Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype

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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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

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Kingdom of Exiles – S.B. Nova | The Book That Mansplained to Me for 600 Pages


By: S.B. Nova

Outcast # 1 | 600 Pages | Pub. 2017

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Kingdom of Exiles At A Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★
  • Heroine: Homegirl takes love at first sight to a whole new level
  • Dude Holy love quadrangle batman!
  • Steaminess: Why do authors think caves are an aphrodisiac?
  • Long WindednessReading War & Peace was easier than this

Pairs Well With

Fairy Dust

  • Honey vodka
  • Triple sec
  • Cider

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Truly Devious | Spoiler Free Book Review


By: Maureen Johnson

#1 in Truly Devious Series | 416 Pages | Pub. 2018

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Truly Devious At A Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine: Nancy Drew 6.0
  • Dude: We are as on the fence as Stevie
  • Steaminess: Spin-the-bottle level
  • Brutality: I’m not going near any tunnels anytime soon

Pairs Well With

Old Fashioned

  • 1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Rye whiskey
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 Sugar cube
  • Few dashes plain water

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Ash Princess (Not Just Another YA Story)| Book Review


By: Laura Sebastian

# 1 in Ash Princess Trilogy | 433 Pages | Pub 2018

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Ash Princess at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★
  • Heroine: Plotting Princess
  • Dude: Again with the love triangles
  • Steaminess: Burned to ash
  • Brutality: Mouths repeatedly sewn shut

Pairs Well With

Autumn Ash

  • 2ounces blended Scotch whisky
  • 1ounce apple brandy
  • 1/4ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 2dashes orange bitters
  • 1large wide lemon peel ‘chip’, as garnish

Beware…spoilers are coming…

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