TTT – 12/29 – Books coming in 2016

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016


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A Torch Against the Night
by: Sabaa Tahir
Release date: August 30, 2016

Sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, (see my review) I cannot wait to see what trials await our characters Laia, Elias, and the rest. This is a sort of dystopian/fantasy fiction that takes place in a world reminiscent of Imperial Rome.

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Ivory and Bone
by: Julie Eshbaugh
Release date: June 14, 2016

A tale of survival, love, and betrayal, this book’s synopsis is mysterious and vague enough to captivate my interest!

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The Crown’s Game
by: Evelyn Skye
Release date: May 17, 2016

A fantasy story set in Russia which seems to be something of a mix between the Hunger Games and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, this book has caught my fancy!

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The Rose & the Dagger
by: Renee Ahdieh
Release date: May 3, 2016

A retelling of Shahrzad’s story, this series has caught the imaginations of many of my fellow readers. I’ve been looking for a reason to read the first book, The Wrath of the Dawn, and this sequel seems to be all the reason I need!

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Flamecaster
by: Cinda Williams Chima
Release date: April 19, 2016

Well I haven’t read the first series, Seven Realms, but this new fantasy series, which takes place in the same world but a generation later, is giving me a powerful incentive to go catch up!

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The Shadow Queen
by: C.J. Redwine
Release date: Feb 23, 2016

A fantastic-sounding fairy-tale retelling? Um, sign me up please! As if the fantastic cover art on this book isn’t enough to catch your interest, this is a Snow-white-esque story, only grittier. Put me down for a slice of this poison apple pie, if  you please!

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Reign of Shadows
by: Sophie Jordan
Release date: February 9, 2016

Here we are, another fairy-tale retelling, this time its a Rapunzel tale. I’m loving these twisted tales, and since I was recently very let down by one (cough, cough, A Whole New World), I sure am looking forward to trying out some of these 2016 titles!

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Truthwitch
by: Susan Dennard
Release date: January 5, 2016

Witches and evil empires? Friendship and high adventure? Sounds like my kind of book!

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The Impostor Queen
by: Sarah Fine
Release date: Jan 5, 2016

A girl is groomed her whole life to be the next queen, as the Chosen One. Only, when the time comes, it turns out she isn’t chosen! Now she’s on the run and torn between old beliefs, and new duties. I cannot wait for this book!

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The Glittering Court
by: Richelle Mead
Release date: April 5th, 2016

I’ve never read anything from Richelle Mead but this book sounds way too good to pass up! From the title, to the cover, to the synopsis, everything about this book is shouting “READ ME!”

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TTT – 12/8 – New to Me authors of 2015

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is  Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015


YA Authors

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Authors of: Starbound Trilogy

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Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Authors of: The Illuminae Files

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Sherman Alexie
Author of: Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Marie Rutkowski
Author of: The Winner’s Trilogy

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Sarah J Maas
Author of: Throne of Glass series & A Court of Thorns & Roses series

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Maggie Stiefvater
Author of: The Raven Cycle

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Adult Authors

Anne Bishop
Author of: The Others series

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Grace Draven
Author of: Master of Crows, Entreat Me, & Radiance

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Jeanine Frost
Author of: Night Huntress, Night Prince, Night Huntress World 

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Elizabeth hunter
Author of: Elemental Mysteries, Elemental World, Elemental Legacy 

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Top Ten Tuesday 12/1 – Top Ten 2016 Debuts

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To.

(a lot of these are not “debut” novels, in that they are not necessarily the first book written by an author, but they are ones I’m looking forward to so I’m putting them in here anyway!)


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A Torch Against the Night
by: Sabaa Tahir
Release date: August 30, 2016

Sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, (see my review) I cannot wait to see what trials await our characters Laia, Elias, and the rest. This is a sort of dystopian/fantasy fiction that takes place in a world reminiscent of Imperial Rome.

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Ivory and Bone
by: Julie Eshbaugh
Release date: June 14, 2016

A tale of survival, love, and betrayal, this book’s synopsis is mysterious and vague enough to captivate my interest!

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The Crown’s Game
by: Evelyn Skye
Release date: May 17, 2016

A fantasy story set in Russia which seems to be something of a mix between the Hunger Games and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, this book has caught my fancy!

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The Rose & the Dagger
by: Renee Ahdieh
Release date: May 3, 2016

A retelling of Shahrzad’s story, this series has caught the imaginations of many of my fellow readers. I’ve been looking for a reason to read the first book, The Wrath of the Dawn, and this sequel seems to be all the reason I need!

