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Sometimes my cynical side comes in handy when it comes to books - after all, if you can't build up my expectations, then it's easy to be pleasantly surprised. On the other hand, I'm probably missing out on loads of great books because I'm a creature of habit.
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi - I was so sure this book was going to be a messy disappointment, particularly after I read the first chapter and almost permanently set it aside. But something convinced me to give it another chance, and I'm so glad I did.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I'd not long started reading YA novels when TFiOS was released, and I avoided it for a long time, because I couldn't see how a book about teens with cancer could be anything but heartbreakingly sad. The characters were what I wasn't expecting, I fell in love with Hazel and Augustus right from the start.
Mockingbird by Walter Tevis - Literary science fiction. Three words guaranteed to strike fear in my heart, particularly in that combination. And even though it's more than 30 years old, it's one of those books that I'd read again and again and again.
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa - I'm not usually a fan of vampire novels, but I started this one as I wanted to read a Julie Kagawa book, but I was hooked - I loved the world-building, the dark atmosphere and especially Allie.
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee - like vampires, I'm just not a huge fan of angel books normally, and I only picked this one because I was looking for an audiobook in a hurry and it was the first one that caught my eye. So fabulously dark, with a hero that's impossible to ignore. Mmmmm Raffe!
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - Zombie perspective? Ummmm zombies don't think and I don't think so. I only read it because of the movie release but I was so surprised with both the amazing writing and that a zombie character can be so likable.
WTF Just Happened?
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks - I risk expulsion from every zombie lover group in the world with this one, but I had massive expectations after World War Z and then....I didn't find this funny, interesting or even entertaining in it's crapiness. I skimmed 80% of it!
Gone (Gone #1) by Michael Grant - I wanted to love this book, I really did - a group of teenagers whose parents disappear and paranormal powers and bullies and smart kids? Unfortunately I just found it boring. It took me over a month to read it...
Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan - Three characters, humans living in a dome amid a post-apocalyptic wasteland? It could have been so good, but I hated all the characters. With a burning passion.
Far North by Marcel Theroux - It had been on my wishlist for several years, and when it came up for a Book Group Read, I was finally convinced to shell out for it - and promptly fell asleep.
What books surprised you, either pleasantly or not so much?