(Almost) Ten Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

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NaBloPoMo 2016 #8

This is according to my TBR shelf on my Goodreads, which you can view here!

As Old as Time by Liz Braswell 

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns–a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind–images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.

I’ve read one of the other books in this series, Once Upon a Dream (read my review) and I really enjoyed it, so I hope this book is just as good.

Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl

BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE is the action-packed sequel to the instant New York Times best-seller, BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED, penned by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. This time, Stohl takes readers inside the minds of Marvel’s most cunning and dangerous spies-Black Widow and Red Widow-delving deeper into their powers and will reveal more than ever before about the infamous assassin and her fledgling hero-in-training. 

I really loved book one (read my review) and although I preordered this ages ago, I still haven’t found the time to read it.

Everland by Wendy Spinale 

The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook? 

I really love anything set around Peter Pan, and this is one of the strangest retellings I’ve ever heard of, so I really want to get my hands on it!

Rogue Touch by Christine Woodward

Twenty-year-old Anna Marie was just fired for the third time–this time from a bakery. Why can’t she hold a job? Well, for starters, she dresses . . . differently. She looks like a Goth girl to the extreme, her shock of white hair contrasting with her head-to-toe black garb, her face the only skin she chooses to reveal. But Anna Marie doesn’t have a choice. Her skin, her touch, is a deadly weapon that must be concealed. She accidentally put her first boyfriend, Cody, in a coma when they kissed. Horrified, she ran away to Jackson, Mississippi, where she’s been living alone in a cramped apartment and scraping by on food stamps.

Then she meets otherworldly James and everything changes. He’s just like her–completely alone and also on the run. To elude James’s mysterious and dangerous family, the pair takes to the highway. As they cross the country, their simmering attraction intensifies and they both open up about their secretive pasts. James reveals that his true name is Touch and he christens Anna Marie Rogue. But with danger at their heels, they know they can’t run forever. Rogue must decide if she’ll unleash her devastating powers once again, which she swore never to do, in order to save the only person who seems truly to understand and accept her.

This is one of the chapter books published by Marvel Prose, and since I still vastly prefer books to comics – sorry hardcore fans! – I’m really excited to try anything that lets me get a little into the universe without needing comics to do it. Its also about Rogue, who is one of those characters it seems everyone but me likes, so maybe this will change my mind.

The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta 

Saying there are two sides to Jennifer Walters’s personality is an understatement. When she hasn’t morphed into a 650-pound, crime-fighting, hard-partying superhero, she’s a single lawyer trying to get her act together. Hilarious and action-packed, The She-Hulk Diaries tells her story, as she juggles her intense legal career by day with battling villains and saving the world by night. Maybe bad guys will stop trying to destroy the planet so she can have a real social life and even meet a guy who isn’t trying to take over the universe.

Yet another book by Marvel Prose, this one about the She-Hulk, which is a character I know absolutely nothing about.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love? 

I won this in a give away on tumblr. I got to pick any thing I wanted that was under $20, so I picked this and Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George.

Venturess (Mechanica #2) by Betsy Cornwell

Young inventor Nicolette Lampton is living her own fairy tale happy ending. She’s free of her horrible step-family, running a successful business, and is uninterested in marrying the handsome prince, Fin. Instead, she, Fin, and their friend Caro venture to the lush land of Faerie, where they seek to put an end to the bloody war their kingdom is waging. Mechanical armies and dark magic await them as they uncover devastating secrets about the past and fight for a real, lasting happily-ever-after for two troubled countries—and for themselves.

Smart and unconventional, this novel will appeal to readers of romance and adventure alike.

I loved book one of this series (read my review) so much, so I knew I had to get my hands on book two. Unfortunately, its not expected to be released until next August, so I have quite the wait ahead of me.


Books That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

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July 5:  Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads (we’ve done underrated books a bunch of times in the past 6 years but thanks to Lenore at Celebrity Readers for suggesting this topic as a new way to talk about underrated books especially when underrated is subjective. An easy way to find this — go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads? Or if that’s too hard you can spin it some other way!

