Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week is: 
Bookish Worlds I'd Want to/Never Want to Live In!!!  

My guest blogger (Jamie) and I split this up into 5 Bookish Worlds I'd never want to live in (Mine), and 5 bookish worlds I'd want to live in (Jamie's). 

Whitney's Top Five Bookish Worlds She Would Never Want to Live In:

1) The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley
Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she’s not having a wild dream, she’s living a frightening nightmare where she’s been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people and in short order, she’s installed very unwillingly on her white throne of horns as their Queen.

Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk and with one look at Circe, he knows she will be his bride and together they will start The Golden Dynasty of legend.

Circe and Lahn are separated by language, culture and the small fact she’s from a parallel universe and has no idea how she got there or how to get home. But facing challenge after challenge, Circe finds her footing as Queen of the brutal Korwahk Horde and wife to its King, then she makes friends then she finds herself falling in love with this primitive land, its people and especially their savage leader.

The Golden Dynasty was a really good book, I thought it was awesome. But, I would personally not ever want to live in this world. It just had too many things in it that bugged me, and I know the hero made exceptions for the heroine in this one, but there were still some things that I would really not like about it. 

2) Vampire's Kiss by Ella Summers
Once you sip the Nectar of the gods, there’s no going back. 

Leda Pierce is working as a paranormal bounty hunter on the Frontier, the dividing line between human civilization and the plains of monsters. Life is simple and the pay modest, but at least she has her family. That is, until a vampire hunt goes wrong and her brother goes missing, captured by the dark angels of hell. 

With no magical powers of her own and no way to find him, Leda’s only option is to go to New York and join the Legion of Angels, an elite unit of supernatural soldiers with powers gifted to them by the gods themselves. If she can survive long enough to make it up the ranks, she will gain the magic she needs to find her brother. 

But Leda soon finds herself on the wrong side of a conspiracy that will shake up the supernatural world—and at the mercy of a fiercely powerful and tempting angel.

I really enjoy the Legion of Angels series a whole lot. I love the main character, and I love how she acts, and how brave she is. However, I would not want to live in that world. 

First, because it is like a dystopia (ish) type of world, and it is run by Angels for the most part who show very little compassion to humans.  I also don't like how they seem to pick which Angel marries which. I feel that is going to become a huge thing in the series, and I would not want to live in that kind of world.

3) Uprooted by Naomi Novik

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

I will say I thought this book was good, and I enjoyed the uniqueness of the story. 

However, I believe the Blurb tells you all the reasons why I wouldn't want
to live in a world like this. I mean having to wait around for a "Dragon" to come pick a girl to live with him for an extended period of time, and they never come back the same makes things very very strange, and not the type of world I would want to live in. 

4) Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley

Too hot to handle...

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos—the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship...

Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have. She's beautiful, smart, and as his friend's daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more—much morehe feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn...

I actually didn't like this book. It was one of the first KA books that I didn't really like at all. I just had issues with the characters, but I actually wouldn't want to live in this world, even though I think some of the Dream Man series books are awesome, and wouldn't mind being in that world which is like a spin off to this world. So, anyway, I really don't like the "biker" part and all the rules. At times it can seem cool, and like this ready made family, but other times it seems a whole lot darker and twisted. So, I wouldn't want to live in it, but it is interesting to read about it, just later on in the series, not this book in particular. 

5) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

Twilight... What can I say about Twilight? I liked the book when I read it the first four times, and I enjoyed the movie when it came out, but I have to be honest, the vampires that sparkle thing is kind of ridiculous. I mean, Vampires should be scary, or at least sexy to attract their "prey." Vampires that sparkle are not attractive, they are like glittery people with strange abilities.

Other than that I will say I do like the books, and I enjoyed most of the movies, well, two of the movies, but enough about that.

This is my list for the Top Five Bookish Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In!

Keep reading for Jamie's Top Five Bookish Worlds She Want to Live In. 

Jamie's Top Five Bookish Worlds She'd Want to Live In:

This was so hard. One of the reasons I love reading so much is the escape it provides. At the turn of a page, I can visit a new place, meet new people, and experience a host of emotions. That being said, there are a lot of bookish worlds I’d probably be happy to inhabit. I can only pick five, so I went with five worlds that I adore, that have special meaning to me, and/or that I am happy to visit over and over again.

Rock Chick (Rock Chick, #1) by Kristen Ashley

Indy Savage, cop's daughter, rock chick and used bookstore owner, has been in love with Lee Nightingale, once bad boy, now the man behind Nightingale Investigations, since she was five years old. No matter what ingenious schemes Indy used to capture his attention, Lee never showed an interest and Indy finally gave up. Now Indy's employee, Rosie, has lost a bag of diamonds and bad guys are shooting at him. When Indy gets involved, Lee is forced to help. Complicating matters, Lee has decided he's interested, Indy's decided she's not. But she can't seem to keep Lee out of her life when she's repeatedly stun gunned, kidnapped and there are car bombs exploding (not to mention she's finding dead bodies).

