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:
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:
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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