So, this prompt is all about books that surprised you in a good or bad way! I figured I would try to live the best of both words, so I decided to break this up with five good surprises and five bad surprises! I hope you all enjoy! Happy reading, loves!
BOOKS THAT SURPRISED ME IN A GOOD WAY
➽ The Queen’s Rising (Untitled Trilogy #1) by Rebecca Ross
This is the newest book to surprise me! I saw this getting a lot of lower ratings on Goodreads, so I went into this not expecting much, but I was blown away by how unique this world and plot were! I truly ended up enjoying this so much, and it was such a fresh take on YA fantasy, in my opinion!
➽ Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) by Richelle Mead
Okay, I picked this up after I fell in love with Vampire Academy, and this was… everything. Shamans, the best love triangle, fae lands! I completely was blown away! Mead’s best work to date, I swear.
➽ Black Iris by Elliot Wake
Okay, I thought this was going to be a dark, thriller, that could maybe be a little queer. And then it went and completely changed my life! My dear friend Silvia is doing an amazing feature on her blog called #QueerLitStories, and I wrote up a little post for her, if you all are interested!
➽ The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1) by Meg Elison
I thought this was just going to be another dystopian, and then it ended up being my favorite book of 2016. I still don’t have words for the amount of power in this book, but it’s a masterpiece. And I legitimately only requested an ARC of it off Netgalley because of the cover.
➽ Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
Let’s be real, I went into this only hearing about the “spanking” scene, and everyone telling me I was going to hate it. But I ended up really, really enjoying it. The world blew me away, Claire is one of my favorite female leads, and Jamie… well, Jamie was nice, too.
BOOKS THAT SURPRISED ME IN A BAD WAY
(I don’t want to make anyone sad, so I’m just going to do a quick, one-liner, that hopefully won’t make you all hate me!)
➽ The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert
This was supposed to be a whimsical and fantastical tale, but instead I was given a mostly contemporary with the most annoying character who was never aware of her privilege.
➽ A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness
This was supposed to make me all excited for the TV show, but instead it almost put me to sleep every night, because it was so boring.
➽ A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray
This was supposed to be my intro to Libba Bray that was going to make me fall in love, but instead it was nothing but racist and fatphobic and unbearable to read.
➽ A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet
This was supposed to be a sexy new fantasy, instead I was given the most disgusting grey area consent scenes I’ve ever witness, while also being forced to see abuse romanticized.
➽ Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This was supposed to be a new mystery favorite, but instead I had to be in the head of an older, white, rich, privileged in every way, male, who was racist, and transphobic, misogynistic, and just a downright awful human.