‘Top Ten Tuesday’ is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created as a way to highlight different topics and aspects of being a book lover. Each week, a different top ten list is featured on bookish blogs across the blogosphere.
This week’s topic:
Top Ten Books I Thought I Would Like More/Less Than I Did
(In no particular order.)
1. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter- I thought I was going to love this book, but I was really disappointed. It had so little to do with Alice in Wonderland that it just did not live up to the expectations I had placed on it.
2. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna– I was expecting this to be just another YA about a girl finding her way in the world through extraordinary circumstances. However, what I discovered was so much more. This was an amazing read that will stick with me for some time.
3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor– There was so much hype surrounding this, and everyone really seems to have fallen in love with this series, but something just lost me along the way. I adored the first half, but once it began to delve into her creation story, the characters and story line just kind of bored me. Maybe it is worth a re-read at some point, because the part that was good was really unique.
4. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman– Being about dragons, I didn’t see this as a read that I was going to care for very much. When I started, though, I could not bear to leave the world within the pages unfinished. I loved nearly everything about this, and am impatiently waiting for the sequel.
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn– Talk about a case of being over-hyped by everyone. This was a dull read that had terrible characters that were completely unlikable. And having the ‘victims’ story turn out to be a huge fabrication of sorts only feeds the skepticism people tend to have about abusive relationships.
6. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks– I went into this one thinking I was probably going to be adding it to the did not finish pile, but I had so much fun reading it that I surprised myself. There was enough mystery, the romance was not overdone, and the cliffhanger was epic.
7. Abandon by Meg Cabot– This was going to be such a good twist on the Persephone story. Only, it wasn’t. It was awful from the start. The characters were terrible. There was an abusive relationship that was supposed to be romantic. There was just so much wrong. And yet, I read the second book hoping for more. My bad.
8. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carole Rifka Brunt– I really was expecting this to be just another good fictional coming of age story. I was not expecting it to be an amazing novel with so much depth and wonderful characters. I just can’t even really put it into words, but this was a remarkable debut.
9. So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman- Supposedly, this was to bring to light the cycle of violence against women, as well as the effect it has on a close-knit town. It was supposed to tackle a slew of ethical issues and give voice to the victims. Epic Fail. It was an unbearably muddled, stereotypical sensationalized account of sexualized violence that I really felt ill during parts. It wound up reinforcing the very things the author set out to break down. There are not enough words to express how much I disliked this book, but you can search for my review if you would really like to know more.
10. The Expats by Chris Pavone– CIA operative, Luxembourg, bored housewife, and corporate intrique? Nothing about this said it was a read for me, but oh how I enjoyed it! It was a perfect mystery and the leading lady had a great voice that told things perfectly. Pavone is definitely one to watch.