Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten books that answer that topic. This week is the top ten favourite heroines from books. Something I discovered whilst choosing my favourites is that I apparently really like sarcastic and strong female characters. This seems to be a reoccurring characteristic in the majority of the ten I’ve chosen.
Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Year Published: 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 528 pages
I recently posted my review of the first book in this series, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and that is a book that I loved. But if possible, I actually love The Evolution of Mara Dyer more, which is a very rare occasion for me as it is not often that I enjoy sequels more than the original novels. The Evolution of Mara Dyer continued to wow me with it’s beautiful and haunting writing, it’s realistic and captivating characters, and it’s tendency to make me question what the hell is going on. This review will contain spoilers for the first book, so if you have not read that book I would suggest you stop reading now! Also, this review is based upon a reread, and not the first time I actually read the book!
I’ve been nominated twice for the Liebster award. I was nominated by Laura from NoMoreThanBooks such a long time ago and although I wrote answers to the questions, I never posted them. Thank you so much Laura for nominating me, and sorry I neglected to post this for so long! More recently Ari from Scenes and Pages nominated me also, thank you for the nomination. I’ll answer both lots of questions in the one post, so I apologise that this will quite possibly be a long post 🙂
The Liebster Award is a blog award that one receives from another blogger. In order to be nominated you must be a newer book blogger. Once you’re nominated, you get to nominate other book blogs.
Title: Ruby Red
Author: Kerstin Gier (Translated by Anthea Bell)
Publisher: Henry Holt
Format: Hardback, 324 pages
Ruby Red was one of my favourite reads of 2014. I loved this story. It was beautifully written, and it had fun and snarky characters, and it had an interesting and exciting plot that had me manically reading long into the early hours of the morning. Ruby Red is a book I would recommend immensely!
Ruby Red follows Gwen, a 16-year-old girl who lives in London with her rather strange family. The female line in her family has a rare time travelling gene that appears randomly throughout the line. It had been predicted that the last time traveller would be Gwen’s cousin Charlotte, meaning Charlotte has had a life of training to prepare for time travel. Gwen on the other hand has lived a normal life. When Gwen is the one who travels back in time, she is incredibly unprepared, and her life is changed as she is thrust into a mysterious secret society where no one trusts her, and she is forced to risk her life travelling through time.
Title: Girl Online
Author: Zoe Sugg
Publisher: Penguin UK
Format: Hardback, 346 Pages
Let me start off by saying that this was not a book I was rushing to read. It wasn’t that I thought I would not be interested in it, nor was it because I don’t like Zoe. I just did not have this book high up on my list of books I should read/buy. There is a lot of controversy about this book, mostly which I don’t agree with. But I also feel that there is a lot of praise for this book based on people’s personal opinions of Zoe. This review is somewhere in the middle. I’ve watched the occasional Zoella video, but I am not a subscriber, nor do I watch every single new video the second she uploads them. The only youtube videos I particularly watch are booktubers. I find that people who really enjoy Zoella’s videos, rave about how amazing this book is. And then there are the haters who are annoyed about the whole ghost writing controversy. In my opinion, this book is not amazing, but it is also not bad. It is somewhere in the middle.
Girl Online tells the story of 16 year old Penny, a Brighton teenager who blogs about friendship, boys, family, and her life. After being involved in a car accident along with her family, Penny begins to have panic attacks, and she writes about them on her blog, Girl Online, as a way of coping with them. Readers of Girl Online appreciate the realistic and honest approach to writing that Penny takes on her blog. Over Christmas, Penny’s family go to New York, and it is whilst she is here that Penny meets Noah, a cute boy who she begins to fall in love with. Everything seems perfect, until she discovers the secret Noah’s kept from her, and suddenly the blog she loves so much along with her life is spiraling out of control. Continue reading
I’ve decided to start doing Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a different topic that you choose your top ten books to answer. I’ve been planning on making this a weekly thing on my blog since November, and am only finally getting to it now in the first week of February. This week’s topic was the top ten books I can’t believe I haven’t/want to read from X genre. As a primarily young adult reader, I’ve chosen YA. So let’s get on to this.