My Top 5 Favorite Books

6. Splintered by A.G. Howard

Title: Splintered 
Series: Splintered Series Book 1
Author: A.G.Howard 
Publisher: Amulet Books

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own. 

I know it says ‘my top five favorite books’ but I thought I would add an extra because this is a good book to read. If you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland then you need to go to the bookstore and get this book. The author of this book put a magical spin on one of my favorite classical books. I love how while you are reading the book bits and pieces from the original Alice in Wonderland and even Through the Looking Glass come up. Another thing that really captured my attention to this book was the cover. I love how this cover is so beautiful and really does embody what the book is about.

5. Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

Title: Gates of Thread and Stone

Series: Gates of Thread and Stone Series Book 1

Author: Lori M. Lee

Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing 

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where shecame from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
If you are looking for a book that has a few twists and turns then you need to pick this book up. The author weaves together a story of adventure and magic. The headstrong Kai was what really attracted me to this book. I love it when the main characters are headstrong and know what they want, but what I really enjoyed the most was that she could weave time. The magic, to me, was what made this book. The world that the author created was unique and her creativity in creating the world of this book was delightful. I am very excited to read the second book to this series!

4. Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Title: Stung

Series: Stung Series Book 1
Author: Bethany Wiggins 
Publisher: Walker and Company 

There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.

Stung was given to me by one of my friends and it was all she could talk about. One day when I had nothing to do, I decided to give this book a try and see how it went. Needless to say, I pulled an all nighter to finish it and I do not regret the lack of sleep. This book blew my mind away and I can not wait to read the second one! This book follows a girl by the name of Fiona and when she wakes up everything has changed. Nothing is how she remembers it and even weirder she has a tattoo on her right hand. She later learns that this tattoo is a symbol of people who have turned into mindless beasts. However, Fiona is the complete opposite, she is still sane and confused as to where her family is. If you are looking for something different but that will pull your attention then I really suggest that you pick this book up. From the moment I read the first sentence all the way to the very last word this book constantly kept me motivated to read it.

3. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Series: The Selection Series Book 1
Author: Kiera Cass 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing 

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Oh The Selection. This was a great book and I truly loved the creativity that the author showed when she was writing this book. The series that this author has created is wonderful. I remember reading the second book to this series, The Elite, and I literally had to put the book down because I was getting so mad at the characters in the book, but for me if I get mad at a character that means the author did a extraordinary job making the characters real. I was a little hesitant about picking up the third book because I was still upset with how things went in the second book with the characters, but once I got over myself, I picked there third book up and all I will say is you will be glad you did. The fourth book to the series, The Heir,  just recently came out and as soon as I heard about it I went to the store and picked it up. This book talks about America’s daughter and the Selection that she goes through in order to help her country.

2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner’s Curse

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy Series Book 1

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Square Fish 

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love… 

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. 

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. 

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I know, I know, I probably have worn people out with all posts that I have put about this book, but this book is worth it! This book is beautifully written and wonderfully constructed. Reading this book I can definitely tell that a lot of work and a lot of thought went in to how the plot would develop.

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games  
Series: The Hunger Games Series Book 1

Author: Suzanne Collins 

Publisher: Scholastic 

Winning will make you famous. 
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
My #1 favorite book! No one will ever be able to change my mind on this one. This book is so well written and the character development in the entire trilogy is amazing. If you haven’t had a chance to pick this book up, you are missing out. This is a great book about survival and overcoming obstacles. I know the movies are already out but please do not just watch the movies and forget about reading the books. This book is so much better and it gives you a wonderful experience when you read it. The visuals that were used are above anything that I have ever read and when  I was reading this book I really did feel like I was in the arena fighting for my life.

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