Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Books That Weren’t What I Expected.

I have finally returned to Top 5 Tuesday which is held by Shanah over at Bionic Bookworm – you can use the link to check out the remaining Topics for Top 5 Tuesday in February.

I wasnt sure if this weeks topic was meant to be about book that suprised me in a good way – or a bad one. So I have done both!

Here are 5 books that both blew me out of the water where I expected a soft ride, and books where I found myself drowning.

Here we go!



The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah.

I am so sad to have this book on this list in the sad under appriciated category. I am honestly gutted. It took me the better part of a month to get through this as I kept putting it off as the pacing and the characters just didn’t do it for me. The beginning is strong with an underwater race and the setting is so cool and serene and awe-inspiring. And I just felt like it got a bit lost. I came into the book thinking more adventure and got more looking for answers in a slow submarine.


The Orphange of the Gods by Helena Coggan.

This book – took me by absolute storm. As one my first reads of 2019 I was consumed and then spat out by this story in record time. It follows three very different girls in a post apoclyptic setting where a war between gods and human kind have left the world split in two. And honestly I cant quite put my finger on why this book left me with so many feelings, maybe it was the female friendship, the surprising f/f romance that kept with a unreliable narrator and maybe it is just because I am in awe at the plot twists. So good. Must reread.


The Beautiful by Renee Adhieh

See link for full review. The sales pitch for this book was ‘The story that will reignite the vampire craze’ – it did not do that for me. Though the writing is beautiful, the pacing is slow, the characters so and so. I felt no real connection to the book and New Orleans is one of my absolute favourite setting so I guess I was just expecting so much more.

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Borderline by Michell Baker

This book has grit in its teeth, blood on its tongue and I want to love it forever. I don’t know why I was surprised by it – one of my good writing and reading buddies recommended it and I am now obsessed. The writing is new and unlike any I have read before in this genre, and this urban fantasy showing a beautiful, yet haunting aspect of mental health and especially Borderline let me hungry for more from this odd yet wondrous perspective. Would deffo recommend for people who love their dark Urban Fantasies, and adult magic realism.


Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

This book isn’t on this list because I didn’t like it. I did. I really did. It is gorgeously written, with an amazing plot and new take on something old and beloved. But it encompassed everything I dislike about a lot of recent YA Fantasy and that is its rushed endings. And I don’t know if this was because there is a sequel coming out, or because the author had to shorten the book but I HATE THE ENDING WITH A PASSION! I will still read the sequel though. Im hoping itll save it for me.


Thats it for me today team. Two books that disappointed, two that wowed me and one in between 😀 Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these – what did you think?

See y’all very soon!

Much coffee love and book-witchery

Monique xxxx

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Books That Weren’t What I Expected.”

  1. I haven’t read any of the books you’ve listed here but I like that you’ve balanced the good with the disappointing. 😉
    I hope 2020 is full of more good reads than disappointing ones.

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