Help Gia save the world | Assassin of Truths by Brenda Drake

 Title: Assassin of Truth
By: Brenda Drake
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 403
Release Date: February 6th, 2018

Publisher:  Entangled: Teen


I wanted to welcome Brenda Drake to the blog today, her new release Assassin of Truth just released from Entangled Teen. I'm excited to read it! Ms. Drake has compiled an awesome list of her favorite books. Let's dive in, shall we?...

Thank you for hosting me on your blog!

There are so many stories I loved that could go on my top list. A lot are older ones. Like practically ancient. My all-time favorite will always be The Secret Garden. It holds special meaning for me and is weaved throughout the Library Jumpers series. But for this post, I decided to leave it out and choose more current books. Have you read any of them? What are your favorites?

1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, will always top my list. The writing and the world building is fantastical and lovely. I want to go to Hogwarts and be a wizard. I’d so be a Hermione.

2. Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn is such an amazing story touching on sister bonds and tough decisions. The characters are well rounded and the relationship between Callie and Logan is sweet and swoon-worthy.

3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell feels like a familiar story (see number one above) but is so different. I loved how the characters and the world feel real. Simon and Baz are just perfect together.

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a novel filled with memorable characters and swoony moments. Perkins does the almost-kiss so well.

5. Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman stole my heart. It made me laugh and cry. Chapman puts such raw feelings into the story.

6. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is another tearjerker I couldn’t put down. It’s a gripping story about a school shooting. Within the tragedy that happens throughout the story, there is hope. The ending is gut punching. I loved the diversity in this book.

7. The Wrath and the Dawn by RenĂ©e Ahdieh was such an amazing read. It’s a reimagining of The Arabian Nights. Ahdieh writes settings that breathe life and characters that surprise the reader at every turn of the page. 

8. The Reader by Traci Chee is a fantastical adventure that is beautifully written. It’s a book about the magic of words with amazing characters, heart-pounding action, and twists. Adored it!

9. Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith is probably a series I don’t have to explain, but it’s a thrilling read with to-die (pun intended) for characters and intense romance. I do have to admit, I’m a bigger fan of the T.V. series.

10. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is a series I came to after early readers of mine mentioned the Library Jumpers series was similar and now I’m hooked. I’ve read the first two books and have the third in my TBR pile. I love Clary, Jace, and all the shadowhunters. And Simon—swoon! Clare can really write a story.

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda's world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there's always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she's not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).