T5W: Books Without Romance

Top Five 5 Wednesday T5W Weekly Meme on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat Snark

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey and hosted by Sam @ Thoughtsontomes, you can find the Goodreads group, with all the weekly topics here.

Top Five Books Without Romance

I have to admit, this list was quite hard to put together. Basically every book I read has romance in it… even if it’s just a taste. Not all of these books are completely without romance—but I did manage to find a few that I’d enjoyed. While there are some below that have romance, it was pushed into the background or was explored in later books.   

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder T5W Top Five Wednesday Favorite Books without Romance on Cover to Cover book and blogging blog by Kat SnarkBuy linksGoodreads | Book Depository | Amazon | B&N
Genre: YA | High Fantasy
Series: The Study #1

Read Count: 3
Published: March 1st 2007 
Pages: 409 pages
Format: Paperback
Average Rating: 4.16 stars
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Description: Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

The Girl in 6E by AR Torre T5W Top Five Wednesday Books with no Romance on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat SnarkBuy linksGoodreads | Book Depository | Amazon | B&N
Genre: Adult | Erotic | Dark Thriller | Mystery
Read Count: 1
Published: January 27th, 2014
Series: Deanna Madden #1

Pages: 352 pages
Format: Paperback
Average Rating: 3.84 stars
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Description: I haven’t touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it’s not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.
I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.
They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide… my lust for blood, my love of death.
Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets… one is bound to escape.
What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl’s life depending on you venturing into society?
Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima T5W Top Five Wednesday Books with no romance on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat SnarkBuy linksGoodreads | Book Depository | Amazon | B&N
Genre: YA | High Fantasy | Dragons
Read Count: 1
Review: Flamecaster

Published: April 5th 2016
Series: The Shattered Realms #1

Pages: 535 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
Average Rating: 4.07 stars
My Rating: All the stars!!
Description: Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the mage mark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat SnarkBuy linksGoodreads | Book Depository | Amazon | B&N
Genre: Adult | Contemporary Romance | Sports
Read Count: 1
Published: October 6th 2015
Pages: 376 pages
Format: Hardcover
Average Rating: 3.79 stars
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Description: Grace Mae knows madness.
She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.
When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.
In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss T5W Top Five Wednesday Books With No Romance on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat SnarkBuy linksGoodreads | Book Depository | Amazon | B&N
Genre: Adult | Epic Fantasy
Read Count: 1
Published: April 7th 2009
Series: The Seven Realms

Pages: 672 pages
Format: Paperback
Average Rating: 4.55 stars
My Rating: 5 stars
Description: Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What are some of your favorite books that don’t have romance? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

Kat from Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog

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