T5W – Disappointing Eye Candy


It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday post, today’s topic being disappointing eye candy. Unfortunately it happens that once can be blinded by a cover just to discover that the inside isn’t nearly as good as the outside. It’s a real shame, but it occurs every now and then. If you want to know more about T5W, you can check out the meme hosted by booktuber Lainey aka gingereadslainey on the Goodreads page here.

Panic by Lauren Oliver


I remember being really excited about the release of that book. I thought it looked cool and edgy and dangerous and then … the story just really wasn’t all that fascinating. It was mostly just about teens doing stupid dares for various more or less interesting (or not) reasons.

The Next Together by Lauren James


Maybe it has something to do with the name Lauren? Just kidding! I know that a lot of people love this book and I am sorry but that’s not the case with me. Everything felt really rushed, you never got to that initiating incarnation that made you see them fall in love. I liked one timeline of the many that were mentioned and then it sort of ended on a cliffhanger that was very obscure. But enough rambling! You can read my full review here.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria


In my opinion this is something of  a gender-swapped The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Same kind of style of writing, similar sort of side characters and trauma. But in the end it just couldn’t really hold up …  I also wrote a full review for it here.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp


I fell in love with it the first time I saw the trailer for the movie, then I instantly got the book read it and then held off watching the movie for a very long time. It did talk about some topics in a much more realistic way than other books of the genre, but in the end it was extremely difficult to like any of the characters. If you can’t connect with the MC, the book is sort of difficult to get through …

The 100 Series by Kass Morgan

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Okay, so I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. the TV show! Absolutely adore it! Between one of the breaks of the show, I decided to go and buy all the books the show is based on, but they were a real disappointment. The characters were so much more teensy, always changing their mind about who they liked or not. It was like an awkward alternate-universe Bellarke fanfiction (which I know doesn’t sound bad, but kind of isn’t good either).

So, that’s it from me for the day! Do you know some books that looked pretty on the outside but couldn’t hold up their promise on the inside?

41 thoughts on “T5W – Disappointing Eye Candy

  1. I’m so sad to hear you weren’t convinced by Panic. Did you read any of Lauren Oliver’s books, besides this one? 🙂 I have to say, even if I liked The Next Together a little more than you did, the romance did felt rushed, and I missed when they fell in love (it’s what I love the most I these kind of books, THE FEELINGS!!).

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  2. All of these are so pretty – I buy books 98% of the time because they look gorgeous and not enough on rational judgements…I’m a very VISUAL person?? It’s heavy on my pockets though XD Love Letters actually look interesting, I’m so sorry it didn’t work out. BUT DAMMIT. These books are very pretty no matter how they read.

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  3. I love The 100 but I don’t ever plan to read the books, and more now I see this. The Next Together has such a beautiful cover! Sadly it disappointed you, I haven’t read it and it’s not in my TBR, maybe I keep like that 🙂

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    • Yeah, I don’t think you are missing out on the books by not reading the 100. The show is much better.
      I don’t know about The Next Together though. A lot and I really mean A LOT of people love it. I am more of an exception there hahaha

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  4. I didn’t like Panic either! It seemed like it has such potential but ending up falling way flat for me. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is much better and more morally complex.

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    • Glad you agree and thanks for the recommendation! I meant to check out other books by her, because I’ve heard a lot of people who are real fans of hers that they weren’t too impressed by it either.


  5. I agree with you on Panic. It was the first Lauren Oliver book I read and I didn’t get why people loved her so much. I had to read some other of her stuff. Love Letters to the Dead would have been on this list for me, too. It was just ugh.
    I can see why The Spectacular Now is on your list. It’s not one I loved, but I got. It was super frustrating, though.

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  6. I’m struggling with whether or not I should read Love Letters To The Dead. When I first heard about it I thought it sounded good, but when I actually read the synopsis, and it mentioned Kurt Cobain, I was like, No Thanks! But people have been recommending it to me, and I just don’t know what to do… 😐 Great Top 5! 😀

    My T5W! 🙂

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  7. Oh, The 100 book series was so disappointing! I read the entire trilogy in hopes it would get better (more like the show), but it just didn’t. I think this is the one time where I prefer the TV show/movie over the book.

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    • I agree that the show is way better and also getting better with time. It’s not the first time I liked a show or movie better than the book though. Beastly, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Gossip Girl are just a couple examples 🙂


  8. But isn’t prepubescent childhood all about stupid dares? (Re: Panic) When I read the blurb, I totally got Hunger Games vibes (but then again, I’ll attribute most competitions if it’s with kiddies to that franchise and/or Battle Royale). Still haven’t read it though but sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you! There’s a high chance I’d dislike it too if it was just superficial tomfoolery for hundreds of pages LOL.


    • I know that the premise sounds like The Hunger Games, but the stakes aren’t nearly as high, which makes a lot of things just stupid and reckless. Panic isn’t mandatory to play and even though the characters had valid reasons for participating, I didn’t connect to them, so it wasn’t my favourite read. I just think there are more gripping stories out there 🙂


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