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Five 2019 Releases I Am on the Fence About / #toptentuesday 174

Sometimes I add books to my goodreads, marking it as want to read. Someone else made it sound interesting or I like the look of the cover or the sound of the title. This happens with upcoming releases as well. I can keep hearing about a book over and over again and it makes me add them to my to read list or as in January, to my anticipated releases list. And yet sometimes I doubt whether or not I will really like them.

Do you ever have that feeling when you keep adding a book to your lists but when it comes down to it, you just feel unsure about it? I do have that and at the moment especially with the books below. Maybe when more reviews pop this will go away. Maybe not. I’m still curious about them but there are various reasons as to why the doubts rise.

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The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

This dystopian by Neuvel sounds interesting and as if it could be introspective. But will it be written in forms and interviews again? And after reading the conclusion to the Themis Files in November, I don’t feel quite as strongly about this author as I did before.

Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness 1) by Robin LaFevers

Initially I had absolutely no idea this was connected to her His Fair Assassin books. It just sounded interesting. But now I wonder if I should read that trilogy first. And do I really want to commit to that when I have so many other series to start and finish just because one book sounds interesting?

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

This is an Anastasia retelling in space and everything about that shouts at me. However I thought her Alladin retelling was just okay and I’m not sure if I want to give this a chance or not.

The Wicked King (Folk of Air 2) by Holly Black

I am going to duck in advance here. I did enjoy The Cruel Prince, honestly. But I notice that as time passes the book doesn’t quite stick with me as I’d like it to. And I’m not sure if it is worth it to pick up the next one then.

Wayward Son (Simon Snow 2) by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell has never really been my thing. But I would say that Carry On might be the book by her that I enjoyed the most. Like 3 star enjoyed. However I really like Baz as a character. Just not sure if I can deal with Simon an entire book as well…

34 thoughts on “Five 2019 Releases I Am on the Fence About / #toptentuesday 174

  1. I think The Wicked King is one I hope will come to my library… They had the first one and I was so grateful. It’s one of those books I wouldn’t want to buy full price, but do want to read given a chance to do so for free/a low price. Same with the sequel. I also have mixed feelings about Wayward Son! I loved Carry On, but am afraid the second book will let me down.

    Does anyone else also automatically sing that song when they hear Carry On and Wayward Son? It’s stuck in my head now, once again…

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  2. I would recommend the His Fair Assassin trilogy! I think they’re really quick to fly through, and the second book in that trilogy is where you really get to know Sybella and Beast who reappear in Courting Darkness. It’s essentially a story about historical fantasy assassin nuns and it’s really fun.

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  3. I’m a wild fan of The Cruel Prince/Wicked King haha, but I do think it’s important to read books you’re truly interested in instead of feeling super pressured!! I do love how the blogosphere encourages us to read more, but I think it’s also cool to just shrug and pass over hyped books if they aren’t our things. I’m super hyped for Wayward Son (but I did take a bit to warm up to Carry On). And I’m curious about Courting Darkness but didn’t like the first of her original trilogy, so there’s probably no point, right?! oops ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Agreed. The Wicked King isn’t really on the top of my list right now. If I ever get a easy opportunity (like the library) I might read it but otherwise probably not.

      I guess not? But the cover and synopsis sound so good and I wish I could just skip the trilogy haha.


  4. I thought Courting Darkness was okay but read it without reading the trilogy first. I think I would have liked it a lot more if I had read the trilogy. I felt like I was missing some backstory that would have been very helpful.

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  5. I’m the same about The Courting Darkness! I haven’t read Her Fair Assassins, and I really want to read that one. What if I read TCD and dislike it? Then I won’t read Grave Mercy either and I don’t want that to happen, haha! Oh, The Wicked King… I feel like everyone and their mom loves that book except for me, even though The Cruel Prince was a solid 4.5 stars from me!

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  6. I’m really interested in The Test! I’ve just finished the Themis Files trilogy, and you’re right, the ending wasn’t amazing. But I’m loving my dystopian reads lately. ^_^

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