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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

So, I’ve gone for the most recent reads from my shelves and the books below are all 4.5 or 5 star reads (my reviews are all linked and GR ratings in brackets).  I loved them all and I’m always happy to shout from the rooftops about books I loved.  If you need some recommendations here they be.  Let’s topple some TBRs:

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky  (247)

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Creatures: The Legacy of Frankenstein by David Thomas Moore (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Emma Newman (Goodreads Author), Tade Thompson (Goodreads Author), Paul Meloy, Kaaron Warren (Goodreads Author), Rose Biggin – (35)

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Paternus: Wrath of Gods (Paternus Trilogy #2) by Dyrk Ashton – (378)

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You Die When You Die (West of West #1) – (430)

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The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards – (793)

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Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #1) by R.J. Barker (1758)

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A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1) by John Gwynne (1323)

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The Nine (Thieves of Fate #1) by Tracy Townsend (227)

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A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris, (1182)

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An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms #1) by Curtis Craddock (813)

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“Love looks not with the eye, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Favorite Couples In Books

I don’t tend to read a lot of books with romance so I could have struggled with this week’s topic.  As it is, I didn’t struggle at all and I’ve tried to come up with a mix of fairly well known couples and some new and lesser known ones.  I’ve come up with nine couples so please tell me your favourites:

 

Phedre and Joscelin – Jacqueline Carey’s couple who meet up in Kushiel’s Dart.  A list like this couldn’t possibly be complete without these two.  They are fantastic to read about.

 

Claire and Jamie – Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series – I haven’t read all of these books but they were very enjoyable and this is a couple that make great reading.  Again, I don’t think this list would be complete without them.

 

Alastair and Aliza from Elle Katharine White’s Heartstone series – this is a Pride and Prejudice inspired series that takes a classic and injects it with fantasy elements – in particular dragons.  I love this couple and the recently released second book built really well on the strong foundations of the first.  Alastair and Aliza are working on their relationship and finding their own boundaries. I couldn’t resist this series and it’s making great reading so far.

 

Cassandra and Wrexham. This is a couple from another regency/Austen style series that got off to a great start with Snowspelled and has grown even stronger in the latest in series, Thornbound.  This really is a delightful series and I highly recommend it.  Plus check out these gorgeous covers.

 

Dru and Greyson – a couple that get together in Laurence MacNaughton’s Dru Jasper series – this is an excellent and fun urban fantasy series with magic and muscle cars – there’s a great collection of characters and constant threats from demons and others and the series has a crazy and hectic feel as the above named and their crazy friends save the world yet again.

 

Toby and Tybalt – Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye series – I love this series and Toby and Tybalt practically sizzle.  I need to catch up – soon.  If you’re not reading this – it’s an urban fantasy series with the fae and all their courtly machinations.  It’s a fantastic series that I’m really enjoying and strongly recommend.

 

Princess Adele and Greyfriar.  People – what can I tell you?  Vampires!  And steampunk.  This is a dark urban fantasy and an alternate history where huge swathes of the world have been taken over by vampires.  I loved this series and the relationship between Adele and Greyfriar.

 

Mercy and Adam.  Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series is another urban fantasy that is packed with fantastic elements and adventure.  Mercy and Adam share a sizzling chemistry and have a great relationship.

 

The Princess Bride – finally, true love!  William Goldman’s fun fantasy romance.  I love this book and in fact love the film too.  Buttercup and Westley.  Just read this book please.

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More books for the tbr??

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

 Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About 

Well, I’m not on the fence about these books but I am trying to be good at the moment in terms of review requests, simply because I’d like to catch up and improve my feedback, and quite a few of these are due to be published this month so I already know there’s no way I could fit them in at the moment.  Here are five books that I’m keeping in mind in case I suddenly discover the secret of time travel or, to put it another way, here are some more books for my tbr – because I’m not really fooling anyone – I want all the books:

 

Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre

heartwoodbox.jpgA dark, romantic YA suspense novel with an SF edge and plenty of drama, layering the secrets we keep and how appearances can deceive, from the New York Times bestselling author.

In this tiny, terrifying town, the lost are never found. When Araceli Flores Harper is sent to live with her great-aunt Ottilie in her ramshackle Victorian home, the plan is simple. She’ll buckle down and get ready for college. Life won’t be exciting, but she’ll cope, right?Wrong. From the start, things are very, very wrong. Her great-aunt still leaves food for the husband who went missing twenty years ago, and local businesses are plastered with MISSING posters. There are unexplained lights in the woods and a mysterious lab just beyond the city limits that the locals don’t talk about. Ever. When she starts receiving mysterious letters that seem to be coming from the past, she suspects someone of pranking her or trying to drive her out of her mind. To solve these riddles and bring the lost home again, Araceli must delve into a truly diabolical conspiracy, but some secrets fight to stay buried…

 

The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey

TheGrandDarkFrom the bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series, a lush, dark, stand-alone fantasy built off the insurgent tradition of China Mieville and M. John Harrison—a subversive tale that immerses us in a world where the extremes of bleakness and beauty exist together in dangerous harmony in a city on the edge of civility and chaos.

