Yes, I am becoming quite the blogging loser. Unfortunately, the professor supervising my master's thesis has sent me on a wild goose chase looking for research that simply doesn't exist. So yesterday, I was doing 400 Boolean searches, again, and suffering a slight panic attack when she told me that she just wouldn't read my work! Now, without further ado......
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is:
The Top Ten Most Deceiving Books
Ok, so I've decided that I'm going to look at books that I should never have judged by the cover!
Playing with Matches by Brian Katcher
For such an ugly book cover, this was a beautiful and amazing story ! I have to thank Dr. Truett for making me read this one in my YA lit class.
The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams
This was also a YA lit class required read, but this one totally missed the mark. It has this epic cover that opens up and has cut outs of the trees! I thought it would be great, but it was just fail. There is no other word to describe it.
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
This book sounded sooooo good on Netgalley. And I was looking for something about werewolves. I should have steered far, far away from this one. It's this type of book being published on the coat tails of Twilight and The Mortal Instruments that are giving paranormals a bad name. This is one of the most trite, cheesy books I've ever experienced.
This book is here because it was good and SO MUCH MORE than what the cover led me to believe. I thought this would just be a fluffy, light read. But wow! Did the author ever pack a punch with this one! Don't let the cover fool you! This book has some substance.
Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
I let me love of a beautiful cover and Arthurian legend fool me into reading this one! Gah! It was terrible! I have read some excellent modern-day retellings, but this is not one of them. If you want a really good modern day Arthur book, read Meg Cabot's Avalon High.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I came home with this one and the hubs wanted to know when I had started reading in the cheesy romance genre. And he's right! Even though I know that's sexy Jace in all his Shadowhunter glory, it looks like just another shirtless guy on a bad romance novel. Of course, I wouldn't dare want them to change it. Even though this is anything BUT a cheesy romance. Just put a book cover over this one out in public and then take it off and stare at it at home. : )
Starters by Lissa Price
I almost didn't request this one from Netgalley because the cover was so off-putting. The girl looks very young, so I thought it was maybe a middle grades novel. Plus, it's so bizarre and the girl is sort of, well, ugly. I'm really glad I did request it though, because it turned out to be a great read!
Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
I won this book on Goodreads from the author and it sat on my shelf for probably a year before I finally picked it up and that's mostly because Kersten Hamilton (bless you, woman!) messaged me and said she was interested in my opinion since I was an educator and in Library Science school. Guilt trip much? Thank goodness she did that! I LOVED this book and couldn't put it down or get enough of it! But the cover just didn't do anything for me. Who knew it was hiding such goodness?
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
I'm going to admit my problem now. I am a sucker for those covers with the girls in beautiful dresses. Especially when they are red. So I expected great things from this book, but it was a little underwhelming for me. I mean, by the end, I liked the book ok, but it just wasn't a great book. ::shrugs::
This one isn't about the cover or the blurb. It's about my own preconceived notions about Sarah Dessen. I thought she was a teen fluffy romance writer. Boy, was I wrong! This book knocked my socks off and my 14 year old has been reading one Sarah Dessen after another and telling me about them. Sarah! I'm so sorry I misjudged you! I can't wait to read more of your books.
So that's my Top Ten List of Books that Deceived Me! Did any of these deceive you too?