Top Ten Tuesday (11)
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
All blurbs provided in this Top Ten are taken from Goodreads.com I have also marked all YA and MG fiction mentioned in this list, anything not marked with [YA] or [MG] should be considered aimed at “adults”.
This weeks Top Ten topic is:
Top Ten Tuesday Freebie (whatever topic you’d like)!
So for inspiration I’ve looked back at past Top Ten Tuesday topics I’ve not participated in and decided to pick:
Top Ten Books That I Am Dying To Read (That Are Already Published [in the UK], but I haven’t got a copy of yet)
1. Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter [YA]
Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life: Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long – and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous, and that is…the emerald is cursed. Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all, she has her best friend — the gorgeous Hale – and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses and realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless for this heist. This time, Kat’s going to have to make up her own rules…
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this. If the first book is anything to go by, this should be awesome!!
2. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead [YA]
The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.
Yeah, I’ve probably mentioned this book in the past on a Top Ten Tuesday or a Waiting on Wednesday but I haven’t managed to get hold of a copy. Yet. I will, because I adored Bloodlines to my utter surprise. Sydney is one of my favourite characters and I’m looking forward to meeting her in Mead’s Vampire Academy series.
3. Sins of the Angels (Grigori Legacy #1) by Linda Poitevin
When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis is assigned a new partner in Aramael, a Guardian Angel who doubles as a hit man, they have only one thing in common: a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse. Now they have no choice but to work together-relentlessly, fearlessly, intimately. Because only they can stop the rogue angel from ushering in the end of days.
I have heard great things about this book, both from the author in a Twitter chat and from people who have already read this book. It sounds really interesting and like it has some great potential.
4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins [YA]
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?
This is another book I have heard good things about, this time from other bloggers. I want to try a contemporary romance, but romance isn’t always my thing so I’m a little excited/nervous to get my hands on this.
5. Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby [YA]
Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment.
This just sounds super fun to me, and a little different too. I also really like the cover – it looks like lots of fun!
6. Tiger’s Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) by Colleen Houck [YA]
Passion. Fate. Loyalty.
Would you risk it all to change your destiny?
The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.
I found about this book/series because of the lovely Jenna @ Making the Grade. She is absolutely passionate about this series, and hearing her talk about it on numerous vlogs and blog posts made me decide to check it out. I am really looking forward to getting my hands on this, as it sounds like it will be super awesome!
7. Deadlocked (Southern Vampire Mysteries #12) by Charlaine Harris
With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.
Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.
I really enjoy reading the Southern Vampire Mysteries. There’s just something about Sookie that keeps me coming back for more.
8. Pretty Crooked (Pretty Crooked#1) by Elisa Ludwig [YA]
Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.
Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”-known to everyone as the Glitterati-without them suspecting a thing, is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.
The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her-evening the social playing field between the have and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.
But when the cops start investigating the string of burglaries at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could he wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?
I love the idea of a “female Robin Hood” figure.
9. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, Illustrated by Tod Harris [MG]
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
Debut author Christopher Healy takes us on a journey with four imperfect princes and their four improbable princesses, all of whom are trying to become perfect heroes–a fast-paced, funny, and fresh introduction to a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.
I heard about this book thanks to the wonderful Misty @ The Book Rat. I saw it first on one of her many vlogs, and then she featured it and Christopher Healy during Fairy Tale Fortnight. How could I NOT want to read this book?! I’m hoping I will be able to get my hands on it real soon!
10. Shadow Bound (Unbound #2) by Rachel Vincent
If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light…
Kori Daniels is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if it means taking it from someone else….
The job? Recruit Ian Holt-or kill him.
Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.
Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty….
I am a HUGE fan of Rachel Vincent, and I loved the first book in this series so of course I’m looking forward to picking up the second. The only reason I haven’t done so, is I haven’t done any book buying since May :( This will definitely be in my basket when I do get around to book buying!
So, that was my Top Ten Books That I Am Dying To Read. Do you have any thoughts? What is your Top Ten pick this week? Please leave a comment below and I will have a look at your Top Ten and, of course, comment back.