Top Ten Tuesday | First Ten Books I Reviewed

Hey, Hello!

Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday post. I’m really enjoying doing these every week, I’m so glad I finally got the courage to start taking part.

For those of you that don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018, where Jana posts in advance topics for us and we then make a post about them.

This weeks prompt is: First Ten Books I Reviewed. The review could of been posted anywhere, it still counts! I’m not sure if we are supposed to also show the review but I might, so then you can see how far I’ve came with my reviewing! I’m really proud. I’ll start with the very first one.

So without further ado, here we go…

Roar – Cora Carmack – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is INCREDIBLE.

The characters, you just instantly love them.

The world building was amazing – I’m in love with the map at the start.

Everything about this book I loved.

I enjoyed the plot, something I’ve never read before so it was completely unique.

Cannot wait for the next book

Also I’m totally shipping Roar and Locke ❤️


Daughter Of The Burning City – Amanda Foody – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

At first I found this book so difficult to get into (hence the 4 stars), but as I was buddy reading I had to persevere with it even though I was totally confused and had no idea who all the millions of characters were…

I AM SO GLAD I DID. OMG!!

After chapter 10 I could NOT put this book down, I read 16 chapters in one day.

This book is unique, creative, beautiful and I’ll admit, At one point, I was crying like a moron.

If you’re reading this and not really feeling it, I promise by the end you will love it. I have never read anything like this before and I LOVED IT.


Replica – Lauren Oliver – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ve just finished Replica and oh. My. God.

I cannot believe I haven’t read this sooner.

I’m not usually a fan of sci-fi fantasy books but this one got me. It’s beautiful. I felt so many emotions, mainly heartbreak and at one point I was trying so hard not to cry.

Loads of people said it’s really predictable, but I honestly didn’t see that one coming! I can’t wait for the next book, I want to know how Lyra and Gemma’s story pans out.

The only reason for the 4 stars ~ sometimes I felt a bit confused, probably cause I was reading chapter 1 Gemma, chapter 1 Lyra, chapter 2 Gemma, chapter 2 Lyra…and so on.


Illuminae – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ve never been one for sci-fi books. But after seeing this in Waterstones and flipping through the pages and seeing how different it was I just had to buy it….

I AM SO HAPPY I DID!!!

I love this book so much. I love how different it is and there were a few parts that had me on the edge of my seat.

The characters aren’t introduced to us in the normal way which I loved, but it also made me not feel very much for the characters to start with, that changed as the book went on.

The ONLY reason for 4 stars is because of all the words I didn’t really understand and because as I said you don’t really fall in love with the characters through the usual means which confused me a little.

But if you haven’t read this book….YOU HAVE TO!

On to Gemina for me….


Gemina – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

At the start I wasn’t even feeling this book at all. It didn’t grab me or make me want to pick it up. But by the end I was so interested in it.

If you’re having a hard time getting through it just give it a chance. I’m glad I did. 😊


Hunted – Meagan Spooner – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Okay, so I wasn’t so sure on this book as it’s a beauty and the beast retelling, and I’ll admit I’ve never been a Disney fan, and had no interest in beauty and the beast.

I bought this book to buddy read with my best friend, who is a MASSIVEEEEEEEEE beauty and the beast fan.

And OH MY.

I find myself questioning how in the blue hell I’ve NEVER liked beauty and the beast after finishing this…

My mind is just blown….like for real. I can’t even….

I already want to re read it and I’ve only just finished it!

Loved it so much, the Russian vibes, the world, the characters….just wow.


Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I can’t believe I haven’t started this series sooner! I loved the assassins blade and now I love this book too. On to the next! 🙂


Everless – Sara Holland – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Okay so I’ll be honest.

At first I was in a MASSIVE reading slump from a ToG reading marathon, and I didn’t really feel this book. I read to chapter 4 and I just didn’t get it.

But I pushed through it and OH MY LANTA!!! like, what the actual hell did I just read?! I can’t even…if you haven’t got this book, you need to get it….

This book, it deserves way more than 5 stars…


The Bear and The Nightingale – Katherine Arden – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was one of my most anticipated reads this year.

Me, Emma and Kasia decided we would buddy read it and start on New Year’s Day, which we did.

Instantly I fell in love with it. It has Russian names, Russian vibes, Russian folklore…basically everything Russian I LOVE. 😍

I enjoyed the story and the characters. Vasya was a really strong female character and I love me some strong female characters! I’m really looking forward to book 2 ☺️


Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Okay so I tried to read this book in 2017 and I just couldn’t. I didn’t like it and I got to page 38 and I DNF it.

This year I’ve set myself a goal to read the 3 books I DNF in 2017, Wintersong being 1 of them.

After i read The Bear and The Nightingale I didn’t know what I wanted to read so I went to my TBR jar and I did a jar pull. I made a rule, whatever I pull out I have to read, no swapping! So when I picked out Wintersong I was pretty gutted and anxious.

I HAD NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!!

I honestly LOVED this book the second time around, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the Goblin King, I love the story, I loved the writing! The only reason it got 4 stars was nothing to do with the book exactly, but I’m not a musical person, I don’t like musicals and I don’t understand musical lingo which this has a lot of.

I currently have Shadowsong sat on my TBR shelf and it’s piece of paper is folded up in my TBR jar – I cannot wait to pull it out 😊

Wow okay, some of those are embarrassing! And I clearly didn’t know how to rate books fairly, if I could go back and rerate them I probably would change a lot of them haha.

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | First Ten Books I Reviewed

  1. I wasn’t sure if we were supposed to show the reviews either. It was cool to see what you first reviewed, though.

    My TTT.

  2. Omg so are mine. I literally cringed so hard when I had to go back and read them to write my TTT post 😆
    Ahahah omg, I used to do that as well! I didn’t have, like, any criteria for what a 5-star book was, or what a 4-star book was, etc, so I just gave it a random number based vaguely on whether or not I enjoyed it, so my ratings were all over the place. There were books rated 3 stars that I loved more than books rated 5 😂😂

  3. I know, they are so embarrassing 😂🙈
    And same, I realised I rated everything 4 stars but even the books I loved more were still 4 stars. I don’t know why I rated everless 5 stars when I loved the Bear and The Nightingale more 😂 wooops

  4. Ahahah omg your old reviews are so funny and fangirly lmao. I love how there’s a bunch of books that you found boring at the beginning or legit had previously DNFed, but still rated 4 stars 😂 Honestly, same though. I used to rate everything 5 stars omg. As soon as I started reviewing though (which was only a little more than a year ago), I started forcing myself to be super critical, cuz I thought that’s what reviewers were supposed to do, and then I rated everything 3 stars, whoops. It took me a solid few months to actually work out how I wanted to rate books and how to do so fairly.

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