This Top 5 series started back in October 2018 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:
5/30/20 — Books from a Male POV
6/6/20 — Books Set Near/On the Sea
6/13/20 — Books with One Word Titles
6/20/20 — Books You’d Give a Second Chance
6/27/20 — Books with Morally Grey Characters
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Books from a Male POV (Point of View)
This topic was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. It seems that lately I’ve been reading nothing but books that are told from a female point of view. I feel like they’ve taken over, which is great, but I don’t read books with a male as the main character anymore. Sometimes there will be dual points of view, but I almost never read a book from a male’s point of view. I think that as fierce females have become more common, male points of view seem to be fading out. I think that reading from different perspectives is really important, and I try to be a pretty rounded reader. Since I’ve noticed this huge gap in my reading I thought it was see what books on my TBR are from a male POV!
What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?
Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
I can’t resist a book about the son of a serial killer, but to make this book even more intriguing, a bunch of my friends have given this book 5 stars. It sounds kinda like Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ series The Naturals which I absolutely loved. I’ve had a copy of this book for a while now and I kinda forgot about it until now. This book appears to be a hidden gem in the YA thriller genre.
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.
Okay so this book has been haunting my TBR for a long time… actually, all of Schwab’s books have been. This series of Schwab’s is the one that I think I would love the most out of all of her books. Kell is a messenger who travels between the four Londons in this book and many of my friends love his character. I finally have a physical copy and I really don’t know why I STILL haven’t read this book yet!
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead, keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.
My obsession with gothic horror novels started when I read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and was recently re-ignited when I read Ghost Wood Song a few weeks ago. But Anna Dressed in Blood has been on my TBR for nearly a decade. I first saw this book on a library shelf and loved the cover, ever since then I have wanted to read it. I initially thought that this book was about a girl named Anna, but it’s actually about a ghost killer named Cas who is looking for the ghost that locals refer to as ‘Anna Dressed in Blood’. This is another book that has gotten rave reviews from friends of mine, so I have to get my hands on a copy!
A former soldier turned PI tries to help the fantasy creatures whose lives he ruined in a world that’s lost its magic in a compelling debut fantasy by Black Sails actor Luke Arnold.
Welcome to Sunder City. The magic is gone but the monsters remain.
I’m Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the window. There are a few things you should know before you hire me:
1. Sobriety costs extra.
2. My services are confidential.
3. I don’t work for humans.
It’s nothing personal—I’m human myself. But after what happened, to the magic, it’s not the humans who need my help.
Walk the streets of Sunder City and meet Fetch, his magical clients, and a darkly imagined world perfect for readers of Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.
This book just looks so entertaining! Fetch seems like a character that will be so much fun to read about. I love when urban fantasy blends with detective fiction and I’ve read several books with similar premises, but it’s the main character that drew me to this book. Fetch sounds like he’s cynical, morally grey and a bit flawed. This dark urban fantasy book looks right up my alley!
In this brilliant debut fantasy, a story of secrets, rebellion, and murder are shattering the Hollows, where magic costs memory to use, and only the son of the kingdom’s despised traitor holds the truth.
Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.
In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.
What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it.
The thing that really drew me to this book was the idea that magic cost memory… I mean it also might have had something to do with the fact that Brandon Sanderson’s recommendation is on the front cover. I am pretty hopeful for this one. It looks like it has a ton of potential, I just hope that it’s actually as good as I expect it to be!
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Lyn @ Nomadic Worlds
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Ree @ Pjnkskies
Check out other Book Blogger’s Top 5!
Nen & Jen @ Nen & Jen — Top 5 Sat: Male POV Romances *sigh*
Blair @ Feed the Crime — -|Books From a Male POV… Top 5 Saturday|-
Bella @ Bella — A Double Top 5
Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog — Books Told From A Male POV — Top 5 Saturday!
Dini @ Dinipandareads — Top 5 Saturday: Books from Male only POVs
Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog — Top 5 Saturday — Books From a Male POV
Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads — Top Five Saturday — Books from male POV’s that I have yet to read!
Have you noticed that you don’t read many books from a male POV? What are some of your favorite books with a male POV? Have you read any books on my list? What did you think? Make sure to comment below so we can chat about books with a male point of view!