Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
This week’s theme is Top 10 Books Favorite Releases of 2016. This is an awesome topic which will include some books I’ve finished reading and others that I’m currently (or hopefully soon will be) reading.
1. A Study in Charlotte 
A Study in Charlotte
2. In The Hope of Memories 
In Hope of Memories
3. The Siren
The Siren
4. The Curse of the Bruel Coven
The Curse of the Bruel Coven
5. The Glass Sword
Glass Sword
6. Everland
Everland
7. Replica 
Replica
8. My Lady Jane
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9. A Torch Against the Night 
A Torch Against the Night
10. Salt to the Sea
Salt to the Sea
What are you favorite reads of the year? Anything you’re still looking forward to?
XOXO,
Mary
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Summer TBR

So I am totally a mood reader thus making it hard for me to put together a reading pile for one month. So I’ve decided to do seasonal reading lists that way it gives me three months to get through the titles. Plus I’m trying to experiment more with reading multiple titles at the same time. So without further ado here is my summer reading list:

In Hope of MemoriesA Torch Against the NightWe Own the NightThe Curse of the Bruel CovenThe Square Root of SummerThe Unexpected Everything

Most of these are from Top Ten Beach Reads List so yeah I kind of need to read them during this 3 month period lol.

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Yes you are seeing Replica on my list even though it doesn’t come out til October I was able to score an ARC (I’m still hyperventilating over that). And yes I still haven’t finished ACOTAR but not because I’m not enjoying it I’m just really taking my time. Depending on how the summer goes I might throw the sequel onto this list otherwise it will be one of the first reads for the fall.

So has anyone tried a system like this where you don’t really commit to specific books for the month? So what should I start reading next?

XOXO,
Mary

The Book Sacrifice Tag

Thank you so much to Giovannard for tagging me for The Book Sacrifice Tag! I’m super excited to do this!

1. AN OVER-HYPED BOOK: 

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. I don’t get it there’s nothing sexy or romantic or even likable about anyone in this book plus it’s based off a Twilight fan-fiction which is another series I can’t get into at all.

2. A SEQUEL:

Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

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Please don’t hate me for this. Typically when I read the first book of a series and I decide to continue with it I very rarely find that I dislike anything about the sequels. So even though I’m putting a Potter book which is blasphemous I know this is the only one I could think of. I just wasn’t digging the whole time travel thing and I hated meeting Sirius only to have Harry not be with him over the summer.

3. A CLASSIC:

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

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Buh-Bye Of Mice and Men ugh just thinking about this book gives me chills and not the good kind. I pretty much everything by Steinbeck but this one really takes the cake.

4. A LEAST FAVORITE BOOK:

Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

Cinder

Hmm this is kind of tough but I’m gonna have to say Cinder by Marissa Meyer (please don’t hate me). I just could not get into this story at all it was too far-fetched for me and I love fairy tales and re-tellings but this just didn’t work for me. I’ve heard the series gets better but I don’t know if I’m gonna try it. I’m still looking forward to Heartless though because I think she’s a good writer the story just didn’t click with me.

So there you have it my Book Sacrifice Tag. Thank you again to Giovannard for tagging me and now I tag anyone who wants to do this just leave me or a comment. Or if you’ve already done leave me a comment as well because I definitely want to check it out. 

XOXO,
Mary

Exciting News!

So I am super excited to let everyone know that I have had two authors reach out to me to review their books!!! I never thought in a million years that would happen to me I am so excited. So I’m gonna have to shuffle around my TBR pile and probably put some of the stuff I’m currently reading on the back burner. Let me introduce the two new books that have just gone to the top of my reading pile.

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This book by David Meredith looks at what happens after Happily Ever After. Here we find Snow on the eve of her daughter, Raven’s, wedding. Sadly this event is not a happy one for Snow as she is still mourning the loss of her own Prince Charming. I am really excited to read this because I adore fairy tale retellings and twists so I can’t wait for my e-reader to charge so I can get to reading this.

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Ok first can we just fangirl over this cover? Omg I love love love it!!! It’s amazing and intricate and just the perfect amount of color. Ok now that I got that out of my system let’s get into the plot. This book follows teen Vivienne as she discovers she’s not quite the ordinary girl she’s been brought up to believe she is. In fact she is adopted and just like her birth mother she is a witch. When her birth mother goes missing Vivienne must tap into her power to save herself and her mom. This is the first book in a new series.

So, basically my e-reader cannot charge fast enough. And I have work tonight ugh. At least I can get some reading in during my break.

Book Review: The Siren

The Siren
The Siren
Kiera Cass
Hardcover republished 2016
Available Here

“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

The Good: 

-Kahlen was an interesting and sympathetic character. I think her feelings were a little too insta-love considering how little we actually see Akinli but overall I thought she was an interesting MC
-The Ocean was by far the most interesting character. Was she the villain? I don’t know maybe she falls more into the antihero category. Regardless her presence was very welcomed and definitely moved the plot.
-In general the supporting characters were well-built and interesting. I would read more stories about sirens if they were told from any of Kahlen’s sisters.
-I really enjoyed seeing sirens interact in the modern world since every story I’ve read about them is set in the past. I think Cass came up with clever ways to have the be part of society while still being out the outskirts.

