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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #16 - Ten Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

Books which I thought I would like more than I actually did? Expectations are an issue, they can ruin a  perfectly good book, so just because a book is on todays list it doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend them, it is more that for some of these books I set my expectations far too high. There are quite few more than ten that would sadly fit into todays list, but i have pick just 10 to share with you all, so let get this list started:

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

I gave this book 3.25 Stars (find my review here). I was highly anticipating this book for months, i love the sound of the plotline it was right up my street. However, there were several aspect of this book which disappointed me - see review for full details- but the main issue was the middle of the book just seemed drag on too long.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Ultimately, I ended up giving this book 3.75 Stars. There had been so much love for this book in the run up to- and after - it's release, and I had also read some beautiful quotes for it, meaning that my expectation was a wonderfully crafted, exotic and unique novel. I got this but only in part, read my review (here) for my full thoughts, but for me I adored the first half but the second part just wasn't my cup to tea and it was disappointing.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Another 3.25 Stars for this book. This one was another victim of popularity for me. I love re-telling's and Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite stories -and of course favourite libraries in the Disney's edition- so with so many people enjoying this book I had high hopes. I closed this book and came away with mixed feelings, I wanted to keep reading it and reading it but I have to say that overall I didn't really like it.
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

This book got 4 Stars and you may be asking me why a 4 star read has made this list? The reason is; I was expecting this to be a strong 5 star read. I adore the Mercy Thompson series and I have re-read the first book of this series an uncountable number of times and loved them every time. This book however just didn't compare to the beginning of this series, it had many of the elements and beloved characters which make the first books so good, but this one didn't reach the same level as them.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The most hyped book of 2016? I don't think there was anyone in the book community who didn't know about this book by the time it was released. Once ARC's began being sent out there were so many raving reviews and this set the bar high, and this book just didn't reach that bar for me. I did give it at the time 4.25 stars, I mean, generally, I enjoyed this book. It took a while to get into the world and grow to like the characters, however, I wasn't blown away.

 What books have you been disappointed with recently?