Books I’ve rated 1 or 2 stars


This post goes out to all the books I’ve rated 1 or 2 stars over the year or so that I’ve been reading and reviewing.

I hate giving a book a low rating because someone has put in so much effort to create a piece of art, but I never lie in my reviews so sometimes a bad rating is the only way!

(Sorry if you love some of these books! We all have our own preferences I mean no offense!)

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A Season of Eden by Jennifer Laurens
What on Earth do we have here?! A cringy romance novel? On my blog? Well, yes, unfortunately, yes. Back in the day I was into teacher-student romance novels and this was, by far, the worst one I ever read. The characters were cliché and annoying, the plot was dull and the whole thing ended with very little having happened. Waste of time and money.


This is a Love Story by Jessica Thompson
Another romance! I know! This one was terrible because of how frustrating and dumb it was. Boy meets girl and they fall in love, but they are too much like 13 year-olds to tell each other how they feel. Ugh, give me a break! There are too many stories out there that are like this, come up with something new!


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The Merciless by Danielle Vega
I was really looking forward to this book, but it’s a day of my life I’m never getting back. I heard this was creepy and gruesome which is exactly what attracted me to it, but it was neither of these things. When I read a horror, I want descriptions that make me scared to turn out the light, not immature girls running around a house performing an “exorcism”.



The Art of Murder by Nicola Slade
The title and cover art of this novel sets it up to be moody and mysterious read… it’s not… not even a little bit. This was the cosiest mystery I have ever read, it was painful to get through. There were too many main characters, about 11 if I’m remembering correctly, and it wasn’t even that well written. Luckily, I didn’t spend my money on this one.



The Secret by Katerina Diamond
What a disappointing novel from an author that had so much potential! Diamond’s first novel, The Teacher, was good and so when I saw this on Netgalley, of course I had to get it! Unfortunately, this was terrible. As a part of a series, you expect characters to remain the same throughout, but something happened to them in this novel that turned them into completely different people than who we’d met beforehand. The plot was outlandish and the writing was immature. I definitely won’t be picking up any more of this series.



The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt
This is another crime novel that felt way to cosy, for my liking. I didn’t feel like the characters were realistic and the motive of the crime seemed out of the blue and at points I didn’t really get how everything lined up. I’ve heard Sherratt’s other series is pretty good but I’m not sure I can be bothered to give it a read when there are so many other authors out there that I haven’t had a taste of yet.



In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
This had so much hype surrounding it, that I was expecting it to be great, but it was far from it. Imagine the most cliché and easy to predict mystery novel you can imagine… yes, that’s what this was. In the end I stopped reading at 80%, it was tragically poor in my eyes. For some reason, I still want to read Ware’s novel The Woman in Cabin 10, though.



Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
I was all set for this to be a thriller about a girl getting away from her long term kidnapper and the ensuing chaos of her escape, but it was nothing like that at all. This is far more a family drama story about a woman adapting to life after being held captive for 8 years, which she manages to do fine, in about 3 days (*rolls my eyes*). It also has a weird love triangle sub plot that was irritating as hell. Not a realistic or satisfying read.



Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I don’t get why this book is put on such a high pedestal. The plot is pretty dull the entire way through and the characters are all whiny and irritating. The language of the novel, which could have been beautiful, often gets way too complicated to understand, that even my English teacher didn’t get some parts of it. The “idyllic” love story is far from idyllic, too.



Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel
SPOILERS AHEAD. This sounded like it was going to be a fast paced novel about finding a missing boy with learning difficulties, but what it really was, was a confusing family drama novel. The conclusion to the “mystery” was also, the dumbest motive I had ever read about in a novel. A kid was killed for stumbling upon a pyramid scheme that he probably didn’t even understand. A PYRAMID SCHEME, SERIOUSLY?



The Good Neighbour by A J Banner
This was a novel about bad things happening to really annoying rich people. It was well written, which is what gave it an extra star, but the rest of the book was really poor. The motive to the crimes in this was weird and unbelievable, I can’t believe Banner wasn’t able to make something else up.



The Breakdown by B A Paris
I can’t believe a B A Paris book is featuring on this list because her debut, Behind Closed Doors, was so incredible! This, on the other hand, was uninspired and predictable. The characters were flat and lifeless and the plot was a tad ridiculous. I’d recommend giving this a miss if you were a fan of Paris’ first novel, as it’s nothing like it.



John Dies at the End by David Wong
Out of all of the novels in this list, this is, by far, the one I’m most disappointed about. I’d heard this was revolutionary and completely unique to anything out on the market, and while it was unique, it wasn’t at all amazing. It felt like a large amount of short stories shoved altogether, like they were just hoping that they all worked as one story. It was confusing and, in the end, rubbish.



Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
I read this a long time ago, so recalling why I didn’t like it is kind of difficult, but I do remember that it didn’t live up to my expectations and I didn’t like the characters.



The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
I’ve heard that Waters writing is fitting for a certain niche, one which I am clearly not in. I was expecting this to be more of a thriller than it was. It took ages to take off anywhere and then, once it had, it slowed right down again. I was pretty bored throughout the entire book.

So, those are the novels I’ve rated 1 or 2 stars! Have you read any of them and agree or disagree with me? I know there are several in there that are generally highly praised, such as Apple Tree Yard and Pride and Prejudice, and I don’t mean to cause any offense, but this is how I personally felt about all these books.

22 Replies to “Books I’ve rated 1 or 2 stars”

      1. I’ve been trying to read P&P for about 5 years now and still haven’t managed to get past the first few chapters, I even book a really pretty edition with lovely pages and that didn’t help at all! 😂

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  1. Pride & Prejudice is one of my all time favourites, but I can understand why it isn’t for everybody!!
    I am sad to hear that about in the dark dark wood (because I really plan on reading it at some point) and also Baby Doll which I just recently got through netgalley and I am gonna read it next month…. Let’s see if I like those more than you did! 😉

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  2. I can’t say I’m not surprised to see In a Dark dark Wood, The Breakdown or Mel Sherratt’s book in the lot, all are in my TBR and I have read a lot of praise about them, but it is a relief when someone gets a different view on books, you can’t please everyone!

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  3. I’m always a bit scared to look at other people’s lists because what if one of my favs is on that list? I’m happy to say that didn’t happen this time. I haven’t read any of them except one (The Breakdown) which wasn’t my favorite either although I liked the ending. I still have The Secret to read but I don’t have the first one. Maybe it’s better this way ;-). I really like that you can be so honest because there are some bloggers where every book is a 4 or 5 star read.

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    1. Thank you! I don’t see the point in lying about something like how you much you did or didn’t like a book. I have very particular preferences and if a book doesn’t meet my expectations I’m not going to hold back on my dislike haha 😀


      1. You are absolutely right but sometimes I wonder if it’s me.. I see so many raving reviews about The Breakdown and all the tension they felt and how gripping it was, and I’m like did I just read another book? I gave it 3 stars btw, it was okay but I’m not looking to reread it.

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      2. No, everyone likes different things. It’s not our fault if we don’t go along with the hype! There have been books I loved that most others didn’t, so it works both ways. I feel exactly the same way about The Breakdown, I didn’t find it that tension filled tbh.

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  4. Interesting… Many of these titles are on my TBR and are highly anticipated. Guess I’ll have to get reading to see if I agree with your assessments.

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