This Top 5 series started back in October and I kind of lost motivation for making it every week. But it’s back! This is a series of books that I want to read that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale re-tellings, high fantasy and many more. I am going to try and bring this series back for every Saturday.
The upcoming schedule is:
8/17/19 – Books with Found Families
8/24/19 — Books about Dragons
8/31/19 — Books with a Road Trip
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Found families is basically when in a book characters get super close and wind up treating each other like family. Maybe they didn’t have family before, but they’ve found a family in their group of friends. Found families is a thing that I really enjoy in books. For a lot of us I think our love of found families came when we read Six of Crows. A lot of books have this trope in them and I have enjoyed it in every book that I’ve read that has it. Since Six of Crows I’ve read many books that have found families and a few that I really enjoyed were: The Darkest Minds, The Final Empire (Mistborn) and The Bone Ships. You could even say that Harry Potter had found families in it! (The order was totally a found family!) I didn’t realize just HOW much I love the found family trope until I listed all of these books together. I am excited to read more books that include found families.
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
I knew that this book was going to be at the top of this list. I have had The Raven Boys on my TBR forever now and have heard that it is one of the best found family books ever. I really can’t wait to read it, I have also heard that it’s set at a boarding school! It’s a win-win scenario really.
No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.
This book is about a found family who goes on heists, anyone else getting Six of Crow vibes? Now obviously the two books are very different, but I am all about heisty books, and when you get a found family too… well I can’t resist. It’s also set in Paris in 1889 and full of magic. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this one, so I hope that I wind up really loving it.
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
All the books in this series are really short so I think they would be perfect for right after finishing a really long fantasy. I have also heard TONS of great things about this series. I had my first introduction to Seanan McGuire when I read Middlegame, which I really enjoyed. (Check out my review here.) Ever since then I have really wanted to read this series.
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
I have been recommended this book over and over again. I still have yet to read any Schwab titles, but this one is at the top of my list. Magic, thieves, multiple Londons… it sounds like something I would absolutely love. I hope I have the chance to read this by the end of the year.
An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.
This book is one that I have heard amazing things about. I have seen it shelved as found family, and it also has thieves and con artists of the underworld. I am dying to read this book and I actually have a copy!
Briana and Krysta @ Pages Unbound
Sibohan @ Sibohan’s Novelties
Ruthsic @ YA On My Mind
Jessica @ Jessicamap Reviews
Naadhira @ Legendbooksdary
Michelle @ Love, Stars and Books
Check Out Other Book Blogger’s Top 5!
Susan @ Novel Lives — Saturday Tag – Top 5 Books About Found Families I Have Read Or Want To Read
Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads — Top 5 Saturday: Books with Found Families
Sara @ My Year of Reading Dangerously — Top 5 Books with the Found Family Trope | Top 5 Saturdays
Are any of these books on your TBR? What is your favorite thing about found families in books? Which book started your love of found families? Which found family book is your favorite? Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I have at the top of my TBR?