Top Ten Tuesday- Theme Song Edition

You guys, I love the theme that the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish have chosen for Top Ten Tuesday this week. I always love them, but this one totally speaks to my heart because I’m the girl (ok, mature-ish woman) who carries her iPod everywhere, creates playlists for everything and has to be told by my kids constantly to turn down her music.

So why was this such a hard list to make? I mean, hello, we try as often as possible to include Soundtracks to our reviews. But therein lies the problem: I’ve already listed so many (but not all) of these in reviews that they don’t feel original to me anymore.  But you know what? The songs still totally rock me.  That’s what music should do.  It should take you back to a moment or a certain emotion and it should make it come alive again.

1.  Divergent by Veronica Roth – Bleed It Out by Linkin Park. Everytime I hear this song, all I want to do is say “HOLLLLAAAAA!!!” It’s lame, I know, but it’s me.

2. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson– Across the Universe by The Beatles.  As with most people, The Beatles are my favorite band ever.  I love the lyrics to this song.  You have definitely heard it before, but have you really listened to the words?

3. Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins– Read My Mind by The Killers

I love this book so, so much. And I love that even though Cricket and Lola have known each other forever, there is that underlying sense of newness to them as they tiptoe toward a romantic relationship.  There’s so much hope and uncertainty and such sweetness there.  And there is a great set of lines in this song:

It’s funny how you just break down
Waitin’ on some sign
I pull up to the front of your driveway
With magic soakin’ my spine

I just love how perfectly it hits that vibe of Lola and Cricket.  They are both waiting on something and throughout the whole story, the whole relationship, there is such charm and such magic in their connection.

4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand– Run by Snow Patrol.

Oh my goodness, have you read this book?  The words to this song fit it so perfectly.

5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis– Newborn by Muse

I loved this book like, in a crazypants way. Originally, I chose the theme from The Twilight Zone as its soundtrack (which totally still fits), but I think this song does too.

6. The Summer Books (The Summer I Turned Pretty,It’s Not Summer Without You, We’ll Always Have Summer) by Jenny Han- Smile Like You Mean it by The Killers

7. Blue Bloods by Melissa De la Cruz– Time is Running Out by Muse

I can’t take credit for this one. She put it in the book. How can I think of anything else?  Plus, it fits perfectly.

8. The Truth bout Forever by Sarah Dessen– Someday by The Strokes

9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire– If I Had a Gun by Noel Gallagher’s High lying Birds.

Lordy, I love this song.

And that’s all I’ve got! I’m looking forward to hearing everyone else’s picks.  I need some new music!

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? (Goodreads)

It’s so difficult to put my love for certain books into coherent thoughts and words.  If I really told you exactly how I felt about some of them, this is what the reviews would look like:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and then maybe:

OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!

So when it comes to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I don’t want to be a babbling idiot and say “You guys, this book is pure awesome.”

But you guys, this book is pure awesome. There’s no other way to say it (or, I’m sure there is but I have no idea how to communicate it as I’m still in the spazzing phase). So forgive me if I slobber all over this one or if I ramble incoherently. I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but I don’t want you to walk away without being convinced that is book is worth your time.

Here’s why:

1. Karou- She’s our protagonist. She has blue hair. Blue, because one day she wished it would be that color and thus, it was. Also, she’s mysterious and passionate a a total butt-kicker while still wanting to be a seventeen year-old girl who goes to art school (oh yeah, in Prague) and hang with her best friend.  It’s just that she also has access to a door that leads to magic and creatures—those who would be considered monsters by most standards—and strange errands and adventures.

2. Akiva- There isn’t alot I can reveal about Akiva the seraphim, so I’ll go with the obvious one—he’s Hottie McHotpants. Not just in the way his physical beauty is described, but in his brokenness and in the way he once again finds the desire to follow his heart regardless of the cost.

Doesn't he look sad? Like his heart is weighted?

“Everything was between them, everything he’d felt suffuse the air while they faced each other over the rooftops. Being near her was like balancing on a tipping world, trying to keep your footing as the ground wanted to roll you forward, hurl you into a spiral from which there was no recovery, only impact, and it was a longed-for impact, and a sweet and beckoning collision.” pg 199

3. The Creatures and Mythology– Brimstone, I love you and I want to hug you for what you’ve done for Karou. Don’t you wish you knew? Maybe you should read the book and find out.

