When the Hype is Right

Hello all! I just a quick post today. I talk a lot about hype killing books, but not enough about when it worked for me. So I’m going to channel a bit of positivity and list some books where that hype really hit the spot! I’m not gonna list every built-up book- especially since I read a lot of books that I wasn’t aware were hyped at the time. I’ll only  list books where I knew they were a crazy big deal- and actually ended up loving them- and that have stood the test of time in my mind. Of course, these books won’t be for everyone, yet in the interest of spreading a little #booklove, these are an excellent place to start:

illuminae

I’ve heard from sci fi fans that this is a little light in terms of story- indeed it’s not the most unique plot I’ve ever read. What is inventive is how it’s told. Completely worth getting in physical form, Illuminae throws out the rule book and plays a different storytelling game. Plus I can’t say often enough just how good the villain was in this one.

Red Rising Pierce Browns

If you want excitement, wonderful world building and characters that leap off the page (and stab you through the heart)- then look no further! Action-packed, complex and elegantly written, I can’t recommend this enough for fans of the sci fi genre (and as a gateway drug for those that aren’t 😉 ).

six of crows

I always want to do a little jig whenever I think about this book- it’s everything I ever want in a fantasy. Twisty and entertaining, this won’t give you a chance to catch your breath, as you’ll fall in love with Bardugo’s characters and world.

the hating game

I only read this recently and cannot believe how much fun I had with it. I saw this book as just a bit of filler in my weekly reading- and yet I ended up not sleeping, because I was so totally invested in this romance!

carry on

Gonna be honest: I love to push this book on everyone. Because satire is one of my favourite things in the world. And a Harry Potter parody? Well that’s just heaven. Plus it has Simon and Baz- what more could you want?!

bear and the nightingale

Did you think we were going to get through a list on books I loved without this turning up? Did you really? A book that resurrects fairy tale themes and interweaves that with a stroke of realism is perfection for me. So yeah, kinda has to go on this (and every) list.

demon king

When I first got into the online book community, this was everywhere and honestly I can safely say that’s for a reason. While this series isn’t mindblowing in terms of plot or world building, the characters are *outstanding*. Really, this series has some of the best characterisation I’ve seen in fantasy (in fact, one of the only better examples is Chima’s less hyped Heir series)

perks of being a wallflower

Oh gosh I’d heard never-ending hype for this one- fortunately all of it turned out to be true. Hard hitting, real and relatable, this is one of the best coming of age stories out there. It’s truly a brilliant piece of literature.

gone-girl-PB

I did the wrong thing with this one and watched the movie first. I know, I know- big mistake. Especially since the book is so much better. I was stunned by the prose and crisp plotlines (which flowed better in the book). This is one of those times where I was put off by the crazy hype and I wish I hadn’t been, because this would have been worth going into free from spoilers. Still- what makes this book so magnificent is that even then I thought it was a rocking read!

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This is one of the most divisive books on the list- because people seem to fall so readily into different camps for this book. A lot of people love it and a lot of people hate it. Frankly, this slightly weird and wacky book divides audiences for a reason- so I almost didn’t put it on this list. Nonetheless, I adored the non-traditional elements and disturbing depths subtly woven into the plot. I think that even if this book’s not for you, there’s a lot you can get out of it (if nothing else, it’ll make an intriguing addition to your bookshelves 😉 )

So did you enjoy any of these hyped books? And do you have any hyped books you particularly liked? Let me know in the comments!

126 thoughts on “When the Hype is Right

  1. I loved Chima’s Heir series, and can’t wait to read more of her work this year. But so many (or more like ALL) of these title are on my TBR this year! Can’t wait to start reading, yet then again, I feel some of them night cause a book hangover, since I expect to love them, especially Red Rising and Six of Crows! Some of my favorite hyped books are Maas’ Throne of Glass and ACOTAR, for the characters, and the Three Dark Crowns series, because I love the darker tones.

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  2. There’s a few of these I still haven’t read mostly because of the hype (Gone Girl being the biggest example).

    I’m so happy to see The Hating Game on this list though. It really was the biggest surprise for me. I saw all of the hype but the blurb just sounded like every other enemies to lovers office romance type book. There’s just something about it though that I love and it’s become one of my fave reads.

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  3. Stiiiiill really curious about Red Rising and Illuminae, so definitely checking those out. I adore Six of Crows, and I agree the hype lives up! I wasn’t sure if Perks of Being a Wallflowers and Gone Girl would be good, but will take your word for it and check it it out. Great post!

