Worst Book of 2013

January 5, 2014 Challenge 48

When Bec came to me on Skype and casually mentioned the New Year’s Challenge I knew she had an ulterior motive: get me to join in. She knows I can’t resist a challenge like this! Plus it’s like our 2013 wrap up all in one challenge! The challenge for each day is posted on the left in the picture, but here’s a little more about it:

The Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge will begin on January 1st and run 14 days. It is going to be fun, it is going to be easy and hopefully it will get you motivated in 2014.  Each day I will post my own prompts and at the bottom I will add a linky so you can add your own posts. (Parajunkee)

I won’t be participating every day because I want to post some reviews I promised would be up, but I will be doing most of them! Bec is doing the challenge over her blog Ransom Reads every day so go check her posts out!

Worst Book of 2013

Worst book is much easier to pick than Best Book, but I do have a more than a few DNFs and 1 star books from this year. Since some of you don’t consider a DNF a real read-through I will pick two books, one DNF and one I actually made it through somehow.

Worst Book of 2013 I Could Not Finish



The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
Read my review here

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


Surprised? I was too. THE FIFTH WAVE was one of my most anticipated reads but it let me down-hard. I am in the minority but there are a few others out there that felt the same about it. If you want to know some specifics of why I disliked it, check out my review. 

Worst Book of 2013 I Actually Finished



The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
Read my review here

Four nearly identical girls on a desert island. An unexpected new arrival. A gently warped near future where nothing is quite as it seems.

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.

Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s timeless and evocative storytelling blurs the lines between contemporary and sci-fi with a story that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the final page has been turned.


I could rant about this book until I lost my voice but I really don’t want to ever hear THE DIFFERENT GIRL again so let’s make this quick. It’s a What Was The Point book, boring, repetitive and tedious. If you want to read the full rant, my review is here.

What were your least favorite books of 2013?

48 Responses to “Worst Book of 2013”

  1. Sydney (Utterly Bookish)

    I made it through about 100 pages of The Girl In the Steel Corset before giving up on it. I didn’t like the main character, and I didn’t really like the premise of the story anymore, either. Also, I started reading Pivot Point by Kasie West and just can’t get into it. I’ve been sitting on it for weeks now and just…don’t have the energy to return to it. It’s going back on my TBR shelf until I find it in myself to pull it back out again. Sigh.

    I’ve heard a lot about The Fifth Wave, both good and bad. It isn’t the type of book for me, though, so I highly doubt I’ll end up reading it.

    I hate marking a book as DNF, but sometimes there are books I REALLY can’t get into.
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    • Alise

      Hmm, that’s interesting! That book was really slow for me at first but I ended up liking it in the end. I guess that proves the point everyone has different tastes :D

      Yeah, I so agree. And there are so many books out there, why waste time on one you know you won’t enjoy?

  2. Bec


    I am still heartbroken you didn’t make it all the way through The 5th Wave :'( (not really, I understand. But it’s one of my favourite books, so at the same time I don’t understand).

    You have completely warned me off The Different Girl though.

  3. Goldie

    I had about 2-3 books that I DNF’d, but I can’t call them the worst because I don’t feel enough to thoroughly dislike them hehe. But now I’m curious about The Fifth Wave. That’s on my TBR! I’m now feeling cautious to read it. Hhhmmm.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, it was prettyyyyy bad. And no worries, my own co-blogger loved The Fifth Wave so I can definitely understand.

  4. Joyousreads

    I am pretty surprised with The 5th Wave being on your list – BUT to each to their own, yeah? I’ve never heard of A Different Girl so I might not even attempt to find a copy of it. I haven’t made my list so far but your post gave me an inspiration.

    Thanks for sharing, Alise!
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  5. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    I haven’t read The Different Girl, but I remember seeing a few negative reviews when it released, and haven’t heard much about it since. It doesn’t look like it did very well. Shame about The Fifth Wave though! I actually know quite a few people who didn’t enjoy it, but I really liked it myself. My least favourite books of 2013 were Asylum by Madeleine Roux, Sister Assassin by Kiersten White and Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black. Which I feel bad about admitting, but they were really very disappointing. :(
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    • Alise

      Yeah it didn’t. I read it as a Debut so I had high expectations but it was just so, so bad. It’s bad but I actually feel validated when I see other reviews that had similar feelings about the book. Hmm, I will keep those books in mind and stay away from them (although I did read and somewhat like Dance of Shadows haha)

  6. Stormy

    I really loved the 5th wave, but I could see why it wouldn’t appeal–I’m definitely going to check out your review soon!
    I really disliked Stung by Bethany Wiggin–which actually ended up being my last read of 2013 and one of my least favorite books I’ve ever read. I also DNF-ed Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares because I was so annoyed by it, which is a book many people love.
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    • Alise

      A lot of people did so I was definitely in the minority.

      That totally proves everyone likes something different because I actually liked that novel LOL. So funny how things work that way :)

  7. Kezia

    I have never heard of the other one but *gasps* I DNF’ED THE 5TH WAVE TOO ALISE. I started it last year, and then I got to the middle and NOTHING happened so I put it off with the hope that I would continue it later on. Plus, i heard that the second half was better. I finally decided to continue it last December and turns out, I’ve completely forgotten the plot other than the MC’s name is Cassie O_O since I’m too lazy to start over I ended up DNF’ing it hahaha xD

    My worst books of 2013 would be Reboot, Hidden Wings and Linked…I finished Reboot (it was painful btw x_x) but I got too impatient with Linked and Hidden Wings so I DNF’ed them…
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    • Alise


      Exactly! It was just so boring and tedious! Baha, yeah, I kind of want to go back to read the infamous better second half but ehhh.

