Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Kick-Ass Heroines

This great meme by The Broke and The Bookish gives us topics each week to make list of some of our top ten books and book related things. This week its our Top Ten Favourite Kick-Ass Heroines.

1. Macey MacHenry from The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter

I think Macey is judges a bit at the start of this series but she definatly proves her worth as a great spy.

2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is going to be a popular pick this week but who doesn’t think she is a hero!

3. Rachel from Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie

Rachel puts everyone before herself in some mad situations I would love to think I had her stregnth

4. Lauren from Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

Sophie McKenzie likes to put her characters through a lot so they always seem heroic

5. Harmony from Bumped by Megan McCafferty

It takes a lot to make the decisions Harmony has to make in this series and particularly when you realise maybe you are wrong.

6. Roxy from Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail

Roxy’s Baby is the first book I read where I felt the main character was a heroine, maybe not by fighting wars but by being mentally strong.

7. V for Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

It’s difficult for anyone when someone in your family is loved so much but V in the end is the one that is a true friend.

8. & 9. Maddie and Queenie from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

These two characters I think show how during the war women showed that actually we can more than just be housewives. 

10. Jade Leigh from Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

Jade’s world becomes a nightmare but she learns from that, we could all take something from her. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books for People Who Like Noughts & Crosses

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books for people who like X book. I have chosen Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman. The books I am recommending that you may like if you like this ones are not all one that I think are written similarly but other books that I think challenge the way we think about our society just as I think this book does.

Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.

1. Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else. She has a small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts, and thrive outside the norm. They’re considered the “freaks” of their high school. But when Jade’s smart mouth lands her in trouble—again—her principal decides to teach her a lesson she’ll never forget.

Taken to a remote location where she is strapped down and sedated, Jade wakes up in an alternate universe where she rules the school. But her best friends won’t talk to her, and the people she used to hate are all Goth. Only Clarik, the mysterious new boy in town, operates outside all the cliques. And only Mercedes, the Barbie clone Jade loathes, believes that Jade’s stuck in a virtual reality game—because she’s stuck there, too, now living the life of a “freak.” Together, they realize they might never get back to reality… and that even if they do, things might never be the same

As with Noughts & Crosses this book will make you think about how we judge people on how they look. It is about how we choose to dress at high school though but I think although my of a action book still shows that we should learn about the person not what they look like.

2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

Is also challenging our societies obsession with looks. It is a world were everyone becomes pretty at 16 so we are all the same. However I think it makes you realise how ubsurd it is that we value looks so much that we put our lives at risk.

3. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

Not about looks but still challenging society Forbidden is also a story about unconventional love. Written like Noughts & Crosses the chapters alternate between characters and provide a powerful love story with a strong message and emotional ending.

4. The Hunger Games Triology by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love

Is a story about challenging the government, survival and love. Although in a dystopian society Katniss wants to change the way certain groups are treated just like the groups in Noughts & Crosses and it leads her into a dangerous life.

5. The Declaration by Gemma Malley

In the year 2140, it is illegal to be young.

Children are all but extinct.

The world is a better place.

Longevity drugs are a fountain of youth.

Sign the Declaration, agree not to have children and you too can live forever. Refuse, and you will live as an outcast. For the children born outside the law, it only gets worse – Surplus status.

Not everyone thinks Longevity is a good thing, but you better be clear what side you’re on. . . . Surplus Anna is about to find out what happens when you can’t decide if you should cheat the law or cheat death

Is about the consequences of discovering the secret to living forever. This is something that a lot of people want and we are already living for longer but this book shows what happens when there are too many people and it is children that are deemed the problem.

6. Bumped by Megan McCafferty

In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, 16-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

Will make you see teen pregnancy in a whole new light. In a society where adults pay teenagers to get pregnant for them love is compromised and the main characters are fighting to be able to be who they want to be not just a womb for rental.

 

7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picout

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged…until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister — and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. 

Tells the story of a family when one daughter sues her parents to stop having to help her dying sister. Also written like Noughts & Crosses with alternating chapters it has a similar ability to capture your emotions and will also make you think about how we will do anything for our children.

