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This week, we got to choose 10 books that either pleasantly surprised us, or not-so-pleasantly annoyed us when we were sure we'd love it. Since I like to keep things even, I'm doing five of each!
Books I Thought I'd Like More
I am already predicting hate-mail for some of these.... -_-
- "Divergent" by Veronica Roth - I know the entire world fell in love with this book and with Four, but for me...I just didn't buy it. At all. This was the first example of my uber-pickiness when it comes to dystopia novels.
- "Angelfall" by Susan Ee - I didn't dislike this book, but I didn't love it like so many of my goodreads and blogger friends did. The kickassness of the second half wasn't quite enough to overshadow the faults I had with the first.
- "Immortal Beloved" by Cate Tiernan - I love her Sweep series, so when I saw this one, I just had to get it. I was so ready to rediscover the awesomeness of Cate Tiernan, but the novel ended up falling flat and ignoring all of its potential.
- "Dead To The World" by Charlaine Harris - Me before reading; "A plot sure to be Eric-heavy? No way this could go wrong!" Me after reading; "...what the f*#$!!! I have so many feels. Most of them disappointment and anger."
- "Going Too Far" by Jennifer Echols - This book.... Months after reading it, I still want to gather every copy and burn them in order to rid the world of its evil. Want to see my rantiest review to date? Look up my review for Going Too Far.
- "Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead - This book was sitting on my shelf for months before I ran out of other books to read and finally picked it up. I never leave a book on my shelf for longer than a couple of weeks, but I was so scared that this would be a Twilight carbon copy. Oh, how wrong I was. VA was my book obsession from from ages 17 to 20.
- "The Sky Is Everywhere" by Jandy Nelson - I don't know what I was expecting when I ordered this off of Amazon, but it certainly wasn't such a beautifully written, heartbreaking tale of loss and love. This will always remain a favorite.
- "Ultraviolet" by R. J. Anderson - The synopsis for this never managed to catch my attention, but it came recommended by a close friend and trusted reviewer. I shouldn't have doubted her, because it proved to be one of the most unique and fun reading experiences I had last year.
- "Bloodfever" by Karen Marie Moning - Who hasn't heard me rave about this series in the last couple of months? Or been warned about the mediocrity of the first book, Darkfever? I expected Bloodfever to be another so-so read, but what I got was the spark to fuel my Barrons obsession.
- "The Truth About You And Me" by Amanda Grace - I recently got this off of NetGalley, and was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting an Aria/Ezra (Pretty Little Liars) relationship, but what I got was a book that actually shows real consequences, one that doesn't ignore reality to give us a happily-ever-after ending. It doesn't come out until September, but keep a look out for this one! Or better yet, head on over to NetGalley and request it now. ;)
Books I Thought I'd Like Less
Let's hear it for the underdogs!
Want to yell at me for including Divergent or Angelfall in the first half? Or praise me on yet another awesome list? (Yeah, right.) Let's hear it in the comments! And as always, link to your TTT if you have one this week so I can show your blog some love!