Here it is. The final alphabet challenge for this month’s Top 5 Tuesday prompts (as hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog). And today is special, because it’s the top SIX books. Unheard of! Spectacular!
Wait, I have to find a book for X?
U – Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne
I usually prefer high fantasy to low fantasy, but Umbertouched was actually a really satisfying cap to the Rosemarked duology. It has a romance that I felt was super nuanced and interesting, consequences that can’t be dodged, and also a STUNNING cover. That watercolor aesthetic is just the best. 💙
V – The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
Waiting for January, when The Hand on the Wall comes out, is going to drive me absolutely bonkers, but that’s because The Vanishing Stair was SO GOOD. It answered some old questions while bringing some new ones into play, and I’m frantically trying to put together the remaining pieces. It’s one of the best YA mysteries I’ve read, and I’m almost a little sad it’s coming to an end!
W – The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Last year, I happened to read The Wicked Deep on May 31st, which is incidentally the day the events of the book start. It’s made itself at home in my brain since then because it was so stunning and lyrical and clever. Plus there are ghosts in the fog and a fair heap of angst, so I’m all on board.
Funny how there’s no cover here. Real funny. Very suspicious…
But unless you want to count books with X somewhere in the title instead of just at the front, I’ve got nothing to offer. Who titles books with X anyway?!
Y – You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook
Tell you what, when you don’t read a lot of contemporary books, choosing a Y book becomes a lot harder! You Owe Me a Murder looks pretty interesting, though, following a girl who jokingly lists reasons she should kill her ex-boyfriend to a stranger on a plane, only for her ex to have a fatal accident, and the stranger to force her down a path towards murder, whether she commits one or takes the fall for another. I’m tempted to give this one a read and see how it all shakes out.
Z – Zeroes by Scott Westerfield
As far as I can remember, so many people have lifted Westerfeld up on a pedestal, and I just haven’t tried much of his work. That’s right, not even Uglies has made it onto my shelf. BUT, Zeroes is about kids with superpowers, and it has my attention, since the main superpower mentioned in the blurb is an MC’s ability to always say the thing someone wants to hear, whether or not it’s true, regardless of the consequences. A power like that definitely has me pretty interested (mostly in seeing how sideways things can go).
WHEW. WE MADE IT. Except for X, but we’re not going to talk about that, huh? Yep, that’s right, definitely not talking about it. Just glad to be at the end of the alphabet, all finished with this month’s T5T challenges! But tell me, what are your picks for these last few letters?