Top Ten Tuesday ~ Best Books of the Last 10 Yrs

Ali here ~

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I hope your week has gotten off to a good start! Today’s Top Ten topic is Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years.

Let me start by saying this just doesn’t seem fair!! This has got to be one of the absolute hardest things to do!! How can I choose?? Just the idea was daunting, let alone the actual process! But, I managed. Some of these aren’t necessarily my favorite that year, but I just couldn’t decide so I picked one that would be tied for the position.
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Speedy Reviews ~ Boy Swap, Aelethia’s Hope, Obsidian, Warm Bodies & The Edge of Never

Here’s another batch of quicky reviews ~

Boy SwapBoy Swap by Kristina Springer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Let me start with the positives. This is a quick read and has a nice smooth pace throughout. It never dragged for me. There are no confusing scenes or stilted dialogue. I also really liked the hero in the story, although I didn’t care for how he handled a particular situation.

Negatives for me~ I didn’t care for the main character of the story, and I didn’t like that she never learned a lesson herself. She was very vindictive and wanted to place blame on everyone else. What about all she was doing wrong?
The dialogue seemed very immature, too – more fitting to middle schoolers. While this book is advertised for 13 and up and doesn’t contain foul language, there are still a lot of references to sex. So, keep that in mind if you’re purchasing for your young daughter.

Overall, I think the author is talented, and I would read more of her books. However, I didn’t care for the story line in this one. I just didn’t feel like lessons were learned where they should have been. I didn’t see any redeeming qualities in the heroin.

*I picked up this book when it was free on kindle. As I’m writing this you can pick it up free on Kindleunlimited.*

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Aelethia's Hope (Tanith Prophecy, #2)Aelethia’s Hope by Leandra Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

So, the big finale didn’t do it for me like the first book. I think there was too much fighting for me and not enough good character interaction. There were some scenes that I really enjoyed, but overall I think just too many explanations on the growing battle and then the battle itself for me. I really enjoyed the sweet ending, though!

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Obsidian (Lux, #1)Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!
I was so close to 5 stars with this book, but the ending didn’t steal me away. I was sucked in early and then devoured the whole book. But, while the ending was pleasing, it didn’t leave me dying to read the next book. I’ll say I definitely WANT to read it, but I didn’t feel like I had to jump on Amazon immediately to purchase the next book in the series. That’s really all that kept this from being 5 stars for me. Well, there were also a couple parts that really had me thinking, “Twilight.”

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Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars. This is an audio book review. The only thing that kept this from being 5 stars for me is that the scene changes were extremely hard to follow. If I was looking at the physical book then they might have stood out as scene changes, but I couldn’t say as I don’t currently have the book. I’m hoping to purchase it soon. I tutor a writing class and I’d LOVE to share Isaac’s exemplary examples of simile, metaphor, etc. His imagery wasn’t just good; it was astounding. I hated that I wasn’t reading the physical book. I constantly wanted to bathe in his sentences. They were so beautifully composed!

Aside from his style, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, too. It seemed a great warning to us “living” to make sure we are in deed doing just that! A zombie love story. What else is there to say?

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The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an audio book review. It took my a little bit to get into the speakers voice but – Absolutely Amazing! I cried like a baby. If you follow my reviews, then you know that’s a rare thing for me. I haven’t teared up like this since The Infernal Devices. This is a must read (or listen to) for all you NA romance lovers. Content warnings: language and very steamy sex

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Happy Reading,

Alison