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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Should’ve Finished by Now

Welcome Back BookTasty friends!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we book bloggers get to highlight books based on a specific theme. This week’s theme is officially Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders, but me and this theme just weren’t meshing well, so I decided to mix it up a little.

My theme for this week is Series I Should’ve Finished by Now but Haven’t. Okay, so I read a ton of books. I usually have one print, one e-book and one audiobook all going at once so you’d think I’d have more time to complete some of my favorite series, but alas…I haven’t! The series listed below are all ones I really, really liked, but just haven’t gotten around to finishing….yet!

Pandemonium by Lauren OliverDelirium series by Lauren Oliver.  I still haven’t read Pandemonium or Requiem, but I do have the audiobooks checked out from my public library right now!

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick.  Okay so I wasn’t a huge fan of Silence (book 3), but I enjoy this series and need to read Finale.

Endlessly by Kiersten WhiteParanormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White. I have yet to read Supernaturally or Endlessly.

beautifulchaos1The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I’ve only read the first book, Beautiful Creatures, but there are still 3 more books to read!

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally CarterHeist Society series by Ally Carter. She is one of my favorite authors but I still haven’t read the third book in his series, Perfect Scoundrels.

Shades of Earth by Beth RevisAcross the Universe series by Beth Revis. I thought Across the Universe was awesome, but just can’t seem to get to A Million Suns or Shades of Earth.

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny HanSummer trilogy by Jenny Han. I read books one and two, but still have We’ll Always Have Summer left!

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreGraceling Realm books by Kristin Cashore. These first two books are amazing! I own Bitterblue but it’s so large I’m super intimidated!

Envy by Anna GodbersenLuxe books by Anna Godberson. I got stuck after book two and haven’t yet read Envy or Splendor.

Rip Tide by Kat FallsDark Life books by Kat Falls. I thought book one was great but just haven’t had the chance to read Rip Tide yet.

I can’t deny that all the series I mentioned above are awesome reads! That’s not the problem! There just literally isn’t enough time in the day for me to read all the books I lust after! I totally do want to read all the books!

Read All the Books

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October New Releases

Hi there!

Well it seems that October totally snuck up on me! I forgot to schedule this New Releases post for last week, but that’s okay, everything’s shiny. Better late than never right?

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As you may know, October is a VERY big month as Veronica Roth’s final installment in the Divergent series will release *squeeeeeeeeee!*

So, let’s just get right to all the new books!

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth (October 22)

AHHHHHHHH!!!

The House of Hades by Rick RiordanThe House of Hades (Heros of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan (October 8)

My students have been asking me about this since August.

Unsouled by Neal ShustermanUnsouled (Unwinded Dystology #3) by Neal Shusterman (October 15)

Eye of Minds by James DashnerThe Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner (October 8)

Just One Year by Gayle FormanJust One Year by Gayle Forman (October 10)

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland StoneTime After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone (October 8)

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann CokelThe Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal (October 8)

Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana PeterfreundAcross a Star Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars #2) by Diana Peterfreund (October 15)

The Twistrose Key by Tone AlmhjellThe Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell (October 22)

The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny LundquistThe Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist (October 22)

So there you have it! In addition to candy corn and falling leaves October brings a bunch of brand new books to enjoy! Are there any October new releases you’re particularly excited about?

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Fantasy Love: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Well hello there friends!

Are you ready for some fantasy love?! I hope so because I seriously have some major fantasy love going on and the audiobook of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson just rocked my world!

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonBut she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.

You guys! This book! I honestly have been reluctant to write this review because I just didn’t know how to explain how fabulous it is. It really, really is fabulous. And to think, it had been sitting on my self so long without me realizing how much I’d love it!

To be honest though, I did feel a little out of the loop at first. It seemed like we just got thrown into Elisa’s story with little to no context and we had to learn the context as we were going. I felt lost like I knew nothing about her culture or kingdom to ground myself in the story. It soon became clear that this would all come along as the story progresses. Once Elisa travels to Brisadulce this context starts to come into focus a little more and the plot really picks up.

