Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Expected. So I'll go through my recently read list and share with you the last ten books that defied my expectations in terms of quality. Here we go!
1) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. Liked more than expected. Somehow, the summary just doesn't capture the power of this book. It's a adult sci-fi, told almost entirely in interview format, about a team of scientists uncovering the secrets of a giant metallic body discovered in pieces underground. It's definitely a good one!
2) Dare You by Jennifer Brown. Liked less than expected. This YA thriller didn't live up to the first book in the series, in my opinion.
3) The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee. Liked more than expected. I've been a fan of Stacey Lee for a couple of years, but this is her first YA fantasy novel, and I wasn't sure what to think going in. It turned out to be lovely and intriguing: the story of a girl who has the ability to make love potions, but is forbidden to fall in love herself.
4) The Call by Peadar O'Guilian. Liked more than expected. I picked this YA fantasy up on a whim, and it turned out to be a good choice. An oddity of a book about an Ireland run over by fairies who kidnap and attempt to murder every human in their teen years. It has disabled rep, too! Yay for disabled rep in fantasy!
5) The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Liked more than expected. I thought I'd enjoy this YA fantasy too, as your usual epic with kingdoms and magic and the like, but I didn't expect it to get me thinking so much. Really an excellent example of worldbuilding, in my opinion. I'm excited to read the next one.
6) A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly. Liked more than expected. The Goodreads rating isn't terribly high for this YA fantasy, but I really enjoyed it, myself. Think of it as being like a Prohibition-era The Night Circus.
7) Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. Liked more than expected. I'm not really into the whole Southern belle thing, so I only picked this YA fantasy up because of how many good things I've heard about it. I'm glad I did! I really like it when girly girls defy sexist stereotypes by becoming heroes/warriors.
8) Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina. Liked more than expected. Since historical fiction is my weakest genre, I'm always pleased to find one that I enjoy. This YA historical novel tells the story of New York during the run of the serial killer Son of Sam and addresses important issues in terms of domestic violence.
9) Poison's Kiss by Breaana Shields. Liked less than expected. I found this YA fantasy to be just lacking overall.
10) Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George. Liked less than expected, because I wanted more romance!
There you have it! A few more recommendations for you to check out. Top Ten Tuesday will be on hiatus for a couple of weeks, so I'll just be doing the regular Wednesday/Saturday posts then. See you again tomorrow!
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