Last week, I talked about my 5 most traumatic character deaths, the ones that left me in a weeping heap of emotions that made me want to both never read a book again, but also read every single book by that author because HOW CAN PAPER AND INK MAKE ME FEEL SO MUCH?!
And while I definitely appreciate those well- written deaths, there have been some character deaths that have been… well, less than gut-wrenching. For whatever reason, whether the character or her arc weren’t developed enough, or it was just made to feel like a cheap, meaningless death, these deaths just left me wanting more (more what? More death? Better death??? What does this say about me?).
So, without further ado, here are my 5 most disappointing character deaths.
#5- The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
I loved almost everything about this book. I thought the ending was an incredible end to an intense story, and I thought it was super well-paced. The only thing I didn’t like about the ending of this book was the two last-minute deaths. When Jahandar kills Khalid, and then sacrifices himself to bring him back, it just felt cheap to me. It seemed like the only reason it was there was because Jahandar’s character arc needed to be wrapped up. The whole thing happened way too fast for it to really have any impact on me at all. It just wasn’t the sort of thing I expected from this book.
#4- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
In all fairness, I wasn’t a huge fan of this book in general, which probably has something to do with this one being on the list. But, honestly, I couldn’t have cared less when Enzo died. For most of the book, I just thought Enzo was kind of a jerk. Plus, I didn’t like Adelina, so their romance also kind of made me dislike him a little more? Basically, this character death had no effect on me whatsoever.
#3- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I can’t believe I’m saying this, because I love this duology. But I wasn’t a huge fan of Matthias. I mean, I didn’t dislike him, I just wasn’t super attached to him. So, when he died, I felt a tiny bit sad, but most of my sadness was just because I loved Nina, and I know she loved Matthias, so I felt bad for her loss. I think the biggest issue was that I loved these books so much, that I was disappointed at how little this death impacted me.
#2- Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glen Marsh
Another book I wasn’t super thrilled with overall, this book has a character death within the first fifty pages. And, honestly, I think it could have been handled better? Like, Evander’s death is the kick-off of the whole story, and I didn’t really care about it. We just hadn’t really gotten to know him well enough, and the protagonist spirals into an addiction/depression that lasted over 100 pages. There was so much of this story that was based on this one death, and it just seemed like a really weak start for the whole thing.
#1- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
So, here’s the thing about me: my biggest pet peeve is obvious emotional manipulation in movies and books. When it’s clear that the only reason a character/ scene is included is to make the reader feel bad, I get suuuuuper pissed. It’s why I hated Star Wars Ep 8. It’s why I can’t stand anti-smoking ads. And, it’s why I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes at the end of ACOWAR. When Rhysand died, it was so obvious he’d be coming back immediately. With Feyre and all the High Lords there, like, of course they were gonna bring him back. It made his death feel so cheap and meaningless. It was obvious that the only reason he “died,” was to try and get an emotional reaction out of the readers. And then when Amren came back, it made both their sacrifices seem so cheap and meaningless. It was just so frustrating and disappointing.
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Were you disappointed by any of these deaths, too? Or do you think any of these deaths were actually traumatic? Which are your most disappointing character deaths? Let me know in the comments below!