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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.

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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!

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5. Mothership by Martin Leicht. Laugh-out-loud hilarious.

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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!

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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.

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

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday-If You Like X Show/Movie, Read This! 4/29/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about IF/THEN. If you like this, then try that.

1. IF you like super hero movies THEN try Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.

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2. IF you like The Sopranos and Harry Potter, THEN try White Cat by Holly Black.

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3. IF you like Under the Dome THEN try Gone by Michael Grant.

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4. IF you like The Walking Dead, THEN try The Enemy by James Higson

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5. IF you like Dexter, THEN try I Hunt Killer by Barry Lyga.

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6. IF you like Frozen THEN try Stork, Frost, and Flock by Wendy Delsol

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7. IF you like old-school video games and movies (or Wreck-It Ralph), THEN try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

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8. IF you like Criminal Minds, THEN try The Naturals by Jennifer Lynne Barnes.

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9. IF you like creepy horror stories, TRY The Diviners by Libba Bray.

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10. IF you like Doctor Who, THEN try Hourglass by Myra McEntire and Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Unique Reads 4/8/14

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This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking about unique reads. Get ready to see some awesome lists filled with strange worlds, great characters, interesting writing styles, and plain-old weirdness. Here are my picks:

1. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. This tops the list not because it is my favorite, but because I just read it and it is so totally bizarre. The world ends with giant praying mantises eating their way through the human population. This account of the end is told by a sexually confused teenaged boy.

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2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor remains the only series I have ever read that features chimera. I love it.

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3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is a zombie book that never uses the word zombie. This is still my favorite zombie series.

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4. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride makes necromancy look fun! It is dark and absolutely hilarious.

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5. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is one of the weirdest books I have ever read. It’s like the British X-Files/secret society stuff. Plus monsters. And conspiracies. It’s just so strange. There is a sequel in the works, but no firm details. *sigh*

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6. BZRK by Michael Grant. This series scares the bejeezus out of me. Nanotechnology. Tiny little nanobots eating your brain. I hate love it so bad.

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7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Welcome to a world of super villains. Without super heroes. It’s up to ordinary humans to save humankind. This book is all sorts of bad*@s. Love, love, love.

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8. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld features an alternate reality WWI that was fought between the Darwinists and the Clankers. I love the fabricated beasties and the steampunk.

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9. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer puts a futuristic twist on classic fairy tales. Cinderella the cyborg? Heck yeah!

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10. Mothership by Martin Leicht is Teen Mom + 80’s pop culture + aliens=total nonsense! Laugh out loud fun!

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Honorable Mentions:

  • Any thing by A.S. King. She always slips in a touch of the unusual in her contemporary fiction. Whether it’s ghosts and a talking pagoda or bringing things out of dreams and talking ants, there is always a touch of the strange.

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  • Stork by Wendy Delsol is another favorite of mine. Kat is a human stork, responsible for placing new souls with the proper parent.stork

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Swoon 2/11/14

toptentuesdayNow this is more like it. I’ll take a swoony book over a tear-jerker any day. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Broke and the Bookish want to hear all about our favorite romance novels. Easy-peasy.

1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This one was very sweet!

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2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Swoon.

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3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. British guy. Swoon.

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4. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I love road trip books!

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5. Anything by Katie McGarry. Steamy swoon.

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6. Or Simone Elkeles. More steamy swoon.

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How about some paranormal romance?

7. Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey. The Drake brothers are totally dreamy vampires.

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8. Stork by Wendy Delsol. This one was sweet!

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9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This romance is destroying me!

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10. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Dreamy.

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Honorable Mentions:

aristotle and dante wanderlove where the stars still shine dash and lily

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Best and Worst Series Endings

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and the Bookish are asking about our favorite and least favorite series endings. No problem!

Best:

1. Stork by Wendy Delsol. I have a lot of respect for the difficult choice the author made. Loved it.

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2. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness. Talk about an emotional roller coaster….One of the most thought-provoking series I have ever read.

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3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. It took a minute to warm up to this series, but I loved each book more than the previous.

