Top Ten Tuesday (#7)

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s

Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like More/Less Than I Did

I originally wasn’t going to do a Top Ten post this week, but… then I saw all the posts in my RSS feed and I felt like I was missing out, lol.

Let’s start with the disappointments:
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The Nightmare Affair, by Mindee Arnett: I was super excited for this book, but it ended up not living up the hype, for me. You can see my review for more info, but it pretty much came down to one-dimentional characters and a cartoonish feel that I wasn’t expecting – I like a little more depth to my YA.

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner: I actually liked this first book (4 stars on Goodreads), but I’m including it because the series as a whole really disappointed me. The Maze Runner starts out great, and I thought it set things up really well for future books to be amazing… But I rated the second book 3 stars, and the last book, 2 stars. I felt like the series didn’t live up to it’s potential at all, and I was really unsatisfied with the conclusion.

Icons, by Margaret Stohl: This is probably going to be a Very Unpopular Opinion, based on recent reviews I’ve read, but I am SUPER frustrated by this book. It just didn’t live up to the hype at ALL, for me. Review to come on Thursday. =/

Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel: On the surface, I should have loved this book. And to give it some credit, it was pretty fun. But something about the characters… I just didn’t really care about them, and for me to like a book, I need to care about the characters.

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan: I adore the Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus series. I love them SO MUCH. Everything about them. Everything. But the Kane Chronicles really disappointed me. There was just a spark missing somewhere, and I couldn’t connect to the characters or care much what happened. And like I said above, that’s a big deal for me.


And finally, some books that ended up surprising me:
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The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner: I’d read all the rave reviews about this book, which is what made me pick it up, but once I started it, I wondered why – it didn’t grab me from the start, and I felt it was moving a little slow. So I really wasn’t a huge fan… until the end. OH MAN. Seriously, so so good. Major twists and reveals that I so did not see coming, and which totally made the slow beginning worth it. I still haven’t picked up the later books in the series, but I will definitely do so, hopefully soon.

Storm, by Brigid Kemmerer: I am still not a huge fan of the cover, and based on that cover, I didn’t think I’d like this book. I honestly do not know why I picked it up, except I’d read reviews that made me curious. So I read the novella, Elemental, and really liked it, and then this book was awesome. The series is seriously addicting, and I am dying to read Breathless. I’m just kind-of-sort-of-excited for Spirit because I’m not really a fan of Hunter, but OH MY GOSH I am super excited for Siege because Nick. NICK!!! I love him. …Okay sorry I’ll stop now.

Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion: I am not a zombie-book person. The idea has never fascinated me, I don’t find the gore appealing/fun, and I’ve just… never really read a “zombie-book”. I still hold to my opinion that Warm Bodies is not a “zombie-book”, though. It’s beautiful and thoughtful and poignant, and yes there are zombies, but they’re not what the book is about. It’s about love, and what it means to be human. And did I mention the beautiful writing? Yeah? Yeah. It’s gorgeous. “I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.”

Gone, by Michael Grant: I think I’ve rated all the books in this series 3 stars or thereabouts – pretty much because they confuse me like nobody’s business. I do not know – I literally do not know – why I like them. I still haven’t read Light, mostly because I have other ARCs and stuff I need to read first, but OH MAN. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. This series is disturbing and often gross and ALWAYS messed up, but it’s so. addicting. =/

The Art of Wishing, by Lindsay Ribar: I don’t understand why more people aren’t raving about this book. I really, honestly don’t. I might kind of be cheating by including this in my “I expected to like it less than I did” list, because I was actually expecting to love it. I looked like a really cute and fun read – but I’m including it because I didn’t expect to fall head-over-heels for it. I didn’t expect it would be the kind of book that would make me smile like a crazy person more times than I can remember. I just love it so much, and I know it’s the kind of book that would appeal to tons of people. So why aren’t more people talking about it?? Come on, guys! ;)

What’s YOUR Top Ten this week??

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (#7)

  1. I’m not a huge fan of Hunter either but actually I seriously enjoyed Spirit. Hunter has to go through a lot of pain and you actually start feeling for him. But yes OMG NICK I can’t wait for Siege! Also I love Gone (I have yet to read any of the others in the series!)
    It’s always interesting to see different views about such hyped books.

