This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about the amazing books that have to walk in the shadows of the mega-blockbuster-hits. The underrated and the under appreciated. The books we love and can’t figure out why EVERY SINGLE PERSON HASN’T READ THEM. Come on, folks, let’s give them some love! I can’t wait to see what other people selected. Here are my favorites:
1. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. Haunting, brutal, disturbing.
2. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. A clever ghost story/mystery with a sassy heroine, a hunky cowboy, and some troublesome goats. So smart and cute! Please disregard the not so awesome cover!
3. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Swoony-vampires, witty banter, and bad*ss heroines. I love this series.
4. Stork by Wendy Delsol. Ok, I totally have a thing for awesome heroines!
5. Mothership by Martin Leicht. Laugh-out-loud hilarious.
How about some underrated leading men?
6. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller. A boarding school for the criminally insane? Yes, please!
7. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Wicked, dark humor!
8. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. Not *just* a YA book about bridge!
9. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. It’s not easy being the son a serial killer!
10. Reality Boy by A.S. King. Reality television isn’t so funny when you consider the damaging affects it can have on the stars.
I hope you see something on this list that sparks your interest!
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Tagged A.S.King, Alyxandra Harvey, Bary Lyga, Courtney Summers, favorites, Kirsten Miller, Lish McBride, Louis Sachar, Martin Leicht, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Wendy Delsol
Now this is more like it. I’ll take a swoony book over a tear-jerker any day. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Broke and the Bookish want to hear all about our favorite romance novels. Easy-peasy.
1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This one was very sweet!
2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Swoon.
3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. British guy. Swoon.
4. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I love road trip books!
5. Anything by Katie McGarry. Steamy swoon.
6. Or Simone Elkeles. More steamy swoon.
How about some paranormal romance?
7. Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey. The Drake brothers are totally dreamy vampires.
8. Stork by Wendy Delsol. This one was sweet!
9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This romance is destroying me!
10. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Dreamy.
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Tagged Alyxandra Harvey, Cassandra Clare, favorites, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Jennifer E. Smith, Katie McGarry, laini taylor, Morgan Matson, Rainbow Rowell, romance, romance novels, Simone Elkeles, Valentine's Day, Wendy Delsol
Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Inheritance #1) by Alyxandra Harvey
January 7, 2014
Hardcover, 496 pages
What it’s about:
The year is 1814 and cousins Emma, Penelope and Gretchen are being groomed to enter London society. The girls have no idea that they come from a long line of powerful witches. When their powers are inadvertently released a gate to the Underworld in opened, unleashing dark and evil powers on to the city. Young debutante witches are being hunted and drained of the magic and Emma is somehow connected to the murders. The cousins, with the help of the dashing young Cormac, a member of The Order (the governing body in charge of witching families), need to solve the mystery before Emma is accused of murder and stripped of her new-found magic.
Why you might want to read it:
I struggled to get into this one a little. Things are very complicated in the beginning and there are lots of different characters to get to know. The patient reader will certainly be rewarded, because these leading ladies are a lot of fun! The magical world-building is complex and I found the whole spirit animal thing to be really interesting. Emma’s mother’s story is romantic and heartbreaking. The “real” bits about Regency London is such a treat and I constantly had to remind myself that some of the things that annoyed me about certain characters weren’t exactly their fault. They are a product of their time. Never fear, the cousins do a great job of pushing the boundaries of society! Overall I really enjoyed this one. If you like magic and witches, give this one a try. If you enjoy the finery and show of the Regency Era, you might enjoy this as well.
Want more like this? Try Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood or A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley.com and the publisher for review.
Happy Monday, everyone. After barely working at all last week this week is going to be a real shock to the system! I’m not scared; this week is going to be awesome. I am taking a new yoga class tonight, tomorrow I have my D & D kids at the library, and Friday I am finally going to see Catching Fire. Lots to look forward to! And I have some great books to work on (and I just finished some awesome books too!) Here’s a quick look at what I have been reading:
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.
Boy, did I have an awesome reading week! Hm, lots of aliens here. Interesting.
- A Stranger Thing by Martin Leicht. This sequel to Mothership (which I LOVED) was just as much fun. This volume had more alien action, a shocking twist, and a cliffhanger ending.
- A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey. This one took my forever to get into, but once I did I found that I really liked it. In fact, I am still thinking about the characters. Regency era drama and witches!
- The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore. I really cannot figure out why I am so hooked on this series. But, I am. Lots of action and betrayal in this latest volume and now I need the next.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This fantasy series has been on my TBR list for a while. I am so happy that I finally dove in. It is terrible and lovely like The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is terrible and lovely. Make sense? Also, Mal!! Of course, in my mind he looks just like a young Nathan Fillion. Enjoy.
- Saga, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan. This new series from native Clevelander and author of Y: Last Man is so truly bizarre that I cannot even begin to describe it. Intergalactic race wars, rocket ships made from tree, and a pair of star-crossed lovers. I loved it even more than the first volume.
I picked up The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer on Playaway. This was an impulse pick and I am really getting into this story of enduring friendship, art, and success. It’s a nice break from all the alien madness! I just started Sabriel by Garth Nix. I have heard great things about this series and I am ready to give it a try.
