Top Ten Tuesday: Author X Edition

3 Jul

That’s right folks it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This we were given the challenge of recommending 10 books for a fan of author X (meaning we got to pick the author).

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Since I recently read the last two Hex Hall books I picked Rachel Hawkins (author of the Hex Hall series). My basic criteria for selecting these books is boarding school + magic + awesomeness!

1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Do you like books about boarding schools and magic? Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series is the way to go. The trilogy is part historical fiction, part paranormal, part mystery and a dash of romance. The girls at the Spence Academy for Young Ladies are all kinds of involved with the unknown.

2. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

This book isn’t about a boarding school and doesn’t have much anything to with magic, but the vibe is very similar. Basic synopsis: Gwen’s cousin was supposed to be a time traveler, but Gwen starts traveling instead. There’s a secret organization, traveling through history, a cute boy (of course), and a main character who isn’t quite sure of her power (kind of like Sophie in Hex Hall).

3. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

All about a young girl working for a secret organization involved in the tracking and tagging of paranormal creatures. The main character Evie is hilarious and her love of all things pink and sparkly adds a nice touch to her bad ass creature hunting skills.

4. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

No magic in this one, but there are a lot of spies. Cameron Morgan attends the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. It might sound like an uptight preppy boarding school, but it is actually a school training exceptional girls to be the world’s next top spies. Along with Cammie’s best friends and a cast of worldly teachers the Gallagher Girl books do not disappoint.

5. Sucks to Be Me (The All True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire… maybe) by Kimberly Paulie

This book was very funny. Mina’s family are all vampires. She must choose whether or not she will also become a vampire. So she has to take vampire training classes. No boarding schools, but lots of otherworldly folks in this book and quite a few laughs.

6. Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace by MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi

This is the first in the Jennifer Scales series. I love these books. Jennifer is a were-dragon, but she doesn’t know it… yet. Growing up is pretty hard, but she was completely unprepared for what is happening to her.

7. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Ever wonder what it is like to be courted by a (supposed) teenage vampire? What would you do if a hottie from Eastern Europe told you that you were a vampire princess and his betrothed? These are things that Jessica had never considered until Lucius came to live with her family as a foreign exchange student.

8. My So-Called Death by Stacey Jay

So this is a bit of a stretch, but there is a boarding school so I’m going with it. Karen, a 15-year-old cheerleader, suffers a fatal injury, but doesn’t die. So she is sent to an ultra-secret zombie boarding school. She has to get used to being the undead, but also has to figure out who is stealing her classmates brains before they might get her’s.

9. Hearts at Stake (Drake Chronicles, Book 1) by Alyxandra Harvey

Okay so no boarding school in this one either, but these books are awesome and I’ll use any excuse to recommend them. Solange is born into a family of vampires. Upon her 16th birthday she too will undergo the change that will make her immortal. Before all of that goes down she comes in contact with Kieran, who is part of a secret organization that hunts vampire. Surprisingly a romance starts to take shape between them. Meanwhile Solange’s best friend Lucy, a human through and through, has suddenly started having new feelings for one of Solange’s brothers, Nicholas. These books are told through several perspectives and are always a fun, exciting read.

10. Book of Shadows (Sweep, #1) by Cate Tiernan

This series is a bit more in-depth because it takes the basics of Wicca and creates an imagined world around those ideas. Morgan and Bree are introduced to Wicca by a new guy, Cal. They join his coven and Morgan finds she not only has powerful feelings for Cal, but to her surprise has powerful magic as well. The series is quite long (15 books in total), but all but one of them are very short and interesting reads. I read them when I was a teenager and am happy to see they are still being printed.


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