4. Freaking World Travels- Karou lives in Prague. She travels to Marrakesh and Paris and Idaho (um, so that’s not so exciting but they can’t all be winners). She’s lived everywhere, learned the languages, learned their fighting techniques and bought the t-shirt. The door that leads to Brimstone can open to any place she wants to go or any place he needs to send her. And these locations are described with lush detail. It made me want to get on a plane—or find my own magic doorway.

Prague

5. The Writing- This is the first book I’ve read by Taylor. It was beautiful and poetic, written with such creativity and mind-blowing visual images. It flowed so perfectly and easily that I didn’t want it to end.  This book had me at hello, goodbye and every moment in between.

“Karou wished she could be the kind of girl who was complete unto herself, comfortable with solitude, serene.  But she wasn’t. She was lonely, and she feared the missingness within her as if it might expand and…cancel her. She craved a presence beside her, solid. Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on a balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust.” pg 71

Crush Intensity: 5/5 Fantastic. Major crush here. Huge.

Big thanks to my friend Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks for encouraging me to read it!

Top Ten Tuesday- Oops

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The topic this week is supposed to be Top Ten Books for People Who Don’t Read.  Since apparently I am unable to follow instructions, a few weeks ago I posted a list under the same heading  (I should have been more specific like, “People Who Don’t Read YA”. My bad!) Anyhoo, if you’d like to see my original list you can do that here. Otherwise, this week I’ll be doing what I should have done then.

So here’s my Top Ten Books for People Who Don’t Read Paranormal. I feel that this is a subject I can totally relate to because I really am not a fan of books about wolves and vampires and the like.  I mean, have you seen the covers of these books? Oh the emo faces! Oh the Twilight ripoffs!  It’s embarrassing to even pick one up, nevermind reading them.  But there are a choice few that I like. In fact, I pretty much love most of these:

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

CAST OF CHARACTERS: Angels, vampires, faeries, warlocks, wolves

Bonus Factor: Jace

These are considered Urban Fantasy and they fit that description perfectly, but if anyone had told me what they were about and the long list of crazy creatures, I may have skipped them. Thank goodness I went by the legions of ladies who swoon over Jace,  because I seriously LOVE these books. Clare makes this genre totally cool and fun.

 

The Blue Bloods series by Melissa De la Cruz

CAST OF CHARACTERS: Angels, Vampires, Witches

Bonus Factor: Jack Force

This series has an interesting mix of angels and vampires with some really fun history thrown in.  The love triangles are killer and the relationship of Schuyler and Jack is packed with chemistry. Get ready to fall in love with Jack. Also, dear lord, the tension is fantastic. I could barely take it.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

CAST OF CHARACTERS: Angels

I’ve read a ton of stories about fallen angels and storyline gets old quickly unless something truly creative is done with it (see Blue Bloods).  Unearthly has nothing to do with fallen angels. This is about a girl who finds out that she is part angel. And this girl’s entire purpose is wrapped up in a mysterious mission she must complete. Of course there are barriers to that mission. And of course there is a great love story. And the characters are wonderful.  I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed this and at how swoonworthy the romance was.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

CAST OF CHARACTERS: Wolves

I can’t say this enough: I hate wolves.  It’s just not a storyline that generally speaks to me. This may be due in part to the fact that I absolutely cannot stand Jacob Black.  Hate him! This book, however is entirely about wolves. And it isn’t about some lame girl in love with a wolf . It’s about a tough girl who is a wolf. And she is set to lead her own pack along with the guy she’s betrothed to.  Only problem: she hates him (I don’t know why ladies. He’s pretty sexy). Oh and she falls in love with a human.  I loved the main character, Calla. She made this book for me.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

CAST OF CHARACTERS: Angels, Mythological Creatures, All-around bad asses

I’ve blabbed about this book an awful lot, I know. And luckily, the review is coming this week because I feel I need to discuss it more.  This story is less about angels than it is about clashing mythological worlds and the “normal” girl caught in crossfire.  It is so good. So good!

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

CAST OF CHARACTERS: Ghosts

Oh, I love, love, love these books. There is major swoon here. And the premise— because of some odd, cosmic occurrence, people under a certain age can all see ghosts—is so fun. And our heroine, Aura, can see the ghost of her boyfriend who just died. It’s weird and tragic all at once. Read this series.

The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting

CAST OF CHARACTERS: People who hear dead people (is there a name for that?)

