Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

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I haven’t participated in Top Ten in what feels like FOREVER, but here I am! And I am totally stoked for this one because there are countless books I have yet to own that I am DESPERATE to get my hands on. 

 

In no particular order, let’s check out these bad boys!

 

 

 

Midnight Thief

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Kick

 

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Winner's Curse

 

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebel

 

Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she does five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…

It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kiss of Deception

 

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Like Ashes

 

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Murder Complex

 

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talon

 

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Alice

 

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Son

 

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Soncontinues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart,Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

 

 

 

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I’m a little late on the post, but I am posting . . . That has to count for something, right?;) 

 

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After #16thingsithoughtweretrue Six Months Later Reached Demonglass Gameboard of the Gods Promise of Shadows DR 1 - Something Borrowed DR 2 - Something Blue Baby Proof Love the One You're With Heart of the Matter Where We Belong 

 

 

The first three are purchases, and the rest are all on loan from my oh-so-stellar friends;) 

 

Oh, and I saw IF I STAY today!!! You better believe a softie like me had some prominent tear tracks by the time the movie was through. And I have to say, they did an absolutely FANTASTIC job with the movie, I LOVED it!

 

 

Happy Reading!;)

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After

 

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

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I   L  O  V  E   T  H  I  S

 

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKK!!!!!

 

I could not physically put this book down from the moment I started it–no bathroom breaks, no food breaks (and that’s saying a lot coming from me), nothing.

 

I read Anna and fell in love with Étienne. Then I read Lola and Cricket swept me off my feet. But you guys, as much as I loved these two male leads, they do not compare to Josh.

 

Jooooooooooooossshhhhhhh

 

He is the most swoony out of them all! I’m getting all starry-eyed just thinking about him . . . What’s more attractive than someone with passion? As he’s lost in his art he’s stealing my heart! Not to mention the passion he has for Isla. I felt them in the most visceral part of my heart–I ached for them, I laughed with them, I hurt with them and I loved with them.

 

And Isla? I connected with her on a level that I didn’t with the other two ladies. As fantastic as the first two books were–and I LOVED them–Isla just got me, and I got her. I’ve never been one to have supreme confidence and I understood where she was coming from and how she was feeling. As much as I wanted to shake sense into her because–as an outside viewer–I could see how wrong she was about herself, I knew the journey she’d have to take because I’ve been there myself.

 

Isla, let’s be besties, kay?

 

Stephanie Perkins is a YA Master! She understands the teenage psyche and uses that little teenage spirit inside us all to draw us completely into her stories. I ended this book wanting to paint everything and learn French! And wanting Josh to be more than fictional, because HOLY ATTRACTIVE MALE.

 

I fell in love with every facet of this novel, and I recommend it WHOLEHEARTEDLY to EVERY HUMAN!

 

 

 

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Rating: 5

Stacking the Shelves (23)

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I know, it’s been a while. A long, looooooong while. But I’m back! And because it’s been so long since I’ve posted a STS and you know I was still purchasing and borrowing books like nobody’s business, I’ve got quite a few booklings to share with you all. 

 

From Book Outlet, Amazon, Half Price Books, LibraryThing and borrowing from friends–bear with me!

 

 

The Face on the Milk Carton Whatever Happened to Janie The Voice on the Radio What Janie Found What Janie Saw Janie Face to Face Just Like the Movies Aces Up If You Find Me The Beginning of After The Faerie Ring The Iron Knight Landry Park Pawn This is Not a Test Summer State of Mind Slammed Ugly Love 

 

 

This is going to sound terribly embarrassing, but I remember reading the first four books in the Janie Johnson series and thinking, “That’s not the closure I was expecting,” upon finishing What Janie Found. Come to find out two weeks ago that the fourth book was not the end of the story! So I’m going to reread the first four and finish out the series. 

 

I also own The Iron Knight in kindle form, but the other three books I own physical copies of, and I felt like I needed TIK in physical form to round out the series right;) 

 

And if you haven’t read anything by Colleen Hoover, you are missing out! I read Ugly Love the other day and was fighting off tears with all of my might–she is extraordinary at connecting readers to her characters. 

 

Feeeeeeels.

 

Welp, that’s all I’ve got for you as a catch-up this week!

 

Happy Reading;)

 

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to Be

 

Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. 

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that’s also why she’s chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB (“meant to be”).

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

This book was hysterical!

