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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I’d Make Writers Write About If I Could

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

 This week’s theme is topics you would make authors write about if you could. This could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.

I worked forever on this post! I hope you like it. 🙂

So I’m cheating just a bit here since, as a writer, I’ve got some ideas that I won’t be sharing, because I plan to write about them myself.  But that’s okay, because it forced me to stretch my brain for yet more ideas for the post. Yay! Here we go:

1) Number one, because it must obviously be said that, above all else:

I want more Harry Potter involving the main cast, preferably right after book seven. Seeing Hermione, Ginny and Luna’s last year at Hogwarts would be awesome. And then maybe following Luna Lovegood’s application to work in the Department of Mysteries. (Yes, I know officially she becomes a kind of naturalist but COME ON the Department of Mysteries has got to be the best place to work in all of Potterdom.) I will also settle for a next-generation series involving the Potter-Weasley kids. I’m not one of those clamoring for a Marauders series (please don’t hit me!) , even though I’d read it and love it, and my husband really wants one, so I’ll ask for it on his behalf. 😉 I’d just rather have a new Harry Potter series that still incorporates the main cast.

2) More Gemma Doyle. Or at least something to alleviate my Gemma-withdrawl

While we’re on the subject of series that ended way too soon, I need more Gemma Doyle. The Sweet Far Thing is one of my very favorite books, but that ending seriously killed me. I need more. I need to know what happens next. I’m still holding out hope that maybe the illustrious Libba Bray will grace us with another Gemma installation, but in the meantime, I petition all writers of the world to please pen me a Victorian gas-lamp fantasy full of feisty feminists. I’m desperate.

3) A Positive Depiction of the Goddess Hecate

Yes, Hecate is considered a “dark” goddess in many ways, but she’s also my Goddess, and there is so much more to her than just being the “dark” goddess. She’s goddess of the witches, yes, but YA (and non-YA) readers nowadays know that “witch” does not equal “evil”. So how about our luminous Goddess of Magic be given the same treatment? I griped a bit at Rick Riordan for casting Hecate on the side of the bad guys in the first Percy Jackson series, but her redemption and entertaining appearances in The House of Hades definitely made up for it. His son also wrote a quite moving short story featuring Hecate in The Demigod Diaries.

I suppose I’m breaking my own stipulation here, since I said I wouldn’t mention topics I myself planned to write about, since I do plan to write a novel or three involving Hecate, but honestly? She is so complex and cool a goddess that I’ve no doubt there is enough of her lore to go around. Let’s flood the market! 😉 I’m very much looking forward to Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel, in which Hecate makes an appearance. She’s described as a “dark goddess” but hopefully, as I’m trying to point out, “dark” doesn’t have to mean “bad”.

And while we’re at it, how about a positive representation of modern Wiccans? I mean, I get that if you’re going to write a book involving Wiccans you might as well just write about witches, but I’d actually read a contemporary (I know – gasp!) if it had something like a normal Wiccan family in it. Or a supernatural story that nonetheless featured Wiccans-as-normal-not-remotely-scary people. Inroads are being made, it’s true, but I don’t have an illustration for this suggestion and that’s kind of my point! Let’s just have another of Hecate, then.

(click the image to visit the artist’s webpage)

4) A Disabled Character (Preferably Main) Who Isn’t Just There To “Inspire” The Non-Disabled

I’m disabled. I broke  my back when I was seventeen and now I walk with a crutch (yes, just like Tiny Tim 😉 ) and have chronic pain and a host of health problems. Yet it seems that the very few disabled characters we get in YA (and even literature in general) are less-than-realistic about the difficulties involved. We don’t all climb Everest, folks. Most of us struggle just to stay healthy. Sure, that’s a bit of a downer, but doesn’t literature kind of exist to explore emotions and struggles? I suppose it could be argued that people can’t take reading about the stark realities of the lives of disabled people, but I have more faith in people than that. We have had horrifying yet beautiful YA novels tackle the subjects of rape, child abuse, eating disorders, drug addiction and a whole host of others. I think it’s about time for disabilities to be added to the list. So why don’t I write one myself? I don’t know. Maybe I will some day. But I needn’t be the only one.

There are exceptions. Ashes on the Waves has a disabled main character, and his condition is depicted realistically, with all its inherent tragedy. And while for much of the book she is able-bodied, the time the main character of The Sea Inside spends in the hospital following her injury very accurately depicts the feelings of loss, isolation, and numbness that commonly accompany such an injury.

5)Doctor Who Novel With Doctor 10.5

There have been numerous Doctor Who novels involving the new Doctors, but as far as I know, no author has yet tackled the adventures of 10.5 and Rose in the parallel universe. (spoilers?) To my knowledge, there’s enough fan fiction on the subject that I’m quite confident an authorized novelization would sell. But then they need to get David Tennant to do the audio-book recording. If somehow this could happen, then, maybe, I’ll finally be able to get over Journey’s End. *sigh*

6) More Obscure Mythology

I love mythology. All kinds. It fascinates me. And I love discovering brand-new myths that I’ve never heard of, such as the fate-spinner seikona that appeared in Maria Dahvana Headley’s Queen of Kings. I want to know more about them, and I want to know more about other interesting myths. Ancient belief systems are flickering out all over the world and it’s a tragedy. I want to learn from them all.