These books are so creepy without having a really big “paranormal” feel to them.  Violet can hear dead people calling her—those who have died violently at the hands of another. And she attempts to use this ability to help find a serial killer who has been stalking young girls in her area. And while she’s trying to figure out that mess, she has developed a major crush on her seriously charming best friend, Jay. This series is equal parts creepy suspense and sweet romance.

Abandon by Meg Cabot

CAST OF CHARACTERS: A guy who runs the Underworld (so, Mythology)

This is a retelling of the myth of Persephone. And it’s Meg Cabot so, while it’s a little darker than her normal stuff, it still has her awesome wit, her great characters, and a romance that leaves you wanting more.

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

CAST OF CHARACTERS: Vampires, Vampire Hunters

This one is funny you guys. Totally funny. And yes, the naughty vampire, Lucien, is pretty darn sexy, as is the vampire hunter, Alaric (who I happen to picture looking like Alaric from The Vampire Diaries. This is not a bad thing). And Meena is caught between her attraction to Lucien and her belief in what is right and safe.  Word to the wise: this girl is no mindless Bella.

THE ENEMY BY CHARLES HIGSON

Cast of Characters: Zombies

You guys, this book is creepytown.  A virus infects the world so that anyone over the age of eighteen turns into disgusting, brain-eating zombies.  There’s  a few groups of kids outside of London, all of whom are trying to stay safe without starving to death.  It doesn’t sound enticing but trust me, I was sucked in from the get go.

Top Ten Tuesday- Book Club Picks

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by those lovelies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re discussing our Top Ten Book Club reads. Now, since I tend to blather on about the same books over and over again (The Sky Is Everywhere, Harry Potter, The Princess Diaries anyone?), I’ll make an effort to discuss Classic, YA and Adult fiction here, since book clubs aren’t normally limited by genre.  Also,  I think you all know that there are about 1000 YA books I’d like to recommend  (to you, to my girlfriends, to random people on the streets), but I’ll limit myself here. It’s going to take some discipline, but here goes.

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger– Guys, I could spend weeks talking about this book.  It is my favorite.  I am absolutely in love with both Henry and Claire and I never, ever tire of reading it. If you haven’t tried this one, pick it up.

2.  Persuasion by Jane Austen– Everyone loves Darcy and Elizabeth and they love those Dashwood sisters and Emma, but I think people often overlook this beautiful book.  And sweet holy breeches, that letter by Captain Wentworth? It melted me. I was practically a puddle on the floor.

3. How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr– I think Zarr always asks interesting questions in her novels and this one is no different.  It touched so many emotions in me and I really believe it’s one that speaks outside of typical genre lines. I related to the kids in the story, but it really hit a nerve with me as a mom.

4. Night by Elie Wiesel– This is not a happy book. It’s dark, and haunting and sad.  But it’s essential that memories of horrors past not die, but are shared and carried on so that we have the foresight and the heart to never let them happen again. Here Wiesel accounts his experiences as a teenage boy thrust into a concentration camp with his father. It’s brutally vivid, but it is such a good read.

5. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton– This is the only book I’ve ever read by Wharton, but I devoured it.  It’s a picture of New york society during the late 1800’s and it’s full of lush descriptions, scandals and hateworthy characters. In fact, the only person I really loved was the one that everyone in the story kept at arm’s length. It’s a good book.

6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman– Ok, I talk about this one quite often too, but I really feel that there are so many beautiful themes to discuss here. Again, this is one I related to in so many ways, be it mother to child, daughter to parent, sibling to sibling or love to love—this one had everything. And yeah, it made me cry till my eyeballs practically bled, but it made my heart soar, and swoon and smile in equal amounts as well.

7. Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See– This book delves into Chinese culture during the foot binding era (reason enough to read it because THAT is some crazy business) but the real story is about friendship.  If you don’t cry in this one then you have no heart!

8. Possession by AS Byatt– There is so much to discuss here. The story revolves around two modern-day scholars who discover love letters written by two Victorian-era poets who were quite famous. Byatt created tons of poetry and back story so that you’re really reading two stories at once (and they’re beautifully written). And at one point, it all sounded so authentic to me that I was convinced these poets must have actually existed.  Seriously. I looked them up online. (Genius? No. Gullible? Quite).

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– You need to read this book about Liesel and the Hubermann’s and how they lived in Nazi Germany while hiding a Jew in their home. And it’s fantastically narrated by Death.  It’s sad and dark and yet somehow hopeful.

10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor– This one is still on my mind (oh and yea for you and me, the review is coming next week!). I loved the creativity of the story and was totally blown away by the beauty of Taylor’s writing.

11. I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan– You must get sick of me talking about this book, but I had to mention it. I think it speaks across genres because it’s all about human connection. Again, there are so many ways I related to it.  I’m thinking of choosing this for my own book club (or any of the ten above. Geesh. It’s so hard to choose).

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I’m Psyched About for 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week’s topic is books I’m excited to read in 2012. Now, since there are still a ton of books from 2011 I need to read (as well as older books), I’m only going to focus on new releases.

1. Hallowed by Cynthia Hand- I loved the first book in this series, Unearthly.  It was exceptional. The sequel comes out Januray 17, 2012.  The wait is almost over!

2. Fever by Lauren DeStefano- This is book numero dos in The Chemical Garden trilogy. The first book, Wither,  was so, so good and highly disturbing.  What’s going to happen next?  Fever comes out on February 21,2012. I’m psyched!

3. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver- Delirium was so fantastic. I’m dying to see what happens next.  Luckily, I don’t have to wait until the publish date of February 28, 2012 because the ever awesome Dixie and Maggie at Gone Pecan just sent me their ARC.  Holla!

4. Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter- Oh, I can’t wait to see what happens next for Henry and Kate. And let’s be real, more Henry. I need more. Book two comes out on March 27,2012.

5. The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting- This is book number three in The Body Finder series.  I only recently got into these but sister, I’m hooked.  I need more now. This one comes out on April 17,2012.

 

6. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth- Well…have YOU read Divergent? ‘Nuff said. The sequel comes out on May 1, 2012.

7. Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready- You guys, this is the third and final book in the Shade series. I don’t want it to end, but I need closure (and more kissing).  I’ll get that on May 1,2012.

8. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle- Serle is a debut author who has written some fantastic, funny columns on other blogs.  This book sounds so good to me. It comes out on May 1, 2012.

9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare- Can you believe that this is book number five in the Mortal Instruments series?  I still love these and don’t know if I can hold out until the release date of May 8,2012.

10. Underworld by Meg Cabot- This sequel to Abandon (which I loved.  I mean hello, John is hot) comes out May 8, 2012. Also, it’s Meg Cabot. She can do no wrong.

11. Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone- Let me just say that anytime you tell me that a book is like a YA version of The Time Traveler’s Wife (my favorite book on the entire planet), I’m there. That’s what the buzz is on this one, which is being released on October 9, 2012.

12. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins- I don’t think it’s possible for Perkins to write a book that isn’t completely charming.  I’m totally excited to read this second and final companion to Anna and the French Kiss.  We don’t have a solid publication date yet, but we know it’s coming in 2012.

Unearthly

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

This girl reminds me of Keira Knightley. Is it just me?

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny? (Goodreads)

The Story:

Clara has a unique calling.  While she doesn’t know it in great detail, she has a vision—the same one continuously—that gives her clues to her destiny.  This calling takes her all the way from California to Wyoming in search of the boy whose face she knows only from her own mind. The one she’s certain she must rescue.

Clara’s mom is part angel. And Clara, as her daughter, is one quarter angel.  Now, if you think this is another freaking fallen angel story again (I’m sick of them too), think again.  Clara and her mother are guardian angels, each with a distinct job to fulfill.  Their purpose is known only to themselves and only when revealed (by whom?) at the appropriate time.

When Clara finally settles in Wyoming, all is not as simple as it seems.  She finds Christian, the boy from her vision, but she is still unable to connect the pieces from her vision and translate them into waking life. They share a somewhat confusing bond made all the more complicated by the fact that Clara is strangely drawn to Tucker, the somewhat annoying brother of her new friend. Tucker proves to be both exasperating and sweet and he becomes a major distraction from the one guiding thing in Clara’s life—um yeah, her purpose (which is kind of everything).

My Take:

There is a short list of this sort of book that I actually truly, truly love.  More often, they annoy the shizz out of me.  I’m sorry, but it’s true. Angels have lately felt like such a tired concept.  But Unearthly was in a completely different category.  While there is little talk of God and religion, you get the feeling that these ladies are sent by the Big Guy himself.  They’re guardian angels, but not in a random, do-gooder sort of way. They were created with a distinct purpose,  and special abilities, yet they are part human—with human emotions and needs.  They’re called to put it all on the line to answer when duty calls.

