Top Five Books That Surprised Me (In a Good Way)
Quite frankly, I was a bit disappointed with Immortal Rules and hadn’t even planned on picking this one up. This book fortunately didn’t suffer from middle book syndrome and I cannot wait for the last installment. No doubt I’ll be picking that one up too.
Dystopian is quite possibly my favorite genre, yet it’s gotten a bit over-used lately. There’s a huge lack of originality with these books typically and plot lines have begun to feel re-used. Orleans was a breath of fresh air. This right here is proof that a plot centered solely around a romance is not required to make a good, solid story.
This is one of those books that I really had zero interest in picking up. I don’t have a complete disinterest in those ‘tough reads’ but I typically choose to skip over them. I gave this one a shot when I saw it at my library one day and… wow. I was not expecting all the FEELS. Lucy Christopher did an amazing job with this story.
My eventual enjoyment of this was a real surprise. It took me 5 days to read the first 25% and 6 hours to read the final 75%. It took a while to get into but I’m so glad I finished it. What I loved most about this one is just how truly realistic the situation is. Quite scary if you think about the possibilities.
Death of Bees was one of my most anticipated releases of 2013. I was definitely intrigued by the summary and eager to read it but I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. Death of Bees was such a brutally realistic tale that definitely requires you to be in a certain mindset for full enjoyment. It was also darkly comedic and thought-provoking.
Top Five Books That Failed to Surprise Me
Gone girl was quite possibly one of the biggest releases of 2012. Yeah, I still don’t quite understand why. I will say this was wonderfully written and the slow build-up was well-done. The mystery itself though just failed to garner any interest from me and I felt the ending was a bit of a wreck.
I’m a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and I’m always looking out for her next book to release. This one? Was an utter disaster. I’m still upset about this one and I read it 3 months ago. The story wasn’t whimsical or silly or fun… it seemed forced and ended up feeling like a huge waste of time. Yet, I still look forward to her next novel.
Gah. THIS BOOK. I wanted to love this so much because the summary sounded so incredibly original and exciting. And it was, interpreting the Tarot Cards/Major Arcana as people and giving them abilities… I loved the concept I really did. But unfortunately the worst love interest imaginable managed to over-shadow the entire story.
I loved the Hex Hall series but this was such an unfortunate and poorly wrapped up ending. My lack of enjoyment made me want to skip her planned spin-off series entirely (School Spirits) but I gave it a shot and I highly recommend it. Let’s just hope this series/trilogy has a better ending.
This is another that I was highly anticipating but was left sorely disappointed. I’m on board for anything zombies, always, but they weren’t even really zombies so that was a bummer. I didn’t feel like anything was ever really explained, and when it was it wasn’t explained enough. It’s likely that more will be explained in future installments but I doubt I’ll be giving it a chance.