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Top Ten Tuesday #35

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

October 3, 2017: Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?)

I’m going off topic again, and going to skip the book boyfriend in order to go back and do the character topic from last week. Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Now that I’ve read some of the other posts from last week I’m feeling a bit more inspired. (Plus my husband is such a total heartthrob I don’t need a book boyfriend 😉 )

This list is in the order they came to mind. It’s not a ranking of their survival skills.

Top Ten Survivors

  1. Brian from Hatchet – The quintessential wilderness survival book. Brian is lost in the woods with only a handful of supplies and a hatchet after the small plane he was in crashes into a lake in the Canadian wilderness. If you haven’t read it you are missing out. I enjoyed it as a young teen and again as an adult.
  2. Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins – Another YA Classic, and another book I enjoyed both as an adult and when I was younger. Left alone on an island after her tribe moves away Karana is forced to find a way to survive alone against the forces of nature, wild dogs and loneliness.
  3. Sam from My Side of the Mountain – So a lot of these are simply classics. In this story Sam feels crowded in the small apartment in NY so he runs away and finds a home in the Catskill Mountains inside a hollowed out tree. The kid in me get excited just thinking about Sam’s adventure.
  4. Katniss from the Hunger Games – Notice how I specified, Hunger Games, when it’s because of the skills Katniss learned in the wildness, where she hunts and forages for food for her family that she survives the first games. Even using the wilderness again some of her opponents.
  5. Matt from Sign of the Beaver – Matt and his father build a frontier cabin and then Matt’s fathers leaves to go get the rest of the family. Leaving 13 year old Matt to fend for himself, but what’s a boy suppose to do when the weeks, and it seems that his family will never come back.
  6. Minnow from The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – A book I just recently devoured, uh I mean read. I started to read the excerpt and couldn’t stop. The cover is deceiving because one of the defining characteristics of Minnow, is that she has no hands. She survives when her hands are taken from her by the cruel cult leader, she survives to runaway from the cult’s wilderness homestead in the middle of winter, and in jail the girl with no hands learns to kick-butt. A powerful story.
  7. Marie Dorion from A Name of Her Own – Jane Kirkpatrick always does a great job of making history come alive, but there is something special about this story of the Astor party and Marie’s survival on the second cross-country trip to the Oregon country after Lewis and Clark’s journey.
  8. Jonnie from Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 – My husband rolled his eyes when I told him this was going to be on my list. But he’s only seen the movie, and has not read the book, which is so much better. Although, Barry Pepper is Jonnie in my mind, he fits the part so well. Jonnie survives not only in the fringes of the wildness, but also in an alien concentration camp, torture and more.
  9. Heidi and Peter in Courage Mountain – I read the novelization of this movie before seeing the movie. In fact, I read it several times. Heidi and Peter are forced to help a group of girls cross the alps during World War II. There’s danger a plenty and a young Charlie Sheen, back when he was hot and not crazy, in the pictures in the middle part of the book.
  10. The Swiss Family Robinson – Now here I’m cheating a little because I have only read the abridged version and then seen the movie. But when it comes to surviving and thriving in the meanwhile no one comes to mind like the Swiss Family Robinson.

Note: No Robinson Crusoe is NOT on this list, and that’s on purpose. Have you read that book? It’s rubbish! I’m still convinced that everyone else has read the abridged version or stopped after part one (he actually on the island for only a short amount of time.)

Top 5 Disney Rants

Top Ten Tuesday #34

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

Top 5 Disney RantsSeptember 26, 2017Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: (Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!)

I’m going off topic this week. I just couldn’t think of anything to go with this week’s character topic. So I’m going to rant instead, and I’m going to rant about Disney. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Disney fangirl. I love Disney movies. My favorite is The Little Mermaid, and I collect Ariel everything.

Still… there are a few things I’ve always wondered about, or things that just bother me, or that don’t add up.

