Tuesday, July 24, 2012

{Top Ten Tuesday} #29


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI, although admittedly we have not done them in a while – let me tell you, we are happy to be back at it!

Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!
As always they are in no particular order.

This Weeks Topic is:
Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books


1. TEN by Gretchen McNeil
– It may be because there’s a island like the one described in the book near my home, but the creepy atmosphere in TEN is all too real, and all too “shaking in your high heels” terrifying!
Ten will be released in September from Balzar + Bray

2. The Shade Series by Jeri Smith-Ready
– In this series we travel from the US to Scotland and back. The settings are breathtaking to say the very least, and from what I understand (at least for the ones in Scotland) real!

3. The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
– Brenna’s ability to capture such a mesmerizing world (and underworld) will reel you in from page one! Next time someone tells you to “Go To Hell”, just read The Space Between. The Hell Brenna creates is unlike anything I would have ever imagines. rich with history and even beauty in it’s own, boiling hot way ;)

4. Velveteen by Daniel Marks
– Hell not your thing? Okay try on Purgatory for size. Travel between worlds with Velveteen Monroe while she battles evils on both plains. Visit the amazing Paper Aviary, the cities and it's inhabitants in Purgatory and try, just try not to be fully sucked in and amazed at the greatness that is Daniel Marks.

5. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
– The simplicity of an old tale told to scare children, with the lives of those realizing it might actually be true blended into it. The setting of The Near Witch is a tiny village with vast woods and fields surrounding it. As you read you can almost smell the damp leaves on the forest floor and the warm savory scent of fresh baked bread.

6. Hollywood Car Wash by Lori Culwell
– This one may be so vivid to me because it’s not a far cry from being possible. Amy Spencer try’s out for a TV show and is launched to super star status. Hollywood proceeds to work it’s wicked ways on her, wanting her to lose weight, whiten her teeth and essentially change her self.

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth
– I am SURE this is on everyone’s list, and really needs no explanation. But for anyone who’s lived under a rock for the past year, let’s just say Dystopian Chicago. Yea. It’s pretty great!


8. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
– Okay, it’s not YA but COME ON! Even with out the movie adaptation of the book, the setting of the circus in the 1930’s was so spectacular I always felt like I was really there!


9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
– The majesty of The Kingdoms is so fantastical, I couldn't put this one down when I started it.  Fighting, castles, Kings and Queens…you will want to visit when you are done reading it.

10. City of Bones (And the whole Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare
– Only Cassie Clare could take the average world and weave into it all the magical things that live in her books. To this day I wonder if there’s more than meets the eye when I’m walking around.

Agree or disagree with any of these? What’s on your list? Leave me a link so I can see them!


  1. I just added three books that I didn't think I was interested in to my TBR! Love when that happens. ;) Can't wait to read Ten this fall! And I completely agree about Cassie's world - kind of incredible! Great list. :)

    Here's my Top Ten

    Randi @ Cardigans, Coffee and Bookmarks

  2. Yay for the world of Shadowhunters! Totally agree with you about these books. They are so well created that I often squint at ramshackled buildings to see if maybe they are actually Shadowhunter hang out spots!

  3. I picked up City of Bones recently (yay $.99 Kindle sale!), and I keep *almost* starting it, but then I remember the 40 other books that I downloaded first. I know it'll be a good book, so I'm saving it for when I just can't take anymore poorly written, comma and apostrophe error laden small press/self-pubbed books. :D

  4. I was *thisclose* to putting Water for Elephants on my list, too. I don't know why I didn't, but I'm more than thrilled to see it on your list. The circus life was so captivating. I couldn't get enough of it. (That's also one of the few adult books I've read in recent years.) Definitely need to read Ten and HECK YES for Divergent making the cut! :)

  5. Graceling was an excellent, excellent book and the setting was one of my favorite parts. I'm glad to see it making so many lists!


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