Top Ten Tuesday (#63): Top New Series I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Top New Series I Want To Start”.

Oh dear – I had a really hard time narrowing this down to ten, which says a lot about my TBR list.  I really need to work on that so let me know if any of these are must reads or ones I should scrap!  I’ve picked five series that started in 2014, five from 2013, and one from 2012 that’s been on my list for far too long!

2014



The Malediction Trilogy

The Winner’s Trilogy

Uninvited

The Internment Chronicles

Fire & Flood

2013


Starbound

Pivot Point

Taken

Not a Drop to Drink

2012

Under the Never Sky

 

Which new series are on your TBR list?

Top Ten Tuesday (#62): Top ten places books have made me want to visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Top ten places books have made me want to visit”.

 

Hogwarts – The most obvious choice, but who doesn’t want to visit Hogwarts?! (Well technically I guess I don’t, I want to live there, but visiting would be the next best thing!).

Middle Earth – I want to visit the Elves and meet the Hobbits!

Narnia – Talking animals? DONE.

Wonderland – The Wonderland of Splintered. I definitely wouldn’t want to stay, but I wouldn’t mind visiting the dark, beautiful world that Howard has made so real.

The Rain Wilds – Of all Robin Hobb’s settings, The Rain Wilds is the place I’d want to visit most.  It’s hard to say why without spoilers, but it sounds fascinating both historically and currently.

Westeros – Dangerous, absolutely, but also exciting.  I’d want to stand on The Wall, and try Dorne’s wines, to see Mammoths and direwolves, to explore the Red Keep and King’s Landing.

The OASIS – I’m only about a quarter of the way through Ready Player One at the moment but already The OASIS is fascinating and I know for a fact I’d be addicted to it. Maybe a good thing I can’t visit?!

Japan – A real world place! I find Japan fascinating and if there’s one book that cemented my desire to go it was Ink. Seeing Katie settle in to all the changes made me want to go even more.

South Africa – This has been on my list of dream places to visit for forever, and Lawrence Anthony’s work in The Elephant Whisperer just made that desire even stronger.

 

Where have books made you want to go?

Top Ten Tuesday (#59): Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling me I MUST Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read”.

The Fantasy

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he’s part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich – they’re the only ones worth stealing from – but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards. Together their domain is the city of Camorr. Built of Elderglass by a race no-one remembers, it’s a city of shifting revels, filthy canals, baroque palaces and crowded cemeteries. Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers, beggars, cripples, and feral children. And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal mastermind who runs the city. But there are whispers of a challenge to the Capa’s power. A challenge from a man no one has ever seen, a man no blade can touch. The Grey King is coming. A man would be well advised not to be caught between Capa Barsavi and The Grey King.Even such a master of the sword as the Thorn of Camorr.

As for Locke Lamora …

 

Princess Elisa is a disappointment to her people. Although she bears the Godstone in her navel, a sign that she has been chosen for an act of heroism, they see her as lazy, useless and fat.

On her sixteenth birthday, she is bartered off in royal marriage and shipped away to a kingdom in turmoil, where her much older and extremely beautiful husband refuses to acknowledge her as his wife. Devastated, Elisa decides to take charge of her fate and learn what it means to bear the Godstone.

As an invading army threatens to destroy her new home, and everyone at court manoeuvres to take advantage of the young princess, Elisa becomes convinced that, not only is her own life in danger, but the whole world needs saving. But how can a young girl who has never ridden on horseback, never played the game of politics, and never attained the love of a man save the world? Elisa can’t be sure, but she must try to uncover the Godstone’s secret history before the enemy steals the destiny nestled in her core.

 

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?
Shadow and Bone – Fantasy / YA

 

Historical Fiction

Josie Moraine wants out of The Big Easy – she needs more than New Orleans can offer. Known locally as a brothel prostitute’s daughter, she dreams of life at an elite college, far away from here.
But then a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie caught between her ambition and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans is luring Josie deeper in as she searches for the truth, and temptation beckons at every turn.

 



Two young women become unlikely best friends during World War II, until one is captured by the Gestapo.

Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in “Verity”’s own words, as she writes her account for her captors.Truth or lies? Honour or betrayal? Everything they’ve ever believed in is put to the test . . .


Here is a small fact – you are going to die. 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some important information – this novel is narrated by death. It’s a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. Another thing you should know – death will visit the book thief three times.

 

The Dystopians

Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans… Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run… The new edition of this unflinching novel about the impossible choices of growing up features the short story, The New World. Set before the events of The Knife of Never Letting Go, it is the story of Viola’s dramatic journey to the New World.

 

Los Angeles, California, Republic of America

He is Day.
The boy who walks in the light.

She is June.
The girl who seeks her brother’s killer.

On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other’s past.
But Day murdered June’s brother. And she has sworn to avenge his death.

 

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything – even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

 

The Romance


When Jacqueline follows her long-term boyfriend to college, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, ignored by former friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, she is assaulted. Rescued by a stranger in the right place at the right time, she just wants to forget that night. But when her attacker turns stalker she has to make a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Her savior proves protective and intriguing, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly, knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

 

Which of these recommendations do you agree with? Which should I skip?

Top Ten Tuesday (#58): Top Ten Series I’m Not Sure I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read”.

