Top 10 Tuesday 36. Books I’m not sure I want to read.

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Today’s topic is all about books we’re not sure we want to read for different reasons.



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I’m afraid I won’t like it
.. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson.
A lot of people are raving about it and my book club members even gave me the *stare* Haha. I have a copy from the library, but now I must find the courage to get started.

I’m scared it will disappoint me.. J.K Rowling – The casual vacancy.
I have a copy and it stands on my shelves, but every time I look at it I’m scared to pick it up. Rowling is the Queen of HP, but I’m afraid that is the only thing I love and I don’t want to feel disappointed by her.
I wasn’t blown away by the first book.. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy.
I read the first book a while back, tried to read the second one and then put it on hold after a couple of pages. I have them all, but I’m still not sure if it’s really something for me.

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I don’t want to read an unfinished series.. Lia Habel – Gone with the respiration.
I LOVE the sound of this series, but the author is not going to finish the series. I have heard that the second book has a satisfying ending, though. Anyone who can tell me more about this?

I’ve read so many mixed reviews.. Tahereh Mafi – Shatter me.
This really seems to be the case of: you hate it or you love it.  I hear everyone talk about the writing-style and I’m afraid it won’t be my thing, but at the same time I want to see what everyone is talking about.

I didn’t like her first series.. Cassandra Clare – Clockwork Angel.
I got the first two books for free, but I stopped reading The mortal Instruments after the third book because I couldn’t take it any longer.

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I was SO bored by the first book.. Melina Marchetta – Froi of the Exiles.
I have the second book, I expected to love the first one and then I was let down by the story..

I thought it was a fairy tale retelling, but secretly it isn’t.. Gena Showalter – Alice in Zombieland.
Every review I’ve read so far told me that the title is the only thing this book has in common with the original tale. I would be disappointed if I didn’t know that, but the fairy tale was the main reason I wanted to read this one.

I’m a loner who disliked her other book.. Stephanie Perkins – Lola and the boy next door.
So yeah, I’m one of the few people (I feel like the only one) who didn’t like Anna and the French kiss. At all. So I’m confused if I want to give this book a shot or if I should just walk away from this author.

I’m not interested in them.. John Green – all his other work.
I read and loved The fault in our stars, but to be very honest, his other work doesn’t sound that appealing to me. I’m also not sure I will like the characters, because I hear they are all the same and I want to like Hazel for what she is; I don’t want to see her copied into another story.

That’s it for me. Are there books you recommend to me?

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  1. I actually borrowed out Alice in Zombieland...and sent it back to the library unread because I heard so many people say it wasn't any good and I absolutely LOVE the original so I don't want to read a dodgy version. :|
    Lola is completely different to Anna if that makes you feel better. ;) I loved Anna, but I think I actually DID love Lola more. Still if it's not your style of book, meh, skip, eh?
    I was totally in love with Finnikin, buuuut...for some reason I have felt ZERO inclination to even touch Froi. I'm just...probably not going to?!

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    1. -That's why I'm still not sure about it..
      -Her writing-style was nice, but I disliked the characters and romance.

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  2. I'm with you on the lightning thief, though I really want someone to change my mind.

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  3. I definitely agree with you on the Percy Jackson series. And I tried reading The Casual Vacancy when it first came out but I just couldn't get through it. I may try and pick it up again some other time. The Infernal Devices books are SO much better than The Mortal Instruments series. Even if you don't continue on with TMI, I'd definitely recommend TID! :)

    -Em @ Books & Cleverness

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    1. I think it's important to not compare The casual vacancy and HP, but it's hard to do so.

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  4. Looks like we our lists share a few books:) I have The Lightning Thief, Casual Vacancy and The Clockwork Angel mostly for the same reasons as you do.
    I think maybe you should go on reading Vampire Academy series, because they get better with each book.If you are into books with a lot of action, suspense and romance then you'll love the series.
    And give Shatter Me a chance, Mel.I hesitated a lot before starting it too, but I loved the writing style.The story wasn't that remarkable to say the truth, but the writing is unique.
    I'll tell you a secret.I actually dnf-ed Anna and the French Kiss.I never tell this out loud, because everyone seems to love it.
    Thank God I am not the only one who doesn't share the popular opinion:)

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    1. I will keep that in mind with Vampire Academy! I might pick up the sequel when I'm in the mood for something easy.

