Throwback Thursday– Thoughts and Ratings for my 10 Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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I share many bookish lists on books that I want to read and recently I started thinking that I should revisit some of these posts once all the titles on a list have been read. About 6 months ago I shared my 10 Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019 which you can read here, now that I’ve read all of those titles I would like to go back and see how my expectations matched up with my opinions after reading!

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose PoolThere Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Expectation:

“This is probably my most anticipated read right now. I absolutely love high fantasy novels and this one looks spectacular. The characters sound super interesting, a prince, a killer, a leader, a gambler and a dying girl. There are so many reasons why this book sounds up my alley and I have pretty high expectations and I hope that it lives up to them!”

Reality:

This book was far from my favorite book on this list. I went in with really high expectations and while I enjoyed this book, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed by it. I had expected a mind blowing high fantasy with rich world building and great characters. My real problem with this story is that I don’t think the 5 perspectives were juggled well at all. Honestly, I think There Will Come a Darkness was disappointing and is pretty forgettable.

Rating: 4 Stars

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Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer.jpgOnly Ashes Remain by Rebecca Shaeffer

Expectation:

“After reading Not Even Bones I am so excited to read the sequel. I have a physical ARC and am excited to dive back in to this series full of morally grey characters. I think that this series is pretty unique and I really need to see what happens next!”

Reality:

I actually really enjoyed this sequel! The characters were even more morally dark than they were in the first installment! This was a quick and entertaining read and definitely worth checking out if you enjoy morally grey characters! I would say that Only Ashes Remain exceeded my expectations.

Rating: 4 Stars

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The Orchid Throne by Jeffe KennedyThe Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy

Expectation:

“This adult fantasy looks great. I have an eARC and I hope that I might be able to participate in the blog tour for this title. Queens and princes, magic and political games. I can’t help but be intrigued by this one.”

Reality:

I didn’t really know what to expect from this novel, but I thought that it looked intriguing. I didn’t realize that this was mainly a romance novel until much later, but I’m actually really glad that I didn’t know that ahead of time because it may have kept me from reading a novel that surprised me with how great it was! The Orchid Throne was definitely better than I had anticipated, I don’t typically love romances the way I loved this one.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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shadow frost by coco ma.jpgShadow Frost by Coco Ma

Expectation:

“The gorgeous cover on this one caught my attention, but the blurb is why this is on my most anticipated list. I have a physical ARC of this book coming in the mail and I can’t wait for it to get here. The early reviews sound INCREDIBLE and I can’t wait until my copy is in my hands.”

This was a fun fantasy novel that was on the younger side of YA fantasy. It had a fun group of characters that became a found family. After writing my Most Anticipated post I wound up learning that Coco Ma wrote the story when she was only 15, which lowered my expectations quite a bit. In the end I wound up being pretty impressed by her talent.. Shadow Frost was a fun read and I will read the sequel, but I think I expected a bit more. 

Rating: 4 Stars

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Ninth House by Leigh BardugoNinth House by Leigh Bardugo

Expectation:

“I have read most of Leigh Bardugo’s books, and don’t get me wrong, I love the Grishaverse books, but it is time to move on. So I am absolutely thrilled that Leigh Bardugo is diving into adult fantasy. I am so excited for this one, a main character who has lived through traumatic experiences and secret societies of Yale? I would pick this one up regardless of who wrote it, but am even more excited that it is written by Leigh Bardugo!”

Reality:

While this novel didn’t blow me away I did really enjoy reading it. I do think that Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels are far superior to this story, but I enjoyed this dark fantasy. I know that it was far darker than most people anticipated, but for me that was what made this book so great. I was pretty positive that I would wind up giving this book 5 stars because of how much I loved her other books, so I was a little disappointed in this Ninth House, but still really enjoyed reading it.

Rating: 4 Stars

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into the crooked place by alexandra christo.jpgInto the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Expectation:

“So this book just recently came across my radar and I am so glad that it did. I have an eARC and I am having a hard time waiting to read it. I am a sucker for fantasy books set in shady cities with main characters that are thieves. Dark magic, criminals and gangsters and a fight to save the world.”

