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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: 1/17/2017

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, asks me to let you know of all the hidden gems I read and reviewed in 2016. Now, these weren’t all published in 2016, but I did read them that year so it counts for me!

Wishes and Sorrows, by Cindy Lynn Speer

 

  1. Wishes and Sorrows by Cindy Lynn Speer  is a great anthology of short stories that read like fairytales – full of both happy and sad endings

The Queen's Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

 

2. The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler is SUCH an amazing fantasy novel, I included it in my top 5 list for 2016. Just love it!

Much of Madness by SE Summa
3. Much of Madness by SE Summa was such a great refreshing paranormal read, I really wish she’d come out with a sequel already!

 

The Seer by Grant Palmquist

 

4. The Seer by Grant Palmquist, a super chilling horror story that also appeals to your nostalgia (if you’re old enough to remember the late 80s/early 90s)

The Gentleman by Forrest Leo

 

5. The Gentleman by Forrest Leo; yaaaas such a funny, absurd, and quirky read. I really want more people to pick this up and read it!

White Rabbit Society Brendan Detzner

 

6. White Rabbit Society by Brendan Detzner is a unique paranormal novel that has such an intricate and complex plot, I wanted more. Please, book 2 now?

The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

 

7. The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy had everything I never knew I needed! Intrigue, murder, mystery, and love.

 

The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock

8. The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock; a great sequel in the Skyscraper Throne series. Better than the first. Like a junior Neverwhere.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
9. And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. Now, I don’t know if this is a hidden gem or not but I loved it and didn’t see much hype around it. Def great creepy story!

Chemistry by CL Lynch

10. Chemistry by CL Lynch I NEED EVERYONE TO PICK THIS UP! So much fun, an amazingly written parody but even a great book that stands on its own as well. A++

 

Have you guys read any of these? What were your hidden finds? Let me know below!

Top Ten Tuesday: 1/10/17

Top Ten Tuesday: 1/10/2017

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, has me thinking about all of the books I said I would read last year and never got a chance to. I swear, I will though! This year hopefully I’ll start making a dent into my TBR pile.

  1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  2. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  4. The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine
  5. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
  6. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  8. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  9. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  10. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Have you guys read any of these? What were your non-spoilery thoughts? What were the books you vowed to get to and never did last year? Let me know below!

Top Ten Tuesday: 1/3/17

Top Ten Tuesday: 1/03/2017

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about the books I’m most looking forward to in 2017! A decent mix, though heavy YA and almost all fantasy/urban paranormal. Guess it’s kinda my thing.

  1. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall 
    Absolutely loved this book and it COMES OUT TODAY!! Really great mental illness representation.
  2. Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
    I’ve just started this and it’s so creepy and disturbing, I absolutely am in love with it! Comes out January 10th.
  3. Gilded Cage by Vic James
    I’ve heard great things about this and it seems really interesting. Can’t wait to start it. Comes out February 14th!
  4. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
    Goblin King, goblin men and the wares they sell! Just brings back all sorts of great literary memories and I really want to see this book live up! Out February 7th!
  5. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
    Yaaaaaaaaaas, the new Mercy Thompson! Hopefully it’s a good one that moves the plot forward and maybe we get some of my favourite vampire again! Or even better, Coyote! Comes out March 7th!
  6. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
    I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long while! Unexpected necromancy and a gorgeous cover, how could I not be excited? Also comes out March 7th, boy what a busy day!
  7. The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
    Deals with demons and heartless kids, sounds gut-wrenching and tragic. Need this now, but have to wait until August 8th!
  8. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    Seems interesting, love the cover. Description really has me intrigued to see if this is more than just a star-crossed Romeo + Juliet with powers on a strange planet. Out January 17th.
  9. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
    Everyone I know has loved this book and it seems very cool and cutthroat. Need to read once it comes out January 31st.
  10. Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
    This seems like it’s full of intrigue and who doesn’t love bastards uniting to overthrow the monarchy? Out June 6th!
Top Ten Tuesday - September 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: 9/27/2016

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about the books on my Fall TBR! In no particular order, well, some order since the first books listed are books that I have a deadline to review them by but yeah!

