Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we feature top ten books or book related stuff according to each week’s topic.

As we all know, this Friday, 14th of February, is Valentine’s Day! Not that I have a Valentine or anything but then again, who needs a Valentine when you’ve got books & ships? Just kidding. Anyway, this week’s list consists of the top 10 books that made me swoon. I’m a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic and I will shamefully admit I barely read any novels without romance now. That doesn’t mean I would settle for simply any romantic story, it’s got to be well-developed!

So here’s a list of books that either made me swoon, want a relationship like the one portrayed in it or wish desperately for a guy like the one in the story. ;)

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon:

All Our Yesterdays
1. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
I ship Em & Finn so much! They’re so different, yet perfect for each other; like magnets!

Anna and the French Kiss
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Although this book was a teensy bit cheesy at times, it was still wonderfully romantic. It wasn’t just about romance, of course, but the romance was definitely my favourite part. Étienne was amazing, period.

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3. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
I just finished the last of this trilogy, Three, and I’m sure Chase and Ember are one of my favorite fictional couples ever. For further elaboration, read my reviews! Oh, Chase is also one heck of a boyfriend. Someone give him a medal!

Champion
4. Champion by Marie Lu
Day. June. Daniel Altan Wing. June Iparis. I don’t know how I can sanely express my love for them two. I won’t even try.

Dare You To
5. Dare You To by Katie McGarry
If there ever is a perfectly imperfect relationship in real life, it would be Beth and Ryan’s. Or maybe I’m biased because I can really relate to Beth sometimes (just that I’m more chipper) and I would love a boyfriend like Ryan.

Deity
6. Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I would list the whole Covenant series here if I could but I picked Deity because it was the book that made me realize how deeply Aiden and Alex loved each other. They literally stuck with each other through thick and thin. Their love can conquer everything. :’)

For Darkness Shows the Stars
7. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
THIS. THIS BOOK. It’s filled to the brim with crazy FEELS. It’ll twist your heart into an unrecognizable shape.

Scarlet
8. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Many of my friends have heard me say this before but now I shall announce it to the blogosphere and the internet: I WANT A WOLF. No kidding, I really do think a guy like Wolf is the perfect guy for me.

Siege and Storm
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I do ship Malina like crazy but what really got this novel on this list is a particular privateer… Smart, witty, hilarious & FREAKING AMAZING, I’m just ripping out my heart & going, “TAKE IT. JUST TAKE IT; YOU CAN HAVE IT.”

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
10. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
I would be downright cray cray if I did not put TSPoLaFS on this list! It’s practically everything love at first sight should have! And for the record, I do believe in love at first sight.

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This list is in alphabetical order because I really couldn’t pick any one over another based on their level of swooniness. Unsurprisingly, coming up with this list made me want to smile forever, grab my Wolf (or Sturmhond), run into the sunset and live happily ever after.

Here’s an early happy Valentine’s Day from me to you (even if you don’t have a Valentine)! ♥

Adelena

Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we feature top ten books or book related stuff according to each week’s topic.

This week’s list consists of books that made me weep, bawl my eyes out, become a snotty mess or all three. I’ve actually dedicated a shelf on Goodreads to such books and narrowing that list down to 10 was pretty fun. With the exception of the first 2 on the list, the rest are in no particular order.

Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry:

Clockwork Princess
1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
This book has once again topped another one of my TTT. I cried for almost an hour after completing it & now still can’t read that epilogue without wanting to dig my heart out and throw it away.

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2. Champion by Marie Lu
The ending was insanely bittersweet and utterly perfect. Same applies to this as CP2; I can’t read or think about the end without going more than a little insane.

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3. Deity & Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I decided to put these 2 together because Elixir is just a novella and to get the full sobby experience, you need to read Elixir straight after Deity. I actually skipped school in order to finish Elixir last year. Yeah, it was pretty crazy but shh…

Shades of Earth
4. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Surprise, surprise! It was the ending that made me bawl (again). Beth Revis just completely messes with your feels in the last few chapters. I died. But I survived.

Between Shades of Gray
5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
A teenage girl who lived through Stalin’s Reign of Terror and experienced Hell on Earth. Don’t think further explanation’s needed.

All Our Yesterdays
6. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Plenty of things can go wrong with time-traveling resulting in severe heartbreak. Me at that scene: WHAT IS AIR.

