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Top 5 Tuesday // Books That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

Hey ya’ll! I decided to jump in and try one of the Tuesday tags. I’m going to give the Top 5 Tuesday tag by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm at try!

So today’s topic was Books that didn’t live up to the hype. Now the ones that I picked are strictly my choice, so if I picked one of your favorites don’t crucify me!

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36502054Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

 “The sea is a fickle witch. She is likely to bestow a kiss as to steal the breath from your lips.”

I know that there are a ton of people who loved this one, but it was a disappointment me for me. I just expected more than what we got. The romance was weird and nothing really happened until the last 100 pages.


38357345 My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

“Does it matter if you do the wrong thing for the right reason?”

This was a recent book that didn’t live up to the hype for me. We all now that I loved Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating more than anything. So when I saw this, I knew it would be great. Sadly, with a main character I couldn’t stand and a catfishing plot, this was not for me. 


19547856Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.” 

Please don’t come for me about adding this one the list. I picked this up when the movie came out and wanted to read it before I watched it. The characters came off very one dimensional and it fell flat. Now the movie, I still watch it all the time! 


39555142 Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

“Turns out my dream girl belongs to the one person it would kill me to hurt.” 

Lawd, this was on everyone’s TBR when it came out. This is the biggest disappointment on this list, and of 2018 so far. My main issue is that it didn’t really feel I was reading about a forbidden romance. Sure there was some angst here and there but all in all, it just felt like another romance to me. Also, the main character Jordan was immature as all get out. Pike could have done better and let’s be honest here, should have done better.

35297394The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw

“Love is an enchantress – devious and wild.
It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat.”

The writing in The Wicked Deep was magical and lyrical. I will never doubt that Shea Earnshaw was born to write. Now, what made it not live up to the hype for me was the romance. and because I felt like I was missing key parts of this book. We never really got a lot of information on Bo. so if I as a reader didn’t get a lot of information on Bo, how the hell does Penny know him? Especially enough to love him?

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So those are the top 5 books that didn’t live up to the hype for me. Do we have any in common? What are some of your books? 

46 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday // Books That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

  1. Welcome to Tuesday memes! You did lovely! =D

    I agree with every dang thing you said about Birthday Girl. We were all hyped. We all read it. I feel most of us agree that there was zero taboo in that relationship. I stand behind you on that one!

    Also have your read Roomies by CL yet?

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      1. I think Birthday Girl had plenty of steamy scenes, but I don’t believe it was dark/taboo/forbidden. Corrupt on the other hand…

        And I’m so sad Roomies isn’t working for you. Oh well you’ve tried.

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      2. Corrupt is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. There’s all sorts of trigger warnings, but the story is addictive. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. Did that help or hurt lol??

        I’m saying if you wanted dark and taboo from birthday girl Corrupt will more than deliver on that lol

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  2. It’s totally fine with Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – I liked it better than The Upside to Unrequited. The movie was fantastic. I just wish they had kept some things in the movie from the book.
    I’m actually reading Wicked Deep now. I’m not too far into it so I’ll let you know my verdict.
    I almost picked up Sea Witch, something inside me said…maybe not lol.

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    1. I loved the Simon movie so much better than the book!
      I haven’t read the Upside to Unrequited, I was hesitant and I read Simon & Leah on the offbeat.
      & Let me know your thoughts on The Wicked Deep. I would love to hear them!


      1. I will. Definitely! I really didn’t feel the hype to read Leah on the Offbeat. Dont’ know why, just didn’t grab me to read it.

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      2. I think only one book made me want to pre-order. In a series actually. The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. That’s cause the third book only a few preorders offered signed copies. I’m like…I want a signed copy!

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  3. KAYLA! YOUR BLOG IS SOOOO CUTE! I love your aesthetics so much and I’m happy you decided to join the Tuesday memes. I listened to the audiobook for Simon and I enjoyed that. I haven’t heard great things about Sea Witch and The Wicked Deep so I have no desire to pick those up. Lol

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    1. Thank you so much Merline!!!☺️
      I adore your graphics, so to hear that you like mine makes my day!
      Also, I just started listening to audiobooks. I probably would have liked Simon more if I listened to it.
      The Wicked Deep and Sea Witch had covers that were so stunning that I just had to read them. While I loved the author’s writing in The Wicked Deep, there wasn’t much to Sea Witch.


  4. First welcome Kayla!!!! No we don’t have any in common but you did choose hyped books that’s for sure! I featured also pretty well known books so I expect a reaction LOL

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  5. The “romance” in The Wicked Deep had all kinds of problems for me! I liked the Simon book but I agree with you I enjoyed the movie more. It’s not a book I’ll likely ever reread but I would totally rewatch the movie!

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  6. Aaaw you changed your graphic, love it!! I haven’t read any of them but I did want to read Sea Witch and The Wicked Deep, but now I’m not sure. Great list Kayla!

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