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This week's theme is "Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving." While not all of these books necessarily broke my heart at the end, they all had moments in them that broke my heart.
1. Everything You Need to Survive The Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss (review) -- I just wrote a review about this one... the reason it's "totally deceiving" is because I was totally under the impression that it was about the apocalypse... and it's totally not, not really. It's a story with a huge religious factor that I wasn't expecting.
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins -- This one was all about the cover and the title. It just seemed ridiculous to me... and then I saw how it was blowing up on Twitter, everyone loved it so much, John Green tweeted and vlogged about it so I had to read it. It's one of the best YA novels I've ever read. I don't think I've ever read a book with a more realistic relationship arc than this one. I believed it, I loved it, and I didn't feel like anything was fake or rushed. Basically? Everyone should read this book.
3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (review) -- I don't know if there was anything directly deceiving about this one cover or description-wise. Mostly I slightly felt deceived by the reviews and tweets I saw about this book. I was expecting something quite awesome... and I honestly felt it was only okay. (I believe Delirium is much better -- I still have to read Pandemonium.)
4. The Duff by Kody Keplinger (review) -- This was another case of "reviews misled me." So many people, and authors, loved this book. Honestly? It just felt like it promoted sex in high school... that sex solves problems... I could go on. My review puts it more eloquently. Basically, I just wasn't impressed.
5. Matched by Ally Condie (review) -- And I continue to list books where I felt slightly deceived by reviews. A lot of people liked this book. I personally thought it was only okay because I felt the characters weren't as developed as I would have liked. I think I was also so enamored by the cover... that's what really made me want to pick up the book (and the summary was interesting too -- dystopian novels are currently my favorite).
6. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (review) -- The cover drew me in... and then the premise sounded really great. The book itself? It just sort of felt like a mess. As much as I loved the setting... I wasn't a fan of the characters, and I was confused a lot of the time. I have honestly thought "perhaps the movie adaptation will make me like this better."
7. Fallen by Lauren Kate (review) -- This was another book that I saw a lot of people fawning over, and the premise was interesting so I gave it a try. It honestly wasn't that interesting. If you read through my review I say it takes roughly 350 pages for there to be an actual plot, and I'm not really exaggerating. I also talk about some of the details being a little vague. I have honestly not kept up with this series, and due to my lack of interest from the first one. Perhaps things have gotten better?
8. That Summer by Sarah Dessen -- By the time I got to reading Sarah Dessen's first novel I had already read all the others that had been out at the time. This novel is so different than all her other ones I just hadn't expected it. It wasn't "great" and it wasn't "horrible". I'm not even sure I'd call it "deceived"... it was just shockingly different.
9. The Final Warning by James Patterson -- I had really loved this series... and when the third book came out, I thought it was the end. And then the fourth book came out. I was hoping if he was going to continue the series it would be for a reason, this book was just... yeah. It preached... and it wasn't that interesting, and I can't say the books coming after it have been that great either (note, I have yet to pick up Angel... but I have read Max and Fang).
10. As You Wish by Jackson Pearce -- I had just read Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce when I decided to read As You Wish. I probably should have guessed by the cover that it wasn't close to what I had just finished reading... but I was just surprised at how... opposite they were. I can't say this book "deceived" me in any real manner... but I guess in a sense the author kind of did, but in a good way. It was interesting to read these two very different stories knowing they were written by the same person.