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Top Ten Tuesday-Freebie, Or, Ten Series I Need to Finish in 2014 5/27/14

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I hope everyone had a nice long holiday weekend! I certainly enjoyed the lovely weather, but now it’s time to get back to work. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie topic. It turns out I randomly chose the same topic as our hosts, The Broke and the Bookish. I keep telling myself that I should finish old series before I begin a new one, but that never really works out so well. Maybe this list will help me focus a little bit and actually finish some series.

Series that have ended and are available now:

1. Ashfall by Mike Mullin. I am afraid to read the final book, Sunrise.

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2. Dust Lands by Moira Young. I am really excited to read Raging Star!

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3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I cannot believe that I haven’t listened to Dreams of Gods and Monsters yet!

dreams of gods and monsters

4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Ok, I am not going lie. I am kind of relieved that this series is coming to an end. And if we’re being honest with each other, I may as well put it out there that I might not be interested in further Shadowhunter series. We’ll see.

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5. The League of Princes by Christopher Healy. I am really sad that The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw will be the last book in the series. I have it at home and really should get started on it.

hero's guide outlaw

6. Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa. I have only read the first book of the trilogy, but I think I can manage the other two books this year!

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…and some Coming Soon series enders:

7. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. We can’t really be saying goodbye to Percy and Annabeth, can we?

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8. Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. Oh, I am hooked! The cliffhanger at the end of book two was brutal!

retribution of mara dyer

9. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. I have really enjoyed this series on audio. Ruin and Rising is coming soon!

ruin and rising

10. His Fair Assassin series by Robin LeFevers. I *finally* managed to read Grave Mercy and I am so excited to continue this one. I just bought the second book and will be ordering the third one soon! Yay, Barnes & Noble member coupons!

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Bonus:

Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga, Article 5 by Kristen Simmons, and BZRK by Michael Grant (I am actually working on an arc of this one!!!)

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

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Mondays With Megan 3/31/14

Happy Last Monday of March! I don’t know you guys, but here in Cleveland March came in like a lion and went out like one too! I did not appreciate that random blizzard on Saturday. Lots of exciting things are going on these days. Last week I added another dog to the mix and I officially have a pack. Maggie was reunited with her big brother Murphy. These two are my sister’s dogs and they are hanging with me for a while. They make my dog Kevin normal (I don’t mean make him look normal, they actually make him BE normal). It’s weird. In exciting book news, it’s time to sign up for another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! YES! Time to start a Readathon TBR pile for April 26th. Finally, I managed to bust out of my reading slump. So here is a quick check in:

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.

Finished:

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  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys was my Random Reads pick for March. I loved this book so much. I already posted a full review, so please check it out if you are interested.
  • The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is another one that has been on my TBR list for a long time. She brings back the soulless predator vampires and I am a fan.
  • Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster was a random audio pick. This is my first book by this author. It seems that her fans seriously disliked this one. I found it strange, but entertaining. It’s the story of the Bishop sisters. Middle sister Reagan is a snobby, judgmental, stick in the mud, until a bizarre thing happens and she gets some much-needed perspective.
  • Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is the 2014 Newbery Award winner. It is the illustrated adventures of a lonely girl and a squirrel with super powers. Quite adorable!

Current Audio:

siege and storm million suns

I am working my way through some series! Currently I have two book twos: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and A Million Suns by Beth Revis.

 Currently Reading:

grasshopper jungle far from you universe versus code name

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is the current IT book. Far From You by Tess Sharpe is my current e-galley. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence is my current Teen’s Choice selection and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is a reread for my high school book club.

On Deck:

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Happy Reading!

 

 

Mondays with Megan 3/24/14

Happy Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? I managed to jam in a bunch of stuff. Friday evening I saw two of the current exhibitions at The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Van Gogh Repetitions was my favorite, but I found plenty of cool stuff in the Modern Art of Japan collection as well. The real highlight of the trip was the poster I bought from the sale bin. Without knowing what it was, I splurged and bought a $1.00 poster. I was thrilled to unroll it and discover giraffes! Score! Saturday I worked and then had a mini Game of Thrones season 3 marathon with my friends. Sunday was family fun day and featured a waffle bar brunch, a puppy, and many rounds of Clue and Apples to Apples. So, it should come as no surprise when I report that I only finished one book last week!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Finished:

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  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis has been on my TBR list for a long time. Seventeen-year-old Amy is frozen, along with her parents, and put aboard the ship Godspeed. They are meant to be the first to colonize a new planet that will take more than 300 years to reach. When Amy is unfrozen early she quickly realizes that it was no accident. Things aboard the ship are strange and dangerous. Despite some flaws, I enjoyed this one. The cover screams space romance, but it’s really more of a space who dunnit? I am interested enough to see what happens next in A Million Suns.

Current Audio: 

siege and storm twisted sisters

In my car I am savoring every minute of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I decided to abandon the audio version of Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa when I got a part where new characters were introduced and the reader gave them all hideously fake Southern accents. For no apparent reason. Ugh. While I wait for A Million Suns to come in on Playaway I am listening to Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster.

