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#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015

Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting.
If you follow me on Goodreads, you'll know I'm about 21 books behind my goal of reading 100 books this year. No pressure! None, right? Anyone else panic when they log onto Goodreads or feel awfully proud when they're going on to write a review? That's me lately, LOL! 
--> An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

--> Lock & Mori by Heather Petty

--> Cress by Marissa Meyer

--> Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

--> Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

--> Half Wild by Sally Green

"Waiting On" Wednesday #13: Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Have I mentioned being a sucker for Sherlockian type stories yet? It probably didn't get brought up the numerous times I've mentioned what a fan I am of Sherlock, right? So saying it again can't hurt?

Such a great homage to Sherlock and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle all in one delightfully clever supernatural mystery. From the snorts of derision Jackaby airs over that fellow who works with Scotland Yard to the absolutely necessary and all-burning desire Ms. Rook has for a little flipbook, leather bound -- their introduction and thence forth partnership makes my deerstalker printed heart go bahda-bing. They're adorable as are the entire cast surrounding them, fleshing them out into a motley-crue family of sorts that's irresistibly sweet, and unputawayable.
Also, the covers are freaking amazing. Gorgeous... practically perfect in every way!

So heck yes, I am waiting on Beastly Bones and wishing that Netgalley would come through for me because I've req…

"Waiting On" Wednesday #12: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Have you all read the first three books in this series? Or picked up the anthology of stories?!

This fourth novel will be the death of us... am I right?! 
If you haven't checked out this series, go over to the fansite HERE. These first three books are so worth reading... binge reading! Lately I feel like all I've done is recommend series that aren't finished. I'm sorry all of you who like closure, but you really don't want to miss out on these.

DETAILS: Title: Queen of ShadowsPublisher: Bloomsbury USA Children'sPublishing date: September 1, 2015Author(s): Sarah J. MaasSeries: Throne of Glass #4

Wanna see the UK cover too?! 

Do you like one better than the other? 
SUMMARY:  Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight …

#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR Pile

Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting.
So there's a lot of overlap with this list and the beach reads from a couple of weeks ago. However, I did already get Jackaby and Throne of Glass books off the list. Do hope to get more reviews written... and I'm a Percy Pack blogger for Fangirlish so it's going to be a lot of fun over there if you want to check out the special posts for the 10th Anniversary celebration of that series. 
To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid Pretty Dark Sacrifice by Heather Reid Get Even by Gretchen McNeil Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil
Of course, there's so many more, but I'm most interested in these right now for myself. My children always have lists too and I usually try to read the books on their lists t…

BLOG TOUR: 'A Matter of Time' Author Lisa M. Basso Talks Relaxation

One of the books I waited to go on tour in 2015 is A MATTER OF TIME by Lisa M. Basso.

The last book, A SLITHER OF HOPE ended on a cliffiest of cliff hangers and so yeah, I was ready to know what had happened to Ray and Kade, being fond of both of them after spending two books getting to know them quite well and all their hangups with life. So finding out their story went to Hell in the second book just about broke me and my hope was stuck on the fact there would be a third book!

Thank the heavens I got to be a part of this blog tour though, because once I knew this story was out there, I really did not know how long I could hold out reading it. Lucky me! I got to read it early along with getting some closure for myself. Having finished it though, the ending led me to believe that there could potentially be a spin-off series. Hmmm... and while I didn't get a chance to grill Lisa on dangling character development and happy endings and her newest projects, she did take the time to wr…

BOOK REVIEW: Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Sometimes I get suckered by my love of Sherlock Holmes. Books, television and movies all attempt luring Sherlockians into reading/watching their stories just because it might have a bit of the illumination that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle managed in his canonical works. It's rare that I'm displeased by such comparisons to the famed detective when it has revealed a wealth of talent in the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Heather Petty and Bonnie MacBird. All individuals delving into the psyche of the Victorian character who notices everything. 

For better or worse, I am not so keen on meta details and am quite willing to overlook so obvious ploys for my attentions if there's a good story to be had or characters who manage to suck me in with their extreme displeasure of the human race's inability to keep up. Which is why... I dug Phillip Digby and rooted for Zoe Webster. These two unlikely friends find that sometimes you just have to say... eh... meh.…

"Waiting On" Wednesday #11: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

More Lunar Chronicles could not come at a better time! The end is nigh people and hearing that Marissa Meyer is going to do her best to expand upon the universe even if it means only the addition of shorts in an anthology featuring already been published short stories elsewhere, I still am beyond pleased. As one of the many who read her extras on wattpad, knowing I can finally have them all plus new words in a compilation, a physical book... isn't that brilliant news?! Who's hurrahing with me?!
DETAILS: Title: Stars AbovePublisher: Feiwel & FriendsPublishing date: February 2, 2016Author(s): Marissa MeyerSeries: The Lunar Chronicles

A Lunar Chronicles Collection titled STARS ABOVE includes: Glitches: A prequel to Cinder, detailing Cinder’s first weeks after her cyborg surgery and her introduction to her new stepfamily.The Queen’s Army: A prequel to Scarlet, telling the story of one soldier in Levana’s army who is determined not to become the monster everyone expects him to be.

"Waiting On" Wednesday #10: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassie Clare

Yeah, yeah... I love this series. So does my son. Sometimes, middle grade novels are the best! You should check out The Iron Trial if you haven't. It has a really great pace and story and characters.
DETAILS: Title: The Copper GauntletPublisher: Scholastic PressPublishing date: September 1, 2015Author(s): Holly Black and Cassandra ClareSeries: Magisterium Series

SUMMARY: From Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes the second entry in the New York Times bestselling series that defies what you think you know about the worlds of good and evil.
LOL! Okay... so the summary is bare but that's because spoilers yo! This series will be one cliffhanger after another if I suspect it goes how it has started. And yeah... I really cannot tell you anything much about the first book because it literally is its own spoiler. What?! Just read it. Okay? You might like it... a lot.
As always thanks to Breaking the Spine for hosting.

#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten Books I Would Like to See as a Movie/TV Show

Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting.
You know, you think these lists would be easy and then yeah, they aren't. However, let's give this list a go, because there have been some wonderful books lately that I have specifically thought, why isn't this story being optioned for film or television. 
1} Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: These fairytale retellings, that are a grunge-steampunk epic space odyssey remind me of the brilliance of Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer which means... Joss Whedon, have you read these books?! Please do and then turn them into a movie. Okay. Thanks.

2} Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn: Always and forever, I will want to see these stories turned into film. The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me and so forth... these siblings and their spouses are hilarious, mostly because Julia Quinn has a way with witty, funny dialogue like no other. Give this woman a pen and she will make you laugh.

3} Lock & Mori Series by Heather Petty