Top 5 Disney Rants

  1. Jasmine, Princess Privilege Much? – Ok, so seriously, Jasmine is the only child of the Sultan and presumably will be ruler some day, or married to the next ruler and at least be very influential. Yet she doesn’t know the first thing about the rule of law in their nation. You might expect that the plight of the poor would be kept from her, but really she should have been taught about crime and punishment or money and all that by the time she’s a teenager. Plus, it always bothered me that we are supposed to feel sorry for the poor, bored, pampered princess when it’s clearly shown that there are children starving in Agrabah.
  2. Yzma, Everything About Yzma – What fevered nightmare did Yzma come out of? Seriously, the animators who came up with her were deranged. Let’s forget for a moment that we are supposed to be enlightened enough now that we don’t believe that evil people are ugly. (Remember in 1991 when Beauty and the Beast broke this mold wide open? Well The Emperor’s New Groove came out nine years later in 2000.) Yzma is one of Disney’s most cringe inducing characters ever. We watched it again the other night, and I can’t believe she ever made it on screen. I am totally creepified by her.
  3. What do Mermaids eat? – Are we really suppose to believe that all merfolk are vegetarians? And yes, yes, I know that this argument has been made before. In fact, it’s probably the number one thing people bring up about the little mermaid (beside the fact that Ariel could have written Eric a letter explaining her temporary muteness.) Pretty much the ocean food chain is that big things eat smaller things. Yet King Triton puts down humans as “those fish-eaters.” As puts it, “However, in the real world, nearly all sea life feeds on … other sea life. So what’s on the menu in Triton’s kingdom? Perhaps lots of slime and plankton, or other things too horrifying to imagine.”
  4. Why did they make a Hunchback of Notre Dame kids movie? –  I have read the Hunchback of Notre Dame and at no time while reading it did I ever think, “They should make a kids movie out of this.” In fact, I refuse to watch the movie. Seriously they made a kids movie out of a book where everyone dies horrifically and there is no justice what-so-ever. Sorry, Disney no happy endings here. In fact, that might even be the point.
  5. The Prince doesn’t remember the color of Cinderella’s hair? –  I’m not the first to point this out, but it seems odd that his man servant had to try the glass slipper on every maiden in the kingdom. Could he have a least told him, “She has strawberry blonde hair.”? I mean come on.

So that’s my list. Do you have any Disney rants? Please share them in the comments and leave me a link to your Top Ten Tues post.

Top 10 Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday #33

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

Top 10 Fall TBRSeptember 19, 2017Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Well this is super easy. I’m currently participating in the Shattered Worlds Read Along which goes until November 13th, so basically my fall TBR IS the novels in Shattered Worlds (and my $5 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway is still going on so make sure you go to the Shattered Worlds post and follow the instructions there to enter.)

These book are listed in my order of interest in them.

Ten Books from My Fall TBR aka Shattered World Boxed Set

  1. SLAYER by Armitage & Culican
    Destined to slay dragons, Julianna embarks on a war centuries old. With her magic goblin sword in hand and a dragon in her sights, the world as she knows it will never be the same.
  2. PRISON OF STATUES by Ainsley Shay 
    Iris lives in a colorless world… until the nightmares begin.
  3. THE CLOCKWORK WAR by Katy Haye
    Win the war. Go home. If only it were that easy.
  4. THE MAGIC OR THE RULERSHIP by Emily Martha Sorensen 
    Okay, magic’s forbidden. But they’re not serious about that death penalty, are they?
  5. THE PERILOUS IN-BETWEEN by Cortney Pearson 
    Even the sky has secrets.
  6. ARV-3 by Cameo Renae  
    Thirteen years after the government fails to avert a global disaster, Abigail Park and her family emerge from their underground bunker to discover the world isn’t as safe as they had hoped.
  7. CURSE BREAKER by Audrey Grey 
    The mortal kingdoms are falling. An ancient Curse creeps closer. From the shadows, a dark Queen watches, waiting to mobilize her army. And the fate of the realm rests in the hands of one rebellious mortal girl . . .
  8. THE SCOURGE by A.G. Henley
    She always knew this day would come, the day she faced the Scourge alone.
  9. SEA SO BLUE by Nichole Giles 
    Can a human meant for the deep blue sea, and a merman determined to leave his heart ashore find a way to be together?
  10. THE PERILOUS IN-BETWEEN by Cortney Pearson 
    Even the sky has secrets.


Top 10 Books of Ten Years Ago

Top Ten Tuesday #32

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

Top 10 Books of Ten Years AgoSeptember 12, 2017 TopicThrowback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved 10 Years Ago!