The Bad:

-I would have liked more build up the Kahlen and Akinli’s relationship. I understand that they were soulmates but there was still much needed development.
-There was a lot of whining in the middle. Kahlen was just really really annoying during that section. Again I understand why but I felt like it could have possibly be written differently.

The Rating:
4 stars 

This was a quick enjoyable read. I really enjoyed learning more about sirens and getting to feel a part of the sisterhood. The characters were well-written and it was easy to focus on them since there wasn’t much of a need for world building. If you’re in the mood for a nice romance I would definitely recommend it. I thought overall the story was very well written and I found myself laughing and crying which is a good sign for me.

What are you reading this weekend? 

XOXO,
Mary

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

Last Week:

This was an OK week for reading. I was in a really romantic mood and finished The Siren by Kiera Cass in one sitting! So expect a review for that later on this week. I will also note that this is a rewrite so if you’ve read the book previously Cass has since made a great deal of changes. I can’t comment on that though because I’ve never read it.

The Siren

I also attempted I’ll Give You the Sun. I was hoping to change up my current run of fantasy but sadly I cannot get into this book at all. It relies a little too heavily on metaphor and the characters just aren’t that interesting or realistic. Maybe I’ll try reading it again but it’s most likely going in the DNF pile which is incredibly upsetting because it has a 4 star rating on GoodReads.

I'll Give You the Sun

This Week:

For this week my goal is to start A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Mass it’s a pretty hefty title and with my work schedule I’m not sure I’ll finish it this week but I’ll try.

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I’m also gonna read Glass Sword even though I kind of don’t want to because I don’t want to wait a whole year to find out what happens in the next book but I need more Mare and Cal (and let’s be honest Maven too).

Glass Sword

I think tomorrow I’ll take a trip to Barnes and Noble and pick out something new. In case you didn’t know this the biggest titles always come out on Tuesday. These are the titles that are either by well-established  authors or the new releases that the publishers have a lot of faith in. Last week was huge for new young adult titles so I’m sure between last week and tomorrow I’ll find a book I want. I also need to get the rest of The Selection series.

So hopefully this week will go better in terms of reading. What are your plans for reading this week?

XOXO,
Mary

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I”d Love to Visit in Ten Years

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish comes one of my favorite weekly memes, Top Ten Tuesday.

Today’s topic is: Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults (i.e. a novella or something to see what they grew up to be) — you could always just pick YA characters you’ve read recently you wouldn’t mind revisiting in 10 years or so. Or you could pick 10 characters and guess what you think they’d be doing in 10 years or 20 years. OR you could go the other way and wish for coming of age stories for adult characters you love. 

1. Max from Where the Wild Things Are: I’ve been reading this one on a regular basis due to my 3 year old’s love of monsters and being a crank (like Max hahaha). I’m really curious to see how Max progresses through his teens and into adulthood.

2. The kids from The Boxcar Children:  Does anyone know what happened to them? I would love to pay them a visit and see if they’re still solving mysteries and how they moved into adulthood.

3. Jess and Elizabeth from Sweet Valley High:  Oh my god I loved these girls and I especially loved their mystery books. Who was your favorite Jess or Elizabeth? I think I’m more an Elizabeth but I def would not have dated Todd he was a bore.

4. Nobody Owens from The Graveyard Book:  Neil Gaiman is an amazing author who develops amazing characters and Nobody us no exception. I mean the kid grew up in a graveyard raised by a vampire, you don’t get much cooler than that!

5. Alice from Alice in Wonderland:  I can’t be the only one who has been dying to know what her life was like after traveling to Wonderland and then coming back here to our oh-so-boring world. Do you think she met Wendy and they were able to trade stories and become lifelong BFF’s (that’s what I’m hoping anyway).

6. The boys from Lord of the Flies:  They did some dastardly stuff on that island and I am fascinated to know what happened after, did they keep in touch? Go on to college? Form a cult? Who knows the possibilities are endless.

7. The Pevensie kids from The Chronicles of Narnia:  Edward was my hero (mainly because of the movies) and I want to know what him and the others are up to.

8. The ladies of Pretty Little Liars:  I know we sort of get a peak if you watch the tv show but I would love to know what Sara Shepard had in mind for them as adults.

9. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games:  I love love love the two of them (especially Peeta, totally swooning right now).And I want to know more about their babies, like what do you think their names are? I like to think their daughter is named Prim.

10.   Audrey from Finding Audrey:  As a sufferer from Generalized Anxiety disorder Audrey is my hero. And I would love to see how she does in college and “the real world” plus I like to think that her and Linus make beautiful babies and grow old together.

