Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme, created by The Broke and Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt for TTT is a freebie! This means I can’t choose any past topics or make up one of my own! With this in mind, I have decided to make a top ten of books I believe deserve more love! This, however, will be a top three, but that only means I’ll do more to sell these books to you!
3. The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbøl
Series: Shamer Chronicles #1
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Dina has unwillingly inherited her mother’s gift: the ability to elicit shamed confessions simply by looking into someone’s eyes. To Dina, however, these powers are not a gift but a curse. Surrounded by fear and hostility, she longs for simple friendship.
But when her mother is called to Dunark Castle to uncover the truth about a bloody triple murder, Dina must come to terms with her power–or let her mother fall prey to the vicious and revolting dragons of Dunark.
My thoughts about this book/series:
This book is from the early 2000’s which means I was about 11-12 years old when I first read it. I have very fond memories about the adventures that Dina and her family go through. For me personally, it was a girl power read – a girl outcast from her community due to something she didn’t choose for herself who powers through obstacles. It’s a beloved series in Denmark, but I want it to be loved everywhere! It’s not the most diverse cast of characters, but considering it’s written by a Dane in the late ’90s early ’00s, I’m not too surprised 😅
If you want Middle Grade fantasy with depth and story, I highly recommend this series.
2. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Genre: Crime, thriller, mystery
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…
My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker – and more difficult to get out of the carpet – than water…
My thoughts about this book:
This is a quick and enjoyable read. We really get to dive in to this sibling relationship. We’re left wondering why Korede accepts her sister and her actions while we unravel their relationship and what they mean for each other. It’s a story about sibling relationships and how we’re affected by our siblings and what meaning they have for us.
1. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Series: Raybearer #1
Genre: Fantasy, epic fiction
Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?
My thoughts about this book/series:
It’s difficult for me to find words as to how much I adore this book. I want it to be loved by everyone and I’ll tell anyone who’ll listen about this book. Let me share my review from Goodreads:
I am speechless, but I’ll try and put words to my feelings.
I had so much fun reading this book. I could have devoured it right away, but I wanted the book to last longer, so I took my time reading it. Now I’m sad because I’ve finished the book. I read this as an ebook, but I will buy a hardback version of this. I need it.
This book is absolutely beautiful, thrilling and lovely. I’ve never read anything like this, so I never knew what to expect.
I love the world building. How the nations are all united under one Kingdom, yet still have their own cultures, ways of practicing their religion, and different ethnicities – absolutely well done.
Emotions and experiences are written beautifully. The feeling of loneliness and isolation. Wanting to be part of a loving unit. Craving it. Sorrow and love. I felt the emotions going through Tarisai.
This is a beautiful read. If you enjoy fantasy, romance, the meaning of family, and questioning authority – I highly recommend this book.
Have you read any of these books? Have I peaked your interest if you haven’t? Which books do you believe deserve more love?
I’m sending lots of love and happy reading ❤