Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Brooke and the Bookish. This week's list is of books I'm not sure I want to read. I ranked them in terms of how conflicted I am about reading them.
10. "Magnolia" by Kristi Cook. My first thought upon reading the blurb and upon seeing that cover was yeah, right... no. And then I started reading the reviews. Everybody seems to have liked this book. I started seeing it everywhere.
Will I give in to the adorableness? Who knows! (I don't know, that's for sure).
9. "Underworld" by Meg Cabot. I read the first book in this series, "Abadon", and I liked it. In fact, I was hyped for the second book. It just so happened that it was released the same day as "City of Lost Souls" by Cassandra Clare. And priorities are priorities, so I read that one first. And then I just wasn't in the mood for "Underworld". And then it's been two years, and I still haven't got around to reading it.
8. "The Ghost and the Goth" by Stacey Kade. I'm not sure what to think of this setup. It certainly sounds silly, but I don't mind that. I think that it could be either spectacularly bad or hilariously good, so I'm really on the fence about reading this one.
7. "Hunger" by Jackie Morse Kessler. The premise is fascinating, but it sounds a bit depressing. Also, it has received mixed reviews, and the consensus seems to be that the premise is badly-executed.
6. "The Beautiful and the Cursed" by Page Morgan. I have read some glowing praise for this book, but there's something about it that doesn't convince me. I can't quite put my fingers on what it is, though.
5. "The Gathering Storm" by Robin Bridges. Late eighteenth-century. Russia, which is a new and intriguing setting for a paranormal book. An aristocratic heroine that can raise the dead. Courtly intrigue. This book should be right up my alley.
But then I read the final paragraph of the blurb, and I could practically hear the pop of my bubble breaking. Now, I'm afraid that this book will be all about the love triangle, with some necromancing thrown in just to spice the romance up a bit.
4. "Alanna: The First Adventure" by Tamora Pierce. I was so hyped by this book. I just couldn't wait to read it. And then I downloaded the free sample. And the writing was bad. Not atrocious, mind you, but there definitely was something off about it. If the author keeps it up for the rest of the book, I know I won't be able to enjoy it fully.
3. "The Winter Sea" by Susanna Kearsley. This one is another of those book where I fear that the romance will creep in to take over the plot. No romance is mentioned in the blurb, so I should be in the clear, but it's been shelved a lot of time as romance on goodreads, so maybe I am not. Or maybe the romance will be well-done and I won't mind that it takes over the plot.
I have heard that the main character is an idiot and that she falls in insta-love, two things I really can't stand.
But the premise looks so cool! But too-stupid-to-live heroine! But assassins! But insta-love!
As you can see, I'm really conflicted about this one.
1. "The Iron Trial" by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I liked Clare's Shadowhunter's series. A lot. So I was sure I would read this. Until I read the blurb and looked at the cover.
Does this setup sound familiar to you? A young boy goes to a magic school. There, he befriends another boy and a girl.
Plus, look at that cover. That's a freaking death eater.
I'm not saying that this is necessarily a Harry Potter rip-off. The book isn't even out yet, so there's no way to tell. But who the hell thought that matching that premise to that cover was a good idea?
What do you think I should do? Which of these books should I read and which books are best left alone? And what are the books you're not sure you want to read? Let me know in the comments!