8 Book Expectations and Predictions for backlist and 2020 releases

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Book Expectations I have for The Night Circus, Renegades, Vicious, Loveboat Taipei, and more!

These expectations are based on what I’ve heard about them (like in general, no spoilers included) and what I imagine the book will be like after reading the synopsis.

If you want to read more about the book, simply click on the book cover 🙂

So… let’s begin!

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The Night Circus

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Synopsis:

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there when yesterday it was not. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose. This is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands”.  

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance Historical Fiction

Expectations and Predictions:

Cheesy but cute love story between the main characters. I feel like I will absolutely love their story. It seems like the perfect standalone novel if I’m on a reading slump

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis: 

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both”.

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction

Expectations and Predictions:

Amazing Plot. Creative story. Okay characters. Also, I feel like one of the best characters is going to die and that I will not like the villain at all. 

Vicious by V.E Schwab

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Synopsis: 

“Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?”. 

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction 

Book Expectations and Predictions:

I’ve never actually read a book that deals with people having superpowers but I love watching movies about them! My prediction for this book is that the characters will be AMAZING and the plot will be very interesting BUT I think that the whole comic-book-style will be hard to imagine. I will definitely have some favorite characters and I feel like I will be attached to some of them. 

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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Synopsis:

“Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.”. 

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult

Book Expectations and Predictions:

If it’s as good as the A Court of Thorns and Roses book series, I’ll LOVEEE this book. My expectation for this one is really really really high. I expect a great literary friendship (not toxic at all), entertaining plot, and a love story to fangirl over. 

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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Synopsis:

“It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined—every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin”. 

Genres: Young Adult Dystopia 

Expectations and Predictions:

Not as good as the Hunger Games or Catching Fire. I’m not a fan of prequels. I’ll read this because I’m a fan of the hunger games series BUT my prediction is 3-3.5 stars. (Let’s hope it beats my expectations)

P.S From Paris by Marc Levy

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Synopsis: 

“On the big screen, Mia plays a woman in love. But in real life, she’s an actress in need of a break from her real-life philandering husband—the megastar who plays her romantic interest in the movies. So she heads across the English Channel to hide in Paris behind a new haircut, fake eyeglasses, and a waitressing job at her best friend’s restaurant.

Paul is an American author hoping to recapture the fame of his first novel. When his best friend surreptitiously sets him up with Mia through a dating website, Paul and Mia’s relationship status is “complicated.”

Even though everything about Paris seems to be nudging them together, the two lonely ex-pats resist, concocting increasingly far-fetched strategies to stay just friends”.

Genres: Contemporary 

Expectations and Predictions:

5 stars. Yep, I’m expecting to finish this book and immediately start fangirling about it. I plan on recommending this book, so I’m hoping that it will end up meeting my expectations. 

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

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Synopsis: 

“When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

However, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines”.

Genres: Young Adult Contemporary 

Expectations and Predictions:

Sounds like a sweet story. I’m expecting to really like it but not love it. I just don’t want to find stereotypes and clichés with the characters and their relationships but I think there will be.

You by Caroline Kepnes :

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Synopsis: 

“When a beautiful aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder”. 

Genres: Thriller/Mystery 

Expectations and Predictions:

Yes. I loved the show and I didn’t know it was based on a novel. (This happens to me a lot)… 

Side Note: I literally wrote about 8 film-to book adaptations that I would love to see and apparently one of those was actually based on a book before it became a movie! You don’t even want to know my disappointment when I found out…

Anyways….

My book prediction is that it will be as addictive as the show.  I know it is written in 2nd POV and I’ve only read books with a third and first point of view Soo…… this will definitely be interesting and a page-turner.

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  1. Alero
    26/07/2020

    I lovedd P.S from Paris and i think it’ll definitely meet your expectations. I also had no idea “You” was based on a novel,adding it to my never ending TBR list lol. Great post!

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    • val @behindthatstory
      27/07/2020

      I’m so glad to hear that! Now I really want to read P.S from Paris

      Yeah hahaha I had no idea “You” was based on a novel either until I saw it on a bookstore 😂

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  2. miya
    27/07/2020

    What a great post!

    I’m a also not a fan of prequels so I’m guessing I won’t like A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes 🙁

    Renegades is really good! I keep trying to recommend it to everyone 😉

    And, Loveboat Taipei was one of 2020’s surprises for me. I really liked it! (way more than I expected)

    Hope you enjoy all the books <3

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    • val @behindthatstory
      28/07/2020

      I’m so happy to hear that about Renegades and Loveboat Taipei! I look forward to reading both books!

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  3. Marta @ the book mermaid
    16/08/2020

    I’m very excited for you to read Renegades because I really, really enjoyed the trilogy and I can’t wait to know your thoughts on it!! <3

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