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  4. Can’t say I’ve read any of them but isn’t The Perks of being a Wallflower a movie with Emma Watson? If so, I’ve seen the movie and loved it. My husband even watched it and liked it a lot and he never likes those types of movies.

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  5. Six of Crows and Carry On are some of my FAVORITE hyped books – I definitely agree with those! And I’m glad to hear that you liked The Bear and the Nightingale. I’ve been wanting to read it but hear mixed things, so good to know that it has some love! I’m also SUPER excited to read Red Rising when I get the chance!

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  6. This is a great post idea! I’ve heard so much about Illuminae, Six of Crows and The Bear and the Nightingale but I haven’t read any of them. I don’t read much sci-fi but I’m very curious to see if I’d like those first 2. I just read and LOVED The Hating Game

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  7. The Bear and the Nightingale has to be one of my favorite books of all time! Great list I will hopefully add some of them to my 2018 reading challenge 😄

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  8. Six of Crows is just phenomenal isn’t it??? I can’t believe it took me so long to get my act together and read it. I’ve also had my eye on Red Rising for quite awhile, so I’m glad to hear it held up for you!

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  9. You just had to include Six of Crows again huh? 😂 Seriously I am not kidding here, I am seeing this book every day now….really every day, it’s not even a joke, I really mean it. I just think I have to just order this book now and start reading it.
    I saw the movie for Miss Peregrine’s home of Peculiar Children. And I really loved it. Haven’t read the book yet, but as I love the film already, I think I will love the book too 😊

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    1. hahaha to be fair, I was the same before I read it- I didn’t even think I’d like it cos I wasn’t blown away by her other series- I just sort of gave in to reading it… but I’m glad I did lol! hahaha I hope you like it if you do give it a go!
      Oh that’s great!! 😀 I hadn’t seen the film, cos I wasn’t sure I wanted to- but now I think I might check it out 🙂

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  10. I just got The Hating Game; I’ve heard great things about it, so I’m excited to read it.
    I agree with you about Gone Girl. I watched the movie before reading – big mistake! I think that’s one of the books that I would have enjoyed more, had I not listened to the hype.

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  11. I completely agree on Six of Crows- it’s the only one on here that I’ve read. I have literally every single one of the other books on my TBR… thank you for giving me the little push I needed to finally pick one up!! Great post 💛

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  12. Overall, I am never the first to read hyped books. I always have to many old books to read, but I have read a couple of those. I LOVED The Bear and the Nightingale, but did not like Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. I have Red Rising and Illuminae ready to be read and should get to those this year hopefully. I read Fangirl, which I liked, so I would love to read Carry On!

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  13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was majorly hyped for me by my friends. I can say that it did live up to the hype somehow. I mean when I first finished it, it was okay. But as I read it more times, it grew on me and I started loving the book.
    Gone Girl on the other hand is one book that I just couldn’t get into. My friends kept telling me how good it was but I couldn’t read beyond 20 or 30 something pages. Maybe it just wasn’t my type of book I guess. 🙂

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  14. I agree on most of the books on this list, except for Illuminae (which I liked but didn’t particularly love. Gemina was more my thing) and Miss Peregrine and Perks of Being a Wallflower which I really disliked. I know you mentioned the whole different camps thing for Miss Peregrine, but I feel very alone in terms of Perks.

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    1. Fair enough! I can understand- I loved that one too 🙂 Ah don’t worry- I’ve seen a lot of people saying they’re not keen on Perks tbh- so you’re not alone- there’s always going to be different thoughts on books and not everything works for everyone (and that’s ok! 😀 )

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  15. Oh yes, Gone Girl is awesomely written and plotted. Haven’t watched the film though but they are so often less good than the book they’re based upon. And I have the last one of your list waiting for me on one of my bookshelves! I bought it in a second hand book shop because I liked the cover so much and didn’t even know it was hyped! 😁

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  16. Great post and great list!! There’s nothing more disappointing than a book that do any like up to its hype. Whenever a book is overly praised I’m always a bit skeptical that I’ll be that one person who ends up not liking it. Thankfully Six of Crows, The Hating Game, and Illuminae loves up to their hype and then some. They are e some of my favorite books! And I own both The Bird and the Nightingale and Red Rising and I can’t wait to get to them too!

