Top Ten Tuesday #182


Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, my essay is finally done, my parents came up for my mum’s birthday party on Saturday which was super fun and since I won’t be seeing them again until Christmas, it was nice to get to see them now. This week is my University’s reading week, but since I’m fourth year, I will be spending the week doing more work for essays-the work never ends!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’ve got another Top Ten Tuesday for you, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is Villains, whatever way you want to twist that and I’m going with Top Ten Villain Books on My TBR. I love a good Villain story, they can be even more entertaining than the hero stories, so naturally there are a fair few of them on my TBR:

  1. Vengeful-VE Schwab

I couldn’t have a list about Villains without including this book! I really enjoyed Vicious when I read it last month and I can’t wait to see what happens next in Eli and Victor’s story, especially since it sounds as if the women take centre stage in this sequel!

2. Not Even Bones-Rebecca Schaeffer

This book is apparently all kinds of morally dubious, it’s all about monsters and supernatural beings and the main character is willing to do whatever it takes to survive. I’ve heard great things about this one and I cannot wait to read it because it sounds so brilliant and different.

3. Because You Love To Hate Me-Edited by Amerie

This anthology is all about villains, with each short story being centred around a different villain. I’m particularly excited to read VE Schwab and Samantha Shannon’s contributions to this book as they are two of my favourite authors, and I know both write great villains in their own series!

4. You-Caroline Kepnes

I’m super excited for the TV series to come out on Netflix, but I also really want to read the book. It’s so often that the abusive boyfriend is super romanticised in a book, so I’d be interested to read a book where the stalker boyfriend is clearly that, plus if the TV trailer is anything to go by, it looks super dark and intense.

5. The Young Elites-Marie Lu

Honestly, at the moment, I’m feeling very into books with female characters who are unapologetically evil, the idea of women rising up and using their anger is very appealing to me at the moment! I’ve heard kind of mixed things about this book, but I love the idea of a female villain enough to want to at least give it a try.

6. Forest of A Thousand Lanterns-Julie C.Dao

Forest of A Thousand Lanterns is an Asian inspired retelling of the Evil Queen story and it sounds amazing. As seen above, I love stories where the female protagonist is unapologetically evil and this book sounds absolutely perfect for that. The idea of a girl who forgoes love for power? Yup, I could totally be down for that.

7. The Isle of The Lost-Melissa De La Cruz

This book follows the children of some of Disney’s most famous villains, featuring the daughters of Maleficent and the Evil Queen and the sons of Cruella DeVil and Jafar. I’m honestly surprised this isn’t a concept that’s been done more often because I love the idea of following famous villains’ children.

8. HIVE #9-Mark Walden

Honestly, I am not sure that we will ever get a ninth book in the HIVE series, it’s still untitled on Goodreads and the only indicator for a release date is a very vague 2019, but I seriously hope there is another book in this series about a school for budding young villains because it is much fun.

9. Blackhearts-Nicole Castroman

Blackhearts is kind of a villain origin story, depending on whether you consider Blackbeard a villain or not. Blackhearts follows the famous pirate before he ever became so. As I love pirate stories, this is naturally on my TBR, and the fact that Blackbeard is definitely a morally grey character, makes it even better.

10. Our Dark Duet-VE Schwab

VE Schwab is great on the morally complex characters, and her Monsters of Verity series is all about monsters and how both monsters and humans have the capability to be monsters, so the villains in the story aren’t always what you’d expect. I didn’t love the first book in this duology, but I’m super excited for the second book of the duology as I’ve heard it’s a lot better.

What books about villains have you read and loved? Have you read any of mine? Did you enjoy them? Let me know!

Next week’s topic is our annual Halloween/Creepy Freebie, and I’m honestly not sure what I’m going to do for it, I’m kind of running out of ideas that I’ve not already done, but I’ll think about it over the next week and hopefully come up with something good. I don’t know if I’ll have anything else for you guys this week, I am hoping to get a Jo Talks and a Writing Corner post up before the end of the month, but since we only have a week left, that may not happen! I’m also doing a combined September/October TBR wrap up post this month, since I didn’t have time to do separate ones because of my workload. So yeah, a lot to look forward to, but in the meantime, enjoy the rest of your week!


73 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #182

  1. rayasreads 23/10/2018 / 2:41 pm

    I’m anticipating your review of Our Dark Duet. I’ll only leave it at that. I’m also intrigued by Because You Love To Hate Me. I might check it out.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:38 pm

      Okay that has slightly scared me now! Should hopefully be reading it in December. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. MelissasFandomWorld 23/10/2018 / 3:52 pm

    Most of the books I haven’t read yet but they are ones I’m really excited about to read like Vengeful, Not even Bones, the Young Elites, Because you love to hate me and Our dark duet – so excited to read that sequel!

