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Top Ten Tuesday: What to Read if You Liked….

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 over at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. Are you a blogger as well? All that’s asked is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it!

Today’s Top Ten: Top Ten Books to Read if You Enjoyed…

Whenever I meet someone who is looking for a new book to read, I always ask him or her some variation of the same question: “Tell me about the last book that you read that you really enjoyed”.

Sometimes I’ll ask for the last three books, or for the last series. Sometimes I’ll ask when they will be reading the book. However, everyone always has a book that they read that they loved, and that’s the best guide to have when recommending a new read.

Since I seem to suggest books to all kinds of people, I’m going to pick three authors and give three to four suggested alternatives for each.

If you liked SUZANNE COLLIN’S “HUNGER GAMES” series or RICK RIORDAN’S “HEROES OF OLYMPUS” series, then you should check out…

Lex Trent Versus The Gods by Alex Bell

A cross between the Hunger Games and Percy Jackson, this amazing series follows law student and notorious cat burglar Lex Trent as he weaves in and out of trouble. Once day, trouble almost finds him, and Lex finds out that the Goddess of Fortune is calling in her favour – he will be her champion in the God’s Games. Win, and you achieve untold fame and fortune. Lose – well, let’s just say that you don’t want to lose. It’s up to Lex to figure out how to survive – and he’s not above cheating in order to succeed.

Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Twelve-year-old Stephanie Edgley inherits her Uncle Gordon’s estate and is promptly attacked on her first solo visit to the property. A mysterious skeleton-detective, Skulduggery Pleasant, comes to her rescue, and Stephanie quickly joins him as set off to solve the crime in a series of magical adventures that take them into a world filled with ancient evil creatures, including Nefarian Serpine, who seeks the Scepter of the Ancients and the infinite power it will bring him.

Landy defuses a lot of the violence and action in his books with humour, but be warned: his books are intricate and detailed and a great deal of fun. You’ll be glad that there’s another one (book 7!) coming out this fall.

The Warrior Heir series by Cindy Williams Chima

Sixteen-year-old Jack is an average kid. He lives in the small town of Trinity, and deals with daily medicine doses as he tries to navigate high school… until the day Jack forgets his medicine, and is stronger and more confident than he’s ever been before.

It takes a near-fatal accident before Jack comes to realize that he’s no ordinary kid; he’s a Weirlind, a member of a magical family who live amongst humans. There are two feuding houses in this magical society – the Red Rose and the White Rose – and they determine their power by playing The Game, a magical tournament to the death. The winner will rule the Weir.

As one of the last warriors in existence, it’s up to Jack to play the game, and to survive.

The Maze Runner series by James Dasher

Thomas and the other Gladers don’t remember how they ended up in the lift that brought them to the Glade. All they remember is that every morning the door to the Maze opens, and every night it closes. Sometimes a boy – a Runner – will enter the Maze in hopes of finding an exit, and sometimes that same boy returns. Everything has a pattern – until the day the girl arrives, and asks questions that no one has ever asked before.

This incredible dystopian series is unusual in that it has a male point of view, as well as an action/adventure storyline that will grab you from the first chapter. Be warned – this isn’t for the more sensitive reader, but it’s a compelling read nonetheless.

If you liked KELLEY ARMSTRONG’S “DARKEST POWERS” SERIES, then you should check out…

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

This Red Maple honourary runner-up novel is a fabulous mystery involving Violet, who helps her mother run a con as a fake medium in Victorian England. There’s only one problem: Violet can actually see ghosts, and they can see her. Now the ghost of a young girl who died violently is haunting her, and it’s up to Violet to find the killer. Together, with Colin, her best friend and potential love interest, they must find the killer without losing their own lives.

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

This wildly popular. vampire series is unique because it’s dominated by the strong female friendships that control the narrative. Rose, a Dhampir bodyguard and her charge, Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess have been on the run from St. Vladimir’s Academy, but are caught and forced to return. There, they must manage the social structure, the challenges of romantic entanglements and other more … unusual pursuits. The greatest challenge will be to avoid the Strigoi, the world’s most deadly vampires, as they want nothing more than to make Lissa one of them.

This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

A retelling of the Frankenstein tale, this is, in my opinion, Oppel’s finest work. TDE tells the story of Victor and Konrad, twin brothers who challenge and explore every nook and cranny of their family’s estate. When Konrad falls ill, it’s up to Victor, his cousin Elizabeth and friend Henry to complete a series of tasks set by a mysterious book to create the Elixir of Life.

I cannot praise this book enough. The story is so well-paced that I found myself reading well past 3 am to finish the story, and gasping aloud at the perils Victor encountered on his journey. Be warned: Victor isn’t necessarily likeable, but his struggle between good and evil is partly what makes the story so compelling.

Shiver/Linger/Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

A different take on the usual werewolf tale, the Wolves of Mercy Falls series takes us to the world of Sam and his pack, who are wolves that transform based on the change of temperature. Grace was attacked by wolves, and saved by a wolf with yellow eyes. Years later, Sam – a boy with yellow eyes – appears on her doorstep and the two fall in love. What distinguishes this series is the slow build. The characters take time to develop and evolve, and the story has a natural progression that makes you ache for the resolution you can see coming, but mourn it when it finally passes.

*Also to look for: Melissa Marr’s Carnival of Souls, to be released this fall. This amazing new series by Marr (author of the Wicked Lovely series) is already a buzz hit in publishing circles. Here’s the blurb from GoodReads – I managed to snag a signed copy at BEA, and can’t wait to open it!

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures–if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

If you liked E.L. JAMES’ “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY”, then you should check out… 

Laid Bare, (Book #1 of the Brown Siblings) by Lauren Dane

I’ve spoken often of my affection for Dane’s Brown family, and with good reason. While James’ work came from a popular homage to Twilight, the Browns are entirely unique. The characters have depth and act logically, the attraction is emotional and compelling and the story makes you want to meet them in real life. If you haven’t read them yet, then pick them up!

Bared to You (Book #1 of the Crossfire series) by Sylvia Day

This new series is similar in theme to Fifty Shades in that it deals with a powerful man and a woman struggling to find her place in the world. Where it differs is in the characterization. Gideon and Eva are, to put it bluntly, incredibly messed up. Their relationship is constantly troubled by jealousy, possessiveness and misunderstandings, but they continue to return to each other because they cannot help the attraction that lies between them. Day writes strong characters who make mistakes, but who also own their behaviours and want to become better individuals. This is book one of a planned series, and once you get over the intensity of their relationship, you will want to know more about them.

Sweet As Sin by Inez Kelley

This is one of those ‘take you by surprise’ reads. John is a bestselling young adult author who writes fantasy books about monsters. What no one realizes is that these monsters are the memories of John’s childhood of abuse. He moves next door to Livvy, a vibrant young woman who runs a pastry shop and the two begin an affair. Don’t be deceived though, as this book is complicated and deep, and leaves you desperate for more. Author Kelley has created a flawed hero with deep emotional trauma, and his struggle does not end once he finds love as in any conventional romance. You believe in his anguish and pain, and even though he is far from likeable at times, you believe in him. An exceptional read if you are looking for something else from the genre.

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10 Responses »

  1. “The Warrior Heir” actually sounds kind of interesting. Is it just me, though, or do all of the fantasy books these days seem obligated to make up weird words?


    • I agree – it seems that everyone wants to be Tolkien and create their own unique world… Not a bad thing, but gets old sometimes!


      • I think it’s good that they make their own words. It makes the book better, and no it doesn’t mean they’re trying to be like Tolkien. It just means they don’t want to use the completely natural world for their series and I don’t blame them.


  2. I like the sound of The Warrior Heir! Thanks for the recommendation!


  3. Enjoyed reading your selections and I liked your approach for this week’s challenge.


  4. I really liked the Vampire Academy series. Have you read the House of Night series? You must have. P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast.


  5. If you travel with the doctor, please bring me along!
    Your bio reminded me of this: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrgdzcPorQ1qzz80no1_500.jpg


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