Top Ten Tuesday: New-To Me Authors of 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week is all about the authors that were new to you in 2014. It could be authors who have been writing and publishing books for years yet you have only read your first book by them in 2014. I’ve mentioned the author at the beginning of the title and then the book I’ve read by him/her. Hope you enjoy my list. Let’s do this!

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  1. Nina LaCour, Everything Leads to You
    I really enjoyed this one, it’s very different from other YA romance novels -in my opinion.
  2. Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds
    So much hype around this book and all I have to say is that it’s well deserved. Really well written!
  3. Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
    Brandon Sanderson is just a master of fantasy. His skill seeps out of every word and sentence. it’s just masterful. I’m making it my mission in life to read every one of his books.
  4. Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
    I will read every single thing this amazing author writes. EVERYTHING.
  5. Morgan Matson, Since You’ve Been Gone
    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I think the author wrote about important aspects of being a teenager and love that are often left out: friends, family and being the best person you can be.

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  1. Benjamin Alire Saénz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
    I just have no words for the awesomeness that is this book. It’s just out-of-this world.
  2. Charlie N. Holmberg, The Paper Magician
    A recent discovery! I highly enjoyed the first two books in the Paper Magician trilogy, I thought they were really well written.
  3. Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora
    Another master of fantasy. The world and characters that Scott Lynch has created are fantastic.
  4. Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
    This was one of the most unique books I’ve ever read! I would recommend this one to every book lover out there. The story stayed suspenseful and you didn’t know what was going to end up happening. His writing… I just can’t find the words.
  5. Kasie West, Pivot Point
    Another pleasant surprise! This duology was well written, suspenseful and exciting. I will definitely read more of her work!

That is my list for this week! Have you read any of these books or made a list yourself? Put the link in the comments below, I’d love to check them out.

Top Ten Tuesday: Looking Forward to 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week is all about the books being released in 2015 that you can’t wait to read. I tried to pick all different books than I did in one of the previous TTTs, which you can find here. If you want to see more books that I’m anticipating for 2015, you can check out the other post I mentioned before all about sequels. Let’s get on with the list!

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  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses#1) by Sarah J. Maas
    A Beauty and the Beast retelling by one of my favorite authors… Sign me up!
  2. The Cage (The Cage #1) by Megan Shepherd
    The synopsis of this one sounds absolutely incredible. Some humans that are being kept in a zoo-like cage?
  3. Confess by Colleen Hoover
    I want to read more Colleen Hoover books, and this one sounds really interesting.
  4. Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
    Childhood friends who fall in love and start dating. One wants to forget, and the other to remember. Intriguing!
  5. All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter
    I love Ally Carter, her Heist Society books are wonderful! I can’t wait to read more of her work. Plus, I’m looking forward to the next book in the Heist Society series too!

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  1. Reawakened (Untitled Series #1) by Colleen Houck
    An Egyptian mummy-prince has come back to life and he must travel, along with the main character Lily, to the Valley of the Kings. I love Egyptian myths and their history and everything. I’m so excited for this one!
  2. Survive the Night by Danielle Vega
    I haven’t read Merciless yet, but a lot of people seem to enjoy it. This one is about a rave in the New York subway tunnels, where a girl is killed and Casey and her friends are being hunted. It sounds so thrilling and suspenseful -and if you didn’t already fear subways, you probably will after this.
  3. Liars Inc. by Paula Stokes
    Max has been making money selling lies to his classmates. Then his best friend turns up dead, and Max provided him with a lie to cover up where he was going. Then the evidence starts to pile up- terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer. Honestly, I’ll probably never tell a lie again after reading this, not even a little white one.
  4. What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi
    It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. Those first few sentences already sold me on the book. It’s even about a high school or college student I think. Not something I’ve read a lot about.
  5. Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
    This is a young adult fantasy book and the premise makes this book seem incredible. I look forward to reading it!

That was my list for this week. Hope you enjoyed it! Did you make a list? Leave me a link in the comments, I’d love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week is all about the books you want to read this winter. Now, I’m going to be honest: I shouldn’t be allowed to do TBR lists. Why, you ask? Because I never, ever end up reading them. I’m a huge mood reader and tend to pick up whatever I feel like at the moment. I bet that I won’t have read a single book on my Fall TBR by the end of fall. Whoops. So you should view this list as following: My Winter TBR (in an ideal universe, where I actually do read them). So let’s get into it!

