Top 5 Tuesday is back! Long hosted by Shanah @bionicbookworm (she was the creator), she has now new challenges awaiting her and Meeghan from @meeghanreads has become our new mastermind!!!
In the meantime I participated in Top 10 Tuesday and I think I’ll still dive in when the topic will be calling to me! Maybe do both?
Anyway, today’s topic is “something went right”.
Here below are books where the hero or heroine was either in a tight spot, either not really living and with a chance encounter or fate, their life turned out for the best.
What I Carry by Jennifer Longo
Muir or Muiriel is a foster kid from her birth. She’s never known her mom and in her seventeen, nearly eighteen’s years of foster she’s been in twenty houses. Twenty! Can you imagine?
Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she’s free. One year to avoid anything–or anyone–that could get in her way.
Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean.
And everything changes.
This new beginning for Muir will be a pivotal moment in her life.
Determined not to have friends, she’ll let fierce Kira barrel in her life to have the best friendship ever. The one that made Muir fight for someone else rather than fade in the backdrop.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
I am not 50% in the book but can already say that it will be one of my bests for a decade! Not this year, a decade!
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.
When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.
But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.
That new mission I can already tell will change Linus’s life for the better!
An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.
That will literally save Julian’s life.
In spite of everything this is a luminous story. Mainly because it makes us realize that for every bad guy there are lots of good guys ready to help you like Adam’s great bunch of friends did.
Heart on a Chain by Cindy C Bennett
Kate has been the scapegoat of everyone at high school, beaten by her mum and at best ignorde by her dad. She’learned to hide in the background, avoid the bullies and even eat her only meal seated on the floor for god’s sake!
Then comes her savior: Henry. He is her childhood sweetheart, coming back like a knight in shining armor.
Henry is a truly great guy, not afraid to defend Kate and earn her trust.
There are lots of drama but what impressed me is Kate’s compassion and her ability to forgive.
Henry’s return in Kate’s life will be her “something right”.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Stella is a very determined young woman. She WANTS to overcome her fears.
When her mother asks for grand-children Stella is determined to satisfy her wish. She “just” has to get better at sex to be able to entice a potential mate.
What better way to improve than to have lessons by a professional escort right?
Her hiring Michael will be the best decisioin in her life and will lead to an amazing romance that will change her life forever and for the best!
Now what would be your “something went right”books?
Thanks for reading!