#Fantasy February ~ Disliked Fantasy Novels


With a heavy heart, I'm sad to say that there are quite a few fantasy novels that I have found quite repulsive or just plain bad. I can't begin to explain the anguish I feel when I hate a book.


I had heard such amazing things about this book, it's basically a YA classic. Although it was good, I wasn't as wowed by it as others seem to be.

This book was an absolute train wreck. The writing was horrible, the romance was offensively cheesy, the story went absolutely nowhere. I DNF'd this around 80% through. I just couldn't take it anymore!!



I loved this cover, and the synopsis was so alluring! I love those court politics and the courtier gossip, yet this book still disappointed. I think I just expected too much. The writing wasn't very good, and I honestly
didn't care for any of the characters.

I tried with this one, I really did. It was so boring and totally cliché. I felt as though nothing were happening at first, and I didn't care nor have the time to find out if it got better.

I was severely disappointed by the final book in the Grisha series. It was so insignificant and less "epic" as I had hoped. It was all very underwhelming.




What fantasy books did you dislike?

30 comments:

  1. Great post. I haven't read too many Fantasy books, but I was not a fan of Graceling either.

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  2. I'm happy to see I've read none of them xD

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  3. I plan to start the Grisha trilogy soon, so it's sad to see that you didn't like it. I hope the rest of the series is good though. Great list!

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  4. Oh my goodness. I can't believe you're not a fan of Graceling! It's one of my favorite books. So sad to hear that, but I guess everyone has different opinions. Fab honest post Rachel!

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  5. There is nothing worse than finding yourself severely disliking a book! Especially when you know other people really loved it. I had that this week with S.C. Stephens' 'Thoughful', to the extent that I didn't even know why I wanted to read it! Sometimes it's good to get the dislike off your chest though ;)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  6. Wow, I've only heard good things about Graceling so it was interesting to hear your thoughts! I read the Ring and the Crown and while it was entertaining, it wasn't a 5 star read for me.

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  7. I really loved Ruin & Rising, and the rest of the books I haven't read yet... And right now I really cannot think of a fantasy book that bored me to bits...

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  8. I could not get into Graceling at all. I tried, but I was bored, so I gave up. I almost bought Defy, now I am really glad I didn't! I also almost bought Princess of Thorns, but that was more because everyone else was haha. Not a good reason to buy a book, so glad I didn't end up doing it!

    I did, however, like Ruin and Rising. I agree with you that it was NOT as epic as I'd hoped for, but I liked the way things turned out (even though it was kind of ridiculous) so I let it slide ;) AND, it was my first fantasy series, so that probably has a lot to do with it too!

    As for fantasy books I disliked? Umm.. Harry Potter (please don't hate me!) I just could not get into. I tried, I promise! I guess Seeker was supposed to be fantasy? (Whatever it was, I wasn't a fan!)

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  9. I'm not a big fantasy novel after I find myself not enjoying Shadow and Bone and proving it even more after I ended up not enjoying the Young Elites as much as everyone. I've been hoping to try The Ring & The Crown even since the first time I saw it. I'm still reading it even though it's in your list although I'm definitely keeping your thoughts in mind :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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  10. Ah, I haven't read any of the books here except for Ruin & Rising and I'm so, so sorry you didn't like it! For me it was a perfect ending to a perfect series (and heartbreaking, too, in many ways), and I couldn't be happier with how Leigh Bardugo wrote it. I guess that just goes to show that a hyped-up book isn't always for everyone. And I've had Graceling sitting on my shelf for years, but for some reason just never got to it. Like you said, it's pretty much a YA classic, so it's surprising when I see negative reviews for it, haha.

    As for The Ring and the Crown... Yeah, I haven't been seeing too many good stuff about it. The cover is beautiful, but looks like the story itself isn't. I don't think I would be able to like a book much if I wasn't able to connect with the characters, too. Bleh. :/

    Hm, fantasy books I disliked... I actually tried to read Finnikin and the Rock, which is another YA classic in my opinion (everyone seems to love it), but I stopped after the first chapter because it was so dull. I am planning to try it again, but maybe when I'm more in the mood, lol. Another fantasy I didn't really enjoy was Defiance by C.J. Redwine. Early reviews were all praising it and giving it five stars, but when I read my copy, it was so disappointing. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.

    Hopefully I'll go into Graceling with lowered expectations, because I really do want to read it to see what all the fuss is about!

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  11. I actually really liked Ruin and Rising. I thought it totally lived up to the rest of the series. However, i can agree about Defy. I think my tastes were a lot more lenient back then because I totally remember having those same points as you and not caring, haha.

