Books from Kindle Unlimited that Underwhelmed Me

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Hello readers!

So you guys know I’ve been doing lots of reading on Kindle Unlimited – so I am bound to have read some books I just didn’t like. I pick the books I’ll read very carefully, and I like most of the ones I get. So here are the ones that ended up underwhelming:

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The Light of the Fireflies by [Pen, Paul]

The Light of the Fireflies, by Paul Pen

My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
This is one of the worst books I’ve ever read. I was enjoying it so much – it’s a story of a boy who lives with his family in a bunker, and the boy was born there and never seen sunlight. It’s a mix of mystery and horror. THEN. The book starts unraveling its answers for all the mysteries and it has: rape, blaming of the victim, protection of the rapist, abuse, horrifying sexism. I ended the book in complete astonishment, feeling betrayed. I signed up for a horror book, and WELL, I was horrified for sure. I finished cheering for the “villain” and was so angry at the book. I still am!

My Sister's Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) by [Dugoni, Robert]

My Sister’s Grave, by Robert Dugoni

My Rating: ★★★☆☆
I didn’t hate this book. It was just… okay. Predictable. Too long. Not attention-gripping enough. A regular thriller with an expected ending. I remember this was quite popular a few years ago, but I really don’t get what the hype was about.

When I'm Gone: A Novel by [Bleeker, Emily]

When I’m Gone, by Emily Bleeker

My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
I liked Wrecked by this author, but this one was so… meh. I read so little of it before I gave up reading. The story was just so cheesy, so P.S. I Love You (a movie I was so, so bored by). This kind of teary book aren’t for me, I think.

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by [Sullivan, Mark]

Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark Sullivan

My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Another book I didn’t deeply dislike or so, but it was so… underwhelming. The dialogue felt wrong, too quote-me-please and I didn’t like it. It also felt like the story was dragging on and on and, although the book is based on a real person, it hardly felt like it. A lot of people actually love it, but I have other WWII stories I liked far more.


Everything We Keep, by Kerry Lonsdale

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
This book was complicated to rate. I didn’t love it, I barely liked it, but it was interesting and even enjoyable most of the time. But it’s quite cheesy, and the writing is not my favorite either. It just didn’t stick in my mind, except that the ending was a cliffhanger – but not enough for me to go on with the series.

pestilence laura thalassa

Pestilence (The Four Horsemen, #1), by Laura Thalassa

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
This book was SOMETHING. It was so difficult to rate – it’s a gripping, compelling story, and I kept reading because I really wanted to know how it ended. But it’s so problematic… it’s full of physical and psychological abuse, the love interest is toxic and awful, and the main character is so quick to forgive him TORTURING her. Ughhhh.


Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

My Rating: ★★★☆☆
I wanted to much to love this book – it’s a F/F YA fantasy and I don’t really see books like that at all. But this was so underwhelming, it felt so generic like I’d already read the book and could tell everything that would happen. Also it’s a hate-to-love trope, which I don’t like.

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13 thoughts on “Books from Kindle Unlimited that Underwhelmed Me

  1. I only read My sister’s grave from this list. I think i liked it… it was a few years ago. I bought 3 more from the series when it was on sale, cuz the reviews said they were better, and i did like the main character 😃

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  2. Oh my! Really liked The Light of the Fireflies! I reviewed it and also Desert Flowers. I do believe that the book is hard and shocking, but the mysterious and the secrets did keep me reading and all. It was so sad and so horrifying, but for the same thing I think I have it like a 4-star rating 😮 I do agree that the raping and the covering and all was harsh and it should have had certain “triggers warning”.


  3. My Sister’s Grave has been on my list. And wow, are you on Kindle Unlimited? I’ve been debating to re-sign-up for the service, but my TBR is bound to be messed up if I do so… still wondering lol
    Great post, Naty!

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    • I got it accidentally when I was checking prices and books available… so my subscription ends next week!

      Most people actually like My Sister’s Grave a lot! So chances are you’ll love it 😊

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      • I see! In turn, I subscribed to Kindle Unlimited yesterday… there was a special offer going on for Amazon Prime members where we get to sign up for Unlimited for only $0.90 or something for 2 MONTHS!! Literally no reason not to sign up for… lol


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