Tuesday, April 23, 2013
TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I Thought I'd Like More or Less Than I Did
Hosted by the ladies at The Broke and Bookish.
TOP TEN BOOKS I THOUGHT I'D LIKE MORE OR LESS THAN I DID
1. Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux
I'm not a huge fan of romantic suspense, but I kept hearing about how awesome Ty and Zane were together. So I took a gamble and read the first book. Then, before I knew it, I had completed all the currently published books (four at the time) and was eagerly awaiting the next one.
2. Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan
I am also not a fan of horror...I'm a big baby about blood and gore. But, there was something intriguing about the blurb for Jenny Pox since it reminded me of my favorite comic book character, Rogue from X-Men. While there were parts that made me cringe in this book and its sequels, I still found the characters and plot fascinating.
3. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
I have been obsessed with vampires for a very long time and most of my favorites have come from the adult side of the bookstore. That is part of the reason for my dislike of Twilight because I like my vampires violent and dark...not sparkly. So I was really hesitant about trying out another YA vampires series. But, thankfully, Richelle Mead provided a kick-ass set of books with richly developed characters, a steamy teen romance, and some amazing worldbuilding.
4. The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I wasn't sure about this series because of the similarities to Vampire Academy that I saw in reviews and in blurbs. But, I love Greek mythology and decided to give it a try. While Half-Blood doesn't break new ground in the world of YA paranormal/fantasy, its sequels take the series to a whole new level of fun and suspense.
5. Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway
This is a contemporary romance about a straight drag queen and his assistant. That distinction both caught my eye and made me hesitate, but I am really glad I went ahead and read it because it was refreshing and sexy.
Was Disappointed By...
6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
As I mentioned in the Vampire Academy blurb, I am a huge vampire fan so I was excited to see this one get so much publicity. But, like I said, I was disappointed by the worldbuilding, the bland characters, and the melodramatic romance. Just not for me!
7. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
This seemed like the perfect book for me...Robin Hood, a girl disguised as a boy, historical setting, etc. But, I just couldn't get into it. I found myself bored and flipping pages to get to some action. I may try it someday in the future...or not.
8. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Full disclosure: I have not seen True Blood, but all the hype around it caught my interest and I decided to try the books. Unfortunately, Sookie annoyed me from the moment I started and I had to give up halfway through. I love urban fantasy, but that one just wasn't for me.
9. Jinx by Meg Cabot
For the record, I absolutely adore Meg Cabot! Her books were some of my favorites in high school and I continue to anxiously await her newest release (regardless of genre). It is really hard for me to figure out why I disliked Jinx. I'm hoping that it may have had something to do with me rather than the actual story.
10. Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase
Another book by a favorite author that I just couldn't finish. Both the hero and the heroine of this one got on my nerves though I did love the Venetian setting.