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  5. Frostbite is amazing because it introduces Adrian Ivashkov for the first time - My baby! <3 Clockwork Angel is also fantastic. It's actually my favorite Cassandra Clare book. And Shatter Me is also great. I love Tahereh Mafi's writing. It's beautiful! Hope you decide to read them at some point and that you'll love them! :D

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    1. Ohh, I've heard many things about this Adrian!

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  6. If it helps, I HATED The Mortal Instruments – couldn't stand Clary! – but really enjoyed The Infernal Devices. I found Tessa to be much more likeable and I really loved the steampunk elements. Also, Victorian London is a much more interesting setting than modern day New York, for me.

    As for John Green, I quite liked TFIOS but nowhere near as much as others. I also quite liked LFA, AAOF and WG, WG but the stand out book for me was Paper Towns – I preferred it to the rest by miles.

    Oh and I feel the same about The Casual Vacancy. As such a big Harry Potter fan, the contrast is kinda terrifying! That said, I'm enjoying The Cuckoo's Calling so maybe I'll try some more of her adult fiction at some point. :)

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    1. -That definitely helps. I might put it a little higher on the list, I really like steampunk elements :)

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  7. I feel the same way about several of the books you mentioned! Percy Jackson is actually on my list. I had no Idea Lia Habel wasn't going to finish the series :( its actually really good

    My TTT

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  8. I felt like Alice in Zombieland was so deceitful and I was so mad when I read it. Even if I had no objection to the misuse of Alice in Wonderland, the book itself was not good. I read Shatter Me and I still don't understand why so many like it, but maybe it's just me...but I strongly caution.

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  9. John Green made my list too, I enjoyed TFIOS but I have heard all of his books are very similar, that would really annoy me. I didn't even think to add Percy Jackson to mine, but I have debated reading that series for so long. I just worry that I won't end up liking it. The Casual Vacancy, I read a few chapters but couldn't get into it and gave up. I clearly just want more HP ;) Great picks! Here's my TTT.

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  10. LOVED the Percy Jackson series so much! lol I really enjoyed Dearly Departed, but ended up DNF'ing the sequel because of the pacing. Shatter me was okay, but I haven't continued on and probably won't ever. Great list!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  11. I totally understand not wanting to read more John Green. I loved TFIOS, but I find myself only halfheartedly making it through his other books.

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  12. I haven't read Casual Vacancy but I'm reading The Cuckoo's Calling and it's pretty good so far. I did hear mixed reviews on both CV and Alice in Zombieland, so I feel ya. :D Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Happy Tuesday! :D

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  13. Hmm. If you didn't like the first VA I'm not sure if your opinion would change much with the next books, BUT since Bloodlines is one of my favorite series ever I feel like it's my duty to tell you to READ ON.. because Adrian. <3
    I liked Lola much less than Anna, but mainly because the love triangle was much more pronounced. :/ Cricket is adorable though.
    Finnikin is one of my favorite books, but I will say that the next two are set at a different tone/pace - much more epic. You may end up liking them.
    As for Dearly Departed - I have those books and peeked at the end.. I think you'll be okay. :)

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    1. Haha, I will try, I must meet this Adrian :)

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  14. Oof this is rough to say which ones I think you should read because I think your reasoning is pretty sound with most of them. If you didn't like a certain book, I generally do not recommend continuing with the series or reading something else by that author.
    And as for reading a book by an author who's work you usually love, but has now created something entirely different - The Casual Vacancy - well, I truly loved the book, but I can totally see why I would be in the minority here... It's adult contemporary and very dense and difficult to get into. But once I did get into it, it was a real treat.
    I think I would still recommend reading the first Percy Jackson book because it's so short anyways. If you don't enjoy it, don't continue with it.

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    1. I think I need to plunge into The casual vacancy without thinking too much about HP.

