Monthly Archives: March 2014

Waiting on Wednesday-Dear Killer 3/19/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am so excited about this one:

dear killer

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
April 1, 2014

From Goodreads.com:

“Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.”

Um? Yes please! It’s like a female Dexter! Also, the author is a college freshman. I think that’s pretty cool.

What are you waiting for?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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Top Ten Tuesday-Spring TBR List 3/18/14

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This beautiful warm, sunny day makes me start to believe that it is time to think Spring! The Broke and The Bookish want to see Spring TBR lists. History has shown that I am an excellent reading list maker…and a terrible reading list crosser-offer. I did not do an awesome job with my Winter TBR list. Oh well. It’s a new season and I get to make a new list!

Winter carry overs:

madman's daughter girl of fire cherub chaos of the stars

Spring TBR:

1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. Gimme, gimme, gimme! There is no chance of this one getting bumped over to a Summer TBR list…

dorothy

2. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. See above. So excited for this one too.

dear killer

3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I have had a love-hate relationship with this series. We are currently in a love stage and I would like for it to end that way.

city of heavenly

4. Raging Star by Moira Young. Oh, I cannot wait to find out what happens with Sabba and the gang!

raging star

5. Sunrise by Mike Mullin. This is the spring of completing trilogies! I am so excited for this one as well.

sunrise

6. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I loved My Life Next Door and am looking forward to another sweet romance from this author.

what i thought

7. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. Everyone is raving about this one.

summer of letting go

8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I couldn’t read Second Chance Summer (I have a strictly enforced no-cancer books rule), but I LOVED Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I am excited for a new Morgan Matson book!

since you've been gone

I also have some must-listen audiobooks on my Spring list!

9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I am late to the Grisha party, but better late than never, right?

siege and storm

10. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. This might be my *most* anticipated book of the season. I have such a desperate need for it. Now.

dreams of gods and monsters

What are you planning to read this spring?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-Top of the Morning To You! 3/17/14

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am not a fan of parades and crowds. I prefer a more low-key celebration. Maybe a nice beverage and a good book? My all time favorite book about Ireland is Trinity by Leon Uris. This is one of the few books that I have read more than once. I am also a huge fan of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series.

Looking for some YA books about Ireland, the Irish, and Irish-Americans? This is just a small sampling and you can find all of them here at the library.

pure swift cry bog child carrier hush riot irish guys

mondayreading new monday

Time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Text for another round of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Finished:

call the midwife cuckoos calling grave mercy

  • Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. Have you seen the BBC show with the same title? The television adaptation of this nurse’s memoir is spot-on. The author was a district nurse in the East End of London in the 1950s. She worked as a midwife with the sisters of Nonnatus House. Like the show, the book is both charming and heartwarming as well as dark and graphic. If you are squeamish about the details of birth and the events that lead up to and follow, this is not the book for you!
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), introduces PI, Cormoron Strike. Ex-military and down on his luck, he finds himself investigating the high-profile death of a super model. I enjoyed listening to this one and will definitely pick up the next.
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers…ok, technically I have not finished this one, but I have less than 100 pages to go and if work wasn’t getting in my way, I would be devouring the end. Anyway, why did I wait so long to read this book about assassins? Political intrigue, romance, poisons, betrayal, suspense…AGH! This has it all.

Current Audio:

across immortal rules

I feel like these books have been on my TBR list forever. I am taking care of business over here! Of course, this now means I have an unmanageable number of series going…

Currently Reading:

crash ring and crown first grave

I am still working on Crash Into You by Katie McGarry. I feel no sense of urgency with this one. It’s pretty much the same as her others. The Ring & Crown by Melissa de la Cruz is a new one from Netgalley. I really haven’t had a chance to get into it yet. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones was a total whim and was tossed aside the second I got sucked into Grave Mercy. I’ll get back it this week.

On Deck:

out of the easy locke

What are reading?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart Review

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
May 13, 2014
Delacorte Press
Hardcover, 240 pgs.

What it’s about:

The beautiful, blue-blooded Sinclair family sends the summers on their luxurious private island. The cousins have grown up together. They are best friends.  They call themselves the Liars. They are untouchable. Until the accident. Cadence Sinclair, the oldest, the heir, is hazy on the details, but she knows that one summer changed everything.

