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The books I thought I'd like LESS:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I credit this book for making me more interested in genres, dystopian especially, than contemporary. Before the movies, my friend talked about this book constantly. I was interested in reading it, but never got around to it until my sister raved about it. She highlighted the best parts and even though I still wasn't convinced that I would actually like it, I read it anyways. I then devoured the other two books right away. This book = WIN.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I was SO uninterested by the cover. It felt like it was way out of my element. Added on to that, I'm pretty sure this was my first fantasy book...and first book that I intentionally read to review. I already made up my mind that I wouldn't like it. HA. The beginning was slow, but wow. Very well done, Ms. Hartman.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Since Shelver really didn't recommend The Hunger Games to me, this is really only the second book on my list that she has officially suggested to me...and my thinking was proven wrong. I couldn't really grasp the synopsis and again, the beginning felt slow, but...I just don't even have words. Perry. Roar. Oh gosh, ROAR. Amazing.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Okay, my sister may stop smirking now. Once again, another book I didn't think would be all whoop-dee-do, but was and it was because of the recommendation (and pushing the book in my face every time we talked about books) of my sister. I knew it would be good, I just didn't expect that level of greatness. You gave us a great historical romance, assassins, and Beast, Ms. LaFevers. Therefore, I love you.
The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab
This wasn't on the same level as the others. It wasn't OH MY GOSH SO GOOD, but it was way better than I thought it would be. It dealt with familial issues and I personally enjoyed it.
Bonus: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, 52 Reasons Why I Hate My Father by Jessica Brody
Books I thought I'd like MORE:
Also Known As by Robin Benway
I had such high hopes for this one. I absolutely enjoyed Robin Benway's other books and the thought that she was writing a SPY novel thrilled me to pieces. However, it disappointed me.
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Nightmares, you say? Color me intrigued, but then erase that and color me bored and disappointed. I kept going back and forth with this one. I would take long reading breaks from it and even if I just read it the day before, I forgot what happened. Meh.
That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard
This book deserved a rant from me concerning the annoying factor of the main character. Excited when I was accepted for the e-galley, all I thought about was the cover and the circus aspect and that it just sounded GOOD. The book and I didn't mesh well together.
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
Oh, you guys, I wrote my review for this one already and had so much fun listing the problems I saw in it. Sure, I felt a bit depressed afterwards because I felt like I was dumping such negativity on you, but it was also relieving. There were good aspects to it, but my high expectations were crushed after only a few chapters. Review to come!
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
I couldn't stop seeing raving reviews for this one. Everyone seemed to adore it. When I won this in a giveaway, I was so excited to read it...then felt like I was rolling my eyes all the time. I love cutesy reads and it was in the sixteenth century? Yes, please! Instead, I got a book that was so pokeable and annoying and a bit forgetful...since I'm still trying to write a review for it.
Bonus: The Look by Sophia Bennett, This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, Hooked by Liz Fichera, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
What are some books that surprised you?