I’ve been reviewing books since 2006, and posting those reviews on what ever blog platform I was using at the time (Open Diary or Myspace anyone?) Luckily I have done the work of moving my reviews with me to each new blog. So it’s easy for me to look back at 2007 and see what books I read that year that I really loved. (There might be a few from 2006 too.)

Ten Books I Loved 10 Years Ago!

    1. Wuthering Heights – Still gives me chills. Because of the way it’s written it may be hard for some readers to get into, but this is one of the most haunting stories I’ve ever read.
    2. Dream Thief – My favorite book, pretty much ever. I think I’m close to having read it a dozen times. Science fiction by Stephen R Lawhead, and really good science fiction at that.
    3. The Book of Three – If you like fantasy and YA and haven’t read the Chronicles of Prydain you are missing out. These book are really unsung classics.
    4. The Lathe of Heaven – A very tripy story about a guy whose dreams shape reality. and the force trying to shape those dreams.
    5. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – One of the best Christmas stories (aside from the one with the real baby Jesus.) It’s short enough you could read it every year just for all the feels.
    6. Fahrenheit 451 – Every book lover need to read this book. I feel almost ashamed that it took me until 2006 to read it.
    7. The Witch of Blackbird Pond – A great coming of age/fish out of water tale.
    8. Island of the Blue Dolphins – Having read this as a child I was skeptical of reading it as an adult, but it won me over again.
    9. The Cross and the Switchblade – One of the most powerful true stories I’ve ever read.
    10. Enders Game – Science fiction masterpiece. Skip the movie the wow factor is in the book.

Top Ten Tuesday #31

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

July 11, 2017 TopicTop Ten Books I’d Want On A Deserted Island!

The gals over at the Broke and the Bookish are taking the summer off, but I figured I would use the time to post on a TTT topic I haven’t done yet. Besides, who hasn’t thought about the books they’d want on a deserted  island? And since I probably couldn’t bring my Kindle and all the books on it, cause you know battery life… here are my picks.


Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Deserted Island!

  1. The Bible – for the encouragement and hope.
  2. SAS Survival Handbook – for the practical advice.
  3. Foraging – seems smart to have a book like this with you on a deserted island.
  4. War and Peace – because it’s been on my TBR forever and this is pretty much the only way it’s going to get read.
  5. Where the Sidewalk Ends – cause I’d need a poetry book, but not one that took itself too serious.
  6. Celebration of Discipline – because I would have time on my hands, and this would help fill it.
  7. The Allan Quatermain Series – for the entertainment.
  8. The Great Library Book Series – also for entertainment and because it’s a series I’ve been meaning to read.
  9. National Geographic People of the World – so I wouldn’t feel so alone, or so that I could at least remember what other people looked like.
  10. The Potpourrific Great Big Grab Bag of Get Fuzzy – for the laughs.

That’s my list. Did I miss anything obvious? (I purposely didn’t put the Complete Shakespeare on this list because I’ve already read so much by him and I think I’d want to read new material. Also no complete Jane Austin because frankly she’s not my style.)

Top Ten Tuesday #30

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

June 20, 2017 Topic: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t (topic originally done March 2013) — anyone else have a mile long list of series to start like I do??

Yes! Oh man, I have so many series I want to start reading and so little time to read them all. I’m going to limit myself to ten for this list though. Because seriously there are so many good series out there….