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Flamecaster
by: Cinda Williams Chima
Release date: April 19, 2016

Well I haven’t read the first series, Seven Realms, but this new fantasy series, which takes place in the same world but a generation later, is giving me a powerful incentive to go catch up!

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The Shadow Queen
by: C.J. Redwine
Release date: Feb 23, 2016

A fantastic-sounding fairy-tale retelling? Um, sign me up please! As if the fantastic cover art on this book isn’t enough to catch your interest, this is a Snow-white-esque story, only grittier. Put me down for a slice of this poison apple pie, if  you please!

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Reign of Shadows
by: Sophie Jordan
Release date: February 9, 2016

Here we are, another fairy-tale retelling, this time its a Rapunzel tale. I’m loving these twisted tales, and since I was recently very let down by one (cough, cough, A Whole New World), I sure am looking forward to trying out some of these 2016 titles!

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Truthwitch
by: Susan Dennard
Release date: January 5, 2016

Witches and evil empires? Friendship and high adventure? Sounds like my kind of book!

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The Impostor Queen
by: Sarah Fine
Release date: Jan 5, 2016

A girl is groomed her whole life to be the next queen, as the Chosen One. Only, when the time comes, it turns out she isn’t chosen! Now she’s on the run and torn between old beliefs, and new duties. I cannot wait for this book!

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The Glittering Court
by: Richelle Mead
Release date: April 5th, 2016

I’ve never read anything from Richelle Mead but this book sounds way too good to pass up! From the title, to the cover, to the synopsis, everything about this book is shouting “READ ME!”

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TTT 11/24- Thanksgiving Theme

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Thanksgiving Theme Freebie
(ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc)

Books I am thankful for…..


Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (YA)

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Thank you for giving me something to look forward to, and for getting me through a lonely and difficult adolescence. Thank you for showing me what friendship should look like. And thank you for giving the world Albus Dumbledore.

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Thank you for proving to me that I can enjoy books that are not necessarily “happy-go-lucky,” “happy ending” books. Thank you for giving us realistic and very human characters. And thank you for bringing to light the terrible consequences and effects war has on our young people.

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Animorphs by K.A. Applegate (YA)

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Thank you for being the first series I can ever remember completely reading. And thank you for instilling my love of all things sci-fi early in my life. Also thanks for making aliens completely terrifying to me!

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Sweep by Cate Tiernan (YA)

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Thank you for being one of my all-time favorite series ever (even to this day I love re-reading them). Thank you for showing that love interests don’t always have to be the “Bad Boy,” and for making it clear that the “Good Guy” character can still be *hot* lol.

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Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski (YA)

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Thank you for showing us that a heroine’s best asset can be intelligence and doesn’t have to be beauty and fighting skills! I love seeing a main character whose greatest attribute is her military strategic genius!

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Alanna by Tamora Pierce (YA)

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Thank you for being among the first ever High Fantasy books I ever read, and for starting my love of that genre early in my pre-teen years! Thanks for showing girls can do anything boys can do!

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Kiss of Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

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Thank you for being the first ever adult romance book I can remember reading. Thank you for inspiring a love of Scotland in me at a young age. I can trace my desire to travel the world back to these Scotland-based books (and in fact Scotland was the first country I ever travelled too!)

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA)

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Thank you for being the coolest book I’ve read this year, maybe ever!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten of my Favorite Quotes

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is top ten quotes

Ok I struggled with this one because I’m not very good about keeping track of quotes that I like when I’m reading. But here are a couple I came up with.


“Hope strengthens, fear kills”
Karen Marie MoningFever series

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“Rule one: in any dispute between mates, the male is always to blame, even when he is clearly blameless. Rule two, whenever in doubt, refer to rule one.”
― C.L. WilsonLord of the Fading Lands

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“I’m not doing much at all. I might as well be a rag doll. Comes complete with matching shoes. Spine sold separately.”
― Amie KaufmanThese Broken Stars

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“Forget everything else. Forget everyone else. You’re exactly my kind of girl.”
― Amie KaufmanThese Broken Stars

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Ok thats probably more than 10 but there you have it!

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Book to Film

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is top ten book to movie adaptations I’m looking forward too


Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II

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I’m writing this post early so I don’t know if Mockingjay Part II has come out by now or not, but I will (or did) see this the night it is released, for sure. I love these books and movies!