The story is so refreshing because, although it had supernatural elements, much of the book dealt with Clara battling between understanding her calling and fighting her own human desire to follow her heart.  Tucker isn’t supposed to be a part of her plan, but he sort of slips in and he fits blissfully into her human life.  Christian represents her supernatural life and though she has no romantic tie to him, she has a sense of duty.  She should have nothing drawing her to Tucker, yet she is overwhelmed by her desire to be with him.

Crush Intensity: 4.5/5 I really couldn’t put it down. It was so well-written, so engrossing and I never saw the end coming.  I loved it.

Soundtrack: Snow Patrol

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I’m Dying to Read

by Tee

I love the topic of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  It’s Top Ten Sequels I’m Dying to Read.  I mean, it’s just so hard to wait.  This is why I prefer to read a series once it’s all released (which is what I did in the case of Harry Potter and let me tell you, my husband and my mental health thank me for that because I would have obsessed over every single detail until I ended up divorced or in a straight jacket if I’d waited a year for each installment).  In a perfect world, this would happen with all books, but alas it does not and so I spend my time on blogs and chat rooms looking for endless tidbits to discuss about what could happen next to my favorite characters.  And worse, sometimes the authors throw me a teaser and it only seems to magnify my intense need to get that sequel.  So here are the books I’m totally spazzing about:

1. The Next Mortal Instruments book by Cassandra Clare- I say it this way because, as stated last week, I have purposely avoided reading City of Fallen Angels, so that I might hold onto my last shred of sanity for a little while longer while waiting for City of Lost Souls which doesn’t come out until May.  And even then, it’s not over, which makes me both happy (because I love this series) and sad (because hate waiting).

2. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth–  I loved Divergent and I cannot imagine how much more intense this sequel will be.  As far as I know, we have a pretty long wait though because according to Roth’s website it’s not due until Spring or Summer of 2012.  Guess I’ll have to read Divergent again to get my fix of Tris and Four until then.

3. Underworld (Abandon #2) by Meg Cabot- Oh ladies, I loved Peirce and John.  I thought this was such a great book, retelling of the myth of Persephone  in Meg’s signature style.  The sequel comes out in Spring of 2012!

4. Goddess Interrupted (The Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter- Speaking of the myth of Persephone, we’re due to hear more from Kate and her hottypants husband Henry!  Vee and I absolutely adored the first book. The sequel comes out in April of 2012.  Sigh.  It’s really too far away.

5. Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale- Guys ,I love the pants off of Austenland.  I can barely stand to wait for the film, which I wholeheartedly hope will make my heart get all pitter- pattery the way the book did.  Until then, we can enjoy another visit to Pemberly Park.

6. Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare- The first book in this series, Clockwork Angel was so, so good.  I made the dastardly mistake of reading it right after it came out (I know!) and I have been waiting and waiting to see what the heck Will is hiding. And will there be any kissing?  I mean, these are important questions and things I think my husband has grown weary of discussing with me at length, considering he has no idea who Will or Jem or Tessa are (Seriously, what’s wrong with him?). As with all things Cassandra Clare, I expect that the sequel will be equally good, if not better.

7. A Million Suns ( Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis- Oh, the first book in this series was so awesomely creepy and suspenseful.  I am dying to see what life holds for Amy, Elder and the occupants of Godspeed.  I’m sure it will be cringe-inducing, but in the best way possible.

8. Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand- I’ve not had a chance to review Unearthly yet, but let me assure that it is excellent.  Like, I want to do that Italian thing where I kiss my fingers and look at the book and say “Bellisima!”  But I’m kinda weird that way. Anyhoo, I can’t wait for the sequel to this story about Clara, who is part guardian angel, part normal girl!

9. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver- It’s no secret that I cried my little eyes out while reading DeliriumOliver’s writing is beautiful and completely captivating and I am dying to see what life is like for Lena now that she is in the Wilds. Plus…SPOILER ALERT (kind of)… I just have to believe that a certain someone is still alive and that she’ll see this person again.  SHE HAS TO!!! HAS. TO!

10. Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready- I thought Shade was such a fantastic, excellent twist in the paranormal genre (a genre I’m generally not a huge fan of).  With the sequel, Shift (review coming soon), Smith-Ready brought the intensity to a whole new level.  Now I am so caught up in the story of Aura, Logan and Zach (oh Zach with your rolling rrrrr’s and kilt. Sometimes I think about adding you to my list.).  This third and final book can’t come soon enough.