Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #16 : My All Time Favorites

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is created and hosted at The Broke and The Bookish. Every week there is a new top ten list for bloggers to take part in and enjoy!

This week's topic was literally torture! How can someone pick their top TEN favourite books! I might have spend 30 minutes in front of my book self staring at my books, trying to decide which to pick..... 

The PJO series is very dear to my heart. I don't know why, probably because I was about the same age as Percy in the first book when I started reading it. It completely drew me in. Each book is filled with humour, adventure, fun and relatable charactares that you'll love to death!

The 39 clues is probably the first book series I ever read. I started it when I was 8 and finished it when I was 11 ( 4-5 years ago, it counts right? Oh,well..). It's so much fun and I recommend it to anyone interested in the middle grade genre. It's full of mystery, riddles, humour and adventure. In these books we follow Amy and Dan Cahill as they play a dangerous game of treasure hunt with the rest of their (very big) family.

This book put me in a book-hangover. Literally. I couldn't read another book for almost a month without comparing it to this one. Probably my favourite post-apocalyptic book.

I know many people seem to have problems with this series but I honestly consider it flawless. It introduced me to the YA genre and swept me off my feet with its beautiful writing, complex world and amazing characters.

The first (and unfortunately only) book by Holly Black I've read and an instant favourite! It has stood out from all the other vampire books I've read (and I've read a lot).

I can only consider a book as a favourite when it can mess with my emotions but still manage to make me love it. Tfios made me cry, laugh, squeal and fangirl in many occasions!

From all the contemporaries I've read in the last 4 years this is one that has stuck in my mind and makes me grin everytime I think about it! It's just so cute and fluffy!

It's creepy and dark, full of twists in every chapter, but you're going to love it! At least I did! I read Mara Dyer in one sitting, finishing it at about 2 a.m(which wasn't the best idea since I had school the next day) and i loved it! It played with my mind, made me smile and even creeped me out in some occasions. It was amazing! .....plus, Noah Shaw!

My favourite middle grade book! Roahl Dahl was my favourite author when I was younger and Witches is a book very dear to me. I must have re-read it at least 7-8 times! Never gets boring!

And the newest addition to my favourites self! Cinder is my favorite fairytale retelling. I've actually mentioned it so many times in my previous posts that I don't think there is a need to explain why it's on this list! Also, I finally wrote a review for it! Yay!

So which books do you consider all time favorites?

Review : Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


I can't believe it took me so long to pick up Cinder! Truth be told, I was a bit apprehensive to read it due to all the hype surrounding it but so many people kept recommending it to me that I finally gave in and read it. And it blew me away! It made me laugh, tear up and even squeal! (apparently I do that)

Cinder is the sci-fi retelling of the beloved fairytale Cinderella where the main character, Cinder, is an acclaimed mechanic in New Beijing. Oh, she's also a half cyborg! How cool is that! But when Prince Kai comes seeking her help and she becomes a guinea pig for the research of an antidote for the plague that has caused the lives of many, things start to get interesting....

Cinder was truly an amazing book, worthy of all the hype surrounding it. I loved the world that Marissa Meyer created. Learning more about New Beijing, the Commonwealth and the mystery behind the Lunars was a very fun experience! The story had enough twists to keep you at the edge of your seat, a nice pace that matched it perfectly and incredible writing! And I also loved the diversity in it, the fact that the characters were Asian, and how the romance didn't really take centre stage and it developed naturally.

Cinder instantly became a favourite character! Her quirky and fiery personality and the fact that she was a cyborg (with cool abilities!) made her very interesting for me to read about. The girl had a lie detector and unlimited Internet! I hated how people treated her(even her own family), like she was some kind of parasite, and how her step-mother always reminded her that she was unable to cry. 

Iko! My favourite android! I love her to pieces! She was probably the comic relief in the book! So cheerful and full of life(even if she's technically a robot)! And the girlyness! She was so girly! With her love of dresses and jewelries and make up! She was so cute!

Adri, how I hated Adri! At some point I wanted to give her a chance * She'd just lost her daughter....* *sobs*Pearl!*sobs* but I swear it was like she wanted me to hate her! Her actions and words towards Cinder were inexcusable! I may actually hate her more than Levana!

On a much nicer note, Kai! *fangirls* He was amazing! As a girl who enjoys watching anime and read manga I have a soft spot for Asian guys, and Prince Kai wasn't an exception! He was funny, clever and caring leader. *when he took the blame for the mirror found in Levana's food!*

And lastly, Levana. As the main villain in the Lunar Chronicles, Levana did a great job on making people dislike her. While breathtaking on the outside she's just as much evil and cruel on the inside. She's manipulative, a liar and overall, a pretty great villain!

Overall, Cinder was an incredible read! A book with amazing world building, a cute romance and strong characters, it's a book you don't want to miss!

 Book info:

Hardcover, 390 pages
First Published: January 3rd 2012
Publisher: Fewel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling

Rating: 5/5