Top 5 Wednesday (15)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

Okay, so the topic is actually : Books Featuring [paranormal creature of your choice]. I chose zombies. 


To say I was excited about this topic is an understatement. Zombies are my jam. I love everything about a good z-poc story: the demise of civilization, how people overcome and adapt (and how some don’t), the survivalism aspect, and the many different interpretations  zombies. Social psychology is fascinating to me (hence, the degree in it, lol) and what better social experiment than the end of the world! I think the best zombie books are the ones that focus less on the actual zombies, but more on the people scraping by to survive in spite of them. It was so hard to pick only 5, so I picked my 5 favorites and added some honorable mentions at the bottom 🙂

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Until the End of the World series and The City Series by Sarah Lyons Fleming

I put these two together because they are in the same universe. My reviews are linked below for both. Oh, and Until the End of the World is FREE on Amazon right now! Mordacious is free if you have KindleUnlimited (which I highly recommend. For more info on Kindle Unlimited click here: Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial).

My Reviews:

Until the End of the World

Mordacious 


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The movie was great, but it just couldn’t due this book justice because of the format. If you enjoyed the movie, definitely pick this one up. It’s a collection of “interviews” done after the zombie apocalypse strikes the world which allows for the telling of stories from multiple people all over the world. 


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This is a very “adult” series due to language (the main protagonist is a prior Marine and speaks like it). It was actually one the first zombie series I read, and there are 10 books in the series so you will be entertained and occupied for a while reading these. Keep in mind that Tufo is an independent author who cranks out several books a year so there are some minor errors sometimes. 


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I actually haven’t done my review for this series yet, but it’s another I highly recommend. Strong characters, great world building, and a plot that keeps moving make this one of my favorites. 


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This is another series I haven’t reviewed yet, but is really good. There are a bunch of books because they were all released as novellas, but two books if you buy the volumes (volume one is above). Both volumes are also part of the Kindle Unlimited program!


More Zombie Books


Happy reading! Link your lists below so I can check them out!

Top 5 Wednesday (14)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

I always fancied myself a reader, but until I became a part of the blogging community I didn’t open myself up to the vast amount of books that the world has to offer. Below are 5 books or book series I only read because of blogging hype (for better or for worse). 

Click on the book cover to go to Amazon to purchase or read a synopsis. 


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A Court of Mist and Fury is probably one of my favorite books of all time. ACOTAR and ACOWAR were decent, but ACOMAF is a masterpiece. I never would have picked up ACOTAR if not for the blogging community though. To go along with this, I also started Throne of Glass after finishing ACOMAF, but it felt redundant to list ToG as well. My review of ACOTAR is here


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Contemporary YA is really not my jam most of the time, but I picked this one up because of all the hype. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the read! My review is here.


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Another one of my favorites on this list is Illuminae. I love this book so much! If you have a chance, I highly recommend listening to the audio book as well. It’s wonderful! My full review is here


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If there was ever a book series to surprise the pants off me it was The Raven Cycle. I usually prefer plot driven books and get bored with tedious world building and ongoing character development, but Stiefvater really captivated me throughout this whole series. I think I read all four books in about a week! My review for The Raven Boys is here


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I have to end this list on a downer. I read ADSOM because I kept seeing it on every blogger’s list of “must-reads”. Ugh. This book was agony for me to trudge though. I’m not sure if it was the book or the narrator though, as I listened on audio. The narrator is different for the second book, so I may give it another try….maybe. My full review is here.


Top 5 Wednesday (13)

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The topic this week is….


I’ve got a a couple “summer-y” ARCs that I’m dying to get into. I like to read romance over the summer as well!

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Watch me Disappear from Janelle Brown is a new Thriller set to be released this summer! I was really excited to get an ARC for this and will be reading / reviewing closer to the release date in July.

Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown’s insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.”


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Be True to Me is another ARC I was lucky enough to receive. It’s released in June so another perfect beginning of summer read!

It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where sunbathing, lobster bakes, and the Bicentennial celebration reign.

Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten.

Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, meets Gil. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and she quickly falls Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

Through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, Adele Griffin captures the angst of feeling like you don’t belong and the urgency of first love with vivid language and perceptive wit.”


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The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter is the latest installment of the Lords of the Underworld Series. It is another June release. I’ve listened to the audio of the other 14 books so I’ll likely be getting the audio to this one as well. 

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption. 

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him—until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile…and seduce her into his bed. 

