So I've had a pretty decent reading year so far in 2013, but I was musing over some novels I thought would be GREAT, but I ended up hating them or at least 'meh' about it. And a lot of them are popular books - don't you hate that 'did we read the same thing' feeling?
Matched by Ally Condie - I was so excited when this came out, I went and bought it the day it came out. But it turned out to be WAY too slow-paced for me, and the characters were about as exciting as cardboard.
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer - I really liked the story of the Keepers and such up to a point, but I just couldn't stand the overly hormonal protagonist, Calla, and the extremely annoying Shay. Ren was the only decent character, and it still wasn't worth sticking around for.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr - I LOVE books about faeries. They are my favorite mythical creature to read about, and this is a crazy-popular fey series. But again, I thought the characters were amazingly flat, the villain included, who was cardboard-y.
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan - Bits of the story really made no sense, and the actions of the characters was beyond frustrating.
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund - This book should receive some kind of award for having the most misleading cover ever. And again, flat characters. It doesn't matter how excellent your world-building and writing is if I don't care about the characters AT ALL.
Sooooo, that said, there are a lot of others I could name, but won't. I guess I just need to be careful about what I read and pay more attention to my friends' reviews on Goodreads.