Siege and Storm
7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is a Heartrender who tortures us readers to the brink of death but never releases us into the oblivion of the afterlife, hence prolonging our pain. ALINA. MAL. MY PRECIOUS NIKOLAI. I’m going to huddle in a corner now.

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8. Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Rhine’s been through so darn much and lost an insane amount of people at such a young age. What’s not to cry about? Not to mention a particular extremely sudden death… Someone get me tissue, please.

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9. Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Beautiful, beautiful ending. But of course Cynthia Hand had to attempt to rip our hearts out before giving us that glorious conclusion.

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10. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
This was the only book which I read before starting this blog that I decided to include because I don’t really trust my past judgement. But this was definitely heartbreaking. Sure, it did (sort of) end happily but did Julie Kagawa really have to put poor Ash through that final torment? Oh right, the torture was meant for readers.

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This list has dug up all the intense feels I received from the above mentioned books. I think I’m going to go somewhere private and make dying dinosaur noises now. Bye.

Adelena

Review: Champion by Marie Lu

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Champion
by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #3
Published: 05 November 2013
Putnam Juvenile, Hardcover, 369 pages
Source: Purchased

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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR FIRST 2 BOOKS.

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

Rating: ★★★★★

If you’re reading this, it means I’ve finally forced myself to sit down and write a review of Champion by Marie Lu. Why have I been dragging this? Once I’ve finished this review, it’ll feel like I’ve said an official goodbye to Day, June and the entire Legend trilogy. I might never get to really wax poetry on my love for this spectacular trilogy again (unless a movie adaptation is released). However, farewell is inevitable.

I’m unsure whether I’ve mentioned this before, but I simply adore Marie Lu’s simple and fast paced writing style. It complemented the action and suspense in Champion incredibly well and had me glued to every page. Before I continue with this review, I should probably share some of my reactions to the end of Prodigy and Champion‘s synopsis:

  1. DAY IS DYING?! WHAT. MARIE LU. WHAT. IN. THIS. GODDY. DARN. WORLD. ARE. YOU. DOING. TO. OUR. HEARTS.
  2. I knew there would be a plague outbreak sooner or later.
  3. Oh, that beautiful cover. Let me grope it!

Now, I am obviously not a very sane person but at least I’m honest.

Moving on. Day and June had a prodigious amount of growth since Legend. They were chewed up by life then spit out in a mess over and over again but instead of letting that cripple them, they came back wiser than ever. Gone were the childlike naïveté they had at 15, in its place were 2 young adults forced to grow up too quickly. Having gone through their gruesome journey with them in the whole of the trilogy, Day and June have grown on me so much, as if they were my personal friends.

I remembered back when reading Legend, I had been a little iffy about the lack of information on the world outside of the Republic. Let me just say that in Champion, the believability of the rest of the world was unprecedented. Marie Lu’s concept of Antarctica and its capital city, Ross City, was absolutely fascinating! Moreover, the world politics involved were realistic yet not overly complicated. Basically, I simply revered the world building!

I’m going to avoid any sugarcoating and outright tell all of you that Champion was an extremely emotionally crippling book. The choices faced were impossible and heartbreaking and the stakes higher than ever. All the characters in Champion, not just Day and June, were so intricate and Marie Lu portrayed each of their pains in life beautifully. I could really tell how the events in the story affected everyone, no matter what social class or where their allegiances laid.

Regarding the very end of the book, it’s hard for me to rationally express my feelings about it but I will try. I died but I survived (in a way). My heart was shattered then pieced back together all wrongly. Oh, and my eyes were leaking like problematic faucets. Leaking is actually a severe understatement. Despite it crushing me, I utterly loved the way Marie Lu ended the trilogy. You simply know an ending is perfect when you can’t imagination anything better. I completely understood and admired June and the decision she made towards the end. It was painful but selfless and I’m not sure if I would have the strength to do that had I been in her place.

Overall, I just want to wrap this trilogy up in a pretty package, lock it in a private compartment in my heart and throw away the key. Though I think I might’ve already done that… Endearing, action packed, intense and heartrending, there’s no way I wouldn’t be recommending this trilogy to everyone I know! And now I guess it’s time to say goodbye. Before I end this off, I would just like to say a huge thank you to Marie Lu for sharing Day and June’s phenomenal journey with all of us readers and I would not ever forget them nor this awe-inspiring trilogy.

Adelena