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Ex-Favorite Authors I’ve Fallen Out Of Love With

Okay, so, first of all – I planned on working on a discussion regarding losing interest in favorite authors… until I realized I’ve already written about this topic in August. Apparently, university has rotted my brain, wonderful.

Either way, that discussion concentrated on one author alone, while this time around I have multiple people to talk about. Thus, this post is a mix between a list and a discussion, in which I’m talking about seven authors in chronological order of when they lost their “favorite” status.

Quick note before we get started – the fact that I’ve fallen out of love with these authors does not mean I hate all of their books! In fact, I still consider some of their novels – the ones that made me fall in love with them in the first place – some of my favorites. But they are no longer auto-buy authors, and instead, I have to consider VERY CAREFULLY if I even want to purchase their books.

Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman is one of the first Contemporary YA authors I remember adoring… only to then realize that her books are actually not my cup of tea. As a teen, I adored If I Stay and Where She Went, both highly emotional, heartbreaking novels. I loved all the highs and lows of this duology, but as soon as I tried Forman’s other novels, I realized that I didn’t care for the angst and the drama. Or the constant back and forth of the relationship. Or her characters in general.

There’s nothing wrong with her novels, they just aren’t for me anymore. I was a fan of the movie adaptation of If I Stay, but couple of years ago, when I tried to rewatch it, I disliked it so much that I had to switch channels.

E. Lockhart

We Were Liars is, to this day, one of my all time favorite books. It has captivating characters, an intriguing plot, and a shocking reveal at the end. After reading it, I was convinced that E. Lockhart would be among my favorite authors… that is, until I’ve made multiple failed attempts to get into her books. Her YA Contemporaries The Boyfriend List and Fly on the Wall left a lot to be desired, and yet, I kept hoping.

I mean, those are wildly different from We Were Liars; I thought, surely, if she wrote a mystery of some sort I’d be satisfied. It was not to be, though – after the rather mediocre Genuine Fraud I had to concur that E. Lockhart should probably not be on my favorites list. 🤷‍♀️

Ann Aguirre

I fell in love with Ann Aguirre’s I Want It That Way (2B trilogy) back when I was pretty into New Adult books. I loved how the books featured such a strong friend group – a.k.a. the roommates of the 2B flat – at their center, and I enjoyed the heck out of the romances. I mean, yes, the books did have some weird, even elitist crap, but I loved them nonetheless.

After this positive experience, I jumped into Aguirre’s Enclave series, and I found myself loving those too! (Although, thinking back, there’s some questionable shit there.) Either way, my luck run out with Mortal Danger, but the last straw was The Leopard King, part of her adult Paranormal Romance series, and, frankly, one of the weirdest romances I’ve ever read. (It’s also pretty gross, just fyi.)

Even so, I’m open to reading Aguirre’s future works, and I will have to get to The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things one day, as I already own it.

Becky Albertalli

Similarly to Gayle Forman, Becky Albertalli was part of my favorite authors list for a relatively short time. I adored Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – it was the kind of YA Contemporary that felt true to teens, at least from my then 19-year-old perspective. I immediately considered Albertalli a favorite, and pre-ordered her second book, The Upside of Unrequited, which did not disappoint. I laughed out loud so many times and was so taken with the characters – I just knew I’d love Becky Albertalli’s books forever, even if Upside wasn’t quite as good as Simon. Alas, that was not to be – after hating Leah on the Offbeat and disliking the excerpt (+ what I heard) of What If It’s Us, I had to concur that her books might not be my cup of tea.

Meg Cabot

As the author I centered my previous discussion around, Cabot is someone I’m the saddest, most bitter about. I grew up reading her books, and feel so much nostalgia towards her older YA that I still own around 40 books by her. I just can’t let them go!!

It could be 1000% understandable that what worked for me as a pre-teen would not float my boat today, however the issue isn’t as simple as growing out of Cabot’s novels. In fact it’s been her adult novels of late, such as her follow up to the Mediator and Princess Diaries series, that made me feel… disconnected from her stories. And Bridal Boot Camp, a novella published before the start of her new series, was outright dated.

Related post: Losing Interest in a Favorite Author (Meg Cabot)

Leigh Bardugo

This may be surprising to those who’ve seen my November Wrap Up (read it here!) where I discussed attending a Leigh Bardugo signing. The thing is, while I adore Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and Language of Thorns, and I really liked Wonder Woman, everything else I’ve read by Bardugo has been a disappointment. I read the books in the order I’ve just mentioned and then, much later, a friend convinced me to give a chance to Shadow and Bone. With King of Scars and news of the Netflix show coming out I caved in and gave it a chance… but man, I shouldn’t have. Even so, that’s Bardugo’s debut series, so it’s understandable that it’s not up to par with her later books. However, after DNF-ing Ninth House, I can confidently say that, while a good author, Bardugo is not exactly a favorite of mine.