    I’m not sure either what to do with next week’s topic, yikes. Maybe I’ll turn it into a tag post or wishlist or whatever. Haven’t found any inspiration yet haha.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:33 pm

      Oh I haven’t read any of them either, these are all books still on my TBR. I’m so excited for all of those ones too, they all sound so good.
      Yeah, I’ve done three Halloween themed posts for TTT so far and I’m running out of ideas. I might borrow Cait’s Villain tag from this week, or else I’ll just see what everyone else has done!

  3. Marina Ermakova 23/10/2018 / 5:28 pm

    I’ve heard VE Schwab speak at panels before, and been interested in reading something by her ever since. Wish I’d gotten around to it, she makes her work sound so fascinating.

  4. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 23/10/2018 / 5:37 pm

    Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is amazing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I’m going to read Not Even Bones next and am really excited to dive in.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:28 pm

      That’s good to hear, I hope so too! Ooh exciting, let me know what you think of it.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:25 pm

      I hope you enjoy them if you decide to try them πŸ™‚

  5. Papertea and Bookflowers 23/10/2018 / 9:13 pm

    I love me a good villain! Vicious was amazing and I can’t wait to dive into Vengeful, so excited. Also most of the books you listed are on my tbr too. Especially Not even Bones! Sounds so good.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:22 pm

      Me too! I loved Vicious and am also super excited for Vengeful. Ha ha you have good taste then. Yes it does πŸ™‚

  6. Louise 23/10/2018 / 9:27 pm

    I hope you enjoy Not Even Bones! I loved it!

  7. kozbisa 23/10/2018 / 10:48 pm

    The Young Elites made my list too. Adelina went nuclear in that book. Good luck with all your essays!

  8. strugglingbookaholic 23/10/2018 / 11:21 pm

    Great list! πŸ™‚ A bunch of these are on my TBR. I’m especially excited to read the V.E. Schwab books and Not Even Bones.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you! Oh me too, those are definitely high priority on my TBR.

  9. Niamh (@niamhkate) 24/10/2018 / 12:55 am

    I’ve not read any of these books but I really want to get to Vicious by V.E. Schwab as soon as possible! A book about villains that I love is Renegades by Marissa Meyer – I’m so excited to read Archenemies when it comes out!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:18 pm

      Ah it’s so good, I hope you enjoy it. Oh I’ve heard of that one, but I haven’t read it, I’ll have to check it out.

      • Niamh (@niamhkate) 29/10/2018 / 1:17 am

        I’ve heard only good things about it so I’m sure I will! I just need to find the time to read it! And if you do end up reading Renegades, I’d love to know what you think!

      • iloveheartlandx 01/11/2018 / 11:42 am

        I’ll let you know if I do decide to read it!

  10. FFBC (@The_FFBC) 24/10/2018 / 1:16 am

    Not Even Bones and YOU are on my TBR too. I wish October was 2 months long so I had more time to read creepy books and be in the mood for them. ~Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:17 pm

      Ha ha I think a lot of book bloggers feel that way! Luckily I like creepy books all year round, but I definitely understand the problem.

  11. Heather Cilley 24/10/2018 / 2:03 am

    I need to read Our Dark Duet soon too!! I am hoping to get to it before the year is over. Same with Vengeful! I hope you like You by Caroline Kepnes! ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:15 pm

      Me too-I bought it when it came out list year and still haven’t read it. I don’t know if I’ll get to Vengeful before the year is out as it’s pretty big but it’s definitely high priority. Thanks, I hope so too.

  12. halliereadit 24/10/2018 / 4:43 am

    I loved reading through your list, I’ve been meaning to get to The Young Elites soon too!

  13. Such a good spin on the topic! I can only think of about two villain origin story so very impressive too! HIVE was so good and funny, although I think there may not be a last one coming from what you said πŸ˜‚

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks! Yeah I’m uncertain about that, it’s been on my Goodreads for like four years and hasn’t materialised, but I needed another book for my list, so there you go!

  14. ChrissiReads 24/10/2018 / 1:22 pm

    A lovely list! πŸ™‚ I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

  15. Lakshmi 24/10/2018 / 6:43 pm

    Cool list! I’ve heard of some of these, but haven’t read any. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns sounds really interesting though, kind of want to check that out now!

  16. Jennifer 24/10/2018 / 7:21 pm

    Oh, β€œYou” is a great choice! That book creeped me out so much. I’m looking forward to watching the series too. Great list!

  17. readinginthewings 24/10/2018 / 9:39 pm

    I have heard so many amazing things about Vengeful and it is definitely on my TBR now. I just recently listened to the Barnes and Noble podcast with VE Schwab and hearing her talk about the book was so interesting and made me really want to read it.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 2:54 pm

      So have I, I can’t wait to get to it! Yes, I listened to the podcast too, she was really great on it. Have you read the first one Vicious?

      • readinginthewings 25/10/2018 / 3:20 pm

        No! I’m excited to read it. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Darker Shade of Magic, so I’ve put off her others.

      • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 3:45 pm

        Ah fair enough. The wonderful thing about her books is that they’re all so different, so if you don’t like one, there’s a chance that one of her other books will be!

      • readinginthewings 26/10/2018 / 4:16 pm

        I feel like I might just not have been in the right headspace when I read Darker Shade because on paper I should have loved it. I still want to read the 2nd one, and am definitely going to check out her others.

      • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2018 / 4:41 pm

        Fair enough, that happens-I’ve given up on quite a few books this year because I’ve not been feeling in the right mood for them. I hope you enjoy the rest of her books!

  18. anovelglimpse 24/10/2018 / 10:21 pm

    My daughter and I read The Isle of the Lost together. It had great villains in it!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 2:54 pm

      That’s great to hear-and it’s so lovely that you and your daughter read together!

  19. Sammie @ The Writerly Way 25/10/2018 / 12:14 am

    I haven’t read any of these. I just got Villains from my library, so it’ll be a couple more months before they get Vengeful in, unfortunately. D: But I’m so looking forward to reading it! Forest of A Thousand Lanterns sounds great, too, and I’ll have to check that out. Definitely sounds up my alley.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 2:49 pm

      I mean, I haven’t either, they’re all books on my TBR! Ah well I hope you enjoy it, and Vengeful when you get to it. Yes, it sounds brilliant doesn’t it? Let me know if you like it!

  20. A Uniquely Edible Magic 25/10/2018 / 2:14 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Young Elites but I haven’t read it yet. I’ll probably get to it once I’ve finished Wildcard and my Fall TBR list (which I will probably not complete by winter :p).

    Forest of A Thousand Lanterns sounds interesting!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 2:45 pm

      So have I, but alas, I also still haven’t read it yet, too many books, too little time! Ha ha story of my life, I never finish my seasonal TBR lists by the start of the next season. It does, doesn’t it?

  21. jolenewilsonblog 25/10/2018 / 2:37 pm

    I am currently reading the sequel to Viscous. So good. You are right, Schwab has some great villans.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2018 / 2:44 pm

      She does! I can’t wait to read Vengeful, it will probably have to wait till my Christmas holidays though, I have no time to read right now!

  22. Siobhan @ Novelties 25/10/2018 / 3:05 pm

    Out Dark Duet is such a complex and heartbreaking sequel. It’s one of my favourite reads.

  23. Rissi 27/10/2018 / 2:32 am

    I’ve heard good things about Marie’s ‘Legend’ series, but haven’t read it. Though I’m 99% sure I own the first (and maybe second) book, so I have no good reason as to why I haven’t read it.

    Thanks so much, as always, for the Finding Wonderland visit, Jo!! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2018 / 4:40 pm

      I haven’t read that one either, though I’ve heard good things about it and about Marie Lu’s writing in general. No problem πŸ™‚

  24. Tessa G. 27/10/2018 / 9:39 pm

    I haven’t read any of the books on your list (shame on me!) but I am familiar with VE Schwab’s morally gray characters from ADSOM. I love how Holland is supposed to be a villain, yet I have all of the feelings about his situation. Vicious is REALLY high on my TBR and I am going to read it after knocking out a few pressing ARCs.

    Great list! I will have to check some of them out.

    • iloveheartlandx 28/10/2018 / 11:01 am

      Ha ha neither have I, this is a TBR list! Yes, VE Schwab is the master of the morally grey character. Ah I hope you enjoy it. Thank you πŸ™‚

  25. thebookishlibra 28/10/2018 / 7:15 pm

    Great list. I love a good villain too and Schwab’s are my faves.

  26. Annemieke 05/11/2018 / 7:30 am

    I really need to get Not Even Bones because it sounds amazing.

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