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!
This weeks Top Ten topic is:
Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read list
These books are in no particular order and all the blurbs are from Goodreads.com
1. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship–or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with six months to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate stars scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood — not even from each other.
This is on my TBR pile at home, and I’m really looking forward to getting to this book. I’ve heard some good things about it, and I can’t wait 🙂
2. Blood Bound (Unbound #1) by Rachel Vincent
Bound by blood, condemned by fate
As a bloodtracker, Liv is extremely powerful. And in a world where power is a commodity that can get you killed, Liv’s learnt to survive by her own rules.
Rule number one? Trust no one.
But when a friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv is bound by a potent magical oath. She can’t rest until the child is safe.
And that means trusting her dangerous ex, Cam.
A sinister prophecy tells that she and Cam will be the death of each other, yet Liv’s tired of being a slave to destiny. She’s ready to play the forces controlling her world at their own game.
This is also on my TBR pile at home. I’ve heard some really great things about this book, and I’ve really enjoyed Vincent’s Shifter series and the first book in her Soul Screamers series. This should be awesome.
3. Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1) by Meg Cabbot
Pierce knows what it’s like to die, because she’s done it before.
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.
The myth of Persephone…darkly reimagined.
I’m a huge fan of Meg Cabot, having enjoyed a couple of her series. When I saw this book I could not resist trying it. It is yet another book on my TBR pile, hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I also like the idea that it is a re-imagining of the Persephone myth – I can’t wait to see where Cabot goes with it.
4. The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong (Published: 5th April 2012)
In The Calling, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of The Gathering clamoring for more.
Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.
Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. Plentiful action and romance in this second installment in the Darkness Rising series will keep readers enthralled to the very last page!
Kelley Armstrong is one of my absolute favourite authors, as such I have read pretty much all her work. I really enjoyed the earlier book in the series The Gathering (see my review here) and I’m hoping that this one lives up to my expectations.
5. Black Heart (Curse Workers #3) by Holly Black (Published: 19th April 2012)
Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.
But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.
I really loved the first two books in the Curse Workers, so I absolutely cannot wait to read this. I love the world Black has created, and I think Cassel is a brilliant main character.
6. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being 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 months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she’s 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…
I’ve heard some awesome things about this book, and I really love the cover. I also think the blurb sounds really, really, interesting and I can’t wait to get it 🙂
7. Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins (Published: 29th March 2012)
Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.
Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.
Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?
I like the sounds of the blurb with this book, and the previous two books in the series had some promise. I look forward to seeing how this plays out.
8. The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #6) by Michael Scott (Published: 2nd May 2013)
There is currently no blurb for this book that I can find
I’ve really enjoyed reading this series and I’m looking forward to seeing how Scott wraps things up. Sophie and Josh have been really interesting characters, and I’m kinda sad to know that once I finish this book that’ll be it. Still, I can’t wait to get started. B)
9. Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris (Published: 1st May 2012)
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.
This is yet another series I have really enjoyed. Sookie is an awesome character in my opinion. I’m kinda interested to see where Harris is going with this, and how long she plans to keep the series going (or not). The blurb sounds super interesting and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this so I can start reading.
10. Fair Game (Alpha and Omega #3) by Patricia Briggs
They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.
Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can’t afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father’s dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.
Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…
I really enjoyed both this and Brigg’s Mercedes Thompson series so I’m really happy that another book in this series has come out. I won’t be able to get hold of a copy until April, but it’s not stopped me drooling over the blurb. I think it sounds interesting and I look forward to reading it.
So, those were my Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read List. What are yours?