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Top 10 Books 

Here is a list of my Top 10 favourite books!
This list is not ranked. If you are looking for something to read please take these as book recommendations.

No 1 - Temeraire by Naomi Novik 

Captain William Lawrence of the British Navy finds himself companion to a rare and valuable fighting dragon. He must give up the life he knew to join Britain's aerial corps in the fight against Napoleon. Everything is better if you add dragons, something Naomi Novik has taken to heart. The bond between Lawrence and the dragon Temeraire is so pure and wonderful it will pull you into this fantastic world Novik has built. Strangely enough, this book doesn't feel like fantasy despite the dragons everywhere but it is one hell of an adventure. 

No 2 - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

A criminal prodigy, a lost acrobat, a sharpshooter with a gambling issue, a wayward grisha, a disgraced witch hunter, and the runaway son of a merchant. They form a crew to attempt an impossible heist, rescue a prisoner, and prevent the world descending into chaos. It's funny, surprisingly dark, and kept me on my toes the entire time; I never knew what was coming next. It's sequel 'Crooked Kingdom' is just as thrilling as the first. A book that I thoroughly recommend after having read it again and again. 

No 3 - The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Every November the water horses climb out of the sea and the island of Thisby holds the deadly Scorpio Races. Puck Connolly's life is about to fall apart and entering the races is the only way to save a small part of it, even if it means risking her life to do it. This book appealed to my childhood love of horses and made it dangerous, eerie, and primal. I had never seen horses in this bloody light before, but I fell in love with the wild nature of Thisby and Puck. 

 

No 4 - Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Yelena is a convicted murderer and has been scheduled to be executed.  But when she is given a chance to avoid the rope she is cautious as it means becoming the Commander's food taster. She must choose, a quick death by hanging or a slow, painful death by poison. This was the first book I ever read that was intended for a more mature audience, at least the first one that was memorable. Yelena is an engaging character that's not afraid to bite back. The plot is full of secrecy, betrayal, and friendships that never fails to entertain me whenever I pick the book back up. 

 

No 5 - A Face like Glass by Frances Hardinge

The underground city of Caverna is home to craftsmen capable of creating the most fantastical things. However the residents must learn facial expressions, a smile could mean anything. But Neverfell, a young girl and apprentice to a cheese maker, has a face like no other, a face that reflects every emotion she feels. Frances Hardinge is known for her weirdly wonderful style that she really shows off in this book. The imagination behind the world this story builds is colourful and bright (despite this story taking place underground). If you want something far from reality then this is the book for you. 

 

No 6 - We are Legion: We are Bob by Dennis E. Taylor

Bob is a successful businessman that signs up for cryonics, he is unfortunately hit by a car on the same day. When Bob wakes up he finds himself competing to be the AI for a space probe. Bob must adapt quickly to avoid being 'turned off', but there are forces at work that are against Bob's very existence and they are ready to take extreme measures. I have only experienced 'We are Legion' in audiobook form, it has kept me entertained whilst doing the dishes or filling out paperwork. Some of the scientific language is a bit hard to follow, but the book does its best to bring the future and deep space right into your home. 

 

No 7 - The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Tessa Gray arrives in London in search of her brother Nate when she is swept into the world of the supernatural. She finds herself amongst the Shadowhunters. Descended from angels it is their job to keep the peace in the world  of magic. Tessa will soon discover that she has a larger role in this world than she thinks. Cassandra Clare is well known for her Mortal Instrument series that also takes place in the world of the Shadowhunters. However this takes a new look at this world a the supernatural lives of those within it. Clare has also written another series in the same universe, 'The Dark Artifices' may replace this series on the list but I have yet to finish all three books, so stay tuned. 

 

No 8 - Half Bad by Sally Green 

White witches are good. Black Witches are evil. This is what Nathan, half black witch and half white witch (Half Code) has been taught all his life. When he goes on the run he starts a countdown to his seventeenth birthday. If he does not receive three gifts from a blood relative then he will die. But with his mother dead and the rest of his family is hunting him the only option left to him is his father, the most notorious and evil Black Witch of all time. This book blew me away and I wasn't expecting it at all. A lot of protagonists are completely wholesome and good, and that's okay but sometimes having a character with questionable morals and a lot of flaws is what we need. Nathan is just that. I don't agree with some of the things he does but I understand why he's done it. That's what makes Green such a good writer. Emotional and heart-racing, a breath of fresh air. 

No 9 - Northern Lights by Philip Pullman 

In a world where a person's soul walk beside them (as a daemon) Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon go on a perilous journey to the icy North to rescue a group of stolen children from horrifying experiments. She will have to face armoured bears, witches, and the truth about her own identity. Philip Pullman took the world by storm when this novel came out. It may seem like a children's fantasy adventure but it is so much more, there are layers upon layers of meaning and metaphors. Plus it's a very interesting premise, and I can guarantee you'll be left wondering what your daemon is. 

 

No 10 - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 

Karou has two lives. The first as an art student in Prague, the second as errand girl for a wish monger. But there are scorched handprints appearing on doors all over the world left behind by winged strangers. A war is brewing and Karou is about to learn the truth about herself as her two worlds collide. If you haven't guessed already I'm a big fan of fantasy, so this meets all my needs. A world hidden within our own? A family of monsters with an adopted human child? Angels depicted as warriors (as they should be)? Sign me up!

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