It’s Top Ten Tuesday time friends!
10 book setting I would love to visit are:
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca – I wanna go to this Ren Faire and see the wonderfulness for myself!
Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I would visit Ravka and see the Grishas!
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – I would love to go to Paris & the apartment building without the creepiness does sound amazing lol
Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – a few days stranded on a tropic island sounds great right now
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – Hollywood in the 30’s sounds magical!
The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager – a retreat at a quiet and peaceful lake house, sign me up!
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I would die to be on an old school pirate ship!
The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – I never went to college or uni so I would love to visit a campus and a sorority house!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – duh!
One by One by Ruth Ware – a rustic mountain chateau, yes please!
I’ve been trying hard to finish off series this year as there are so many I want to read but I was in the middle of quite a few and didn’t want to get muddled. So I thought this was a good time to look back at what series I have managed to complete so far in 2022!
Series I have completed so far this year are:
These Witches Don’t Burn duology by Isabel Sterling
These Violent Delights duology by Chloe Gong
The Ravens duology by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige
Serpent & Dove series by Shelby Mahurin
Girls of Paper and Fire series by Natasha Ngan
Daughter of the Pirate King duology by Tricia Levenseller
The Shadow Game series by Amanda Foody
Malice duology by Heather Walter
Shadow & Bone series by Leigh Bardugo
One particular trope or setting I have found to consistently enjoy over the last few years are books that involve ships, pirates or just generally travelling over water on an adventure. So I figured I would recommend a few of my favourites if this is something you are also interested in picking up!
5 of my Favourite Ship/Pirate Books are:
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Fable by Adrienne Young
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
If you have pirate/ship recommendations for me please let me know, I’m definitely looking for more to read!
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
I personally loved Alosa! She definitely that archetype fierce female protagonist that is prevalent in YA fantasy but I still enjoyed her immensely! She is vibrant, coarse and stubborn and a highly entertaining perspective to read from. I liked the fact that we got to know more about her background and why she is they way she is but there are still so many questions that I have about her that I hope is explored in the next book. It’s quite nice to see the contrast between Alosa the Captain and Alose the siren and how terrified of the unpredictable nature of that side of her and how she isn’t quite able to control it. I definitely want to learn more about the sirens and her mother.
Riden came across as too likeable in a way. I think he is way too devoted to his brother to be so captivated by Alosa and eager to please her too quickly, like he gives in to her too much. He was just a little too perfect of a counterpart for Alosa, I would of appreciated more conflict from him, even though I found their banter to be great to read I wish he would of pushed her as their prisoner more. We are given quite an in depth background as to how he came to be on the ship with his brother which I appreciated and gave the book more depth.
I really enjoyed the fact that this book didn’t shy away from the cutthroat nature of pirates. Deals are struck, crew members are knocked out and killed on the regular which upped the stakes. It keep me so much more invested knowing that not all of the characters are safe. We don’t learn as much about the world as what I would of liked but we are given quite a thorough history of the pirates and how Alosa’s father managed to secure his title as King. If Siren’s exist in this world is I’m left wondering if there are any other magical creatures that might make an appearance in the next book, I’m definitely excited to find out!
⭐️4/5 Ruthless, intriguing and adventurous!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the most recent additions to your collection. I haven’t been buying a lot of physical books in the last year or so because my shelves are pretty much at capacity at the moment and I don’t have the space to expand upon my collection right now (also books are expensive lol). But I have been accumulating a lot of eBooks and reading more and more on my kindle lately so I have amassed quite a bit of a TBR on there.
These are the last 10 eBooks I’ve added to my kindle:
Jade City by Fonda Lee
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Berry
The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White
This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling