Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

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Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

Keywords in blurb or title:

  • Princess
  • Poison
  • Healer (magic)

The three keywords above are my catnip. I love them, and I’m pretty much guaranteed to at least pick up if not buy anything that has those in the title or blurb.


  • The downfall of the beautiful popular bitch
  • Powerful female leader
  • Strong female friendships
  • ‘Beauty and the Beast’ romance or at least one where they don’t like each other to start
  • Gothic

I love all things Gothic and find the idea of a young virginal girl trapped in a castle with a lecherous older man somewhat thrilling. Replace ‘lecherous older man’ with ‘a prince magically transformed into a Beast’, or ‘a hottie with a mask’; basically paint by numbers, and I’m your girl. Similarly, with contemporary YA, I love strong gal pals and I love seeing the downfall of the popular bitch, especially from her point of view. In my sci-fi, I love powerful female leaders like Clarke from The 100 and Danaerys from Game of Thrones.

Cover lust:

  • Pretty dress or hooded cloak on cover
  • Cover depicts a woman of action



About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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