Why should December have all the fun with all the “Best of the Year” list? This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking about a mid-year Best of 2015 list! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about our favorites so far. I did a quick review of my Goodreads lists and learned that I have read or listened to 120 books so far this year-34 YA, 27 Non-YA, 14 Nonfiction, and 45 Graphic Novels. I am surprised by all of this except the graphic novels number. I love them and I tend to gravitate towards them when I find myself in a reading slump. Also, I now order for two collections, teen and adult, so I am trying to familiarize myself more with the adult collection. The real shocker was how I struggled to come up with 10 favorite YA books of the year. What’s that all about? What am I not reading that is awesome? I’ll be spending the evening looking at everyone’s lists for ideas.
1. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. I really like this dark and gritty Oz reimagination.
2. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This one comes out July 7 and it is awesome! I loved the political intrigue and it is incredibly timely considering how much the Supreme Court has been in the news lately.
3. All the Rage by Courtney Summers. This one is tough to read, but so captivating. I couldn’t put it down.
4. Mortal Heart by Robin Lafevers. The last book in His Fair Assassin trilogy does not disappoint! I wonder how long I will have to wait for another book from her?
5. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson. I love the Shades of London series and book two ending with a shock. Book three took the story in a fascinating direction. I can’t wait to see how it all ends.
6. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. I am obsessed. End of story.
7. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. I am a sucker for girls disguised as boys!
8. Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer. Such a bittersweet ending.
9. Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy. Another series I am obsessed with. I have a true crisis now-I can’t get the last book from a library! I think I am going to have to throw down a bunch of cash and buy the entire series…
10. Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Another exciting trilogy ender.
Hmm. Maybe my slump is due to the fact that I am wrapping up a bunch of series and don’t know what to do with myself…
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Tagged Brandon Sanderson, Courtney Summers, Danielle Paige, Derek Landy, favorites, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, L.A. Meyer, Maureen Johnson, Michelle Hodkin, Robin LaFevers, Stacey Lee, Top Ten Tuesday
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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Tagged A.S.King, Brandy Colbert, Derek Landy, Jasper Fforde, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Leigh Bardugo, Lish McBride, Marie Lu, Mike Mullin, Robin LaFevers, Ruta Sepetys
Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
November 4, 2014
Hardcover, 386 pgs
What it’s about:
This sequel to The Naturals, which introduced readers to an elite FBI program for teams with innate crime-solving skills, picks up shortly after the end of the first book. Cassie, who is a profiler, longs for some calm and time to focus on cold cases. FBI higher-ups have the same idea, but when a serial killer hits the scene all eyes are on the teens. The reason? The killer is copying Dean’s incarcerated father. Despite being ordered to stay away, the Naturals are drawn into another dangerous active case. As they delve into the twisted mind of a killer they put not only themselves, but their entire program in jeopardy. In their minds the risks are worth it if they can help their friend.
Why you might like it:
Are you a fan of shows like Criminal Minds or Dexter? You might enjoy the FBI procedural aspects and/or the serial killer elements of this series. Do you like a story with crazy twists and turns? Killer Instinct will keep you guessing until the end (the same goes for The Naturals…I did not see that ending coming!) Do you like smart, sassy, and often tense team dynamics? The members of this elite group are so different from each other and they all work hard to keep their pasts a secret. So, plenty of intrigue in the house alone! Throw in disturbing crime scenes and you have one exciting book!
Want more like this?
You might also enjoy How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller, Also Known as by Robin Benway, I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, or The Rules for Disappearing by Ashly Elston.
Today is the day! Holly Black and Cassandra Clare will be speaking at Barnes & Noble in Crocker Park tonight at 6:30. I am so excited! I hope that Holly Black is working on some new YA material. I enjoyed her Doll Bones, but I really miss Cassel. I guess I just need to hear her say that she is done with the Curse Workers. 😦
My sister was visiting from Montana all last week so I really didn’t get much reading in and I continue to be way behind on my goal, but I am confident I can make things up before the end of the year. Here’s what I have been up to:
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- Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynne Barnes is the exciting sequel to The Naturals. I really enjoyed this one and will have a longer review up soon.
- Hinterkind by Ian Edington is the first volume in a new graphic novel series. It has an interesting concept-humans have finally fallen to the bottom of the food chain while creatures of legend have regained power. I think I will watch for the next volume.
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel is another graphic novel, this one a memoir. I really liked this one!
- The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore. This is such an entertaining series. This installment picks up where the last left off. Full of interesting twists, it sets things up for the final battle. I can’t wait!
Afterworlds was my Random Reads selection for the month of October…That didn’t work out so well for me. I suppose I will have to carry it over to November!
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Tagged Alison Bechdel, ARC, audiobooks, Barnes & Noble, Cassandra Clare, graphic novels, Holly Black, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, memoir, Neil Patrick Harris, netgalley, nonfiction, Pittacus Lore, Robert Galbraith
Happy Monday! My got myself out of my rut and I have my reading mojo back, just in time for a week-long staycation. I have to thank the bitter cold weather this weekend for driving me onto the couch and under the blankets. Really the only thing motivating me to brave the elements with the dogs was my fantastic new Playaway. I am already in vacation mode, so I am just going to get on with my list.
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See? Awesome week for me! If you haven’t read The Power of Habit yet, do it. Seriously awesome nonfiction. The Ranger’s Apprentice series finally (and sadly) comes to an end with The Royal Ranger. This book so nicely wraps things up. I loved it. Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth series is really picking up. The third volume, Animal Armies, offers a few explanations and plenty of action. Finally, I read The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I devoured this FBI mystery/thriller in one sitting yesterday. This was the perfect easy read to really get me out of my reading slump.
I have one disc left in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I don’t want it to end. I also started The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. This is the engrossing audiobook that has gotten me out in the cold. The secret has been revealed and I am bracing myself for the fallout!
Another Stephanie Plum. She is always good for a quick and entertaining read.
Seriously. This has become a problem. Time to wrap these up!
Staycation Reads: So many choices!
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud is my next book on cd. I think I am finally going to get around to starting The Map of Time by Félix Palma. I have been eying this one for almost two years! I suspect that Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender is going to be a quick, fun read. Of course, I could decide to scrap this plan and read something else off giant pile of books.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Tagged audiobooks, graphic novels, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, John Flanagan, Liane Moriarty, mystery, nonfiction, Ranger's Apprentice, Stephanie Plum