Top Ten Tuesday (March 21, 2017)

Top Ten Tuesday

My list for Ten Quickest Books can be split into two categories: books that are quick reads time wise and books that I read so quick because I could not put them down. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme I am hoping to take part of regularly from here on out that is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Letters from Rifka

This book is a very good read that can be done in as little as an hour. It’s about a Russian Jew during the Russian Civil War whose family must flee Russia when her brothers are called up to serve in the army. Written in letters from Rifka during her attempts to get to the U.S., there are some moments in the book, but it’s also meant for children which prevents it from being too heavy and depressing.

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

This book is a fun entertaining ready that doesn’t take too long to read. It’s about a girl who ends up living in a house with seven boys after her parents move to South Korea. It’s not a very trying book, not too much thought goes into it, but it is very entertaining.

The Outsiders

This is one of those books that I answer with when people ask me what I would take to a deserted island. I LOVE this book so much. I can read it un under an hour, but it also might be because I’ve read it so many times. It will probably take a first time reader a little longer, but it’s still something one could devour in a single day.

That Was Then, This is Now 

This is not a direct sequel to The Outsiders, but Ponyboy does make an appearance. This is a super short, super quick read. If you enjoyed The Outsiders then you will probably enjoy this book as well.

Two Princesses of Bamarre

This is probably the only book in my collection that can rival The Outsiders for most reads. This is the story of a girl who is shy and timid, but who has to rise above all of that in order to save her sister from the Gray Death. There is a quest, and dragons, and faeries, and love. What else could I ask for?

Among the Hidden

I was in the fourth grade the first time I read this book. I loved being introduced to Luke’s world and reading about a society where people are only allowed to have two children. In my nine-year-old mind I could not imagine that law could ever be reality, but then I grew older and learned that there were in fact places where Luke’s world is real life.

The Near Witch 

This book will always be special to me because it introduced me to Victoria Schwab’s writing. Written with a beautiful, lyrical tone, The Near Witch tells the creepy story of a village where the children start to vanish as soon as a stranger comes to town.

Between Shades of Gray

This amazing story definitely takes more than a few hours to read, but you will be so sucked in that you will not be able to put it down until you are done. Lina’s story will draw you in so much that you’ll start it in the morning and next thing you know it will be pitch black out. (True story. I finished at about 2am and then immediately went to Ruta’s website to email her about how much it impacted me) Beautiful, must read.

Where She Went

This is another one of those stories that is definitely not a one to two-hour book. It will probably take all day, but it will be worth sitting in one spot for hours to read. Warning: this book will make your heart hurt. It’s the sequel to If I Stay and, in my opinion, it’s far far better than the first book.

The Lies About Truth

You guys. This book is amazing. I could not put this down and every single time someone interrupted me I was so angry. I even had it out on my desk at work to read during downtime. Even with work and interruptions I read it in just a few sittings. You will feel like time stops around you while reading this book, because you are so engrossed in what is going on within these pages.

 

 

What are some of your favorite books that you read quickly?

 

Before She Ignites Cover and Feb. Update

Guess who got a new job? If you guessed me then you’re right! I am so excited to be starting this new chapter in my life and what makes me even happier is that I now have an amazing schedule. I have gotten so much progress in my story I am working on and I’ve actually had time to read The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows. It’s the sequel to The Orphan Queen and I love getting to stay in Wil’s world for a little bit longer.
Another exciting thing in the world of a Meadow’s ultra-fangirl is the cover real for Before She Ignites

Take a look!

OMG! I LOVE this cover. It’s honestly one of my favorite ones in a while. That model is gorgeous and looks amazingly badass and fierce. The expression on her face is enough to make people quiver in fear of her. Seriously whoever that model is deserves so much success.

Be sure to check out the original post on Jodi’s website to see all her thoughts on this gorgeous cover.

I am hoping to have a review up for The Mirror King sometime next week. I am going to predict it will be another five star book. ;)


Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Title: Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

From Goodreads

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

From the very first page of The Orphan Queen I was swept away on a fantastical and gritty journey.
Wilhelmina (Wil), is the exiled teenage queen of a country, and people, that doesn’t know she is still alive. After witnessing her parents murder as a young child, she and other high born children are whisked away to the Indigo Kingdom. Fast forward and Wil now is part of the Ospreys who steal to survive. She encounters the vigilante Black Knife during one of these thefts setting up a series of encounters throughout the book.
Wil goes undercover in the palace and frequently comes into contact with king who she blames for the downfall of her kingdom and the death of her father. While plotting to take back her kingdom she also has to deal with the wraith, a toxic magical residue sweeping across the land and destroying everything in its path.

I loved every single thing about this book! I have always been a huge fan of Jodi Meadows; the Incarnate books are some of my all-time favorite books. I own digital and physical copies because I love them all so much. When I picked up The Orphan Queen I was immediately swept into the same feeling of wonder and love that I felt while reading Incarnate.
Meadows creates such a sophisticated fantasy world grounded with the rules of reality. Perfectly blending mystical elements such as magic and wraith with the human struggles of trying to figure out where you belong in life, the world of The Orphan Queen is so easy to get lost in.
One of my favorite things about Wil is her incredible strength and will to do whatever is needed to protect the lives of those she cares about, while also questioning the integrity of people she once trusted.
The romance in this book is effortlessly paced, not too quick and not too slow. It’s a slow build throughout the story that ends in the most perfectly crushing way. I love that while the reader knows from the very beginning Wil has multiple identity, I love that her romantic interest is the same way. They are so similar, yet so different, and I was rooting for them as soon as I realized what was happening.
I would have liked to see more of the Ospreys and the wraithland. Meadows introduces this big dangerously mysterious place and we only get a little glimpse into it, I would have loved for Wil to have had a larger adventure there.
The book also has a creepy element to it that reminds me of some of the elements of Incarnate. If this is any idea of what all of Meadow’s future books will be like I am so excited. The Orphan Queen has so many elements to it; fantasy, humanity, survival, and creepy, and they all blend together so well. Meadow’s just has this amazing way of blending everything together seamlessly making me want to ready every single thing of hers as soon as it comes out. The Mirror King is the sequel to The Orphan Queen and I ordered it the second I finished reading.
The Orphan Queen was a fantastic book that I would recommend to all fantasy lovers.


The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Title: The Forgetting
Author: Sharon Cameron
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron takes readers into a richly built world where every twelve years the citizens of Canaan forget all of their memories. The tagline, “What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes” sets the reader up to know that we are about to embark on a twisting tale where presumably the protagonist, Nadia, is going to discover some deep dark secrets about Canaan. Discovering is just what she does.
We are introduced to Nadia as she is climbing back over the wall from the outside, which is forbidden. Right away we know that this girl is all sorts of badass. She is the girl that readers want to be from the very first page. Fiercely independent, but still a loving daughter to a mother who can’t really connect to her, she breaks all kinds of rules while trying to discover the mysteries of Canaan. Why do their memories disappear every twelve years? And why can Nadia remember everything?
Along the way we meet the mysterious Gray, the glassblower’s son who has a connection to Nadia from a past he cannot remember. Immediately the reader is both suspicious of Gray and rooting for him to be a good guy because we want him and Nadia together so bad. Together they discover the dark history of Canaan in a twist I did not see coming, but loved every second of.
Nadia fights for the people of Canaan until the very last moment. She is a girl we can all aspire to be like. Typical to a Cameron novel the build is slower than with some other YA books, but it doesn’t make it any less interesting. This is a smart, wonderful, exciting journey I loved being on and think everyone should check out.