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start

  1. The Lunar Chronicles – A Sci-fi fairy tale retelling with cyber punk elements. This one sounds totally right up my alley. I’ll still surprised I haven’t read it yet.
  2. The Grisha Trilogy – I just finished reading Six of Crows for a summer book club and LOVED IT. I can’t believe that was my first introduction to Leigh Bardugo, and I can’t wait to read more books by her.
  3. The Maze Runner – My friends are split on this dystopian YA series. But it sounds right up my alley, so I want to give it a shot.
  4. Lorien Legacies – I Am Number Four has been on my TBR for a loooong time. But again people are really split on it, and since Micheal Bay raves about it I wasn’t quite sure I’d like it. Maybe it’s time to give it a chance though.
  5. Peter and the Starcatchers – My sister raves about these books, and I believe she’s read the whole series to my nephew.  I have always been a big fan of Peter Pan and Neverland, and Dave Barry is a good writer too.
  6. Leviathan – As a fan of steam punk this has been on my TBR for a while, but I didn’t jump right on it because of Scott Westerfeld’s repetitiveness in the Uglies series. (I loved Uglies, but the fact that the plot kinda gets recycled in each following book soured me.) However a lot of my friends on Goodreads rave about Leviathan.
  7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians – I finally got my hand on a copy of The Lightning Thief, so maybe I will start this series soon. Again, it sounds right up my alley with Greek mythology and YA fantasy. (I haven’t watched the movies yet, but anything that Nathan Fillion is in can’t be half bad.)
  8. The Royal Circle – As a Historical Impersonator of Queen Anne Boleyn Tarnish has long been on my radar. The historical fiction books set in the Tudor court sound really good, even if they are not very accurate.
  9. The Great Library – It’s no secret that I love libraries. So a fantasy series centered around the idea that the Great Library of Alexandria surviving is interesting to say the least.
  10. Kingfountain – I keep hearing good things about this series (and the covers are amazing.) A dash of fantasy, mystery and a young Ender like main character on top of tons of great reviews makes this series sound more and more appealing.

Have you read of any these series? If I was going to start one tomorrow which one would you suggest I choose?

Top Ten Tuesday #29

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

June 13, 2017: Father’s Day related Freebiefavorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.

My dad was the one to introduce me to comedy in book form. Mostly that was through the work of author Patrick F McManus and newspaper syndicate Dave Berry. In fact, he probably won’t claim you as a relative unless you get some entertainment out of McManus. (When he was here last fall he picked up one of my books and read a few chapters one evening, and even though he’s probably read it half a dozen times, he was still laughing so hard he had tears rolling down his face.) But then again most of my family is of the hunting, fishing, farming outdoorsy type, and you kinda have to be to get the humor in those books.

So if you enjoy the great outdoors and like a good full belly laugh here are … (in no special order.)

Top 10 Patrick F McManus Book

  1. A Fine and Pleasant Misery
  2. They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They?
  3. Never Sniff A Gift Fish
  4. The Grasshopper Trap
  5. The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw
  6. Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink!
  7. The Good Samaritan Strikes Again
  8. How I Got This Way
  9. Rubber Legs and White Tail-Hairs
  10. The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories

This ones for you dad!

How about you? Do you enjoy and comedy/humor authors? Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday #28

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

June 6, 2017:  10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR ListI want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!

I have a whole bunch of collections waiting for me on my Kindle… I’m sure I’m not alone in this. One of the unique thing about Kindle is the number of book collections they have. Whether its a complete series or a collection of books my several authors, it’s easy to get your hands on a large stack of Kindle book very quickly.

Top 10 Book Collections for Kindle

  1. The Dragon Chronicles – Dragons. They are more than a memory from an age of wizards and heroes. These winged, fire-breathing beasts soar through the traditions of many lands, and through our dreams. In their many guises – Western or Eastern, reptile or lizard or serpent, wyvern, hydra, basilisk – dragons embody everything that we humans call magic.In this volume of the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles’ anthology series, twelve authors invite you to journey to very different worlds – lands of fire and fury, of legend and lore – but all worlds where dragons roam unshackled from myth, freed from the imagination, and real.

I got this collection because well dragons, and it has stories by several authors I enjoy, like Daniel Arenson.

  1. Shattered Worlds – Escape into twenty-three epic worlds that will leave you breathless.From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

I raved about this one last week, because it’s 23 stories for .99 cents! Dystopian, steampunk and fantasy are all right in my wheel house so, yes, I pre-purchased it.

  1. Dominion Rising – Find the Science Fiction and Fantasy reads you’ve been craving! Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairytales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 22 all-new full-length novels set in fantastical realms.Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction.

I saw this advertise in one of the many author emails I get as, “Spaceship or unicorn. Why not both?” And again it was .99 cents.

  1. The Great Iron War – The first three books in the Great Iron War steampunk dystopian fantasy series, collected together in a digital box set for the first time.In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Oh my! Steampunk and dystopian and did you read that description? Why am I not reading this right now?

