“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.

Today I’m ecstatic to have found the gorgeous cover art for Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs.

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson’s life is calming down, at least enough that she can focus on mundane matters like Black Friday sales. But on her return, Mercy is unable to contact her mate, Alpha Adam Hauptman, or the other members of their pack. All she knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.

It’s been too long since the last time we got to visit Mercy, and judging by that blurb, oh how I hope we get to see more of Stefan!

This title is released on March 5, 2013.

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 Characters I would Switch Places with for 24 Hours

1. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Obviously, this series is my number one priority in terms of getting to live in it myself (my recent trip to the Wizarding World only strengthened my belief that Hogwarts would be the greatest place to live in the world). I see more of myself in Luna than in any of Rowling’s other characters (though Hermione is a close second), and if I had to stand in someone’s shoes for a day, I’d pick Luna hands-down. She’s smart, quirky, doesn’t care what others think, loves eccentric animals, has a brave sense of fashion, and just so happens to be a fellow Ravenclaw.
2. Kate Daniels from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Ever since I was a kid, I have wanted to be Buffy. She never fails to have a quippy comeback at the ready, and, more to the point, she kicks ass. But since I haven’t read a Buffy-related book since high school, I’ll have to get my vicarious fighting kicks through Kate instead. Having Curran by my side would only sweeten the deal.
3. Clare from The China Garden by Liz Berry
Ever since I first picked this book up in high school, I have longed to visit Ravensmere. If I were to trade places with Clare for the day, you’d be hard-pressed to tear me away from this gloriously quaint-sounding village.
4. Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Many will probably go with Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door, but for me, Anna is the girl I’d want to be (and be friends with once my twenty-four hours were up). I’ve never been out of the country, so spending a day in Paris with a great group of friends and one swoony male named Etienne sounds like heaven.
5. Amy from the Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund
I switched majors from journalism to geography in college, and I was never a part of the Greek life, so the Secret Society Girl series represents an intriguing peek into the college experience that I never had. Granted, my decisions were made intentionally, so I don’t regret never having been in a sorority or other society, but Peterfreund’s series made me wonder what it would be like nonetheless.
6. Penelope from Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Whenever I read a historical romance or one of the classics, I can’t help but ponder what life would have been like as a woman living amidst the restrictions imposed by society, class, and corsets. As unpleasant as many of the details seem, though, I’d like to experience it if only for a day. I’m bypassing classic heroines like Lizzie Bennett and my beloved Jane Eyre here and instead going with a more lighthearted take on the general era.
7. Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
Originally I was going to go with Elena from Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. Then I remembered the excruciating pain that Elena experiences during transformation as a werewolf, and I decided that if I were really going to get my fuzzy alternate persona on, I’d be better off as a shapeshifter.
8. Lily from Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Dressing in eccentric outfits, baking holiday cookies, browsing The Strand bookstore, and exchanging witty journal entry dares with a mysterious penpal…I’d trade places with Lily in a heartbeat.
9. Tish from Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson
This is yet another entry chosen solely for the opportunity to visit the wonderful world in which the story takes place. Sang sounds like an absolute trip, and one that I would gladly take.
10. Anyone from one of Sarah Addison Allen’s novels
I spent the better part of ten minutes trying to choose one of Allen’s novels, but I honestly cannot limit myself to only one. As a North Carolina resident, I could pretend that I do actually live amidst the subtle magic that winds itself throughout all of Allen’s narrative threads, but it’s simply not the same. None of the trees in my backyard throw enchanted apples at me, and the wallpaper doesn’t change to reflect my mood. I long to be a part of the quietly magical realm that Allen has created.

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 Favorite Covers

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

1. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

2. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

Looking for Alaska by John Green

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

5. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

6. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The Rift Walker by Clay and Susan Griffith

8. The Rift Walker by Clay and Susan Griffith

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

9. River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

10. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

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:

What’s more important to you? Real, three-dimensional, fleshed-out fascinating characters? Or an amazing, page-turning plot?

(Yes, I know, they are both important. But if you had to pick one as being more important than the other?

Just a few of the leading ladies of urban fantasy who keep me coming back for more: Kate Daniels, Toby Daye, Sirantha Jax, MacKayla Lane, Mercy Thompson, Cat Crawfield, Justine Jones, and Kitty Katt

I’ve already answered this exact question for a previous Musing Mondays meme, which can be seen here. I’ll repeat the answer I gave before.

