Popular Books I Was Disappointed By

Popular Books I Was Disappointed By

No book is absolutely perfect to everybody. As much as one person might love it, another person might hate it just the same. These are the names of some popular books that a lot of people love, but I don’t feel too great about.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass is a book that a lot of people consider wonderful. I started reading her series Throne of Glass at the end of eighth grade. I knew that it was on many people’s favorites list, so I decided to give it a try. The first book was alright, nothing that I would write home about. The second book was better, but it killed off the one character I thought was dynamic and interesting. The third book, Heir of Fire, was slow. I get that it was supposed to be a mostly character-driven novel about recovering from grief and meeting new characters, but I didn’t care about anyone. Calaena is still over-powered and annoying. She has practically no character development that carries on to the fourth book. The entirety of the novel seemed like it was to introduce one character, Rowan, who I could honestly care less about. For something that was described as being emotional and breath taking, it only made me roll my eyes in annoyance.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Mass made me realize that maybe this author’s books aren’t for me. She’s a very popular writer, but I don’t like her recycled characters, her boring plots that she continues to stretch out after she supposedly finishes her original series, and I absolutely hate the romances she creates. A Court of Silver Flames is 750 something pages that has no substance. All it manages to do is discard all the character development that has happened to the characters. It makes them horrible people. The way they treat Nesta makes me so mad. Rhys is a hypocrite that Sarah J. Mass added to show her fans that she could write a love interest that didn’t disrespect women only to have him disrespect women the entire book, Elaine is a wishy washy nobody who would trade your trust for a quarter, and Feyre is idiotic.

One of the most disappointing books I’ve read is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I read half of this book before I decided to stop. I might return to it one day when it isn’t as popular as it is now. I read it right when the show Shadow & Bone was coming out so everybody was rereading books from the Grishaverse and gushing over how wonderful they were. When I read Six of Crows, I saw an author trying way too hard to make an edgy cast. Kaz, to me, seemed like every other young adult love interest. You could throw Kaz, Jace, Will, Maven, and whoever else into a big box and take away their names, and I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

There’s a lot more popular books I haven’t liked, but these are the ones I was most disappointed by. I’ll probably go back to them in a few years to see if my opinions change at all, but as for now, I wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot stick.