Skip to main content

TTT: Spies and Sneaky Times


This week's TTT topic: This week is a freebie so I've decided to do Books with Spies and Sneaky Times since that is one of my favorite types of book to read. That is the only common thread for most of these books. They are all very different in the ways they use these tropes.


 The Queen's Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner: Because you know a list without these books is almost impossible for me to make, but they really do set the bar for spies, sneaky times, and all the political intrigue there is.

The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope: This is a tale of American Revolutionary War spies. Trust me when I say you will never find a more swoon worthy British soldier trying to hinder the Revolution anywhere else.


 Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw: Mara is one amazingly crafty sneaky girl. There is plenty of political intrigue and romance to make me happy in this one too.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: Spies who will make you cry.


Kiki Strike Series by Kirsten Miller: Books full of awesome girls doing amazing clever things while being sneaky, saving the world, and running their world.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy: The classic spy novel that makes my heart happy every time I read it.

The Lion Hunters Series by Elizabeth Wein: Elizabeth Wein is just really good at this spy thing and these are all magnificent.

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge: It's hard to be a spy when you show your every emotion on your face. Neverfell's story is captivating and keeps you on the edge of your seat.


The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson: Excellent MG sneaky school story sneaky times can be found here.

Secretes of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire: My newest favorite to use what I love well and with a great deal of creativity and adventure. 

Do you like stories with spies and intrigue? What are some of your favorites? 

Comments

The Sherwood Ring was so much fun! But in terms of swoonworthy British soldiers in the American revolution, have you read Donna Thorland's adult historical romances? So much fun (and VERY swoonworthy). My favorite is Mistress Firebrand!
(Also, Mara, Daughter of the Nile is the book that first made me fall in love with historical fiction - and you know how I feel about Secrets of the Dragon Tomb! - so basically I am fangirling all over this list. :) )
iloveheartlandX said…
I'm hoping to read Code Name Verity this year!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/top-ten-tuesday-41/
Brenda said…
I do enjoy mysteries and intrigue, The Thief especially. My TTT
Anonymous said…
You know how I feel about this list! I basically want to hug it. Looks like I need to read Kiki Strike, The Great Greene Heist and Secretes of the Dragon Tomb.
Alyce Hunt said…
Ooh, this topic is right up my street! I just finished reading the second novel in Ally Carter's Embassy Row series, and they're full to the brim with spying and political intrigue - I've been looking for more books similar to that, so I'm going to check out some of your recommendations for sure.
Brandy said…
I think this may be one of may favorite lists ever.
Brandy said…
You can't go wrong with Elizabeth Wein's books!
Brandy said…
The Thief is a work of genius. And the series only gets better from there.
Brandy said…
I kind of want to hug it too.
Brandy said…
I still haven't read ANY Ally Carter and I really need to do that.

Popular posts from this blog

TTT: Most Recent Additions to My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed blog hop created by  The Broke and the Bookish  and now hosted at  That Artsy Reader Girl . This Week's Topic: Most Recent Additions to My TBR List From Most Recent to Least: What books have recently caught your eye?

Favorite Kissing Scenes

When thinking of a favorite things post I could do for February I decided it would have to be kissing. I've already done couples and I was feeling in the mood to do something fluffy and Valentine's related. So kisses it is. I read more MG than YA, and the YA I read tends to not focus on romance so this was actually harder than I expected it to be though a few jumped into my head right away. (And one of my choices does actually come from a MG book. One is adult. Gasp!) The actual scene from the book is quoted followed by my thoughts. The king lifted a hand to her cheek and kissed her. It was not a kiss between strangers, not even a kiss between a bride and a groom. It was a kiss between a man and his wife, and when it was over, the king closed his eyes and rested his forehead against the hollow of the queen's shoulder, like a man seeking respite, like a man reaching home at the end of the day . - The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner Turner doesn't write the

Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper  by Daniel José Older is everywhere. Best of lists. Award buzz. Blogs everywhere. It's one of those books everyone is reading and talking about. I had it on my TBR but decided I definitely needed to read it before the year was out just so I could weigh in on one of the most talked about books of 2015 if asked. It is deserving of every good thing said about it. Every. One. Sierra was looking forward to a relaxing summer break. Her plans involved hanging out with her friends and painting. They did not involve being chased by zombie like creatures and threatened by a magical power connected to her family's heritage she has never heard of. When murals begin fading all over her Brooklyn neighborhood, Sierra is perplexed. When her grandfather, who had a stroke, begins to apologize and starts repeating strange phases and insisting Sierra get the help of a boy she barely knows to help her finish her mural, Sierra is concerned but mostly about her grandfather. Then at a

Jinx's Fire

I have been a big fan of Jinx and company from the very first book, which felt like such a perfect Brandy book. The conclusion of Sage Blackwood's trilogy, Jinx's Fire , finished the story beautifully and is definitely my favorite of the three. Spoilers for first two books abound. Read those first: Jinx Jinx's Magic The Urwald is in danger from more than one direction and has no hope of defending itself if there is not unity amongst the people. Jinx, Sophie, Elfwyn, Wendell, and a dedicated group of others are working to make this happen as quickly as they can. Time is running out. At the same time, they are still dealing with the threat of the Bonemaster from within, and the Urwald's magic is fading. Where is it going? Can it be restored? And where has the Bonemaster put Simon? Jinx is the only one who can find the answers to these questions, and harnass the Urwald's power to save them all, but only if he is willing. Jinx has some serious attitude in this

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Serafina and the Black Cloak  by Robert Beatty is a thrilling tale of mystery and adventure set at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC in 1899. Having lived in Asheville and visited the house several times, there was no way I was going to pass up a chance to read this. (Also it's MG fantasy, always a bonus for me.) Serafina lives in secret in the basement of the Vanderbilt's spacious vacation home. She has lived there most of her life. Her father worked on the house as it was being built and is the mechanic who runs the massive generator and keeps the electricity going. Serafina is the chief rat catcher, slipping through the halls of her massive home secretly and quietly. She is light on her feet, sees well in the dark, and is quick enough to catch the vermin and keep them out. Serafina knows she if different and strange. Her father insists she stay hidden. But all that changes when one night Serafina witnesses a horrible crime. A little girl, a guest in the house, is fleein