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4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. This was such a fun series! It certainly went out this a bang in The Last Olympian. I love the spin-off series even more and have no doubt that will top a similar list next year.

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5. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I had a few nit-picky issues, but overall Emerald Green was a satisfying ending to a fun series.

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6. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. I was so sad to say goodbye to Evie and friends!

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Runners up for best endings:

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Not a Fan:

7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I feel so ripped off. I wish there was a do-over!

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8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld. The fourth book in the Uglies trilogy (right there is the problem!) was a huge disappointment. All is forgiven. I have moved on. Now, can we have a new series please??

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9. Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins. It maybe slightly unfair to put this in the works category. It was not the worst. I liked a lot of things about it. But then. Oh, no. Nope. That one thing happened and I can’t get over it. Left a bad taste in my mouth.

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10. Infinityglass by Myra McEntire. I never connected with the POV characters and everything felt rushed. I wish this series had a stronger ending. I still love Hourglass!

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Bonus list:

I have HIGH HOPES for these series enders:

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Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels 9/24/13

 

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This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking sequels. You know that dreaded Second Book Syndrome? No? Well it is a strange literary phenomenon where the second book from an author fails to live up to the amazing standards of the first and/or subsequent books. It is sad when it happens, but I can’t even imagine the pressure on authors. Anyway, there is none of that here! These sequels are just as, if not more, brilliant than the first book.

1. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor. This sequel to The Daughter of Smoke & Bone is freaking brilliant. It is absolutely devastating and I really, really need Dreams of Gods & Monsters. Now.

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2. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. I must confess that first time I read Leviathan I was slightly underwhelmed. I know, I know. What was I thinking? In mydefense…My first time with Leviathan was audio and while Alan Cumming is a brilliant narrator, I did not get to experience the illustrations. I loved it so much more the second time, when I actually read the book. But my own level of enjoyment does not actually change the fact that I thought Behemoth was even better.

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3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. If I Stay was great, but Adam’s story brought me to tears. And I am not much of a book crier.

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4. Game by Barry Lyga. I loved meeting Jasper Dent in I Hunt Killers, but Game really upped the ante. This was an intense and creepy sequel. I am ready for more!

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5. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Is it possible to top Cinder? Apparently it is. Great new characters, layers and layers of story. I can’t wait to see how she weaves two more story lines into the mix.

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6. The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. Readers met the bumbling band of Princes in The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.  Hilarity ensued. The sequel was just as funny, but what I loved most was the character growth. And the hilarity, of course.

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7. Prodigy by Marie Lu. Legend was an exciting and fast-paced debut and I really enjoyed it. Prodigy was even more awesome and I am looking forward to the series conclusion with Champion.

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8. Red Glove by Holly Black. I LOVE Cassel Sharpe and his crazy con artist story. There are plenty of surprises in this sequel to White Cat.

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9. The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan. I enjoyed the first book in The Ranger’s Apprentice series enough to pick up the next book. Each book was better than the one before! Before I knew it, I had devoured all eleven books and now I am anxiously awaiting the final book!

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10. Frost by Wendy Delsol. Honestly, the Stork series does not get enough love. Norse mythology? Sassy heroine? Win-win.

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Honorable Mentions:

as dead as it gets spirit and dust catchingfire

 

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Beginnings and Endings

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish is all about book beginnings and endings. This one was tough because I am so bad about remembering book quotes! But I managed to scrap together a pretty decent list.

Beginnings

1. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. I picked this one up based on the cover and quotes on the cover. That’s it. I was rewarded with one of the strangest books I have ever read. I loved it and wish there were more. Hey, Dan! Can there be more?

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“Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine.”

2. Gone by Michael Grant. You guys know how much I love this series, right? Also, it has an awesome conclusion.

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“One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. The next minute he was gone.”

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This one took some getting used to, but I was eventually sucked in. I suspect the ending of this trilogy is going to be epic.

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“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.”

4. Paranormalcy  by Kiersten White.I LOVE Evie and her snarky voice, which comes across on page one.

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“”Wait – did you – you just yawned!” The vampire’s arms, raised over his head in the classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides.”

