Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a good week so far, I’m back at home for my Uni’s mid semester break this week, although it’s not much of a break really as I have a ton of assignments to do. Anyway, I’m back this week with another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is talking about Books We Loved More/Less Than Expected. Me being me and enjoying a good rant as I do, I’m going to be focusing on the Top Ten Books I Loved Less Than Expected. It sucks when you fall victim to the hype monster, and get a book only to find that you don’t love it as much as everyone else does. So these are the books I thought I’d love but ended up feeling lukewarm about:
- A Court of Thorns and Roses-Sarah J Maas
I wanted to love this one, I really did. Sarah J Maas is one of my favourite authors, and Beauty and The Beast is my absolute favourite fairytale, so it should have been a match made in heaven. However, I found it incredibly slow, was irritated by the main character, the romance was extremely problematic and the sex scenes kind of bothered me. So sadly, much as I wanted to love it, I really didn’t.
2. Panic-Lauren Oliver
This one was really a case of misleading description. I figured from the blurb that this would be a cool dystopian, kind of like The Hunger Games, but it turned out to be a contemporary, which would have been fine, had the characters not been so flat and irritating.
3. A Study In Charlotte-Brittany Cavallaro
I was so excited to read this one because I absolutely love Sherlock, so I loved the idea of a genderbent retelling, sadly the concept was far better than the execution in the case of this book. The mystery was pretty good, but the characters were flat and the chapters were overly long.
4. Traitor To The Throne-Alwyn Hamilton
Don’t get me wrong, I liked this book, I really did, but I didn’t love it as much as I loved the first one, which kind of disappointed me. The middle just seemed to lag a bit and it was a lot slower than the first one, which was good for allowing a more complex plot to develop but not so good for my excitement for the book.
5. Pretties-Scott Westerfeld
I enjoyed the first Uglies book, but this second one seemed to have barely any plot, Tally got incredibly irritating due to her “Pretty” operation and all of the other Pretties were unbearable! It only really got interesting towards the very end, the rest of the time was just Tally gallivanting around with her “Pretty” friends.
6. Graceling-Kristin Cashore
I had such high hopes for this book, the concept sounded so good, but I was bitterly disappointed. It had such a slow, plodding plot, I found the author’s depiction of feminism to be very problematic (it’s the kind of extreme feminism that prompts trolls on the internet to call all other feminists, “feminazis”) and the execution of the book in general just felt poor to me.
7. The Accident Season-Moira Fowley-Doyle
The concept of this was so good, but again, the execution was off. The writing style was overly descriptive, the chapters were too long, the characters fell kind of flat & the plot was incredibly random.
8. The Night Circus-Erin Morgenstern
I wanted to love this one more, I really did, especially as my friend Nicola loves this book so much. It just had very little plot, the writing felt overdone, the romance was just bad and there was no “epic contest” as I was promised in the blurb. I think much like Panic, this was a case of thinking that it would be something different to what it actually was.
9. Dangerous Boys-Abigail Haas
I absolutely loved Abigail Haas’ first book, Dangerous Girls, so I was expecting to have my mind blown just as much in Dangerous Boys….and it just didn’t. The pacing was lacking, the characters were awful and my mind just wasn’t as blown by the end as it was by Dangerous Girls.
10. Look Who’s Back-Timur Vermes
I thought this Hitler satire would be well…..funnier! It was way too bogged down in German politics, which weren’t even well woven in to the story and there wasn’t a clear plot or anything….it was an interesting concept but could have been done so much better!
I’m going to stop there, even though I’m sure I have hundreds of books that have disappointed me over the years that I could talk about! Have you read any of these books? Did you like them or did they disappoint you like they did me? Let me know in the comments!
Top Ten Tuesday is taking a hiatus for the next two weeks, so obviously there won’t be any new ones for the next two weeks (unless I decide to make up some freebie topics of my own), so I won’t have another new one for you until 7th March! Sorry guys, but the lovely ladies at The Broke and The Bookish work hard for us, they deserve a break 🙂
So no new TTT post next week, or the week after, but I do have a discussion post that I’m really excited about planned for the end of month, so stay tuned for that!