The Great War is over. The city of Lower Proszawa celebrates the peace with a decadence and carefree spirit as intense as the war’s horrifying despair. But this newfound hedonism—drugs and sex and endless parties—distracts from strange realities of everyday life: Intelligent automata taking jobs. Genetically engineered creatures that serve as pets and beasts of war. A theater where gruesome murders happen twice a day. And a new plague that even the ceaseless euphoria can’t mask.

Unlike others who live strictly for fun, Largo is an addict with ambitions. A bike messenger who grew up in the slums, he knows the city’s streets and its secrets intimately. His life seems set. He has a beautiful girlfriend, drugs, a chance at a promotion—and maybe, an opportunity for complete transformation: a contact among the elite who will set him on the course to lift himself up out of the streets.

But dreams can be a dangerous thing in a city whose mood is turning dark and inward. Others have a vision of life very different from Largo’s, and they will use any methods to secure control. And in behind it all, beyond the frivolity and chaos, the threat of new war always looms.

 

Dark Shores (Dark Shores #1) by Danielle L. Jensen

darkshoresPiracy, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by Danielle L. Jensen.

A PIRATE WITH A WILL OF IRON
Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense, a ship beholden to the Goddess of the Seas. Her people are born of the waves, and they alone know how to cross the impassable oceans between East and West.

A SOLDIER WITH A SECRET
Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his only family, and even they don’t know the secret he’s been hiding since childhood.

A DANGEROUS QUEST
When a power-hungry ruler captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they help him conquer the unknown West, the two are forced into an unlikely–and unwilling– alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

 

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

nighttiger.jpgA sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

When 11-year-old Ren’s master dies, he makes one last request of his Chinese houseboy: that Ren find his severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth, unable to rest in peace.

Ji Lin always wanted to be a doctor, but as a girl in 1930s Malaysia, apprentice dressmaker is a more suitable occupation. Secretly, though, Ji Lin also moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her beloved mother’s Mahjong debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir: a severed finger. Convinced the finger is bad luck, Ji Lin enlists the help of her erstwhile stepbrother to return it to its rightful owner.

As the 49 days tick down, and a prowling tiger wreaks havoc on the town, Ji Lin and Ren’s lives intertwine in ways they could never have imagined. Propulsive and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores colonialism and independence, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and first love. Braided through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.

 

A Pinch of Magic (A Pinch of Magic #1) by Michelle Harrison

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‘A SPELL-BINDING STORY, STEEPED IN MAGIC. I ADORED IT’ – Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song 

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.

Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.

Will they be enough to break the curse?

Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? …

The enchanting new story from Michelle Harrison, author of the bestselling THIRTEEN TREASURES trilogy 

 

 

Feast your eyes on these 10 beautiful books recently added to the shelves

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

This week is very easy to put together.  My ten most recent additions are:

The Furies by Katie Lowe

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Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

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The Whisper Man by Alex North

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The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

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Murder Theory by Andrew Mayne

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

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An Elegy of Heroes: The Agartes Epilogues Complete Trilogy (Books 1-3) by K.S. Villoso

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The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

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Fire Touched: Mercy Thompson Book 9 by Patricia Briggs

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One Word Kill (Impossible Times #1) by Mark Lawrence

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What books have you recently acquired????

You will, you will, you will, eventually!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

So many.  Where to start.  This could be a long post!!  No, I will show restraint.  Look, you can’t read everything, there just simply isn’t the time and I confess that the last two months have been kind of hectic for me which have resulted in things slipping a little.  I’ve decided to go with ten books that I bought last year – unfortunately the books I buy usually play second fiddle to the books I’ve requested for review – which is fair enough really – so here are 10 – I bought many more but I’ve stuck to 10 (probably to try and make myself feel less guilty):

  1. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  4. Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R Fletcher
  5. False Hearts by Laura Lam
  6. Servant of Rage by AZ Anthony
  7. The Woven Ring by MD Presley
  8. Starless by Jacqueline Carey
  9. City of Kings by Rob J Hayes
  10. The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library series Book 4) Genevieve Cogman

Feast your eyes on these lovelies and then tell me – which should I read first!?

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