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  17. There are very few things better than when the hype actually turns out to be right and you love a book even more than you’ve heard you’ll love it! 🙂 So many of these are on my list as well. I was actually a little apprehensive going into Illuminae simply because of every amazing thing being said about it but wow it turned out to be so so so much better than I though, and yes it has one of the best villains ever too (I’m hoping to get around to re-reading it before the release of Obsidio).
    Also I recently finished The Bear and the Nightingale and that was another that lived up to the hype for me. God I can’t get over how beautiful that story actually was.
    Great post, and great picks as well! 😀 ❤

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  18. The Bear and the Nightingale is my absolute favorite book, I’ve already read it twice! I love Perks and Red Rising as well. I didn’t love Illuminae, the format just wasn’t my favorite, but the villain was the best part of the book!

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      1. I have! I enjoyed it, but not quite as much as the first book. It takes a while to get started and there’s more focus on other characters as well as Vasya. But the writing and atmosphere’s still 10/10 🙂

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  19. I love it when the hype ends up being right, it’s the best feeling there is 🙂 I loved The Perks, it was a brilliant coming of age story, I agree, with all the feels in there for sure ❤ I really need to read Six of Crows, hahaha 🙂
    Lovely post! 🙂

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  20. Of course Six of Crows would have to be on this list ~ 💕💕 I’m glad that you’re adding a positive twist to hype & books, because most posts on hyped books are usually about how the books don’t live up to the hype 😊

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  21. now, isn’t it annoying to read so many books but not the ones everyone is talking about? i had to google the hating game and carry on, i never heard about these.
    to be fair, i haven’t been reading much lately, like, nothing in months. sigh, my tbr pick can no longer be seen from down here.

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  22. Six of Crows is truly a good one… just everything about it from characters to setting to plot… and great writing! Can’t go wrong 🙂
    I have some while ago added The Demon King to my tbr base don your recommendation, so I hope to give this a try sooner rather than later 🙂
    I think my most hyped books have been Nevernight and more recently The Cruel Prince… Nevernight in my mind totally deserved it! 😀

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  23. Agree with most of what you’ve said, but CONTROVERSIAL OPINION I wasn’t enthralled by the Perks of Being a Wallflower. I literally can’t remember a thing about it. And the Miss Peregrine books – I’m still not sure what camp I fall into. I definitely enjoyed elements of them but I felt there was something lacking (I’m not sure what). Great post and as usual more additions to the tbr! 💜

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    1. Thank you! And that’s totally fair- not everything is for everyone! I’ve read my fair share of books that other people loved that I thought were forgettable 😉 And that’s fair too! It’s a very unusual book- so I do understand why people were a bit more meh about it- it just happened to strike the right chord with me.

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      1. Fair enough! I actually mentioned that I’d forgotten everything about this book on a Facebook group and someone I’d never spoken to before just wrote “So you have a bad memory.” She seemed really affronted – I was totally baffled. It’s not like I’d trashed it. Oh well! Nowt so queer as folk, eh?

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        1. Ah no that’s ridiculous! I mean, even if you didn’t like it, I’m sure you’d have fair reasons for it! It doesn’t really matter if people like/dislike the same books- everyone’s entitled to their own opinion and taste is entirely subjective! hehehe yes!

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          1. I totally agree – unless you’re the author why get upset? I’m avoiding the whole group to be honest. There’s a lot of love for chick lit (I hate that term, but you know what I mean) and I have literally nothing to add to the conversation. Also, because lots of people with book blogs are at least a bit aware of new releases, publishing trends etc. and lots of us regularly get ARCs everyone in my Facebook group seems really behind the times! They’re like “I’m just reading a book my friend recommended called “Gone Girl” – has anyone else heard of it?” Plus I mentioned the term YA and there were like 60 comments asking what it stood for. Sigh.

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            1. Yeah I totally agree (I actually wrote a post eons ago called “I don’t care, I didn’t write it”- not a great piece, but you get the sentiment 😉 ) Yeah I know what you mean! hahaha yeah I’d feel out of place there too! Tbh I always feel out of place on FB- I only ever use it for DMs now 😉

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  24. I am a huge fan of Miss Peregrine’s, although I need to finish the series. I was honestly surprised at how many people seemed to really find disappointment in it. But then I noticed that some where picking it up expecting a more “spooky” read and could not help but wonder if the marketing was off a bit?

    I knew the Bear and the Nightingale would be on the list 🙂 as soon as I saw the post title. ❤ Team Vasya!

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    1. Yeah I was really surprised by the mixed reviews too! But that makes a lot of sense- because it’s not really a spooky read and I heard of it as more “unusual”. So that would definitely make a difference to how I perceived it.

      hehehe yeah it had to be 😉 Absolutely!! ❤

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