Endings **No Spoilers**

5. Game by Barry Lyga. Huh. I did not see that coming. More, please.

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6. Flock by Wendy Delsol. I loved the ending of this series. It was not what I had expected, but it worked. By the way, this series does not get enough love! Go read Stork. It’s fabulous. I promise.

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7. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Ok. This man can end a book. The Book Thief? On everyone’s list, for good reason. The tears! But I still have a major soft spot for Ed Kennedy.

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8. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I have theories. I can’t wait to see if I am right. I think this prequel trilogy kicks TMI hiney and I thought the ending was perfect. And trust me, I was WORRIED. Love triangles drive me batty.

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9. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Such a beautiful and powerful ending. Words that everyone should say to themselves.

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10. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. This may be the cruelest cliffhanger in the history of cruel cliffhangers.

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Honorable mention cruel cliffhangers: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, and Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Characters I Would Trade Places With For the Day

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish, is all about swapping places. This is a tricky one because I would never want to be some of my favorite characters. Not even for a day. I’m looking at you Sabba and Katniss! Talk about trouble. Here are my picks:

1. Amy Curry from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. While Amy has some baggage she’s dragging around, I would totally appreciate every part of a road trip!

2. Jacky Faber from Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. Ok, so being an orphan and part of a street gang kind of stinks. And life is hard for everyone in the early 1800’s. And there are pirates. BUT…her adventures are so amazing! I think I would enjoy a day of singing and dancing on the high seas. Without the pirates.

3. Katla LeBlank from Stork by Wendy Delsol. She certainly finds herself in some tricky situations, but her power is so cool! And she has fashion sense.

4. Gwen Shepard from Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. Time travel. Need I say more?

5. Frankie Landau-Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. I love a good prank!

6. Lucy Hamilton from The Drake Chronicles series. This girl is human, gets to stay human, and have vampire best friends and still be bada**, cool and hilarious all on her own. She rules. And she can eat chocolate.

7. Laura Ingalls Wilder from Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was a real person, does that still count? I say yes! I would love to trade places with her for a day. But only for a day because I do enjoy indoor plumbing and sleeping past sunrise.

8. Cammie Morgan from The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter.  I wish I could go to a top-secret spy school. But I think in the end it would be totally exhausting, so one day would be enough for me!

9. Jessie Sloane from Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern. Like Julie, I fully embrace my nerdiness (but secretly wish to be cool). This girl has a good thing going and I would be down with a day of D&D and pizza. A little known fact about yours truly: I totally rock at D&D.

10. Elizabeth Rew from The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. Elizabeth has The. Best. Library. Job. Ever.

I also would mind trading places with Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Mary Lang from The Agency series by Y.S. Lee, and Amy Goodnight from Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Who do you want to trade places with?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan: What Are You Reading and Recommend A…#3

Holy Moley! What a heat wave…I am so grateful for the reprieve! That nasty weather was good for only one thing: sitting in air conditioning and reading!

 

First, let’s check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts and see what everyone is reading.

I only finished one book last week!

Finished:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. Wow! I really liked this one and can’t wait to go see the movie. If you enjoyed this book I would recommend Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth, the first in The President’s Vampire series. Bronson Pinchot narrates and his voice is dreamy…ahem. Anyway.

New Audio:

The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton. I am so tempted to pack my bags…

Currently Reading:

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I have reached the point of no return. All other books, television shows, and chores are being ignored. The dog is no longer speaking to me and I am sleep deprived, but it’s all worth it. I will finish this monster this week!

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa is getting a little bit of my attention. Dear Ash, it’s nothing personal. Blame George. I will get back to you ASAP, I promise. Love, Megan

Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas.  I am working on this ARC from NetGalley. I am so happy they changed the spelling of the title from Quaranteen to Quarantine. Other than that, Michael Grant has ruined all trapped teens books for me. Maybe the second half of the book will totally wow me.

That’s all I can commit to this week, but I am sure some surprises will come my way. What are you reading?

Need a recommendation? Stop by Chick Loves Lit and see what people are saying about books from 2010.

