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Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Today we have compiled a list of 5 books each that have tricked us somehow. Was it because of faulty cover art? Was the summary in the back completely different than the actual contents of the book? Or did you expect […]

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June 17, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love how unique this topic is – it’s awesome! And the books that you guys mentioned sound like a lot of fun to read. So far, I’ve only read 3/10… We’ll see how I feel about the rest!

April 15, 2012 - 8:01 am

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April 12, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Elise - Magan, I usually hate to be deceptive, but in this case I’m thrilled Populazzi made your “totally deceiving” list. Thanks for the kind words! Estelle, I’m excited to hear that Princesses of Iowa is terrific. I know Molly from The Debutante Ball, and her book is high on my TBR list!



April 11, 2012 - 11:08 pm

Jasmine Rose - I just sat here and laughed to myself because OWFL sounds kind of like “awful” in my head πŸ˜›
I totally agree about Matched/Crossed. I loved Matched but Crossed didn’t feel like a part of the same series.
Noooo! I’m so sad you didn’t like The Probability of Miracles. I recently read it and adored it, but I like a good non/minimal romance sometimes.

April 11, 2012 - 10:34 am

Jenny - Magan, I totally agreed with you on Crossed. I loved Matched. I loved it more than The Hunger Games. I was so excited to read Crossed, and I still haven’t finished it. It is so boring and slow that I haven’t been able to get through it. I am glad it’s not me! I keep saying I will finish it, but there are always better books I’m wanting to read more than that one!

April 10, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Christina (BookTasty) - I’m laughing at myself b/c I actually really like the Anna cover and it has been on everyone’s list today! haha I guess I’m missing something. Oh well πŸ™‚

April 10, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Lena - YES! I agree with almost everything in y’all’s list. ANNA has such a terrible cover, but it’s soooo ridiculously good! I was also really upset with CROSSED. I liked the cover more MATCHED, however, the story fell extremely flat. Le sigh.

April 10, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Hannah @ so obsessed with - I completely agree with you on Crossed! I really liked Matched and just finished Crossed two days ago… It wasn’t at all like I expected. I still have hope for the third book, but I’m going to be frustrated if it’s a letdown, too. Anna and the French Kiss also made my list. I really wish they’d given it a better cover!

April 10, 2012 - 4:27 pm

elena - The Princesses of Iowa and Anna and the French Kiss are definitely two books suffering from their title. I wouldn’t have even picked up Anna without all the praise either and of course, I fell in love! The Princesses of Iowa sound like a reality show for me but after your review, I’m going to give it a shot. Eek, I thought The Disenchantments had a female POV too! In fact, it’s waiting in the library for me now. I’m going to have to readjust my expectations for the book. Fantastic list, the both you of you! Now I have books on my TBR that I wouldn’t have taken a second glance at. Never judge a book by its title, I guess.

April 10, 2012 - 2:25 pm

BarefootMedStudent - The only book I’ve read (or heard of) is Anna, and that one is on my list too!

April 10, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I love that Anna is popping up everywhere. I wish publishers would pay more attention to what their covers are telling people.

Magan, I’m reading Crossed right now, and I’m only 30 pages in, but I already know exactly what you’re talking about. I’m quite frustrated with it, and am actually setting it aside for now in the hopes that I will like it more later.

Great choices, girls! Some of them I already own and am more excited to read now, and some of them I’ll have to go look for!

April 10, 2012 - 2:04 pm

April Books & Wine - I’m glad the Populazzi cover is deceiving because when I saw the cover, I was like this looks dumb, but in fact your description makes it sound good.

ALSO I FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME ABOUT ANNA. Like, what a crap cover for such a wonderful book.

April 10, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Anna sure made it onto a lot of Top Tens this week! Great list guys.

April 10, 2012 - 11:29 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Anna and the French Kiss is on my list, as well.

Great list! There are a couple on there I’d never seen before, but they look very promising!

April 10, 2012 - 10:06 am

TeacherMotherReader - Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is on my list too. I just didn’t think I would like the characters that much by the end of the book. I laughed my butt off, then I cried and cried. πŸ™ My review hits my blog this week.

April 10, 2012 - 9:59 am

Kristin - Ok, I guess i really need to read Anna and the French Kiss, the cover whenever I look at it screams way to YA for me lol but everyone seems to love it.

