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Three Star Predictions

Hi everyone, it’s Sabrina here!  Apparently, I haven’t mentioned this before, but I’ve never been able to put together a five star predictions post.  Yes, there are some books that I’m more sure I will like more than others, but I have been oh so wrong before, plus a five star rating from me is not a super common occurrence.  Considering that, saying that I think I’m going to give a book five stars seems like bad luck!  I also typically don’t know all that much about books before I start reading them, lol – just the genre, if other people have generally liked it, and maybe one or two plot points – so that doesn’t lend itself well to doing five star predictions either.  

All that being said, I was inspired when I saw MegWithBooks three star predictions video!  Three stars is a fairly common rating for books I read – and it gets more common if you include anything up to three and a half stars in that category.  Additionally, there are certain genres that tend to end up as three stars more often than not for me and it’s a lot easier to see if an average rating is around three than around five. I guess the main difference between my post and MegWithBooks’ video is that, though I don’t think I will fall in love with these books, I do think I will like them!

So, without further explanation – here are ten books I think I will give three stars that I plan to read in the future!

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

I read (and reviewed!) the first book in the Mistborn series last year, and, in my opinion, it wasn’t as amazing as everyone had told me it would be.  As much as I loved the world building, I wished most of the characters had been developed further.  I ended up giving the book three stars, so it stands to reason that I might give its sequel three stars too.  I also don’t think I will fall in love with it because my dad didn’t like something big about it.  He didn’t tell me what that thing was, lol, but I think it will probably affect my enjoyment too.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I mentioned this book recently in my library TBR post, and it has arrived in my possession now.  I hope I get to read it in time before it goes back.  I’ve read and loved Kendare Blake books before, but that was a long time ago and I have a feeling I might have grown out of the writing style – though of course, it could be different anyway.  I was also recommended this book by an online friend and, historically, she has loved books I’ve found just okay.  So, though I do want to read this and think I’ll like it, I don’t have especially high hopes for it.

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

When I received this book for Christmas a few years ago, I didn’t immediately realise that it was by an author I’d read from before.  I was initially super excited to read it, but when I remembered Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a book I did not like very much at all, that excitement quickly waned.  I’ve been putting off reading this ever since, but the synopsis does sound really good and the cover is super pretty…  It’s possibly wishful thinking, but I hope this YA fantasy will be at least a three star read.

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

I really enjoyed The Great Gatsby when I read it – it was much easier to read and I was able to follow the story better than I was expecting.  So, I was very interested to hear of this retelling by an author I have enjoyed before (When The Tiger Came Down the Mountain is brilliant, and you should read it!).  Unfortunately, I quickly started hearing neutral reviews that made my expectations plummet.  Thankfully, these reviews haven’t made me less interested in actually reading this book – I need to see how my opinion compares to all the others!

A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell etc.

There is one simple reason I think this book will be a three star read for me: it’s a YA anthology that includes multiple authors.  I’m assuming (hoping!) there’s going to be some stories in this that I love and some that don’t work for me at all, so the average among them will most likely be somewhere in the middle.  It’s just the nature of a book like this, I guess!  Still, I am looking forward to discovering some new-to-me authors and finding some new favourite short stories in this collection.

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

I have talked a little about this book before on the blog – funnily enough, in a sort of five star predictions post where I discussed book recommendations I’d received from The StoryGraph.  The thing is, I have read a few books from that post already and DNFed one.  My highest rating for one of those books was 3.75 stars – so I think it’s reasonable to assume that All The Stars and Teeth will land somewhere in the three star range too.  Plus, I have actually started the book before and it didn’t instantly grip me.  It’s certainly going to be interesting to see what I actually think of it in the end.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

This is another book that I’ve owned for more than a few years.  And like many other books on this list, it is a YA fantasy by an author I’ve enjoyed before.  Incarnate was one of my first YA reads and I thought it was so unique and interesting.  I still think it’s unique and interesting, though I have yet to bring myself to read the finale of the series.  When it comes to The Orphan Queen, my main fear is that I may be too old to appreciate it properly.  However, my dad is giving it a read as I type this paragraph, so I’m excited to see what he thinks – and maybe I will be upgrading my three star prediction for it soon!

