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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post is for the Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like More and/or Less Than I Actually Did. I decided to divide this into five books I thought I’d enjoy more and five books I thought I’d enjoy less. Let’s start with my pleasant surprises!
1) Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins :: I haven’t had the best of luck with angel books, and while this one had some aspects that I didn’t like, for the most part this was a title that I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to read Sweet Peril! [REVIEW]
2) Envy (Fury #2) by Elizabeth Miles :: Fury was disappointingly slow, and I really didn’t like any of the characters. Envy, on the other hand, was much more action-packed and really raised the stakes. I’m looking forward to the final book, Eternity. [REVIEW]
3) Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer :: Sci-Fi isn’t a genre I really like at all, and I was worried about the synopsis, which featured cyborgs, people on the moon, and intergalactic struggles. However, I absolutely LOVED this, so my fears were completely unfounded! [REVIEW]
4) Erebos by Ursula Poznanski :: A definite “boy” book (if you believe in labels), in that it prominently features a video game that is completely and utterly engrossing. Much of the book takes place in said video game (think of it as an RPG where you’re almost becoming your character). The main character also starts out as a complete jerk, but really grows on you. Or, at least, he grew on me! [REVIEW]
5) The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa :: Vampires and dystopians are two of the most over-used genres available in the YA market, but she managed to do something very unique with them, and the second book, The Eternity Cure, was even better. I’m now a firm believer in all things Kagawa! [REVIEW]
1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins :: Look, I need to be honest. This book depressed me SO much, I could barely get through it. I wanted to love it – expected to love it (since so many other folks had), but alas, it just was not for me. I only read the first one, and am perfectly content with that. [NO REVIEW]
2) Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones :: I adored Howl’s Moving Castle, so went into this one thinking I’d also love it. But I didn’t. I found it darker and more problematic, particularly with one plot point involving Derk’s daughter. It was still okay, but nothing fabulous. [REVIEW]
3) The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter :: Oh, I had SUCH hope for this book! But I had a big problem with Kate earning her immortality by passing tests based around the Seven Deadly Sins, and I had a really big issue with the fact that the gods/goddesses seemed to willingly work and “serve” Henry (aka Hades). Her concepts of the gods just really did not mesh with mine. I also hated the way Kate’s character devolved as the series went on. [REVIEW]
4) Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen :: I love retellings, but I really did not love this one. Scarlet was grating, crass, and had a major martyr complex that drove me absolutely crazy. Throw in a love triangle (in which she basically used one guy to make the other jealous) and I was pretty much in a constant state of annoyance the entire book. [REVIEW]
5) Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas :: Celaena was supposed to be a kick-ass girl! The best assassin to ever assassinate! But, alas, that’s not really what we saw in the book. I still liked it, but really was hoping to love it. I do want to read the sequel, though. Maybe we’ll have more assassinating, less love triangle? [REVIEW]
What were your choices this week? Please link me!