Top 5 Tuesday: Top Books that Weren’t What I Expected

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is: Top 5 Books that Weren’t What I Expected. 

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1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I expected another run of the mill dystopian and wasn’t prepared for this epic Sci-Fi adventure.

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2. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. I expected another super cute, fun romance like Thorne’s The Hating Game, but this one lacked all the charm of the first book.

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3. The Fallen Crest High series by Tijan. I think the most unexpected thing about this series is how much I actually enjoyed it. It’s not my usual type of read, but I was addicted.

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4. Beartown by Fredrik Backman. I actually had no expectations of this at all and only decided to try reading it because Brandie lent me her copy. It ended up becoming one of my favorite books of all time.

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5. My Lady Jane by the Lady Janies. Alternate history and shapeshifters are two things that I’m not generally a fan of, but all the great reviews I saw on this one made me read it – with great hesitation. It’s another one I ended up loving. Every weird thing about it just worked for me and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

What are some books that turned out differently than you expected?

Series Review: Fallen Crest High by Tijan

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It’s been a long time since I discovered a series that’s completely published and have been able to binge read the whole thing at once. The Fallen Crest High series has been on my radar for awhile because Deanna loves it, but it never really looked like my thing. After a disappointing reading year in 2019, I found myself looking for books that I don’t normally read and for some reason got into SUPER ANGSTY type of books. Because of that, I decided to finally give this series a try and got hooked.

The series follows Samantha and her drama filled life with the Kade brothers, Mason and Logan. Sam’s mother is leaving her father and takes Samantha with her to her new boyfriend’s house. She meets her future step-brothers, who are wildly popular rich football players, and after some initial bad blood, the three become very close. Mason and Sam also start dating.

There are some super crazy, ridiculous, eye-rolling, cringe-worthy, unbelievable drama that goes on in this series. It features teenagers that act like adults and adults that are crazy and negligent and abusive (and a few eventually that are amazing). I didn’t love how it painted teenage girls as desperate for popularity above anything else, even self-respect. There is a lot of cheating and sleeping around. And a ridiculous amount of graphic sex scenes between Sam and Mason. There’s also a lot of violence and destruction and social wars.

All that said, this series was highly entertaining. The writing was pretty addictive and I had a hard time putting most of these books down. There was some cute romance and fun banter. The drama was so off the wall, that I just had to know what crazy thing would happen next. It did start to get a little old, though. They kind of just kept doing the same thing, just with different enemies. I did like, though, that by the end they realized they needed to make some changes in their lives and finally started to grow up. While I know this series wouldn’t be for everyone, if you’re in the mood for some angst, this is definitely a series to try.

Individual Ratings (links go to Goodreads reviews)

Mason (#0.5) – 3 Stars

Fallen Crest High (#1) – 4 Stars

Fallen Crest Family (#2) – 3.5 Stars

Fallen Crest Public (#3) – 3.5 Stars

Fallen Fourth Down (#4) – 3.5 Stars

Fallen Crest University (#5) – 4 Stars

Fallen Crest Christmas (#5.25) – 3 Stars

Logan Cade (#5.5) – 4 Stars

Fallen Crest Home (#6) – 3 Stars

Fallen Crest Forever (#7) – 3.5 Stars

WWW Wednesday: January 15, 2020

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

What did you recently finish reading?

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Mason (Fallen Crest High #0.5)Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest High #1), and Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High #2) by Tijan. Sooooo, yeah. This series is over the top dramatic and unbelievable and crazy, but it’s so, so addicting! I can’t stop reading it and I am all in for this guilty pleasure read. I totally blame Deanna for getting me into this series (in a good way)!

What are you currently reading?

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Fallen Crest Public (Fallen Crest #4) by Tijan.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Keeping the binge going with Fallen Fourth Down (Fallen Crest #4) by Tijan.

What are you reading?