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  1. Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken
    I really enjoyed the first book, The Darkest Minds, which was the first book I read in 2014. We’re almost at the end of the year and I haven’t continued with the series yet. Now that In the Afterlight is published, I can actually binge-read them if I want to.
  2. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
    I tried picking this one up last month, but I was just not in the mood. I love this story and the characters though, and I’ve heard great things about Heir of Fire!
  3. Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie
    This one just sounds like a solid fantasy story. I’ve seen some reviews from YouTubers/bloggers whose opinions tend to align with mine and they seemed to love it. SO I MUST READ IT AND LOVE IT TOO.
  4. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
    The sequel to this book was on so many people’s TTT last week -sequels I need right now. If so many people are anticipating the sequel, the first one must have made a good impression. I’m curious!
  5. The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon
    I’ve been hearing more and more about this one recently, and all good things. The synopsis sounds so intriguing as well!

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  1. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
    Again, this was recommended -not specifically to me- by someone whose reviews I trust, especially in the fantasy genre. This seems to be a standalone too, which I love. Fantasy standalones are quite rare.
  2. The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1) by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
    I stumbled across this book recently, and the synopsis sounds like so much fun! If you want to read it, you can click on the title to go to its Goodreads page.
  3. The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron
    The greatest thief of the age, Eli Monpress, needs to raise the bounty on his head to put his plan into effect. And what better way to do so than to steal some things? Like a king.
    DOESN’T THAT SOUND CRAZY?
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    Switching it up to a total different genre with this one. A historical fiction story about an orphan German boy and a blind Parisian girl during the war.
  5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    I really need to read this one. I’ve seen the movie twice -I think- and really loved it. So I have to read this book!

So this is my list for this week. Have you made one? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Need NOW

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week is all about the sequels you can’t wait to get your hands on. Let’s be honest, it’s going to be hard for me to pick only 10 of them, I mainly read series. But I’ll try anyway. Not all of these books have a cover revealed yet, so I can’t show them to you. Hope you enjoy my list!

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  1. Vision in Silver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop
    March 3rd, 2015
    I’ve mentioned this series several times on my blog. I just want to binge-read the entire thing.
  2. Fall With Me (Wait For You #4) by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
    March 31st, 2015
    I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing, both her young adult and new adult novels. This series is so addicting and the characters are amazing. I’m so excited to read about Roxy and Reece!
  3. Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2) by Rachel Hawkins
    April 7th, 2015
    The first book was hilarious, kick-ass and adorable all at the same time. I’ve read the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins as well and really enjoyed that too. Her writing is immensely funny.
  4. Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray
    April 14th, 2015
    Okay, the wait for this one has been too long. I need to find out what happens next!
  5. End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee
    May 12th, 2015
    I’m a bit confused about this one. Susan Ee mentioned it’d be the last one of Penryn’s story but according to Goodreads there are 5 books in total? On the one hand, I hope it’s 3 because I want to know how it ends but on the other hand: I will want more of the characters!
  6. Stand-Off (Winger #2) by Andrew Smith
    January 14th, 2015
    Only recently discovered there’d be a sequel and seeing as how much I loved Winger I absolutely NEED to read this.
  7. P.S. I Still Love You (All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han
    April 21st, 2015
    I kind of wish I hadn’t read the first book yet because THAT ENDING. I really can’t wait to find out how the story unfolds.
  8. The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire #6) by George R.R. Martin
    Publication date still unknown
    You need to just hurry up. The wait for this one has been unreal. I get angry every time I think about it.
  9. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
    November 24th, 2015
    This is such a great fairytale-retelling series! I’ve loved every one of the characters and the stories.
  10. The Master Magician (The Paper Magician #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg
    July 21st, 2015
    One of my recent discoveries as well! I read the first two books only a month -or maybe two- ago and truly enjoyed them. Can’t wait to see what the third one has in store for us.

I have two honorable mentions -sorry, you knew this was going to happen.
Book 4 in The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication date yet unknown
Falling Away (Fall Away #3) by Penelope Douglas
January 6th, 2015

I hope you enjoyed my list. Have you made one? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read them!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters that NEED their own book!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week is all about characters that should totally get their own book. Whether it is a novella or a novel, a minor character or a semi-main character, it doesn’t matter. I know that some of the books I’ve listed do have some chapters through the mentioned character’s eyes. Yet I’ve listed them, because I NEED MORE from that character. I hope you enjoy my list!

