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Top Ten Tuesday-Underrated Books 9/9/14

toptentuesdayThis 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.

some girls

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!

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3. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Swoony-vampires, witty banter, and bad*ss heroines. I love this series.

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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!

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7. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Wicked, dark humor!

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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!

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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.

reality boy

I hope you see something on this list that sparks your interest!

Happy Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday-Top New-to-Me Authors of 2013 12/17/13


This week The Broke and The Bookish want to hear all about our 2013 new-to me author discoveries. While I did make a huge effort to finish series, I made a number of great author discoveries as well.

1. Brandon Sanderson has apparently written a gazillion and one books. Epic fantasies. I am going to have to clear my schedule and get busy, because after reading Steelheart, I am a fan!


2. Rainbow Rowell is definitely the IT Girl of 2013. I hopped on that bandwagon over the summer and haven’t looked back! I still have to read her debut and I am excited about her next book. Fangirl was a 2013 favorite!

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3. Trish Doller’s debut, Something Like Normal was incredibly well received. But did I read it? Nope. I added it to my TBR list after reading Where the Stars Still Shine.

where the stars still shine

4. Cat Winters is a 2013 debut novelist, so technically she’s new to everyone. I loved In the Shadow of  Blackbirds and can’t wait for her next book. One of my favorite discoveries of 2013!

shadow of the blackbirds

5. Michelle Hodkin has been on my radar since her debut, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer came out in 2011. For some reason this book kept getting pushed to the bottom of the list. Well, this week I moved it to the top. I am not finished yet, but I am really liking it.


6. Kirsten Miller is the author of the Kiki Strike series, which I have never read. But, How to Lead a Life of Crime was totally bad*ss and I am excited for more. While I wait, maybe I should pick up some Kiki?

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7. Mike Mullen is the author of the Ashfall series, about the aftermath of the eruption of a super volcano. First of all, it could happen. Seriously. Any day now…scientists just said so yesterday. So there’s that. Now I am all freaked out and can’t remember my second of all point. But rest assured it was a good one.


8. Jennifer Lynne Barnes as written a number of books, and to be perfectly honest, they haven’t really appealed to me. However, I just read her newest book, The Naturals, and I am hooked. I may not go back and read all of her previous books, but I will be watching for new stuff.

My 9 & 10 spot are for some local ladies. Ok, localish. We live in the same state! I have met them both. That’s local enough for me.

Colleen Clayton is the author of What Happens Next, a powerful story about a girl coping with the aftermath of a sexual assault. I really loved this book and Colleen was so generous with her time and did a program for me at my library. I am big fan and hope she has a new book soon!

what happens next

And last, but not least is Mindee Arnett. Her debut novel, The Nightmare Affair, came out this year, but 2014 is shaping up to be stellar. I can looking forward to The Nightmare Dilemma and I am super excited about the start of her new series, Avalon. They had me at Firefly.

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I think I made some great discoveries. Who should I read next?

Happy Reading!


How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller Review

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How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
February 21, 2013
358 pgs

Flick is a teenaged pick-pocket living on the streets of New York. At least, that’s the story he tells everyone, including Joi, the self-proclaimed protector of street kids. In reality, he comes from power and money, which he left behind when the unthinkable happened. His move to New York is about biding his time and plotting his revenge. His plans get a kick-start when he is recruited to attend the exclusive Mandel Academy, a school that has been secretly training criminal masterminds for over a century. As luck would have it, the one person he despises most is a Mandel graduate and board member and the current headmaster has all the dirt Flick needs to destroy him. Flick quickly rises to the top of his class, but along the way he learn that there is no such thing as coincidence and he can’t trust anyone. The cost of the truth he desires is steep, but he is willing to pay any price. Or so he thinks.

Basically the Mandel Academy is a boarding school for the criminally insane. Life inside is more than dangerous. It is deadly. How to Lead a Life of Crime is an uncomfortable read. That is not to say it is not good. I found this book so compelling. Even as I was going batty over trying to wrap my head around the layers of horror, I could not stop reading. I had to know happened. Thankfully, I was rewarded with a satisfying and somewhat surprising end. This book is definitely meant for an older reader. It is dark, gritty, and quite graphic. I would not recommend this book for your favorite conspiracy theorist-it will only fuel the flames! Ms. Miller has created a world that is truly terrifying and yet it is not hard to believe that there is an element of truth in her tale. Yikes. This one won’t win any feel-good awards, but it will keep you turning the pages! It was also refreshing to find a creepy book that did not rely on a post-apocalyptic or supernatural scenario to scare the bejesus out of me! Bottom line: fresh, original, and intense.

You may also enjoy the Curse Workers (White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart) series by Holly Black and I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga.

Happy Reading!