Ten Books I Liked Less Than I Thought

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about books we loved or disliked more than we thought. Now, for most of these books I did like them, just not as much as I had first thought I would. You may enjoy them! Each to their own they say…

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More Of Me- Kathryn Evans

More of Me

I wasn’t that impressed with this book unfortunately. I wanted to love it because the synopsis sounded incredible, but for me, it didn’t work.

Another Day- David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I LOVED Every Day but I don’t think this book was necessary. I felt a little let down by it.

What We Left Behind- Robin Talley

What We Left Behind

I loved Robin’s debut, so I was sad to be disappointed by this.

After You- Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)

It was always a gamble to read a sequel to one of my favourite books. This book didn’t work for me, unfortunately.

Ballet Shoes- Noel Streatfeild

Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1)

I wanted to love this book! 😦

The Fault In Our Stars- John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

I know, I know. Most people love it. I liked it but wasn’t blown away.

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown- Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I thought I’d love this book, but it wasn’t quite what I thought it would be.

Me & Earl & The Dying Girl- Jesse Andrews

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

This book was okay, but I thought it was going to be WOW!

Everything I Never Told You- Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You

I feel like so many people would love this book but it didn’t quite work for me.

Those Girls- Lauren Saft

Those Girls

I thought this would be a fun book but sadly it wasn’t. It really irritated me at points.

I’m really intrigued to see what you’ve posted this week, so feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Comparing ‘My True Love Gave To Me’ An Anthology

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If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

 

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Thoughts before you started reading My True Love Gave To Me?

CHRISSI: It’s beautiful. Can I just stare it at for a while? Beautiful cover, just beautiful. I  was hoping it was just as beautiful inside!

LUNA: Those are some neon pink pages! 😀 Ok slightly more seriously I was thinking C’s = Cute, Cosy, Comfort reading.

What did you think of My True Love Gave To Me an anthology?

CHRISSI: I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I expected it to be a little cheesy. Some stories were. But mostly, I just got the warm fuzzy feeling when you read a very cute, festive, romantic story. Lovely! I think there was something for everyone within this anthology.

LUNA:  My True Love Gave To Me surprised me. I originally thought it was going to be all contemporary Christmas stories but there were other genres in there as well. I was also really happy to see there variety of characters, backgrounds, believes, etc.

There will always be some stories that you prefer more than others but My True Love Gave To Me has a really good collection. I’d be surprised if there isn’t at least one you really love, with a good few more you enjoy a lot.

Favourite story/stories?

CHRISSI: I really liked ‘Angels in the Snow’ by Matt De La Pena. An author I hadn’t heard much about, but I absolutely devoured the story. I also thought ‘Midnights’ by Rainbow Rowell was cute.

LUNA: ‘Angels in the Snow’ by Matt De La Pena was my favourite I think. Also loved: ‘The Lady and the Fox’ by Kelly Link, ‘It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown’ by Stephanie Perkins, ‘Welcome to Christmas, CA’ by Kiersten White and the quirkiness of ‘Krampuslauf’ by Holly Black.

Have you discovered any new authors because of My True Love Gave To Me?

CHRISSI: I’ve read quite a few of these authors, hence my interest in the anthology. I have to add Matt De La Pena to my list, although Luna has discovered he doesn’t have a UK publisher. Boo!

LUNA: I have actually read a fair few and do have books by quite a few others on top of that. Kelly Link’s ‘Pretty Monsters: Stories’ has moved quite a bit higher on my TBR pile and I’ve added Matt De La Pena to my Christmas wish list. He doesn’t seem to have a UK publisher though, which really sucks…

Any you didn’t enjoy?

CHRISSI: I didn’t really dislike any of the stories, but my least favourite was probably Jenny Han’s ‘Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me.’

LUNA: There weren’t any that I disliked as such but I was expecting to be blown away by David Levithan’s ‘Your Temporary Santa’ (because you know it’s David Levithan!) and I was also really excited about Jenny Han’s story but neither really connected.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course! An anthology full of talented authors. What’s not to like?

LUNA: Absolutely, with a hot drink and a cuddly blanket.

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

Thoughts:

I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now, so I was extremely happy to get my hands upon a copy on a recent trip to Foyles (Charing Cross Road, London). It’s such a beautiful cover. The writing feels like veins. Ew!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in set in a futuristic world, where vampires have spread like an infection. There are Coldtowns all over the world, places where vampires are held to protect everyone else. People are beginning to go into Coldtowns of their own accord, but once they’ve gone in, they can’t go out again.

This is the first book I’ve read of Holly Black’s. I know, I know that’s bad! I thoroughly enjoyed Holly’s writing style though. It was so easy to read and she managed to say simply, what other writers put in way too complex sentences. In The Coldest Girl In Coldtown, Holly has created some amazing characters.

I thought what was clever about The Coldest Girl In Coldtown was the mix of a dystopian and paranormal genre. It felt unique. Holly Black’s vampires aren’t typical vampires either that so many books have explored. The plot wasn’t particularly action packed, but it didn’t need to be. I liked how the point of view seemed to alternate, although Tana was our main protagonist, it was nice to read things about Gavriel’s past and Tana and her sister Pearl’s past and present. I would’ve liked to have read more about Pearl. I think she was an interesting character.

I think The Coldest Girl In Coldtown is a fantastic, gritty read. It’s not quite a five star read for me, because I just felt it was missing something. I don’t know what. I can’t put my finger on it. However, it’s still a stonking good read and I think if you’re into the paranormal/young adult genre then you would enjoy this book too.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Tempting Fate- Jane Green

Stacking The Shelves #36

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodreads page!

My sister and I went to Foyles on Charing Cross Road and were quite restrained really! (For us!)

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My sister bought me two books and I bought two. I think I’ve got a good little selection there. I’m intrigued by The Bone Season. My edition is signed by the author Samantha Shannon. I’m also interested to read The Coldest Girl In ColdTown, what an amazing cover! Briar Rose just looked good! I want to read Hollow Pike because I loved ‘Cruel Summer’ by James Dawson.

Bought:

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I can’t wait to read Fangirl. So many bloggers that I usually agree with on certain books have loved this one! I might have to push it up my TBR list a bit.

My sister also recommended a book to me this week. I hadn’t heard of it, but she usually knows what I’d like so I bought it..

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This book certainly sounds interesting, if a little emotional. There’s nothing wrong with an emotional read though!

Please feel free to share your links to what you’re reading this week and I’ll come by and check it out!

Stacking The Shelves #32

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodreads page!

Bought:

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I bought Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us both by Kasie West. I’ve heard a lot of good things about both of these books so of course.. I had to get them!

NetGalley

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A bit of a different selection from NetGalley this week. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Acid by Emma Pass, so I’m looking forward to checking that out. I wanted to read something by Holly Black so Doll Bones looked like a good place to start. I also picked up No One’s Angel by Kelly Walker as the synopsis sounded intriguing!

Present from Bibliobeth:

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My sister bought this for me! I can’t wait to read it as I’ve heard some brilliant things about it!

A smaller haul for me, but some books that I’m really excited about reading! What are you stacking your shelves with this week? Please feel free to leave your link and I will return the visit at some point this weekend!