I’m a little late with my TTT today, but I had an exam today and I used up my assigned blogging time by studying. Luckily this is a pretty easy one today and I had to narrow down my original choices to fit this list. As always, Top Ten Tuesday is run by the thoughtful and creative bloggers from The Broke and the Bookish.
Books I Loved MORE Than I Expected To:
I didn’t exactly have low opinions of all of these books, but when I picked them up I expected them to be mediocre at best and was pleasantly surprised. This feeling was definitely strongest with Cruel Beauty, which I had previously heard was boring and predictable, best described as “meh,” and Slave to Sensation, which not only features a cover I’ve only seen mirrored in my grandmother’s impressive romance novel collection, but is also by an author whose books I hadn’t enjoyed in the past. Both of these had me hooked less than half of the way through and although I’m still on the fence about the rest of each author’s books, these two are fantastic.
For the others, I simply hadn’t heard anything about any of them, and picked them up mostly because I liked the way the covers looked. It’s always great when a book that looks gorgeous or enticing ends up having the pages to back it up, and that’s exactly what I found in The Forbidden Wish, Walk on Earth a Stranger, and Learning to Swear in America.
Books I Liked LESS Than I Expected
This list was a lot harder to narrow down than the ones that exceeded my expectations, which is sad but true. Not all of these were terrible, but I didn’t enjoy them as much as I wanted to. The ones that disappointed me the most were by far A Gathering of Shadows (click to see my review) and Alphas: Origins. I did enjoy the majority of AGOS, and I am over the moon about today’s release of A Conjuring of Light. I simply didn’t feel it was as good as ADSOM and the entire Games plotline was poorly executed background noise to an otherwise stellar novel. However, I HATED Alphas. HATED IT. Ilona & Gordon are my all-time favorite authors, and I absolutely abhorred that novella. It was so bad and such a disappointment. I’m still trying to find words to express how let down I felt.
The Winner’s Crime was also just not good. I gave it a generous 3 stars because I finished it without wanting to stab myself in the eye. I’m still getting around to picking up the sequel. Meanwhile, I had to DRAG myself through Siege and Storm. Not a single meaningful thing happened in that book and by the end I was glad it was over. I did finish the sequel and enjoyed it, so that counts for something, but good lord that had “middle book” written all over it. As for Truthwitch…I just don’t care for Susan’s writing. I haven’t enjoyed a single book of hers yet and it sucks because she’s a really sweet person, but me and her writing style do not click at all.
Do you agree with any of my picks? What’s on your Top Ten list this week? Share a link to your post in the comments below!