    1. Legends: Fifteen Tales of Sword and Sorcery – Seventeen New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors bring you fifteen epic tales of Sword and Sorcery. LEGENDS is a ONE TIME ONLY limited bundle with over a million words of fantasy reading including original, never released stories from bestselling authors Nick Webb and K.F. Breene. Immerse yourself in captivating worlds and kingdoms where fearless warriors quest, powerful sorcerers battle fiery dragons, and humble peasants rise from poverty to riches.

For some reason I can’t find this collection on Amazon any more, and though it is in my order history. Again a collection of fantasy novels for .99 cents.

  1. Galactic Empires: Eight Novels of Deep Space Adventure – Eight full-length novels of adventure, war, intrigue and survival in the far reaches of space.

I think this set is free right now. Saving this one for a trip, like I have to wait for an airplane, and sci-fi will keep me busy.

  1. The Healers of Meligna Series Boxed Set – A three novel digital boxed set containing over 300,000 words of page-turning, fantasy reading. There will be 5 books in total for the Healers of Meligna series. Adenine is blind and isolated in her small attic bedroom. Haunted by the recent deaths of her uncle and father, she is alone and afraid. Believing she is a carrier of the incurable Death Plague that ravished the lands twenty-five years ago, she never goes outside…

Sounds soooo good! I’ve got to find time to read this set.

  1. Courtlight Series Boxed Set – This THREE NOVEL DIGITAL BOX SET – The Courtlight Series Book 1-3 (Sworn To Raise, Sworn To Transfer, Sworn To Conflict) – is over 800 pages (230,000 words). Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder–intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

This one is free for Kindle right now. An epic fantasy story that sounds pretty good.

  1. Fire and Fantasy – Mystical Lands. Epic Adventure. Enchanting Characters.FIRE & FANTASY will have your imagination soaring as you charge headfirst into this enchanting collection of 20+ brand new and existing fantasy reads packed with daring quests, bewitching legends, and dark magic!

I don’t have this one yet, but it’s only .99 cents and very tempting.

  1. The Lunar Chronicles – Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…

Why haven’t I read the Lunar Chronicles yet? I don’t know, but I need to!


That’s my ten for this Tuesday. Leave me a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments below.

Top Ten Tuesday #27

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

May 30: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

I’m not too good at following new releases. Part of this is because I’m so buried under a huge TBR stack that I hide from new releases, for fear that the TBR monster would get out of control. 🙂

There are a few book I am looking forward to though…

Top Ten Nine Second Half 2017 Releases

  1. The 13th Gate by Kat Ross – Release Date June 26, 2017. 

Winter 1888.

At an asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night. His distraught keepers summon the Lady Vivienne Cumberland—who’s interviewed their patient and isn’t sure he’s a man at all. An enigmatic woman who guards her own secrets closely, Lady Vivienne knows a creature from the shadowlands when she sees one. And he’s the most dangerous she’s ever encountered.

As Jack rampages through London, this time targeting rare book collectors, Lady Vivienne begins to suspect what he’s looking for. And if he finds it, the doors to the underworld will be thrown wide open…

Across the Atlantic, an archaeologist is brutally murdered after a Christmas Eve gala at the American Museum of Natural History. Certain peculiar aspects of the crime attract the interest of the Society for Psychical Research and its newest investigator, Harrison Fearing Pell. Is Dr. Julius Sabelline’s death related to his recent dig in Alexandria? Or is the motive something darker?

As Harry uncovers troubling connections to a serial murder case she’d believed was definitively solved, two mysteries converge amid the grit and glamor of Gilded Age New York. Harry and Lady Vivienne must join forces to stop an ancient evil. The key is something called the Thirteenth Gate. But where is it? And more importantly, who will find it first?

  1. New Series by Stephen R Lawhead – Release Date Unknown.Stephen R Lawhead

He dropped this hint on his Facebook page: “As some of you may know, I’ve been working on a new project for quite some time. While I can’t relate any details just yet, I can tell you that it’s a trilogy, and I’m happy to report that the first two books are written. I’m deep into book three now and hope to have a publishing date nailed down very soon.

In the meantime, here is a hint: a photo of some of the research reading I’ve been doing.”