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about Elisa either. However I quickly grew to love her, which is almost what I think was supposed to happen. I think the way I felt about Elisa mirrored how she felt about herself. She wasn’t sure if she liked herself or not. She was kind of just going through life doing the motions and as Elisa starts to figure out how she feels about herself, we as readers do too. She may just be one of my favorite heroines in YA now! Carson’s supporting characters were bright and vivid too, especially Humberto, Cosme and Lord Hector (le sigh…).

One of my favorite things about The Girl of Fire and Thorns was the religion aspect of things. Elisa’s faith and religion was such a huge part of who she was and there was just so much detail in Elisa’s religion that it’s just integral to the story as a whole. Total world building.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a great start to a fantasy series that I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the books (I first wrote this review in August I have since read all three books!!!!) If you’re a fan of fantasy and romance you absolutely must read this series!

To make things even more awesome I’ll be seeing Rae Carson in November at YA’LL Fest in Charleston on November 9th! I can’t wait to meet her!

Author: Rae Carson

Publisher: Greenwillow, Recorded Books (September 20, 2011)

Format: audiobook

Length: 12 hours and 9 minutes

Narrator(s): Jennifer Ikeda

Series: Fire and Thorns series, book 1

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book:  The Girl of Fire and Thorns

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YALL Fest Author Interview: Melissa de la Cruz

Hi there!

Want to know where you can see 50 totally awesome YA authors in one place?

At YALL Fest in Charleston, SC on Saturday November 9th! I’ll be there to see authors like Shannon Hale, Rae Carson, Kami Garcia, Heather Brewer and a bunch more including the star of today’s author interview, Melissa de la Cruz!

Melissa de la CruzMelissa de la Cruz is the author of the Blue Bloods series, The Witches of East End and a ton of other books that I didn’t know were written by her (seriously check out her goodreads page!) Additionally, a TV adaptation of her book The Witches of East End debuts Sunday on Lifetime…pretty stinkin’ cool!

What one thing do you need to have when you write?

Fear. Sometimes rage. I find that to truly focus I need to feel panic, and then suddenly everything in my manuscript becomes clear. I work best under duress, which is something my editors have learned and they’re quite good at instilling fear in me. J I appreciate that! I also work well with many distractions, I think it’s because I had a day job for nine years and had to write my books in the middle of doing my real work.

Describe your book in 5 words

Post-apocalyptic. Zombie. Dragon. Pirate. Fantasy.

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

The first, definitely.

Best writing tip you ever received?

To introduce the love interest in the first 30 pages, not that specifically but learning that there was CRAFTING involved in writing a novel, not just voice.

What one young adult novel you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?

Harry Potter. Because! I don’t think I have to explain.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

1. I was a child model.

2. My favorite One Direction guy was Harry, but now it is Louis.

3. I have a Maltese named Mimi. She is not named for Mimi Force, our kid named her.

4. I learned to drive at 34.

5. I like savory treats better than sweet.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

In a cubicle, surrounded by softly ringing phones and people murmuring. Sadly this is no longer possible for me.

What are you working on now?

My new series THE RING AND THE CROWN coming next spring from Disney-Hyperion.

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

YA Fantasy and Paranormal. My favorite genre to read is “literary” fiction, but I would have to say I really enjoy bestsellers just as much, I like popular fiction, no matter what genre, I like to read what a lot of people are reading and take the pulse of the culture. But for my own taste, I love smart angry women writers like Lionel Shriver and Kate Christensen.  Also cookbook memoirs.

At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?

When we’ve sold it!

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Yay! Melissa de la Cruz is a One Direction fan! I just went on an overnight field trip with 47 6th grade girls and we spent a surprising (or maybe not so surprising) about of cabin time paging through teen magazines and discussing the attractive merits of each member of the group. I think my favorite is Liam. I am also 30.

Well, if you’re a fan of Melissa de la Cruz you should come to YALL Fest and see her! I’ll be there with my copy of Blue Bloods ready to be signed!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Princess in the Opal Mask

The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny LundquistHello there and Happy Wednesday!

Each week I participate in Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that creates a venue for specifically sharing upcoming books that we’re excited about.