Ace!: The Inside Story of the End of an Era 

Author: Mike Tucker, Sophie Aldred
My rating: 4 stars
Reviews: 60

You would not believe how hard I had to work to find this book, it went out of print in the nineties, and, because people have a bad taste in Doctor Who companions, hasn’t been brought back since.

It tells the story of my favorite Doctor Who companion (well, the talented woman who played her) and is a very interesting (and hilarious) book.

The Sillymarillion: An Unauthorized Parody of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Classic the Silmarillion

Author: Lloyd
My Rating: Four Stars
Reviews: 60

Its a parody of one of the most serious books ever – the Silmarillion – and is just absolutely hilarious. All Tolkien fans should read it.

Doctor Who: Dragonfire (Doctor Who Library (Target) #137)

Author: Ian Briggs
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 252

Why do I love this so much? Its the novelization of one of my all time favorite Doctor Who serials. Seriously, Dragonfire has it all (and the novelization has even more!) Ace McShane (my favorite companion), the Doctor (the Seventh version who is clearly the best), and a great story with random time travel and explosives thrown in!

The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic

Author Jason Surrell
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 268

I got this on my last Disney trip and I loved it! It the behind the scenes

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted Prose Novel

Author: Peter David
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 423

I guess a lot of people don’t read comic book novelizations, which is a shame, because, for me, its much easier to read.

Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (Doctor Who Library (Target) #148)

Author: Ben Aaronovitch
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 1306

I think this may be Sylvester McCoy’s most iconic episode, and the novelization of it does not let down.

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems

Author: Gail Carson Levine, Matthew Cordell
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 1072

Gail Carson Levine is, as I always say, one of my all time favorite writers, and this is one of her easiest reads. Its a poetry anthology thats all written in the style of the following poem (the one its all based on), titled This is Just to Say, by William Carlos Williams:

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel

Author: Richard H. Minear, Art Spiegelman (Introduction), Dr. Seuss
My Rating: 4 stars
Reviews: 1081

A little known fact: Dr. Seuss once did war propaganda, and this book includes it and analyses it. Its a super nerdy book, but its right up my alley.

The Crossroads (Haunted Mystery #1)

Author: Chris Grabenstein
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 1641

The Caged Graves

Author: Dianne K. Salerni
My Review: 5 stars
Ratings: 1985

Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

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June 14: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year (since we did a topic about the releases we were excited about for the first half of 2016 back in the beginning of the year) Feel free to tweak it how you want to — like most anticipated fantasy for the second half of 2016 or debut authors. Whatever you want!

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Reasons I Love My Best Friend

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June 7: Ten Reasons I Love X — could be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about.

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Beach Reads Week

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May 31: Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don’t like typical ~beach reads~, ten authors who are my go-to for beach reads, etc.

Cleopatra Confesses

by Carolyn Meyer

Its always summer in ancient Egypt, and after reading this you’ll be extra glad for modern amenities like air conditioning and refrigeration. Theres plenty of love, intrigue, and murder in this great historical book.

Read my review here.

The Count of Monte Cristo

By Alexander Dumas

Summer may be the only time of year that you’ll have time to read Dumas’ epic. It might be less popular than The Three Musketeers, but it’s definitely worth the read if revenge, adventure, and sea-faring are things you find interesting.

The Farmerettes

by Gisela Tobien Sherman

This is a book that I was sent to review a while back and I honestly love it so much!! It’s set during WWII, about a bunch of (mostly city-dwelling) girls who went to work on farms in Canada to provide meals for the troops. The entire book spans one summer at a farm in Canada, and captures the hope and heartbreak of the time.

Read my review here.

Hearts that Survive

by Yvonne Lehman

A Christian lit book about the Titanic. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the author and I can say she’s absolutely amazing, and her book is very well-written and truly tragic.

Salt to the Sea

by Ruta Sepetys

For a book about a tragic shipwreck, Salt to the Sea is also a beautifully written story about the power of hope and love.

Read my review here.

The Siren

by Kiera Cass

I haven’t read The Siren yet, but I’ve read enough of Kiera Cass’ other works to say I’m sure this one is just as good! This one includes a siren and the personification of the ocean.


Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

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May 24:  Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

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Books I Picked Up on A Whim

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May 17: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

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