My Surprising Reads Of 2018 – Blogmas Day Thirteen

We’ve all had that moment of shock after finishing a book when you either expected to love it and were incredibly disappointed, or when you weren’t really all that excited by a synopsis but you’re in awe of how much you ended up adoring it! In this Blogmas post, I’ll be talking to you about the books that happened to me with this year! They’re not all 2018 releases but I did read them all in 2018 so I’m counting them!

Let’s get to it! 

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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I was talked into buying this in June by someone at the Hot Key book stall at YALC. He said it was amazing and everyone was talking about it so I picked it up. Truthfully, I don’t know why I did because it really didn’t interest me all that much. However, I finally got around to reading it this month and I loved it! It was fast paced, fantastical and I adored both of the protagonists. It wasn’t particularly original, but I was surprised by how gripping it was! 

Save The Date by Morgan Matson 

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She’s essentially the queen of heartfelt contemporaries so this was an auto-buy novel for me. Unfortunately, this is the first of her books that I just couldn’t get into. The whole wedding setting was stressful and repetitive and I didn’t feel any emotional connection to any of the characters or the plot itself. I’ll still be picking up her next novel but will have to re-consider in the future if her next book is as boring as this was.

Follow Me Back by Nicci Cloke

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My other half RAVED about this book being a gripping YA thriller so I instantly picked it up because, you know? It sounded GOOD. Unfortunately it felt boring, predictable and I disliked every character. The premise was intriguing but a thriller needs to keep you on the edge of your seat. I was just waiting for it to be over. 

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell 

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I expected to enjoy this, but I wasn’t expecting to be blown away! I’m a horror movie fanatic and get scared easily when watching them but it takes a lot more to scare me when I’m reading a book and this did! I was terrified! It’s not fantastically written or anything but the author managed to create such a tense and sinister atmosphere that left me hooked! 

The Island by M.A. Bennett

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I’ll be talking about this later on in another Blogmas post, but I HATED this book. I met the author herself at YALC and she was so lovely. Heck, I even got her to sign my copy before I’d even read it! Unfortunately, this book made me feel a bit sick and I thought there were a lot of problematic elements to it that didn’t get discussed. I’d been genuinely looking forward to reading it so of course, as you can imagine, I was insanely disappointed by this one. 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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After I had finished Caravel I was undecided on whether or not I’d be continuing on with the series because it wasn’t my cup of tea at all. I bought the sequel during it’s week of release and I only picked it up this month. That’s how low my expectations were. Now? I cannot express how excited I am to read the final book. Legendary was everything I wanted from the first book and I am just in awe at how magical everything felt. Bring on Finale!

An Enchantment Of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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The cover is gorgeous, and the first half of the book matched the outside. It was magical, romantic and had a lot of potential. However, I think that because the book was so short, the author felt like she needed to wrap everything up too quickly and there was very little plot because of this. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what her next novel is like because I think there’s a lot of potential for her to be a great YA fantasy author, but this just didn’t do anything for me. 

And there we have it! My most surprising reads of 2018! Are there any books that you didn’t love but expected to or vice versa? Let me know in the comments and thank you for reading! 


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