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I’ve been tagged by the lovely Lisa van der Heijden (bookstagram @noahjace_bookishlife) in this #thefirstdatebooktag. This tag is so much fun! Match a book with different kinds of dates – from disastrous one to the perfect dream ones. If you read this and like to do the tag too, go ahead and consider yourselves tagged as well!
The awkward first date (a book where something felt off)
The Girls by Emma Cline.
This book was so hyped and the blurb sounded really interesting, but it was just not a book for me. It felt overwritten and like there was something missing to the story. And I did not like the main character, or any of the characters really, which made it hard to relate to the book.
The cheap first date (a book that turned out less than expected)
The Young Elite by Marie Lu.
I loved the Legend series so I had such high expectations, but this book did not quite meet them. What was great about the book was that Marie Lu added a fresh, unique spin to the traditional YA hero, making her an anti-hero, a villain, a girl who has been used, and manipulated, and who wants revenge. One detail I really loved was that Adelina only had one eye, that she was not a perfect beauty, and that the book overall had this intriguing dark vibe to it. But the story itself and the way it was told did not pull me in. I normally love Marie Lu’s writing, but here it was a bit lifeless, she didn’t make me feel the same way as when she blew my mind in the Legend series. But thinking about the book now, I feel that maybe I should give it another try. Maybe I just approached it the wrong way, expecting it to be more like the Legend.
Well prepared first date (a book that was better than expected)
Half Bad by Sally Green.
I had no expectations at all when I started to read this book, but I completely loved it and the other two books in this darkly, magical series. This trilogy is absolutely unique and original, both in the way it's written and in the darkness of the story itself. Sally Green tells an amazing story. The books are gripping, fast-paced and tragically marvelous. Strangely enough, even though Half Bad is about witches, there's not much magic in it, which is actually a good thing. The story is magical enough in itself. (See also my previous review of the series here: Book of the Week, August, 18 2017)
Hot but dumb (a book with a beautiful cover that was not so hot on the inside)
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.l. James
I don’t know if the cover was beautiful really, but it sure is a hot book, but a book that was not my cup of tea. I know that this is a series that many loved with the dark romance twist, the jealousy and the feeling that Ana needs to save Christian from himself, but still. I did not like at all how Christian treats Ana, like she’s an ignorant child, and how much of a stalker he is. I really don’t think that it is okay for a guy to be controlling, and bossy, and treating women like his possessions just because he’s hot. If it was just in bed I could have bought it, but Christian acts like that to Ana all the time. So, even though the book and the story and the guy looked hot, when reading it, the book really gave me chills.
Blind date (a book you picked up knowing nothing about)
Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.
I had not heard about this book when I bought it and was so pleasantly surprised by it. This story just drew me in and I couldn’t put it down until I’d reached the end. It’s really a YA master piece – it’s fun, fast paced and with lovable characters. I adored the main character Amani and what a fierce tomboy she was. What’s special in this series is the mythology that Alwyn Hamilton weaves into the tale; the story is spiced with fairytale animals. There is also a slow-paced love story that leaves you desperate to know that there will be a HEA after all strains. (See also my previous review of the series here: Book of the Week, August 4 2017)
Speed dating (a book you read super fast)
No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank.
I loved this fast paced, magic story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other. What’s so special about this book is the format. It’s something between a short story and a novel, it’s very quick-paced and jumps right into the story. Once I got into it and got to know the two main characters I just loved it! I absolutely adored both of the main characters, Felix (“tin soldier”) and Astra (“match girl”), they were both nice, innocent and smart. If you’re looking for a unique, page-turning, emotional read with an important message, this is the series for you. (See also my previous review here: Book of the Week October 20, 2017)
The rebound (a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you)
Paper Towns by John Green.
I loved The Fault In Our Stars and then I read Paper Towns directly after it and just did not like it at all, which I blame on a John Green hangover. I sure hope I have overcome that enough to read Turtle All the Way Down, I’m really excited to give John Green another try!
Overly enthusiastic date (a book that felt like it was trying too hard)
Allegient by Veronica Roth.
I loved Divergent so, so much, I was totally hooked by it. But sadly, Allegient was not the finale I had hoped for. I felt that it did not try to resolve any of the old conflicts built up in the previous two books, it kind of just changed completely and took a U-turn to a completely other issue, the 'genetically pure' vs. 'genetically damaged', and thereby almost dismissed the dystopian Chicago world as though it had never happened. The ‘life-and-death´, larger-than-life´´, struggle just boiled down to a big ‘What?’, ‘Was this all? Really?’ for me.
Humiliating to date (a book you're embarrassed to like)
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I'm not really embarrassed by any of the books I've read, but my guilty pleasure is definitely Twilight. Just like millions others, I was immediately hooked by the most epic vampire romance saga of all times. I read Twilight in one day, not being able to put it down until it was finished, and I still remember the agonizing wait for New Moon to be released. It’s difficult to explain exactly what’s to thrilling with this series, it’s just a phenomenon. I always think it's something extra thrilling, dark and sexy with vampires, can't help it... This is definitely one of the most epic love stories; Bella and Edward is THE love couple of all times.
Perfect date (a book that did everything right)
I’ll have to say two book series here, Harry Potter by J.k. Rowling and The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. They are both pure book perfection to me.
Hi! I'm Annie, a Swedish bookworm, YA addict and coffee lover, who writes romantic YA books in English. I'm the author of the Angelheart Saga series (First Came Forever and Forever Disguised).
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