Top Ten Tuesday #10 – Books I liked more (or less) than anticipated

Posted 23 April, 2013 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 0 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten books I liked more (or less) than anticipated.

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, we share the Top Ten books we either liked more than we thought we would before starting a book, or the ones we thought had a little too much positive buzz. Top Ten Tuesdays is a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we share our excitement for books, and I really like how this meme makes me think about the books I read, why I read them, and who to recommend my favorite reads to. So, here we go :

As usual, the books listed are in no particular order :

1) The Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride by Cora Seton was a very good surprise! I gave it four stars, and my review will be up on Thursday this week. It was filled with hotness, lies and intrigue, as well as romance and promises.

2) I was sadly disappointed in Unspoken by Sarah Rees-Brennan. I usually love her books, her snarky humor and the way she writes female MCs, but this one just didn’t do it for me. I don’t know if this is because I had such high expectations based on reviews, or if I just wasn’t in the mood for it. But it did not hit the right spot with me when I read it.

3) Another good surprise was The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater! I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was completely blown away. I loved the main characters, and I thought the mythology was really well done.

4) Beautiful Scars was the first book I read by Shiloh Walker, and I was a little uneasy when I started it, because it has a light BDSM theme, and I was not familiar with that. However, the whole book was beautiful to me, and I loved it!

5) Yet another good book, although I have to admit I anticipated this one because Rachel Caine wrote it is Devil’s Bargain. It’s not YA, and it is really well written with a different kind of paranormal, and two strong female lead characters.

6) Another one that was not as good as I had anticipated was Infamous (Chronicles of Nick #3) by another of my favorite authors, Sherrilyn Kenyon. I thought it felt like a filler book, and that not enough happened that was important to move the overall plot forward. I am still really looking forward to reading Inferno, though, and I hope I will like it more.

7) Only four left… so one more that I liked less than I anticipated was Team Human by Sarah Rees-Brennan and Justine Larbalastier. I couldn’t get into the story at all, and I thought the MC wasn’t really MC material. I know it was supposed to be a parody, but I didn’t find it all that funny either. I’m really happy so many of my friends loved it, though 🙂

8) Let’s go with another where I really loved the book, but had no idea what to expect, because it was a new-to-me author. I Do… Or Die by Donna Cummings. After that, I have read and enjoyed all her other books as well – and on top of that, she’s really funny on Twitter 😛

9) Til’ The World Ends was awesome, and I say that, even if I often don’t really like anthologies. In it, is the prequel to the Blood of Eden series, but also two other really good stories I wouldn’t mind reading more of. I now want to read more books by Karen Duvall, because her story was really amazing!

10) Last, but not least, I should mention Making Him Sweat by Meg Maguire. I wasn’t sure I’d like it because it’s set in a boxing club, where the female MC has inherited the club, and wants to change it into a dating service. There is quite a bit about the boxers and their fights, though, and to my amazement, I loved it all! Of course, there is some romance as well, but even the boxing parts appealed to me.

What about you? did you make a single list with either books you liked more or less? Did you mix it up like I did? Are you, like me, mostly satisfied with what you read?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a terrific Tuesday with more terrific reads!

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0 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #10 – Books I liked more (or less) than anticipated

    • I guess my expectations were pretty high because I usually love SRB’s books, and this one was pretty different in many ways.

      Thanks for stopping by, Stormi 🙂

  1. Oh, I might have to check out Meg Maguire’s book (I totally thought of the movie Girl Fight when I started reading your description of it!)…

    • If you like books with really tough guys, mixing it up with girls who are a little softer, you should definitely try it!

      Thanks for stopping by, Annie.

  2. Huzzah! Someone else who didn’t fall in love with Unspoken. I’m sorry, but I just did NOT think it was good. All the characters sounded exactly the same, which could work on a TV show or movie, but NOT in a book. Plus Kami and Jared were so wishy washy and annoying. Ughhh.

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  3. I’ve haven’t read any of these but I’m interested in Unspoken, sorry that it didn’t work for you though! Did you see the new covers for the series? I really don’t like them — very generic *sigh*

    Oh Devil’s Bargins sounds interesting! I’ve read… 10 of the Morganville Vampire books? Maybe I’ll check that one out 🙂

    Great list & happy reading!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

    • I think I have a thing for Rachel Caine’s writing – I’ve read all the released Morganville books, and I just love Clare. If you get to the Red Letter Day series, I hope it’ll do it for you.

      Many of my friends totally loved Unspoken, and I’ve already been to visit your TTT, so I know we don’t always agree on what books we like or not 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Rachelia.

    • Maybe you’ll love Unspoken 🙂 I hadn’t heard anything abotu The Scorpio Races when I got it, I only knew it was by Stiefvater, and I wanted to check it out.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Eeek! I’ve only read one book on your list, which is so close to none! 🙁 lol TBR list will be growing now. Thanks! Scorpio Races… *sigh* The book that began my reading love affair with Maggie Stiefvater. I didn’t know what to expect at all, but was super happy I read it since I loved it. 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my TTT. 🙂

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    • I had already read other books by M. Stiefvater before the Scorpio Races, but it was so different 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by – and for helping me adding more and more books to my TBR each week 😉

  5. Interesting list & choices Lexxie! ‘Til the World Ends, The Devil’s Bargain and The Scorpio Races are all ones I want to read so I’m happy that you enjoyed them! I even own the first two so I’m more eager to get into them now haha. Unspoken is one I want to read too but I’ve read both positive and negative things so I have NO clue what to expect now…never read anything by SRB though, so we’ll see!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • YAY for all the books you want to read! I can’t wait to see what you think of them. And who knows, you might be on the side of people who love Unspoken. Sometimes, I kind of feel like I missed the point 😀

      Thanks for stopping by Micheline!

    • Oh well, I guess that’s just the way it is sometimes. I’m sorry you didn’t like it, though. It’s always a little sad to me when I read something I don’t really love…

      Thanks for stopping by, Cayce 🙂

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