Sep 2 2014 7:15am

What Book Lives Up To the Hype?

The Rook by Daniel O'MalleyAs an avid book reader, chances are you're always on the hunt for something new and amazing to read. And since many of us get our recommendations from word-of-mouth (not to mention Heroes and Heartbreakers!), some of us have read something, only to find it was a disappointment that didn't live up to its advance praise.

But there are those books that do—that are as good as people have said, that you then go on and rave about to all your fellow book readers.

What book lives up to the hype?

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1. Scarlettleigh
For me it was the Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I loved The Rook, which I used the pic of, above. I also thought Gone Girl was definitely worth all the hype. And Divergent, also.
3. Scarlettleigh
You mentioned the Rook before, didn't you? I have a sample on my kindle-- but I haven't had a chance to read it yet.
Carmen Pinzon
4. bungluna
I was on my way off paranormals when several people raved to me about Thea Harrison's new series. I have to say the first one lived up to the hype and hooked me on the entire world.
Megan Frampton
5. MFrampton
I did mention The Rook before--I loved it, and Robin Bradford recommended it to me, and then I recced it to a few other people, including Carolyn Jewel and Myretta Robens. Now we're all waiting for the next book in the series which comes out February 2015.
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
A lot of times, recently, I've had to be majorly talked into reading something new. In recent memory, A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant, CL Wilson's The Winter King, and various books by Joey Hill and Jasmine Haynes--all recommended to me by the H&H staff/community!
7. Kahintenn
Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles, which I had never even heard of until they were recommended on H&H. When I finished Checkmate I just sat in my chair and cried, partly because the love story was so sublime, and partly because the books were over. I could never say enough about how wonderful they are.
8. lauralee1912
The most recent was Shelter Me by Catherine Mann which I saw in a first look here. I've since recommended the book several times.
9. Scarlettleigh
@lauralee1912 -- I loved Shelter Me also. In fact it was my best book for August. I can't wait for the next one -- I read another series I think you'll like too -- FL is coming in October.
10. ChelseaMueller
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I was late to the party on this one because there was so much hype, and then I kicked myself over and over for not reading it sooner.
Jennifer Proffitt
11. JenniferProffitt
Silly, Chelsea! Better late than never!

I think I'm about to cave on Shelter Me...to many people recommending it and we have a copy glaring at me in the office...
12. Scarlettleigh
@Jennifer Proffitt, @ChelseaMueller

I haven't read it either -- Shadow and Bone. A friend of mine and a new blogger here, Maggie Boyd also liked it. She and I have very similar taste in a lot of books. I don't remember why I didn't pick it up. I will have to take a second look.

@JenniferProffitt -- Give in to temptation! It is good.
13. CatherineMann
Wowsa! A little birdie told me to pop in here to check out the buzz and I'm so happy she did. Many thanks for all the cheers for Shelter Me! I sure do appreciate it. :)
14. CarolB
Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander. I had given up on historicals until I read this and I'm now 4 books into the Lady Emily mysteries!
Kanchan Banga
15. kanchb
The Fortune series by Rachel Bach - I inhaled them over the weekend.
Alexandra W
16. parasolprotectorate
Each of Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners books has been better than the last. I keep thinking that she's run out of secrets to shock us with, but there's always more!
katrina neilsen
17. Llynnyia
Laurell K Hamilton's Long Long Long awaited Merideth Gentry novel
Lets hope Meri allows Laurell to get the next book in the series out faster then this one, but oh was the wait worth it!
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