Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week will be a different Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join and link up.
This week is: Top Ten of The Most Unique Books I’ve Come Across.
*This is how and why these books are unique to me. Also, this list is no specific order.
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Soulmated by Shaila Patel
Joining of Souls #1
With mainstream books it’s pretty rare to find a book where the main character is a person of color. So right from the start this boo was different, Laxshmi is Indian and Liam is Irish. This setup and world were something that was new to me and it was something that stood out.
*Two souls. One Fate.
Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family's standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother's ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.
When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.
Liam's father isn't convinced Laxshmi is "The One" and Laxshmi's mother won't even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one's own fate too great a price for the soulmated?
Someone Else’s Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts
Someone Else’s Fairytale #1
*(Kindle Edition is free here)
While a story about a woman meeting and falling in love with a big movie star isn’t actually a new or unique concept, this story is. Everything about Chloe is unique, her past, her story, her relationship with Jason. E.M Tippetts took a story and theme that we already know and turned it upside down.
*Ordinary Chloe Winters has what every woman wants--the heart of Hollywood's hottest celebrity Jason Vanderholt. Falling for a hot shot A-lister is the last thing on Chloe's mind. She has no interest in romance--or his scene, especially the crowd of people who surround him. After all, Chloe's more wrapped up in finishing college--not fraternizing with Hollywood's elite. Her best bet is to stay under the radar and steer clear of everyone's leading man.
But Jason can't get his mind off the timid and sweet girl. Now, it's up to the heartthrob to steal the heart of the one girl who doesn't want him. But what happens when this contemporary Cinderella doesn't even want to try on the glass slipper?
After all, not everyone has the same fairytale. . .
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson #1
Mercy herself is what makes the book unique. Her background. The fact that she is a “walker” a coyote more specifically, not a shifter.
*Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will.
Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water...
Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh
Guild Hunter #1
Nalini Singh sets up a beautiful world. The hunters, Angels, vampires and humans are amazingly written and when you read the series you can see the world was that created.
*Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.
Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Dark Elements #1 *Link
I haven’t read or even come across too many books about gargoyles, let alone a book about a half demon, half gargoyle. Layla was a great character and Roth was absolutely everything.
*One kiss could be the last.
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Charley Davidson #1
This book took what you thought you knew about grim reapers and threw it out the window. Charley is a breath of fresh air
*This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.
Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.
Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?
Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood
Bard Academy #1
Miranda goes to a boarding school and it turns out some of the students are characters pulled straight out the pages of some classic books.
*Welcome to Bard Academy, where a group of supposedly troubled teens are about to get scared straight.
When Miranda, a slightly spoiled but spirited 15-year-old from Chicago, smashes up her father's car and goes to town with her stepmother's credit cards, she's shipped off to Bard Academy, a boarding school where she's supposed to learn to behave. Gothic and boring and strict, it's everything you'd expect of a reform school. But all is not what it seems at Bard...
For starters, Miranda's having horrific nightmares and the nearby woods are eerily impossible to navigate. The students' lives also start to mirror the classics they're reading-tragic novels like Dracula, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. So Miranda begins to suspect that Bard is haunted-by famous writers who took their own lives-and she senses that not all of them are happy. Complicating things even more is the fact that Ryan Kent-a cute, smart, funny basketball player who went to Miranda's old high school-landed himself in Bard, too. And the attention he's showing Miranda is making some of the other girls white as ghosts. Something ghoulish is definitely brewing at Bard, and Miranda seems to be at the center of ominous events, but whether it's typical high school b.s. or otherworldly danger remains to be seen.
Electric Storm by Stacey Brutger
Raven Investigations #1
Raven herself is different from I thought and the world is unique.
*Everything changed when Raven, a natural born conduit, accidentally walks in on a slave auction. She only wants a night out with her friends before her next case as a paranormal liaison with the police. Instead, she ends up in possession of a shifter and his guardian. When your touch can kill, living with two touchy-feely shifters is a disaster waiting to happen.
To make matters worse, a vicious killer is on the loose. As mutilated bodies turn up, she can't help fear that her new acquisitions are keeping secrets from her. The strain of keeping everyone alive, not to mention catching the killer, pushes her tenuous control of her gift and her emotions to their limits. If they hope to survive, they must work together as a pack or risk becoming hunted themselves.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Childen #1
Children with special gifts, living the same day repeatedly on purpose, fighting a monster they can’t see. This series was so good and something I hadn’t read before.
*A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
Luck of the Devil by Patricia Eimer
Speak of the Devil #1
Now books about the devil’s daughter aren’t new to me but this story was. Now Faith and Jesus being cousins certainly was. The Devil and God being brothers who got along and actually liked each other was a new way to tell a story.
*Being the youngest daughter of the Devil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The days of teenage rebellion and vows of chastity made just to tick off her father are over, and now all Faith Bettincourt wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, thanks to the unexpected arrival of her demonically-downsized sister, a ditzy succubus roommate, and dear old Dad himself, Faith’s plans for a relaxing vacation spent watching reruns go up in flames.
Now it’s all Faith can do to keep the family reunion from Hell (literally) under wraps, and the angelically-inclined hottie across the hall from realizing there’s something weird about his neighbor. And, thankfully, it’s working. Until an angelic stalker shows up in a bid to steal her powers and take over the world.
Forget watching reruns. With the way things are going, Faith will need the luck of the Devil just to survive until Monday.