you might like those.

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  5. Kacey Lewis says:

    I’ve tried to read The Magicians twice now and I just can’t get through it. I also wasn’t interested in the TV show either, which bums me out because the idea of the books/tv show sounds like something I would love. But alas….


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