Disappointing Books I’ve Read Lately

They all can’t be winners folks and why not make my blogging comeback with books I didn’t enjoy?

The latest:

30256248In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to b
e stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

The love story started by getting locked into the library? Sign me up!

Except this was just 50 shades of disappointing. They weren’t even in the library for half of it. Her friends sucked and no one had a backstory. Or a personality. It wasn’t Kasie’s usual contemporary magic. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, even the one with anxiety. Her anxiety seemed real but nothing was fleshed out enough. I gave this two whole stars. Not for me. Try On the Fence instead.


Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming morethan friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

Okay so I was so in love with the first one, it’s ridiculous. I ship these two to no end but this one… I can’t decide if it was the fact I read it on the plane or if it was really just that flat. It was a confusing mess. I’m not sure what really went on in this book and the end was a dreaded cliff hanger.

It’s safe to say I was extremely disappointed in this one. But I think I’ll give it another go when the third one comes out. I gave this three stars but more like 2.5.

25546710A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

This was just utterly disappointing. I really wanted to like this one but the main character was like tear your hair out annoying. I wanted to punch her every time she opened her mouth. She wasn’t relatable and this whole story was just… weird. A solid 2.5, I’m being generous with that.

10/10 do not recommend. If you’re looking for a mystery I highly suggest Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig. That was the Gone Girl we all deserved.

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