Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype
Hype – it can make or break a book. Sometimes it can even do both at the same time! Everyone has fallen prey to at least one completely hyped-up book. You wait for it – getting more and more excited every day that gets closer to the release date. And then… it disappoints more often than not. However, there are some rare occasions where a book manages to completely and utterly live up to all the hype. Here are some of my favourites:
1. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ is an absolutely delightful book. I was lucky enough to be granted an ARC so the wait wasn’t too painful for me! Still, it could have been a bitter disappointment and I would have been very sad because I was living for the release of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed every second so it definitely more than lived up to the hype (as did the movie adaptation!)
2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I actually put off reading this book until about two and a half years after its release. I’m thinking now I had been burned by too many hyped-up books and couldn’t bear that this book wouldn’t live up to my high expectations. I finally read ‘Carry On’ at the start of this year and all my worries were for naught. This book is just sheer perfection. The hype was more than justified.
3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I had enjoyed the first book ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ so I was very excited for the follow-up. The hype was almost unbearable though and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the direction I thought the book was going in. I wasn’t a huge fan of the love interest Tamlin in book one but I hate when the heroine switches love interests on a whim. Actually, I put off reading for a bit until all the rave reviews and hype finally made me pick the book up. I was worrying needlessly and I actually now think this was the best book in the series (so far anyway).
4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I had a bit of a rocky start with Maggie Stiefvater’s books. I hadn’t been able to get into her ‘Wolves of Mercy Falls’ series but I did love ‘The Scorpio Races’. The first book in a brand new series, ‘The Raven Boys’ had just come out and the hype was unreal. I debated and debated with myself but eventually decided to give into the hype. Boy, am I glad that I did! I adore this series. It is one of my all-time favourites. And to think, I nearly didn’t give it a chance…
5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book. This stunning and beautiful book. I love it so. Yet, I almost didn’t give it a chance because there was just so much hype for it. Maybe I thought people were deluded, maybe it was because it almost sounded too good to be true… who knows? I sure don’t, but I’m glad I didn’t listen to that inner voice of mine (sometimes it’s a menace!) This is one of my ultimate favourite books. It is brilliant and touching and pretty much perfect.
6. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Pretty much anything by Melina Marchetta belongs on this list but I could only pick one so ‘Jellicoe Road’ it is! I waited a long time to read this book. I actually let the hype feed my interest in it. Was waiting for the perfect time… and it was so beyond worth it. One of the few times that letting myself get hyped up for a book and thereby prolonging that delicious feeling actually paid off. This is a gorgeous novel. One of the very best.
7. Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
I see you shiver with anticipation… ah ‘Captive Prince’ the book that I had heard about for years (before it became a book even). Was the hype justified? Oh, hell yes! This book (and series) is magnificent. One of my very favourite reads which I know I will revisit frequently. Just amazing.
8. The Gentleman’s Guide to vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I was waiting on this book for a long time (or it felt like it, that’s for sure!) A historical novel about travel with an LGBT slant? This is such a ‘me’ book, I can’t tell you. I was mega-hyped for this book and couldn’t even wait for the hardback (which I really wanted) so I eagerly bought the eBook version and started reading right away. Honestly, this book was life-changing. So worth the hype. I even managed to get that hardback copy I had lusted after later on… 😉
9. The cruel Prince by Holly Black
I so wanted to buy this book on release day but I had a sneaking suspicion it was going to be included in a subscription box I had ordered (was totally right on the money there!) Eventually, the book ended up in my grubby hands (a few weeks after its release) and it was absolutely, unequivocably worth the wait (and the hype!) This book slayed me. I am still thinking about it all these months later.
10. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I was absolutely stoked when I won ‘Uprooted’ in a giveaway (about a month ahead of the release date – yay!) The hype was definitely strong for this – and it definitely did not disappoint. One of the very best, if not the best fairytale retellings I have ever read.