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Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Series I Have Yet to Finish! 9/8/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, has me once again reviewing my TBR list. I thought I was pretty much caught up on all my series, but oh, how wrong I was!

1. Raging Star, (The Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young. I am not sure why I haven’t finished this series.

raging star

2. The World Forgot (The Ever-Expanding Universe #3) by Martin Leicht. I really want to finish this series. I should grab it; I could use a good laugh.

world forgot

3. The Eye of Zoltar (The Chronicles of Kazam #3) by Jasper Fforde. The only reason I have not finished this series is because I really, really want to listen to book three and it’s just not available. Sigh.

eye of zoltar

4. The Invaders (The Brotherband Chronicles #2) by John Flanagan. I don’t think I ever fully recovered from finishing The Ranger’s Apprentice series.


5. Rivals in the City (The Agency #4) by Y.S. Lee. I suppose I just haven’t been in the mood for this one. I am have been eye-ball deep in fantasy.

rivals in the city

6. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare. I am not sure I have it in me to finish this series. I was already super annoyed that she stretched a trilogy into six books. This last book is enormous and I just don’t know if I even care. Also, I can’t really remember what happened in book five.

city of heavenly

7. The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant #9) by Derek Landy. I haven’t finished this series BECAUSE NO LIBRARY IN THE STATE OF OHIO OWNS THIS IRISH IMPORT. IT IS DRIVING ME INSANE AND I AM GETTING READY TO BUY THE WHOLE DARNED SERIES FOR MYSELF. I am sorry to yell. I am just a bit worked up about this situation.

dying of the light

8. Ensnared (Splintered #3) by A.G. Howard. This is another one that I want to listen to, but it’s not available.


9. Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson. Ok, this one is really just to complete the list. I am plowing through this series. I have two audiobooks checked out right now that have holds, so I will listen to them before diving back into this series. I love it.

hero of ages

10. In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnis. This one has fallen victim to I-own-it-so-it-is-not-a-priority-syndrome.

in a handful of dust

I have some work to do!

Happy Reading!



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


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.


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

raging star

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.

city of heavenly fire

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!

eternity cure forever song


…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?

blood of olympus

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!

dark triumph mortal heart


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!



Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down, But Didn’t (Thank Goodness!) 5/13/14


It used to be that if I started a book I needed to finish it, whether I was enjoying it or not. Those days are long gone and I no longer have any problem ditching a book that just isn’t working for me. Of course, there are exceptions to any rule, so I do have a list of books that I *almost* gave up on, but for some reason or another pushed through, only to discover a truly amazing book. Oh, those slow starters!

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I did, in fact abandon this book. Twice. And then I got the audio and it was a whole new experience. Suddenly I was sitting in my driveway after work just to hear the end of the track.

book thief

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. *See Above*

daughter of smoke

3. Blood Red Road by Moira Young. I almost gave up because of the dialect. I only pushed on because I felt obligated to finish because I had received an advanced copy from the publisher. I love this series and can’t wait to read the last book!

blood red road

4. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I mean, have you seen these books? I only picked it up because I had finally succumbed to peer pressure at work. This book was a chore! But thankfully it all just clicked…over 200 pages in!

game of thrones

5. Going Bovine by Libba Bray. This was another case of the book not working for me, but the audio being just the right thing.

going bovine

6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This is another example of dialect almost ruining it for me. That, and the talking dog. I am so glad I got over my hang ups and finished this awesome series.


7. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. I really enjoyed listening to Code Name Verity, but struggled to get into my print copy of Rose Under Fire. This was in large part due to the fact that this book was much more graphic in describing the horrors of the concentration camps. I really can’t handle Holocaust books and only picked this one because of the previous book. I am glad I finished, but struggle to say I liked it. Make sense?

rose under fire

8. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I can’t explain this one. This books are really not that great, especially the first one, but they are so darned compelling! I am strangely hooked.

number four

And how about two that I *did* but down and don’t feel one bit of guilt over?

9. Nil by Lynne Matson. Um, really? Nope.


10. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. So. Many. Issues. This was a hot mess.

dear killer

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Spring TBR List 3/18/14


This beautiful warm, sunny day makes me start to believe that it is time to think Spring! The Broke and The Bookish want to see Spring TBR lists. History has shown that I am an excellent reading list maker…and a terrible reading list crosser-offer. I did not do an awesome job with my Winter TBR list. Oh well. It’s a new season and I get to make a new list!

Winter carry overs:

madman's daughter girl of fire cherub chaos of the stars

Spring TBR:

1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. Gimme, gimme, gimme! There is no chance of this one getting bumped over to a Summer TBR list…


2. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. See above. So excited for this one too.

dear killer

3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I have had a love-hate relationship with this series. We are currently in a love stage and I would like for it to end that way.

city of heavenly

4. Raging Star by Moira Young. Oh, I cannot wait to find out what happens with Sabba and the gang!

raging star

5. Sunrise by Mike Mullin. This is the spring of completing trilogies! I am so excited for this one as well.


6. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I loved My Life Next Door and am looking forward to another sweet romance from this author.

what i thought

7. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. Everyone is raving about this one.

summer of letting go

8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I couldn’t read Second Chance Summer (I have a strictly enforced no-cancer books rule), but I LOVED Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I am excited for a new Morgan Matson book!

since you've been gone

I also have some must-listen audiobooks on my Spring list!

9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I am late to the Grisha party, but better late than never, right?

siege and storm

10. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. This might be my *most* anticipated book of the season. I have such a desperate need for it. Now.

dreams of gods and monsters

What are you planning to read this spring?

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesdays-Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In 1/28/14


I am pretty sure at one time or another many of us have wished we could live at Hogwarts (or in a little house on a prairie if you’re like me), but how often do we think about places we would not want to live? Well, that is exactly what The Broke and the Bookish want to know!

