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:
- 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!