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Thursday, December 28, 2017

END OF THE YEAR IN REVIEW: Worst Books of 2017

Greetings Friends!

Continuing on with my end of the year in review series, I'm reflecting on some of the LEAST FAVORITE books I read in 2017. This can be a controversial topic, so if any of these happen to be your favorites, that's great and I mean no disrespect to you or your tastes. But we all have opinions and these are mine.

While these books are by no means the WORST books ever, I just wasn't a fan, or in relation to the others I read, they just didn't fair well. Some of them were ones I read for review, so I will link to my post for a more critical analysis if you're interested.

In no particular order, here are my selections:

The Azrael Initiative

This was the first book that an author contacted me to review, and while it was definitely out of my comfort zone, as I'm generally not one to grab action/adventure novels, I wanted to give it a try. Ultimately, I should have listened to my instincts and stayed away. It was so outrageous and over the top with a heavy handed approach to the military aspects and being a veteran myself, I couldn't suspend my disbelief any longer. I became much more discerning in author solicited reviews after this one. You can check out my full review for more info.

The Ashes

I thought this one would be more of a thriller; however, it turned into quite a creepy horror that was just a little too freaky for me. Here's my full review for more.

Real Murders

This one was a reread for me, as I had originally read the first three books in the series in 2012 and really enjoyed them. I love mysteries featuring librarians and found out that these had been made into Hallmark movies featuring Candace Cameron Bure as Aurora Teagarden! Then a spark of creative content struck me with the idea to review both the book and the movie; however, these books just didn't hold up well during reread. I wasn't a fan any more and highly suggest that you do yourself a favor and watch the movies instead (GASP!).

The Arrangement

This one is all about personal preference. There's really nothing wrong with this book, it just wasn't want I thought it would be nor did I really enjoy reading it. Curiosity got the better of me in this tale of a couple attempting to try out the swinging lifestyle, but it turns out to be more of an open relationship than anything else. No surprise that it doesn't go very well. This was way more literary fiction than I wanted it to be and didn't ultimately provide me with any new perspectives.

Ava Moss

Ava Moss by [Landry, Joss]

This was another book that I read for review, but just didn't like in the end. While it started out fairly adorably, it quickly dovetailed relatively early when the main love interest appeared and the relationship was something I just never bought into. You can check out my review on Amazon for more.

So those are my picks. Perhaps I should just stay away from books with titles that start with the letter A! What were some of your WORST or LEAST FAVORITE books of the year? Let me know because I love hearing about those unfortunate misses!

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