Fae Friday: changelings and unexpected books

I’m back! This time I’m participating in something new… #FaeFriday! This new weekly tag was created by Kristy/Caffeinated Fae after #FridayFavorites was discontinued. Check out her blog for all the rules and prompts!

Today’s prompt is Changelings. Faeries would often exchange their own child for a human one. So the question is, which book wasn’t at all what you thought it would be?

Have you ever read a book that involved changelings? The first series about changelings that I read was the Trylle series, by Amanda Hocking. I read this a super long time ago, and I haven’t even heard of anyone else that read it. I really enjoyed this series though!

More recently, I read The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. This book also involved a character that was a changeling. Still, these are the only two books I can think of where fae actually switched their babies.

So what’s a book that didn’t turn out as I thought it to be?

First some disappointing reads…

You can’t really avoid it. Sometimes you have certain expectations of a book and it turns out… it wasn’t all that great.

My most recent example is The Queen of Nothing. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I love the Cruel Prince and the Wicked King. QoN just fell slightly short of my expectations. You can of course find out why in my review!

A Court of Frost and Starlight is another example. I don’t know what I expected of it, but it I felt very meh about it. I know it is meant to be a “in between” novella; a scene setter; a prequel for what’s to come. But… not a lot actually happened in this book.

The good ones

Luckily there are also some more books that turned out different than what I expected, but were still excellent!

Weird example: I went into reading the Raven Boys thinking that the story took place in the distant past. Like, epic fantasy setting distant past. You can imagine my surprise when I learned it takes place in the here and now!

Another one that did not turn out as expected was Firstlife. I wasn’t interested at all in this book at first because I thought it had a heavy emphasis on the love triangle that was supposed to be in there. Except, it wasn’t. I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would, and even bought the second book ten minutes after I finished the first.

And then there’s also Red Rising. I read more fantasy than science fiction, and then usually only within the YA age group. Science fiction in adult books is usually too complex for my brain. It hardly ever holds my attention. Red Rising has definitely been the exception. At this time, I have finished the original trilogy. I truly did not think it would have such a heavy emphasis on the nature of being human, and less on science and space.

This is all I could think of for now. Any books that did not turn out like you thought they would?

1 Comment

  1. January 24, 2020 / 3:40 pm

    I really enjoyed Raven Boys! I need to read the rest of that series one of these days!

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