Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top ten books we thought we would enjoy more or less than we did and I thought I’d do it as the top ten books I thought I would like less than I did. I love it when this happens and a book you think is only going to be okay is actually brilliant.
The following ten books are five books I started to read with high expectations but sadly didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped and then five I went into thinking they would be okay, or good but not for me, but turned out to enjoy so much more than I initially expected to.
Five I Thought I’d Like More
Mystic City-Theo Lawrence
This book sounded so great from the summary and was one I eagerly awaited, however I think I built my expectations too high and it sadly didn’t quite meet them.
Kiss Of Death-Rachel Caine
I am a huge Morganville fan but unfortunately the eighth offering lagged a bit for me. That said, I carried on with the series and book twelve onwards has been a highlight of the series.
The Missing-Lisa McMann
I recently read and absolutely loved Dead To You, but The Missing, or Cryer’s Cross as it’s published in the US, just didn’t work for me. I love a great spooky thriller, but I never engaged with this one and I found the actual cause/twist really didn’t work for me.
The Goddess Test- Aimee Carter
I love mythology and Classics so a YA adaption featuring this seemed like a great idea. Unfortunately I really didn’t like how a serious topic like cancer was handled in the book.
City of Fallen Angels- Cassandra Clare
While I adore the TMI series, I found the fourth book didn’t meet my admittedly high expectations and I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous three. That said, I decided to give City of Lost Souls a go with limited expectations and found that was a return to the Cassandra Clare books I adore so it just shows how it’s all swings and roundabouts, huh?
Five I Thought I’d Like Less
The Gathering Dark/Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo.
I wasn’t much of a fantasy reader, but something told me to give this a go so I did, despite thinking it might not be for me. Wrong, I loved it!
How To Keep A Boy As A Pet-Diane Messidoro
I thought this was going to be a good, pleasant read but not one I loved. I actually adored this book and it reopened my eyes to the younger, fun end of YA.
I’d heard mixed things about this complicated dystopia so was dubious but wanted to give it a go anyway and I’m glad I did as I really enjoyed it.
Silent Saturday-Helen Grant
I love YA crime, but I wasn’t sure how I would get on with Silent Saturday. It’s actually a brilliant read and one I really enjoyed.
Hidden Among Us-Katy Moran
Fae books are very hit or miss for me, so while I was dubious I decided to give this one a go and was so glad I did. It’s without a doubt one of, if not the, best fae YA book I’ve read yet.