Disappointing Books of 2021

Hi everyone! As I have mentioned, 2021 was not a great reading year for me and part of it had to do with reading disappointing sequels or disappointing books by authors I’ve read and loved before. Today, I’m talking about some of those disappointing books.

But before talking about them, I want to mention that these are not bad books, all of them got 3 or 3.5 stars. Nonetheless, when you are expecting to read a new favorite book or at least a 5 star read, a 3 stars book is pretty disappointing.

With You Forever by Chloe Liese: Including this book on this list makes me so sad, this is truly my most disappointing book of the year because my expectations were so high. The first three books on this series are all-time favorite romance books and this couple sounded like everything I ever wanted, so I can’t believe I didn’t love it.

I had issues with the pacing, it felt like I was dropped in the middle of the story and not at the beginning, and Rooney and Axel not talking about liking each other (and the internal monologue of I’m sure he/she doesn’t like me) and struggling because nothing could happen between them (when there’s wasn’t any reason for that) made parts of this book feel very slow for me. Also, some of their thoughts and dialogue were a bit too cheesy for me.

A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn: In 2021, I read the books in this series that have been released so far and I loved the first 4 entries. Unfortunately, this last book of the series was my least favorite. It was so boring to me. The main issue I had was the plot, I didn’t find the mystery in this one interesting and it dragged so much. Also, the development of the main characters and their relationship was not as present in this book, it was left to the very end and I think the book suffered because of it.

Shipped by Angie Hockman: When I saw this book described as a mix between The Hating Game and the Honeymooners, I was so excited to read it and the fact that the reviews of people with ARCs were so positive made me have even higher expectations. Unfortunately, this was a fast and engaging read but the characters were lacking depth, which as a character-driven reader is a huge problem for me. I liked that the main character was ambitious, but she was so self-centered and a bit annoying, and it didn’t help that this was told just from her pov, so we spend the entire book in her head. And while the banter between the main characters was good and they did have chemistry, most of the time, when they had conversations with any emotional depth, those conversations were stilted and a bit cringy. Also, I wasn’t expecting this to be fade to black and the two kissing scenes we get are so full of metaphors that it ruined the steaminess.

The Sinister Mystery of the Mermerizing Girl by Theodora Goss: This book was actually good but after how much I loved the previous books in the series, I was a bit disappointed. The author tried to tie the plot of this book to the overarching plot of the previous two installments, but it didn’t really work. This felt like a different story that came out of nowhere. The overall resolution of the plot was anticlimatic and the story dragged. I still enjoyed this, because I love the characters and their relationships so much. But even with that, I felt like the resolution of the personal storylines of the characters wasn’t that satisfying either. This book focused too much on a plot that I found a bit boring and not enough in closing the storylines of the characters.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry: I enjoyed this book, both of the main characters were likable, I love friends to lovers stories so enjoyed that aspect of the book, and the back and forth between the past and the present made the build-up of their relationship interesting to read about. Nonetheless, the big reveal of why they stopped talking for 2 years took way too long and it was so anti-climatic, the main characters had been best friends for 10 years and stopped talking for something so minimal that it didn’t make sense. If you are going to make the reveal so late in the book, you need to make it really impressive or else it’s going to feel like a letdown. This is the main reason why this book is a disappointment. Also, I didn’t love the last part of the book, the conflict after the big reveal felt almost like an unnecessary complication.

What books disappointed you in 2021?

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6 thoughts on “Disappointing Books of 2021

  1. I’m currently reading a book that’s about two best friends not having talked for 4 years and 30% in and I still have no clue what happened haha I hope it won’t be as disappointing as People We Meet on Vacation haha

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