Top Ten Tuesday

Hey, It’s Liv! I have yet another Top Ten Tuesday for you guys, since it is Tuesday, after all. As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish, this week it is the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession. This was a little tricky, because I have been on a huge book buying ban, and the last time I bought books, that I can remember, I only bought 5. Here we go.

10. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mylnowski.

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9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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8. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

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7. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

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6. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

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5. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

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4. The Heir by Kiera Cass.

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3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

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2. Endgame: The Calling by Nils Johnson-Shelton and James Frey.

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1. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.

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Alright, I hope you enjoyed this and I’ll see you back here later! Have a great rest of your day! Goodbye!

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Red Queen Review.

Secrets, lies, and revenge abundant in this debut novel by Victoria Aveyard.

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Red QueenSilvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

I finished this book on the last day of school, which was Monday. I feel a little late in this book, I mean it came out in February, and absolutely everybody was talking about it.

“Anyone can betray anyone.”

Just, let me pick up the pieces of my brain before I talk about this book, because, yeah, this plot twist was killer.

I first heard about this book when I started doing research for my first Top Ten Tuesday, on March 31st. I was pretty excited about it, and I finally picked this book up. I was not very into this book when I first picked it up, but I still really liked it.

I felt like it was a little slow at the beginning, but it definitely picked up. What I liked about this book so much was the characters, and the character types, like the Silvers and the Reds. The plotline also felt really original, which I think is pretty hard to do, in anything, really. What was kind of strange, though, was that this book was very hard to define as either being dystopian, or fantasy. It felt very much like our world, but it was not our world. There were cars, television, cameras, elevators. It also had strong elements of fantasy, things like the palace, the slums, the Silvers different abilities, things like that. It feels like it could be in the future, what with the new world, the rebellion, and the monarchy. I would definitely say that this would be a fantasy novel, just because the book is based off of the differences between the Silvers and the Reds, and the tensions that it causes.

I give this book a four out of five stars. Can I just talk about the ending? The plot twist was hella dope. It was amazing, I kind of saw it coming, but was unsure. That’s what bumped this book up to a 4 out of 5 stars instead of a 3 out of 5 stars. Why it only got a 4 out of 5 stars was that there was a minimal amount of romance, I mean, I liked that aspect of it, because that allowed for the book to focus a little bit more on the other things going on, and it was there, it just was not as prominent as I would have preferred.

Overall.

This was a really good book and I would definitely recommend that you pick this up! Well, that’s my two cents on Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This book would be good for anyone who enjoys dystopian, or fantasy, because it has very strong elements of both! You can pick it up in stores today, thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you have a great rest-of-your-day! I’ll see you back here soon.

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey, It’s Liv, and it’s Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish, and this week it is the Top Ten Books that I’ve recently added to my To-Be-Read List. This was a little difficult at first, but once I got going it was super easy. This is my first Top Ten Tuesday, so I hope you guys like it. Enjoy!

10. The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was The Fill In Boyfriendsupposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

9. Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell Liars, Inc.forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

8. Alienated by Melissa Landers

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is goinAlienatedg to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she  loves, but for the future of her planet.

7.   The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. The Summer Of Chasing MermaidsNamed for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

6. Fire And Flood by Victoria Scott

Time is slipping away….

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are drivFire And Flooding her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

5. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’99 Daysm serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

4. Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living Red Queenunder the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

3. The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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. The Winners Curse

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.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

2. I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore

She can be anyone you want her to be.
Vivian was raised with one purpose in life: to exact revenge on behalf of her mother. Manipulative and cruel, Mother has deprived Vivian not only of a I Am Her Revenge childhood, but of an original identity. With an endless arsenal of enticing personalities at her disposal, Vivian is a veritable weapon of deception.

And she can destroy anyone.
When it’s time to strike, she enrolls in a boarding school on the English moors, where she will zero in on her target: sweet and innocent Ben, the son of the man who broke Mother’s heart twenty years ago.

Anyone… except for the woman who created her.
With every secret she uncovers, Vivian comes one step closer to learning who she really is. But the more she learns about herself, the more dangerous this cat and mouse game becomes. Because Mother will stop at nothing to make sure the truth dies with her.

1. The Heir by Keira CassThe Heir

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

Oh, My God. Did anyone else love The Selection Trilogy as much as I did? That series was amazing. I completely flew through those books. I read each one in one day, pretty much the day each one came out. They’re definitely one of my favorites, if you haven’t read these yet, definitely do! They were so fun to read, and I am so excited about this one.