Indy's best bet is to solve the mystery of the diamonds before Lee. Lee's challenge is to keep Indy alive and, at the same time, win back her heart.

☆I love the Rock Chick series. Kristen Ashley built a world full of amazing women, the alpha males who win their hearts, and the family they make together. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? There’s fun, love, action, hot guys, laughs, and the empowerment and union of a variety of women.

Until November (Until, #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

November is looking forward to getting to know her father and the safety of a small town. After leaving the Big Apple and her bad memories for Tennessee, November starts working for her dad at his strip club doing the books. The one time she’s allowed there during club hours she runs into Asher Mayson. He’s perfect until he opens his mouth and makes assumptions. November wants nothing to do with Asher but too bad for November, fate has other plans.

Asher Mayson has never had a problem getting a woman, that is until November. Now all he can think about is making November his and keeping her safe.

Warning:18+ sexual content and a strong Alpha Male.

☆The Until series world is how I fell in love with Aurora’s writing. I loved the small Tennessee town, the characters, and that it could and did go in so many directions. I love the big family vibe, and would be ecstatic to belong to such a close-knit, loving and loyal group. Besides, those Mayson men are ridiculously irresistible.

Slouch Witch (The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic, #1) by Helen Harper

Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact, she's probably the last witch in the world who you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa where she could watch TV, munch junk food and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content.

However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order's noses. It doesn't exactly help that she's been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body which a cover model would be proud of but, as far as Ivy's concerned, he's a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch-work.

And if he makes her go to the gym again, she's definitely going to turn him into a frog.

☆When it comes to paranormal or UF, witches are at the top of my list, and Helen Harper’s Slouch Witch is one of my favorites. I’m fascinated by magic, so I’d want to live in this world just for that reason. Rune magic is complex and takes some serious skill. I’d love to try it. Adoring the characters, particularly Ivy Wilde, was just a bonus.

\Fearless (Scarlet Suffragette, #1) by Nicola Claire

Free spirit. Brilliant. A Liability?

Doctor Anna Cassidy has been trained by the best; the former Chief Surgeon for the Auckland Police Force. She knows how to dissect a body. She knows how to treat any ailment. And she knows how to find a cause of death.

But society is not ready for a female surgeon.

Fighting for what she believes in has been ingrained in Anna since she was a young child. But the battles she faces now are not all based on equality. A murderer stalks her fellow Suffragettes and the police inspector in charge of the case could be Anna's downfall.

Experienced. Dedicated. Something to hide?

Inspector Andrew Kelly holds duty and honour in the highest regard. His role as a detective proves just that; he never stops until justice is served. Love is something he has forsaken, for reasons he'd rather you didn't know.

But Anna is not a woman a man can ignore.

Fighting his instincts with cold determination is something Kelly has become accustomed to. But a murderer is loose in his adopted city, bringing memories to the fore of a killer who walked in the shadows of Whitechapel, and shining light on a dark past the Inspector is trying hard to forget.

A gritty, twisted, and authentic Victorian romantic suspense, sure to rip you apart... just like old Jack.

☆A trip to New Zealand is ranked high on my bucket list, and any book by Nicola takes away a little of the yearning since almost all of them are set there. The Scarlet Suffragette world, though, stuck in my mind for days after reading. It’s complex, dangerous, and a time that was very difficult for women. I’ve always loved history, mysteries, and romance, and this world provided them all. I wanted to march alongside Anna, helping to fight the oppression. I’m not at all sure I’d survive in this time period after living with the technology of today, but it would definitely be fun to try.

Razer’s Ride (The Last Riders, #1) by Jamie Begley

Beth Cornett is the town good girl, so staying out of the way of the motorcycle club’s dangerous members was a no brainer. Unfortunately, she manages to catch the eye of Razer, who has every intention of tempting her to take him on despite her misgivings. When her worst fears are realized, she is left heartbroken, determined to forget her walk on the wild side.

Razer was not going to change for any woman, not even Beth. Their lifestyles were too different; betrayed she ran. Realizing his mistake too late; she was not about to forgive and forget. It takes a killer intent on targeting Beth to bring her back to him and The Last Riders for protection. Razer may have learned his lesson, but this time, as long as she is at the club, she has to play by their rules.

This work of fiction is intended for mature audiences only. All sexually active characters portrayed in this ebook are eighteen years of age or older. Please do not buy if strong sexual situations, multiple partners, moderate violence and explicit language offends you.

☆The Last Riders series surprised me. It’s not a world I’d normally dive into, but there’s just something about it that pulled me back again and again. I love the small town vibe, but I also became invested in the characters. I loved the family the characters made for themselves as it closely resembles my life as an army wife. The romance isn’t completely traditional, but it’s different and intriguing. But mostly, I love that it’s an MC world full of badass men and women with hearts of gold.♡

by Shooting Stars Reviews 3:00 AM 4 comments


  1. Oh nice! These are all new to me books for the most part!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

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  2. @Jessica, awesome! :) Thanks for stopping by.


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