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  1. Pippin (Peregrin Took)
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
    I know that Pippin already has his own point-of-view chapters in the books combined, but honestly it’s not enough. He is one of the best characters in this trilogy in my opinion!
  2. Kenji
    Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
    Kenji is just so witty and hilarious. A book from his POV would mean non-stop laughing.
  3. Wadi or Khareh
    The Knots Duology by Amy McCulloch
    I couldn’t decide on which character in this series. I’d love to read through Wadi’s eyes and learn about her history etc but on the other hand, I want to know what goes on in Khareh’s head!
  4. Raffe
    Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee
    This needs to happen. An entire book through the angel’s eyes -literally.
  5. Mg. Emery Thane
    The Paper Magician trilogy
    We got one chapter from Emery’s POV in the sequel, The Glass Magician. It was so interesting and I really hope the third book has more chapters through his eyes. If not, then there HAS to be a novella or something.

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  1. Elizabeth or Molly
    Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich
    I couldn’t choose here either. I would be interested in books seen through both girls’ eyes. I want to know more of their back story and the way their minds work, if you know what I mean.
  2. Gansey
    The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
    There can never be enough Gansey. That’s all I really have to say.
  3. Ginny
    Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    Imagine it: the Harry Potter series rewritten through Ginny’s eyes. What do you think? It’s a definite yes in my opinion. Or maybe even Fred and George? Although I’d prefer Ginny.
  4. Arya
    The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
    Arya is such a mysterious and wise character and a story fabricated by her mind would be so unique!
  5. Wesley Rush
    The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
    While Bianca’s story is wonderful, I can’t help but think that it would be even better if we saw a glimpse of Wesley’s thoughts.

So this was my list for this week. Did you make a list or do you (dis)agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Reread

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week’s topic is rereading! I am personally on the pro-team of rereading. I do it quite often and I -almost never- feel guilty about it. Hope you enjoy my list!

Note: I did not include The Lord of the Rings trilogy nor did I include the Harry Potter series. I did not feel as if it was necessary since they are a given on most people’s lists. I will forever reread them!

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  1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saénz
    I know that I have featured this book before -and not just once- on my blog. But I really feel like it deserves to be mentioned that many times! It is such a great novel and I need everyone to read it. I am quite sure I will reread this at least 10 times. (No, I’m not kidding).
  2. Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
    I should get an award for mentioning this book in almost every post. I am really sorry. Well, I am actually not sorry at all. I have already reread the first two books in this series and will continue to do so -probably even every year. They are just everything I look for in a(n) (urban)fantasy book.
  3. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
    This was, I believe, my first Maggie Stiefvater book and I fell in LOVE with the writing. The third book has recently come out and for some reason I haven’t read it yet. I really recommend this series but be warned: it is weird.
  4. The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
    I read the Diviners last year and really enjoyed it. I thought the story was enthralling, the “bad guy” was extremely creepy and the characters were intriguing. It’s been a long wait for the sequel, Lair of Dreams though, and before that comes out I will definitely reread the Diviners. Partly because I want to, partly because I won’t remember enough to read the sequel immediately.
  5. Angelfall (Penryn & the end of Days #1) by Susan Ee
    Angelfall is probably one of the first -or the first- and maybe even the only angel book that I really love. It’s creepy, gory, and thrilling and the main characters: YES. I really want to reread this one and the sequel World After, and I need the next book!

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  1. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
    I need to read this again, because I can’t accept that it’s over. No more Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus books… So I will just start all over again!
  2. Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini
    I remember reading these books when I was really young (11-12-13 years old) and loving them. It’s one of the series that sparked my love for fantasy. I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve read them so I need to do so again.
  3. The Dark Mirror (The Bridei Chronicles #1) by Juliet Marillier
    Juliet Marillier was also one of the first fantasy authors I fell in love with. I have read part of her Sevenwaters series, Cybele’s Secret, this trilogy and more by her and loved them all. While I also want to read the Sevenwaters series again, this one is higher on my priority list. I don’t think I’ve read many druid books at all, maybe I should look for some more!
  4. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins
    Anna and the French Kiss is an adorable contemporary read. It’s probably one of my favorite young adult romance stories and I will definitely reread the entire trilogy!
  5. Heist Society (Heist Society #1) by Ally Carter
    Thieves and con artists. As I’ve said before: love them! Now, a crew of thieves that are teenagers? Loved it even more. This series is funny, witty and just made me smile numerous times!

 

So, this is my Top 10 for this week! Do you agree with any of my choices? If you have made a list, let me know in the comments below, I would love to check it out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Spirit Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week’s topic is all about the Halloween Spirit! Little side note, I don’t actually read any really scary books, so I selected some that gave me the creeps or even some about ghost-halloween themes. Hope you enjoy it!