  1. Kingkiller Chronicle #3 by Patrick Rothfuss – Release Date Unknown.
  2. Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse by by Chris Roberson and Joss Whedon – Release Date August 8, 2017.

Tough times haven’t ended for Mal Reynolds and his crew aboard the Serenity. When a call for help to find a missing friend takes them to an Alliance post on the Outer Rim, they encounter a new force building strength to fight the battle of the Browncoats–soon leading the crewmembers to question their individual values . . . Discovering that their friend is in Alliance custody and that an Alliance Operative is on the way, Mal concentrates his energy on the problem at hand and strikes an uneasy partnership for a daring rescue. But this is only the beginning of the story. Success will be when the Serenity’s crew makes it off this planet alive and all accounted for . . .

  1. Roar by Cora Carmack – Release Date June 13, 2017.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

  1. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana – Release Date July 18, 2017.

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on one another. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

  1. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – Release Date July 18, 2017.

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

  1. Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines #1) by Philip Reeve – Release Date Now.

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities!

London is hunting again. Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed.

In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage–and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

  1. Shattered Worlds by 23 Different Authors – Release Date August 8, 2017.

Escape into twenty-three epic worlds that will leave you breathless.

From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

This unique Young Adult/New Adult collection, inspired by the creative minds of today’s New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors, promises to satisfy your cravings for action and adventure as you experience rune magic and time-travel, overthrow corrupt governments, meet reapers and aliens, battle dragons, fall hopelessly in love, and break ancient curses, right alongside some of the bravest characters in fantasy fiction!

Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can’t be found anywhere else.

There they are nine book that I’m looking forward too that will be coming out in the second half of 2017. Are you looking forward to any new releases? Let me know in the comments.

Also seriously go get Shattered Worlds, it’s only 99 cents for 23 books!

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Top Ten Tuesday #26

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

May 23, 2017: Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

Summer reads is always a hard one for me. I’m not really a “beach reads” kind of person. I don’t get the summer off, so it’s not like I can go on a reading blitz. Plus summer is hot and icky. I’m much more of an autumn girl.

But since we are going to have the big solar eclipse here in Oregon this summer. (What’s the big deal about a total solar eclipse in Oregon?) I thought I’d dig through my books to find 10 books with the sun (or a sun) on the cover.

Ten Books I Own With the Sun on The Cover

  1. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres – This book was on the assigned reading list for a college class. However, I never finished it. In fact, no one in the class did. Even the professor admitted he couldn’t get through it.On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
  2. Perseus Spur – This is on my TBR shelf, we got it at the library book sale a few years back. (I have to admit that sometimes I go over board when it come to their end of the sale $5 book bag. As in I’ve heard of this author, throw it in the bag.)Perseus Spur
  3. Galaxies Like Grains of Sand – I really want to read this one, but just keep forgetting about it. Both my husband and I loved Aldiss’ The Long Afternoon of Earth.Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
  4. Hyperion – I very weird sort of book… like aSci-fi Canterbury Tales.Hyperion
  5. Neutron Star – This may not actually be a star, but possible a Ringworld on fire. Still “star” is in the title.Neutron Star
  6. Rockets in Ursa Major – My husband collects these old Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle books. Classic sci-fi has such cool covers.Rockets in Ursa Major
  7. The Lord of Chaos – My go-to writer for when I feel a need for a quick and cheesy fantasy. This is the only title of her left on my TBR. (BTW: I love the cloud hands grabbing for the sun.)The Lord of Chaos
  8. Seven Steps to the Sun – More Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle. Really crazy mind-bending cover.Seven Steps to the Sun
  9. Space Dictionary for Kids – I had to include this one 🙂 It’s a really great resource if you want to teach your kids about space. In fact, you might want to pick up a copy before the Aug 21st eclipse.Space Dictionary for Kids
  10. What’s This? A Seeds Story – Mostly including this one because it was our latest pickup. We went to a multi-cultural fair this weekend and there was a independant book seller there.What's This? A Seeds Story

Ok there you have it, I found 10 books with the sun on the cover. Will the eclipse be visible from where you live? If so do you have plans to watch it? What’s on your summer reading list? Let me know in the comments.

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