Hey everyone! I’m here with a follow-up to my 5 star predictions post that I published way back in March. I honestly can’t believe it took seven months to read the five books on this list. Actually, I can believe that it took that long because I suck at TBRs. Even though it took longer than I anticipated to read these books, I’m happy to finally share this update.
Opposite of Always by Jason Reynolds
What I predicted after the ebook sample: “The characters seem interesting and the story feels kind of sad and cute at the same time. I don’t like time travel, but I think the characters, the story, and overall personal enjoyment will lead to a 5 star rating.“
I think this was the first book I read after that post. I was right about the characters and the story. The plot was sweet, characters were super adorable, and the parents were involved, which I loved. Unfortunately, the time loop thing went on a little too long for me. Had this portion been cut down, this would’ve been 5 stars. 10/10 would protect this friend group at all costs though.
We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal
My prediction: “I love young adult fantasy and if this book is anything like An Ember in the Ashes structurally (writing style, character development, world-building) then I see a five star rating in its future.”
Sadly, I couldn’t be more wrong with this prediction. I tried to read We Hunt the Flame for two months, but each time I found a stopping point (paragraph break, new chapter, etc.), I took a break or picked up another book because I was so bored. Eventually, I had to accept that I wasn’t the right reader for this book so I DNF’d it at 115 pages. It’s an impressive debut, but the writing was overly descriptive (borderline purple prose) and the female character came off as one-dimensional. Most of her chapters were used for world-building and I wasn’t a fan of that. You can read my Goodreads review here.
The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang
Me, back in March: “I’m ready for whatever happens because I have a feeling this is going to exceed my expectations and strut right into the best of 2019.”
Friends, I was completely right about this making my best of 2019 list, but boy was I wrong about being ready for whatever happens. I WASN’T READY AT ALL and I’m such a fucking clown for thinking that I was because this book HURT. A LOT. I’ll admit that I was a little nervous in the beginning because the writing and characters felt unfamiliar; almost like I had to get to know them all over again, but that quickly changed with part II. This is a worthy follow up to The Poppy War. Can’t wait for the conclusion. Read my review here.
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Me, again: “I think the audiobook will have a greater impact on my overall experience and will likely help this book earn that five star rating.“
Daisy Jones & The Six was SOOOOO close to being 5 stars. The audiobook performance was amazing, but the band’s split was anticlimactic and the book kind of ended abruptly. I also liked the side characters a little more than Billy and Daisy. I ended up giving it 4 stars.
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
My prediction: “Bottom line, I’ve heard wonderful things about the magic system so I think (more accurately, I hope) that and the characters will result in a five star rating. I hope.
Mistborn: The Final Empire is the third Sanderson book I’ve ever read. I read Skyward and The Way of Kings in May. From this list, Mistborn took the longest to finish because I got distracted with other books and challenges (I started in March. Finished in October 🙈). While I agree with everyone about the magic system, this wasn’t the best Sanderson book I read. That honor goes to Skyward and The Way of Kings. I’m still going to continue the series though.
Most of my predictions were wrong, but given that I don’t rate books 5 stars often, I’d say this is quite realistic. Let me know if you’ve read any of these book and what you thought of them in the comments! Thanks for reading!