The first 5 books are more paranormal/fantasy books, while the other 5 are crime-related. Maybe you don’t think that the crime books are really Halloween picks, but in my opinion Halloween is not only about the paranormal but also about being scared -no matter what you’re scared from. So I counted them as Halloween reads.

 

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  1. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee
    Angelfall is the first in a series about a girl called Penryn who is trying to survive the apocalypse. It started when the angels fell from the sky and killed or enslaved the humans. I chose this book because it is quite gruesome and creepy, in my opinion. Also it’s one of my favorite dystopian novels, ever.
  2. The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
    Two words: Naughty John. That thing (person?) creeps me out! He sings creepy little tunes while murdering people. The Diviners is an amazing book, full of intriguing paranormal stuff. The only downside is that it is taking a long time for the second one to be released… I can only hope that will make it even more epic!
  3. The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones #1) by Laura Bickle
    An Amish girl trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. I can honestly say that it is the apocalypse seen through a very different set of eyes.
  4. The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) by Maureen Johnson
    A ghost impersonating Jack the Ripper and killing people. I don’t really believe in ghosts, but if they exist: what could be worse? I mean, you can kill a serial killer. But what do you do if the serial killer is already dead, and still killing?
  5. Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake
    A teenage ghost hunter trying to hunt a ghost called Anna. But is Anna really evil?

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  1. The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles #1) by Tess Gerritsen
    The Rizzoli & Isles series is centered around two characters: Jane Rizzoli, a Boston homicide detective and Maura Isles, the chief medical examiner in Boston. Together they solve murders etc. The Surgeon is probably one of the creepiest serial killers ever. As an extra tip, I really like the TV show they based on this series as well!
  2. Obsession (Faces of Evil #1) by Debra Webb
    Super-creepy serial killer who is obsessed with Special Agent Jess Harris + another serial killer murdering young girls. If there is one thing that scares me the most it’s serial killers. Why? Well, the paranormal stuff doesn’t usually scare me because I don’t believe in it. Serial killers, however, are very very real.
  3. I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga
    Jasper was brought up by his dad, who is an infamous serial killer. His father taught him everything he knows in the hope Jazz will one day follow in his footsteps. Only now, a new serial killer is preying on his little town and Jazz wants to use his “skills” to help the police find him. The perspective in this series is really quite unique… and creepy.
  4. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
    Living Dead Girl is about Alice, who was kidnapped when she was 10 years old. Now she’s 15 and lives with her kidnapper Ray. The things he does to her and how utterly hopeless Alice has become make this a terrifying read to me. This could happen to anyone. That fact scares me to death.
  5. Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne
    In Truly, Madly, Deadly Sawyer’s life has just been turned upside down. Her boyfriend just died in a car accident. But was it really an accident? Sawyer finds a not in her locker saying: You’re welcome. Her boyfriend was abusing Sawyer, but she never told anyone. Now, people around her are dying in what looks like accidents every time. Is Sawyer going crazy? Or is someone killing the people that wronged her?

This is my Top 10 for this week. Do you agree with my choices or have you made a list yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: New(ish) Series I Want to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week’s topic is the Top 10 new series you want to start. As for the word new: let’s say released within the last 2 years (2012-2014). This is my list for this week, hope you enjoy it!

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  1. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
    This is a young adult fantasy story about Princess Lia -17-years old- who runs away on her wedding day to a little village. There she meets two guys: one is the prince she was supposed to marry, the other is an assassin sent to kill her. She doesn’t know though, and to make it even more interesting: the reader apparently only finds out who’s the prince and who’s the assassin like 3/4 into the book! It just sounds so good.
  2. Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
    Ah, Brandon Sanderson. I have not read enough of his books. I’ve only read Mistborn (#1) and I loved it so much. Since fantasy is probably my favorite genre, it’s a shame I haven’t read more of his work. In this world, there are Epics which are basically super-humans but they aren’t good. Then there are The Reckoners, who study the Epics and try to bring them down. It’s like an anti-superhero story; doesn’t that seem incredible?
  3. Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott
    The first reason I want to read this is that it’s been described as a sort of mix between The Hunger Games and Pokemon. Yes, I want to read that! The second reason is the reviews I’ve seen on this book, almost everyone seems to love it. It’s about a girl who participates in a race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain to win a cure for her little brother, who’s sick.
  4. The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen
    Before this book was even released, it was already signed to become a movie with EMMA WATSON. Before it was even released? I mean, it must be epic then. So I need to read it.
  5. The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    Part of the synopsis: “In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage.” Kingdoms and cons. Plus, by now the entire trilogy has been released, so I can marathon it!