So there you have it the ten characters I would love to visit. Please let me know who you want to visit? Are there any adults you wish had a book out about their childhood?  I’m gonna have to think about that one….

Thanks for visiting!

XOXO,
Mary

Review: Wink, Poppy, Midnight

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Wink, Poppy, Midnight
April Genevieve Tucholke
Hardcover Pub. March 2016
Available Here

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

The Good:
-The writing. The writing definitely falls into the category of phenomenal.
-After it ends it stays with you. I found myself thinking about this for days (weeks) after finishing it
-The character of Poppy I love me a well-written villain, if she can even be considered the villain in this.
-Multiple view points. I love getting inside the heads of multiple characters and I think all 3 MC’s had very distinct voices so there was no chance of getting confused.

The Bad:
-There wasn’t much of a plot at least not until almost 2/3 through the book and by that point it’s almost too little too late
-I really enjoy character-driven books but we were a little beaten over the head with the same reveals about the characters like Poppy smells like jasmine and Wink has curly red hair and freckles
-I couldn’t stand Wink she annoyed me to no end. She just felt too unreal for me to really connect to. And I couldn’t figure out why Midnight was so impressed with her. Also, what was so amazing about Midnight?
-At the end I sort of felt myself wondering what exactly was the point of this?

Overall, this is a hard book to peg in any category. It’s sort of magical realism but not and it’s sort of a mystery but not. I think I would have enjoyed it significantly more had the action started earlier. We would have been given much stronger character arcs for all 3 characters and that would add to the reader engagement. I would definitely read more books by the author though because it mastery of words is just amazing. In the end, I am giving this title 3 stars.

Have you read this book? Are there any books that totally capture you based on the blurb and when you close the cover it sadly didn’t live up to your expectations?

XOXO,
Mary

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

Personally this week was great for reading.

I managed to devour Red Queen by Aveyard. I definitely should have moved that up on TBR pile I just loved it. I finished it at about 1:30am and immediately had to buy the second one for my nook (and the novellas but I’m not sure I’ll do a review of those). My review for this should be up sometime this week, I am still collecting my thoughts and going back over notes.

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I also finally finished The Selection by Kiera Cass. I don’t know what took so long to get through this. I enjoyed it but I guess I had to be in the right mood to really get into it. THis review will also be up later this week.

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For the current week my plan is to read:

I'll Give You the Sun

and

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What’s on your reading list this week and what did you finish up last week?

Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

Mary

Top Ten Tuesday

Description: Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and The Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week we were given a freebie Ten to choose anything Valentine’s Day related so I’m going to pick my ten favorite book couples (in no particular order)

1. Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley

I think their relationship is wonderful (more so in the books than the film). I love the way it evolved organically and how you got to see them grown not only as a couple but as individuals.

2. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger 

How could I mention Harry and Ginny and not talk about Ron and Hermione. I don’t remember when I really started to root for them as a couple (probably around book 4) but they were my favorite will they or won’t they couple. I really got nervous for them when Ron started dating Lavender but our favorite red-head and bookworm finally worked their feelings out for one another at the end of the series.

3.  Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet

This is the total swoon worthy couple. I loved their dislike at the beginning of the novel and couldn’t imagine them getting together but once they fought through their pride and prejudice they ended up being one of the greatest literary couples.

4. Susannah and Jesse 

The Mediator series was probably one of the first books that really introduced me to swoon worthy boys as a teen. And I am so excited that we have another book in this series coming out this year that (the first one in an adult line of the series) which is great because now I have another reason to reread this series.

5. Katniss and Peeta

I was on team Peeta since the moment we met him and even more so after learning about the whole bread incidence. I loved how he stood by Katniss even when she was unsure of her feelings and I was so happy when they both made it out alive and together.

6. Heathcliff and Catherine 

Even though this is one couple that didn’t work out I love their story and still get upset that they didn’t make it together (although there are hints that their children do make a relationship work so I guess I can be happy about that).

7. Gatsby and Daisy 

To be honest I am not a fan of this book but I did love the Gatsby and Daisy affair. I actually hated Daisy immensely but I did love the times where they were together and so clearly in love.

8. Kitty and Levin

I read Anna Karenina in high school and totally fell in love with Russian literature right then and there. My favorite character was Kitty she was so sweet and so real and I loved how she rejected his proposal the first time but then they gave it another shot and their love was reconciled.

 9. Jamie and Landon

This couple is the ultimate sad story. What starts off as simple tutoring sessions soon grows into a passionate love but because this is Nicholas Sparks they’re love has a sad tear inducing ending.

10. Buttercup and Wesley

Not only are they one of my favorite literary couples they are also one of my favorite movie couples. They went through so much to be with one another and you never doubted their love.

So, there you have it my ten favorite literary couples. Who are some of your favorite couples? Let me know in the comment section. And if you participated in this week’s Valentine’s theme post a link in the comments.

Xoxo,

Mary