This Top 5 series started back in October 2018 and it has grown really big! This is a series of books that all have a common theme. I post the schedule for the next month the last week of the prior month. You can talk about books you want to read or books you have read and all prompts are open for interpretation! Feel free to get as creative as you want with the prompts.
December 19th, 2020 — Famous Authors
December 26th, 2020 — 2021 Releases
January 2nd, 2021 — Books You Meant to Read Last Year
January 9th, 2021 — Multiple Points of View
January 16th, 2021 — Metal in the Title (Gold, Silver, Brass, Steel, etc.)
January 23rd, 2021 — Book about Competition (Tournament, race, sibling rivalry, etc.)
January 30th, 2021 — Weapons on the Cover
February 6th, 2021 — Royalty in the Title (King, Queen, Princess, Prince, etc.)
February 13th, 2021 — Book with Unique Format (Diary entries, verse, documents, podcast, blog, etc.)
Oops! I meant to post this on Saturday and just realized that I never hit publish!
Multiple Points of View
I love books with multiple points of view when it’s done well. For a lot of us, Six of Crows showed us how you can fall in love with a group of characters and how multiple points of view can really add intrigue to a story. But there are many more stories that I absolutely loved because of how well the multiple points of view were done. But there are times where multiple points of view can also be a detriment to the book, which is how I felt when I read There Will Come a Darkness. Multiple points of view can really add excitement and anticipation and I love them best when the characters are developed really well.
A lot of my favorite books have multiple points of view, and I am always intrigued when I know there will be multiple points of view. Some of my favorite books with multiple points of view are: Strange the Dreamer, The Final Empire, Crown of Feathers, The Good Luck Girls, The Smoke Thieves, House of Dragons and of course, the entire Game of Thrones series. While I typically think of fantasy when I think of books with multiple points of view, it can also really add to mystery or contemporary novels, like in Darling Rose Gold or One of Us is Lying. While I don’t always know ahead of time that a book will be told in multiple POVs, there are several books with multiple POVs that I’m really looking forward to, check them out below!
In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.
As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.
Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.
Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.
Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….
Falling Kingdoms has been said to be a YA version of Game of Thrones. Personally I hate those kinds of comparisons because they give unrealistic expectations, but it gives you an idea of the scale of this book. Falling Kingdoms alternates between 4 POVs and the characters are all in different kingdoms, I think this book sounds like it has tremendous potential.
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
This series is one that looks like a really fun fantasy series to binge read. The magic system sounds really cool and unique and there are four different POVs. I am pretty excited for this one because I’ve heard that it focuses on female friendships and there are just not enough fantasy novels with healthy female friendships! Pretty much all of my friends seemed to love this one, so hopefully it won’t disappoint.
Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.
One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Raisa ana‘Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…
The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.
This book is one that I feel like falls a bit below the radar, but it looks really cool. It has a dual POV and a criminal main character. It sounds like the beginning is a bit slow, which is something I struggle with, but everything else sounds amazing. It has intricate world building and political intrigue. It’s an older book and the series is completed, so if I enjoyed this book I’d be able to binge read the entire series.
Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised… and curious.
Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is.
The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.
I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying and I love multiple POVs in YA thrillers, they’re full of intrigue and hard to set down. But I’ve also wanted to read another book by Karen M. McManus for quite a while now. I’ve read several inheritance stories and found them all really entertaining. Karen M. McManus is really popular in the YA thriller scene, and I’ve only read one of her books so far. I really love a good YA thriller every now and then and I highly doubt that Karen M. McManus will disappoint!
“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 love paranormal books and I LOVE found families. This series has been recommended to me over and over and I nearly picked it up after binge reading The Beautiful Creatures. I have been wanting to read fantasies lately again, but I feel like after I finish my current series I might need something a little lighter and more fun like a YA paranormal book. This series has multiple POVs and nearly every review I’ve read has raved about how well fleshed out the characters are. Personally I’m not so sure that I’ll love this one as much as everyone else did but I totally think it’s worth a shot!
Check out other book blogger’s top 5!
Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog — Top 5 Saturday — Books with Multiple Points of View
Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog — Books with Multiple POV’s — Top 5 Saturday
Lauren @ Lala’s Book Reviews — Books with Multiple POVs: Top 5 Saturday
Dini @ Dinipandareads — Top 5 Saturday: Multiple POVs
What are some of your favorite books with multiple POVs? What do you like about multiple POVs? Are there times when you think multiple points of view don’t work? Have you read any of the books I listed above? What did you think? Make sure to comment below so we can talk about books with multiple points of view!