Holly Black

Finally, we get to the author who made me want write this post, and the one I’m the most heartbroken to be adding to this list. Holly Black has been a favorite of mine since I read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – it wasn’t the best book ever, no, but it was so original! And so was The Darkest Part of the Forest, and the The Curse Workers trilogy. Doll Bones was a bit of a disappointment, but then again, I was conscious of not being the target audience of a middle grade novel.

Knowing how much Holly Black loves fairies, I always planned on going back to her Modern Faerie Tales, but when The Cruel Prince came out, I prioritized it and, friends, it was one of my favorite books of that year! I loved the lush world building, the complex characters (Jude, especially, duh) and the way Black built the fairies based on the darkest tales about them.

Alas, the series really went downhill for me – I know everyone and their mothers love Cardan and Jude together, but I really, truly did not. In fact, that was my least favorite thing about the series… and so of course it was the part that got steadily stronger.

On a more unbiased note, I couldn’t help but feel that the sequels were rushed and under-developed. I felt like the beautiful descriptions of the world in The Cruel Prince were hiding the inconsistencies and the underdeveloped aspects of the plot, world, and political system. I could go on but, long story short, I felt let down – to the extent that, yes, I’ve removed Holly Black from my favorites.

Let’s chat!

Have you ever fell out of love with an author? Who was it, and why? Have you ever read anything by the authors I mentioned? Do you agree/disagree with my thoughts?

31 thoughts on “Ex-Favorite Authors I’ve Fallen Out Of Love With

  1. Yeah I think falling out of love with authors can be a thing because they can write different books that do nothing for you and whilst it doesn’t take away from the love of the original book, it can make you realise this is going to be my ultimate favourite author.
    It can be a sad feeling though– I will definitely say Shadow and Bone isn’t as good as Six of Crows, overall S&B just felt like an average series– my favourite part was Genya and David- I loved them but they are a small part in that series really.
    I haven’t actually read any of the other books but it is a shame that the quality of The Cruel Prince series felt like it got worse or felt rushed as it feels like missing potential. I still need to try out some of Holly Black’s books!!
    Interesting post!! I think an author I don’t love as much as I used to is Sarah J Maas, I really like Throne of Glass but I wasn’t overly bothered by ACOTAR and looking back I don’t think her main romances are for me. It’s been a while since I read her books but I just feel like I’ve moved on a bit. 🙂

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    1. I definitely agree – Genya and David were a very cute part of S&B, I wanted to see more of them!
      Argh yes, it sucks about Holly Black. 😐 The books were still fast-paced and enjoyable, just not very well-rounded, imo. It was the action I enjoyed rather than the world, writing, or character development, which made me sad.
      Thank you! That makes sense, I think we all move on from some of our favorites, but it can still be sad. 😦

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  2. I have to admit, the Leigh Bardugo one shocked me, but I think that’s just because I’ve only recently fallen in love with her writing lol! Oh well, falling out of love with authors is totally normal. It only makes way to fall in love with more authors!

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  3. Hmm I’ve only read If I Stay duology and I really enjoyed it, so I can’t say anything on the author’s other books. I think mine is Colleen Hoover? I first read Confess and loved it, but I tried Maybe Someday and just really disappointed with it, I think I sworn off NA until now xD

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  4. I had no plans on reading Ninth House because I was getting a bit tired of Leigh Bardugo, but I ended up really liking it. I think I just need to stay away from her Grishaverse books.

    And I feel you on Albertalli. Leah on the Offbeat was such a disappointment.

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    1. That makes sense, and Ninth House IS super different from her Grishaverse novels.

      True. 😦 I remember entering every single giveaway I could find to win an ARC of her second novel because I loved Simon vs. so much! And now I just can’t even be bothered to read her books. 😦


  5. it’s really so sad when you start feeling like you’ve fallen out of love with an author that wrote books that were previous favourites or when their new books just dont sit well with you 😭😭 but this is such a great post and interesting discussion that i dont see explored often

    oh nooo i’m so sorry to see leigh bardugo on this list but it’s totally understandable. i have the same feelings as you, i adore six of crows, crooked kingdom and language of thorns but the rest of her books really missed the mark for me and i barely made it through reading kind of scars (the ending was just…………NO)

    this was a really great post and i really enjoyed reading your opinions and your thoughts on these authors and their books. i hope you’re able to find new favourite authors to replace the disappointment these books have left behind

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    1. It is sad!! Thank you. 🙂

      Ugh, I was so excited for King of Scars – even though I didn’t even like Nikolai – but then the reviews (and my disappointment in Bardugo’s other novels) gave me the push to not buy it.

      Definitely! I’m constantly finding new favorites, which is so exciting. 🙂


  6. Falling out of love with authors is always so sad, so I feel you 😞 I definitely have fallen out of love with Becky Albertalli as well. In my case, I loved Simon VS, but all her other books couldn’t convince me at all. I didn’t like Upside or Leah and her collab with Adam Silvera was only okay 🥺 When it comes to Holly Black I like her Curseworker books the best and have yet to try anything else besides The Cruel Prince!

