Our 10 Most Recent WTH Books (What the Hype?!)

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Look, we’re all grown-ups here, so we’re not even going to pretend that we don’t get sucked in by the hype train every once in a while. Shiny covers and pretty praise goes a long way towards making us get all hot and bothered over a book.

However, because we’re also a bit salty and hard to please, more often than not, we’re left goggling at all the positive reviews and thinking “WTH? Did we read the same book?!”  Seriously! Did some of y’all get replaced by aliens when you were reviewing these?

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10 Most Recent WTH Books

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson – I just felt like there was nothing you couldn’t see coming in this book from a mile away. And yet people thought it was amazing. Don’t get it, but I’m not the target audience, so maybe that has something to do with it?

Book cover for Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar – Look, I acknowledge King has some fantastic ideas. As for Chizmar, I’d never read him. Gwendy’s Button Box had so many people talking that I decided I’d try another King (short) story, and get introduced to Chizmar at the same time. I came away from the experience wondering what in the world the big appeal was. Great character development, but nothing else!

Asylum by Madeleine Roux – I saw so many positive reviews of this book. I skimmed it a few times in the local bookstore. Finally decided to buy it. So completely disappointed in an utterly forgettable book that I don’t even remember a single character in it now.

Book cover for AsylumEarthcore by Scott Sigler – I don’t get it. I truly don’t get why so many people seem to like this book. Sob stories everywhere, few likable characters, and drawn out to yawn-worthy points. No thank you.

Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan – This was a big bowl of Nope. Also known as: Hot damn mess.

The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy – This book felt like it had a split personality (it had very Christian demonic/angelic elements while at the same time ranting about them, it was weird) and a very inept reporter (though we were meant to believe otherwise) technophobe character for the sole purpose of explaining tech to the audience.


Corpse Cold by John Brhel and Joseph Sullivan – Put out as a ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ by Alvin Schwartz for adults this one didn’t quite strike the right tone. The stories seemed to try for adult themes (and a few of them did hit it) but overall seemed kind of…generic. Many of the illustrations though were fantastic.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith – I heard a lot about it and I thought I would like it. I read it only to realize that I’m an elitist, purist snob who does not enjoy zombies with her beloved Jane Austen. Also made me realize I’m picky about mash-ups. Aw hell. I’m just picky.

Son of Rosemary by Ira Levin – The long-awaited sequel to Rosemary’s Baby should have ‘roast muled’ itself right off the page. ‘Somersaulted’ was the big anagram of the book left to reviewers to figure out to explain one of the lamest endings I’ve ever read.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King – There was a time when any new book by Mr. King would have had me running to the bookstore immediately that time has passed, beginning with Duma Key and Lisey’s Story. Which brings me to Doctor Sleep. I’ll be upfront. I haven’t read the book. I don’t plan to. I love The Shining. Love it. It has been the only book that scared me so much I slept on the couch because there was no way I was crossing the dark living room and hall to get to my bed. Yes, I was fourteen and probably should have been a little more mature about it buut…it was dark. This did not need a sequel. Mr. King, if you have to start in with the sequel nonsense (outside of The Dark Tower series) and can’t get a little more creative than using Matheson’s Box as a story starter (see above) then I suggest you hang up your typewriter ribbon while you’re still the champ. Or at the very least fondly remembered.

So, there you have it. The books that got lots of you going but did nothing for us.  If one of the books you loved is on the list, feel free to tell us what you loved so much about it! Maybe we never even considered that angle.

7 thoughts on “Our 10 Most Recent WTH Books (What the Hype?!)

  1. So now I’m kind of glad I didn’t rush out and order Cold Corpse. It kind of crossed my mind. Also, I did read Doctor Sleep and while I enjoyed it, I blocked out that it was a sequel to The Shining, which is one of my favorite King books. I agree it didn’t need a sequel and held off on reading Doctor Sleep for quite some time. It did succeed in making me always ponder what is going on inside campers when I see them on the interstate though. After reading Rosemary’s Baby for the first time this year, and really enjoying it, I have NO DESIRE to pick up the sequel. I love your list.

    1. Thank you! I will link the Corpse Cold to our review of it (my fault, I forgot to). There are quite a few readers who did like Son of Rosemary but to me it really lacks the creepiness and impending dread of the first novel.

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