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  15. I absolutely loved Alice in Zombieland! The story was unique and even though the romantic struggle gets frustrating at times, it was still a great fast paced read!! I would not waste your time with Dearly Departed though, the story dragged!

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  16. I wasn't blown away by Vampire Academy either but the series, overall, is so good and awesome and a classic. My favorite is probably Spirit Bound.

    I feel exactly the way you do about Shatter Me series.

    Haven't read Perkins yet. LOL.

    Gah, I only read An Abundance of Katherines and The Fault in Our Stars. Don't want to read any more of his work, sorry.

    So I sucked at helping you out in this. =P

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    1. Haha, at least we share the same thoughts about John Green and I might continue with VA :)

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  17. I totally understand you. CC totally ruined her series and I'm so done with it all. I love TCV though. It's totally dofferent from HP but it's so good. My mom who is super picky liked it too, and she had a lot of issues before starting because she dislikes HP.
    I did not enjoy Shatter Me too much, mainly for writing and too much romance. I wished it was more dystopian. I'll finish the series but am not in a hurry.
    Percy is awesome though. It's light, sweet, hilarious, and highly mythological. I enjoyed it a lot.

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    1. Yes, I've heard that Shatter me is a not-very-dystopian-dystopian book, haha.

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  18. I loved the Percy Jackson series! Shatter Me was really good, but my sister started reading it and hated the writing style at first, but I told her to keep going, and then she really got to like it by the end. I've heard the same about Alice in Zombieland. I know it was free on iBooks yesterday, so I went ahead and downloaded it just in case I ever get the urge to try it. I loved Anna and the French Kiss, but the 2nd one I haven't been able to get into. Loved The Fault in Our Stars, and Looking for Alaska was good, but I just don't tend to want to read his stuff off the top of a pile. The Mortal Instruments got so much stronger in the final two books I thought. But I tried reading the Infernal Devices series and just couldn't pick it up. Great list! Thanks so much for stopping by my post earlier.

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  19. I've not actually read The Mortal Instruments, but I did read the entirety of The Infernal Devices series and, surprising myself, actually liked them. While they weren't the best written books or anything, they were fun. I did chose them over The Mortal Instruments because of Victorian era London and all the steampunk style. If you like that, I really think at least Clockwork Angel would be worth a read.

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  20. I loved the Lumatere Chronicles, maybe yo should still give book 2 a try :)

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  21. You should definitely read Shatter Me. I'm currently on the last book of the series and I'm really enjoying it. Also, The Infernal Devices is a lot better than the Mortal Instruments. You should check out my review http://girlwritesreviews.blogspot.com/2014/07/book-review-clockwork-angel-by.html?m=1

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  22. "The Lightening Thief" was good but don't judge the entire series by the first book. The Percy Jackson series AND the following series "Heroes of Olympus" are both TRULY fantastic on the whole. I would say there are maybe one or two books that just don't cut the fluff for me but it didn't take away from how much I enjoyed both the series overall.

    Definitely give it a try but if the first book isn't your thing I urge you to try to take in the second one as well.

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  23. I am also terrified of reading Casual Vacancy, even though I already own it, because I fear I just won't love it like I did the Harry Potter series. And I have yet to read Anna and the French Kiss because I am scared I won't like it. I know everyone seems to love it, but I'm just not sure about it. And to be honest, I'm not a huge John Green fan, so I can understand where you're coming from. Great picks!

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  24. I am totally afraid I wouldn't like Percy Jackson too. And I haven't read Anna and the French Kiss yet, the hype totally freaks me out. Shatter Me was good, but the next two books were much, much better. And good call on stopping with The Mortal Instruments. I am seriously so bored of them I can't even put it into words. No more Shadowhunters, please. Ever. Oh, and as for John Green, I honestly felt the same way you did, until I caved and read Paper Towns, and then I was in love with that one too. THEN, I was scared again, and read Looking for Alaska, and liked it a lot too. Now I am afraid of The Abundance of Katherines... so we'll see! Great list :)

    -Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. TMI is such a long and huge series, also with all the spin-offs and it's just too much.

