Top 5 Saturday: Multiple POVs

Welcome back to another Top 5 Saturday! Just in case you don’t know Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and it’s where we list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favourite books, books you loved/hated) based on the week’s topic. You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post 🙂 This week’s topic is actually: multiple points of view.

I didn’t think I’d have such a hard time coming up with a list for this week’s prompt but I gotta admit that I struggled a little bit. It feels like I haven’t made one of these lists for a while (even though that’s falsies, brain!) so I think I just needed a good warm up by browsing through my Goodreads shelf and staring at my actual bookshelf 😂 Weirdly enough, it worked! I usually love a book with multiple POVs especially when they involve a big cast of characters, like in a lot of YA fantasy. It helps to get a better and more well-rounded picture of what’s going on in the story and I tend to enjoy experiencing events through various characters eyes. As long as it’s well done, of course!

I’m pretty sure at least two of these are definitely multiple POVs but I don’t think I’m wrong in thinking they all are? I’m looking forward to reading them as I’ve heard rave reviews about them all!

THE RAVEN BOYS BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER

Book cover: The Raven Boys

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


TRUTHWITCH BY SUSAN DENNARD

Book cover: Truthwitch

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


THE GILDED WOLVES BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI

Book cover: The Gilded Wolves

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood. Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.


AURORA BURNING BY AMY KAUFMAN & JAY KRISTOFF

Book cover: Aurora Burning

Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.
First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first. Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces. And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri. Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.
When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV. Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well. 


BLOOD & HONEY BY SHELBY MAHURIN

Book cover: Blood & Honey

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide. To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

JANUARY SCHEDULE:

  • 02 Jan 2021 – Books You Meant to Read Last Year
  • 09 Jan 2021 – Multiple Points of View
  • 16 Jan 2021 – Metal in the Title (Gold, Silver, Brass, Steel, etc.)
  • 23 Jan 2021 – Book About Competition (Tournament, Race, Sibling Rivalry, etc.)
  • 30 Jan 2021 – Weapons on the Cover

Do you enjoy books with multiple POVs or do you prefer seeing things through one characters’ perspective? What books are on your TBR that have multiple POVs?

25 thoughts on “Top 5 Saturday: Multiple POVs

  1. I love love love found-family, mutli-POV, kinda chaotic but can’t help but love them type of books! I need to read Aurora Rising bc it’s been on my TBR forever, and this made me want to pick it up ASAP!

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    1. Multiple POVs add so much to the stories that have the found-family vibe going for it. Makes me love the stories and characters even more 😍 And YES, AR is amazing and I hope you love it. It’s a whole load of intergalactic drama and crazy fun (and sometimes scary) adventures 😅

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  2. Yes to Truthwitch and Aurora Burning! Love those characters and their povs. Can’t wait for more from them!

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  3. I absolutely LOVED The Gilded Wolves (though the sequel is even better!). The heist plot in it is just *chef’s kiss* and the characters! They’re all amazing. Have you read Aurora Burning yet? You haven’t right? I still need to read Aurora Rising, because I’m a slacker. xD I’m hoping to be able to read them both soon because they’re on my shelf judging me and I think I’m going to absolutely love them!

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    1. I *really* need to read the Gilded Wolves. I started off hearing some mixed reviews about it but then in the last year I’ve heard all crazy good reviews for it so now I’m even more keen to check it out! I hope I can get to it soon 😂 And NO, I haven’t read AB yet but was planning to do a re-read of Aurora Rising first to refresh my memory and to kill my feels 🤣 If you wanna do a buddy let me know!!

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      1. You totally doooo. I think there’s definitely mixed reviews, and some people have said it’s too similar to Six of Crows and worse, but I didn’t *love* Six of Crows, and while they have similar tropes, I didn’t find them that similar. So maybe it comes down to whether you love Six of Crows? xD

        YES! I absolutely want to do a buddy read. Let me know when you’re up for it and let’s get it done!

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