Top Ten Tuesday #3: Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List


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Top Ten Tuesday is a book-blogger meme that is created and hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. There are top ten lists for every Tuesday, that we bloggers fill our ideas and opinions with.

Have you ever thought, even once, how hard the life of a book lover is? Trying to decide between book boyfriends when playing Book MASH, picking favourites from endless 5-star books, and now, choosing ten books for a TBR list? Oh, the struggles… *cringes*

Well, here goes, in no order:

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)The Selection (The Selection, #1)Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

Eleanor & ParkA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

There are so many more that I’d like to add, but sadly, I’ll have to stop myself right here. *lists off the remaining 1, 000, 000 TBR books in head*

Are any of these on your to-be-read list? (Don’t try to hide; I know that at least a half dozen of you have at least a half dozen of these books on your list.)

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Angels on earth. One of the most trending storylines these days. I thought the same when I picked this book up, but it was not what I had expected. Much more evil was filled in. The first thing that came to mind when I looked at the cover was an angel being kidnapped by evil people at a masquerade party. Seriously. I do wonder how the author could have pulled that story off, though.


REVIEW

The beginning chapter of the book was pretty dreary and gray, like the described weather in Prague. Eventually the story got better as the pages turned. I had first thought that Brimstone and all those characters were really not real and Karou was making it up. But then everything fell into place. And then, bam! The story starts unraveling from there. . and doesn’t stop. I was hooked from the first page.

I liked the fatherly figure of Brimstone but never really grew attached to any of the other chimaera. Nevertheless, they were still a great addition to the book, and I loved the worlds all blended in together. The settings were very beautifully described—even the not-so-beautiful ones—and fit in perfectly in my mind, with the way I had imagined everything.

Akiva was a great, strong male lead. And Karou was an awesome, kick-ass, strong-willed protagonist. I liked them both from the start, and knew that somehow, they would be a good match for each other. Their romance is nicely developed and very sweet. I really loved the relationship, and it took up just enough of the novel to be real, and true. The forbidden-love aspect is very cliché but this time it felt refreshing, even though I have read about it many times.

The writing was notable. It is just as lovely as people say and it describes so much—it’s very descriptive. The writing evoked many emotions, and left me standing, and admiring. Irrelevant concepts weave together to make such phrases that light up the dark story. I used to think that third person POV’s could never do justice to a character’s feelings and emotions, but after this piece-of-art of a book, I think differently.

Favourite Quote

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

(From what I can see on Goodreads, I am not the only person who thinks this description of hope is amazing. So do 1800+ others.)

Putting this book down was hard, and it felt bad to leave it, albeit only for a few seconds. The characters are fiercely lovable, the plot is dark, twisted, and the writing shines through—what more proof do you need? I recommend this book to everyone. Now go read it.

My Rating: ★★★★★ 5 stars

Bonuses:

1 ★ for the writing, as I have already mentioned

1 ★ for the twisted dark-story plot

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Top Ten Tuesday #2: Top Ten All Time Fave Books


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Top Ten Tuesday is a book-blogger meme that is created and hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. There are top ten lists for every Tuesday, that we bloggers fill our ideas and opinions with.

I can just tell from the title this is going to be a hard one. How are you supposed to choose ten? Just ten? I don’t even know how to do this, so I’ll just be listing the ones that make their way into my mind first.

Here goes, with no particular order:

1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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4. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (and the rest of the trilogy)

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5. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck (and the rest of the series)

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6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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10. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Are any of these books your favourites, too? Let me know below if you have any favourites that I haven’t mentioned, or not yet read! I might add those to my ever-growing TBR pile!

February Wrap-Up and March TBR


Oh. It’s time for the wrap-ups and TBR, isn’t it? It’s going to be a showcase of shame, so come on in, and settle down—my treat :P. I could just type up a whole paragraph of excuses for why I couldn’t read enough, but I’m only going to mentally chastise myself and hope for the best next month.

FEBRUARY WRAP-UP (click on the books for the reviews!)

I read 4 books this month, with one of them being a children’s chapter book. Shame. I know I said that I would read more this time, and I did, although by one actual book. But it’s not enough. I seriously need to jump on the reading bandwagon in March, or else. . .

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Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

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One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (re-read) [review coming soon]

Geronimo’s Valentine (I read this for Valentine’s day 😛 haha) [no review :)]

MARCH TBR 

Again, my goal is to read more (obviously!) and to post reviews more often. I think that if I don’t remove books from this TBR until I have read them, I will feel bad and end up reading them soon. At least, I hope it works for this month 🙂

Ever Darkening by Janeal Falor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Your Beautiful Heart by Lauren Scruggs

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I have 31 days to do this. A lot of time to read, considering spring break is hitting the school year this month, and I’m excited! A lot of books on my TBR and a handful of time is all I need to hop on this reading challenge.

* Oh, and I did limit my watching of Teen Wolf and the Vampire Diaries 🙂 And that’s the only reason I could shove in one more book 😛