Thursday, September 20, 2012

Follow Friday - Lived up to hype


Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
Question: What hyped up book was worth all the fuss?
As I said last week, I rarely buy into hype.  It makes me more suspicious than anything.  That said I can think of two books this year that really lived up to the hype.

The Fault In Ours Stars by John Green was brilliant.  It made my heart hurt, made me cry and I am SO not normally a cryer.  Here's a quote from my review
"It's a book that asks the Big Questions. Questions about what it means to be human, what it means to be alive and what happens after death.  It's a thought provoking novel, where cancer is the driving force but not he whole story."
This book stands out as one of the most-hyped, most worth-it books I've read.  You can read the rest of my review here.

Another that really lived up to the hype for me was Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.  My expectations going into this novel were SO BIG that I was worried it couldn't possibly live up to them.  Luckily it did.  Here is a quote from my review.
This is Tamora Pierce-esque fantasy.  It's got the drama of court politics, the romance of first love and an overaching story with a mystery to solve.   The women are smart and strong. 

Read the rest of the review here. 

36 comments:

Trish said...

i haven't heard of these!
Trish - My FF

Jenny said...

Hi! I'm a new follower.

Oh wow, I've read so many reviews loving the Fault as well! I'm just scared to read it cos I have a feeling it will make me cry!

My fff:

http://bookwormmia.blogspot.com/2012/09/feature-follow-friday-4.html

Liesel K Hill said...

That ones on my TBR list. Hope I get to it soon! :D New Follower via GFC. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill! Happy Friday! :D

Amy said...

I've been really wanting to read Serephina!! Glad to hear it lives up to the hype :) I loved the Fault in our Stars. I cried so hard reading it! Such an emotional rollercoaster!

here is my FF!

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. Agree with both of your choices. TFIOS is incredible of course. And I loved Seraphina. I finished it last week. Orma is my fav.
My Hop

Alison Can Read said...

New follower btw.

Susan said...

I have TFIOS on my tr list. I heard it was a sad book, but I'm glad it lives up to the hype.

My F&F post.

TheReadingPenguin said...

Cool, I haven't read these yet! Happy Friday! My FF

Aditi Gupta said...

Oh yes I love john green! Good pick!

New follower via GFC :)

My post - F&F
Addie @ READioactive

Jessica@a GREAT read said...

Not familiar with those myself. I don't usually fall into hypes. I read what I want to read. If a book happens to be in a "hype" then whatever. I am still likely to read it if I want to!

Good answer!

Here's my Follow Friday

Have a GREAT weekend!

Old Follower :)

The Readdicts said...

I've got to read this one because all I hear are praises for John Green
new follower :)

here's our Follow Friday
Janhvi @ The Readdicts

Katja Weinert said...

I agree with Seraphina, and I'm looking forward to reading TFioS.
Following
Katja @ YA's the Word

Ashley Williams said...

I really want to read The Fault in Our Stars! Here's my FF.
Ashley
#BookNerd

Juli Rahel said...

A friend of mine loved 'Fault' but I still haven't gotten my hands on it! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by, I also loved your review for 'Fault'! I'm an old follower :) Hope you have a great weekend!
Juli @ Universe in Words

Michelle Sedeño said...

Ooh, TFioS!
I have it on my shelf already, waiting for me to read. Can't wait to read it!
Here's my FF..
Have a great day!

Roxy said...

I have the Fault in Our Stars in my reading pile and I have yet to tackle yet. I can't wait to read it soon, considering all of the attention and raves it has been getting!
My FF

Tamara said...

Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by my page! I haven't read The Fault In Ours Stars, but thanks to all the hype, it is on my radar. After reading your review, I have to read now. :-)

Tamara @ Shelf Addiction

Cait Lore said...

I haven't read The Fault in Our Stars yet, but I am dying too. I only hear good things about it!

New follower!

Adina said...

Great choice. I adored The Fault in Our Stars. It was an amazing book. Seraphina on the other hand, I'm not really a big fan of. Thanks for stopping by, I'm following you back :)

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quinnsbooknook said...

I haven't read either TFIOS or Seraphina. I do plan on reading TFIOS soon though. I've seen that on a number of FF posts today.

Here's my Follow Friday

Mel - Thedailyprophecy. said...

I really want to read The fault in our stars. It sounds heartbreaking and I hear nothing but good about it :) Seraphina wasn't my book, I guess.. I feel like I'm the only one who didn't like it :p

My FF.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Just blogging by, have a great week-end.

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kirsty vizard said...

Thanks for the follow . . thought I'd stop by xx

FBC said...

I haven't heard of these books. Thanks for stopping by my blog ~ have a great weekend!

Alex @ alex's bookish blog said...

I need to read this book!

New follower :) xx

My FF Post :)

Liza (Reading with ABC) said...

I have Seraphina, but I haven't read it yet. I adore TFIOS and it's part of my answer as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Heather said...

WOOOOO! Seraphina!!! The first time I've heard of this from a blog... I picked it up because one of my local bookstore employees recommended it and I LOVE Seraphina!!!!

I haven't read the other one you listed, but I 100% agree with Seraphina.

Old follower
http://littlesqueed.blogspot.com/2012/09/feature-follow_21.html

Jennifer said...

I freaking love The Fault in Our Stars! Probably my favorite 2012 read so far. I haven't read Seraphina, but the reviews are making me want it now. Old follower.

Happy Friday!

Kyanara_night said...

Hi

Thnx for stopping by my blog!
I have not read any of the two books you named. I think I might have to check them out, never heard of them. Kyanara

Naomi Hop said...

I haven't heard of either book, but they sound like must reads!!!

Thanx for visiting my FF!
Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
New Follower :)

Samantha said...

Thanks for checking out my FF! Following back :)

I keep putting off reading TFioS, but from what I've heard, it is definitely worth the hype!

Annmarie said...

I haven't read anything by that author but I've heard lots of great things about the book. Thanks for stopping by my blog, old follower :)

Kristina said...

Not a fan of contemp books so will probably never read fault in our stars but have heard great things about both. Thanks for stopping by

The Readdicts said...

I'm just dying to read John Green's The Fault In Our Stars. :)
I'm sure it's gonna be worth allthe hype!
Thanks for stopping by our F&FF post.
Old follower!

We have a Night Of The Purple Moon giveaway going on. Come along!

-Sarika.

fakesteph said...

I love John Green so very, very much. Sigh... TFIOS is amazing. Old follower.

Lauren B said...

Haven't heard of these but will look into them.

Thanks for stopping by last week. Sorry it took so long to get back - it has been one of those weeks.