I'm happy to report that this year I didn't read many duds this year and read so many amazing books. That said, there were a few that completely let me down and least favorite lists are kind of my favorite, so enjoy this list of my biggest let-downs of 2014.
I had looked forward to this one for so long and was so excited to finally get my hands on a copy. And then so disappointed to realize that it was less of a literary paranormal story and more of a heavy-handed political metaphor.
This got mixed reviews on Goodreads, but excellent reviews from sources I usually completely trust. I, however, found it to be chaotic and full of strange subplots and characters that never wound up meaning anything. It's got beautiful artwork going for it, but the story did nothing for me.
A story in verse with a fair amount of potential but that wound up being largely generic and without any particular skill. The poems read like prose that was randomly divided into lines making it look like poetry. Not impressed.
This was a dud that I expected ahead of time. I read it years ago and hated it, and didn't really expect it to improve any with rereading, but I did it for my FYA book club and, yep, still hated it.
This one got amazing critical reviews and great reviews on Goodreads as well. I wanted to love it so much, but I just couldn't get into it. It contained way too much psychobabble and not enough about the author's life, which is what I really wanted to know about.
Probably the worst book I read this year. The writing, the plot, the characters - all left a lot to be desired.