Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome ladies at The Broke and The Bookish. Today, as always, they have a great topic: Top Ten Books We’ve Read But Never Reviewed. These are books we’ve simply not gotten around to reviewing mainly because we read them before we were all bloggy and when we used to just find random strangers in Target and the bookstore to blather on endlessly about our latest reads (OK. We all know I totally still do that too). Without further ado, here are our top ten.
1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore- It really is a travesty that I’ve never taken the time to review this one, especially considering the fact that the main character, Katsa, is on my list of top female characters. This girl is fierce–like Katniss from The Hunger Games or Tris from Divergent–and the story is excellent (and has some steamy times).
2. Sea Change by Aimee Friedman- Miranda and her mother spend a summer on a small island as they handle the estate of her late grandmother. While there, Miranda becomes seeped in the mermaid lore familiar to the people of the area, to the point that she begins to wonder if the handsome new boy she likes, Leo, might possibly be more than your average human boy. It was such a fun story, full of sweet, romantic moments and eerie tidbits of mystery that I was totally engrossed the entire time.
3. The Enemy by Charles Higson- Guys I don’t normally do zombie books or horror stuff. I like kissy face sweetness ALL THE TIME. And The Enemy has absolutely none of that, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell it that it was freaking awesome. It is the story of kids (teenagers, middle-schoolers and even little grader schoolers) who are trying to fight off zombies that have taken over England (and the world). A mysterious virus has turned everyone over the age of eighteen into these horrific zombies–this includes parents, grandparents and the once-friendly neighbor down the street. The kids need safety, they need food and they need supplies to fight these awful monsters. Within the ranks of the kids there are fights as to who should lead them and what their next move should be. It was seriously good.
4. The Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart- Oh you guys, I love that spazzhead, Ruby. Every single book in the series is funny, but has heart and, as with all things E.Lockhart, they’re perfectly written. I have it on good authority that Vee loves these books like crazy and is writing a review, but neither of us have done it yet simply because sometimes it’s hard to formulate the words when you love a character or a series as much as we love these.
5. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr- This one is so good it hurts. As young children, Cameron and Jenna clung to each other, offering one another friendship and consolation from their outcast status and from Cameron’s abusive home. One day Cameron disappears without a word and Jenna believes him to be dead. Later, Cameron, (now brooding, mysterious and, of course, hot) returns to pick up where his friendship with Jenna left off. Jenna is a different person, popular and beautiful and no longer insecure, but the connection she and Cameron has is undeniable. This book isn’t about insane romance, it’s about true love and friendship. So good.
6. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare- Again, why haven’t I reviewed these considering Hotty McHotterson, Jace Wayland, the annoyingly arrogant while altogether swoony lead male from these books, is on my Boyfriend List? I think I’m just so overwhelmed with love for this story and these characters. Clary is the main character (and she is both tough and vulnerable all at once), but the story is written in such a way that we see the mind of a few of the main characters as they struggle to fight off the evils of a magical world complete with evil monsters, vampires and fairies.
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- The story of Liesel and her life growing up with a foster family in Nazi Germany is one that should NOT be missed. The characters are touching and a bit odd, but all of them sort of leap off the pages in the various ways they show their fear, their love and their bravery. What makes this book especially unique is the fact that it’s narrated by none other than Death himself.
8. The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCaffertty- Holy wow, these books are hilarious. There’s no other way to put it. Jessica Darling is kind of an a$$hole. But she owns it. And you have to love her for it. And Megan McCafferty found a way to tap into the funny stereotypes and silly habits of everyday people and makes fun of them all unabashedly. Better than all of this is Marcus Flutie. He is a fully amazing character with so much personality and depth, it’s pretty much impossible not to love him.
9. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot- I like funny. And I like kissing. I really like kissing. Of course since these are written by Meg Cabot, they have both. But Meg threw in ghosts. The stories aren’t scary or super deep, but they are fun and have a great, brave heroine and a very, cute (and very dead) love interest. They’re just plain fun.
10. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin- After an accident, Naomi has amnesia. She doesn’t remember her boyfriend or her popularity (or the birth control she find in her room). She also doesn’t recognize the mysterious guy, James, who was at her bedside when she awoke in the hospital. Her best friend, Will, tries to help her through everything and as tidbits of her memory return, she’s not sure if her old life fits anymore. She doesn’t feel like the girl everyone is telling her about and she’s drawn to James (who is perfectly portrayed as a brooding, I-might-not-be-what’s-best-for-you kind of guy). This was a good one, without feeling soap opera-y.