    For me, i couldn't get into Defiance by CJ Redwine. I wanted to but I think I just ended up forgetting about it. I might pick it up again soon but... i don't know.

    Also Seeker. If that's even a fantasy novel.

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  12. Oh, I've heard great things about Graceling. I'm curious what made you dislike this book. Interesting list, Rachel. :)

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  13. I dislike grace long too I couldn't catch up with writing and the horrible pacing. As for Leigh bardugo I only read shadow and bone but I forgot what happened...I do remember liking it hahaha

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  14. Ruin and rising *starts to weep* I had so many expectations for this book and I was hoping for something creative and mind-blowing like the other two books, but she let me down. She really did. And I still feel sad about that..

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  15. I haven't read any of these books because I was unsure of them. I did almost pick up Ring & Crown, but I eventually decided against it. I'm just so picky when it comes to fantasy. I have to know right away if I'm going to like it.

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  16. I actually loved Graceling but was ticked when I found out the next two books weren't about Katsa & Po. So I have a mixed feeling about this series.

    Also, I was also underwhelmed with the Grisha trilogy as a whole. It was okay...but I can't say I found it epic in any way.

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  17. I agree with you on Defy, I just couldn't get into 90% of it, I did finish it though, not my favorite Fantasy. I like The Grisha Trilogy books so far, but they aren't my favorite :/ yet... Also, I didn't enjoy The Throne of Glass, but I LOVED The Crown of Midnight haha... :)

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  18. I actually am the slowpoke who hasn't read any of these books *hides* LOOL they're in my TBR list though - I do want to read Princess of Thorns though & Defy. Let's see :) Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  19. This is a great topic, I definitely have a few of these myself! Defy was one of them. I haven't read R&R yet but that's so sad to know that it was somewhat of a let down, especially after how great the first two were! I did actually like Graceling though :P Did you dislike it a lot? If just a bit I might recommend Fire by her as it's a bit different.

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  20. I haven't read any of these except Graceling which I actually liked! I read it a long time ago, though, so I don't even really remember what it's about. (: Lol, now I'm a little hesitant to read the other books on this list! There's too many books to read in the world and I hate wasting time on books that I don't like. (;


    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

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  21. Ugh Defy. I still have nightmares about that book. I hated it so much and I never completely hate books. The MC in that book drove me up the wall and the stupid love triangle. UGH.
    I'm sorry to hear about the last two though. I enjoyed them both, but I can definitely see why you disliked them.

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  22. Great selection of books up there. I fell in love with Defy!

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  23. I saw so much good about Graceling but I've never felt the lure to read it myself. I guess it's just not for everybody.

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  24. I haven't read a single one of these, but I did read Shadow and Bone. I liked it alright, but I never loved it like so many other people. I tried the second story, but I couldn't get into it. I completely get the hype fail!

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  25. Wow, I'm surprised about Graceling, I haven't read it but so many people list it as a favorite or a must read. I'll have to read it and see for myself i guess :)

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  26. Oh, it's a shame you didn't like any of these! Graceling and Defy are some I have seen around but haven't felt a pull strong enough to try. And as for the Grisha series, it's one that I would like to try so I am surprised you didn't enjoy it so much :( Hopefully you will find the right fantasy novel soon enough :3

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  27. I've never read any of the books or series you mentioned, but I do plan on reading Graceling and the Grisha trilogy, mostly because I want to see for myself what I think about them. I don't think I've read any fantasy novels that I truly hated so far!

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  28. I am a lover of Graceling, but hearing "it was good, just not as good as expected" isn't that bad. I often feel this way when a book is incredibly hyped. I went into Graceling before it absolutely exploded, otherwise I might have felt the way you did.

    As for Defy, I COMPLETELY AGREE. I went ahead and finished it, but not only was the writing/romance cheesy - I found it to be derivative, too. I had just finished the Alanna the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, and this was so similar. Also, the breeding houses? Nope. I can handle brutality in fantasy, but there didn't seem like a good enough reason to include something so awful. I am never a person who just claims "shock value", but the writing didn't justify using them as plot devices.

    The more time I spend away from the Grisha trilogy, the less I like it. I didn't find it as original as everyone else and I really disliked the couple we were supposed to ship. While I liked aspects of the series, overall it was just okay and I had to force myself to finish the last book. It had a lot of potential, but I never felt it lived up to it.

    I haven't read the others, but knowing we agree on these lets me know maybe I should avoid them!

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