Worst Books of 2016!

Posted December 28, 2016 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in recommendations, worst books 2016 / 8 Comments

This year is almost over, and I’m back from my small break after Blogmas. I can’t believe that this year is almost over, that it is time for this post! I have read a total of 75 books this year, but not all of them were wonderful reads! I will put the disclaimer here, that just because your favourite book is on my worst books of 2016 list doesn’t mean anything other than I really didn’t enjoy the book!

These won’t necessarily have been published this year but I have read them this year so they totally count. Plus I don’t make a habit of reading books in the year they were published, rather they sit on rotting on my shelf waiting for years to be read. If you want to read a full review of one of the books, just click on the title! So on with the show.

Shadow and Bone series

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

This was one I reread because I was wanting to read the Six of Crows series and be totally in the know, however my  memory must have failed! This was the worst series EVER. The characters were awful, the relationships were badly done and you ended up rooting for the wrong person. I think it started off bearably, but by the end everything had crashed and burned. Landing a solid place on my worst books of 2016.

The Iron Trial

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

I borrowed this book from the library because of the misgivings I had about Cassandra Clare’s writing – I hate it usually. I was totally right in saving my money! This book was predictable and left me disappointed in the end. It was one of those that I could have gone without reading if I’m completely honest. Another of the worst books of 2016.

Carry On

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…

I can’t believe that I have one of Rainbow Rowell’s books on my worst books of 2016 list but it has to be done. I hated this book, the romance wasn’t believable. Everything was rushed and underwhelming. I think one thing that bothered me the most was how underdeveloped everything was, you didn’t learn anything other than surface level information about the characters and the world. Come on Rowell, you’re better than that!

The Girl on the Train

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

The next Gone Girl I was told, the next best thing… Well I wasn’t particularly keen on Gone Girl so that should have been a hint. I worked out who the murderer was before the end – something that annoyed me to no end. I just couldn’t relate to the characters, they were awful people. Like all of them. There was not one person I liked! Definitely an addition to my worst books of 2016 list.


In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

I thought this was going to be my new guilty pleasure read. One that may not have been the best writing or the best story but it was going to be a fun read. Oh how I was wrong. By the end the characters were basically cardboard cutouts and rubbish. These books were a late addition to the worst books of 2016 list, but here they are.

What were your worst reads of 2016? Let me know so I can avoid them in the future!

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