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever…”


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Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. I just bought this book because I read the little sample on Amazon and was bawling by the time I got to the end of the sample. I’m not usually one to read books like this, but the stories hit me hard. 

This bestselling book from the author of Wild collects the best of The Rumpus’s Dear Sugar advice columns plus never-before-published pieces. Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.”


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By the end of the summer I will be rereading Empire of Storms in preparation for Chaol’s novel, Tower of Dawn!


That’s it! What’s on your Summer Reading list?

Top 5 Wednesday (12)

I’m actually doing this post on time! *go me!*

This is actually surprising because my whole life has been consumed by ACOWAR the past couple of days. I’m only about 1/2 way through though, so no spoilers! 😉 


This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

 


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Illuminae and Gemina – I mean, come on. The Hardcover editions are particularly awesome. Read my review of Illuminae here


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Wintersong….Admission–I haven’t actually read the book yet! *hangs head* Here’s why though. Once I found out it will have a sequel I wanted to wait. I’ll probably read it closer to the release date of Shadowsong (January 30, 2018)


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I actually didn’t like these covers for a while because I thought they were a little bland and overall meh. They’ve grown on me though and I love them now. Maybe I’m biased to the covers because I love the books so much though, lol.


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I didn’t love Cruel Beauty (3/5 stars, read my review here) and I haven’t read Crimson Bound yet, but the covers of the series are great!


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Six of Crows by [Bardugo, Leigh] Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows by [Bardugo, Leigh]

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I haven’t had a chance to Insta these books yet (I have a Kaz candle coming in the mail <3 ), but the hardcover versions are pretty awesome. Not only is the cover art bad ass, but the page edges are gilded (or colored? IDK if it’s still gilded if it’s not a gold color?) black and red. I’m just hoping they don’t come off when I’m reading, as I have heard some complaints about that. :/

/p>


 

I wonder how many lists had Sarah J. Maas books on them? #UnpopularOpinion….I love the books but I dislike the whitewashed look of Celeana on the covers of the Throne of Glass Series because I was completely surprised in the book when I read she had blonde hair, and I still picture her with more white hair than blonde because of the covers. I think I would probably love the covers if it wasn’t for this one thing because I thought Empire of Storms in particular was awesome, if not for this one peeve of mine. 


Top 5 Wednesday (on Thursday? Oops) (11)

Remember a couple weeks ago when I said I was going to do these every week again?

… oops

I am going to try and do what I used to do and have scheduled posts for when I know I will be having busy weeks at work. The biggest reason I have been so far behind on EVERYTHING is because my sons’ baseball seasons started. I have a 5 year old and 7 year old who both play. Of course they are on different teams, and practice at different times AND days of the week, including two practices a week where I have to leave work an hour early to make it there. SERIOUSLY, who makes practice START at 5pm?! Oh, and their games are at two different field locations.

My cup runneth over and I still have another 2 months of it. Wish me luck.


Well now that my whine fest is over, let’s move onto the goods. 

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….


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Tahereh Mafi

In light of the announcement made yesterday, she moved to the top of my list. I adored the Shatter Me Series and have been waiting for her to release a new YA novel. I didn’t read her middle-grade novel because it’s not really my taste, but I’m so excited for more Warner Juliette. 😉


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Sarah Lyons Fleming

I will literally read anything this woman writes. I’m currently waiting for her to release the second book in her City Series (review on first book here), and I have already re-read her Until the End of the World Series (review here) twice now. It’s possible that another re-read will happen before the next book is released (she says she’s shooting for a June release). 

I’ll just be here…waiting:


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Sarah J. Maas

God, I feel like this one is obscenely obvious, but I’m waiting on ACOWAR right now (like thousands of others, lol). I had to include it though, forgive me. 😂😂 


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Suzanne Collins

I loved The Hunger Games so I will definitely read anything new she releases. I haven’t read Gregor the Overlander because again, middle grade isn’t my taste. 


.5.

Colleen Hoover

I’ve read 4 of her books, but I’m currently working my way through the rest. She does contemporary romance so well and has complex characters with unique backstories. 


Top 5 Wednesday (10)

Gah. It’s been almost a month since I posted a top 5 Wednesday! I’ve been such a bad blogger the last month! I’m hoping to get out of this funk I’ve been in. 

 

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….


