Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

While I’ve got more books lined up to read than I can keep track of, I’ve decided to limit this list to titles being released this summer.

1. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
I was lucky enough to win this in a content recently and am currently waiting for it to show up in my mailbox. I’ve heard lots of reviewers have loved this one, and just have many have been disappointed. At the very least, I’m excited to revisit with Katsa and Po.
2. Lothaire by Kresley Cole
I’ve been waiting for months for this one to be released in trade paperback. I love it when former villains are transformed into (anti)heroes, and Lothaire’s story has been a long time coming.
3. This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
I’ve never read anything by Summers before, but based on the stellar reviews I’ve read for this contemporary/zombie apocalypse hybrid, I might as well start with this one.
4. Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
I adore nearly every character Frost creates, and Vlad is no exception. Early reviews for this one have been raving; some have even proclaimed it her best work to date. I can’t imagine what could possibly upstage Bones, so to say I’m excited for this release is a gross understatement.
5. Fever Moon by Karen Marie Moning
I’m not a huge graphic novel fan, especially when the treatment is applied to a beloved book series. I prefer to imagine the characters’ visages myself, minus the standard comic book caricatures. However, I’m giving this one a pass,  because it’s an original Mac and Barrons story.
6. Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong
I admit- I haven’t read the last two books in the Women of the Otherworld series. The witches have never been my favorite protagonists, and Savannah in particular has failed to capture my interest in previous installments. From what I’ve read, she hasn’t matured all that much even as the main narrator. However, given that this is the final book in the series and all my favorite characters (read: Clay and Elena) are scheduled to appear for a big showdown, it’s probably time I caught up.
7. Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
I’m not sure whether to be delighted or dismayed that two of my most anticipated releases happen to be spinoffs of favorite series (see Once Burned above). Andrea’s story is sure to be as high-octane as Kate’s usually are, and I’m anticipating some major development concerning a certain Bouda shapeshifter.
8. Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh
While I had plenty of criticisms to level at its predecessor, Nevermore, I can’t deny that I’m on pins and needles to see how the unexpected fallout of events plays out.
9. Endgame by Ann Aguirre
It’s been a long, tough road for Sirantha Jax, and I’m expecting nothing less than heartbreak in this final installment of the series. I can’t be the only one hoping that the endgame is in fact Sirantha and Vel, can I?
10. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
There must be something in the water down under, because nearly every Aussie young adult contemporary in recent years has far outshone its peers. I’ve been waiting for this one to get its American release for ages.

Showcase Sunday

Showcase Sunday is a meme created by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  • Eragon & Eldest by Christopher Paolini
  • Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
  • Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
  • Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart
  • Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
  • The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart
  • This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
 
  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  • The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Gifted

  • Bitten by Kelley Armstrong First Edition Hardcover

For Review

 

  • The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (from NetGalley)
  • What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor (from NetGalley)

Won

  • Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral plus $25 iTunes giftcard (Thanks to Liz at Being Geek Chic and Razorbill Publishers)

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • Pegasus by Robin McKinley
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsay
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  • One Day by David Nicholls
  • The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  • Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
  • Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
  • The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
  • Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr

For Review

  • World on Fire by Hayley B. James (from NetGalley)
  • The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson (from NetGalley)
  • Firelight by Kristen Callihan (from NetGalley)
  • Beauty in the Beast by Christine Danse (from NetGalley)
  • Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (from NetGalley)

Received

  • Disillusionists trading cards (thanks to Carolyn Crane!)
  • Wild & Steamy Anthology by Meljean Brook, Jill Myles, and Carolyn Crane
  • Thief! by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Eddis by Megan Whalen Turner

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
  • What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
  • The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Received

  • Devil’s Luck by Carolyn Crane

“Waiting On” Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a meme created at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we can’t wait to read.

This week I can’t wait for Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong.

Here’s the summary, taken from Amazon:

It’s been more than ten years, a dozen installments, and hundreds of

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

thousands of copies since Kelley Armstrong introduced readers to the all-too-real denizens of the Otherworld: witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons, among others. And it’s all been leading toThirteen, the final installment, the novel that brings all of these stories to a stunning conclusion.

A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he’s fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it’s more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.

Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-notforgotten characters in one epic battle, Thirteen is a grand, crowd-pleasing closer for Armstrong’s legions of fans.

Since my “Waiting On” post last week featured the penultimate book in this series, it seemed only fitting to showcase the upcoming final book in Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series this week. I’ll be sad to say goodbye to so many characters I’ve come to love, but I’m sure Armstrong will leave readers with a satisfying conclusion.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a meme created at Book Journey to catalogue everything read in the past week, what you’re working on now, and what you hope to get to in the coming week.

The Past Week

Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

Hidden by Kelley Armstrong

Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews

I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block

 Reading Now

Beastly by Alex Flinn

 The Week Ahead

An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at A Few More Pages designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

This weekend I’m reading Hidden by Kelley Armstrong.

