*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.
This week’s topic is about books that surprised me, for better or worse.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I’m not a fan of contemporary fiction, but every once in a while I come across a contemporary/chick lit book that I really enjoy. This was once of them. You don’t know who dies until the very end, though its alluded to throughout the entire book in interspersed interviews with residents of the beach town, and I kept turning the pages to find out. Big Little Lies is the perfect beach read!
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
The less you know about this book going into it, the better. I will say that It Ends With Us makes a complete unexpected and shocking turn. I would recommend this, but there are some trigger warnings that should be mentioned (Highlight for Spoiler: Domestic abuse, attempted rape.)
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
This book surprised me… in a bad way. The first half was a four or five star read for me. I loved the dark, mysterious, dreamy quality of the first half of Wintersong. It would have been a four or five star read for me, if it didn’t become a completely different book at the midway point. After that, almost everything bothered me, and I had to slog through to finish it.
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
All the Missing Girls is written in reverse, which really worked for the story and made the conclusion far more shocking than it would have been otherwise. I read the entire book in an airport during a layover.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I had this book on my TBR for over a year before finally deciding to read it. Its not that it didn’t appeal to me, but something just kept me from picking it up. I’m so glad that I finally did, as this series is now one of my favorites! It also started my Victoria Schwab binge-read that led to me reading Vicious, one of my all-time favorites.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I think many people who read We Were Liars predicted the twist, but I did not. This book wasn’t my favorite, but I did find the ending both shocking and heartbreaking.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I read this book when it was first released, and from all the hype (and, let’s be honest, that beautiful cover) I thought I was going to love it. Instead, I found it to be a pretty generic dystopian novel. However, the revelation that a certain someone was actually evil was pretty shocking too, and probably the highlight of the whole book.
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Angelfall is an indie apocalyptic novel about angels, and really took me by surprise because of how much I loved it. While the conclusion to the series was pretty disappointing, I still think this book should get more recognition.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I wasn’t sure how to feel going into Neverwhere. I didn’t know too much about the book, except that it has already been out for awhile (a few decades?) and has multiple editions. Turns out, its like an adult version of Alice in Wonderland, with two of the coolest and most ruthless villains I’ve ever encountered. I really liked it!
Unravel by Calia Read
This crazy little book was dark and romantic and made my head spin in the best possible way. The less you know, the better, but I would recommend this to anyone looking for a New Adult romance with a crazy, mysterious twist. I will say that it deals with some pretty sensitive issues that might make some people uncomfortable.