      Hidden Wings was another DNF for me, I agree that it was just awful. I will definitely be staying away from Reboot!

  8. P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

    Uh oh I’ve been wanting to read The 5th Wave since, um, forever! Hopefully I’ll like it more than you did. The Different Girl sounds so strange. I think I’ll avoid that one.

    My worst book is probably Above by Leah Bobet, for sheer “what the hell is happening”. I gave up pretty early on, just because the writing was strange and plot events were happening, but I didn’t understand them.
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    • Alise

      I really hope you enjoy it. Sadly, it just wasn’t for me.

      I’ve heard about that! So many negatives reviews and now that you are warning me away from it I think I will definitely skip it.

  9. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I actually liked The 5th Wave, but I can totally see why it wouldn’t work for everyone. It’s supposed to be very emotional, but it’s actually very emotionally sterile.
    My worst book by far was Drawn by Cecilia Gray. A dreadful book. I finished it, but it almost killed me.

    • Alise

      I think you described it perfectly, actually. It’s an end of the world book and yet there’s no FEELING.

      I think I have read something by her and really disliked it so now I know to stay away from ALL her works, ha!

  10. Rosa Silva

    I haven’t read those two. Usually I’m really picky with the books I read, so I don’t have many DNF. But from time to time, I read a book that disapoints me. Last year the book that disapointed me was Children of Midnight by Salman Rushdie. It’s hard to read and sometimes is really boring (even tough the story is very interesting).
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I think I need to become more picky about books this year to avoid that problem. Hmm, haven’t heard of that so I guess it’s probably not worth looking in to!

  11. Andreea

    Hey, I gave The Fifth Wave a second try and ended up loving it. It was the best book I’ve read in 2013. It gets better. The first 100 pages are slow but then it really gets action-packed and there’s romance in it and a lot of surprises.

  12. Lesley Marie

    Aw, I actually really liked The 5th Wave. But it could be really ridiculous at times. I mean, the entirety of the aliens’ big plan was just a mess. If the aliens could cause earthquakes, shoot lasers, and all that other great stuff, why did they use such of a complicated, risky plan? It’s sort of hilarious XD Oh, and Evan, though he was an interesting character, was a horrible and creepy love interest.

    Oh gosh, a 0.5 rating for The Different Girl? Time for me to go on over to your review and see what was so bad O_O
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I don’t get it. I also think I had way too high of expectations. Yeah, the romance was realllly not good.

      Yeah, and it should have gotten .0001 but that just isn’t possible for the widget.

  13. Tanja

    I have read your review of The Fifth Wave but still I cannot but be surprised every time I remember. I plan on reading it soon so we’ll see how that goes. I haven’t hear of that other book, but it doesn’t sound like something I want to deal with. Great post :)
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    • Alise

      Aha, everyone is surprised when they find out. Well, except for a few people that didn’t like it haha. Thanks!

  14. ShootingStarsMag

    I have a copy of the The 5th Wave to still read. I bought it last year, so I’m HOPING that I will like it, but I’ve heard various things…so I don’t know. I can’t really think of a book that I hated last year. I tend to read the things I’m pretty positive I will enjoy, so most of the time, I like things to an extent.
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    • Alise

      YES. Hype helps books, but sometimes it just ruins them too. It’s great to find someone else who didn’t like it!

  15. Parajunkee

    Oy! I enjoyed the 5th Wave. Sometimes that happens… I like a popular book. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like it. :( Haven’t read A Different Girl. Sounds boring though.

  16. Gina @ My Precious Blog

    Woah, you didn’t like The 5th Wave? that’s bold. You probably had to write that review hunkered down in a bunker. Did you sign you name to it – (joking). I haven’t read it yet. Sure hope I enjoy it more than you. As for The Different Girl – geez I hope I didn’t buy that one. I just finished a very dull, boring, what’s the point and extremely tedious read. I don’t want to go there again – at least not for awhile!

    • Alise

      That’s actually exactly how I felt ;) Luckily there are a few people who did not enjoy the novel I can barricade myself with! See, I can put up with books like that sometimes but the Different Girl lacked even a real plot.

  17. Deyse

    OMG! I always thought I was the only person that haven’t finished reading The 5th Wave lol
    Everyone loved this one and I like scifi/dystopian so I thought I would like so much but didn’t happened that way, I can quite put in words what are my feels toward this book, but I just put it down and couldn’t found the straight to pick up again. Glad to know I’m not the only one ahaha
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    • Alise

      I love dystopia as well but agree that this one was a disappointment. Yeah, really! It’s hard to find other people that weren’t in total love with it.

  18. Summer/Sunny

    I love that you did this! It’s refreshing to see Worst Books instead of Best Books in the blogosphere this time of year. I DID have Different Girl, but I never read it because I wasn’t interested (it was in a box of books from a giveaway). I was really interested in 5th Wave, but never read that one either. Glad I didn’t waste my time :)

    Btw, I realized I’m catching up on my commenting
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