Currently Reading:

out of the easy far from you immortal rules crash first grave

This list is a real problem. I NEED to finish something!

On Deck:

universe verses chasers grasshopper jungle

I need to focus and get some reading done! What are you working on this week?

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

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

Finished:

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  • 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

Mondays with Megan-The End is Near 12/9/13

With just three and a half weeks left in 2013, the pressure is on to wrap up my reading goals. As of right now, I have 12 books to go to reach my 200 books goal. Normally this would be a concern, but you don’t need me to tell you that this is a crazy busy time of year! Between all the cooking and holiday decorating I did over the week I managed to squeeze in some reading and listening.

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Check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great lists!

Finished:

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I listened to Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud. This is the first book in a new series and it was fantastic and creepy. I enjoyed this more than his Bartimaeus series. I also listened to A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. This one was laugh out loud hilarious. I FINALLY finished The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa. Just when I thought I was over the Chases and the fey…crazy cliffhanger ending! So, I will be tuning in for the next (last?) installment. Finally, I finished Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I have not read anything else by this author, but I think I will be adding his other books to by TBR list. This book was awesome. So awesome. Pure science fiction, tons of action, suspense, and twists and turns. I can’t wait for the next one…out next fall.

Current Audio:

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In the car I have Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine. So far it is quite charming. On Playaway I have The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly. This was a last minute grab and honestly, I am not sure I am going to continue on with it. There is not much substance here. In fact, writing this has made up my mind. I am off to look for a new Playaway.

Currently Reading:

champion  born of illusion

Today I am going to start Champion by Marie Lu. I am really excited for this one. I am also going to try to make progress in Born of Illusion. Seriously. I need to finish it.

On Deck:

mara dyer

I have a student who has been begging me to read this for ages…I am hoping to have it read by the time we meet for book club next week.

Happy Reading!

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa Review

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa
Harlequin Teen
October 23, 2012
379 pgs.

The Iron Queen’s little half-brother Ethan is all grown up and still being tormented the Fey. Ethan’s school career has been tainted by fairy mischief. His family had made what will hopefully be their last move and Ethan has made yet another fresh start at a new school. His plan to keep a low profile and stay out of trouble are immediately derailed when he crosses paths with Kenzie, a pushy but attractive journalist and Todd, a Phouka half-breed. Todd disappears and something sinister is shadowing Ethan, forcing Ethan to go to the one place he vowed he would never return to-The Nevernever. To make matters worse, Kenzie has decided to tag along. Once back in the fairy realm Ethan meets some familiar faces, confronts his long-lost sister, and makes some startling discoveries. The courts of the Nevernever are once again facing an unknown enemy. Can Ethan set aside his feelings about the fey in order to help them?

This Iron Fey spin-off series introduces fans to a whole new cast of character and revisits old favorites. It’s the best of both worlds! Ethan and Kenzie do not shine in the same way that Meghan and Ash did, but their adventures are just as exciting. The Forgotten, much like the Iron Fey, are an interesting take on traditional fairy lore. Fans of the Iron Fey will rejoice in revisiting The Nevernever and meeting Grimalkin, Meghan, Ash, Puck and even the Exile Queen. A bad boy reformed, a forbidden love, and a mysterious enemy combine in this solid series opener. Readers new to the Iron Fey will want to start at the beginning with The Iron King.

This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley.com for review.

Readalikes: Tithe by Holly Black, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White or The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa Review

November is half over and I have only read one novel. This has been the month of graphic novels and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I swear that ginormous book just moves in and takes over your life. I am not starting another novel until I finish. I promise to finish this week. I did however sneak The Iron Daughter in earlier in the month. So, here’s a review for you:

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa 2010

Meghan Chase, the half-human, half-faery daughter of Oberon, is a prisoner of the Winter Queen. She is there to uphold her end of the bargain she made with Ash, who has been cold and cruel since their arrival. Alone and powerless, things can’t get much worse…until they do. The Scepter of the Seasons is stolen and The Summer Fey are blamed. A war between the courts is imminent unless Meghan can convince everyone that the Iron Fey are responsible for the crime. She finds help from some unexpected allies, but without her own magic, will it be enough?

Meghan’s flip-flopping between heartbroken depression and angsty hard-heartedness is a bit melodramatic and annoyingly Bella-like, but it doesn’t last forever. Push through it, the old tough girls reappears. In the meantime the fast-paced action and amazing supporting characters make up for this minor annoyance. Iron Horse? Love him! Grimalkin? Tricky, gruff and still a bit of a softie. The Iron Fey world is further explored and explained and it continues to be a unique and intriguing spin on traditional faery lore. This is a solid sequel that left me wanting more. Lucky for me, it’s not over yet! And I thought I didn’t like faeries…

For more tales of the fey try Holly Black, Aprilynne Pike, Frewin Jones and Melissa Marr.

For more plucky female heroines with a paranormal twist try Kiersten White, Rachel Hawkins, Stacey Jay, Rosemary Clement-Moore, and Alyxandra Harvey.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan