Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
The topic this week is supposed to be Top Ten Books for People Who Don’t Read. Since apparently I am unable to follow instructions, a few weeks ago I posted a list under the same heading (I should have been more specific like, “People Who Don’t Read YA”. My bad!) Anyhoo, if you’d like to see my original list you can do that here. Otherwise, this week I’ll be doing what I should have done then.
So here’s my Top Ten Books for People Who Don’t Read Paranormal. I feel that this is a subject I can totally relate to because I really am not a fan of books about wolves and vampires and the like. I mean, have you seen the covers of these books? Oh the emo faces! Oh the Twilight ripoffs! It’s embarrassing to even pick one up, nevermind reading them. But there are a choice few that I like. In fact, I pretty much love most of these:
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
CAST OF CHARACTERS: Angels, vampires, faeries, warlocks, wolves
Bonus Factor: Jace
These are considered Urban Fantasy and they fit that description perfectly, but if anyone had told me what they were about and the long list of crazy creatures, I may have skipped them. Thank goodness I went by the legions of ladies who swoon over Jace, because I seriously LOVE these books. Clare makes this genre totally cool and fun.
The Blue Bloods series by Melissa De la Cruz
CAST OF CHARACTERS: Angels, Vampires, Witches
Bonus Factor: Jack Force
This series has an interesting mix of angels and vampires with some really fun history thrown in. The love triangles are killer and the relationship of Schuyler and Jack is packed with chemistry. Get ready to fall in love with Jack. Also, dear lord, the tension is fantastic. I could barely take it.
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
CAST OF CHARACTERS: Angels
I’ve read a ton of stories about fallen angels and storyline gets old quickly unless something truly creative is done with it (see Blue Bloods). Unearthly has nothing to do with fallen angels. This is about a girl who finds out that she is part angel. And this girl’s entire purpose is wrapped up in a mysterious mission she must complete. Of course there are barriers to that mission. And of course there is a great love story. And the characters are wonderful. I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed this and at how swoonworthy the romance was.
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
CAST OF CHARACTERS: Wolves
I can’t say this enough: I hate wolves. It’s just not a storyline that generally speaks to me. This may be due in part to the fact that I absolutely cannot stand Jacob Black. Hate him! This book, however is entirely about wolves. And it isn’t about some lame girl in love with a wolf . It’s about a tough girl who is a wolf. And she is set to lead her own pack along with the guy she’s betrothed to. Only problem: she hates him (I don’t know why ladies. He’s pretty sexy). Oh and she falls in love with a human. I loved the main character, Calla. She made this book for me.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
CAST OF CHARACTERS: Angels, Mythological Creatures, All-around bad asses
I’ve blabbed about this book an awful lot, I know. And luckily, the review is coming this week because I feel I need to discuss it more. This story is less about angels than it is about clashing mythological worlds and the “normal” girl caught in crossfire. It is so good. So good!
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
CAST OF CHARACTERS: Ghosts
Oh, I love, love, love these books. There is major swoon here. And the premise— because of some odd, cosmic occurrence, people under a certain age can all see ghosts—is so fun. And our heroine, Aura, can see the ghost of her boyfriend who just died. It’s weird and tragic all at once. Read this series.
The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting
CAST OF CHARACTERS: People who hear dead people (is there a name for that?)
These books are so creepy without having a really big “paranormal” feel to them. Violet can hear dead people calling her—those who have died violently at the hands of another. And she attempts to use this ability to help find a serial killer who has been stalking young girls in her area. And while she’s trying to figure out that mess, she has developed a major crush on her seriously charming best friend, Jay. This series is equal parts creepy suspense and sweet romance.
Abandon by Meg Cabot
CAST OF CHARACTERS: A guy who runs the Underworld (so, Mythology)
This is a retelling of the myth of Persephone. And it’s Meg Cabot so, while it’s a little darker than her normal stuff, it still has her awesome wit, her great characters, and a romance that leaves you wanting more.
Insatiable by Meg Cabot
CAST OF CHARACTERS: Vampires, Vampire Hunters
This one is funny you guys. Totally funny. And yes, the naughty vampire, Lucien, is pretty darn sexy, as is the vampire hunter, Alaric (who I happen to picture looking like Alaric from The Vampire Diaries. This is not a bad thing). And Meena is caught between her attraction to Lucien and her belief in what is right and safe. Word to the wise: this girl is no mindless Bella.
THE ENEMY BY CHARLES HIGSON
Cast of Characters: Zombies
You guys, this book is creepytown. A virus infects the world so that anyone over the age of eighteen turns into disgusting, brain-eating zombies. There’s a few groups of kids outside of London, all of whom are trying to stay safe without starving to death. It doesn’t sound enticing but trust me, I was sucked in from the get go.