Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and I discovered it on the blog @ Dinipandareads. Each week you follow the topic and list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favorite books, books you loved/hated, or anything others). You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post.
This Week’s Topic: Weapons on the Cover
**Books on this list are in no particular order. You can click on their covers to access their Goodreads entries.**
- The Markings (The Markings#1) – TBR
“It is day 2,436 of being in this prison with my mother and younger brother.”
Sentenced to death, a future is something Adaline never dreamed of.
On Dather, an island once known as Oahu, Hawaii, King Renon enslaves the gifted and kills off the useless. When the day of her mother’s execution arrives, Adaline discovers she’s been a gifted in hiding all this time. Now it’s not a matter of life or death, but freedom or enslavement.
Aided by her best friend and a disloyal officer, Adaline runs from King Renon and the prison cell where she grew up. In an attempt to find a safe haven for the gifted, Adaline uncovers a family secret her father orchestrated. A secret that will change their entire world.
“My brain sees him as a threat, as the enemy, a guard at the castle, but my heart feels he is a friend. The question is, which one is right?”
2. Black Witch Magic (Paranormal Hunters #1) – Reviewed
Librarian by day, cursed witch by night:
Selene Blackstone spends her days camped out in library corners with her nose glued to books. In a town like Brimrock, where she’s an outcast, she prefers her book friends to her real-life enemies. They’re a lot less judgmental. The rest of town believes she descends from a family of witches—including her evil witch grandma, Luna. In this case, the truth is stranger than fiction. She is a witch, and she’s cursed for all of eternity. Good thing her to-be-read list is pretty long…
Prickly Paranormal Investigator Aiden O’Hare speaks two languages: sarcasm and more sarcasm. He travels the country—and sometimes even the world—investigating strange phenomena with his best friend, Eddie. Their investigations bring them to a cozy New England town called Brimrock, home to fabled evil witch Luna Blackstone. Armed with his dry wit, his bibliophilic love for books, and far too much free time, he’s determined to find out just what happened to Luna…
When Aiden meets Selene, he decides he must get to know her. When Selene learns Aiden is in town investigating her grandma, she knows she must stop him. He’s out to expose the truth. She’s out to keep it a secret. Neither expects to fall under each other’s spell, but sometimes love is supernatural.
3. First Quiver (Cupid’s Fall #1) – Reviewed
Immortality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially for the 3,375-year-old virgin of Mount Olympus.
Day after day, the God of Love launches his arrows, then watches from the sidelines while everyone else has all the fun. On a mischievous whim, Cupid sends a love-tipped arrow into the wrong rump—and the gods sentence him to a taste of his own medicine.
Banished from the only home he’s ever known, Cupid plunges to Earth and lands in present-day Tarra, Indiana, where mortals go on about their daily routines, oblivious to the capricious gods stirring the pot from above. Delighted to discover his wings and pubescent pudge have been transformed into a magnificent human body, Cupid swiftly leaves his virginity behind.
But his carnal spree is cut short when he falls passionately in love for the first time in his immortal life, and he understands the full measure of his punishment: he must find the Right Love match for the mortal he desperately loves, and then he must let her go.
Caught between two worlds on a quest to fix Love, Cupid must survive the violent throes of his own coming of age and triumph over the powerful gods conspiring against him. Failure will not be tolerated; success will cost him everything.
4. Fool Moon (Dresden Files #2) – Reviewed
Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work, magical or mundane. But just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.
A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses and the first two don’t count…
5. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – TBR
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
January 23rd – Books about Competition (Tournament, race, sibling rivalry, etc.) January 30th – Books with Weapons on the Cover
- February 6th – Royalty in the Title (King, Queen, Princess, Prince, etc.)
- February 13th – Books with a Unique Format (Diary entries, verse, documents, podcast, blog, etc.)
As I was going through my novels, both TBR and read, I realized there are fewer with weapons on the cover than I thought. I still had a long list to choose from and there are many more that I would have liked to include. I tried to choose different types of weapons: one broad sword, one dagger, one bow & arrow, one magic through their hands, and one magic through a staff. I also wanted to balance my list with some TBRs mixed with ones that I have previously read/reviewed. I have a feeling next week’s is going to be equally difficult to narrow it down as there are millions, I feel, that have some kind of royalty in their titles.