A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I LOVED the first book, and honestly, what happens in the second book is something that normally would piss me off, but Maas pulls it off so well. In fact, I love the second installment more than the first (which hardly ever happens).
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
My dad bought this for me when I was in elementary school. Harry Potter wasn’t wildly popular yet because it had only just recently been released, but there were a few kids at school who loved it, but I thought they were nerds. But obviously I was wrong. As soon as I started reading, I was pulled in and I couldn’t put it down. I’m pretty sure my dad is kicking himself now because he started a lifelong obsession by giving me that book.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I bought this book because I was looking for books that might appeal to my lower readers. I thought it would be a fantasy novel with little depth, supplemented by artwork that I hoped would encourage my reluctant readers to read. But this book is probably one of the most surprising things I have ever read. It is so emotionally powerful and it is so real. It’s one of the best books I’ve read.
A Separate Peace by John Knowles (review)
I thought this would be a classic I’d find to be mediocre at best, and honestly, I picked it because it was so short. I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed reading it, and how fun it was to pick apart.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (review)
I picked this because I was in the mood for some “light” fantasy. I thought it would be a simple Beauty and the Beast retelling. But this novel was so intricate and beautiful and creative. I can’t wait to reread it.
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest (review)
I should’ve known with this one. I should’ve known it would suck. It was a vampire romance, and honestly, Twilight killed that. But I didn’t expect it to be as horribly written as it was, and my God….it was so bad it was comical.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (review)
I should have read the reviews before getting this because if I had, I wouldn’t have been surprised. I bought it because the story sounded interesting, and because I had liked Divergent. But everything about this book was flat and boring.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
There was so much hype surrounding this book. So many people loved it, especially people who didn’t normally enjoy reading. I thought it would be fast paced and exciting. Instead, it felt so drawn out and boring.
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
I bought this after reading Shadow & Bone because I was really into these Russia-inspired worlds. Besides, the premise sounded fun. It sounded like a young adult Night Circus…which is exactly what it was, so much so that it felt like a rip off.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne
This was pretty much Harry/Draco fanfiction…except through their kids. WHY did this ever have to happen?!