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  25. Good list! I love the Percy Jackson series (and the American audiobook version is really well done, if you prefer audio.) It's particularly fun to see how Riordan works in the mythology among all the humor and action. I haven't tried Cassandra Clare yet; I'm afraid it will be too angsty, and I'm really over that. And The Casual Vacancy doesn't attract me, though I'm willing to try Rowling's Galbraith mysteries. Thanks for stopping by my blog! New follower on Bloglovin - I like the type of books you're reviewing.

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  26. I really enjoyed The Infernal Devices Series. I wasn't too eager to read it since I was not a huge fan of the Mortal Instruments, but with her spin off series I found it was way better, especially in her writing. Frostbite was my least favourite of the series, but the series does pick up. Every book, I found, it got better and better. It is now one of my favourite series which is shocking as I was very reluctant to read Vampire Academy

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  27. VA is a love it or hate it series, so it's definitely not for everybody. Would it help if I said that I was only so-so on TMI, but I love love love Infernal Devices? But I love most things Victorian anyway.

    Also, I liked ANNA but didn't love it, but I really liked her newest one. I think the first book had some "debut" type problems, but she's grown as a writer since then. (never read #2, though!)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  28. 1. Percy Jackson -- Mel, this DEFINITELY will not be a disappointment. You got high expectations? That book will take it and surpass it! Gaah, I just love the Percy Jackson series so much. It's so funny and serious and dark at the same time, kind of like Harry Potter. <3 I really hope you read it!

    2. The Casual Vacancy -- Yeah, I'm not too sure about this one either. :/ As much as I love Jo, I haven't been seeing the most positive of reviews around for TCV. But I already have a copy of it (bought it for my grandma), so I suppose I WILL get to it sometime in the future. Fingers crossed it won't be a disappointment.

    5. Shatter Me -- To be honest, I didn't enjoy Shatter Me all that much. The writing was beautiful, yes, but plotwise and character-wise? Not so much. I know I'm the black sheep here, though, and from what I've heard the series gets better, so I'll probably be checking out the sequels as well. If you're not too keen on reading it, then I wouldn't recommend it.

    6. Froi of the Exiles -- Still really disappointed that Finnikin didn't work out for you. After all the rave reviews I've seen for it, I have very high expectations, but boring books are the one kind of books I just can't take. I still think you should check out the sequel, though. It might get better? :)

    10. John Green -- Haha, same here. I didn't love TFiOS (like, it didn't blow my mind), and while it was enough to make me cry at the end, I'm not interested in his other works either. Contemporaries and I just don't really go along that well, anyway.

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    1. 1. OKAY. I'm going to do it!
      5. Hmmmmm.
      6. Yes, that's why I think I'm going to try the sequel. Perhaps that's the story that hooks me on Melina.

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  29. I shall also give you *the glare* for PJO, because I love that series ^_^ Frostbite I actually liked more than the first book, because you get to meet Adrian Ivashkov - AKA Mr. Perfection.

    I can’t really help with Shatter Me; I personally enjoyed the writing style, but the angst of the first two books was a bit much at times. But Ignite Me is AMAZING, so even if you hate the first two books IM is worth it ;)

    I actually liked Clockwork Angel much more than TMI; it has a more mature tone to it.

    As far as John Green, I only really liked TFIOS and Looking for Alaska. The other two are skippable in my opinion.

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  30. I'm so iffy about reading Alice in Zombieland. The cover is absolutely mesmerising but I was never too keen about that one time YA rode the zombie train. It was taking it too far.

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  31. Like, I don't want to toot my own horn or raise expectations too high, but I don't really think there's any way that you WON'T like Percy Jackson. Seriously. NO WORRIES. But do read it. REEEEEEEEEAD.

    The Casual Vacancy I actually really liked, but you HAVE to be prepared for what you're getting into. It's an adult social satire. There's no magic, adventures, even romance really - just really interesting varied characters that offer a meaningful commentary on societal issues in England. It's a tough one though - I understand why people are reluctant with it. But I felt Rowling's writing was just as great as always. It would be a good book club book - plenty to discuss, so I dunno if you want to suggest that sometime. I wouldn't mind rereading it if it enables you guys to finally pick it up :) Dunno if the others have read it though.