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Releases: Nov. 20, 2015

The Fifth Wave by Ricky Yancey

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I’ve just seen a review for this book and I’m planning on reading it this weekend.

Releases: Jan. 15, 2016

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them by J.K. Rowling

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I’m not sure I approve of this film, but I do know that I will be going to see it anyway lol

Releases: Nov. 20, 2015

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Now the rest of these are optioned or “in development” so theres not as much info on them but I’m hoping they come through!

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I haven’t been able to find out too much info on this adaptation but I know it is supposed to be “in development” and I hope it is! You can read my review for this book here.

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

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This one, again, is listed on imdb.com as “in development” so not a lot of information on this but I really do hope it is made. I adored this book trilogy!

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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This one is listed on imdb.com as being released in 2017 but theres not much info on it. Hopefully it does get made!

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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This one, too, is listed as “in development!” Fingers crossed its made! You can read my review for the book here.

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This one isn’t even listed on imdb but I’ve found it listed a couple places as being “optioned.” I really hope it is made because I love this entire trilogy so much! I think it is a really great dystopian/futuristic fantasy. You can read my review for the book here.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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This is probably my favorite book that I’ve read this year (or maybe Illuminae) so I was pretty excited to hear that its been optioned to be made into a TV show. I’m really hoping it doesn’t fall through and that they do make it! I need more of Major Merendsen. You can read my review for the book here.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Sophomore Novels

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is top ten Debut authors who I’m looking forward to their sophomore novels, or sophomore novels just as good or better than the originals


Lauren Bird Horowitz
(^links to her website)

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I’m really looking forward to the sequel to Shattered Blue (<-links to my review) which is Lauren’s debut novel in a planned trilogy. The first one follows a human girl who meets and falls for an exiled fae boy. Their love is a bit in the “insta” category but things soon go quite wrong and the book is full of plot twists, especially near the end. Some of the twists at the end made me really eager to see what happens next! The next book doesn’t yet have a title or release date.

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Victoria Aveyard
(^links to her website)

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The Glass Sword, which is the sequel to The Red Queen. I was feeling kind of “meh” about The Red Queen as I read it, but I feel that it has a lot of potential that it hasn’t lived up to yet. I think its sequel will either make or break the series for me. This is a dystopian where a girl has powers she shouldn’t have, and she’s forced to live with the aristocracy and pretend to me one of them. Of course, everything goes wrong that could, and theres the expected love triangle as well. But it shows promise as a series, I think!

Release date: Feb. 9, 2016

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Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
(^links to their websites)

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Ok this one is kind of cheating because both Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have written books before Illuminae, BUT they have never written a book together before so I’m going to go ahead and count it as a debut novel! I am freaking out about Illuminae (<-links to my review) because it was so flipping amazing! Mind-blowing! Fantasamatical! Ok I made that one up. Anyway, the point is that I cannot wait for the sequel. I. can. not. wait.!

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Sabaa Tahir
(^links to her website)

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The sequel to An Ember in the Ashes is coming April 26, 2016 and its called A Torch Against the Night. I enjoyed an Ember in the Ashes although I didn’t completely love it. But I was left looking quite forward to the sequel and its coming soon!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Halloween Theme

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For the Halloween theme, I’ve decided to highlight books or series that feature vampires. But since SO many of them do, I’ve decided to highlight those which have stood out in my mind as having particularly scary or creepy vampires, or those for which I think the author was particularly creative in creating the vampire’s origins/characteristics.

**Please note that almost all of these are ADULT books, not YA.**

I just realized I haven’t really read many YA books with vampires!


Dracula by Bram Stoker

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I don’t think any vampire-book list could possibly exist without including the original that started it all! Any of us vampire lovers need to thank Bram Stoker for bringing us the Dracula myth, and for anyone who is a fan of vampire movies or books, I highly recommend reading the original story. Unlike a lot of classic literature, this one is actually pretty easy to read and comprehend. Its not as dense or complicated as something like Moby Dick, or even Pride and Prejudice. I reread Dracula a year or two ago and enjoyed it, but found it so funny because modern authors have changed the characteristics of vampires QUITE a lot over the years!

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The Others series by Anne Bishop
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I read Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series when I was much, MUCH younger and recently stumbled upon her new series called The Others. This is a really excellent Urban Fantasy, but just be warned its more heavy on world and character building than it is on action. But it includes some of the most creative (and genuinely terrifying) vampire and werewolf creatures I’ve seen in recent literature. While many modern authors make these creatures friendly and very human in how they act, Bishop makes them more realistically non-human. They are fascinating to read about, and her “vampire” creatures are unlike any others I’ve come across in books or film. Very unique story.

**Includes adult themes, violence, abuse, & other dark themes**

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Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

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I adore, adore, ADORE Patricia Briggs and all of her books, especially her Urban Fantasy series, which are Mercy Thompson, and Alpha and Omega.  She too has excellent world building and character development, while still including plenty of action and suspense. Her books include vampires, werewolves, and fae (as well as other things) and each one has really great and original characteristics. She builds them so they each have their own very complex sets of rules and ways of life. The vampires in the Mercy Thompson series are actually scary and dangerous. No sparkly vampires here.

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The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

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Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series is another one of my favorites, and again is in the Urban Fantasy genre. His books also include a range of paranormal creatures, and vampires are one of the main character’s major enemies/nemesis. These vampires are, again, described and characterized in a way that makes them extremely nonhuman, grotesque, and very, very scary. I would not want to run into these vampires on the street. If you like your vampires evil and terrifying, you might give this series a try.

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Sunshine by Robin McKinley

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I read this book for the first time when I was a very young adult, honestly I was probably too young for it, as its a very adult book. The vampires in this standalone novel are terrifying, and the entire story is very dark. Actually darkness is a major theme of the story, which is part of the reason it’s title is Sunshine. Because you can’t truly appreciate how scary the dark is until you’ve experienced the sun first, right? This is an excellent, very unique, very reflective type of book. I would not consider it to be a “light” or “easy” read, though.

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The Moonbound Clan series by Larissa Ione

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This is a newer series from Larissa Ione, and theres only two books out in it so far, but I really enjoyed it and wanted to include it here because I think its flying under the radar a bit, and hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. This one is on here not because the vampires are especially terrifying, but because I think the world building and plot is particularly unique for its genre. This takes place in a world where vampires are known to exist in the world, and they are actually slaves to rich humans. I think the books bring up a lot of interesting discussion points about civil rights, human decency, slavery, and more. I thought it provided some really interesting reflection after reading it. I would classify this as Romantic Urban Fantasy.

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The Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter

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I stumbled upon Elizabeth Hunter’s vampire series last year and they’ve stuck out in my mind as being very well written, and very different from a lot of the other “vampire books” out there today. The world is a little bit darker, and the vampire’s are almost more of “elemental beings” because each one belongs to the earth, air, water, or fire groups and their individual “powers” reflect the group they belong too. Each group has different characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, and is almost its own “political unit,” leading to some excellent world-building. These are more slow-build Romantic Urban Fantasy books. The original series is 4 books following one couple, and each book after that is a companion standalone novel following a new set of characters. The main character of the first book is a librarian, which is actually the reason I decided to give this series a chance!

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The Blackdagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

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Ok J.R. Ward is pretty much a powerhouse in the “vampire romance” genre so I won’t go into too much detail about her series here. You can find a ton of info with a quick google search. But if you haven’t heard of it before its a very dark and sexy world, and each book is a romance featuring a new set of main characters, but with many other characters stories’ woven throughout. You generally get a lot of different perspectives in these books. The thing I like about these books is that the vampires have a really complex society and culture which is different from humans. I love reading about those differences. There is a LOT of sexism and gender discrimination in their world (not necessarily by the main male characters, but by the society leaders and such) which may rub some people the wrong way. But I enjoy seeing the female vampires struggle to overcome these assumed limitations. This is a very intense, but really good series, in my opinion.

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Wings in the Night series by Maggie Shayne

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This post is starting to get long-winded so I’m going to keep this short. This series is quite old, and I think it may be one of the first of its kind (vampire romance series). I read them several years ago and don’t remember a lot of the specifics but I liked them enough to read every single one (there are a LOT) so a re-read may be in order. These are romances that follow a different couple in each book.

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Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

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Oh lets end it with Twilight, shall we? Regardless how I feel about these books (I like reading them but think they teach young girls some terrible things about healthy relationships and behavior) the one thing I have to say is that the vampires are unique. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and in a lot of ways I really enjoyed the mythologies the author created. The sparkling part is silly, but the rest is pretty cool and unique. The werewolves mythologies I loved, I thought it was really clever to have it be steeped in native american magic, and I thought it was cool that the werewolf magic is only “Activated” when vampires are near. So for creativity, I have to say bravo. For healthy relationship development, I’d have to give it an “F.” lol


I’d love to hear from you if you’ve read and enjoyed (or not enjoyed) any of these vampire-ific books! Or if any have interested you after reading about them here!

