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Top Ten Tuesday

In typical fashion, I have once again missed Top Ten Tuesday posting on the actual day of the week that it is supposed to happen. But hey, it’s my last week of classes, cut a girl some slack. Plus I will have 3 books reviews headed your way so I promise to make it worthwhile for you 😉

Top Ten Tuesday

This week is December 9: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014 and what a VERY exciting topic this is!!

etiquetteGail Carriger – I am so in love with her writing and her characters, it’s late 19th century England with an irresistible steampunk twist. Her series Finishing School and the Parasol Protectorate are both wonderful to read, especially if you like to meld history with your fantasy.

Nancy Martin – For awhile there, all I was reading was the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries. Catchy and poignant, humorous and murderous, what’s not to love? There is high society gone wrong and a family on the edge of total annihilation, in the fiscal sense, all told by a witty narrator. cinder

Marissa Meyer – Okay, how many more times do I have to tell you to go read Cinder? The Lunar Chronicles is the best series to happen to me since…well, I can’t think of a good example. But it’s Grimm Brothers mixed with Science fiction in A Brave New World. *pant, pant, pant* Waiting for the next one…

Tracy Deebs – I’ve only read one book from her, the series she is known for doesn’t really interested me, but DOOMED is worth reading. It’s the actual end of the world, not post-apocalyptic which totally sucked me in and had me on edge for days. Definitely look into her work.

Peter Lerangis – After reading so much Rick Riordan (aka everything he’s written), you’d think I would be sick of kids saving the world but somehow, I’m not. Luckily, Lerangis’ series Seven Wonders is about Atlantean mythology and has a bit of a different plot than Percy Jackson but still fan-freakin-tastic

hornsStefan Petrucha – Wow, just wow. One book and I am totally hooked. Ripper was an amazing story that led me through history and murder and intrigue, it wound fact and fiction so closely together that I could almost believe everything was true. It was hard to tear myself away, can’t wait to see what else he does.

Joe Hill – I know I’m about to ruin everything but for those of you who don’t know, Hill is the son of the infamous Stephen King and his style is just as dark and interesting as his father’s. I’ve only read Horns so far but I’m hoping to pick up more of his books since I couldn’t put the first one down.

Jonathan Stroud – Apparently I’ve been missing out on this author for reads. I stumbled into the Lockwood & Co series while shelf browsing and was terrified and in love with the story I read. It’s a little scary, a little swashbuckling, and a lot of fun. Bright characters armed with wits and swords, getting into trouble and hunting ghosts. Um, yes please!throne of glass

Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass has pretty much taken over my life in the last two months. Witty and sharp-edged, there is struggle and heartbreak, magic, mayhem, and sword-fighting. I enjoy all the characters, especially picturing the men shirtless, and the series just keeps getting better. Please publish the next one soon!

snow ashesSara Raasch – I can’t get through a post these days without talking about Snow Like Ashes, but hey, why should I? I’ve been highly enjoying series set in other realms and this one has one where it SNOWS ALL THE TIME. I want to be there, even if it has been destroyed. This debut is fast-paced and interesting and I am impatiently waiting for the next one!

Honorable Mentions:

Because I couldn’t pick just 10, here are two others to enjoy.

Leigh Bardugo – A friend of mine recommended The Grisha series to me and put it off for months before finally getting around to it and I was pretty glad that I did. The style of write flows nicely along, although some of the plot points made me cringe a bit, I’m glad I read some of Bardugo’s work.

John Green – While it might seem cliched, I read Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars and was pleasantly surprised with Green’s style and humorous insight. It’s not all drab and tears, there is actually quite a bit of humor and life lessons. Not something I could read every day but nice when I’m in the mood for something a little deeper and more touching.

Book Review: Paper Towns

paper townsJohn Green is absolutely one of my new favorite authors! After reluctantly reading The Fault in Our Stars which I ended up loving, I decided to try him again and it was totally worth it.

Paper Towns follows Quentin aka Q and his journey to find his childhood love, Margo Roth Spiegelman, who has disappeared from town after a night of adventure with Q. But really the tale is about so much more than that. What starts out as revenge, becomes a road map to understanding Margo after she leaves town.

The story is an adventure in and of itself. It’s as gripping as an action movie. There are a couple of dips but it’s an overall high that keeps the pages turning. I read the entire thing in chunks, about 4 to be exact. It made me too amped up before bed so I read it in between classes and homework.

Q is a quiet but handsome kid who is an outcast among the outcast. He doesn’t really fit in with the band geeks and yet, he is always with them because his two best friends are part of that crowd. Margo, on the other hand, is the queen of the high school castle. Everyone loves her and more importantly, their lives tend to be Margo-centric.

In typical high school fashion, there is much debate over prom and graduation. But after Margo discovers a secret and uses Q to help exact her revenge, all the petty drama falls away. Not.

Margo disappears after a night of adventure with Q, including breaking into a theme park. He is dazed and confused and much like everyone else, thinks that Margo will be back after another short term away. However, after the weekend passes and she still hasn’t shown up, Q becomes concerned and starts looking. And he find a trail. One that may or may not lead to Margo.

The final section of the book is by far my favorite piece. What Q and his companions go thru to track down Margo is fantastic. Few people can write a reality that seems so real. Teenagers with no super powers but determined to save the heroine. The mishaps are what make it wonderful but are also not impossible.

The ending pissed me off a bit but I also kind of expected it. Green has a way of writing that both makes you think, keeps you guessing, and makes you want to laugh and cry in the same paragraph. There is depth under the frivolity and Q ends up learning more than he bargained for. If you haven’t read this yet, I would definitely tell you to jump on this train. Take it back to high school and live it up.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars

My personal rating: 93

  • Writing style – 10
  • Plot – 9
  • Dialogue – 10
  • Personality of Main Character(s) – 10
  • Love story – 8
  • Invokes emotion – 8
  • Synopsis accuracy – 10
  • Consistent level of interest – 8
  • Stays on topic – 10
  • Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 10