Top Ten Books Involving Music

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are is a books and music prompt. I found it quite tricky so I decided to look at books with a music/dance plot!

Here are some of my favourites (in no particular order…links go to Goodreads!)

This Song Will Save Your Life-Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

I was really impressed by this book which didn’t take me long to devour at all. It’s about the power of music which really resonated with me!

Maybe Someday- Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)

I love this book! I was completely captivated by the story and I loved the musical element.

Open Road Summer- Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

Emery Lord’s writing is amazing. I loved going on tour with Lilah and Reagan!

Remix-Non Pratt

Remix

This book centres around two friends at a festival. I really enjoy the way Non Pratt writes about teenagers. It’s very raw and real.

The Disenchantments- Nina LaCour

The Disenchantments

This book had a lovely mixture of music and art.

You Don’t Know Me- Sophia Bennett

You Don't Know Me

This is a cute YA read which involves music and friendships. An easy book to read!

Saving June- Hannah Harrington

Saving June

I read this book early on in my blogging days. I loved reading about the main character, Harper’s road trip which involved a lot of music, although it was sad as Harper had lost her sister, June, so she was grieving.

A link to music, favourite danced based books-

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I include this book whenever I can because I think it’s just so beautifully written. I loved the dance element, but also that it was such a deeper, darker read than I had anticipated.

Dance of Shadows-Yelena Black

Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows, #1)

I read this book quite early on in my blogging days and liked it a lot more than others seemed to. This prompt has totally reminded me to get back to the series to see how it progresses.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

The main character in this moving story is a dancer. I loved this book.

How have you tackled the prompt this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

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The Shock of The FallNathan Filer– This is the hardback cover. I know that the cover has changed for the paperback, but I remain firmly in love with this cover. It’s plain, it’s simple, it’s intriguing.

The MadnessAlison Rattle– I have a lot of love for this book, and a lot of love for the cover. I’ve noticed that the covers I’ve picked, in the main part are very simple. The cover of The Madness intrigued me. It uses some beautiful colours.

A Room Full Of Chocolate- Jane Elson– What I like about the cover is the shiny brown bit. It reminds me of an old school Galaxy wrapper. If you don’t know what Galaxy is, it’s a chocolate bar that had very shiny brown wrapping. I think some of the bigger bars still use the shiny brown! Very appealing. (A great story too!)

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PointeBrandy Colbert– I’m obsessed with dance, and I just think this cover is plain and simple beautiful! I can’t wait to read this!

These Broken StarsAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner– A very pretty, sparkly cover. I like!

JasmynAlex Bell– This book should be well more known, and that’s not my bias as it’s one of my best friend’s books. It’s such a wonderful story with a beautiful cover. Ahh.

SisterRosamund Lupton–  Some people might think that this cover is boring, but I like it. It’s simple and atmospheric.

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SplinteredA.G Howard- Pretty, pretty book. I have the hardback edition and it’s just stunning!

Dance of ShadowsYelena Black– There goes another dance themed book. I adore this cover and really enjoyed this book!

Q: A Love StoryEvan Mandery– Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the story inside, I really love this cover. I love the colours.

What covers would you frame as pieces of art? Do you judge a book by its cover? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten Posts and I’ll stop by soon!

Top Ten Favourite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is our Top Ten Favourite Book Covers. I’ve said it many times before. I’m a cover lover. So this could prove very hard for me!

In no particular order, here are some beautiful covers to admire. Click the image if you want to find out more about the book!

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Outcast- Adrienne Kress- This cover is beautiful. The story is pretty awesome too.

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Unearthly- Cynthia Hand- I love all the covers of the Unearthly trilogy, but Unearthly itself is my favourite. So pretty!

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Splintered- A.G Howard- I absolutely love this cover. It’s SO pretty.

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Dance of Shadows- Yelena Black- This is one of those books that made me want to read it purely based on its cover.

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The Gift- Cecelia Ahern- This cover is gorgeous. It comes with a ribbon tied over the cover.

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Jasmyn- Alex Bell- Such a great cover. The story is beautiful too.

