Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017

toptentuesdayThis meme is hosted by Broke and the Bookish. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where you choose your top ten picks based on a topic.

This week’s topic: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017.

(I did more than ten, and that was after limiting myself to standalones and series debutes.  I get really excited about new books.)

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Favorite Books of 2016

I met my goal of reading 100 books this year!  And despite having so many to choose from, I’m going to limit myself to my ten favorites.  This doesn’t mean the books were published in 2016, just that I read them in 2016.

Without Further Ado:

10. Uprooted (My Review)

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9. Symptoms of Being Human (My Review)

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8.  Passenger (My Review)

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7. The Queen of the Tearling & Invasion of the Tearling (I didn’t review these, because I read them way back at the beginning of 2016)

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6.  Dream Thieves/Blue Lily, Lily Blue (My Review for Dream Thieves and for Blue Lily)

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5. The Night Circus (No Review for this one either because it was the first book I read in 2016)

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4. Rebel of the Sands (My Review)

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3. Six of Crows (My Review)

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2. Court of Mist and Fury (My Review)

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1. Truthwitch (which I still haven’t written a review for because I’m terrible at this)

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Top Ten Tuesday October Edition: The Undead

Continuing my month-long celebration of October and all things Halloween, the theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to be The Undead.  That’s right, vampires, ghosts, zombies, anything that can be classified as the living dead, that’s what we have going on this week.

1. The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klaus

My favorite vampire novel of all time.  Seriously, this is hands down my favorite.  Zoe is such a great protagonist.  She’s strong and capable, but she’s still emotional and vulnerable.  Simon was one of my first fictional crushes, not gonna lie.  He’s kind, distinguished, dignified… the perfect vampire gentleman.  Zoe and Simon’s connection, forged from grief and loneliness and despair, is so profound and compelling.  Zoe is coming to terms with the fact that her mother is dying of terminal cancer.  Simon is seeking his own mother’s killer, while trying to accept that he was turned into the same type of monster that killed her.  The atmosphere of this book is gloomy and dark and Gothic (yes capital G very much required) and I love it.

2. The Ghosts Belonged to Me/Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck

Both of these are middle-grade books.  I don’t care, they are still awesome.  Technically speaking, they are the first two books in the Blossom Culp series (followed by The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp and Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death) but these first two books actually focus more on Alexander, a boy that can see and talk to ghosts.  He doesn’t much appreciate his talent, but he’s driven to help put these spirits to rest regardless.  I’ve always enjoyed this series, which manages to be humorous and suspenseful at once.

3. The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger

Werewolves and vampires and ghosts oh my!  This series has such a great, imaginative, and unique premise as far as the “undead” go.  In this universe, there is such a thing as having “too much” soul.  A person with too much soul can be bitten and turned into either a vampire or werewolf (both of these options in this universe require a death and reanimation.  If I remember correctly, there’s a specific quote that states that werewolves don’t have beating hearts either) or, if a person with too much soul dies a natural death they become ghosts.  This whole thing is super fascinating to me.  This first series is a steampunk, paranormal romance.  There is also a YA series that is more adventure-based and delightfully fun, and a new adult series that I honestly wouldn’t recommend.

4. The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell

My favorite zombie novel!  Actually possesses very few zombies, but I really love the protagonist of this novel, who is a young girl that was born into the zombie apocalypse.  This is one of those books where you realize the true undead are the humans all along.  Warning: the author doesn’t believe in things like quotation marks, the ending is not a happy one, and there’s an attempted sexual assault on a teenage girl by a grown man.

5. The Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Another zombie novel with very few zombies.  I find zombies to be more interesting visually, I guess, but this book is really cool.  The protagonist is an older woman trying to rescue her son.  There’s no romance to be found in this book, which I found really refreshing, to be honest.  It’s another steampunk book and the first in a series, but the only one (I believe, I haven’t read them all yet) that has the zombies.

6. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot

Another middle-grade series, but my personal favorite of all of Meg Cabot’s books.  Yes, I also have a soft-spot for The Princess Dairies but that’s because the first one came out when I was ten.  The Mediator series is more of an All Ages type of series.  Suze is a kickass female protagonist, a medium who can see and talk with spirits.  There also happens to be one haunting her bedroom.  Jesse is another one of my fictional crushes from early adolescence.  This series had a fantastic conclusion that I really enjoyed, but I know Meg Cabot released another book in this series this last year.  Guess I’m going to have to re-read the entire series and then the new one.  What a chore, right?

7. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

I’ve only read the first one of this series, but I really enjoyed the quirky narrator and story.  I’ve been meaning to get around to reading the rest of the series and it just never seems to happen. One day, though.  One day.

8. The Vampire Kisses Series by Ellen Schreiber

These books are super cliche and over-the-top and I love it.  Yes, the main character is a stereotypical Gothic babybat, but having been one of those myself I find it hilarious and endearing.  I’ve been there, and I can laugh at myself and my ridiculousness.  This series is on this list because its just so much fun, and because all the books in the series amuse me so very much.

9. The Crow by James O’Barr

I highly suggest this graphic novel.  For one, the art is fantastic.  For another, the story line is fantastic.  And, yes, it was made into an equally fantastic movie with Brandon Lee, and that should of course be enjoyed as well.  But, do yourself a favor and check out the comic as well.

10. The Vampire Empire Series by Clay Griffith

I really enjoyed this series because the vampires are actually scary and terrifying and deadly and over the top crazy vampires.  Except for Gareth, of course, who loves Adele and humans and wants there to be harmony on Earth again or something.  Honestly, Gareth was the least fascinating part of this series and yet I still loved his relationship with Adele.  Speaking of which, Adele is badass.  She’s a princess, and she cares about her people, and she’s determined to be their ruler not just a pretty wife to the king.  Adele is fierce, even though she spends more than half of her time being absolutely terrified.

 

 

Bonus: Books I Haven’t Read But Fit This Theme

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
Wicked as they Come by Delilah S. Dawson
Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite
Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
Vivia by Tanith Lee
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Villains

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This meme is hosted by Broke and the Bookish. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where you choose your top ten picks based on a topic.

This week’s topic: Top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite tv villains, favorite comic book villains, ten “villains” of contemporary lit.

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