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

I remember that there was so much hype around The Wrath and the Dawn when it was released, and I was shocked to find that it didn’t work that well for me.  It’s been quite some years now, so I don’t remember all that much about it, but I think I gave it three stars – and this is the main reason I’m including The Beautiful in this list.  It’s also here because I’ve heard that this book is best for a very specific kind of reader – and I won’t know if I’m that reader until I try it!

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Yes, I’m sorry to say it, but a Percy Jackson book is here, featured on this list.  I haven’t rated any of the other books in the Heroes of Olympus series higher than 3.5, so I have to assume this one won’t get higher than that either.  I’m still hoping it will surprise me, but I have started it already and, frankly, it’s not seeming likely.  Still, I’ll almost certainly enjoy my experience reading it, even if it’s not perfect.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

My final book of this post and perhaps my most controversial too!  I know everyone absolutely raves about Six of Crows, but I am not confident at all that it will become a favourite of mine too – especially after having a sobering experience when rereading the first two books in the Grisha trilogy that I had once adored.  I ultimately think that expecting this to be any more than a three star read for me is asking for disappointment.  Though I must admit that I liked some of the characters that appeared in the Shadow and Bone TV show, so there is still some chance of this being a hit.

What do you think?

Do you have any three star predictions of your own? Do you think my predictions will turn out to be accurate? What did you think of Six of Crows? Let me know!

13 thoughts on “Three Star Predictions

  1. I really enjoyed Six of Crows, but it was my first Bardugo book and I haven’t read the earlier Grisha yet – I heard SoC was better, so going back seems like going backwards?!


  2. I think Six of Crows is miles better than the Grisha books. You could really see that Leigh honed her craft since her first books, but I think not going in with great expectations is always better. If you think it will be middle of the road, it has much more room to surprise you in a positive way!
    Also, I read Three Dark Crowns and I think a 3 star assessment is valid haha


  3. I rated six of crows three stars (idk, I just felt really complacent while reading it) and I’ve seen mostly three star reviews for the chosen and the beautiful as well. Hope you enjoy reading these books, regardless!


  4. I love this idea! I don’t do 5-star predictions because it creates high expectations which might be disappointed. Hope you end up giving these books higher than 3 stars though! ☺️ I really enjoyed Six of Crows, that was 4 stars for me.


    1. I think I gave Three Dark Crowns four stars when I first read. The first book was definitely my favourite in the series, with things slightly staying: “meh” afterwards. It’s a cool concept, but just didn’t grip me.

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  5. The blood of Olympus was my least favourite from the whole series, it pretty underwhelming for a series finale honestly :((( anyways I hope you enjoy it much more than I did!!


  6. I enjoyed Six of Crows way more than the Grisha trilogy so I hope that book surprises you. I have yet to read the second book though so I don’t know what that says about me or the series. I never really go into any book expecting a certain star rating. I have found myself expecting to DNF a few books I’ve started in my quest to clear down my Kindle shelves though so I guess it’s the same thing. I like when those books surprise me so maybe it’s better to go in with lower expectations and get a pleasant surprise rather than going in expecting a 5 star read and then being disappointed.


  7. Honestly, I’d love to do a similar post, because so many books scream 3 star reads to me. Usually I try to avoid those books, but every once in a while I end up buying or requesting a book that my opinion soon changes on and I realize it won’t be more than a 3 star read. It’s such a frustrating experience too, because while there’s nothing wrong with a 3 star read, there also isn’t much to motivate you to read what you believe will be a 3 star read, since why would you want to pick up a book that you think will just be “okay”.

    Great post!


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