    Fiona @ EventideReads

    • Oh good!! I’m really glad to hear that. I just didn’t like the way Hunter handled things at all in the last book, but I’m totally ready to be persuaded to change my mind – if not about his actions then about him as a character. ;P Nick is MY BABY. I don’t even know much about him yet but I already love him and ughhhh I want to read Breathless so bad. 7 days… I can do this…

    • Totally okay that you’ve avoided those first 5, lol – but you should check out some of the others for sure! ;) I won my ARC of Icons in a giveaway, so I was really lucky… well, lucky but disappointed, lol. I’ll be posting my review on Thursday, maybe that’ll give you a better idea if you’ll like it. :)

    • I liked Beautiful Creatures, actually – not a huge fan, but I thought it was good. Icons really… not so much. I wanted to DNF it (really badly), but since I won the ARC I felt like I should finish it so I could write a fully-informed review. =/

      I hope you enjoy Storm! (Be sure to read Elemental first though.) The series is totally addicting. :)

  2. I LOVED MAZE RUNNER, but I agree that the series went downhill. The last book and that ending, I was like, SERIOUSLY?! I have to say that I was dissappointed by Storm. It just didn’t do it for me. :'( And the Red Pyramid. That has been included on so many lists today. It was just a letdown… Great picks though.
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday

  3. I haven’t read any of these, but two are on my TBR list. The Maze Runner is actually sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I’m pretty sure I bought it because it was recommended after reading The Hunger Games, but have seen a lot of split reaction. I’ll probably work my way through the first one, but am not sure if I’ll finish the whole series. We’ll see how I feel after the first one. (Maybe it’s good to end on a high?) And Warm Bodies is one I’m definitely interested in, though I’m not sure if I’ll read the book or just see the movie. I know, I know, they’re totally different. But I really want to see the movie and think it might be weird to read the book after? Or maybe I’m just weird and need to do both.

    • I’d recommend reading The Maze Runner, but if you can stop after that one, it’s probably for the best. The second one isn’t as good, and the third is just a letdown. :(

      I read the book before seeing the movie, and was a little disappointed by the movie because of it. BUT I do think the movie is good! And the two are so different, I’d still really recommend reading the book after. Just don’t expect it to be as comedic as the movie – which I think is a good thing. The movie is funny, but the book is beautiful. ;)

  4. Agreed about The Red Pyramid. I think it’s got a lot to do with the mythology. I’ve always like Greek/Roman myths and gods better than Egyptian. It’s harder to feel connected to a story that isn’t really up your alley.

    Yay, I love that you loved Warm Bodies! I’m not a zombie book person either, but I think Marion’s book has got some great themes and ideas bubbling; I can’t wait to see where the next book takes us. Along those lines, have you read the Married with Zombies series by Jesse Petersen? It’s not like Marion’s book, really, but they’re fun.

    Here’s my TTT for the week. Happy reading!

    • See, I actually really like Egyptian mythology! I think maybe that’s part of why it was a letdown – I was expecting to love it more, but couldn’t connect to it and didn’t find it as vibrant as I anticipated. At least, definitely not as vibrant as the way Greek mythology was portrayed in PJO.

      I have not read Married with Zombies…… I’ll have to check it out! That title is great! lol

      • Agreed. Something about it makes me think Riordan isn’t as big a fan of Egyptian mythology. That could explain the lack of “spark” in the story.

        One of the books is called Eat Prey Love. ;)

  5. LOL – I actually love the Gone series. The writing isn’t the best, but I love that there are so many different plot elements. It keeps things interesting for me. THE MAZE RUNNER, on the other hand, I totally agree with. The writing really isn’t great and, as a whole, I’ve also found the series disappointing.

    Happy TTT!

  6. Ok, we have really similar tastes in books. On the one hand, I adored Airborn. It’s one of my all-time favourites, but I can see how it’s not for everyone. I TOTALLY agree with you on the Red Pyramid, and the whole Kane Chronicles series. The whole thing was too much of a spin-off for me, and it just felt like Rick Riordan was rushed through writing these but wasn’t as invested in the characters as he was for Percy Jackson (which I totally understand). I still really like them, I just don’t love them. And finally, The Thief!!! I thought it was going to be boring because when I was younger Newberry Honour Award meant just that. SO WRONG! That book is amazing. I reread it all the time.

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