Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Surprised Me


Okay, I’m going to play nice for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I want to talk about books that surprised me for the good. I can rant about books I can’t stand, but I don’t see the point right now. So here’s my list of the books that pleasantly surprised me:

Warcross by Marie Lu

Rainbow hair, virtual reality, plot twists. I’M IN HEAVEN. I’m not a huge sci-fi reader, but Marie makes me want to be one. I’m still thinking about this book. And that cliffhanger is killing me right. I adore Emika. She’s one of my favourite characters!

If the sequel isn’t called Darkcross, I’ll be salty. Salty, people.


Everless by Sara Holland

Okay, I’ve read this book only once, but I want to read it again…and again. I adore the main character, Jules, who fights for the people she loves. She understands and knows of poverty, hunger, and a resentment of people who want nothing more than to push the poor down further. But Sara builds in twists that surprise you. I know I’ll read this book again.


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Court intrigue, politics, dark romance, and21 trickery all rolled up into one beautiful book. Can I fangirl any harder? No, I need to buy candles to reach that level (don’t tempt me; I’ll buy them). I know Holly from Cassie Clare, but I wish I found her work much sooner though. Her dark writing is gorgeous.

And can we talk about a certain male character having a tail? ๐Ÿ˜‚ He. Has. A. Tail. I’ve seen it all, apparently.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Grey London. Red London. White London. Black London. ALL THE LONDONS. Okay, maybe not the Black. I loved this book. It’s been on my TBR list for years, but I didn’t read it until last year though. The way Victoria blends in fantasy and sci-fi just makes me love those genres more. I’m all for a time travel story, but she takes it to a different dimension.


Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

This book is whimsical and enchanting. And it took me a while to get over the story and that ending. I am a huge fan of the Goblin King, Bowie’s and the original version. So I had a high expectation for Wintersong. I didn’t know what to expect or what I’d love, but Sarah didn’t disappoint. Her writing and storytelling for a debut author are superb, and I cannot wait to read Shadowsong.

32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Surprised Me

  1. Love your taste in books! I want to read just about all of these — except for Warcross, which I want to read ten million times more because UGH PERFECTION ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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  2. I love Holy Black and Schwab is an author that I haven’t yet read but intend to do so soon – I’ve already bought a couple of her books in preparation.
    Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. YES! Every one of these! We are pretty much in the same boat! Plus I laugh so hard in Cruel Prince about the tail and him asking if she wanted to see it. It was gold. I so didn’t remember to include a Darker Shade of Magic. I love the first book and need to read the second book soon! If the second book too Warcross isn’t Darkcross I will be disappointed because now that is all I can think of to call it. No matter what I shall forever be calling it Darkcross.

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    • I DIED at that scene. My snorting was horrendous ๐Ÿคฃ

      Iโ€™m the same as you. I bought book 2 and 3 and havenโ€™t gotten around to them, which I regret.

      If the pub doesnโ€™t, the fandom will freak.


  4. So many of these are on my TBR, including A Darker Shade of Magic and Everless so I’m really glad you enjoyed them! I also loved The Cruel Prince, and was definitely surprised by how much I ended up enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚
    My TTT


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