Top Ten Tuesday is all thanks to The Broke and the Bookish! This lovely header is thanks to APR's own Dani.
Expectations can be a bitch. Sometimes I get SUPER excited for a book, wait for months, let the anticipation build, finally buy/get it.... and then it does not live up to the wait. Thankfully that doesn't happen too often -- I've gotten better at avoiding the hype machine and also learning which authors to trust -- but it does/did happen. Here are some books that taught me how.
1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
So it turns out no one tells the story of nonChosen Ones because those stories are really fucking boring.
2. Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima (The Shattered Realms #1)
HOW YOU GOING TO PLAY ME LIKE THAT CWC? You know what I mean.
3. Splintered by A.G. Howard (Splintered #1)
Problematic, cliched, AND boring? Cover fraud to the extreme. I really don't know how this spawned so many sequels but at least it's nice to look at the covers.
4. Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Crewel World #1)
This. Book. Made. No. Sense.
5. House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier
Such an excellent premise and a gorgeous cover. This wasn't bad by any means but I know it could have been so much better.
6. The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen
This book made 330 pages feel like 500.
7. Ink by Amanda Sun (Paper Gods #1)
Not tbad but the premise deserved better than a hackneyed love triangle suffocating any real plot.
8. Premeditated by Josin McQuein
I don't know how the author took such an excellent premise and ground it down into blah and predictable but it happened.
9. Polaris by Mindy McGinnis (Avalon #2)
This proves that sometimes a good thing should just stay a standalone and not be extended into a series.
10. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
I could not even finish this and all of her other books have been four stars or better! I was very sad.