Reality:

Into the Crooked Place was the biggest disappointment of the list. I wanted to love this novel so bad, but I just couldn’t. It was just missing so much. The world building was choppy, the plot got confusing and I couldn’t bring myself to care about the characters. I probably should have rated this one lower than I did now that I’m looking back on it.

Rating: 3 Stars

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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts.jpgTuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

Expectation:

“This book is not receiving as much hype as some of the others on this list, but it really should be. I don’t even know how I stumbled across this one, but as soon as I read the blurb about epic treasure hunts and Tuesday trying to decipher clues, I wanted it. LUCKY ME has a physical ARC and am super excited to read it and share my opinions about it with all of you.”

Reality:

I still feel that this book isn’t receiving nearly as much hype as it deserves. I had anticipated that I would like this book, but it wound up being one of my favorite reads. I can not rave about this book enough. It was a perfect fall read and gave me Tim Burton vibes while also being a tremendously fun book to read. TUesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is one of my favorite books that I’ve read in the last six months.

Rating: 5 Stars

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the furies by katie loweThe Furies by Katie Lowe

Expectation:

“This book was compared to the movie The Craft, so I watched it and I now I really can’t wait to read this. I love boarding school settings, but add in witches and mean girls and I am super excited. I have a physical ARC of this as well.”

Reality:

The Furies is my absolute favorite title on this list, which I definitely didn’t expect. This book hit me HARD. The characters were developed so well and this story was very dark. This book felt real to me and really got into the darker side of teenage girls. I don’t even know how to explain this book, but I am SO glad that I had the opportunity to read it because I don’t think I will ever forget it.

Rating: 5 Stars

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gravemaidens by kelly coon.jpgGravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Expectations:

“Gravemaidens is one of my most anticipated titles of this Fall. This book caught my attention the second that I saw it. It sounds so intriguing with themes of family at the center of it. It looks like a darker fantasy tale, which is of course right up my alley. I have an eARC of this one and I can’t wait to finally read it.”

Reality:

This was a great read. The world building was so rich and vivid and I really loved the family themes. I am already anticipating the sequel and hopefully I get to be a part of it’s release as well. Gravemaidens was pretty much what I expected it to be.

Rating: 4 Stars

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The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black.jpgThe Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Expectations:

“This series has been quite an emotional roller-coaster and I am SO ready and so excited for the conclusion. I absolutely love this world and all of the characters in it. Lucky for me the release of The Queen of Nothing has been moved up to November, so I don’t have to wait too much longer.”

Reality:

I really enjoyed this conclusion to The Folk of Air series, but it wasn’t the emotional roller-coaster that I had expected. I did get to revisit some of my favorite characters, but I don’t think it lived up to the previous two installments plot wise. The Queen of Nothing was a great conclusion to the series, but it fell a little short of my expectations.

Rating: 4 Stars

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Overall I think that this list doesn’t necessarily reflect my top 10 books of the last 6 months, but it’s interesting how expectations match up against reality. Some of the books I expected to be the best wound up being the worst and vice versa. I am pretty happy that I did wind up with 2 five star reads off of this list, as it can be hard to find a 5 star title, and sometimes it’s even harder to anticipate which books you will wind up giving that elusive 5 star rating.

After looking at this I really want to go back and figure out my top ten books of the last 6 months or just the top ten books that I read this year. I thought this was pretty fun and really interesting to compare my expectations to my final thoughts and I would love to do more lists like this in the future. So be on the look out for more throwback lists to come!

 

Let’s Chat!

What do you think of throwback posts like this? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Do you ever compare your initial expectations with your final thoughts on a book? Are you ever surprised by how different a book can be from your expectations? Are you good at accurately predicting 5 star reads? Are you ever disappointed by a book that you were really hyped for? Do you think that your expectations can effect your rating? Make sure to comment below and we can chat about my throwback post!

 

6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday– Thoughts and Ratings for my 10 Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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  1. I love that you’ve gone back to review what you said you’d read and how you rated them in the end! What a great idea 🙂 Although there aren’t that many five star reads, it seems like you enjoyed many of these books (I mean, 4 stars is still pretty great, right?)! I haven’t read half of these but they’re all waiting for me on my TBR (I really need to read Shadow Frost before 2020! lol) 😅 Great post, Mandy!

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