TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten worst books I’ve read in 2017

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I’ve talked about the best books I’ve read in 2017 a couple of times. But what about the worst books?

For this week of DIY Top Ten Tuesday, I’m going to shine a light on terrible titles. I’ve read these ten books this year and HATED them all. The first five books all received two star ratings, while my top five all only impressed me enough to get one star each.

Maybe this’ll challenge you to give them a try yourself!

10) ‘There Will Be Lies‘ by Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

I was harsh on ‘There Will Be Lies’, because it’s so damn long. If it had been a bit shorter, I probably would have been able to overlook some of the qualities that annoyed me. As it was, it just felt like a huge waste of time.

9) ‘Viral‘ by Helen Fitzgerald

Viral by Helen Fitzgerald

I can’t even remember why I hated ‘Viral’ so much. I know it felt majorly unfinished, with an anti-climactic ending, but I think this is popping up on my worst books list because I had my expectations too high.

8) ‘The Graces‘ by Laure Eve

The Graces by Laure Eve

‘The Graces’ is SO generic. The mysterious witchy family, the “not like other girls” protagonist… Ugh. The ending is interesting, which is why I gave this one two stars, but it’s been a long time since I groaned throughout a book this much.

7) ‘She Loves You, She Loves You Not‘ by Julie Anne Peters

She Loves You, She Loves You Not... by Julie Anne Peters

With what felt like half of the book being dedicated to the minutiae of a waitressing shift, I yawned constantly while reading this book. The protagonist, Alyssa, is the worst for assuming her friend’s sexuality, but Julie Anne Peters also shows some very old-fashioned thoughts about bisexuality through her characters.

6) ‘Panther‘ by David Owen

Panther by David Owen

I awarded this book a second star because Derrick, the male protagonist, who suffers with an eating disorder. Male ED sufferers are still under-represented in YA, so this was a really positive thing. Other than that, this book is a train wreck. Derrick is a pervert, and his actions had me writhing in discomfort. This has actually made me afraid to read David Owen’s second novel, ‘The Fallen Children’, which I was so excited about before.

5) ‘Pretty Dead‘ by Francesca Lia Block

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block

A very short novel about a vampire. I really didn’t enjoy it, but it’s my own fault for thinking that vampire YA could still be relevant seven years later. At least I managed to read it in the course of a bus journey, so I didn’t waste too much time on this one.

4) ‘The Bronze Key‘ by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

I gave ‘The Bronze Key’ one star because it was utterly forgettable. Literally nothing happens in this book, until a shock plot-twist at the end which is an obvious ploy to get readers to return. I was surprised to see that I’d given it one star: it’s that inoffensive that it had literally slipped from my mind. I wanted to make this my worst book of the year, because it’s inexcusable from such experienced authors. But the three that I’ve yet to talk about are still making my blood boil…

3) ‘Riverkeep‘ by Martin Stewart

Riverkeep by Martin Stewart

This book is all about how Wulliam doesn’t want to be Riverkeep, but has to suck it up and be Riverkeep anyway. Really, there’s nothing more to it. The background characters literally run off into the sunset and are never heard from again. It feels unfinished, and I have no idea how a book this terrible could have been published, let alone shortlisted for the YA Book Prize (which is the only reason I read it, BTW).

2) ‘Daughters unto Devils‘ by Amy Lukavics

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Another strike against YA horror. I’ve tried SO MANY horror novels, and none of them have scared me. I was certain that ‘Daughters unto Devils’ was going to be the one… But instead, it was a huge disappointment. Not only does it have the worst ending of any book I’ve probably ever read, it’s also stuffed to the brim with cliches. Utterly generic.

1) ‘The Monstrous Child‘ by Francesca Simon

The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon

This book – as well as ‘The Bronze Key’ – prove the point that authors should write the genres they know, instead of trying to branch out. ‘The Monstrous Child’ is marketed as a teen novel, but it isn’t. Because of Francesca Simon’s background in children’s literature it’s filled with eye-rolling, exasperatingly childish moments. The protagonist is such a little brat, and the mythology isn’t even deeply explored… Another book that should NOT have been shortlisted for the YA Book Prize.

I hoped you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Do you think I’m being unnecessarily harsh on any of my picks? What’s the worst book you’ve read this year?