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The Book Thief- Markus Zusak- I loved this cover and the story inside just blew me away.

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Magic Under Glass- Jackie (Jaclyn) Dolamore- Magic Under Glass has such a cute cover. I fell in love with the story too.

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The Boy With The Cuckoo-Clock Heart- Mathias Malzieu- I loved this book, so unusual. The cover is fabulous.

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The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw- It may not look like an exciting cover, but I love it. The pages have a silver tint too (I read the hardback edition) which just adds to its pretty!

Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten Tuesday post so I can come and admire your favourite covers!

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

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This is a weekly meme by The Broke and The Bookish. This week the list is Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book. I’ve included an example of a book that I’ve loved with the particular word/topic that made me pick it up. In no particular order…

1. Tudors– I have a bit of an obsession with The Tudors and I have no idea where it’s come from. I just find that era fascinating. I loved the Philippa Gregory Tudor series. I never watched the TV series The Tudors. I wonder if I should, or whether it’s just reading about them that I love to do.

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2. London– I absolutely love London, and know it fairly well, so books that are set in London really appeal to me. I just love knowing the places that authors discuss in their books. I have a lot of special memories from London trips. If I could live there I would.

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3. Teaching- I work in an infant school, specifically with 5-6 year olds. Stories around teaching/school life always make me smile.

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4. Music- Another passion of mine, besides reading, is music. I don’t think there’s a day that goes by without me listening to music in some shape or form.

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5. Magical- If a book has a magical element in it, I’m usually drawn to it. I love suspending disbelief and just going with the story, no matter how ridiculous it may seem.

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6. Dance- I can not dance to save my life, but I really love watching dancing (especially ballet) so if I read a book is about dance in some way I’m very likely to pick it up.

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7. Psychological Thriller- I used to read the same sort of books but within the past year or so, I’ve really got into psychological thrillers. I seem to like reading things that are a bit messed up!

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8. Dystopian- I’ve recently got into Dystopian books a lot more. I know there are a hell of a lot of Dystopian books out there, some not so good as others but so far the ones I have read I’ve really enjoyed!

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9. Fairy tales- I still seem to fall in love with fairy tale stories or retellings.

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10. Chinese/Japanese- I’m also very likely to fall in love with a story based in China or Japan. I just find the way they’re told so beautiful.

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Please feel free to share your links to your Top Ten post so I can see what topics make you pick up a book!

Dance Of Shadows

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How did I get it?:
Netgalley, thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing

Synopsis:

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed .

Thoughts:

I was immediately drawn to this story due to the beautiful cover. I know, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but most of the time.. you do! I’m glad I don’t give out stars on my blog, just thoughts because I’d really have trouble trying to rate this book. I loved it and was drawn in right from the start, but some parts fell short for me.

I absolutely love dance and when I watch ballet I’m usually swept away by the emotion of it all, so to find a book based on dance made me very happy indeed. Yelena Black does not assume that the reader will know about ballet. Instead she weaves such beautiful descriptions of the dance to describe how the dancer is moving and feeling. This was one of my favourite things about the book.

The story begins to pick up pace when the central character Vanessa, is picked to play The Firebird, the principal role in the ballet at her ballet school. This role doesn’t come without trepidation though. The other girls cast in it (including Vanessa’s sister) have all disappeared. The main reason for Vanessa going to the school was in order to find her sister! I was intrigued by the mystery surrounding the role, but have to admit.. I did wonder why on earth a young girl’s parents would let their daughter go to a school that their other daughter never came back from?!

Vanessa’s friends were great and I wish I had learned more about them, although there is to be a sequel to this book so hopefully my wishes will be answered! Vanessa was interesting character, one I’m not quite sure if I liked. She seemed quite naïve to begin with but I began to warm to her as the story went on.

The plot is very original (aside from the love triangle going on!) and kept me glued to the pages with the twist and turns. I didn’t expect the paranormal aspect of the book, but I think it worked really well. The ending tied up enough of the story for it to be a stand-alone book, but it also left great scope for it to continue. I really enjoyed it and I’ll be looking out for the sequel.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Undone- Cat Clarke