Book Lists/Discussion | Over Hyped Books

Hello, fellow readers! Have you ever read a book because of the hype on booktube or bookstagram only to be disappointed? Today I’m talking about some of the over hyped books that I have read. Please remember that it is not a personal attack if I list one of your favorite books in this post. I am a person who is allowed to have an opinion. Feel free to comment if you wish to share why you love one of these books. I’m open to discussing these books with you!


1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I had heard of this book before I ever discovered booktube or bookstagram. I thought the concept was super interesting and had the potential to be the next Hunger Games. But I was wrong. Now, I am not the target audience for this book; however, the amount of insta-love and whining in this book completely ruined the story for me. I see so many reviews talking about how the world building was so great, and I have to wonder if I missed something because I feel the author missed the mark there. This world was an amazing opportunity to create something new and original, but it was overshadowed for me because the main character constantly whines and complains.

2. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I think alot of people would agree with me about this one. The Hazel Wood was one of the most hyped releases of 2018 and it was such a disappointment. Again, I am not the target audience for this book, but I felt like I read two different books when it was over. The first half of the book was your basic YA road trip, contemporary story. Then the second half is fantasy, but the two halves do not fit together. It almost felt like two different people wrote the book.

3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne (NOT J.K. Rowling)

Harry Potter fans rejoiced when it was announced we were getting “the eighth Harry Potter book.” Lies. All lies. This was bad fan fiction with J.K. Rowling’s name on the cover to throw us all off. I bought this when it came back, read it in one night, and then got rid of it immediately because this book does not deserve a place on my Harry Potter shelf.

4. Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

This book was completely unnecessary. I was sent an ARC on NetGalley last summer, and I was so excited about this book. However, half of the 500 page book was literally a word-for-word book version of the movie. We did not ask for or need that! The second half of the book was finally the sequel, so as you can imagine, it was a very short story. It was fun at the time but it disappointed alot of fans who wanted (and deserved) a better sequel or continuation in the Hocus Pocus world.

5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Many people would agree than John Green is an over hyped author or a hit or miss author. I have only read The Fault in Our Stars, which I absolutely loved, but none of his other books ever sounded very intriguing. I actually didn’t know much of anything about this book until I saw it on the new releases shelf at my library and decided to check it out. I thought the book was going to be about the mystery of the dad disappearing, but that was not the focus at all. Instead, the book focuses on the main character’s OCD and anxiety. I found this book to be very slow and honestly don’t think it would be praised the way it is if it had not been written by John Green.


Those are five of the most over hyped books I’ve read in the last year or two. What book(s) do you think are over hyped by the bookish community? Let me know in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Book Lists/Discussion | Over Hyped Books

    1. I wanted to love it! The best chapters were the ones that featured fairy tales from the grandmother’s book. I heard the author is releasing a full book of those stories and I might check it out if that happens.

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  1. I kept hearing that The Hazel Wood was the biggest letdown ever, so I haven’t read it yet. I personally liked Caraval but I can see how some would say it missed the mark. I haven’t read the rest of the trilogy yet but the consensus is that it gets better in Legendary. I also heard the same about Hocus Pocus, and I think that’s why I’ve avoided that book. I didn’t want to read the movie that I fell in love with, I wanted to read more about what happened after the fact. Plus I heard that the sequel was pretty much the same but with a different set of kids? Not sure about that one.

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    1. I’ve heard Caraval did get better, but I never connected with the characters enough to care really. I loved the concept though. Hocus Pocus was essentially the same formula and followed Max and Allison’s kid(s?). As much as I’ve always hoped for a Hocus Pocus sequel, I also recognize that the movie wraps up nicely in a neat bow and any attempt at bringing back the Sanderson sisters will feel forced and convenient, which is exactly what the book was.

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  2. I completely agree with you on The Hazel Wood! I’m not even sure I’ll check the sequel. The premise sounded great but the execution was not the best.
    Also Turtles All The Way Down is on my TBR for this summer and now I’m getting worried 😕

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