 

Seriously, Julia’s inner dialogue? Unbelievably comical! Do you ever read a story where at least one part of the MC’s personality is so in tune with your own that you can’t help but feel an undeniable connection to them? That was me with Julia’s humor! It’s like a part of my own sense of humor was fused with Julia’s, because I felt like every time she thought a funny remark it was aligned right along with what I find gut-busting. Like this little gem:

 

An older couple is passing us, and I shoot them an apologetic smile, which I hope communicates something along the lines of How terrible to see madness in someone so young; I’m sure his keeper will bring him back to the asylum soon.

 

Oh, oh, and this one!

 

Great. Now I’m dressed like a homeless person and I smell like a gigolo. They’re going to have bloodhounds on my trail to get me out of here, and thanks to this stupid cologne, I’m going to be way too easy to find.

 

And then there’s just the imagery she invokes, akin to my own thoughts on so many levels:

 

I think if someone had written that sentence down a week ago and showed it to me, my brain would have exploded and oozed out of my eye sockets.

 

As far as her humor goes, we are two peas in a pod. I do, however, feel like she and Jason could be a little over the top. She was always frustrated with Jason and snapping at him and overbearingly uptight, to the point where I wondered Who peed in your Cheerios? every day of their trip.

 

And Jason! I understand you’re a teenage boy, and they can be a tad immature. Okay, so maybe more than a tad. BUT I don’t think they’re on the outstanding obnoxious level that Jason managed to achieve every day.

 

There were the tugs on the heartstrings when I read about the impact of Julia’s father’s death on her life, and Jason’s mother’s absence from his. There were the swoony texts between Julia and the mysterious Chris she met at that party. There were the infuriating at times and entertaining at others clashes of Julia’s will versus Jason’s. And through it all, they’re touring and exploring London.

 

L  O  N  D  O  N  .

 

And even though their interactions could be borderline baffling, Julia and Jason’s interactions together were entirely adorable. (Except for that one time. That one time was cringe-worthy–I squinted my eyes partially shut and wished for the end then.)

 

And the solving of the Chris mystery! Oh my SWEET MERCY I was laughing so hysterically in the solitude of my basement I probably sounded mad! Honestly, I was in no way, shape or form expecting that to turn out how it did. Holy WOW that was priceless.

 

This was a fun, funny, perfectsunnybeachy summer read that is sure to lift your spirits (and leave you pining for London;))

 

 

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Rating: 3.5

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Some Girls Are

 

Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High… until vicious rumors about her and her best friend’s boyfriend start going around.  Now Regina’s been “frozen out” and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.  If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day.  She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully.  Friendship doesn’t come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend… if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don’t break them both first.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I had a definitively strong reaction to this book.

 

I wanted to strangle everyone. Every character is awful–they’re all terrible people. This book showcased the ugly side of people.

 

It was disgusting how appalling everyone’s actions are.

 

And yet, I felt so hard reading this. My emotional reactions were all over the board because this book and these characters made me think. I couldn’t help but put myself into the situation and ask, what if? What if I were in Regina’s shoes–what would I do? What if I were Michael, or Liz? I tried analyzing the situation from every perspective. I immersed myself in the plot trying to understand the characters.

 

I was in a constant state of suffering due to the vise tightening around my chest because I was experiencing every terrible thing alongside Regina. But I hated her at the same time, and the emotions were so conflicting that I had my own personal struggle while reading.

 

And I’m still left wondering about how I feel toward this book. I didn’t feel the closure I usually have when finishing a book–I feel like there should have been more resolution. But then, nothing tied up neatly in this story because this story isn’t neat–it’s messy and hard and a constant struggle. The ending fit the story and I’m left feeling suspended in a paused storyline, waiting for it to resume.

 

 

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rating: 3.5

 

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

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Oh TBR, how very long you are! Attempting to narrow down all the books I want to read this summer into a Top Ten is a bit of a challenge, but one that I’m up to tackle;) Let’s not waste any time–here’s my Top Ten Summer TBR!

 

 

 

Ruin and Rising

This is such an imaginative and strong series.

 

 

 

 

Heir of Fire

Speaking of strong–Celaena Sardothien.

 

 

 

 

Silver Shadows

After the perilous cliffhanger in The Fiery Heart.

 

 

 

 

I need everything Huntley Fitzpatrick.

 

 

 

 

Strange and Ever After

Creepy and cool, need I say more?

 

 

 

 

Opposition

Daemon and Katy.

 

 

 

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After

MORE STEPHANIE PERKINS.

 

 

 

 

Just Like the Movies

Adorable. And if you pre-order, you can win prize packs from the author!

 

 

 

 

The Kiss of Deception

This only looks fantastically intense.

 

 

 

 

Fan Art

And this looks real.