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Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

I’m actually more excited about finding out which hyped books you haven’t read yet! My list just bums me out…

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

top ten hyped books i've never read young adult books

1. Beautiful Creatures series– I did read the first book, but I found it slow and boring. And I just stopped right there.

2. Mortal Instruments series– I KNOW, I KNOW! Again, I read the first book and was so creeped out by how it ended that I took a break, and I never returned. I fully intend to watch the TV series though 🙂

3. The Lightning Thief– These books seemed more middle-gradeish to me, so I took a pass, but I’ve heard great things about them. Should I give them a try?

4. The Golden Compass– I never saw the appeal of these books, but I would be totally up for giving it a go. They appear similar to The Chronicles of Narnia to me, minus the religious aspect. I have no idea if that’s accurate.

5. Ender’s Game– I saw that movie and that’s enough for me. Plus this author is cray.

6. Hush, Hush– I missed the initial hype and have seen this book so completely trashed that I’ve given it up for good.

7. Bridge to Terabithia– Another one I was too late for and have little interest in now.

8. A Series of Unfortunate Events– I’m still interested in these! Plus there was the one odd movie I saw with Jim Carey in it a million years ago (it was cute! what happened?!)

9. Thirteen Reasons Why– Definitely on my to-read (eventually) list.

10. Fallen– Nope, nope nope.

What books in my list do you think are NOT in fact worth the hype??

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • andrea heltsley

    I really enjoyed The Golden Compass Trilogy. Beautiful Creatures, Fallen and Hush hush are all series I started but dropped mid series. I have no desire to read The Mortal instruments series either. The hyped up books I don’t plan on reading would be Wither series by Lauren DeStefano, Die for me by Amy Plum, and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

  • Autumn

    His Dark Materials (aka the Golden Compass) is absolutely amazing and nothing like the Narnia series. Seriously you’re missing out.

  • Roan Bauno

    It was hard for me to finish the Mortal Instruments too even if I keep trying. The Lightning Thief is so – so but it’s good if you’re into Mythology, I guess.

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events! The best! I loved the movie too and they’re coming out with a TV series on Netflix. I would recommend trying them out because they’re so quick and fun.

  • Beth

    The Golden Compass (and the entire His Dark Materials trilogy) is much, much better than the Narnia series. It’s got socio-political undertones, coming of age themes, amazing science, it isn’t blatantly Christian allegory, the main character is pretty badass, and the writing is fantastic. I highly, highly recommend it (more to adults than middle grade, honestly). And please don’t see the movie, which was a travesty.

  • I haven’t read the mortal instruments series, and it makes me feel slightly better about myself that you haven’t either!!

  • Stephanie

    I’ve never read Mortal Instruments or Beautiful Creatures either…they just sound bad to me. I never got into much of the vampire books, like The Vampire Diaries (though I’m now addicted to the show) or Vampire Academy.

    But, Lisa, you should definitely check out the His Dark Materials (Golden Compass) trilogy! I read it as a young teenager and then reread as an older teen and I definitely understood some themes more than I did on the first read. I only ever read the first Narnia book and liked it okay, but I loved these. Lyra and Will are just great, great characters and they will break your heart in such a good way. And you will be so jealous of their daemons and still wish that you could have one. Man, just thinking about them makes me want to reread the trilogy!

    I would also say check out The Lightning Thief at some point as well. My one friend loved them for years and I never got it, and finally about 2 years ago I decided I would read them. That first book, well, it is pretty juvenile. Rick Riordan is no JK Rowling, but after a while you will get into the rhythm of his storytelling, which is very fun and humorous with a strong dose of heart. Plus if you’ve ever been partial to Greek/Roman stories, you will really just love the fun takes RR has on them. Percy, like Harry Potter, gets older as each book moves on, so the tone does get less juvenile, and the characters are really what make the book shine. Annabeth is a great female character, and Percy is a wonderful reluctant but brave hero. The second series is even better, being that they are all older teenagers and the scope is much broader. That first book took me a little bit to get through, but by the end I was devouring the rest of them and not-so-patiently waiting for the last 2 books in the Lost Heroes series. It was definitely worth a read!

    Aaaand I totally didn’t mean to write that much about either of those series, haha. I guess I feel strongly about it!

  • Kyla McCallum

    You have to read the Percy Jackson series! They’re technically middle-grade, but the narration is so witty, you would never know.

  • Marta

    You should definitely give The Lightning Thief a try, just because the writing is easier doesn’t mean it’s gonna be boring. It’s an amazing read and I think you’ll enjoy the series.