Top Ten Books We’re Not Sure We Want to Read!

August 12, 2014 Features & Spotlights 11

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Books We’re Not Sure We Want to Read!

 The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

Just One Day by Gayle FormanJust One Day (Just One Day, #1)

From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate,Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E.Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadVampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Paper TownsPaper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

shelly signatureAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Princess by Kresley Cole

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.

Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium (Delirium, #1)

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing.

They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Artcile 5 by Kristen SimmonsArticle 5 (Article 5, #1)

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

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11 Responses to “Top Ten Books We’re Not Sure We Want to Read!”

  1. Angie

    Please to be explaining your reasoning to me regarding Just One Day and Anna BECAUSE THEY ARE AMAZING.

    jkjk although do read them and Paper Towns (which is my favorite John Green book I don’t even care) and also Delirium (just not the rest of the series) and MARA FREAKING DYER OMG GET ON IT.
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  2. Jillyn

    So many of these match my shelves! I own Delirium and Vampire Academy, but I just don’t know if I’m ready to commit to more series. As for John Green books as a whole and Anna and the French Kiss- I just feel somehow pressured to like them. Everyone hypes them so much that I’m not sure I want to read them at all

  3. Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile

    SHELLY! You gotta read Just One Day, it’s so, so, so good. Pretty, please? Also, Vampire Academy is not extraordinary but the series as a whole is amaaazing.

    Octavia, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a mindfuck of a book and I think you’ll really enjoy it. I’m not sure about Delirium myself but I own so I might just read it some day.
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  4. Rachel

    I thought Paper Towns was disappointing, everyone is telling me to read Stephanie Perkins. We Were Liars is high on my TBR and luckily I haven’t been spoiled for it. I own the Delirium Trilogy and plan to read them, even with mixed reviews and I can’t wait to own the Mara trilogy to binge them. I’m tempted by Vampire Academy because of all the love for them, but there’s quite a few books in the series isn’t there?
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  5. Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    Shelley I’m with you on Paper Towns, and I read The Burning Sky and thought I would like it a lot more than I did so maybe give it a pass. But I thought We Were Liars is fantastic! And Octavia I am with you on Anna and the French Kiss. Everyone is probably going to say how much they love it but I’m really picky on the Contemporary I like and while this series sounds good I’m not sure it’s something I would enjoy. Great list ladies!
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  6. Annie

    Shelly – Vampire Academy is SO ADDICTING but I definitely recommend you read it! Like Rachel I thought Paper Towns was disappointing but that’s probably just me as I haven’t been too keen on John Green’s books in general. And I didn’t LOVE We Were Liars either. It was a fast read and it was good but it was too twisty and confusing for me to really enjoy myself. You know when you’re reading a book and you just KNOW that there’s some profound meaning to it all but you have no clue what it is? That was kinda what it was like for me & We Were Liars.

    Octavia – You should read Mara Dyer! I was hesitant going in bc there were negative reviews about how it wasn’t good and Noah was a jerk and blah blah blah but I ended up LOVING it. Also Anna and the French Kiss is worth a read!
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  7. Mandy R

    I would recommend Vampire Academy, Delirium, Article 5 and Mara Dyer.

    I read Just One Day and it was pretty good, but there were things that bugged me.

    I like John Green, but I haven’t read Paper Towns yet.

  8. Anastasia

    Shelly, you need to give Vampire Academy a chance. VA is probably one of my all time favorite paranormal series and I just loved it. But in the truth the first book is my least favorite in the series, but after you read it and go on to the next books, it just gets better and better with each book! I think that you would honestly enjoy it! Also I have read Paper Towns and I also liked that one, but than again I like all of John Green books, but Paper Town is a really good fast read(:
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