8. Matched by Ally Condie

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow

Like Noughts & Crosses is about going against what is expected to be right and falling in love with someone you are not suppose to. When the government decides everything about your life including who you will spend the rest of your life with it your whole life can be turned upside down due to what appears to be a simple technical error that leads to real feelings.

9. Slated by Teri Terry

Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

This book provides a dramatic solution to dealing with criminals in society. What at first might seem like an appealing solution to a problem we are having to deal with this book provides the dangers that could occur. It includes like Malorie Blackmans book a ‘terrorist’  group that disagree with how society if being disciplined and the impact that has on our main characters life could be just as dangerous as it was to Callum’s.

10. Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back. Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago, though it’s still hard for her to believe it. She’ll never be able to forget, even though she’s trying to lead a normal life—she has a job, friends, and a boyfriend whom she adores. But Alice’s past is dangerous, and violent, and sad… and it’s about to rip her new life apart.

Will make you think about how you would feel if you were in the position of having to start your life again as someone new. It will make you decide if you think people who commit very dangerous crimes should be given a second chance, particularly if they offended as children. It is again looking at dealing with crime in society but unlike Callum JJ has a chance to live and prove she can be a useful member of society again.

Thumped

Thumped is the conclusion to the dystopian novel ‘Bumped’ by Megan McCafferty

It is hard to talk about this book without spoiling the first one so I will try really hard not to but I apologise in advance to anyone who reads this who hasn’t read the first book yet and I give too much away.

Thumped brings us back to Melody and Harmony’s lives 8 months after the end of Bumped. Harmony is living back in her religious community and Melody is trying to deal with the mess that was left behind. However neither of them are happy with their situations. Harmony, who is about to give birth, makes the radical decision to leave the safety of her home once again in order to find happiness with the help of Melody, Jondoe and unexpectedly her husband Ram. She is still torn between what she know to be a good choice in Ram and her what her heart seems to want Jondoe but Jondoe is determined to prove himself to her anyway he can and it is him with her when she finally goes into labour. Melody on the other hand is struggling with her feelings for best friend Zen and the expectations of her bumping contract. These bits make for quite amusing reading and the balance of comedy and plot made the book very easy to get into and not want to put down. Both girls learn through the book that they still have things they want to experience in life and that they want to become their own person. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was full of easy emotions and it had me laughing, getting frustrated and desiring what I wanted to be the outcome. I didn’t get the outcome I wanted but I think it was the right one and I really enjoyed reading the book.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Like To See As A Movie

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books you’d like to see as a movie. This is a particularly interesting one as I don’t like when books get made into films, they are just never nearly as good. But I understand some concepts would make for an interesting film and it means a lot to authors so I do have a list.

1. Junk by Melvin Burgess

I think this would make an interesting film as, like ‘Train Spotting’ is has the controversial issue of would it glamorize drugs. Personally I think it does the opposite and the story is one that would be interested to see.

2. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

This would also be really controversial as it is based on a real story but I think if done tasteful, like many on the TV adaptations it could be a very beautiful and powerful movie.

3. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

I think this would make a good film because it is about a different side of the second world war. I did really have any knowledge of the work of Stalin but this book opened my eyes a lot and I think a movie version would be really good.

4. Cathy’s Book by Stewart Brigg

When I read this book I have to admit I didn’t really understand it all. There was a lot of good things go on though and I think if I was watching it I would understand and enjoy it a lot more. 

5. Before I Die by Jenny Downham

This was a very emotional book and I think it would make a really good girly film. It was about dealing with real issues but they had fun along the way that  I think would be amusing to watch.

6. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The whole idea of this book, with the switched powers is really interesting. The story line is one that you are gripped to all the way through the book and I imagine would have viewers full of anticipation. I think if it was done well it could have the audition on an emotional ride and make people think about how they see the world.

7. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

This would make a good film because it is about travelling about trying to solve clues. The film would take the watchers lots of places and be full of surprises. I suppose it is a bit like P.S. I Love You,  but that did well so I think this could too.

8. You Against Me by Jenny Downham

The point of view that this book is written in is what makes this book interesting. The story is very good too of course but I think it would make a good film to see the issue of rape and court dealt with from a new angle. I think it would definatley make a good TV drama though. 