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  1. Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
    “Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins.Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.” People get a mark branded on them if they’ve committed on of the seven deadly sins… I just need this.
  2. Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
    Another young adult fantasy novel I’ve been meaning to read for a while. Again, I’ve heard many -many- raving reviews about this one and as a fantasy-lover, I feel like I can’t not read it.
  3. Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1) by Livia Blackburne
    A thieve who gets a job from the leader of the Assassin’s Guild and a Palace knight on a mission. YES. As you may know already if you’ve read any of my previous posts -if you have, THANK YOU- I love reading about thieves, assassins, con artists, etc. This just seems right up my alley.
  4. The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
    This is a really recent release from Marie Lu. I’ve read her Legend series in the past year and really enjoyed it. So I want to check out more of her writing, and the synopsis for this intrigues me.
  5. Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
    “The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.
    Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.” This is a dystopian novel as well. If the synopsis didn’t convince you to read this, you should not only check out its reviews but also look up the author. Apparently, he’s one of the most attractive YA authors 😉

This is my Top 10 for this week! Do you agree with my choices or have you made a list yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week’s topic is the Top 10 books that are character-driven. Here’s my top 10.

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  1. Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
    I don’t think I will ever make a top-list concerning books that doesn’t include this one. It’s an urban fantasy story and while it has a lot of action moments and scenes, this series focuses mostly on the characters. As for the plot all you need to know is that in this world The Others control everything: they hold the natural resources, the land and everything else humans need to survive. Courtyards are made within big cities and The Others live in them -no human may enter without permission. The story follows Meg Corbyn, who is a blood prophet on the run, when she stumbles across the Lakeside Courtyard where HLDNA (Human Law Does Not Apply). It’s truly an amazing read.
  2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    This story does not really have a plot I can explain to you. It’s just about two boys, Aristotle and Dante, who grow up. And we get to read about their lives as well as their families’ lives. Ari and Dante is most likely going to be featured in my Top Books of 2014, because it blew me away. My advice: don’t look up too much about the story before reading it. Just do it.
  3. The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
    The Avery Shaw Experiment is one of the cutest young adult romance books I’ve read. Romance books tend to be more character driven than action ones, and in this one you get to see a young girl, Avery, grow. If I could use three words to describe it: adorably, fluffy, Grayson.
  4. Winger (Winger #1) by Andrew Smith
    Winger is about a 14-year-old boy called Ryan Dean who goes to a boarding school where he’s not exactly Mr. Popular and where he plays rugby. This book made me laugh out loud several times; and then broke my heart and crushed my spirit in the last 20 pages or so.
  5. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
    Before you pick this up, I need to give you a little warning: this is a slow-paced book. And there’s nothing wrong with that, in fact I tend to love slow-paced books. You do need to be aware of if beforehand though. This novel is about a girl, Cameron, who has to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth when her parents die. The synopsis says: “When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.” Reading this book, you really become thankful for our current society that has become more accepting towards homosexuality -although still not enough in my opinion.

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  1. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
    The Raven Boys is the first book in one of my current favorite series. It’s about a girl Blue, whose family has psychic powers while Blue is just an amplifier -others’ powers become stronger when she’s there- and a group of -rich- boys from Aglionby that are obsessed with ley lines and a king that has been dead for centuries. There’s really no way to explain, but the story and characters are amazing.
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Fangirls is about Cath, a girl who is going to college for the first time. It’s the first time she’ll be without her twin sister. She is not really the most social person but loves writing fan fiction, etc. Cath was a character I could relate to a lot -although she annoyed me sometimes- and Levi is probably the most adorable fictional guy ever.
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    This one is sort of the odd one out in this list. While most of the others are quite easy to get through and “happier” stories, The Book Thief is heart-wrenching but very unique. It’s told through the perspective of Death and it’s the story of a girl called Liesel, set in Germany during WWII. I usually don’t read many stories set during that time, but The Book Thief blew me away; not just the story but the characters as well. Liesel and Rudy are wonderful characters and you also get to know a lot about the people surrounding them. You even feel sympathy for Death’s character. It’s just great.
  4. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
    I’ve already mentioned this in several posts and you can find my review on this book here. I can’t praise Tabitha Suzuma’s work on this novel enough.
  5. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins
    Stephanie Perkins is the queen of cute, young adult romance reads. It’s set in Paris and is about Josh -who was already a side-character in Anna and the French Kiss- and Isla. It’s adorable, the characters are relatable and don’t we all wish we lived in Paris?

