Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Thought You’d Hate But Ended Up Loving

Hey guys! I can’t remember the last time I did a Top 5 Wednesday post as I don’t really take part in them that often anymore but this topic looked like a lot of fun! There’s so many books that sprung to mind for this as they took me by complete surprise and I’m so excited to write another post gushing about them! So without any further ado, lets get into it! These are my top 5 picks:

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart: I have said many, many times that I do not like books about Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, royalty, thrones etc. so when this came in a Fairyloot box I fully expected to hate it. But I ended up being completely sucked into this world. I loved the plot, the sisters and how both of them ended up two completely different but equally terrifying situations. There was amazing character development as the story progresses which I was not expecting but I was fully on board with it! This book took me by complete surprise and I’m excited for the second book which comes out in July!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: I was not expecting to like this series at all because of all the mixed reviews I heard about it and a few people I trust as we have similar tastes told me they didn’t like it. I wasn’t put off reading it though because I’ve been super curious about this series for a while now and I finally read it this month! It came as a big shock to me though when I actually found myself enjoying it! I was really not expecting to like it that much but when I finished it I moved straight onto the second book and I never do that with series. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of things could have been better such as the world building as that was confusing at times but I loved the characters, especially the Darkling. I loved all the different powers and the shadows vs light type thing that was going on and all the different powers Grisha have. Whilst the writing wasn’t amazing, I thought it was such a creative story and I really enjoyed it.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas: Unpopular opinion here but I’m not a huge fan of Sarah’s writing and I’ve actually DNF’ed two of her books so when I saw she was writing Catwoman I was a little disappointed. I thought I’d end up struggling to finish it but turns out I had nothing to worry about as she actually did a great job with these characters! There was so much action which was sorely lacking in Wonder Woman and Batman so I was pretty happy with that! I loved all the villains and how Selina teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn! As well as all that badass stuff she also touched upon PTSD and I was really impressed with that. I may consider going back to Sarah’s books or giving her other books a chance in the future just because I really loved her take on Catwoman.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: I bought this for two reasons. One because I really loved the cover and two because the hardback was only £5 on Amazon at the time. I thought it would be one of those books where the plot is completely swallowed by romance but it wasn’t at all. I loved how magical and mysterious it all was and the danger that was involved as well. I was intrigued by Legend and was dying to find out his identity. Stephanie’s writing was so beautiful and she had me hooked from the start.

Roar by Cora Carmack: I thought I wouldn’t like this one because it sounded so confusing! I honestly thought it’d be too hard to follow and it wouldn’t be explained very well as some fantasy books fall victim to rubbish world building. After reading the synopsis I was expecting this one to be the same but again I had nothing to worry about as Cora did an amazing job! Everything was described so beautifully and it was easy to get hooked on this story. Also normally I hate books were the main character discovers they have a super cool, unique power that nothing else has but Cora pulled it off flawlessly and I’m so excited to see Aurora use her power in the second book. Like the way the first one ended made me think she was going to storm in the middle of a battle and just destroy everyone. Please, please let that happen. It would be amazing.

So these are some books I was really surprised by! Do we share any? What books were you expecting to hate but you actually ended up loving? Feel free to leave a comment below! I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

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