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Feature & Follow Friday - Did you hate it?!


Happy Friday everyone! Today, I'm answering another question hosted by Parajunkie and Alison Can Read! This week's question is:

Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?

I read a lot of books I think I will hate, because I don't think I should hate something before I've given it a go! Sometimes it pays off, and sometimes it really doesn't. Most notable recently have been:

The Bronze Horseman: I really don't like romance so when I bought this book I had ridiculously low expectations. However, the first part of this novel blew me away. I wept. I actually wept at a book. What a nice surprise this book was :)

On the other hand...

Paranormal romance had been gathering quite immeasurable hype after the Twilight novels, and so I read Starcrossed very warily. I didn't think I would like the YA romance but I thought the historical Greek elements would make up for it. How wrong I was. I thought this book was shockingly bad.

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  1. good F&f but that was quite that opposite for me i love star-crossed
    check out mine:
    http://nabooksvsboys.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/feature-follow-friday-3.html

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  2. I hadn't heard of those books :-)

    New follower.- My FF

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  3. Yeah, I usually feel like any kind of romance will inevitably disappoint me, so I rarely pick them up. I can't say whether they've ever surprised me by being good in the end, because I just avoid them altogether! Maybe I should try The Bronze Horseman! New follower via BlogLovin :)

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    1. I would recommend TBH for the first half without question. It's an emotional rollercoaster with some amazingly portrayed characters.
      The second half felt a little bit of a departure from the great beginning for a while, I have to admit. It gets a little... cliched-romance... and I skipped a few pages. But it soon gets better again :)

      Am off to check otu your FF now!

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  4. I'm not into romances, but maybe, just maybe, I'll give The Bronze Horseman a whirl. Ilike your follow icons! Very cute :) Now following via BlogLovin
    Katja @ YA's the Word
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    YA's the Word via BlogLovin

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    1. Thank you :) Definitely try The Bronze Horseman! Even if you hate romance, the first half of this book is worth it for its expertly written emotional turmoil and great characters. It doesn't get truly "romancey" until the middle point... but then quickly pocks up again anyway!

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  5. New Follower here!
    When I first glanced at this post and saw the Bronze Horseman I gasped thinking you were about to say you didn't like it. Thank goodness you did or else you would have heard a mouthful from me (er, rather a handful? since I am typing?). The Bronze Horseman books are my favorite! But, I suppose I agree - I didn't originally think I would love them as much as I do.
    CeCe @ steamingmugofbooks.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha! I like to keep people on their toes ;) I very much enjoyed The Bronze Horseman in the end, although I have to admit to skipping a few pages aroudn the middle. In the tent. It just went on for far too long for my liking!

      Thanks for the follow - shall hop over to your blog now!

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  6. HI! I found your blog through the feature and follow post. It is a really good idea to get new followers although I'm new to this blogging world :D Any good tips for a newbie?

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