Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week's Top Ten is The Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like More than I did:
1. Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland  
Understandably, everyone has an opinion about Vengeance Bound. Some have DNF'd the book after a few chapters, some have absolutely loved it. I didn't actually hate the story, but, it did have some negatives that I just can't ignore.

2. Requim (Delirium # 3) by Lauren Oliver
There's just so much that I can say about this book without being hammered by my friends and followers alike or spoiling what actually happens to each of the characters. It's not that I disliked this series or the book in anyway. A 3 rating from me is as good as a 4 star rating from fanatical screaming fans who would take toe jam on wheat bread from the author if she was to ask what people wanted from her.

3. Team Human by Justine Larbalestier
I struggled to review this book. I'll be totally honest with you in that I didn't laugh out loud or find anything offensive in the main characters point of view when it came to hating vampires and not wanting to have her best friend suddenly change into something she's not. Probably in the minority when it comes to my opinion.

4. Mind Games by Kiersten White
My feelings towards this book are all over the place. I really didn't like the back and forth flashes, including at the end. Maybe that will be just my negativity brewing it's ugly head. Obviously, there is a semi-cliffhanger ending that will leave some readers wanting to read the next book in the series. One of the main characters, Sophia, is one of the most damaged characters I've ever read about. Her continued mumbling, and tapping on her leg...seriously annoyed me. I'm not sure if her actions in the end redeemed her character or not. I guess we shall see. The other character, Annie, didn't become likable until the very end of the story. Some people will gobble this story up and rave about it. I can't do that.

5. Blood Forever (Blood Coven Vampire # 8) by Mari Mancusi
This was a book that should have never been written if Mancusi was just going to go back and re-write history and really nothing changed in regards to Sunny or Rayne except they kind of sort of trade places for awhile. I still haven't written a full review and I may not since it won't make a difference to anyone who really liked this series no matter how awful the characters were at times.

6. Rise (Nighshade # 2) by Andrea Cremer
I'm kind of disappointed in this book truth be told. I know that it's only a two part prequel to the Nightshade series but I'm feeling that there should be at least one more book to fully explain and explore the Searchers, Guardians, etc. 

7. Uses for Boys by Lorraine Erica Scheidt
I tried like hell not to let a story get under my skin and failed. I mean it's just a story aimed at teenagers right? Uses for Boys succeeded where others have failed. I can't tell you how much I truly hated the ending of this book or what the overall message seemed to be. I also must say that in no way shape or form can I relate to the character of Anna in this book. 

8. Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I wasn't too sure about this one, but I did like another series by this author so I thought I would give this one a try. For some reason Claire turned me off right away. I get that she is a nobody, but she seemed to be whiny about the fact that no one noticed her, interesting because Nix on the other hand had a big chip on his shoulder.  

9. Iced (Dani O'Malley #1) by Karen Marie Moning
If you want to read my entire thoughts on this particular book, please go here

10. Every Single Book in the Anita Blake series after book # 8 by Laurell K Hamilton
I'm not going to reserve my commentary on this particular series for fear that someone will hate me, or that I'll lose followers over my feelings. I really think this series has gone on long enough. I don't care about Anita or anyone else involved in this particular series. It has become nothing more than pure BDSM and sorry, but I'm not into that sort of scene. I loved the original books in this series. I loved how she was a badass necromancer and vampire hunter. Now, she's just totally wasting everyone's time by continuing sleeping with 20 men and women per book.


  1. I agree with you about Uses for Boys - I gave it three stars and liked it, but I despised the ending. There was no closure at all, no reason for us to think the MC would treat her new boyfriend any differently than her previous ones. Nice list.

  2. Actually, Team Human is on my less list as well. I didn't think it was funny at all, and thought the MC was just blah.

    Here's my TTT post for this week.

  3. I haven't read any books from your list, but I do like the reasons you gave. :)

    Jess @ Literary, etc

  4. I haven't read most of these, but I keep seeing the same things about the Anita Blake series. I do want to read it, but it's not really a priority. Maybe when/if it ends?

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  5. I haven't read a single book on your list! Maybe that's a good thing though? Lol I still plan on reading Iced but my expectations are beyond low. Very sad, I'm a huge fan of the Fever series.
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  6. Oh gosh I couldn't stand Mind Games it was so rubbish in my opinon. Great list! Happy Reading!

    My Top Ten!

  7. We've noticed a lot of people have listed Requiem - yikes! Em liked it - I still haven't read it but plan to!

  8. I haven't read any of these books. But I have seen Requiem mentioned a few times today :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Man! I haven't read any of these books!

  10. I haven't read any of these books yet, except I read Delirium. I might be glad to be already disappointed in the first book, so I didn't have to go through all three and just be disappointed in the end.. :P
    Top Ten Tuesday
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  11. I also had high hopes of Vengeance Bound, mostly because of promised mythology but although it was a quick read I really didn't like the heroine. She kills too easily.
    My top ten books that surprised me