Top Ten Character Driven Novels
(Not Necessarily in the Following Order)
1. Appaloosa Summer — By Tudor Robins. YA Equestrian Sweet Romance. I’ve read a lot of horse books in my day. THIS one stood out as a phenomenal read. The characters were not only real, they were amazing. You loved them, and all of the major discoveries in the book existed in them. The plot was great, but BECAUSE the characters were great. This is basically my happy book. I LOVE THIS BOOK. READ IT. RIGHT NOW.
2. Her Ex Next Door & Corporate Husband — By Beverly Farr. New Adult Sweet Romance (books aren’t related, but they are both amazing). The plot is fairly predictable, but you fall in love with the characters, and love watching their personal stories slowly unravel.
Okay, so at this point, I realize that I have no idea what qualifies as Character Driven. Maybe I just ONLY read plot driven novels. I dunno… this is a very confusing and conflicting week for me. Does it mean it doesn’t have a good plot? Or just that the characters are SUPER amazing?
3. A Just Determination — by Jack Campbell. Military Science Fiction. This tells the story of the day to day life on a military spaceship. Sounds boring, right? But it actually isn’t. It is very character driven, and it gives a refreshing look into the everyday. It was totally unpredictable because of that, and 100% realistic.
4. Adventurers Wanted — By M.L. Forman MG/YA High Adventure
5. Nobody’s Princess — By Esther Friesner Historic Mythological Fiction. Retelling of Helen of Troy’s early life.
6. SECOND STAR — By Alyssa B. Sheinmel. YA Fairytale Retelling. Peter Pan. I still haven’t reviewed this just because it’s so amazing, but at the same time — UGH! I can’t even give it a star review! I can’t even tell if it’s a 1 star or a 6 star! This book did strange things to my head. But you will love it.
7. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight — By Jennifer E. Smith — YA/NA Sweet Romance. The plot itself has every trope you could ever imagine in a sweet romance, but the character’s are so wonderful, that you just love it, regardless. This would make a GREAT movie.
8. Every Jack Weyland book ever — Inspirational fiction. His stories center around one character, and their journey after a crisis of some sort.
9. The Captive Maiden — by Melanie Dickerson — Fairytale Retelling, Cinderella. Everyone knows the fairytale. So Ms. Dickerson changes it up. The plot itself is MUCH different than your typical fairytale, but the characters are really what stands out about it. Not your typical Cinderella and Prince.
10. HONORARY — Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad,, #1) — By David Eddings I haven’t read this book, but everyone I know who has says it is THE MOST character driven book you will ever read. I’m looking forward to it!
What’s your Top Ten for this week?