Top Books of 2010

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our followers a very Happy New Year and share with you some of our favourite books from 2010, as well as the books we are dying to read in 2011.

Vicki’s Picks

2010 Favourites

Matched by Ally Condie
One of the greatest things that happened this year was the fabulous UK Book Tours site run by the awesome Lynsey from Narratively Speaking. And it was through this site I got hold of a very early copy of the highly anticipated Matched. I started this on a train journey and didn’t look up once, either going or coming home…it was that good. It was released here in the UK at the beginning of December, and well worth spending those Christmas pennies on. If you want to know why I loved this one so much, visit my review here

Angel by L A Weatherly
British childrens publisher, Usborne, broke into the YA market this year with a bang and what a fantastic book it chose as it’s first young adult novel! Angel has everything; a unique and fascinating plot, a main character who is both relatable and someone to look up to, a gorgeous hero, electrifying chemistry and an epic adventure. Without doubt one of the highlights of 2010 for me was being involved in the Angel book blog tour and a trip to Leeds to attend a signing by author L A Weatherly. Review here

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall was the first hugely hyped book I remember seeing around the blogosphere when I’d just started out and I got completely swept along in the excitement and pre-ordered it. 90% of the time, a book doesn’t quite live up to the hype and excitement surrounding it’s release, probably through my own high expectations. Before I Fall was definitely one of the 10% that did…I thought it was absolutly stunning. If you haven’t read this one yet then you really must (I’m looking at you Lyndsey!) You can read my review here

I also have to mention two 2011 releases I’ve already had the oppotunity to read and should immediatly go on your wishlists! Entagled by Cat Clarke (published Jan 2011) and Across The Universe by Beth Revis (published Jan 2011 USA, March 2011 UK). Both very different, both amazing books which are going to be huge in the coming year.

2011 Most Anticipated

Divergent by Veronica Roth
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance (released May 2011)

Timeless by Alexandra Monir
When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives. (January 2011)

Angel Fire (book 2 in the Angel trilogy) by L A Weatherly (no cover image available yet)
June 2011… synopsis to come!
Lyndsey’s Picks
2010 Favourites
Review here!
Shade was the very first book I received for review when I started blogging and what a fantastic one it was to start me off.
From the very first page, I was hooked and didn’t stop reading until I was finished. I instantly felt for the characters on all sides but couldn’t decide which way I wanted the story to go…and I still can’t.
I sent Jeri a little message telling her how much I hated her for making me cry my eyes out but I also told her how much I loved her for writing such a beautiful story.
Review here!
Boys Don’t Cry was another book that I was a little unsure about to begin with. I’m really not a baby kind of girl so I was worried that I was going to hate this book because of that but I was so glad that I was proved wrong. Boys Don’t Cry is so much more than a book about babies. I really loved seeing teenage parenting from a male point of view and learning about all of the prejudices that they face. Another book that I couldn’t put down!
Review here!
This was the first non paranormal YA book that I ever read. Vicki was one of my first real blogger friends due to us both writing on other sites beforehand. When she recommended this book to me, I wasn’t sure to begin with but I am so glad that I gave it a chance.
I was no prepared for the force that is Alex Fuentes at all! He is like a hurricane that comes in and totally disrupts your life. Even though I read this quite a while ago now, he is still one of the hottest guys in YA that I have come across. Alex also helped to inspire my post on my perfect man, which you can find here! 
If you haven’t read this book, you must be living in a cave!
2011 Most Anticipated

Chain Reaction – Simone Elkeles – Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn’t live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he’s never known, and just when he thinks he’s got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?

Shift – Jeri Smith Ready – Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.

Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

Luminous – Dawn Metcalf
When sixteen-year-old Consuela discovers she can remove her skin, revealing a lustrous mother-of-pearl skeleton, she slips into a parallel world known as the Flow, a place inhabited by archetypal teens with extraordinary abilities. Crafting skins out of anything – air, water, feathers, fire – she is compelled to save ordinary people from dying before their time. Yet now someone is murdering them, one by one, and Consuela finds herself the focus of an intricate plot to end the Flow forever when all she really wants is to get back home, alive.

7 thoughts on “Top Books of 2010

  1. Oh WOW, I agree with ALL of the picks the both of you chose and I hadn't actually seen the cover of Shift before now. I'm dying to read it. And I can't think of HOTTER cover art than the Chain Reaction cover.


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