    I JUST read Frostbite - or actually, I listened to it - and I felt like it was MUCH better than Vampire Academy. I was mostly annoyed with Rose in the first book, but her character mellows out and she grows a lot. There's still barely any plot, but it was entertaining enough, so I am going to continue the series now. I'd say give it a shot!

    Shatter Me I LOVE but yeah, it's not for everyone. I think you'd like it though? The writing style is something everyone comments on, but the writing style is just a tool to show Juliette's characterization and her growth over the series. It's a stream of consciousness style, but I feel like it gives her so much more depth and really gave me a strong connection to her. And it mellows out over the series as Juliette transforms from a sheltered girl doubting her own sanity to someone strong who can stand on her own and express herself well. The series for me is all about character growth, and I feel like it's extremely well done.

    I'm also hesitating with Lola and Froi. Lola I'm probably going to buddy read with Christina sometime soon, because yeah, apparently it does the infidelity thing again? I keep putting off reading it, so having a buddy will help. I just want to get it over with.

    Froi for me is just because I read Finnikin SO LONG AGO - but I heard that the other books are better and there are many different excellent ships, so I do want to read this at some point. Now it's just the length scaring me off.

    ...wow, I had a lot to say. Whoops.

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    1. OKAY, OKAY. I will do it Debby! I almost bought a cheap copy yesterday, but then I hesitated and decided to wait after finishing the library book.

      It might be a good idea to put that one in the suggestions for a book club pick. It's definitely the best way to get me to pick it up.

      Good, Rose bothered me too, so it's good to hear that :)

      I have a feeling I will like Shatter me too, so I might just go for it.

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  32. I feel the same way about casual vacancy. I didn't love VA either, but the 2nd book was a lot better and book 3+ were really great.

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  33. Ack! PEEEEERCY. You must read Percy Jackson. I'm so glad I read them all a few months back. <3 They are adorable. And fun. And sad. And just perfect :D And omg. Clockwork Angel. SOBS. Those three books are HEARTBREAKING. But worth it. So worth it :) And HAH. John Green. I loved The Fault in Our Stars too. But I kind of HATED Looking for Alaska :p Not good at all. Sigh. Best of luck if you read any of these books Mel. <3

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  34. I wouldn't bother with the Lia Habel books - I read both and the first was enjoyable (but i was in a zombie phase at the time) but then it just kind of went downhill for me with the second. And I had decided not to read any further if there were more. Now that you say there isn't going to be more I'm not totally surprised but that is unfortunate. i honestly don't remember how it ended it was that lacking in impact.

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  35. I can understand the intimidation factor in The Casual Vacancy, I feel the same out The Game of Thrones books. I haven't read Percy Jackson yet either! *cringe*

    I think you should give Vampire Academy and Shatter Me a try-I loved them both and think you might too!

    I have yet to read Stephanie Perkins and I feel like I'm missing out because everyone's raving about it these days. As for John Green, I think Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns is worth a try.

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  36. Percy Jackson is amazing! Don't worry about not loving it, though, because you can keep going on with the series--books 4 and 5 are simply the best. You cannot skip out on these books, Mel!

    A lot of people say that they were bored or so-so with the first two books, but ended up loving the rest! I started loving the series since I began it, so of course I'm biased when I say--read Frostbite! A certain Hottie McHotpants shows up in this book. ;)

    Shatter Me is definitely a love it or hate it book. If you're into those lyrical/poetic writing types of books, you should give it a shot. I may have DNFed book two, though, which is weird since most people enjoyed books 2-3 more than the first...

    The Infernal Devices is SO MUCH better than TMI, but I haven't read (and will not) the last book because I got spoiled and was super pissed. -_-

    So sorry about Melina's series. I've been meaning to check it out since a bookish friend recommended it to me. :(

    Ugh, Alice in Zombieland gave me a headache. It's true--I didn't understand how it was a retelling at all! And to be frank, I felt that the writing was boring. And that the characters were boring. It was a boring book. (Although I would love to purchase physical copies of this series, because look at those gorgeous covers!)

    Anna & the French Kiss was one of my first YA contemporaries, which is probably why I really loved it. I think that, if I tried it again now, I might just want to chuck it out the window. Lola has no cheating and no whiny heroine. A lot of Anna fans thought that Lola was more boring, but I think it has less flaws. But that's just me.

    LOL. I've read 3 John Green books (TFIOS, Looking for Alaska and Will Grayson, Will Grayson) and have given them all 2-3 stars. Yup, not a huge JG fan.

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  37. Even though you didn't really enjoy The Mortal Instruments, I'd still recommend The Infernal Devices. It's completely fine to read that series on its own. I also found it to be way better than TMI. Maybe you should give it a shot :)

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  38. Don't feel too bad, I don't even OWN a copy of The Casual Vacancy. Yet. I need to get my hands on it. I was the black sheep since I didn't care for The Mortal Instruments either...but I hear The Infernal Devices are much better. I've also heard that the Vampire Academy books get much better as the series progresses so I hope you'll give those a chance...even though I still need to get started on the series myself xD I'm also terrified to start Shatter Me because I'm scared I won't like it. I've heard tons of rave reviews but the crossout writing style just doesn't appeal to me >.< Oh but I have read the Percy Jackson books. They're fun in a light a youthful kind of way. I would never compare them to the HP series but I did get quite into them as the series went on. I think you'd enjoy them! :)

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  39. So I agree completely about quite a few of these. Shatter Me, has such mixed reviews and Nicole really did not like it so I am quite hesitant. As for Froi of the Exiles, I know so many other bloggers that just loved the series but I am not sure if it is for me. I tried the audio book and really could not get into, so I am not sure if I will try it again.

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

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  40. Casual Vacancy did disappoint me. I didn't actually end up finishing it but the bit I did read was, well, not Harry Potter. lol
    Shatter Me is definitely a case of loving it or hating it. I was not a fan so I can't recommend it.
    It's so nice to find someone else that wasn't blown away by Finnikin of the Rock. I haven't picked up the 2nd book either and don't think I ever will.
    I haven't read Anna and the French Kiss yet but it's one of those that everyone is constantly recommending. I'm not sure it's a real me book though.
    hahaha... Sorry. I couldn't really recommend anything.

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  41. Ok so both The Vampire Academy series and The Lumatere Chronicles get better with each book so I'd say give it a shot but I TOTALLY know how you are feeling with a lack of motivation (I am right there with you with Crown of Embers). As for The Infernal Devices - i think this series is better than The Mortal Instruments but its still obviously the Shadowhunter world and Cassandra Clare so if either of those add to your dislike of TMI then you might not like this either... As for the Shatter Me series I would say hell no haha but I am sure others would tell you hell yes. Lastly, how did I miss that you disliked Anna? But for the record, I enjoyed Lola more! and I would consider them very different reads so this is another one I'd say to give a shot!

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  42. I found The Lightning Thief to be meh, but that was expected. People said that it gets a lot better as you read the rest of the series.
    I read both Clockwork Angel and Shatter Me and wasn't really into both of them. I felt like they were SO hyped.
    Alice in Zombieland is nothing special. It's basically a team of teenagers fight zombies, that's it. It's definitely not a Alice in Wonderland retelling.

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  43. I know this post is a little old right now but I'm behind on commenting/reading and wanted to put in my two cents about Anna and the French Kiss! I read that after the hype was really big, and I did enjoy it for the most part, but I can't help but wonder if I felt like I almost had to give it at least 4 stars. I want to reread it to see what I think of it now. When I read Lola and the Boy Next Door soon after, I really, really loved it. On a reread last year, I felt like I might bump it down to 4 stars, but I still really, really enjoyed it and liked it way more than Anna. I loved Cricket as well, while I was just kind of meh toward Etienne, the romantic interest for Anna. So, I definitely think there's a chance you might like Lola even though you hated Anna!

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