Top Ten Tuesday: Love/Hate Books I Recently Read

Posted March 29, 2016 by Zeee in Top Ten Tuesday10 Comments



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 Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday!  I wanted to mix things up a bit and give you my love/hate most recent reads!  I’m a little happy, though since I had a hard time picking my disappointing reads this week!  Isn’t that awesome?!  This means that whatever I have been reading lately has generally been awesome!


  • Queen of Shadows | Sarah J. Maas | Young Adult Fantasy – There’s nothing more to say when it comes to this series.  If you have been following me for a while, you would know that I am obsessed with the Throne of Glass books, and this one is no exception!  After that DEVASTATING end in Heir of Fire, my jaw dropped and I was left with a lot of unanswered questions!  This book did it and more!  Now, I know I don’t agree with where the arc the story went BUT the overall plot was beyond awesome!
  • The Forbidden Wish | Jessica Khoury | Young Adult Fairy Tale Retelling – I went into this book without any expectations.  Sure, this is an Aladdin retelling, but I was not expecting how awesome it is!  This time, the jinni is a female!  Yes, there is a princess, yet there is an evil Gran Vizier, and yes there is a street rat!  What I love about The Forbidden Wish is that the romance is subtle!  Unfortunately, it looks like this book is a stand alone, which is one of the reasons why I was so disappointed!
  • The Hunter | Kerrigan Byrne | Historical Romance – This book KILLED me while reading the prologue alone!  I was blown away by the story!  Plus, hint hint, there is also a Jack the Ripper arc to this!  Jack the Ripper arc to this!
  • The Deal | Elle KennedyNew Adult Contemporary Romance – I hardly read New Adult contemporary, but I read Alexa’s review, I was intrigued.  So, I went ahead and purchased all 3 books that were out already and binge read it in a few days!  Whew!  Super HOT and the stories are sooo good. Ehemm..except for one underwhelming book (see list below).
  • The Winner’s Crime | Marie Rutkoski | Young Adult Fantasy – I did not expect to like this book.  At. All.  I was hooked in the first book, but this book spoke to me!  I think it was Kestrel and her father’s relationship that sold me.  The romance aspect is subtle as well, and that’s something that I absolutely love.

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  • Anna and the French Kiss | Stephanie Perkins | Young Adult Contemporary – I was really, really disappointed by this book.  Maybe because of the hype?  Bottom line, I didn’t fall in love with Etienne!
  • The Revolution of Ivy | Amy Engel | Young Adult Dystopia – I LOVED The Book of Ivy and I was super excited to read the sequel.  Boy, was I disappointed!  I HATED it so much I wish I could get my time back!  I mean, there was NO REVOLUTION!  Sort of like how Breaking Dawn didn’t have a showdown between the vampires!
  • Shiver | Maggie Stiefvater | Young Adult Paranormal – I really hope to love this book, but unfortunately, I didn’t like it at all.
  • Talon | Julie Kagawa | Young Adult Urban Fantasy – I wanted to love this book.  Really.  I mean teenaged dragons?  There are two reasons why I was disappointed: 1) there is a love triangle and 2) sibling betrayal.
  • The Score | Elle Kennedy | New Adult Contemporary Romance – So remember I gushed about this series?  Well, The Score is the third book of the series and I didn’t like the main character, Dean.  He was just too much for me and too unlikeable.  The plot is good actually, but I just didn’t like Dean at all.


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So have you read any of the books listed above?  Do you agree with my picks?  Do you disagree?  Share your thoughts below!

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10 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Love/Hate Books I Recently Read

    • The Forbidden Wish is good, Cyn! Def give it a go…and it’s a standalone which is very refreshing.

      The Score is OK, but I just hated Dean so much… I felt he was too shallow, actually.. hummffttt

  1. You know, now that you mention it, there really WAS no revolution- I guess maybe Ivy’s personal one? Either way, while I liked the second book, it didn’t “wow” me like the first one, so I feel you.

    TOTALLY agree with The Winner’s Crime! I liked The Winner’s Curse and all but… I wasn’t in LOVE. But Crime sold me! And Kiss is on my bed right now, EEP! And I have been SO SCARED of Queen of Shadows but… this makes me feel much more confident! Great lists 😀
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    • I know! I read your review of The Book and I agree, I was blown away! I was expecting Ivy to stand up and fight and be all Katniss-like or something.. just something that would match the title! I was sooooo disappointed 🙁 and I wanted to love it! Oh, oh THE WINNER’S CRIME! I totally did not expect the TWIST in the end!! I mean WOW!!
      BTW you mean to tell me you haven’t read QoS YET?!!!!!

  2. I realllly didn’t like Shiver. I read that back when it first came out and just remember hating it. I really loved Anna and the French Kiss, though. Everybody can’t all like the same things, though! I want to give The Forbidden Wish a go here, soon!
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    • That’s true Britt! But I’m not really a fan of YA contemporary… and I also went into it with super high expectations… OR maybe I’m older? I might have liked this if I were in high school or something… Don’t get me wrong, the book wasn’t bad, in fact, the writing was superb, but I just didn’t like Etienne. 🙂

      Oh yes! I enjoyed The Forbidden Wish so much! Such a great standalone, too!

    • I know a lot of book bloggers love Anna and the French Kiss…but unfortunately, I didn’t because I didn’t think Etienne was swoon worthy at all… but that’s just me! With Shiver, I had a hard time connecting with the story… 🙁

  3. YES^^ Queen of Shadows made my list this week too ♥ Every single new installment in the ToG series is a game changer and QoS was no exception! I still need to read The Winner’s Curse and The Forbidden Wish but they’re both on my tbr shelf 😀 Awesome picks!
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