Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books I liked but can’t remember

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! It’s time for another post already! Today’s theme is ten books I really liked but can’t remember much of anything about. So, this is actually my everyday life and I had a lot of fun with this topic!

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Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark: ♬ Coming out of my cage and I’ve been doing just fine but I don’t think that’s what this book is about ♬
❔ The Deal by Elle Kennedy: I know I loved it. I remember Garrett and a smart girl and I know I want to read the rest of the series, but that’s it.
❔ Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise: You can see where my priorities are in life because all I remember is that either the famous guy or the personal assistant had a dog. I think?

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❔ The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre: I think the boy lived in a trailer park and that was some sort of issue? I think I also cried.
❔ My Sister’s Secret by Tracy Buchanan: Yeah, I literally remember nothing.

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❔ Under My Skin by Shawntelle Madison: I think she gets possessed? Or someone pays to possess her? There’s something with possession. I think?
❔ The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin: Honestly, all I remember is that it was a hassle to get the protected ARC file to open in my Nook.
❔ The Spirit Keeper by K.B. Laugheed: All I remember is that this was one of the very first ARCs I ever got and I think it takes place in the 1700s.

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❔ The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg: Literally all I can remember is that she can bewitch paper and I’m pretty sure I shipped her with the professor.
❔ The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma: The girls were in some kind of prison, right?

What books did you love that you can’t remember anything about? Did my memory deceive me here? Are the bits and pieces I remember about these books totally wrong? Let me know!

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All Ceony Twill wanted was to be a Smelter, but that’s not what the fates have planned for her. After finishing her education at the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony learns that her apprenticeship will be under Emery Thane, a master Folder. Ceony is devastated – instead of bespelling bullets to never miss their mark, she’ll, what exactly? Make paper cranes? A magical education without an apprenticeship is worthless, so Ceony decides to go along with the plan. After all, some magic is better than no magic. What follows is a whimsical story in which enchanted paper birds can fly, enchanted paper dogs can bark, and enchanted paper skeletons can serve as butlers.

I absolutely adored this book. The descriptions were so vivid. Take this, for example, from when Ceony arrives at Magician Thane’s house:

Every flower in the yard looked to be crafted of Folded paper, each blossom perfectly creased. The buds appeared real – so much that, when a cloud passed over the afternoon sun, they all closed their petals ever so slightly. Like flowers trying too hard to be flowers.

It was obvious from the beginning that Thane was going to be a great guy, and I was a little bit miffed with Ceony for being so sassy toward him. To his credit, he didn’t force the Folding on her, but instead let her realize on her own what the benefits of it would be.

Ceony was alright, but definitely not my favorite heroine. I appreciated that, for her time, she was a pretty strong woman – she was educated and clearly talented, and she didn’t let anyone push her around or tell her what to do – but I didn’t like her bad attitude at the beginning. It seemed like she was unreasonably upset over ending up a Folder, and she took it out on Thane, who had nothing to do with it, and then her feelings on the matter seemed to abruptly change for no reason. [click through for slight spoilers]

All in all, this was a really fun, whimsical book, and I would highly recommend it for anybody who likes magical books. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

I received a free copy of The Paper Magician through Amazon’s Kindle First program.

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Now through September 2, 2014, you can enter to win one of 20 free copies through Goodreads First Reads program!

Next Up: The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

Does this sound like something you’d be interested in?  Goodreads has 20 copies available though its First Reads program.  The giveaway ends on September 2, so hurry up and enter!