Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My To Be Read List.
I have a lot of books on my to-read list, and I’ve posted a fair bit already about what books I’ve decided to read next, what books I didn’t get around to last year have been added to my to-read list for this year. I add books to my to-read list every day, and most of the time I start them before books that have been on there for years. Below are the ten books I most recently added to my list; some are 2016 up-coming releases which I am very excited to read, and others are earlier releases which I have heard great things about.
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Release Date: 24th April 2012
I’ve heard a lot about The Selection series; but it was only recently, after reading reviews for the most recent book in the series, that I added the first book to my to-read list. One of the good things about not starting this series back when The Selection was released is that there will be no torturous wait for the next book.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: 2nd October 2012
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, people seem to have nothing but praise for the trilogy and the author, so I finally caved and added it to my to-read list. I haven’t read a lot of dystopian books recently, it got to the point where if you’d read one you’d read them all, hopefully Shatter Me will be a fresh take on the genre. It certainly sounds good.
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong colour.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war—and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Release Date: 13th January 2015
This book seems to have a lot of mixed reviews, people either loved it or didn’t (though there seems to be a lot of excitement for the release of the second book in the series). While I am not keen on the love triangle hinted at in the blurb I love the sound of the story itself; Paris, Istanbul, an ancient prophecy, secret societies, the threat of World War III, it sounds like it has the potential to be amazing.
Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.
To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family—but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.
Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
Release Date: 19th January 2016
I’m not sure when I’ll get around to reading this book, if it’ll even be this year is anyone’s guess, but one of my New Year’s bookish resolutions was to read books outside of my comfort genres and Bookishly Ever After certainly fits that resolution. It sounds like a really sweet contemporary romance; I’ve seen it on a lot of people’s to-read lists so I had to put it on mine too.
In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favourite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favourite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Release Date: 26th January 2016
The more I see of this book the more excited I am for its release. The blurb sounds intriguing to say the least, and it has a gorgeous cover which was the first thing that caught my eye. This seems like the kind of book that could either be really good, or go completely the other way. I guess I’ll have to wait for its release to find out which one it is.
Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Release Date: 2nd February 2016
The blurb intrigued me but it was the cover that made me add this book to my to-read list, how gorgeous is it? After The Lunar Chronicles and the Starbound series ended last year I am desperate to get my hands on some more sci-fi books, and Starflight sounds like it could be a brilliant read.
Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumoured to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world – and each other – the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Release Date: 12th April 2016
Alice and Max from Dreamology and the premise of the book; two people with a unique connection and neither sure the other is actually real until they meet face to face, reminds me a little of Kami and Jared’s story from the Lynburn Legacy series. Either way Dreamology sounds really good and I’m interested to see where Lucy Keating goes with the story.
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have travelled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.
But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: 3rd May 2016
Based on the tale of Hades and Persephone. Inspired by Indian mythology. This book sounds amazing, and it already has some glowing reviews. I am not sure why I am only just discovering this book now but I am so excited for its release.
Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is up heaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.
But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk—it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.
Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Release Date: 3rd May 2016
Like with The Star-Touched Queen Ruined is a book I only discovered recently but that has gone right to the top of my to-read list. Even just reading the blurb I already love Em’s character; infiltrating the royal family, revenge, deception, murder, I can’t wait for this book to be released.
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.
But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.
In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.
Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life – and her family – on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Release Date: 28th June 2016
And I Darken takes the tale of Vlad the Impaler and retells it; making the famous prince, a princess. I love history, which is probably why time travel is one of my favourite sub-genres, so this book which takes a major historical figure as inspiration is definitely a to-read of mine. I am really excited for its release, I just hope it lives up to the hype.
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what some of the books you’ve recently added to your to be read list are.