Results of My 5-Star Predictions | Do I know my reading tastes well? Let’s find out!

Five Star Predictions

Hello my lovely lemons! How are you doing today? I hope you’re all well. I’m doing something fun today, going back over the 5-star predictions I made in an old post. I’ll be completely honest, I totally forgot about the original post. I made it in April 2019, and finished the last book on the list in December 2019. It wasn’t until I read Margaret’s post where she reviewed her own predictions that I was inspired to dig this list back out and do the same thing. I’m also copying Margaret and making a list of new 5-star predictions at the end of this post! Hopefully I won’t totally forget about them this time.

Here’s a little selfie I took of me and Pip. I swear he’s happier about it than he looks!

1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Partick Ness book cover

My original prediction:

I swear I mention this on every list of books I’m excited for but I never seem to read it! Despite never reading any of them, I love the concept of all Patrick Ness’s books and this happens to be the first series of his that I own. I could not resist those anniversary editions with the black stained edges. His writing style is pretty unique and I’m sure when I (eventually) get to reading this I’ll love it.

The results: 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋 A full 5 lemony stars! I’ve actually completed the whole Chaos Walking trilogy now and it’s honestly the best series I’ve ever read. I was so spot on with this prediction – the unique writing style made for a really captivating experience, and Patrick Ness masterfully balances a character-driven story with a really strong, twisty plot. Content warning for pet death in the first book. (I’m still sad about it.)

2. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera book cover

My original prediction:

I love (and have cried at) everything Adam Silvera’s written, and I really enjoyed Simon VS by Becky Albertalli. Basically, this is a queer book by a dream author duo and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. I’ve seen quite a few reviewers have mixed feelings about the ending, and I honestly can’t imagine how said ending will work out, given Becky’s books end pretty happily whereas Adam’s usually rip my heart out. Regardless, I’m excited to see how this one turns out and despite those reviews I have faith I’ll love it!

The results: 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋 Another 5-star success!! I was so grateful for this book when I read it – it got me out of a persistent reading slump that had been dragging me down for 8 months. Like I said, many reviewers I’d seen didn’t like the ending, but I actually thought it was just what the story needed. It’s been a year and a half since I read this, but in my review I’m pretty clear about loving how realistic the relationship and the emotions between Ben and Arthur feel. Once again, I nailed it with the 5-star prediction. (Am I actually good at this?)

3. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My original prediction:

I honestly can’t imagine a universe where this isn’t a 5 star read for me. I love this author duo’s previous series (The Illuminae Files) with all my heart and soul – it was definitely my favourite series of 2018. Jay Kristoff is a master and one of my favourite authors, and him and Amie work so well together. I love YA, I love Sci Fi and I am absolutely head-over-heels in love with the description of this book. It’s my most anticipated release ever, and I screamed with excitement when I managed to order the exclusive, signed, sprayed edges Illumicrate edition. So, yeah, I’m pretty sure this will be 5 stars. If it’s not I think I’ll actually cry.

The results: 🍋🍋🍋🍋 A decent 4 stars. Wow, I was so dramatic in that prediction. 😂 I did not cry as I rated this one 4 stars. I felt mild disappointment when I started reading it and realised it wasn’t going to live up to Illuminae, but then I got over myself and just appreciated it as its own story. And even though it didn’t hit that 5-star mar, I really enjoyed it! Looking back at my Goodreads updates I can see I read nearly 300 pages in a day after starting it, which is always a good sign. It was a fun, original space adventure, featuring a sassy crew of misfits, forced to work together to save the galaxy. My only comment would be that this felt like a lower YA novel when compared to Illuminae. The characters seem less grown up (read: cringy levels of sarcasm) and one of the main characters swears by saying “mothercustard” (I wish I was making that one up).

4. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

The Demon King by Cinda Willliams Chima book cover

My original prediction:

I read the first chapter of this a while ago and fell in love with the writing. I couldn’t pinpoint a particular reason I liked it, but I got totally absorbed into the story. This is one of those books where you’d lose track of what’s happening around you.

The results: 🍋🍋🍋🍋 4 stars again – pretty good! I didn’t write a review for this one (so helpful, thanks past-me 🙄) but I know I had a lot of fun with this one. Like I said in my prediction, the writing of this book really did pull me into the story – it was a very immersive experience. I’m hazy on the plot details but I know this was a great opening for a fantasy series and I really am excited to continue on with it.

5. Feed by Mira Grant

Feed by Mira Grant book cover

My original prediction:

It’s a book. About the zombie apocalypse. AKA one of my favourite scenarios ever. TV shows, movies, video games, even running apps and yet I have only ever read one book about zombies. Warm Bodies was very different to this though, and I am super hyped for a survival story all about bloggers (!) fighting zombies.

