Top Ten Tuesdays in a weekly meme/feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where, each week, bloggers are invited to create their own top ten lists (if you want to know more about it, you can find out about it here). This week’s topic is ‘The Extreme In Books’ (ok, not really, but shh), so I’ll be talking about 5 of my all-time favourite books and 5 of my most disliked books.
Books I read recently and loved
Trick by Natalia Jaster
Trick is everything I never knew I
wanted needed from a romance.
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
I was worried A Gathering of Shadows would suffer from the ‘second-book-in-the-trilogy’ syndrome, but my fears were unfounded. I loved this book even more than A Darker Shade of Magic and I need to know what’s going to happen to my precious babies!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Carry On is excellent in terms of writing, characters, and the romance (I will go down with Snowbaz), but lags a bit where the plot is concerned. It’s still one of my favourite books I’ve ever read (although I might be biased because Drarry)
The Archer’s Heart: Book One by Astrid Amara
The first book in The Archer’s Heart trilogy captivated me through its setting and characters, because (let’s be honest) I’m a sucker for two gay idiots falling in love.
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Speaking of two gay idiots, there is no better label for Patroclus and Achilles. *heart eyes*
Books I read recently and disliked
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
I can recognise More Happy Than Not is well written and a decent story with a powerful message, but I did not like reading it and I hated the ending; I expect my books to have a satisfying resolution, otherwise I’d just rely on real life.
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
If you expect the story to match the blurb, I’ve got some bad news for you…
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Assassin’s Heart was all over the place, with a romance that felt somewhat forced, and a satisfying resolution with left no apparent room for a sequel and yet it’s getting one?? The only redeeming quality of this book was the world, where gods are real and expect worship-something I’ve rarely come across in books.
Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn
Creature of Moonlight disappointed me on So. Many. Levels, I feel personally offended it was likened to Seraphina.
Reawakened by Colleen Houck
I’ve never regretted buying a book more. It’s right up there with Manon Lescaut, except I didn’t get to rip into this one for a national exam so I have not obtained closure.
Not only has she bastardised one of my favourite mythologies, created a Mary Sue to end all Mary Sues, but she also has the MC fall in love with the guy who, quite literally, stalked her and exhibits all the markers of being an abuser (victim blaming? Check. Telling her she’ll be in pain without him? Check. Constantly apologises for hurting her and then goes right back to doing it? Check. I could go on but you get the point).
On that note: if Houck ever touches Greek mythology, I will personally drag her down to the deepest pit of Tartarus to hang out with Kronos.
If you want to read this book (which I do not recommend, but, hey, be it’s your choice after all), just download a copy off the internet, it’s not worth your money in any way.
What’s a book you regretted spending money on? Let me know!