Top Ten Tuesday: Unique book titles

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is top ten unique book titles, and this is a theme that is very close to my heart.  For better or for worse, I’m often drawn to books with unique titles.  Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but here are ten uniquely titled books that I’ve reviewed since starting this blog.

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👍 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
👍 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
👊 The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger

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👍 The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
👍 The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell

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👊 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
👎 The Biology of Luck by Jacob M. Appel
👎 Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez

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👍 All the Feels by Danika Stone
👎 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry Augustifteen by Claire North

What are some uniquely titled books that you’ve read?

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Best of 2016: Galleys

I read a lot of review copies in 2016.  I had 32 total galleys between Netgalley, Edelweiss, and author mailing lists. At one point during the year, I stressed myself out pretty badly by accidentally signing up for an author’s ARC team.  I’m still not even sure how it happened!  I was getting flooded with (rather rude) emails with PDFs attached, demanding that I read and review within the week.  Needless to say, I cut all ties with that author and even ended up taking a little break from reviewing.  But overall, I read a ton of really great books from really awesome authors.  Here are my top fifteen, in absolutely no order whatsoever.

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Goodreads links:

off the hook // seven ways to lose your heart // a list of cages // lured in // beyond the stars // you know me well // the summer before forever // ink and bone // the last boy and girl in the world // just a girl // something i need // arrows // addicted to you // lust is the thorn // all the feels

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For Liv, Starveil is life. It occupies 100% of her energy, 100% of the time. When her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, dies at the end of the most recent movie, she’s devastated. She mourns his death online with the rest of the fandom. But Liv knows that the powers that be take notice of what the fans want, and suddenly she comes up with the idea of #spartansurvived, an online movement in which fans prove the various ways that Spartan could have narrowly avoided death.

But then #spartansurvived starts taking up all of Liv’s free time. It starts cutting into her classes. Her grades suffer. Her relationships with family and friends go downhill. Fandom takes over her life. School is stressing her out, her mother is upset with her, and her romantic life has gone up in flames. Her best friend Xander comes up with a plan: the two of them will go to DragonCon together, they’ll go to all theStarveil panels together, and maybe even meet some of the cast.

I really liked when Liv got to meet all of her internet friends and found out that they were nothing like she expected. I kind of tend to assume that all the people I talk to online are my age (unless they tell me otherwise), so I can totally see her shock at meeting them in real life happening to me.

I wasn’t a big fan of the degree of Liv’s obsession withStarveil. It was a little weird. I’ve been pretty obsessed with things in my day, but never to the point that my grades declined or my relationships suffered. I didn’t like the fact that Liv’s mom was portrayed as out of touch for wanting her to focus more on real life and less on her fandom.

I really liked Liv and Xander’s friendship. Does Xander care about Starveil? Not really. He certainly isn’t bothered by the fact that Spartan died. He much prefers to work on his latest steampunk cosplay than worry about what’s happening in some space world. But he’s there for Liv. Always.

I wasn’t a big fan of the conflict in Liv’s relationship at the end of the book. It kind of came out of nowhere for me, and I really hate angst for angst’s sake. To be honest, I wasn’t really a fan of how the relationship earlier in the book ended, either. It was funny, but it also came out of nowhere and was kind of weird.

I really liked how cute and well-written this book was! I figured that, given the subject matter, this book would either be terrible and painfully awkward or quirky and awesome, and I’m so glad that it was the latter! The characters are all just shy of over-the-top, and they all grew on me as I got further into this book.

There’s more that I wish I could say, but I’ll keep my mouth shut for the sake of spoiler prevention.

This book was such a pleasant surprise, and I am definitely going to be checking out other books by Danika Stone and Swoon Reads.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the free review copy!

Final rating: ★★★★☆