  1. The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
    • Lana used to know what was real.
      That was before when her life was small and quiet.
      Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.
      Then came after.
      After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.
  2. A Feast of Sorrows by Angela Slatter
    • Stories peopled by women and girls—fearless, frightened, brave, bold, frail, and fantastical—who take the paths less traveled by, accept (and offer) poisoned apples, and embrace transformation in all its forms. Reminiscent of Angela Carter at her best, Slatter’s work is both timeless and fresh: fascinating new reflections from the enchanted mirrors of fairy tales and folklore.
  3. Lost Gods: A Novel by Brom
    • A young man descends into Purgatory to save his wife and unborn child in this gorgeous, illustrated tale of wonder and terror from the mind of master storyteller and acclaimed artist Brom
      Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears . . .
      Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death. Alone, confused, and damned, Chet steels himself against the unfathomable terrors awaiting him as he descends into death’s stygian blackness.
      With Lost Gods, Brom’s gritty and visceral prose takes us on a haunting, harrowing journey into the depths of the underworld. Thrust into a realm of madness and chaos, where ancient gods and demons battle over the dead, and where cabals of souls conspire to overthrow their masters, Chet plays a dangerous game, risking eternal damnation to save his family
  4. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

    • It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.
  5. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
    • Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
  6. Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror

    • Unlucky thieves invade a house where Home Alone seems like a playground romp. An antique bookseller and a mob enforcer join forces to retrieve the Atlas of Hell. Postapocalyptic survivors cannot decide which is worse: demon women haunting the skies or maddened extremists patrolling the earth.
      In this chilling twenty-first-century companion to the cult classic Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, Ellen Datlow again proves herself the most masterful editor of the genre. She has mined the breadth and depth of ten years of terror, collecting superlative works of established masters and scene-stealing newcomers alike.
  7. Oppression by Jessica Therrien
    • Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning-and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.
  8. Feast of Dreams by Christian A Brown

    • As two queens plot each other’s destruction, a small band of adventurers continues its quest for the knowledge needed to defeat the mad King Brutus and his unearthly parasite, the Black Queen. Their search brings Morigan and the Wolf to the perilous forests of Alabion, where they and their companions will face the darkness of their pasts-and discover equally dark destinies.
      Meanwhile, far from Alabion, the queens of the East and West continue their deadly dance. One seeks a relic of great power, while the other puts her faith in a mix of military and technomagikal force. Both are aware they have a slim window of opportunity to settle their power struggle-after all, Mad Brutus’s recent defeat is at best a setback. The mad king is already amassing a new army of soulless husks in the wastelands of Mor’Khul.
      Unknown to the great powers struggling for control, a father and son wander those same wastelands, scavenging what they can as they weather Brutus’s gathering storm. They too have a role to play in Geadhain’s fate-a role which may just provide a last remnant of hope.
  9. Feast of Chaos by Christian A Brown
    • No Synopsis because I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL MYSELF!!!
  10. The Silver Thread by Emigh Cannaday
    • Talvi Marinossian has slain maenads and fought off vampire attacks, but nothing has prepared him for getting involved with one of these forbidden ‘Modern Girls’. When he finally tracks down Annika it’s obvious that she’s changed since her recent adventure in his homeland. It’s also clear that she’s not ready to embrace the next chapter in her life. He tries to persuade her to open up to him, but she finds it difficult since he won’t even explain how he earns a living, why he has a secret cell phone, or the reason he keeps another woman’s handkerchief in his pocket.Instead of relying on Talvi to help her adjust, Annika delves into her music and her job, and it isn’t long before the new lovers find themselves completely out of sync with one another. Just when they start to find their rhythm, Talvi is called away on business and whisks Annika off to Paris for what is supposed to be a working vacation. But one bad decision leads to another, and the chaos that ensues may cost someone their life.
Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – August 30, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week was a  Back To School Freebie! Since I’m in school for Secondary Education in English, I thought I’d try listing top ten books I feel like should be included in school curriculum that aren’t already (or at least I was never assigned them).

Top Ten Books Should be Read in School That I Never Did

  1. The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein
    This would be a great introduction for students beginning to study the Holocaust in history. It makes
  2. Of Bone and Thunder by Chris Evans
    Though a fantasy novel, it is SO reminiscent of the Vietnam War that it would be a great book for students to read, not just alongside learning about the Vietnam War, but learning about Imperialism in general.
  3. Nest by Esther Ehrlich
    A great coming of age novel for middle graders that shows how easily life can change and that they need to learn to adapt and that making friends outside of your comfort zone isn’t always a bad thing.
  4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
    This book is absolutely devastating and I think, though it has graphics, would be well suited for grades 8 and up. It deals with the harsh world of life and death and lets children know it’s okay that to be resentful and angry at unfair situations and people. You can’t control emotions and to do so only hurts you.
  5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    Now, I’ve read plenty of John Steinbeck in class, but had to read The Grapes of Wrath on my own. It is such a powerful book, this needs to be read as an accompaniment to any history course on the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.
  6. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    An exceptional book that would introduce critical thinking to an advanced class of readers on what makes a person a person. Are you human regardless of creation?
  7. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
    I loved this one and included it in the list because it shows lgbtqia* inclusivity, while also having a bit of an American Gothic feel, even though it takes place in Scotland. It’s perfect to show questioning youth that they aren’t alone and that they aren’t “abnormal.”
  8. The Unhappening of Genesis Lee
    A dystopian novel that opens up discussion as to whether memories are perfect, and whether perfection is a good thing, or if everything has its downfall.
  9. The Reader by Traci Chee
    The review for this will be coming in September, but it is an AMAZING book to show students just how amazing the act of reading itself is, how reading can open up new worlds.
  10. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    A tremendous novel to show students what the effects of war can be, actually depicting PTSD to those that have no idea what it is, and just how it effects everyone around the affected person.

What do you think of these choices? Any you would have preferred to read in school or think might be a little too inappropriate?

Monday Melodies Book Meme

Monday Melodies – August 29, 2016

Oftentimes, when I’m listening to music, I’ll often think about how great a song might be as a book, whether it literally follow the ‘plot’ of the lyrics, or just follow the feeling of inspiration it gives off. I don’t think I’m the only one that sees this powerful link between music and literature. More and more often, we’re seeing authors putting up their writing playlists or talking about how such and such song always reminds them of a character.

Merging literature and music together, Monday Melodies is a meme where I challenge readers and fellow bloggers to come up with a story to the song of the week. You can either give a description or how you would see a movie play out with part of the song, actually use it as a writing prompt, or even just relate it back to a book you’ve read.
Check out the master list for next week’s song prompt!

Today’s song is Lover Dearest by Marianas Trench.


loverdearestGrowing up, Darla always knew it would be her and Johnny forever. They would finish school, get married, and run away from their tiny seaside town in Oregon.

Life had other plans as circumstances continually find new ways to tear them apart and by 25, Darla is used to the familiar dance of loving and losing Johnny, either by her own deeds or his.

When she returns home for the wedding of her best friend and sees Johnny for the first time in a year and a half, their predictable pattern begins again. This time, things are different as Darla swears to either make it work, or walk away forever.

Will their timing finally be right or will Darla be forced to say goodbye to first and only true love?


So, interesting fact, this song is actually written about the lead singer’s drug addiction while he was in rehab. I saw it, though, as more of a love song where two lovers struggle to be together, but the timing is forever wrong and driving them apart. Both of them a disaster and neither to blame. I’m intrigued enough by my blurb to consider expanding on it, but I’ve never really done or read contemporary romance type novels, so I have no clue.

I’d love to see what you guys can come up with! Drop a comment below with a link to your post so I can check it out, or with suggestions for next week’s Monday Melody.

Friday Book Memes

Friday 56 & Book Beginnings for August 19

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 asks readers to grab their book, turn to page 56 (or 56%) and post a non-spoilery sentence. Decided to go with our Roadside Reads Podcast Read-along, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Six of Crows

 

It was the first part of a Fjerdan saying, The water hears and understands. 


 

For Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, we share the start of a book we’re reading, along with our impressions. I’ve just started reading White Rabbit Society by Brendan Detzner and was super sucked into it already with just the start.

White Rabbit Society

 

Paul had meant to sleep, just for a little while in case the old man checked in on him, but it was all he could do to lay still. His heart was beating like a jackhammer. It’d been there all day, when he’d woken up in the morning and had breakfast and swept the floor of the library. Today’s the day, today’s the day. 

This was such an intriguing start to the book and really blew me away. I wasn’t expecting it to be so immediately interested and invested in the novel, so I’m super excited to see where it goes. Paul gives me the creepy feels and I want to know more about Shadow, the creature in the cover. I’m super excited to get through this book over the weekend!

Thursday Quotables

Thursday Quotables: The Gentleman

Thursday Quotables is a weekly book meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, showcasing your favourite book quote of the week. This week, I’ve chosen a quote from new release, The Gentleman by Forrest Leo:

The Gentleman by Forrest Leo[…] they will have to grapple with what the literary world has been grappling with since Chrétien, which is that Arthur Pendragon himself is by nature boring because he is an exemplar of virtue; whereas Lancelot (or Gawain or Yvain or Tristan or Perceval or Gareth or really anyone else for that matter except perhaps Galahad) is by nature interesting because his is a tale of virtue gone awry. When a great writer tackles Arthur himself directly, something quite interesting may result, if he proves equal to the task — how is virtue made compelling?

Three – In Which My Wife Throws a Party & I Entertain a Mysterious Gentleman with Whom I Discuss Poetry, Friendship, & Marriage

So this quote completely blew me away since it’s something I’ve always thought about as well. Some of the most interesting characters ARE interesting because they have both the good and the bad, they are not just perfect creations. It’s also why, if there is a central “good” character, so many people might gravitate instead towards a side character or even a villain. Is it because virtue is so boring? Or perhaps it is because when a character has reached the pinnacle of virtue, and will not engage in a fall, then their arc and growth has ended. Whereas an imperfect character has room to grow, change, evolve — even villains.

What do you think? Are completely virtuous/good characters boring? Is there a way to make them interesting?