Tuesday 3 March 2020

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books With Single Word Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl - huge thanks to her for hosting.

Stella by Helen Eve - One part Gossip Girl, one part Great Expectations, with a splash of Animal Farm, this school story has two fabulous narrators with excellent voices. I loved their changing friendship, and the character development throughout the book.

SLAY by Brittney Morris - Kiera has created a card-based VR MMORPG celebrating Black excellence and creating a community. But when a player is murdered in real life, racism accusations are made and a vicious troll attacks her, she has to fight to save what she's built.

Remix by Non Pratt - A stunning summer read perfect for fans of festivals and friendships, this dual narrative switches back and forth between the two leads - best friends - with lightning speed, but their voices are pitch-perfect and the story sings of music, love, flaws and forgiveness.

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell - An incredibly lyrical book, with my favourite MG author's breathtaking language married to a clever plot, lots of excitement, and one of the most wonderful climaxes for a long, long time. This was an instant classic from the day it hit shelves, reminiscent of Noel Streatfeild.

Spellslinger by Sebastien DeCastell - One of the most successful ventures of an adult author into YA, a boy whose magic has disappeared tries to run a con to win his first ever mage's duel, but is found out - only to be rescued by a mysterious stranger. Exciting and hilarious with a brilliant wild west-flavoured world (and an AMAZING squirrel cat!)

Jackpot by Nic Stone - A poor Black girl who may have sold a lottery ticket worth over $100 million dollars teams up with a rich hacker with problems of his own to try and track down the purchaser. Sensationally strong chemistry between leads and great family relationships make this a must-read.

Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison - Staggeringly funny book about a girl and the boy she crushed on at school, who's oblivious to her, starting at the same university. As they bond during freshers week, they make other friends, but there's also a world of new experiences - not all of them great. 

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt - Persuaded by his English teacher to write about the thing which got him suspended from school, a young boy fills his journal with anything BUT topic he's meant to be addressing. The setting of Queens in the 1960s springs vividly to life and the novel tackles bullying, peer pressure, power and responsibility superbly.

Moontangled by Stephanie Burgis - Set in an alternate 19th century England called Angland, where only women can be politicians and - until recently - only men could be magicians, a rising political star visits the first ever school for female magic users to try and win back her fiancee - only for the two of them to be placed in danger.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu - An empowering story of feminism, fighting the patriarchy, and zine culture which handles intersectional feminism really brilliantly; a hard-hitting and a really entertaining read.

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