I'm back again to do a Top Ten Tuesday, and today I'm listing...
Insurgent (Divergent #2), by Veronica Roth - When I first read Insurgent, I gave it a solid 4 stars. It was complex and emotional and scary at times. After thinking about it more, It became a 3 star book. After a bit more time, I found it slipping toward 2 stars. Tris just became more whiney than emotional, the plot was overly complicated instead of complex and I had no desire to see how her story finished.
2. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1), by JR Ward - When I first read Dark Lover, I just thought it was the best thing I had ever read. So, of course I had to keep reading through the series. By the time I reached the third book, I realized That Dark Lover really wasn't the best book in the series. And I had an inkling that the books were just going to get better and better.
3. Wings (Wings #1), by Aprilynne Pike - When I first read Wings by Aprilynne Pike, I have to admit - I wasn't a huge fan. But, I must've seen something in it that intrigued me, because I kept reading. And, by the time I reached the final book in the series, I was able to look back at the first book and appreciate the groundwork that was being laid for the fantastic end to this series.
4. Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1), by Richelle Mead - I wasn't excited to read Bloodlines. I wasn't a big Sydney fan. And I was sad that the Vampire Academy series was over. I think I went into Bloodlines with a bad attitude, which soured the experience for me. Later on, with a few more books in the series under my belt, I realized that they all were pretty awesome. Perspective is a wonderful thing.
Half-Blood (Covenant #1), by Jennifer L. Armentrout - I've read Half-Blood... maybe, 6 times now? And I remember after the very first time, I rated it 4 stars because I thought Alex was a little too headstrong for my liking and that Aiden could do better. Once I re-read it a few times, and also read the next few books in the series (especially Deity), I felt different about Half-Blood though, and recognized it for what it was. INCREDIBLE.
6. Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1), by Christina Lauren - The first time I read Beautiful Bastard, I only gave it three stars. I didn't like the way Bennett treated Chloe - like some sexual object that he didn't really cared about. I thought it was a little unbelievable how quickly she let him into her pants, and then was annoyed with her when she got annoyed about that. After reading the next few books in the series and loving them, though, I went back and re-read Beautiful Bastard, and for some reason, the second time around, I enjoyed it so much more.
7. Reached (Matched #3), by Ally Condie - I wasn't thrilled by the finale of the Matched series. I felt horribly unfulfilled. I didn't realize exactly how unfulfilled I was, though, until I read a few more series enders that were incredibly fulfilling.