Monday, October 29, 2012

Tricked or Treated-Haunted Week-Day 6

                    Haunted Week is hosted by Cheyenne at {This Girl Reads}

Today’s list: Five books that weren’t what I expected….

      1.     Revolution-Jennifer Donnelly

I expected time travel from the cover alone, but when hundreds of pages passed without anything time travelly or supernatural happening, I got lulled into a false sense of security with the book’s here-and-now setting. At the almost end of the book, though, Andi shows up in the past. Or does she? Still not sure. Still not sure how I felt about the turn of events either.

 2.     Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

I thought this was a marriage made in heaven. I love Pride and Prejudice. I love zombies. But it turns out I love P&P much more—so much so that when I realized that Grahame-Smith had cut out Mr. Collins’s hysterical/horrifying proposal to Lizzie, I just couldn’t keep reading. Come to think of it, this book can get added to my haunted bookshelf list too.

3. The Lying Game

I watched the ABC Family show because I saw ads for it while watching Pretty Little Liars. I accidentally really liked the show—even more than I liked P.L.L., actually. So I got the first book out of the library and read it. Even though I know that TV versions are often radically different from the book, it was still a bit of a shock when Sutton died on about page three. These two “versions” of the story were so different they are basically two completely different stories with the same setting and character names.

4. The Future of Us-Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

I lovedloved Thirteen Reasons Why, and when I heard the premise of this book, I was dying to read it. But the book itself fell flat for me. I found Emma very whiney and I had trouble rooting for her. But I liked it enough to put it on our summer reading option list, and all my students who chose it loved it. So maybe it was just me.

5 Shatter Me-Tahereh Mafi

My best friend told me to read this. I said, “Yeah, okay.” I figured it was just another post-apocalyptic read. I was glad to be wrong. I think Mafi is a very talented writer; her work is not like anyone else’s. I don’t know if she writes poetry now, but I think her visual, visceral style would be very well suited to that form too.


  1. I just recently picked up The Lying Game, because I also ended up really liking the show. So it's good to know that they are completely different stories, I can adjust my expectations :0) The Future of Us kind of fell flat for me, too. I liked the premise and some of the execution, but it wasn't an amazing read for me.

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one with Future of Us! When I read it, I confidently told my best friend that no modern teenager wanted to hear about the pipes screensaver on old computers, or about the AOL start-up disk. But then all my ninth-grade girls loved it, so maybe I'm not nearly as good at predicting what they'll like as I thought I was ;)

  3. The only one of these I've read is Shatter Me, which I loved to pieces!! Mafi definitely has a very unique writing style that is really poetic. I can't wait for the next book to come out!

    1. Me too! I got so excited when I saw her next one was out soon, but then I saw it was a novella, and THEN I saw it was from Warner's POV, which I'm not too sure I was clamoring for ;} Not a fan of that guy. I'm usually pretty big on the anti-heroes (like Damon from Vampire Diaries) but somehow that guy bugs me.

  4. Ooh, I'm a big fan of the Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game TV shows, but I read The Lying Game before I saw the show, so I was surprised when Sutton didn't die in the show!

    I really liked Thirteen Reasons Why, so I had planned on reading The Future of Us (the plot sounded so great) but I heard a lot of bad reviews for it and steered clear of it.

    Oh, and I completely agree with Shatter Me! (: