April 23, 2013

Top Ten (good and bad) Surprises

books i thought i would like more than i did:

Reached by Ally Condie
This one was predictable, but still. I liked Matched and Crossed and I hoped Reached would turn out to be this huge, epic ending to a trilogy that knocks everyone from their seats, but sadly, that wasn't the case. 
Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)
Prophecy by Ellen Oh
The premise of this one sounded good enough, but I decided to buy it (without waiting for reviews) only because of the cover. Which was a mistake. This novel was a mix of all the different annoyances that can happen with debuts - and while I could forgive most of them, I did not enjoy the novel anyway.

Speechless by Hannah Harrington
I'm usually pretty mainstream. If a lot of people love a book - especially contemporary - I don't even stop to think about it. I just dig in and expect amazingness. While this novel was...nice, it absolutely did not blow me away like I hoped it would.
Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)
Mind Games by Kiersten White
Everyone was raving about Kiersten White's books and when I saw she had a new one coming out I knew I'd have to read it. The idea behind this wasn't bad at all - but it gave me a headache and the narrators' voices were so annoying that I had to force myself to finish.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I was soo excited about this one. I cannot even put into words how long I stared at this on Amazon.com until I finally picked it up. And then? It was by no means bad. Just...not as epic as everyone made it out to be. The hype completely blurred my vision. So I'm trying to disillusion you with this. I hope it's working?

books i liked more than i thought i would

Beastly by Alex Flinn
This was a retelling so, so very well done. I could just lean back and enjoy the story and never wanted it to end. I should maybe mention that I had this novel sitting on my shelf for almost half a year and I had the serious urge to just give it to someone else - I was so convinced I wouldn't like it. Same thing is happening with Flinn's Cloaked right now, by the way. Didn't want to read it at first. Now I crave it (gotta type faster!)
Geek Girl
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
I thought this book would be okay. Funny, entertaining, but for a younger audience and therefore kind of irrelevant. Oh, how wrong I was. And, oh, how much I laughed from pages one straight through the ending. Hilarious story, guys! You need to read that book!
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
These two I didn't expect to like for the same reason -they are dystopian books. I pretty much declared my relationship with that genre nonexistent when these two came around. Both are super entertaining and addicting and  beautifully written.

Everneath by Brodi Ashton and The Violet Eden Chapters Series by Jessica Shirvington
Again a genre-prejudice. I'm not a fan of Paranormal Romance at all. I usually hate everything that comes from it. Which, of course, does not stop me from trying again and again. In Everneath I - against my will - grew so attached to the characters that I could not wait to finish. And the Shirvington's series is just all around fast paced, entertaining, funny, heartbreaking and on top of all that, not even classified as PR (like I thought) but as Urban Fantasy (which I love!)


  1. Great list - I have added some to my TBR list. I think this is my favorite meme so far. And, so glad I found your site, have added it to my reader!

    1. Thanks so much :) I'm glad you like the blog! And yup, I like TTT, too. I'm a list-fanatic, so this is pretty much heaven for me:)

  2. Everneath was so amazing! I had some similar feelings.


    1. Right? Loved Nicki and Jack...still haven't read Everbound, though.I need to get to that!

  3. I expected Reached to be some sort of epic ending as well, but it was actually rather dull. I totally agree that it was disappointing. I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy Code Name Verity! I've heard so much hype about that one, yet I still haven't picked it up. Hopefully I can like it better now that my expectations are lowered?

    I was also totally surprised by Cinder and Under the Never Sky. Like seriously totally blown away. I wasn't expecting much from either of them but they turned out to be phenomenal!

    Lovely list! <3

    1. That's exactly what I thought about Cinder and Under the Never Sky, too! Such amazing stories! I think one reason for my liking them so much is that both, Veronika Rossi and Marissa Meyer, have such amazing writing styles and way to make a story so suspenseful you just can't put the book down!

  4. I've heard mixed things about Code Name Verity. I'm not sure if I'll pick it up, but we'll see. I'm glad that you enjoyed Cinder. I wanted to like it a lot more,but I felt like there was more explaining rather than action and nothing really happened until the last fifty pages or so. But I've heard good things about Scarlett, so I might pick that one up.

    1. Mhm, lately I've heard from a lot of people that they weren't blown away by Cinder. I guess I liked it so much because I thought I wouldn't :) Also, I usually like the kinds of dystopian books better that have a bit more explanation and a cute little love story instead of action. I'd say there is a bit more action in Scarlet, so maybe you should try that one, too :) Thanks so much for commenting, by the way :)


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