5 Books That Lived Up To Their Hype

19/04/2019 Lists, Reading 21

5 Books That Lived Up To The Hype

Whilst a book with rave reviews should make it a safe bet you’ll love it, that unfortunately isn’t always the case. In a lot of ways I think being told ‘this is the best book ever!’ before you read something is actually a bad thing, because you’re now expecting to read ‘the best book ever’. Anything less – even a decent book – will be a disappointment.

However, sometimes the gamble of reading a hyped book pays off, and there really is nothing more satisfying than reading a book, loving it, and having legions of people to freak out about it with online.

So here are 5 books that did that for me, and managed to live up to their own hype (in my opinion… I’m sorry if these books belong on your ‘disappointment’ list!):

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whilst many people have now gone cold on Sarah J. Maas, this book and the series will always have a special place in my heart as the first series I read because of blogosphere hype.

Back when I started book blogging almost 5 years ago, Throne of Glass was the series everyone was talking about, and even though I didn’t read YA at the time, I gave it a go. And I absolutely adored it! It was everything that had been promised and more!

Yes, in hindsight, I can see its’ flaws, and I didn’t love all of the series instalments as much. But it was still a book I read and loved in my formative months as book blogger, and it is single-handedly responsible for me discovering YA fiction (which I oddly didn’t read back when I was actually a teenager!).

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

My experience with Six of Crows was probably different to a lot of people’s, in that this was the first Leigh Bardugo book I’d ever read. I’d never read the Grisha series when this book started making waves in the book blogging world, and so I steamed straight in with no prior knowledge of the world within its pages.

And I totally fell in love! With the world, with the writing, but mostly with the incredible characters. There wasn’t a single member of Kaz Brekker’s crew that I didn’t love, and the characters have stuck with me ever since.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong was a book that sounded exactly like my kind of thing: it was a fantasy story based on a fairytale! But somehow I ended up putting this book off for ages, scared away by the number of people who were raving about how amazing it was.

Well, I really wish I hadn’t put it off for so long, because it was such an incredible book! The writing was beautiful and lyrical, and created such a dark but enchanted atmosphere, and I loved Liesel and the mysterious Goblin King.

Somehow I’ve still ended up putting off reading the sequel though…I feel like living up to the first book is an even tougher job than living up to the hype!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a book I was aware of for ages, but dismissed on the grounds that it wasn’t really my thing. I’m a die-hard fantasy/history nerd and rarely read books with contemporary settings, and I’m not a big romance reader.

But I’m always open to trying new things, and when there was so much hype around just after the release of the Netflix film I took advantage of a Kindle deal and snapped the book up for 99p. And I’m so glad I did!

This was a heart-warming story, with such a relatable heroine and a seriously adorable relationship at its heart. I also hadn’t expected such a focus on family to be in the book, and I loved the character dynamics. This one definitely lived up to the hype for me, and it just goes to show that going outside your usual genres can sometimes pay off!

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I had a huge space opera phase last year, that I entirely blame on this book! I like science fiction but have to be in the mood for it, so I was quite late to the party with this book. However, when I finally read it, I was absolutely blown away!

I had expected an action-filled romp through space, and what I got was an incredibly human story about love and friendship, with some cool space stuff on the side. It was so much more than I expected, and I only wish I’d read it sooner!

So have you read any of these books? Did they live up to the hype for you? Are there any hyped books you felt disappointed you?

21 Responses to “5 Books That Lived Up To Their Hype”

  1. Angela

    I’m hoping to read The Long Way sometime this year, I don’t think I’ve ever read a space opera before!

    I’m usually the last person to read a hyped book, and a lot of times I’m disappointed. I didn’t really like Six of Crows, for one!

    • Laura

      I really hope you enjoy The Long Way! 🙂
      I loved Six of Crows, but I’ve definitely had that experience of reading a hyped book and being disappointed. That’s why I’m always kind of nervous when I read a hyped book. The latest one that was disappointing for me was King of Scars, which really was a shame, because as I say, I adored Six of Crows.

  2. Elley @ Elley the Book Otter

    I WANT TO read A Throne of Glass, but I’m not sure I want to commit to the whole series, LOL. I finally read A Court of Thorns and Roses a few months ago and still haven’t read book 2 and 3 of THAT series (to which I’ve been assured by multiple people that the rest of the series is way better than the first book, but I quite liked book 1…)

    I still need to read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before!! And the sequels! (I think there are 3 of them?? And Netflix is making their movies too!)

    I get a little weird about books with a ton of hype. For one, I read mostly romance so I feel like the hype machine doesn’t pump those up as much. The focus seems to be on YA SFF, which is already kind of touch and go for me. (I’ve not yet figured out what makes a book resonate for me vs. not in this genre… Romance I have down to a science, but YA SFF remains a nebulous mystery.) There are definitely times where I’m hesitant to read a book because I’m afraid there’s no way it can live up to the hype, OR because I’ve heard such completely different opinions on it and it seems that people either adore it or hate it into the sun. (I’m looking at you, The Cruel Prince… )

    • Laura

      I really hope you enjoy Throne of Glass if you read it! But I can see why you don’t want to commit to a whole six book series, especially because the tone does change quite a bit later on, and I whilst I liked where it went, I know a lot of people didn’t. I definitely have to agree that books 2 and 3 of ACOTAR are better than the first one (although the novella/fourth book wasn’t great in my opinion!), so I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 🙂
      I definitely need to read the sequels to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before as well, and I need to watch the movie! The whole reason I decided to finally read it was to watch the movie because everyone said it was good, and now it’s month later and I still haven’t watched it!
      And I know what you mean. YA SFF is definitely where most of the book hype seems to be these days, and because it’s such a huge genre in the book blogging world there are so many hyped books to read! And definitely there are a few books which are hyped but have quite mixed reviews, so it can be hard to know whether or not to bother with them. I read The Cruel Prince and did enjoy it, but I feel like the hype maybe spoiled it for me a bit? It was good, but not as amazing as I had been led to believe so I was a little disappointed.

  3. Krystianna

    I was so against reading Throne of Glass for a while because of the hype, but it definitely lived up to it! I even got my roommate to start the series; she read through it even faster than me. Great list!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  4. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators

    Great list! I really need to read A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. Six of Crows was also the first book from the Girshaverse that I read and I’m glad that I did! Six of Crows had me absolutely hooked, but when I read Shadow and Bone I didn’t enjoy it as much…I feel like if I read Shadow and Bone first I may not have ended up reading Six of Crows 😅

    • Laura

      I hope you enjoy A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet as much as I did! 🙂
      And I know what you mean about the Grisha books. I liked them, but didn’t love them, which I expected to because I liked Six of Crows so much. I probably wouldn’t have been in a huge hurry to read Six of Crows if I had read the Grisha books first (unless I maybe would have enjoyed them more if I hadn’t been expecting them to live up to Six of Crows?).

  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I’ve read all of the books on here and whilst I agree with you on some (Six of Crows and The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet certainly lived up to the hype) I’m not so certain Throne of Glass does given what I’ve heard about it as the series progressed. I did love Wintersong and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (and still need to read the third book).

    • Laura

      Throne of Glass is definitely one that divides people, from my experience! Personally, I liked where it went as it progressed, but there was definitely a huge change in tone, so I can see why not everyone did.

    • Laura

      I’m generally pretty late too – if a book was super hyped a few months ago, then I’m probably only just reading it! A lot of that though is down to me being nervous about reading hyped books, in case they don’t live up to the hype.
      And I haven’t read Dangerous Girls, but I’m glad it lived up to the hype for you! I may have to read it myself 🙂

  6. Renee's Bookcase

    Throne of Glass has been on my “maybe” list. I’m glad you think it lived up to the hype and glad to see your followers liked it to. I’m moving it up to my “to read” list. Thank you!

  7. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Throne of Glass is one of those series I’ve wanted to read for a long time, but I’m scared to jump into it. People either seem to LOVE it or HATE it! Guess it’s good that it stirs up such passionate responses. LOL!

    • Laura

      It’s definitely quite a divisive series, so I’d be interested to see what you think of it! 🙂

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