Was The Book Worth The Hype?

Hi everyone! It’s almost the weekend and to be honest, I had no idea what to post! I did receive an ARC in the mail today of a book that comes out in May that I’ve been intrigued by since I found it when I was finding upcoming releases!

I was washing my hair when it hit me to talk about some of the different books that have had a lot of hype around in during the years. I’ve been thinking about doing something like for a while but have never sat do to write it!

I had done a post similar to this where I talk about some of my unpopular opinions if you’re interested!

Before I get started, I’d like to remind everyone that these are my opinions and I hope that you respect them! Books evoke different responses from everyone so no two people will feel the exact same about every book! If you’d like to talk about the books on this list, the comments will be a safe place and any ‘rude/negative’ comments will be removed.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Books 1 – 3: YES

Books 4 & 5: Did anyone even like these books (liked really like them)?

I loved The Selection series when I read it during the early part of high school! Maxon had won me over from the start (sorry Aspen). I had never watched the Bachelor or Bachelorette, but I found this concept in book form to be very interesting. I found the whole dynamic of America and Maxon’s ever growing relationship to be a rollercoaster of events from him wanting to call her ‘Darling’ to when he was going to send her home.

But when I was reading books 4 & 5 I felt like Eden wasn’t the most likable person. Then, even though that these two books are the smallest out of the 5, they seemed to have dragged on forever, but at the same time, it felt like it had ended rather abruptly.

Sarah J Maas

ACOTAR: Yes

ToG: No (but I can see why people like it so)

With the SJM fandom, I feel like it’s one of those vin diagram like you used to see back in grade school where the two circles overlap in the middle and that small part of over lapping circles are the people who like both series.

I personally like the ACOTAR series a lot more than ToG. Maybe it’s because I read ACOTAR first. To me that series seems to be told quicker than the ToG series. I think because there are like a thousand different plot lines going that made the ToG series so hard for me to get into. Plus there are 7 books in that series that are 500+ pages with so many characters who have intertwining paths that I can’t wrap my brain around.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Book 1 (since that’s the only book I’ve read): Kind of

I enjoyed the world that the world is set in because it reminded me of a theme park that’s set in the 1800s (don’t know when the book is actually set right off hand) where people go to escape the drama of the real world to live in a fantasy world where things are supposed to be built on illusions.

It has been a couple of years since I read this book and honestly, I’m not entirely sure what made me feel so indecisive about it. I think it might be the characters and how they act or maybe the secrecy of the whole Caraval act. Maybe I just need to buy the second book and read it.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

YES!

Last summer, I felt like EVERYONE had an ARC of this book except for me! I loved An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret even though the book community as a whole felt like it was under whelming, and even though I knew that these two books weren’t related in any way, I needed this book in my life. Well, it turns out that many of the book boxes from OwlCrate to LitJoy to Uppercase and a bunch of others felt like this was going to be one of THE BOOKS of the year and had it as the BOTM for June.

After the book was published, people were starting to say that it didn’t live up to the hype (but by that time I had already finished it and loved it). I’m not a person who gravitates towards the books that have a strong since of magic, but y’all I loved Nathaniel and his powers. It almost made me sad that I didn’t read HP as a younger child (almost). I enjoyed that Elisabeth felt so strongly towards her need to protect the books that she was willing to go against some powerful sorcerers.

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

No

This was another book that I was really looking forward to reading right after it was published because who doesn’t love the thought of the princess saving herself, but this book was to medieval feeling and it was just very graphic in the sexual stuff that went down ( and this is coming from someone who loves the ACOTAR series). And, the terminology that Elana used made me feel icky reading it. Look, let me just say that I love about 99.99% of all of the main male love interests, but I couldn’t stand Prince Emory… just let that sink in for a minute.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

No

I heard about the release of this book shortly after I read ACOWAR and was looking for more fae books to read. Well, as you could guess, I wanted to read this book because Cardan and his world. I think one of the reasons I didn’t enjoy this book is because I made myself finish it (and it took me three months of me reading it on and off). I love a good enemy to lover (or whatever you’d like to call Jude and Cardan’s odd relationship), but there was just to much between them to handle. Plus, Jude was the person that no one liked and she felt like she had to try so hard to prove her worth to these people (fae), and it was exhausting.

Yes, I have the last 2 books in this trilogy on my TBR that I want to eventually get to, but I think the hype is still to thick for me to start reading either of them at the moment.

After by Anna Todd

NO

I had won the first two books in this series along with a bunch of Anna’s other books in a giveaway that somebody was hosting because it was around the time that the news of the movie broke. Well, ya girl had never heard of this book prior or seen any reviews, so I was expecting a lot because hello it started as Harry Styles fanfic. In the beginning Tessa was kind of naïve and just went with the flow and then she meets Hardin (aka “Harry”), and it all goes down hill from there. I know that Harry isn’t this golden boy, but I really don’t think that he would treat anyone like Hardin treats Tessa, and while I was reading the book it was really difficult for me to separate the two in my mind.

I’m not one to cuss, but Hardin has a lot of shit that he has to work through before he could treat someone with the respect they deserve. This was honestly the first time that I could actually define a fictional relationship as toxic because in the beginning, it was all about winning a bet with his friends. Then, I think that he started to feel so form of guilt and started to actually have feelings for Tessa but didn’t know how to be in a relationship and every time they got into a fight, they would have sex and everything was all hunky dory because Tessa… well she didn’t want to admit to herself what was going on because this ‘sexy’ British dude was into her.

What are some hyped books that you enjoyed or disliked? Let me know below!

Happy reading until next time,

14 thoughts on “Was The Book Worth The Hype?

  1. Fun post! I still have Sorcery of Thorns to read. I don’t pay attention to hype TOO much. I mean, if I think I’ll like the book, I will try it out, but there’s a lot of really hyped or popular books/series that I have no interest in, like Cassie Clare’s books.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  3. You’re right, The Cruel Prince is totally not worth the hype. It was just ‘meh’ for me. But, hear me out, the sequel is better. As in ‘it-actually-made-me-ship-Jude-and-Cardan’ better. You should definitely give it a try!

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  4. You described Maas’ books so well, they are definitely liked a venndiagram!
    I am finally reading Sorcery of Thorns, so I’m glad that it has still left a good lasting impression on you!
    Lovely post, as always.
    – Emma 🙂

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