1. Chicago of the future! Bad, bad things are happening here. No thanks!

divergent steelheart

2. Any place that Michael Grant makes up. Seriously. Whether it’s in a dome with a bunch of psychos or out in the real world with nano technology scurrying around in my brain, his worlds are not for me.

gone bzrk

3. Post-super-volcano USA. Thank you Mike Mullin for scare. And thanks to the scientists who recently confirmed that this could some day be a reality. It’s a wonder I sleep at night!

ashfall2 ashenwinter

4. Prentisstown. Nope. No way. That place is run by a lunatic, and things don’t go well for the ladies when he is around.

knife of neve ask and answer monsters of men

5. During the Flu pandemic. 1918 was not a good year! War, flu…nope. I want none of that.

shadow of the blackbirds

6. In the Belly of the Bloodhound! I remember learning about slave ships in school. I can’t even begin to imagine the horror. I do love Jacky Faber, though.


7. The Dust Lands. The name alone is uninviting. I hate the heat. Give me snow days any time.

blood red road rebel heart

8. Any virtual reality world. I haven’t come across one yet that is all fun and games. Something very horrible always happens.

ready eye

9. Puritan times. I am really, I might be drowned as a witch! It didn’t take much in those days…Those folks were no joke.

wicked girls heretics daughter

10. Any place haunted. I think this is pretty self explanatory

diviners anna dressed in blood bad girls don't die name of the star

diviners, anna dressed in blood…

Rebel Heart by Moira Young Review

I meant to get this review up a couple of weeks ago, but, well, Sandy…ugh.Anyway. It was a happy, happy day at my house when I discovered an advanced reader copy of Rebel Heart, book 2 in The Dust Lands Trilogy, mysteriously arrived at my door. Let me take a moment to remind you that I LOVED Blood Red Road and I recommend it every chance I get. Now, on to book 2. It might get a little spoiler-y here. Read on at your own risk.

Rebel Heart (Dust Land #2) by Moira Young
Simon & Schuster
October, 2012
448 pgs

The story picks up where Blood Red Road leaves off. Saba’s family has been reunited and they are making their way west, in search of both Jack and a better life. Sadly, all is not well. Haunted by the events of the past and hunted by a surprising new enemy, Saba struggles to reconnect with Lugh, who is practically unrecognizable. When disturbing news about Jack reaches her, Saba decides to follow her heart and search for the man she loves. Her journey is difficult, but she knows the truth is out there and her heart stone will lead the way.

So much has changed since I last met these characters. While they may have escaped with their lives, no one escaped untouched by the events of Blood Red Road and the damage is painfully clear. Saba has always been a difficult character to like, but she continues to grow and develop. Talk about transformations! Gone is the Angel of Death and in her place is a shell, a shadow of her former self. She is often overly emotional and makes a number of questionable decisions, but I don’t think that any of these changes are unrealistic. I am perfectly willing to cut the girl some slack. I mean, how can you see what she saw, do what she did, and not be at least a little bit damaged? Saba picks up some fantastic new companions on her journey. Slim is great guy and offers a needed bit of comic relief to an otherwise grim story. This story had so many shocking twists and turns that I am still recovering from the whiplash. I can’t even begin to imagine what is in store for Saba and her crew. All I can do now is begin the long and painful wait. And possibly reread. This was a great second novel and I am eager for more.

Readalikes: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Legend by Marie Lu.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Kick-Ass Heroines

If figures. The one time I am actually prepared in advance is the one time Cleveland has a hurricane. I am still without power, but I am borrowing my sister’s electricity and getting this post going!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish, is all about the ladies! We all know that Hermione and Katniss totally kick-ass and Jacky Faber and all the Gallagher Girls always have a place in my heart for being so awesome. Hat’s off to you ladies, but today I want to spotlight some new (and new to me) leading ladies who also rock.

1. Sabba from Blood Red Road and Rebel Heart. She is tough to like and often hard to relate to, but there is no denying the fact that she is a total bad ass.

2. Annabeth Chase from The Mark of Athenaby Rick Riordan. She is the Hermione of Greek mythology.  Annabeth is smart and tough and in the most recent volume of the Heroes of Olympus she is the star. I ♥ her.

3. Evie O’Neill from The Diviners by Libba Bray. Smart, sassy, and “gifted,”Evie is the elephants eyebrows! She’s my favorite flapper. Have I mentioned that I LOVED this book? I feel like it’s all I talk about!

4. Elvie Nara from Mothership by Martin Leicht. Teen Mom does outer space in this hilarious book and leading lady Elvie is one tough cookie! This is definitely my new favorite teen pregnancy/alien invasion book.

5. Daenarys Targaryen, Brienne of Tarth, and Arya Stark from The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. How could I not give a shout-out to my favorite heroines from my new-to-me favorite epic fantasy series?

6. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Karou is one of the most unusual heroines I have met in a long time! She is talented, mysterious, and has a dangerous secret life. She is so cool.

7.  Tris Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth. Well, duh.

8. Cinder from Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This cyborg Cinderella totally kicks ass!

9. Meghan Chase from The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I love this half-fairy heroine! She is impulsive and strong-willed, but throughout the series she really grows into her powerful role.

10. Samantha Reed from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. You don’t have to be a fighter or a supernatural creature to kick-ass. Sam is my new favorite contemporary heroine. She is open-minded, kind, and loyal. The grown-up me also loves that she is responsible!

Honorable Mentions: Alex from Ashes by Ilsa Bick, Rory from The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Deryn Sharp from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and all of the leading ladies in anything by Rosemary Clement-Moore!

Happy Reading!