My TTT: http://youngadultbookhaven.blogspot.com/

Magan: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (website | twitter) Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books Pages: 307 Release Date: February 16, 2012 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: ARC Received from Publisher at ALA Mid-Winter How I heard about it: Recommended to me by one of the reps at ALA Summary: Colby and Bev have been best friends since […]

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April 10, 2012 - 8:00 am

Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving - […] I gave a lot of reasons for why I felt so deceived by The Disenchantments in my review. The cover implies a fun, light-hearted book. I didn’t find it to be that way. It also screamed female protagonist. That it was not. I felt pretty tricked because I fully expected to love every.single.thing about it, and it just kind of fell flat for me. (My review.) […]

February 26, 2012 - 5:46 pm

In My Mailbox (8) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Recap… Magan reviewed The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. Estelle reviewed Tessa Masterson WILL Go to PromΒ by Brendan Halpin and Emily […]

February 21, 2012 - 1:56 pm
February 21, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Thanks for sharing the good and the bad with us! I’ve been really excited for this book, but am so glad to know your opinion on it. I was expecting a light little road trip love story, so it’s god to know that this one was a bit heavier. I think I’ll enjoy it if I go in with more realistic expectations. My library sucks, so I think I’ll have to wait a while to read this one. I’m not really wanting to spend the money on it, based on your review. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Magan!

February 20, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I think the fact that you were able to present both the good stuff and the more questionable stuff makes you one of the most honest bloggers ever. And I really appreciate your thoughts on this novel! I’m still looking forward to this one, but I will definitely take your thoughts into consideration πŸ™‚

February 20, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Magan - Ginger, I seriously felt so conflicted over this one. I was THRILLED to begin reading it. I hope you will still read it because I really want to hear what you, specifically, think. I know you love male POVs and there’s some tension, but I want to know if you will feel the same way I did about a few things I couldn’t spill in the review (spoilers).

And thanks for saying that. It’s so hard to be honest, but I can’t help but think others will connect with what I’m saying more than just accepting another sunny review for a book that I just didn’t love. It’s always best to just lay it out there and be truthful..though as nicely as possible. Haha. πŸ™‚

February 20, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Magan - Thanks! I felt really conflicted over how to write the review. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the book because I certainly did, but it just wasn’t a home run kind of book for me. There was a disconnect and for a couple of reasons I just didn’t find it fully convincing. Can’t wait to read your review when you do read it!

February 20, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Magan - Ashley, I actually had no idea either. You know how a lot of girls’ names are really boy names? I double-checked a few times to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding and that Colby really was really a guy. I hadn’t read any reviews that mentioned the male POV thing, either, and it threw me for a loop since the book cover didn’t communicate that very well either… Thanks for stopping by!

February 20, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Magan - Karen, I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think. I like male POV’s, too, but there was something that didn’t completely sell me on Bev and Colby’s story. I’ll be keeping a lookout for your review! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

February 20, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Now you have me on the fence with this one, haha. I appreciate your honesty in your reviews Magan, I think it’s what makes you such a unique blogger. Too many people are afraid to be honest about what they read. THAT I don’t understand. Aren’t we reviewing books here? lol

February 20, 2012 - 2:22 pm

VeganYANerds - I really enjoyed the way you wrote this review Magan, I almost always want to say one thing but then also argue for the other side of the point I’m trying to make!

It does sound like a fun book and I often start a book thinking it’s going to be all fun, sunshine and kittens only to find out it’s a bit more serious that I thought.

I am definitely going to keep an eye out for this but I think I will wait for my library to get it in because miscommunication between two people who may or may not like each other usually drives me a bit nuts!

February 20, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Ashley (at Ashley Loves Books) - I’ve read probably a dozen reviews about this book and I NEVER knew it was written from a boy’s perspective! I, too, thought it was from a girl’s because of the cover. Thanks for addressing that, because it will probably help when I finally read it πŸ™‚

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books

February 20, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Karen - I’m really glad I’m reading your review before I start the book. I had the same impression as you from the cover and I’m sure I would have been disappointed.
I love LOVE guy pov’s so that’s a big plus for me and at least now I have a better idea of what the tone of the book is before going in.