This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books that I love but haven’t talked about enough. I think I sometimes read so many books that I forget to really talk about some of them so here are a few!
1. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
I read this one recently but it was during my blogging break and I haven’t really talked to anyone about it other than my IRL friends. It was exactly what I was looking for in a fantasy novel. It was fast-paced, full of quick-witted characters, a wonderful romance, and enough of a cliffhanger that I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel. While this one is very obviously the start of a new series, there is plenty going on to keep readers on the edge of their seats and I think people that aren’t even fantasy fans could love it.
2. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
I read this one last year and adored it. It’s the story of a pair of friends, Emmy and Oliver, who are reunited after 10 years. Oliver was kidnapped by his father and Emmy’s life changed forever that day. When he returns, their friendship turns into something even more than it was before. I loved Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway and I really loved that even though this was a much tougher subject she still managed to imbue a sense of humor throughout. It was a really quick, cute read.
3. The Royal We by Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
I read this while on vacation last year and it was totally my kind of book. Bex is an American going to school in London and she just happens to meet Prince Nicholas. In fact, she starts dating him. It’s a hefty book but it’s amazing from start to finish. What girl doesn’t dream of meeting a prince and falling in love with him and becoming part of the royal family? However, it’s not all perfect for Bex and Nick. They have very realistic struggles and I think that’s what made me love this book even more than I already did.
4. The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy
I’ll admit that the cover might have been the initial draw for this one. Once I stopped staring at it though and actually started the book, I loved it. It’s one of my favorite new adult books even though it is quite predictable. I really just loved the chemistry between the two main characters and the secondary characters were some of the best I’ve read.
5. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
I’m a big fan of all of Stacey Jay’s books and I feel like I don’t talk enough about any of them but especially this one. Princess of Thorns follows Sleeping Beauty’s daughter and she is one fierce girl. She’s disguised as a boy for most of the book so that she can rescue her brother and she acts more like a guy than a girl, at least for her time period. She’s very independent, a little untrustworthy, but totally great. She’s by far the best part about this book though I’m a fan of the rest of it too.
6. Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross
This is another new adult book that I really didn’t talk about enough when I read it. Just like The Deal, this one focuses on sports but in this case it’s baseball, not hockey. Annie’s dad is the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals, making the rookie pitcher off limits to her. That doesn’t stop them from having amazing chemistry, witty banter, and some steamy scenes!
7. #scandal by Sarah Ockler
I read this one months before it came out (I’m impatient when it comes to Sarah Ockler books) and because of that I think I didn’t really push it enough when it actually hit shelves. It’s about Lucy who is in love with her best friend’s boyfriend and it turns out he just might feel the same way. However, before they are able to let her know, it becomes public knowledge and Lucy is labeled a backstabber, a slut, and worse. I love how Lucy handled things and the mystery of who was behind leaking her hook up with Cole.
8. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
The main character in Prisoner of Night and Fog, Gretchen, has grown up as part of the Nazi party, a favorite pet to Adolf Hitler. She’s loyal to him and never questions him until she meets a young Jewish reporter who claims to know more about her father’s death than she does. As she gets to know him and finds out more about what really happened, she becomes disillusioned with the Nazi party and Hitler and has to decide who she will ultimately side with.
9. Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
Now that I think about this one, I really think I need to re-read it soon. Ask Again Later is an extremely cute romantic comedy about a girl who receives two invites to the prom and flips a coin to see who she should go with. The weird thing is though, when she flips the coin, she actually gets to live out both dates. It’s extremely cute and so funny.
10. How To Love by Katie Cotugno
I know I talked about this one a lot when it first came out but it’s been a while so I wanted to include it. How To Love is one of my favorite contemporary novels. It’s more serious but it’s so cute. It alternates between the past and present and I loved Reena and Sawyer the whole time. I also loved Hannah, their daughter, and how she actually played a big role throughout the book.
What are some of your favorite books that you don’t talk about enough? Feel free to leave me your links!