I’ve adapted it slightly and picked ten series I’m not sure I want to start – it’s not that I don’t want to read them so much as I’m wondering whether they’re worth committing to when I already have a huge TBR list!

The Ones on my Shelves

 

Shifters (Rachel Vincent)

There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I’m one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them . . .

Average GR rating of book 1: 3.84 | Number of books in the series: 6

 

The Morganville Vampires (Rachel Caine)

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?

Average GR rating of book 1: 3.94 | Number of books in the series: 15

 

Darkest Powers (Kelley Armstrong)

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Average GR rating of book 1: 4.03 | Number of books in the series: 3

 

Wall of Night (Helen Lowe)

 If Night falls, all fall . . .

In the far north of the world of Haarth lies the bitter mountain range known as the Wall of Night. Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the Wall is the final bastion between the peoples of Haarth and the Swarm of Dark—which the Derai have been fighting across worlds and time.

Malian, Heir to the House of Night, knows the history of her people: the unending war with the Darkswarm; the legendary heroes, blazing with long-lost power; the internal strife that has fractured the Derai’s former strength. But now the Darkswarm is rising again, and Malian’s destiny as Heir of Night is bound inextricably to both ancient legend and any future the Derai—or Haarth—may have.

Average GR rating of book 1: 3.68 | Number of books in the series: 3

 

Everneath (Brodi Ashton)

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

Average GR rating of book 1: 3.81 | Number of books in the series: 3

 

The Ones I Don’t Own Yet

 

Reboot (Amy Tintera)

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Average GR rating of book 1: 3.93 | Number of books in the series: 2 so far

 

Midnight Thief (Livia Blackburne)

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

Average GR rating of book 1: 3.77 | Number of books in the series: 2 so far

 

October Daye (Seanan McGuire)

October “Toby” Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas…

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening’s killer.

Average GR rating of book 1: 3.74 | Number of books in the series: 7 so far

 

Fire and Thorns (Rae Carson)

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

Average GR rating of book 1: 3.83 | Number of books in the series: 3

 

Breathe (Sarah Crossan)

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected . . . or trapped? Or controlled? Alina’s a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn’s a Premium who’s never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who’s never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything.

Average GR rating of book 1: 3.67 | Number of books in the series: 2

 

Which of these are must reads?  Any you think aren’t worth getting into?

Top Ten Tuesday (#57): Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From”.

David Eddings
Number of books: 19
Favourite series: Belgariad/Mallorean

No surprise that David Eddings tops the list – his Belgariad series were the books that got me into reading as a kid!

 

 

Robin Hobb
Number of books: 15
Favourite series: Honestly, I love them all, but it makes sense to start with the Farseer trilogy, where everything begins.

Again, absolutely no surprise that Robin Hobb is so high on my list, I’ve absolutely loved all of the Realm of the Elderlings books, and I’m about 60% of the way through the first of her next series (out next month) and absolutely loving it.

 

Charlaine Harris
Number of books: 13

Honestly, I’m surprised Charlaine Harris was so high on my list.  I only own one series (The Southern Vampire Mysteries).  I picked up the first 8 or so for £10 on a deal in WHSmith because the box they were in was damaged, and then I kept reading because I had to know what happened in the end.  Honestly though, I thought the first few were the best by far, and towards the end I thought the series had gone downhill.

 

Jodi Picoult
Number of books: 12
Favourite books: The Pact & Nineteen minutes

Ah, a non fantasy author! I do love a standalone every now and then and Jodi Picoult’s are great because they have complex characters and every one is based on a question that really makes you think.

 

J. K. Rowling
Number of books: 9
Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

No explanation required for this one really is there?! I’ve got the seven Harry Potter books, Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch through the Ages.

 

 

Maria V. Snyder
Number of books: 9
Favourite series: the Study trilogy

I picked up Poison Study out of curiosity more than anything and ended up really enjoying it.  I’ve since gone on to read the rest of the series, the Glass series and the Healer series (and my mum and sister have picked up every book after me!)

 

George R.R. Martin
Number of books: 7

Favourite book: A Storm of Swords or A Dance with Dragons

My dad bought me A Game of Thrones for Christmas years ago but I couldn’t get into it.  I put it down, stepped away and came back to it later – once I did, I got hooked! I’ve since read all of the books that are out so far, and started watching the TV show mostly just to keep getting my Game of Thrones fix while I wait for Winds of Winter.

 

Kelley Armstrong
Number of books: 8
Favourite book: Bitten

I really enjoyed the first few of the Women of The Otherworld series, but so far I’ve not got around to picking up the rest of the series.  I’ve got the first 6 on the shelf, plus Sea of Shadows (which I really enjoyed) and The Summoning which I’ve not yet read.

 

Conn Iggulden
Number of books: 8
Favourite series: Conqueror

Wolf of the Plains, the first in Conn Iggulden’s Conqueror series, follows a young Temujin, the future Genghis Khan.  I didn’t particularly expect to enjoy it but I ended up loving it! The first two books in the series were definitely the best, and I’ve still got book five to read.  I’ve also got the first three of his Emperor series which I picked up second hand for 50p each and haven’t started yet.

 

Scott Westerfeld
Number of books: 6
Favurite series: Uglies

Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series was probably the first dystopian I read and I loved it! I’ve got all four of that series and two of his steampunk series too, and I’ll definitely be ordering myself a copy of Afterworlds when that comes out.

 

Which authors take up the most space on your shelves?