 

I read for the characters. Half the time, I honestly don’t even care how novel or complex the plot is (or, often the case, is not). World-building is exciting and helps to draw me into the novel, but if the characters aren’t relatable or believable, I will likely jump ship. While many people probably find their literary cathartic relief through the experience of living another person’s trials and adventures, I live for absorbing the emotions of the story. An author finds a place on my auto-buy list when I can actually feel my stomach twist or my heart ache along with the character.

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: What book or author are you most thankful to have discovered? Have you read everything they’ve written? Reread them? Why do you appreciate them so much?

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow readers.

This question is nearly impossible to answer. It feels a bit like Sophie’s Choice. There are so many different routes I could take. I’m thankful to my mom for introducing me to Jane Eyre back in fourth grade, for it remains and will always be my favorite novel. Not a year goes by that I don’t reread it at least once and experience the thrill all over again. Yet I can’t say that Charlotte Bronte is my favorite author, nor that the classic gothic romance is my favorite genre, though I have read a fair amount of it in the works of Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney, and Mary Stewart.

I’m thankful to one of my friends for tipping me off to Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. Again, though, while I love Briggs’ writing and Mercy is one of my favorite series heroines, neither Briggs nor the series are at the very top of my favorites list. Still, had I not been exposed to Moon Called, I might not have discovered the urban fantasy genre, which has been my favorite genre for many years now.

I’m thankful to Neil Gaiman and Tim Powers for expanding my imagination through their convoluted and brilliant worlds, to Karen Marie Moning and Anne Bishop for writing two of my favorite fantasy series, to Kerouac and Fitzgerald and Salinger for giving us some of the greatest novels ever written. I’m thankful to readers who love fiction as much as I do for continuing to purchase the written word.

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 Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open (because of the cliffhanger or because it the ending was MINDBLOWING, etc.)

1. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

Everyone who has read the Fever series knows what I’m talking about on this one. For those of you who haven’t read it, make sure you have Shadowfever at the ready, or else you’ll wind up staked out at the bookstore waiting for the doors to open (true story).

2. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Not only is the Cat and Bones relationship one of the best in the paranormal field, but this first installment in the Night Huntress series defies expectations of what a paranormal romance should be.

3. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

 

Few can read this series without coming to love Mercy, and so the trials she undergoes in this third book of the series hit especially hard. Briggs does a wonderful job in portraying the events that unfold realistically (as much so as can be expected in a fantasy series) and without gratuitous grittiness.

4. Double Cross by Carolyn Crane

Few books have left me with my mouth hanging open, but this one takes the cake. It’s been a cruel kind of torture having to wait for the final book in the trilogy, but I’m thrilled that this unfortunately orphaned series has found a publisher at last.

5. Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

I’m never sure whether I really like this series until I read the latest book. Then, I lament the long lag-times in between installments. This latest was the best yet and ended with quite the cliffhanger.

6. Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

Thank goodness I have the trilogy in a bound set; otherwise, I would have been scouring local bookstores searching for the second book in this trilogy. This first book ends with a bang, and the repercussions haunt the characters in the wake.

7. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Upon finishing this book, I looked up and demanded of anyone in the vicinity, “That’s it?!” This one was jaw-dropping simply for my incredulity at Armstrong’s decision to break up what is essentially one storyline into three books.

8. Sunshine by Robin McKinley

I believe that Sunshine is to be my never-ending lament. I just can’t reconcile myself to the fact that the story is over; there’s so much more there that needs to be explored, but until it is, I will have to be content with my poorly-written fanfiction (which I cannot even post, per McKinley’s request).

9 & 10. Shadow Kiss and Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

I won’t say to much for fear of spoiling the series, but for those who haven’t read it, I’ll simply advise you to have some tissues ready.

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.

This upcoming week threatens to be super busy once again, so I’m not as optimistic toward my TBR list.

Past Week

Princess in Love by Meg Cabot

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Wages of Sin by Jenna Maclaine

Grave Sins by Jenna Maclaine

Re-Reading Now:

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

 The Week Ahead:

Bound by Sin by Jenna Maclaine

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Fire by Kristin Cashore