Hidden by Kelley Armstrong

“‘There’s a werewolf in the forest.”

Peyton’s big sister, Piper, looked up from her homework.

“What?””

Clay and Elena are one of the best couples in UF, and the Women of the Otherworld series one of the best for worldbuilding. I’m glad Armstrong gave us one more story with this central pairing before the series is finished up this year.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

Hiking through the snow, holiday baking and playing board games by the fire – what’s not to love about an old-fashioned family Christmas?

Werewolves Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers want to give their four-year-old twins, Kate and Logan, something their parents never had: a nice, normal holiday. No Pack responsibilities, no homicidal half-demons or power-hungry sorcerers to deal with – just the four of them, alone, at a chalet outside Ontario’s Algonquin Park.

Then a strange werewolf shows up at their door…while the town is buzzing about a young man, back from college, found half-eaten in the woods. And there’s the missing little girl …

With all the signs pointing to a rogue mutt with a taste for human flesh, Elena and Clay have no choice but to investigate. But are they the hunters – or the hunted?

“Waiting On” Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a meme created at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we can’t wait to read.

This week I’m anticipating the paperback release of Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she’s powerless to help

Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong

herself. At the conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would help a young girl. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise.And now, witch hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Spell Bound gathers Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, and others, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.

I’ve never been the biggest fan of Savannah, so I’ve yet to read either Waking the Witch or Spellbound, both of which are told from her point of view. Given the fact that these last books in the Women of the Otherworld series seem to comprise one overarching story (complete with cliffhangers) as opposed to the self-contained novels that have previously characterized the series, I was even less inclined to seek out Savannah’s books. However, since the series is drawing to a close (and presumably will feature appearances from my favorite characters in the next book), it’s probably time that I caught up.

The paperback will be released on June 26, 2012.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is:

Any books you’re hoping to get for the holidays this year?

How about giving? Are you giving any good ones?

I can't wait to see how Clay and Elena's story winds down.

On the off chance that the recipients actually decide to read my blog today, I’m not at liberty to discuss the books I’m gifting this year, but suffice it to say that of course I’m handing out the odd novel here or there. The real question is, how many did I constrain myself to?

In terms of receiving books, I had a birthday not too long ago and, as per usual, my family asked for my current TBR list as inspiration. I suspect they used up most of their book options for my birthday, but I’m still holding out hope for a few stragglers. I know for a fact that I will be receiving A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley and Hidden by Kelley Armstrong, though the latter is not released until after Christmas.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings 

1. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley

Crowley’s Graffiti Moon is one of my most anticipated reads for the coming year, so I’d like to get a taste for her writing style. This one sounds lovely and has garnered some great reviews.

2. Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series is one of my favorites, despite my slight aversion to science fiction. If there’s any author who can sell me on the young adult dystopian genre, I trust Aguirre to do it.

3. A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

I’m a sucker for fairy tale adaptations, and this take on Sleeping Beauty (set in the future) intrigues me, despite mixed reviews.

4. Hidden by Kelley Armstrong

Technically, I’d best hope for this one as a New Year’s present, since it doesn’t release until after Christmas. While I’ll be sorry to say goodbye to Clay and Elena, I can’t wait to see what trouble Armstrong stirs up for them this time around.

5. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

So far, this is the only Marchetta book to elude me. While the fact that it was her debut novel makes me a little wary that it won’t stand up to the brilliance of her other works, I have no doubt that even a lackluster Marchetta book will be stunning.

6. Underdogs by Markus Zusak

I’ve avoided reading this series until now simply because none but the last had been published in America. Now that the entire series is available in an omnibus edition, there’s nothing stopping me from seeking out this story, particularly as I tend to love tales focused on the convoluted relationships between brothers.

7. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Though I’ve not read anything by Johnson before, this title seems to be generating positive reviews in the blogosphere. The premise seems unusual enough that I hope it can breathe some new life into the young adult paranormal genre.

8. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

I devoured the first three books in this series. Though I’m sad that the fourth does not appear to focus on Gen, I’ll gladly venture back into Turner’s world to see how Sophos is faring.

9. Requiem for the Devil by Jeri Smith-Ready

I’ve been searching for this title for years now. While I disliked Wicked Game, the only Smith-Ready novel that I’ve read, the premise of a love story between an average woman and the devil is too intriguing for me to ignore. Unfortunately, until I can finally track down a copy, I will have to wait to see if I remain averse to Smith-Ready’s writing or if my previous impression was a fluke.

10. Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill

Once I find a copy of this book, I can finally, finally, start the Chicagoland Vampires series. Although, judging by the reviews circulating on goodreads, it might behoove me to wait just a little longer until certain plot threads are resolved. One of the benefits to being a spoiler-hound is that I can sometimes avoid the heartaches of following an author’s whims until things have been mended, else I would go insane from waiting for the next installment.