Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books set in other countries that we at least marginally enjoyed

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CJ's Selections

So Whitley of course blithely mentioned that this is like every fantasy book, but for once I'm going to NOT be snarky and take the category to mean Earth countries. Oh, snarky cobloggers. ;)  [[Not gonna lie, this is hard because I've been mostly reading fantasy these days.]] 
1.The Arsonist / Stephanie Oakes - While half of this book is set in the ole US of A, half is also set in East Germany. It's partly the story of a white girl and Kuwaiti boy building a friendship, partly the story of a Cold War-era resistance fighter. Such an underrated book, beautifully and bitingly written. It really made me want to go back to Berlin.

2.Warcross / Marie Lu - This one totally counts, as it is fully set in near-future Japan. And it's just a badass book about augmented reality video game worlds and hacking people's brains. Like, how could you possibly go wrong? Especially when Marie Lu and rainbow hair are involved. Definitely cemented Japan as one of my next abroad adventures, although sadly real life won't involve virtual reality games and hot mysterious tech heirs. I guess I could play PokemonGo...

3.The Bedlam Stacks / Natasha Pulley - Although I liked her first better, THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET (mostly because TBS had such similar plot points that it was no longer novel), I did really enjoy this quasi-historical light fantasy about a British dude going deep into Peru to steal precious resources--and finding danger he didn't bargain for. The settings are lush and vibrant, with a precision of language I've come to associate with Pulley.

4.Now I Rise / Keirsten White - If you don't know that I love this series, I've failed at my job. I LOVE THIS SERIES. The first, AND I DARKEN, was largely set within the Ottoman Empire, while NOW I RISE also takes us to the chilly wilds of Wallachia. I can't attest to White's level of research, being neither from those climes nor exceptionally familiar with the historical facts, but the picture she paints is a vivid backdrop for a compelling and brutal tale.

5.Blood Rose Rebellion / Rosalyn Eves - Although I was a bit underwhelmed by the plot, which seemed a bit handwavey, I really enjoyed reading a book set in Hungary. YA set in Eastern Europe usually gets relegated to Russia, so it was exciting to see somewhere new. Some of the descriptions and traditions really caught my eye, and made me want to dive into some nonfiction to learn more about the things that Eves alludes to.

Your turn! What books set in other countries do you love? 

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