This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about the leading ladies. Hermione, Jacky Faber, and Cammie Morgan will always be at the top of my favorites list, but I have also discovered many new amazing leading ladies. In no particular order, I give you my list:
1. June Iparis-Not only is she a genius, she is a total fighting machine!
2. Cassie-She’s a natural-born profiler and the FBI needs her help!
3. Glory O’Brien-Glory is a freedom-fighter and feminist extraordinaire!
4. Darla Edmunds-Let’s be real, Alex would have been dead before the middle of book one if not for Darla. She is smart and practical and knows all about mechanics.
5. Valkyrie Cain-This girl takes to the world of ancient magic like a fish to water!
6. Jennifer Strange-Jennifer doesn’t need magic to run her magical agency and manage all the weird magicians. Also, she has the best pet and car!
7. Alina Starkov-Humble orphan? Pfft. This girl has a DESTINY!
8. Ava-You don’t want to mess with a firebug or her friends. She’ll burn you alive!
9. Sybella-One of Mortain’s assassins, Sybella is skilled in both the arts of death and seduction. The story of her past is devastating, but she is a survivor!
10. Theo-She’s a tough cookie to actually like, but you have to admire her strength!
11. Josie Moraine-She’s the daughter of a prostitute who wants a better life for herself. I love this gal!
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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about the fantastic authors that I discovered this year. I spent plenty of time with my beloved tried and true favorites, but I also stumbled upon some new gems!
1. Derek Landy. I recently discovered Skulduggery Pleasant. This series is so much fun and quite possibly the best discovery of 2014. I am waiting for book 4 right now.
2. Leigh Bardugo. I discovered and devoured the Grisha trilogy in 2014.
3. Jasper Fforde. In my quest to find fantasy novels for my middle school book club, I picked up The Last Dragonslayer and loved it.
4. Jennifer E. Smith. I have enjoyed all of her contemporary YA romances.
5. Robin LaFevers. I finally got around to starting His Fair Assassins trilogy. I still need to finish the last one. I don’t want it to be over, so I am dragging my heels.
I also enjoyed a number of 2014 debuts. I will be watching for more from these new-to-everyone in 2014 authors!
6. Brandy Colbert. Her debut, Pointe, was an intense read.
7. Tess Sharpe. Far From You was another dark, emotional debut.
8. Danielle Paige. I am thoroughly immersed in this twisted version of Oz.
9. Gavin Extence. I loved his debut novel and am pleased to see he has another book coming in March!
10. Mindy McGinnis. This fellow Ohioan’s debut novel was really interesting. I have the follow-up waiting for me at home.
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This week The Broke and the Bookish are asking for our favorite character-driven books. These are books were the characters come alive for readers. They grow and develop and they are the ones driving the plot forward rather than heart-racing action. For me, these books are the ones I savor and the ones that tend to stick with me long after I have closed the book.
1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This one is a slow burner of book. It may take a while to get into it, but the patient reader is in for a treat.
2. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. One of my all-time favorites. I just love Ed and The Doorman.
3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I could gush about this one all day long.
4. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. It’s really difficult to pick from A.S. Kings books. They are all character-driven and they are all beautiful and amazing.
5. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. I love this book about an unlikely friendship.
6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. See all those awards on the cover? This book deserves every one! Ari and Dante are fantastic.
7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This is one of the best unreliable characters I have read in ages.
8. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. This one features a colorful cast of characters and readers will be rooting for Josie from the start.
9. Pointe by Brandy Colbert. I really enjoyed this debut novel. Theo is such a complex character. She has a lot going on!
10. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. I haven’t mentioned this old favorite in a while!
It was hard to limit myself to just ten!
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Pointe by Brandy Colbert
April 10, 2014
Hardcover, 352 pgs
What it’s about:
Four years ago Theo’s best friend Donovan was kidnapped, sending her into an out of control downward spiral from which she is only just beginning to recover. Having returned from a treatment facility for an eating disorder, she is focused on her dance training and the few friends that she has. The news of Donovan’s return upsets the tenuous balance she has created in her life. Suddenly Theo is reliving memories from the past, memories that could explain where Donovan has been for all these years. Even though she is not responsible, Theo worries that speaking the truth about the past could cause more harm than good. Or will keeping quiet be what finally destroys her?
Why you might like it:
Are you a fan of contemporary fiction books that are chock-full of issues? Pointe has issues galore! Colbert skillfully addresses everything from eating disorders, rape, mental illness, kidnapping, and more. Despite the abundance of issues, they never feel unnecessary or overwhelming. Are you looking for a strong, but damaged heroine? Theo is so broken it is heartbreaking, but she is one tough cookie! Do you want more main characters of color in your stories? Theo and Donovan are both African-American teens struggling to fit in their predominately white suburb. How about ballet? If you are a fan of dance you will certainly relate to all of Theo’s hard work, but don’t worry if you aren’t interested! This isn’t a book about ballet. The same can be said about the kidnapping. While that event is the catalyst for the story, it’s not actually a story about kidnapping. In short, this book is a powerful, psychological study. The characters are deeply flawed, but strive for improvement. Theo does not struggle and suffer in a vacuum. She has supportive parents and good friends. The events of the past are traumatic and disturbing, but there is healing and hope in the end. This was a magnificent debut and Brandy Colbert is certainly an author to watch.
Want more like this?
You might also enjoy Tease by Amanda Maciel, Far From You by Tess Sharpe, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
This week The Broke and The Bookish are looking for beach reads! My beach bag will mostly likely not see a single grain of sand this summer because I will be too busy doing grass/patio/porch reading. Sand makes me twitchy. So, my lazy summer days reading will hopefully consist of the following books:
1. The One by Kiera Cass. Honestly, I do not even like this series. But I *must* know how it ends.
2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. True story: this book is too big for me to commit to right now! Have you seen it? It’s a monster. I will be reaching for this one when I have a few days off!
3. After the End by Amy Plum. I plan to read this new post-apocalyptic suspense this summer. I have it at home now, so possibly sooner than later.
4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I can’t wait for this new book to come out on July 8th.
5. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. The ultimate beach read! Look at the cover; they are on the beach!
6. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. I just started this series and I can already tell that these books will be my go-tos when I am struggling to choose a book. I suspect that Harry Dresden is dependable. I will be able to count on him to be entertaining.
7. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt. I can always count on Lindsey Leavitt to deliver a fun, cute read. Perfect for summer.
8. Pointe by Brandy Colbert. I almost didn’t add this to my TBR list because of ballet. Eh. But people keep raving about it and it’s a mystery/thriller. Also, I remembered that I have no interest in high school football but I still I LOVED Friday Night Lights, so Pointe gets a chance this summer! *NOTE* I accidentally forgot to bring a book to work for my dinner break so I grabbed this one off the shelf and read the first chapter. I definitely want to read this book now!
9. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I have enjoyed Zevin’s YA books, but have never read any of her adult works. This one sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read or listen to it this summer.
10. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. I think I need a touching/moving/crying type summer book. From what I hear, this one will do the trick.
What books are on your summer reading list?
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