Why you might like it:

So you think you know E. Lockhart? Clever and sassy Frankie Landau-Banks. Charming and awkward Ruby Oliver. All true, but We Were Liars will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about E. Lockart. While her previous novels are smart and fun, this newest offering is dark and suspenseful. This short book packs a huge emotional punch.  If you like a story that slowly unfolds to reveal a surprise twist, then this book should be right up your alley! Do you like an unreliable narrator? Check! Flashbacks? You’ll find those too! How about dysfunctional families? You’ll find dysfunction in spades! If you are a fan of psychological thrillers you might like We Were Liars. It’s best to go into this book not really knowing what it’s about, so be on the look out for spoilers! The book description is cryptic for a reason!

Want more like this?

For a similar haunting atmosphere and psychological trauma you might try The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. You might also enjoy Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.

Waiting on Wednesday-Armada 3/12/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am so excited about this one:

armada

Armada by Ernest Cline
October 7, 2014

From Goodreads.com:

“Zack Lightman is daydreaming through another dull math class when the high-tech dropship lands in his school’s courtyard-and when the men in the dark suits and sunglasses leap out of the ship and start calling his name, he’s sure he’s still dreaming.

But the dream is all too real; the people of Earth need him. As Zack soon discovers, the videogame he’s been playing obsessively for years isn’t just a game; it’s part of a massive, top-secret government training program, designed to teach gamers the skills they’ll need to defend Earth from a possible alien invasion. And now…that invasion is coming.

As he and his companions prepare to enter their ships and do battle, Zack learns that the father he thought was dead is actually a key player in this secret war. And together with his father, he’ll uncover the truth about the alien threat, race to prevent a genocide, and discover a mysterious third player in the interplanetary chess game he’s been thrown into.”

So everyone is saying that this sounds just like Ender’s Game. Whatever. I am sure this will be way better. At least, I hope it is as I was not a fan of Ender’s Game at all. LOVED Ready Player One, so I am have high expectations for another awesome book from Ernest Cline.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday Favorite Books in Genre X 3/11/14

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and The Bookish have asked us to list our ten favorite books in a selected genre. I tweaked this a little since I have a hard time picking just one genre.

When x=Contemporary

fangirl fiveflavorsof dumb my life reality boy winger

When x=Mystery

i hunt killers i am the messenger name of the star texas

When x=Science Fiction

gone uglies legend steelheart cinder knife of neve ready

When X=Fantasy/Paranormal

shadow and bone daughter of smoke ruins raven boysnecromancer

When x=Historical Fiction

revolution okay diviners between shades of gray bloody jack

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Mondays with Megan-Well, This Stinks…3/10/14

Hello Monday! I hope everyone had a smooth transition to daylight saving time. You know who didn’t have an easy transition? The skunk who has apparently been living under my back porch and one of my dogs! The skunk did not get the memo that the new 6:30 am is the old 5:30 am and even though it is still dark, it’s time for him to skedaddle. The dog did not get the memo to leave the skunk alone. So, not an awesome start to this week and I am pretty sure I still smell like skunk. I apologize to everyone who has to be around me. And yet, this is actually better than last week. Last week I was incapacitated with a bad back and it was not fun. The only good that came out of the whole ordeal is the obscene amount of reading I got done and my first totally awesome experience with acupuncture.

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Check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? lists.

Finished:

house of stairs outcasts evolution of mara dyer selection perfect lies

  •  House of Stairs by William Sleator was chose for me by my high school book club readers. They thought they were being clever by assigning me the worst book they have ever read. Too bad I kind of liked it! This is old-school science fiction here. Five orphans trapped in a building that is all stair cases and nothing else, except for the machine that gives them food. The machine is a fickle and demanding little thing and soon the food only comes when the starving kids complete certain tasks. I get why my teen friends did not enjoy this book, but I thought it was pretty disturbing.
  • The Outcasts by John Flanagan is the first book in The Brotherband Chronicles. This new series takes place in Skandia and stars a new cast of young men who are basically training to be sea-faring men. I miss Will and Halt, but I think I am going to enjoy Hal and Thorn just fine.
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is a 500 page book that I devoured in one sitting. What is it about this series? It is so strange and intense and utterly compelling. I really need the third book now.
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass is a book I had not intended to read, but some of my avid readers really enjoyed it, so I gave it a shot. It’s pretty fluffy, and yet, it interested me just enough that I want to know what happens next.
  • Perfect Lies by Kiersten White is the sequel to Mind Games. I really enjoyed getting to know Annie better and I loved the ending, but I struggled to keep up with the wacky timeline. I also seemed to have forgotten a lot from the first book and there was very little recapping. Still, an exciting and fast read.

Current Audio:

cuckoos calling call the midwife

I didn’t do much walking or driving, so I am still not finished with these audiobooks.

Currently Reading:

crash grave mercy

On Deck:

ring and crown across

Happy Reading!

˜Megan