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Top 5 red books

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 red books!!

The month of June seems to be all about things with the colour red in common: roses, pomegranates… Ok, so two red things. But June is also Pride month (and the top of the pride flag is red), and my birthday month (and I like the colour red AND Taylor Swift’s album). Also there’s a peach tree called a June Red and an apple tree called a Red June. So, maybe it’s a whole thing.

And because of maybe some of this, today we are doing top 5 red books. Now, I ummed and ahhed over whether to do red books on my TBR or not. Mostly because I scoured my shelves and, honestly, I don’t know that I have a lot of red books that I absolutely loved. But then I found some on my Kindle app, so we’re good. (However, this made me realise how many yellow books I missed and that made me sad… and also want to re-do the yellow books post….)

The April to June 2024 topics are out now!! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted here @ Meeghan reads.

Let’s look at my top 5 red books.

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top 5 red books

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow — Jessica Townsend

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

NOTE: AHHHHHH!! I love this series to death. It is the hill of books I will die upon. Morrigan Crow is the greatest middle grade character ever.

Wundersmith is book 2 in the Nevermoor series. The below blurb is for book 1: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow.

A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda — Becky Albertalli

NOTE: Honestly I just adore this book (and series) so much.

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Covet — Tracy Wolff

Covet by Tracy Wolff

NOTE: From memory, Covet was probably the last of the good books in the Crave series. Which is honestly, such a shame because it had so much potential.

Covet is book 3 in the Crave series. The below blurb is for book 1: Crave.

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods… or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally as the bait.

A Veiled and Hallowed Eve — Hailey Turner

NOTE: The least red book in my list, but it definitely deserves its place, because the Soulbound series is phenomenal from start to finish.

A Veiled and Hallowed Eve is the 7th and final book in the Soulbound series. The below blurb is for book 1: A Ferry of Gold and Bones.

When the gods come calling, you don’t get to say no.

Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings. Killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares.

Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect. Standing his ground alone has never been a winning option in Patrick’s experience, but it’s been years since he’s had a partner he could trust.

Looking for allies in all the wrong places, Patrick discovers the Dominion Sect’s next target is the same werewolf the Fates themselves have thrown into his path. Patrick has been inexplicably attracted to the man from their first meeting, but desire has no place in war. That doesn’t stop Patrick from wanting what he shouldn’t have. Jonothon de Vere is gorgeous, dangerous, and nothing but trouble to the case, to the fight against every hell, and ultimately, to Patrick’s heart and soul.

In the end, all debts must be paid, and Patrick can only do what he does best cheat death.

A Veiled and Hallowed Eve by Hailey Turner

A Court of Thorns and Roses — Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

NOTE: Yes, it’s so tropey, but I do love this book. It has a special place in my heart as a Beauty and the Beast retelling (even if it is terrible and has a million plot holes). I even admit Crescent City 1 is a better (red) book, but I love this one more.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he’s not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing. And Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin and his world forever.

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What are your top 5 red books?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

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