Hello bookworms!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 hyped books I love… and while I thought this topic would be easy, I actually really struggled far more than I was expecting to.
In fact, it seems that as far as hyped books go, I don’t really read many at all!! A lot of the books that I love are more ‘niche’, or popular but not hyped. And a lot of the hyped books that I did read, I didn’t really love at all!! 😅 But we will talk about those later this month!!
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top 5 hyped books I love
The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
It turns out that I prefer my heroines stabby, and very un-hero-like. In fact, I would say that The Cruel Prince is where really I discovered my adoration of morally grey characters. Jude and Cardan are not your typical heroes. They’re not even your typical teenagers in lust. And this story doesn’t take you down the expected path…
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him – and face the consequences.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
Heartstopper – Alice Oseman
The Heartstopper graphic novels are definitely hyped books. If you haven’t heard of them, then you must be living under a rock, in Antarctica, with no internet. Which means you wouldn’t be reading this post at all. Anyway, Nick and Charlie are too adorable for words, hence the format of this story being a graphic novel.
Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
OK, so I am talking about the A Court of Thorns and Roses series overall for this one. But that’s because I refuse to admit that ACOFAS exists, and ACOWAR wasn’t super great. But I loved books 1, 2 and 4 SO MUCH they make up for the others. I stand by my statements last September that Nesta is queen and I would die for her.
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price…
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
When I was trying to determine what books are “hyped”, I confess that I googled some “hyped YA books” lists… And suffice to say, I was SO HAPPY when The Raven Boys turned up on several lists. Because I seriously love this series.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
I know that it’s taking me sixteen years to reread this duology, but I do love Six of Crows. Please don’t mistake my long time reading for anything less than adoration and a lack of work/life balance!! The Dregs are my babies, and I will die on that hill.
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
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What are 5 hyped books that you love?