I recently hopped on the “Low Rated Books I Loved” post bandwagon and had TONS of fun doing it, and was always curious as to how the inverse would work. What books are really hyped on Goodreads that I felt more “meh” about? I followed the same method as last time- I went to my Goodreads “read” shelf, sorted it by average rating (this time from highest to lowest), and chose the first eight books that popped up that received below four star ratings from me (only including books that popped up that I’ve read since I began blogging back in 2014).
I was actually really surprised by these results! I wouldn’t say that disliked most of these books- they often just aren’t my favorite installment in a series, or I had super high expectations and they were more mediocre reads for me. Most of the books fell in the 3.0-3.5 range, which I still consider a “good” rating, and a book I’d reread. It’s interesting to see that many of these books are even from my favorite series!
Empire of Storms (Average Rating 4.58 | My Rating 3.5) I’m not surprised about this one at ALL. I think my expectations were SUPER high since I LOVED Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, but this book felt super slow to me in a lot of places, and I tend to get bored of books that mainly take place on a ship at sea. It really felt like a bridge book in the series, just waiting for the lead up to the finale.
Winter (Average Rating 4.48 | My Rating 3.0) Oh boy, this book felt like it took me forever to read. I was SO excited because the cover was STUNNING and I remember trekking to Barnes & Noble late after work on release day to pick it up and make sure I received a pristine copy. However, at 800+ pages I was bored and felt like it lacked the charm the rest of the series had and felt like it fell into the typical YA dystopian mold. It was also a huge letdown considering how much I loved Fairest.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Average Rating 4.35 | My Rating 3.5 Stars) While I enjoyed the profound quotes and stunning cover of this one, but it lacked a clear plot and it was just super over hyped for me. Still a really important read that I can see myself revisiting one day, but I think the fact that everyone and their mother was flailing about this one set up unreachable standards for me.
The Raven King (Average Rating 4.31 | My Rating: 3.0) I mean who DIDN’T have crazy high expectations for the finale of The Raven Cycle. Also, THAT COVER. However the ending just really felt like a cop out to me which knocked my rating down quite a bit. Also the Glendower thing was a total letdown?? Definitely not the strongest book in this series for me.
Scarlet (Average Rating 4.30 | My Rating 3.0) I’m surprised that two Lunar Chronicles books ended up on this list- I swear, I really do love this series! I remember I just ended up getting bored after a while of the whole wolf soldiers thing, and the pacing felt super off to me. Also as much as I ship Scarlet and Wolf I felt like their relationship was a bit insta-lovey.
The Winner’s Kiss (Average Rating 4.27 | My Rating 3.5) While this novel had the same stunning prose and vivid writing as the rest of the series, it really, really dragged for me in the middle. I was super bored reading about the movements of the war camp and I felt the middle lacked dialogue as well.
The Fault in Our Stars (Average Rating 4.25 | My Rating 3.5) Honestly if I were to reread this one I’m sure I’d rate it even lower. If you’ve hung around my blog for a while you’ll know I am not a John Green fan, and the more I think about this book, the more I dislike it- the pretentious writing style, the fact that it feels like a gender-swapped version of all of his other stories, the cheesy dialogue. And the older I get, the more the whole “sick lit” thing really bothers me and seems exploitative and in poor taste.
Warcross (Average Rating 4.22 | My Rating 2.5 Stars) I’ll admit, I went into this one knowing I probably wasn’t going to like it, and I was right- Emika’s total “special snowflake” character combined with the way too convenient “hacking,” I found myself rolling my eyes many times while reading this one. But I have to admit, it was also super addicting, so I know I’ll be continuing on (despite the fact that the hype for this book was completely and totally out of control).