Today I’m waiting on The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist!

Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . . .
Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria’s royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face–including Wilha herself.

When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

If you’ve been following BookTasty you’ve probably picked up that I am having a major love affair with fantasy and I want to be a princess. Yes. It’s true. I’m a huge nerd! haha Nerdiness aside, I really want this book in my hands, like right now! Fantasy always floats my bookish boat and The Princess in the Opal Mask sounds like a great fantasy read. Plus, do you see that super ethereal cover? It’s stunning and I can’t take my eyes off of it.

The Princess in the Opal Mask is scheduled for release in only a few short weeks. October 22 to be exact, so we fantasy nerds don’t have long to wait!

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Reading Queue: October

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Yes, it is actually October!

I feel like September just blew by me this time around! School is in full swing and the weather has been turning crisp and cool!

The Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hi!) and Books: A true story , where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Each month we’ve had a few more people join up with us which is pretty exciting! I love visiting the other blogs who participate, it’s just fun to see what everyone else is reading!

My October Reading Queue:

I have eight books on the queue this month, which is pretty presumptuous of me, but I like to keep my eyes set high! haha

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell (e-galley)

City of a Thousand Dolly by Miriam ForsterCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (print)

Chime by Franny BillingsleyChime by Franny Billingsley (audiobook)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. LockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

City of Orphans by AviCity of Orphans by Avi (print)

Notes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin DionneNotes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne (print)

Shatter My by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (print)

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

How I did Last Month

I was pretty proud of myself for September since I was able to finish four out of the six planned books! And by the looks of it I apparently I went on a little bit of a fantasy binge this past month! I just love fantasy so much!

The Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonThe Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (audio)

BitterKingdomThe Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (audio)

The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (audio)

The Dream Thieves by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (e-galley)

Not too shabby! What tasty treats are you planning to read during the month of October? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Which of these should I gobble up first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please do and add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turn-Offs

Hello!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is about our Bookish Turn-Offs.  You know what I mean, you’re just reading a book, minding your own business and then BAM! You come across something that completely turns you off to the whole book. We all have those things that just irk us. So, this week’s theme is all about those bookish turn-offs.

1. The “r” word. I completely 100% dislike the use of the word “retard” and it’s derogatory formsWhat is Popular (such as “you’re so retarded” or “that’s so retarded”) in general, so of course it sets me off in books. I have a very difficult time finishing a book if this word is used. I know some argue that it is realistic to the way teens speak, but I don’t believe that’s a good excuse for using this word. Just because something is popular doesn’t make it right.

2. Too much sexy times. I have no problem with sex…in fact I think sex is awesome! But I don’t like to read about it extensively. I don’t mind a sex scene here and there but when it just goes on and on for pages that’s a big excessive don’t ya think?!

3. Ill-fitting Cursing. I don’t mind those four letter words showing up in books but it has to fit the character. When I’m reading a book and I can tell the author is just including those words to include them, that’s just poor writing! Make it fit the story/character please.

4. More than 2 POVs. I’ve read a few books where there are more than two point of views telling the story and I was so confused. I continually had to look back at the start of the chapter to remind myself who was narrating. I am totally fine with two POVs, but anything more than three confuses me!

5. Cheating in a positive light. I’m not a fan smoothing over something as destructive as an affair under the guise of following one’s heart or anything like that. An affair is an affair and in my opinion it is never a positive thing.

6. Poorly designed covers. This is a turn off before I even get into the pages! If a book cover looks cheap to me, it’s a total turn-off.

7. Surprise crying books. You probably already know that I want nothing to do with books that want to make me cry, so I tend to stay away from them. Sometimes however a book thrusts a surprise cry in on you! It’s like the book is going on it’s merry little way and then BAM! a completely horribly tragic thing happens and you’re left feeling like someone just pantsed you in front of a crowded auditorium. Complete betrayal.

Okay, so I couldn’t come up with ten bookish turn-offs right off the top of my head, but that’s okay. Thinking of those 7 turn-offs alone was enough work! Do you share any of my opinions on bookish turn-offs? Or do you completely disagree with any that made my list?