9 & 10. Bumped and Thumped by Megan McCafferty

 

I think these would also possibly make a better TV series than a film but it would be interesting to see done either way. A world were only teenagers can get pregnant would maybe make a lot of people think that need to and there is a lot of comedy in the books too that would be great to see.


Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books on your Spring to-be-read list. I wasn’t 100% sure how i was going to do this so I have decided on the books I am reading at the moment and then the new releases I am getting in the next couple of months. (plus on more to make then ten).

1,2,3,4. Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras by Scott Westerfield

 

This dystopian series has been on my to read list for a while and I am finally getting round to it. I have managed to get through the first one a couple of times but never the rest so I am looking forward to finally finding out what happens to the characters. 

5. Callum by Malorie Blackman

This is just a short story released for World Book Day but I can’t wait to read it. I loved the first book, it made me cry, and I can’t wait to hear some more of Callum side of the story. I may even re-read the first book.

6. The Saga of Larten Crepsley(4) Brothers to the Death by Darren Shan

The concluding book in this saga, I am looking forward to where his story ends. I have really enjoy reading about this character again after finishing the Darren Shan saga so long ago. 

7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Another dystopian series I have currently got my teeth into. This is the sequel to Divergent, which I think is my favourite book of this genre. I can’t wait to see where the next book will take us, the story so far has been exciting and gripping filling me with desire for what I want to happen next.

8. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

An unexpected new book in the Gallagher Girls series. I have no idea what book 5 is going to be about but from past experience it will be full of fast paced action, suspicion and a little bit of typical  teenage girl goings on.

9. Thumped by Megan McCafferty

The ending of the first book ‘Bumped’ was not what I had expected, I never imagined it opening the way for further books. However it was a good twist and I am looking forward to finding out what happened next. 

10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

I have been trying to get through this book for about 6 years and I still haven’t finished it. I have re-started it many a time and I am currently about two thirds of the way through. This spring I intent on finally getting it finished once and for all. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books In The Dystopian Genre

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books of ‘x’ genre. I have decided to go for Dystopian. This may be a popular one but it is the books I have been reading most of recently and I do really really enjoy them. For a change I am also going to put these in order of my favourite first too.

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth I have already blogged about this book on my page, however in a brief summary, it is a society of 5 factions and one girls choice of which to belong to. I really enjoyed this book, I wasn’t really sure what to expect but it was interesting from the start and not like others I had read. 

2,3. Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie This series is still in progress and I can’t wait for the third one. In these books, the heads of society control everything about it’s member lives however an experiment leads to the main character feeling uneasy about how they live and causes problems for everyone involved. 

4,5,6. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins This is another unusual idea, where the members of society are split into 12 districts and two tributes a year a expected to fight one another to the death to remind them of the power of the capital. In these books however things don’t go to plan and it makes for an exciting trilogy.

7. Bumped by Megan McCafferty This is the most like our lives. However there is a virus that prevents adults (18+) from becoming pregnant. As a result people pay teenagers to have children for them. There are two main characters in this story, and when their lives come together everything begins to go pair shaped for them both. 

8. Ugliest by Scott Westerfield This book started off my liking of this type of series of books. I have only read this one, out of the four but I am about to read them all. The story finds us in a world where children are kept together as ‘uglies’ until they are old enough to be made pretty and go out into the real world. It is something the main character has never been happy with and when a new girl come to her dorm her live turns around. 

9. The Declaration by Gemma Malley This was another book of this genre I read early on. I liked the idea of it, however it is my least favourite of the genre. I haven’t read the second one yet but this one as many of the other see’s the main characters life turned abound when a new person arrives in her life. People are not allowed to have children in this society, as they have worked out how to live for a very long time, so children that are born are taken away to live in boarding school type places and learn to be useful, 

I know this is only 9 but I am still reading books from this genre. I am about to read the rest of the Scott Westerfield books, I will probably read the next two books in The Declaration series ( The Resistance and The Legacy)  and I would also like to read Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. So I guess having this Top Ten unfinished is just a sign that there are still books to read and that may fit in this list.