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner is my Teen’s Choice pick for this month. I am about half way through and it is reminding me a little of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker is my Random Reads pick of the month. It was a really slow start for me, but about a third of the way in the story took an interesting turn and I am anxious to see where things go. I just got an advanced copy of Gene Luen Yang’s upcoming graphic novel, The Shadow Hero. This is a re-imagining of the first Asian superhero, The Green Turtle. Finally, I am trying to get into The Coal Elf by Maria DeVivo. This was another one that was recommended by a teen reader.
This could change, of course, but I would like to work on my Winter TBR list, so I might pick up Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. I also have the newest Fables sitting at home. How have I ignored it for so long?? And finally, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender needs to be read or brought back. No more hanging out at my house!
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There is no use fighting with Mother Nature. It’s freaking freezing cold out. And getting colder. And then it will be over and we can get back to our regularly scheduled winter. In the mean time, all we can do is wait it out. I am fortunate enough to be able to wait it out at home with my nephews, who are home from school. Kids are so lucky. We did some yoga, made french toast for breakfast, and now are all snuggled up watching some TV. I plan to read for a while at some point. Though I sense Cabin Fever is already setting in. I could be in for a long day…Back to the task at hand. My 2014 reading is off to a great start.
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I can’t believe it took me so long to get to the second BZRK book, BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant. The battle for humanity is being fought at the nano level. This series raises fascinating ethical questions. If you have the power to alter the brains of humans to make them “better,” should you? Also, it is so creepy! I loved it and am ready for more. I also finished the Sweet Tooth series by Jeff Lemire. We finally learn what the heck is going on with all the hybrid babies and the answer, while satisfying, was surprising. If you need something to read while waiting for a new Walking Dead, give this one a try! Finally, I finished by first book of 2014, Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. After reading eleanor & park and Fangirl, I just had to go back to the beginning and pick up her debut novel. I was not disappointed. It was clever and funny and sweet. I read it in two days. I can’t wait for more Rainbow Rowell in 2014!
In my car I have started Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I have been listening to The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore when I walk the dogs. I don’t know what it is about this series. It’s so compelling that I am completely willing to overlook the flaws. I really need know how things end, though I suspect I will have to wait a while for that. Book 5 (out of how many?) comes out this summer. Sigh.
This week I plan to finish A Stranger Thing, the sequel to Mothership by Martin Leicht. I will also finish (I swear!) A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
How are you staying warm?
Happy New Year! I totally slacked off at the end of 2012, but I am refreshed and ready to jump back into blogging. And what better way to start off the new year than with a book review?
Blood Prophecy (The Drake Chronicles #6) by Alyxandra Harvey
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
January 8, 2013
Blood Prophecy, the final book in the Drake Chronicles series, picks up where Blood Moon left off. Solange has been crowned Queen of the Vampires, fulfilling an ancient vampire prophecy. It should be time to get back to vampire business as usual. Instead, Solange appears to be losing her mind. Her family has been banished from court, the Hel-Bar continue to plague the area around the Blood Moon court, and unsuspecting humans are falling victim to the “Dracula Killer.” What the other vampire clans do not know is that Solange is slowly being possessed by the spirit of one very angry vampire. The vampires are divided. Some want Solange to rule, some want her dead, and her own erratic behavior is not helping her case any. Can her best friend Lucy and her brothers help her before it’s too late? Is Solange strong enough to save herself from possession or is the evil Viola finally going to have the revenge she desperately seeks? You’ll find out in the thrilling conclusion to this amazing series.
Blood Prophecy is a solid, satisfying conclusion to one of my favorite vampire series. I will admit, things got a little dicey in book five and Solange was nearly unbearable. But, hey! Now we know why. I think vampire possession is a pretty valid excuse for being crazy. It took me a little while to warm up to this story line, but in the end I think it really works. Lucy continues to be the real star of the show, outshining even the hottest of the Drake brothers (and really, how can you pick just one?) She is fierce and sassy and has this magical ability to remain loyal to the Drakes while staying true to herself. There is plenty of mystery and intrigue as well as action-packed vampire hunting (and not just for the bad kind this time around). Swoony romance, witty banter, and heart-pumping action make this another win. Loose ends are tied up, questions are answered, and some beloved characters are in for a few surprises. I am sad to see the Drakes go, but I am pleased with where the author left them. Now, how about a Lucy/Helios-Ra spin-off?
This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley.com for review.
You may also enjoy The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, or Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.
Seriously. No. Focus. At this time tomorrow I will be at the airport waiting to board a plane that will take me to Montana and I am so flipping excited. My suitcase isn’t packed, but my Nook is all loaded and ready to go! But I will get to that in a minute. For the past few days I have been wracking my brain, trying to figure out how it has taken me ten years to watch Firefly. Well, I finally drank the Kool-Aid and all I can say is mmmmmmmm….grape. I mean, shiny. I mean, Nathan Fillion. *Sigh* This is my brain right now. Montana and Mal. That’s it. No room for anything else.
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My Vacation Plan:
I am sitting out on the skiing this trip (one skiing related torn ACL is totally enough for me) and plan to hang at the lodge and read. We’ll see how much I get through, but I really want to finish A Dance With Dragons. I have to get on my with my life!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!