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    1. It is. 😦 Argh, I remember loving Simon vs. SO MUCH, I kept entering ARC giveaways of Upside because I was THAT excited. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it. Yeah, I ended up not reading the collab, some of the reviews were very negative, and people disliked the ending a lot.

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  7. This was a really neat idea for a post! Meg Cabot books were my doorway to the romance genre when I was younger haha, but my tastes have 1000% changed since then 😅. Holly Black is one author I haven’t fallen out of love with because I haven’t fallen /in/ love with her books yet, like at all 😬. I have a copy of The Cruel Prince that I really want to give a chance to, but maybe The Coldest Girl in the Coldtown might be more my cup of tea 🤔.

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    1. Thank you, Belle! 🙂 Yes, that’s a great way to put it! I loved everything about her novels, but what I loved the most – even if her fantasy novels – were the couples. 😀 Hmm, I liked TCP better, however, the series did go downhill for me. 🤔 I think you should decide based on what you prefer: fairies or vampires (with some zombie-like elements.)

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  8. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s fallen out of love with authors! I don’t know if it’s me growing and changing or the authors, but I completely get you. I’ve felt like this with some middle grade authors I used to love, like Rick Riordan, but also Sabaa Tahir and Marie Lu, even though they’re still publishing books? *shrugs*

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    1. I feel you on Rick Riordan! I had so much love for Percy Jackson, and then nothing I’ve read by him lived up to that?? I outright gave up on the spin-off, because I was SO BORED, and didn’t care about the new characters. 😦 I loved Magnus Chase, but not like PJ. *sighs*

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  9. I totally get what you mean about Leigh Bardugo. I think it’s the whole Grisha world that made me fall in love with her stories, because I really didn’t feel inclined to read Wonder Woman, and I’m so on the fence about Ninth House.

    Sometimes it’s just the book that may be one of your favorites, but not necessarily the author.

    One of the authors that I had to remove form my ‘favorite authors’ list was Julie Kagawa. I still would like very much to meet her one day because she’s one of those authors that inspired me to write my own book, with her Iron Fey series. But after that, her other works that I read just didn’t cause the same impact on me.

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    1. Wonder Woman was pretty good, but I was disappointed by the ending and the twist. (On a second thought, I shouldn’t have rated it four stars, haha.)

      Oh no that’s sad, but I’m happy your love for the Iron Fey series remained, and that it had such a big impact on you. 🙂 Hope you’ll have the chance to meet with Julie Kagawa one day. 🙂


  10. I am also not a fan of Meg Cabot and Gayle Forman anymore. Sometimes I wonder how I ever enjoyed their books so much…But Leigh Bardugo is actually a recent favorite of mine lol

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  11. I have read both We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud and I really liked both! But I think I am going to stop there and not try many more of her books. I have only read the Grisha trilogy by Bardugo which mini me really liked a lot. I am about to venture into the Six of Crows series so let’s see if she stays one I like. I have only read the Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black so I guess I need to try more by her… I know what you mean though. It’s so sad being disappointed by writers who you think won’t fail you!

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    1. Yeah, I think that’s a good choice! These two are the only mysteries she’s written to my knowledge, and her contemporaries are for younger audiences. (They are YA, but – for me- they were closer to MG.) Ooh, I hope you’ll love Six of Crows, I adore that duology!!

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  12. Isn’t it strange how tastes can change with books? I know there are plenty of authors I used to love and whose books I now… don’t really get on with. i adored Lauren Layne a few years back but now I try and read the books I’ve got from her hanging out on my Kindle and I just can’t get into them. i don’t know if some authors your grow out of or if it’s that when you’ve read more in a genre ou notice the weaknesses in an authors writing. Whatever it is it’s frustrating that an author I used to be able to rely on to give me an awesome reading experience is now one i pass up. I will always try and go back and give them another chance, though. I’m a bit soft like that, just one more chance and hopefully I won’t be disappointed.

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    1. I think it might be a bit of both, growing out of an author AND/OR realizing that they aren’t as good as you thought. I think the latter is the case for me with Holly Black, I really hyped her up for myself, and then I had to accept that her books simply are not as outstanding (imo) as I thought. It definitely sucks – you go in CONVINCED you’d love a book, and it just doesn’t deliver. 😦

      Also, it’s funny you mention Lauren Layne, because I’ve recently read Hard Sell, and quite like it, haha. I’m not sure I liked it enough to seek out other novels by her, although there is one on my tbr, Marriage on Madison Avenue. On a side note, I never read out of order, but Hard Sell is the second in a series, and this is the third in a different series, and I just can’t make myself buy/read the rest?? I have no interest.


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