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Maybe it’s because this book is fresh in my mind since I just read it a couple weeks ago (read my review here), but this was the first book I thought of. I think the maneuvering in the asteroid belt would be intense. There are a few scenes that I can picture being awesome video game scenes:

  1. The explosion and subsequent escape in Kismet
  2. Navigating the underground tunnels in Cray with the Mechs on your tail
  3. Restoring health points in Stronghold, followed by the attempted escape
  4. The prison break on Earth

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I feel like this book will probably be on a lot of people’s lists, because duh. With the popularity of Assassin’s Creed, Throne of Glass would be an obvious hit. Plus, the potential for so many games would be great if you did one game per book!


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This is one of my new favorite series! It’s not very well known, but it would make a great game. It’s full of action, to include hand-to-hand combat, foot chases, multiple locations to escape, knife and sword fights, and gun fights. Plus a super sexy Viking warrior. Each book is packed with enough material for an entire game, so you would potentially have 4 games with varying locations and villains. Read my review on the first book here


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So this would be more of a puzzle and simulation game, but I still think it would be a good one!


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This is probably another series that will be on a lot of lists, but it would really make a great game! 


So what was on your list? Make sure you leave a link to your post below so I can check it out!

Top 5 Wednesday (9)

Hey everyone! I’m a day late posting this, oops.

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.


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Mare drove me absolutely crazy in this book. So much that I haven’t even finished it yet. I will, if not just because I already bought King’s Cage, but I really do enjoy the world Aveyard created. I’m hoping for a less repugnant Mare in King’s Cage. I have heard it gets better though, so there’s hope!


.2.

Excuse me? Where did this arrogant asshole come from out of Chaol? I felt like SJM was changing his character just so Rowan and Aelin would fit together better. I really hate how she ruined his character in this book though. 


.3.

The Girl on the Train

I thought this was one of the most over-hyped books I’ve ever read; I wanted to scream at the heroine throughout pretty much the whole book. My biggest problem with the book was that I didn’t actually like any of the characters in it, not even a supporting character. It was hard to connect with the story because of that.


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I’m not complaining about how it turned out, but I felt a little betrayed at how Tamlin did a 180 in this book. Again, I shipthe couple in this book SO HARD, but where did Tamlin the Tool come from?!  


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Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

No betrayal list is complete without Allegiant. This book made me so mad I didn’t read for over a month afterwards. I can dig a sad ending, but this was garbage. I felt like it was added more for shock value than anything else.

An actual picture of me after finishing Allegiant:


Top 5 Wednesday (8)

Hey everyone! This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

I feel a little cliched and “basic” here with a couple of my choices. I’m going to leave the most obvious out (Harry Potter) because I think pretty much everyone will have it on their list.


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The Chronicles of Narnia changed the way I read. My librarian in middle school suggested these to me and I fell hard for the fantasy genre.


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So Long, Lollipops (Until the End of the World, #1.5)And After (Until the End of the World, #2)All the Stars in the Sky (Until the End of the World, #3)

My favorite adult sci-fi or fantasy series is the Until the End of the World series. I gush over how much I love it here, if you’re interested. 


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The Giver was my first taste of what a dystopian world would look like, as with most American kids since we read it in school. I remember it being the first time I ever questioned authority. 


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The ACOTAR Series is one of my new favorites! I like Throne of Glass too, but ACOMAF in particular had me obsessed. My reviews are here:

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Mist and Fury


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Lastly, The Lunar Chronicles. I read the first three books in less than 5 days and then read the last one the day it was released. 


That’s it! What are your favorites? Leave your link so I can check yours out! 🙂 

Top 5 Wednesday (7)

Hey everyone! This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

This one was really fun to do!


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My number one would be being a Tomb Raider. Lara Croft is a supreme bad ass and I have always wanted to be her since I was a kid. Plus, I love history and archaeology. Something about being able to touch a piece of history excites me.  


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If there are no openings for any Tomb Raider positions I would want to be a superhero. I want real superpowers though. I want my powers to be super strength and agility, the ability to teleport, and the ability to freeze time (without aging while time is frozen). 


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A Dragon Trainer would be amazing, too. The thought of flying free on the back of a giant beast? YES PLEASE. 

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An assassin. Obviously, I would want to work for myself so I wasn’t killing a bunch of innocent people. 

 


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And lastly, an Auror in the either the Ministry of Magic or the Magical Congress of the United States, I’m not picky. 


What fictional jobs would you want? Make sure if you participated in T5W you leave your link in the comments so I can check yours out.