So those are my picks for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday. Let me know whether you agree with any of my choices, or what yours are/would be!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week’s topic is the Top 10 books that were hard for me to read. Please note that there are some books in this list that I have loved: my reasons for them being hard to read for me may not always be negative ones.

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These 5 books, I didn’t really enjoy all that much/at all. So if you love any of these books, I’m sorry. We can’t all like the same things though.

  1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
    I chose the cover of City of Bones for this one but to be honest, this topic is applicable to the entire part of the series I’ve read. I thought the first one was okay and continued to read up until the fourth book. After that, I just couldn’t do it anymore. For me, the books got worse with every new one and I just didn’t care about the characters at all anymore. I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone by saying this because I know so many people love this series. It just wasn’t for me. In my opinion, it would have been better as a trilogy. I’m not really planning on reading the last two books at this point.
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Just hearing the title of this book already makes me angry. Because I haven’t read (m)any classics at all, I figured I would start by reading one everyone seems to love -and let’s be honest, I also chose it because it’s a short one. And I hated it. My copy is only like 114 pages, which would normally take me less than 2-3 hours to read. It took me 3 days. I just couldn’t do it and here’s why: NOTHING HAPPENS. Rant over, sorry.
  3. Tirza by Arnon Grunberg
    Tirza is a Dutch book that I had to read during high school. That’s already a big reason it was hard to read right there: don’t force me to read anything. Often, it takes the fun out of it for me. Another reason is that this book just confused the hell out of me. I couldn’t follow the story at all while reading it which was incredibly annoying. And finally, the cover, really? You can’t read that in public.
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James
    Don’t have much to say about this one, only this: I love the new adult genre and I read a lot of it. SM is just not my thing at all.
  5. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
    What made it hard for me to read The Knife of Never Letting Go is the writing. Appropriately named the Chaos Walking trilogy, it was just too chaotic for me. Since you read the main character’s thoughts and the dog’s and everything else that’s alive, it was just too much for me. I couldn’t really connect to the characters.

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Now, for these books: I didn’t enjoy Wedding Night, thought Uglies was okay and really liked the last three. So there’s a mixture of both here.

  1. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
    This actually pains me to say, but I really didn’t like this book. I usually love everything Sophie Kinsella writes, but I just couldn’t connect to this one. The main character was so strange! I mean in the I-make-impulsive-and-totally-ridiculous-decisions way. I actually couldn’t even finish this book. I would recommend almost every single one of her other books since they are great, but not this one.
  2. Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld
    I think the reason why this was hard for me is because of the hype surrounding this book. So many people love this book and rave about it. I didn’t think it was that special at all. I’ve read quite a few dystopians, and this isn’t one of the best ones, in my opinion. The concept is very interesting and it makes you think about the standards of our society but I just didn’t enjoy it all that much. And because I was expecting greatness, it took a long time for me to finish it.
  3. The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin
    The Passage is the first book on this list that I really liked. I believe I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. The story is really captivating and interesting and so many things happen but it is definitely not an easy book to read. The first cause is the amount of characters. There are so many of them, and a lot of them have perspectives. After a while, it’s hard to connect with one -or to even remember who it is. And the second cause is that it is huge. I got this book from the library and honestly its massive size intimidated me. That’s probably why I haven’t read the sequel yet. But it is a very good story and you should definitely pick it up!
  4. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
    Another book that I really enjoyed reading. Living Dead Girl is about a girl, Alice, who was abducted when she was 10. Now she’s 15 and we see her life with Ray, her kidnapper. It’s an amazing book but a terrible story, if you know what I mean. Alice is so utterly hopeless and broken. We know that kidnappings happen every day but we never actually think about it until it’s someone we know. This book makes you think about it, and it just is so heartbreaking.
  5. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    This is one of my all-time favorite trilogies. I am a big fan of high fantasy so this is right up my alley. The first time I read this, I had already seen the movies yet it was still hard for me, mainly because of the language. Since it was written in the 1950s, the language is very different than it is now. For someone whose native language is not English, like me, it can be quite hard to read. I re-read them almost every year now and it’s become less hard for me over the years but I still can’ read them as quickly as other books.

This was my Top 10 for this week. I hope you enjoyed it and let me know in the comments below which books were hard for you to read or whether you (dis)agree with any of my picks!