Happy Reading

Top Ten Tuesday -Genie, show me 10 epic character duels!

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is to have a genie grant me 10 wishes

This one is pretty open ended so I decided to ask the Genie for ten epic duels between fictional characters.

I’d love to hear who you think would win each duel!


Katniss vs. Tris

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This would be a tough one, both of these ladies are ruthless and clever. I’d probably be rooting for Katniss though!

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Celeana vs. Alanna of Trebond

Alanna vs Celeana

I know you guys are getting sick of hearing this but these two characters remind me so much of each other. Its not that they are actually all that similar (not really at all in fact) but they are both totally bad$$ and kick$$ females who can fight like none other. I’d cross a lot of lines to be first row for this fight!

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Hermione Granger vs Gansey

(Gansey is from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys)

Hermione and Gansey

This would probably be a battle of wits rather than a physical battle. Honestly were it physical I’d put my money on Hermione. She did show Malfoy what’s what and Gainsey doesn’t seem to be much of a fighter lol! But these two character stand out in my mind as some of the most “bookish” and intellectual. Who would win.

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Dumbledore vs Gandalf

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I actually think of this frequently, if ever a duel should occur it would be between these two most epic of wizards, no? But who would win? I’m not sure who I’d put my money on. They’d probably just sit down and discuss things like civilized, rational people instead of fighting, I suppose.

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Percy Jackson vs. Harry Potter

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I haven’t actually read the Percy Jackson series yet (GASP!), but I’ve seen and enjoyed the two films. These two characters remind me a little bit of each other so I think it’d be fun to see them duke it out with each other!

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Dobby vs. Golem

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Enough Said lol

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer vs. Cat Crawfield

(Cat is from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series)

Cat vs Buffy

(Growing up I was a huge Buffy fan) Both of these ladies are kick-butt vampire slayers, both are witty, and both get together with hot Brittish, blonde vampires. So they are basically almost the same person. Therefore I’d like to see who is better than whom!

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Dani O’Malley Vs MacKayla Lane

(Both are from Karen Moning’s Fever series)

Dani vs Mac

Ok if you’ve read the Fever series you know that Mac and Dani start out as friends and have an almost sister-like relationship. Then ****goes down and changes everything. Now I can’t help but wonder who would win were they to battle royale it out!


So yep, that’s what I’d use my genie wishes for lol!

Top Ten Tuesday – Co-writing Powerhouse Duos

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Brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is to talk about the top ten Author Duos I’d like to see!

PS If you click the links of authors it takes you to their amazon page, if you click the links of book titles it takes you to my review of those titles!


YA

Jay Kristoff & Meagan Spooner

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Ok, Jay Kristoff has co-written a book with Amie Kaufman (Illuminae) and Meagan Spooner co-writes a series with Amie Kaufman (These Broken Stars) so I’d love to see what would happen if Jay and Meagan co-wrote something! Because I ADORE the books they both co-write with Amie Kaufman so very much. They both write speculative fiction books that feature a male and female protagonist and is told from their alternating viewpoints. They also both include veins of romance in the stories, though the romance is secondary to the sci-fi plot, which I like.

Amie KaufmanVeronica Rossi

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I enjoy Amie’s series (Illuminae & These Broken Stars) and Veronica’s Under the Never Sky series so much, and I think they’d make and interesting co-writing team. Amie writes speculative fiction taking place in space (space opera) while Veronica’s series was Dystopian, but both use alternating viewpoints of a male and female lead, both include romantic elements, and both are young, fresh authors. I’d love to see what they’d come up with together, since I adore what I’ve read from both so far!

Jennifer Armentrout and Melissa Landers

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Jennifer and Melissa both have light, romantic series that follow the same couple throughout the whole series. Both feature a human girl falling in love with an Alien boy. While Jennifer’s series takes place on Earth, however, Melissa’s moves from Earth to an Alien planet. I really think it’d be fun to see what they would come up with together, since they have such similar story lines out right now, and yet each has a distinctly different focus and voice. I really enjoyed both of their series (reviews to come), though I currently lean more toward Melissa’s Alienated series.

