Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Read Because of Recommendations

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top 10 books I read because of recommendations.


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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Series:
 Lunar Chronicles #1

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.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


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The Dancing Floor by Barbara Michaels
Genre: Gothic Mystery
Series:
 N/A

For years, Heather Tradescant had dreamed of the journey she and her father would take to England–a pilgrimage to the great gardens of history. Now that her father is dead, Heather is determined to fulfill his dreams. Unfortunately, her request to see the fabled 17th-century garden of Troytan House is denied by the owner. Though unwelcome, she braves the walls of briars and reaches the Victorian manor house beyond. She senses a strange mission of evil lurking, tainting the manor’s peaceful beauty. Only then does Heather begin to wonder whether it is only stories of long-vanished witchcraft that haunt Troytan House or whether there is some more modern horror, hearer at hand, and far, far more dangerous. Continuing in the classic tradition she established with such acclaimed novels of suspense as Stitches in Time, Vanish with the Rose, and House of Stone, New York Times bestselling author Barbara Michaels has penned a chilling tale that will keep you reading until the last page.


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Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

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Horrorstör
Author: Grady Hendrix
Published: 2014
Genre: Horror
Series: N/A
Rating: A-


You don’t have to wait long for creepy things to start happening in “Horrorstör”. Employees of Orsk, a knock-off IKEA, have been dealing with weird things since the store opened. Staff keep getting lost on the floor, are receiving text messages that say “help” from blocked numbers and the furniture is trashed while the store is closed. Amy, a disenchanted employee, can care less about all this. Her main goal is to fly under manager Basil’s radar until her transfer comes in. When corporate sets a date for a team of evaluators to visit, Basil panics. He’s desperate to figure out who is vandalizing the store before corporate’s arrival. So, he bribes Amy into staying overnight with him to catch the culprit. As the night deepens, Amy begins to realize they’re trapped inside the building with a malevolent entity bent on “reconditioning” them.

Seeing as I’ve definitely gotten lost in the twisting labyrinth of an IKEA store before, I loved the idea of a haunted knock-off version. Orsk’s similar windowless floor layout is what made it such a great setting for a ghost story. It was easily believable that the characters would have such a hard time escaping the store, especially in the dark with things hunting them. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Villains

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top 10 favorite villains.


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Dr. Chilton (Silence of the Lambs)
Genre: Thriller

I love Lecter as a villain, but he’s so contained here that he’s not much of a threat. Instead, I found Dr. Chilton and his machinations much more menacing in “Silence of the Lambs”. It’s his self-serving nature and his complete lack of caring of who he effects with his actions that made me want to see Lecter eat Chilton’s face off at the end.


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Nurse Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
Genre: Classic

Nurse Ratched is one of the most classic villains. She’s a tyrant to the patients in the mental hospital and has a complete lack of empathy for the people in the institution. She has authority over everyone’s access to medications and basic necessities, which she views as privileges. She’s not shy about taking away those privileges anytime she thinks one of the patients are stepping even remotely out of line.
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Read it or Ditch it: Chocolat

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“Read it or Ditch it” is a new weekly feature I’ll be doing each Monday on the blog. The goal is to force myself into making a decision regarding some titles on my TBR pile. Each week I’ll select a book that has sat unread on my shelves for longer than a year and ask the question “Read it or Ditch it?”. If I still want to read it, then by posting it here I’m claiming that I’ll read it by the end of the year. If I’m no longer interested in the book, then this is a send off to the title since I’ll either be donating or selling it.

At the end of the year, I’ll do a round-up post to see how I did. If there are any titles that I said I’d read, but still didn’t, then I’ll either donate or sell those. Hopefully, doing this will help me reach my goal of only 100 books sitting unread on my TBR pile by the end of 2016.


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Chocolat
Author: Joanne Harris
Published: 1998
Genre: Magic Realism
Length of Time on TBR Pile: About 5 years
Read it or Ditch it?: Read it

I really enjoy books with magic realism iand I remember enjoying the movie “Chocolat” when it came out. So, I’ll give this one a shot. Continue reading

Review: Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh

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Archangel’s Legion
Author: Nalini Singh
Published: 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Guild Hunter #6
Rating: C-


After a short break from following guild hunter Elena and archangel Raphael, the series returns to focus on these two in Archangel’s Legion. In this one, the couple is trying to stave off a war while hiding how out-of-control Raphael’s powers are becoming.

Whenever it’s an Elena and Raphael story you know something major is going to happen in the series. Despite their books being game changers, I’m never thrilled to see Singh return to the couple. Raphael is a character who is a little too powerful and the fact that he keeps gaining abilities is not helping things. Unfortunately, heaping powers onto main characters is a trend that happens in many long standing urban fantasy and PNR series. While it wasn’t surprising to see Singh go down this route, I was a little disappointed that she did. I would have preferred to see Raphael struggle with losing powers. Raphael has been one of the more powerful angels his entire existence. It would have been much more interesting to see an exploration of him dealing with dwindling powers and trying to maintain his place in the angel hierarchy amidst a war. As it stands, the plot of this one was pretty predictable since, at this point, I’ve seen it done so often. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Paper Girls vol 2

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s an opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases I’m eagerly anticipating.


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Paper Girls, vol 2
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Release Date: November 30, 2016
Genre: Comic

Back Cover Description: The smash-hit series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues with a bold new direction, as intrepid young newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future…the year 2016.