…Book(s) from 2010. Upon review my 2010 reading list I decided to recommend four underappreciated books from 2010 that I really loved.

For the Dystopian Lover:

Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien is a stunning debut novel. Climate change has decimated the land. The Enclave protects the privileged who live within the city walls. On the outside, sixteen-year-old Gaia is following in her mother’s footsteps and training to be a midwife. She has always believed that meeting the baby quotas imposed by the Enclave was her duty. However, when her parents are arrested by the very people they serve, Gaia questions everything she thought was true and risks everything to try to save her parents.

For the Fantasy Lover:

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken was another 2010 debut novel. Sydelle Mirabel lives in a draught stricken village. One day the rains came, along with Wayland North, a mysterious wizard. As his reward for bringing rain North requests that Sydelle accompany him on an important but dangerous quest. Together the two set out to deliver an important message to the Imperial Sorceress. Secrets and betrayals plague the tenuous relationship between Syd and North, but with war imminent the two must work together maintain peace in the kingdom. Wayland North is one swoon-worthy wizard!

For the Historical Fiction Lover:

Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill is a novel told in verse about the Salem Witch Trials. I struggle with Historical Fiction and I do not usually choose books in verse, but I stepped out of my comfort zone and it was worth it! The story is chilling and powerful and quite eye-opening, as readers are drawn into the madness of the time.

For the Mythology Lover:

Stork by Wendy Delsol was another 2010 debut. Sixteen-year-old Kat moves to Minnesota after her parent’s divorce. She discovers that she is a human Stork, responsible for placing new souls with the proper parents. She also uncovers a family secret, recovers repressed memories, and reconnects with a stranger from her past. Why you should read it: With a perfect blend of old-fashioned fairy tales, Norse mythology, and a high-spirited, fashion-forward heroine, it is the perfect cure for the Vampire/Paranormal Overload Blues (it’s a real problem, I should know). Also, there is a dreamy boy and kissing.

What were your favorites of 2010?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-Summer Throwdown and What Are You Reading?

Did you ever wonder who reads more, teachers or librarians? Well, we will finally learn the answer to that burning question! The gauntlet has been thrown and the summer throwdown was born! You can find all the details here, at Heise Reads and Recommends. I am all signed up and ready read!

What am I reading for the throwdown? Funny you should as because it’s time for another reading list check in. Thanks to Book Journey for hosting It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? and Teach Mentor Text for offering a children’s/YA version.

 

I finished: (these don’t count for the throwdown)

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore. There is something about this series (start with I am Number Four) that compels me to continue. There are some pretty big flaws and yet, I need to know what happens next. I am totally ready for The Rise of Nine.

Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart. This is the final installment of the Ruby Oliver series. It’s fun and charming and offers a satisfying end. Also, I feel relief at finishing a series. I need to keep chipping away at my incomplete series.

Locke & Key, vol 2: Head Games by Joe Hill. The mysteries of the keys continues to unfold as the Locke family continues to explore Lovecraft. Not as bloody as the first, but very creepy and suspenseful!

Gave up on: 

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. Despite the rave reviews, after 10 chapters I still didn’t care. I didn’t like any of the characters and I really disliked the names. While I admire the detailed world-building, I would have liked more explanation as to why. I tried, but this one just wasn’t for me.

Listening to: (this counts)

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi. This is a loose companion to Ship Breaker. I am excited to learn more about Tool and I am looking forward to getting to know Mahlia and Mouse, the main characters of this story.

The Technologists by Matthew Pearl. This one is a bit slow-moving, but I have read a few reviews that say it picks up after a slow start, so I am hanging in there.

Reading: (these totally count too!)

Flock by Wendy Delsol. I am so lucky to have an ARC of the final book in the Stork trilogy!

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Confession time: I am a neglectful friend. I got my friend Kim started on this awesome series and then abandoned her. She is already on book 4, with no one but a battle-crazed guy at work to talk to about the series and I am putzing around with book 2. It is my solemn vow to get crackin’!

I think this will keep me busy for a while. What are you reading? Are you joining the throwdown? What are your predictions for the outcome?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan