Hyped Books: The Good & The Bad

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Hey guys! So today I’m just going to discuss a couple of really hyped up books in the book blogging community, ones that I’ve read at least, and share my opinion on whether I think they deserved all of the hype they got or not. Some of these are new and some are older series but nonetheless we hear a lot about them in this community.

I’d just like to remind everyone again that these are strictly my opinions and I mean no offense to any of you if you liked or disliked any of these books!

I will also link my reviews to all of these books as well!

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The Good

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

This book and series may not be quite as hyped anymore since it ended but it is still pretty popular. Not to mention it feels like everyone who reads it ends up loving it! I’ve been seeing this series around for a while and with Laini’s new book “Strange the Dreamer” coming out this fall I decided it was finally time to see what the hype was all about.

Laini Taylor’s writing is absolutely gorgeous and I would read this book just for that but also the mythology, the plot, and the world building are amazing as well. I don’t think I found a single flaw while reading it! So in my opinion “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” definitely lives up to the hype.

Illuminae ( The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

This one is a fairly recent release and so the hype is big especially since we’re all anticipating the sequel “Gemina” this October. Everybody seemed to have read this right when it came out and the reviews were a bit mixed, people either hated it or loved it. So of course I was extremely nervous to read it because I wanted to like it!

Long story short I ended up LOVING it! So for me the hype surrounding this book was worth it.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Probably the second most hyped YA series out there, next to Throne of Glass. I don’t know but The Raven Cycle is CRAZY hyped, everybody loves it and talks about it all the time. Plus with the recently released “The Raven King” it was practically blowing up the blogosphere so of course I couldn’t stand it any longer and finally caved.

I didn’t think I would love this one as much as everyone else but boy was I pleasantly surprised! It was a ton of fun to read through and left me craving more and that craving caused me to go out and buy the rest of the series without question. Worth the hype? You bet.

The Wrath and The Dawn (The Wrath and The Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh

This one came out last year with the sequel being released this year so the hype was pretty insane. Seemed like everybody was reading it and loving it and giving it great reviews!

This book gave me the warm fuzzy feelings, it’s full of adorable-ness and magic. Rarely does a romance based book win me over but this one certainly did.

Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo

This book was a big deal last year mostly because it was a new series by Leigh Bardugo and her Grisha trilogy is very, very popular. Since I wasn’t a huge fan of “Shadow and Bone” I wasn’t really sure I would want to try “Six of Crows” but there were just so many glowing reviews that I was curious enough.

This is SO MUCH better than “Shadow and Bone” the characters are better, there are multiple POVs, the action is better, and the world building is more complex. It is a fast paced book and it’s just awesome. So when you hear everyone talking about how great “Six of Crows” is, listen to them.

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Lots of love for this series but maybe not quite as hyped up as a few of these others on this list. Don’t get me wrong it’s definitely a very popular book and series BUT we don’t hear about it as much as Throne of Glass or The Raven Cycle, especially since the last book of the trilogy came out this year.

This one I was a little leery about since it looks like it’s a bit too fantasy lite for me with more focus on ballgowns and dancing and boys. While there are elements of those things in “The Winner’s Curse” it most definitely isn’t the focus, it has some great action and politics. However, with this first book it pays off to be patient with it until the end!

The Good(1)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

This was an OK read for me, it wasn’t horrible but it was not as great as I thought it would be either. This is probably one of the most popular YA series out there and so my expectations were pretty high and honestly I should have gone in with none so I wouldn’t be so disappointed.

Celaena was not as badass as the book promises which was my biggest pet peeve, I mean how hard was it to give me some assassin action? Celaena is apparently the deadliest assassin out there and it just doesn’t show. Overall the hype surrounding “Throne of Glass” didn’t really feel worth it to me and I might have enjoyed it more if there wasn’t so much hype.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

You’ve heard of the Grisha trilogy, right? Probably, it’s pretty popular and still is.

It has magic and is based off of Russian culture/folklore, how could any of that go wrong? Well it went wrong with the characters if you ask me that and some very light world building. Not worth all the hype it gets to me but maybe the series gets better? I’m willing to give the rest a try.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

This book was plastered all over Twitter for the longest time up until it’s release, then when it was released it felt like the entire world was reading it! So of course when you see a book that much everywhere you look you want to check it out, right? I did and I almost wish I hadn’t bothered.

It got pretty slow paced, lacked great world-building, and the plot had quite a few holes and left me with more questions than answers. For me a fantasy relies heavily on the world that’s built for it and “Truthwitch” didn’t really have that. Not worth the crazy amounts of hype it received and I don’t know if I’m even interested enough to read book 2 when it arrives.

Soundless by Richelle Mead

Not as hyped up as other books but since it was a book by Richelle Mead it still received a lot of attention. Did you read her Vampire Academy series? If you did you’ll understand why everyone was so excited for a new standalone book by her that was “steeped in Chinese folklore”. Yeah that’s how it was marketed and it was basically just that, marketing. This book really didn’t contain any Chinese folklore or mythology to speak of and there was next to no world building at all.

Big disappointment especially since I loved her Vampire Academy series a lot but I think I may just have to give up on any other books she writes.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Just thinking about this book makes me want to rage. It’s HUGE of course since it has a movie and a TV series now and there’s also tons of books plus their spin off series. Too much if you ask me but then again I’m not a fan.

This book just failed to captivate me I was left wondering what the heck the big deal about is was. I have no interest in ever reading anything else by Cassandra Clare either since it seems she won’t write anything outside of the Shadowhunter universe.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Don’t hurt me, please,I know The Lunar Chronicles is a super big deal! It seems to be yet another one of those books/series that pops up everywhere and everyone’s read them. I actually read “Cinder” a long time ago and didn’t really enjoy it because I thought it was too predictable. I mean the “big twist” at the end of it wasn’t even a little surprising and to me that makes the book a bit boring.

However, I do own “Scarlet” and it seems that that the series may get better so I’m willing to continue with it and find out.

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So are there any books on this list that you thought were worth the hype?

How about not worth the hype?

Have you read any books that received crazy amounts of hype, not on this list?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy


21 thoughts on “Hyped Books: The Good & The Bad

  1. Michael June 16, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    I agree with you 110% on Cinder. I’ve felt like such a sore thumb for so long because I didn’t love it. It could be not my cup of tea, but I honestly wasn’t compelled or drawn into it like so many others I’ve seen on-line. I’m just glad that on my lonely little island of not loving it, there is another person.

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    • thesassygeek June 16, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Haha nope I’m on that island as well! Glad to hear I’m not the only one that didn’t really enjoy Cinder either because like you said it seems everybody else loved it. 🙂


  2. Ara | The Bookish Agenda June 16, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    I agree with everything except Cinder. You’re actually right, it does pick up on the rest of the books. I was hesitant to read it too, but I’m so glad I did. It’s now one of my favorite series all time. I do respect your opinion, though. And I’d love to know your opinion on Scarlet when you finally finish it 🙂

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    • thesassygeek June 16, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Thank you! I’m happy to hear that the books get better, like I said I’m definitely open to continuing the series. I’m really hoping I love “Scarlet”! 🙂

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      • Ara | The Bookish Agenda June 16, 2016 / 10:26 pm

        That’s great to hear! My personal favorite is Cress, but I think you’ll like Scarlet better than Cinder. It’s one of those sequels that are better than their first books.

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      • thesassygeek June 20, 2016 / 6:02 pm

        Definitely glad to hear the sequel is better, I’m a lot more excited to continue with it now thank you! 🙂

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      • Ara | The Bookish Agenda June 21, 2016 / 2:05 am

        Yay, and I’m excited for you to continue with the series as well 🙂

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  3. Ashleigh June 16, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    I was the same with The Raven Boys and The Wrath And The Dawn! Didn’t expect to love them quite as much as I did! I still need to read Six of Crows and Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to adore them too. They seem like the exact sort of thing I love 😀

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    • thesassygeek June 16, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      I can almost guarantee you’ll love both of those too! I think it’s just safe to say based on other books you rated well you’ll love them! Or at least I hope you do because I did, haha. 🙂

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  4. Geronimo Reads June 16, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    I agree completely with you on Cinder. I skimmed the last half of it because I knew what the “twist.” However, if I can convince you to read any series, please continue on it with it. Scarlet is a lot better but Cress is an infinite amount of times better. I still haven’t got to Winter, yet, though.
    I didn’t enjoy The Raven Boys or The Wrath and the Dawn very much, but am interested in continuing with The Raven Cycle because I am intrigued by it. I think that book was a case of reading it at the wrong time.

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    • thesassygeek June 16, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      That definitely makes me feel better that someone else didn’t like Cinder that much but still loved the series, it gives me hope! I’ll definitely give Scarlet a try though I need no more convincing haha!
      I think that’s what compelled me to read the second Raven Cycle book because it is very intriguing. I just want to know what’s going on! If you get a chance to read Dream Thieves I hope you like it better! 🙂

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      • Geronimo Reads June 17, 2016 / 5:06 am

        I hope so, too!! I’ll try and give it a shot sometime before the end of the year. I really hope I do like it. I’m usually the odd one out when it comes to beloved series lately.

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  5. amortalreader1 June 16, 2016 / 11:28 pm

    I agree with you on Cinder, I struggled with that one and I have never moved on to the read the others. I just couldn’t get into it, Cyborgs just aren’t my thing.
    I am a fan of The Mortal Instruments though so that’s where we differ haha! No series will be for everyone, I realize you said you wouldn’t like to try any others from Cassandra Clare but I have found that those who don’t like The Mortal Instruments did like The Infernal Devices, same shadowhunter world accept different time setting, different characters. It’s a bit more fun with the historical background and costume descriptions 🙂

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    • thesassygeek June 20, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one that didn’t really love Cinder!
      I’ve actually heard other people say Infernal Devices is better as well even for people like me who didn’t like Mortal Instruments. I just have such a hard time getting past it but I’ll definitely consider giving that series a try so thank you! 🙂

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  6. sophiereads June 17, 2016 / 10:22 am

    I completely agree about City of Bones. So freaking boring! I couldn’t even get through it. I don’t understand the hype AT ALL. I’m so glad that I’m not the only one 😂
    I disagree about Cinder, though, it’s one of my favorite series.
    I’m about to listen to an audiobook of The Raven Boys so I’m very excited for that!

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    • thesassygeek June 20, 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Yay! Another person who didn’t enjoy City of Bones, we seem to be a rare breed haha. I don’t get the hype at all with that series either.
      I’ve heard the Lunar Chronicles series gets a lot better so even though I didn’t really like Cinder I think I’m going to continue with it!
      I REALLY hope you like The Raven Boys too! 🙂

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  7. Donna June 17, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    I had to DNF The Winner’s Curse, it just did not work for me. I am starting The Raven Boys next week, I really want to see what all the fuss is about 🙂 I heard the characterization is amazing.
    I couldn’t agree more about Throne of Glass and Celaena. It was okay, and I’ll be reading the next book, but don’t sell me a badass assassin if the girl is merely a lady.

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    • thesassygeek June 20, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      I completely understand with The Winner’s Curse it’s pretty hard to get through at the beginning but the end and sequel I thought made it worth it. I really hope you enjoy The Raven Boys I wanted to understand the fuss as well and I was pretty surprised by how much I loved it! 🙂

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  8. Caroline Meek June 19, 2016 / 3:04 am

    I found you on Twitter, and this blog is great! This post was also very helpful, as I’m looking for more awesome books and have a few of these on my list! I’ve read all the Raven Cycle and am in love. ❤ Illuminae is next on my list.

    ~Caroline, from carolinemeek.blogspot.com! 🙂

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    • thesassygeek June 20, 2016 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you found my post helpful and I’m even more glad to hear the entire Raven Cycle is just as great as the first book! I also really hope you enjoy Illuminae it’s a fantastic book! Thanks for leaving a link to your blog I’ll be sure to head over and check it out! 🙂


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