The results:🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋 The full 5 lemons! Ooof, Feed. One of the most memorable endings I’ve ever read. The first half of this book was a 4 star read. It felt a little slow at times – less action than you get in your typical zombie media. But that ending. I read the last 100 pages without even looking up (according to my review I missed 6 texts and breakfast). It was a truly unique and more well-crafted look at a zombie apocalypse scenario. Think less guts and gore, more aftermath and society trying to get on with life. The story is set around 20 years after the initial zombie outbreak, so it’s definitely a different take on the genre.

My New 5 Star Predictions

Wow, those predictions were actually really good! I got 3/5 right, and the other two were both 4 stars. I’m definitely calling that a win! Let’s see if I can do as well this time…

1. Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen

This book sounds like one I’ll relate to really hard, so I’m super excited to read it. It’s about a gay teenage girl who’s never done any of the things teenagers are “supposed” to do, like going to parties and staying out late. Which could honestly be my life story. Suddenly she becomes friends with one of the ‘cool kids’, and he takes her under his wing for a wild summer. That part’s nothing like my life – I’ve still never been to a party, and don’t understand the appeal when I could stay home with a cup of tea and a book. But I would very much like to read about it.

2. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

Even though I haven’t actually read a book in verse yet, I’m obsessed with the idea of them and 90% sure I’ll love them. It just seems like such a lovely and poetic storytelling medium. This story especially sounds like it will be incredibly powerful and heartwrenching. It’s about a young Black boy who is wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Clearly this is a very poignant story for current times, and I can’t wait to be blown away by it.

3. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore book cover

This is a queer Latinx retelling of The Red Shoes, AKA one of my favourite childhood fairytales. It’s much more gruesome than most fairytales, with a pair of shoes sealing to a girl’s feet and making her dance uncontrollably. In the original, she gets a woodcutter to chop off her feet, then watches them dance away in the shoes. Not sure how this retelling will handle that aspect, but I’m very excited to finally experience the McLemore magic everyone raves about.

4. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This is the (second) oldest book on my TBR! I added it the very first day I joined Goodreads in 2018, and I still haven’t read it. It’s a fun pirate adventure with a sassy protagonist and a rivals-to-lovers romance, which just all sounds brilliant. I fell in love with the sample I read back in 2018 or 2019, but I somehow still haven’t read it. After hyping it for so long in my mind, it had better be a 5-star read!

5. The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung

The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble's Braids by Michael McClung

Would you look at that, another book I loved the sample of then never continued. It really is a (terrible) theme with me. This is a fantasy adventure about a thief hunting for a lost treasure while seeking revenge for the death of her friend. Basically, it sounds like a really good time. This is another book that has been sitting on my TBR for over two years now, and I’d really like for it to be worth the wait.

That was a lot of fun for me to write, so I hope it was fun for you to read! I’m really pleasantly surprised at how good my first predictions turned out. Hopefully these new predictions will be just as accurate!

Do you get a sense for which books are going to be 5 stars? Are your predictions usually accurate, or have you been disappointed? Let me know in the comments!

Love and lemons, Abi

8 thoughts on “Results of My 5-Star Predictions | Do I know my reading tastes well? Let’s find out!

  1. Seems like you read a lot of great books!! As a big fan of the Illuminae books, I wasn’t sure about Aurora Rising at first, but I did get the e-book recently, so I’m happy to hear that it was a fun read for you 🥰 I hope your new 5-star predictions also turn out great!

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    1. Yes, it was really nice to do this post and be reminded of how many amazing books I’ve read and still have to read! I was a little unsure of Aurora Rising when I first started it, but I just had to learn to think of it as its own story and not expect it to be Illumimae 2.0 😆 It’s a really fun adventure of its own. Thank you, I hope so too!

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  2. Wow, I’m amazed at how well you were able to predict your 5 star reads!! I fully agree with your thoughts on the Chaos Walking books – it’s been a few years since I read them, but I LOVED them. And I also really liked the ending of What If It’s Us (a 5 star read for me too)! 3/5 correct predictions sounds like a win to me 😀

    Late to the Party is on my TBR too and I also really hope to love it! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it. I haven’t heard of The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids before this, but it sounds great, and also that title is fantastic.

    Good luck with all of these books!!

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    1. I was pretty amazed at it too! Although saying that, I’ve just looked on Goodreads and my overall average rating is 4.01 so I do tend to rate quite high. I don’t think I’ll ever get over Chaos Walking. I’m glad you liked What If It’s Us too, I think the ending fit the story really well!

      Yeah, I think it got randomly recommended on my Kindle one day and I’ve really wanted to read it ever since! I’ve not read many fantasy series where you’re following a morally grey character rather than some epic hero. It’s the first in a series, and the other titles are just as funny. Thanks!

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