Danielle Jensen and Sarah J. Maas

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I’d pair these two up because of Sarah’s new A Court of Thorns and Roses series and Danielle’s Malidiction series. Both have a kind of “beauty and the beast-esqu” to them, and both feature beautifully drawn worlds and fully realized characters, plus hot “leadership” guys! They also both have some nice political intrigue and action/villains included. Sarah’s story involves a girl “abducted” by the Fae to live with them to break a curse, while Danielle’s features a young girl “abducted” by the Trolls to live with them and break a curse. I really loved both of these books so far and I think these two authors might make a killer team!

Kiera Cass and Suzanne Collins

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This one’s a little bit of a funny one, because I think these two books are polar opposites, and yet the Selection series by Cass is frequently called “Hunger Games without the bloodshed.” Well I don’t really think they are that similar (I’m not a huge fan of the Selection – sorry sorry!) but I think it would be HYSTERICAL for these two authors to co-write something. I think it would be absolutely over-the-top!

Tamora Pierce and Sarah J Maas

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I talk about Tamora Pierce a lot on my blog, because she is like the first author I read in the YA High Fantasy genre, and she’s a major reason that I’ve stuck with Fantasy most of my life. Now that I’ve recently gotten back into reading YA Fantasy again, I’ve found Sarah J. Maas (especially her Throne of Glass series) to remind me a lot of Tamora. I think Sarah might be this generations’s Tamora Pierce! Both authors write about bad-a$$, kick-A$$ females who don’t need a man (but usually choose to have some anyway 🙂 ) and who aren’t afraid to fight for what they think is right. Both include excellent secondary characters and beautifully drawn and complex worlds an political tensions. If you’re a fan of one of these authors, I HIGHLY recommend you try the other. And I would be out of my mind if they ever co-wrote something. It would probably be the Lord of the Rings of our time. No doubt.

Adult/YA

Kresley Cole & Gena Showalter

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Any fans of adult paranormal romance out there will probably understand that Kresley and Gena would be a co-writing powerhouse of epic awesome-ness in a bottle. They are actually friends IRL and they often endorse each other’s books. They both write contemporary romances, PNR romances, and they each also have YA fantasy series as well. Both authors are well-known for their hot & aggressive male characters, scorching “steamy” romances, and for including humor into their books. Most people who are fans of one author are fans of the other and many fans have been clamoring for these two to co-write something! I read both their PNRs and YAs and my opinion is that out of the two Adult PNR series, Cole’s Immortals After Dark is stronger, while out of the two YA series, Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles takes the cake. In terms of their YA series you can see my reviews:

Kresley Cole’s Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles 1)
Gena Showalter’s Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles 1)
Gena Showalter’s Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles 3)
Gena Showalter’s A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles 4/Companion Novel)

Adult

Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher

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I can’t even really spend a lot of time imagining if these two co-wrote something together because the amazing-ness of such a prospect is almost too much to handle for my brain right now. In my opinion these are two of the strongest and best authors of Urban Fantasy out there right now, and I believe they are going to be well known for the genre long after their time, much like Tolkien is. Exquisite world building, complex and dynamic, often “flawed” characters, fully developed and “real” side-characters, and plots and action, these two both totally “bring it.” Honestly, if Briggs’ Mercy Thompson ever met Butcher’s Harry Dresden, I don’t even know what would happen, but it would be freaking awesome. Both authors write about modern day characters living in a world where magic and monsters exist alongside regular humans. Both draw heavily from european mythologies (Fae, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, etc) but each one has created wonderful origins and characteristics for each “race” and both have main characters that are very clever and very, very funny.

Grace Draven and Juliet Marillier

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Juliet Marillier is well known for her High Fantasies which usually take place in Ireland or Scotland, and which usually include a romance interwoven throughout the story. She’s been a staple of her genre for years and a lot of her books are mourn classics (such as Daughter of the Forest, which I highly recommend). Grace Draven is a newer author, who plays in the same genre as Juliet, and who has not become as famous yet as I think she will. Grace reminds me a lot of Juliet in terms of their world-building and characterizations. I don’t mean that it feels like Grace has repeated what Juliet’s done, just that the “epic-feeling” nature of the stories, the complex and beautiful world building, and the heart-breaking and touching romances each includes in their stories reminds me of the other. If you are a fan of either of these authors I recommend you try the other. I adore how each author usually includes characters who are flawed or in some way “imperfect” and I enjoy that the romances are usually “slow-build” but very beautiful and believable. Were they to co-write something, I think it would be epic and heart-wrenchingly emotional.


Alright so there you have it, my dream teams for adult and YA authors! What do you guys think?