Books I thought I'd like more
1) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
I was excited about this one because I kept reading raving reviews but unfortunately I was a little disappointed. The title is deliciously morbid, the cover is sufficiently creepy and yet I didn't feel the goosebumps as I read the novel, though I would have wanted to. Cas's narrative didn't work for me and the romance felt a little quick. I did enjoy it, but I don't love it.
2) The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
This was my first zombie book and a slow read for me. The idea and the whole set-up of being in a village surrounded by a forest full of zombies was intriguing. However, I didn't really get a feel of Mary and the plot didn't truly captivate me.
3) Legend by Marie Lu
I was really into dystopian when I read this so maybe the fact that I had high expectations and books to compare it to affected my reading experience in a slightly negative way. It took some time for me to kind of sink into the story and I didn't feel a great attachment to any of the characters, though I liked them. However, the plot was engaging!
4) Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
This is a highly original detective story - a shepherd is found dead, impaled by a spade, and it is his sheep who try to solve the mystery of who is the murderer. I fell in love with the sheep with their distinct personalities, but there was a lot of description which felt a little tedious at times.
5) Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
I am a fan of mythology, so that's why I thought I'd enjoy it better. Unfortunately I wasn't thrilled by the romance, though the unique feel of this book did make up for it.
Books I thought I'd like less
6) Where She Went by Gayle Forman
If I Stay is a wonderful novel but it didn't awaken uncontrollably strong emotions in me. That's why I wasn't prepared for Where She Went to be such a mindblowingly amazing emotional rollercoaster ride of which I loved every minute, even when my heart broke a few times.
7) Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
This was a "WOW!" kind of book for me. It's packed with smart humour, thrilling suspese, shocking secrets and heart-racing romance. I guess I wasn't expecting all that!
8) What I Was by Meg Rosoff
My mother bought this for me at a point in my life when I barely read any contemporary. What I Was just captivated me right from the start and I loved it to bits.
9) Blood Red Road by Moira Young
I was inspired by some reviews to read this but once I read the first few pages I kind of felt like I knew I wouldn't like it because of the slang. But I persevered and it has ended up being one of my favourite dystopian novels!
10) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
I know, I know. It's kind of shocking. At first I was put off from reading HP and I swore I never would but when my mother (once again) forced me to at around the age of eight or nine, I was enthralled. I still am. And this love affair between me and the HP books will continue until I die.
So, those were my Top Ten this week! I can't wait for next week's topic. =)