7) More Poe Re-tellings

Since I absolutely loved and gushed over Mary Lindsey’s Ashes on the Waves and have no doubt that Bethany Griffiths’ Masque of the Red Death duology is likewise superb, I am putting in a request for more Poe re-tellings. The Fall of the House of User, perhaps?

8) The Lady of Shallot

The Lady of Shallot by Alfred Lord Tennyson is my very favorite poem and I desperately need both a modern and classical novelization of it. It’s beyond beautiful. If you’ve never read it, you should click here to read it, or listen to the Loreena McKennit song version of it below. I’m not going to spoil what happens for you, other than to say that it is the best metaphor ever constructed concerning the artist’s dilemma of observing the world and recording it, or becoming a part of it and risking the loss of yourself within.

9) Eurydice & Orpheus

While on the subject of re-tellings, I’d love to see my favorite Greek myth and one of my all-time favorite love stories, that of Eurydice and Orpheus, novelized, in either a modern or classical telling. In the myth, the bard Orpheus loses his bride Eurydice, and travels to the underworld to use his musical talents to move the hearts of Hades and Persephone enough for them to release her. They decide that Orpheus may lead Eurydice out of Hades, so long as he never once look back to be sure she is following. But Orpheus, mad with worry and suspecting a trick, looks back at the entrance to our world, and so loses Eurydice forever.

So, naturally, it’s the kind of thing I love and need a novel version of. If you want to learn more about the myth, click here:

9) Linda Bergkvist’s Dark Faery Tales

Linda Bergkvist is an immensely talented digital painter and my favorite modern artist. Tragically, she no longer posts her work online but thankfully she produced a number of magnificent paintings before her retirement. For a while she was working on a book of dark faery tales to accompany her illustrations, and I am forever saddened that I may never hold this book in my hands. I want to know the stories behind her masterpieces.

Her work has greatly inspired my own writing, and even if Linda herself never releases her book, I’d love to see how other writers interpret such breathtaking works as these.

Check out more of Linda’s artwork here.

10) Nightwish Novels and Within Temptation Tales

I have an immense love for symphonic gothic metal and find it enormously inspirational. I can’t be the only one. So where is the lush high fantasy epic based on Within Temptation’s Deciever of Fools?

or the sprawling, century-spanning tragic love story of Nightwish’s Ghost Love Score?

Make note of these requests, oh valiant writers of the world! 😀

Also, keep doing what you’re doing. You’re awesome.


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What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Have my wishes already come true and I just don’t know about the book(s) yet!? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Resolutions For 2014


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

1)My first resolution is to finalize the edits on my novel manuscript and begin sending out queries. 🙂

Next I shall list my Reading Challenges for the year. They are resolutions 2-10, and encompass my general resolutions to read and blog more. There are lots and lots of crossovers and I will also update the books listed as I obtain more. 🙂

Real Book Challenge on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare

First up, the 2014 Real Book Challenge. I am definitely a print snob and so ALL of my books are real books, and everything I read will count for this challenge! Yay! 😀

I am aiming for the level of Real Book Queen at 50+ books!

1) The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

2) Steampunk Poe

3) White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4) Divergent by Veronica Roth

5) The Fracking War by Michael J. Fitzgerald


Next up, the 2014 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Evie-Bookish.  The idea is to read books that have been sitting on your shelf unread for some time. I am signing up at the Sweet Summer Fling level, which is 31-40 books.

1) The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

2) Divergent by Veronica Roth


Next we have the 2014 Rewind Challenge hosted by Coffee Bean Bookshelf. I really like this one because the idea is to read books that were not released in 2014, and I have lots of those! 🙂 My goal is to read 20+ books for this challenge.

1.) The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

2) Steampunk Poe

3) Divergent by Veronica Roth


Next is the Dystopia Challenge 2014 hosted by Blog of Erised. I’m joining this one at the second level, Rebel, for now. That gives me a goal of 7-12 books.

For this challenge I’m planning on reading:

1) Divergent by Veronica Roth


Next we have the 2014 Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge hosted by Debz Bookshelf. I’m going for Devilish Wolf level, which is 4-6 books.

Some of the books I’m planning to read for this challenge are:

1) Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

2) Red Riding Hood

3) Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip

4) Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip

5) Cinder

6) Scarlet

7) Cress

8) Of Beast & Beauty


Now the 2014 YA Mythology Challenge featuring YA & MG involving mythological elements.

Books I Plan To Read For This Challenge:

1) The House of Hades

2) The Dark Lady by Maria Dahvana Headley

3) Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

4) The Once & Future King

2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Next up, the 2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge hosted by Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf. My mom, who is a witch (like me!) insists I go for the Crone level, which is 16-20 Witchy books.

1) The Fiery Heart

2) Silver Shadows

3) The Once & Future King


Then we have the 2014 Series Challenge hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat. I love series so I’m at least going for the silver badge, which is 4-6 series.

Series I’m hoping to tackle:

1) The Newsoul series by Jodi Meadows

2) The Divergent series

3) The Testing series

4) The Lunar Chronicles

5) The Matched series

6) The Mortal Instruments

7) The Infernal Devices


I’m also participating in the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled By Love. I’m challenging myself to read at least five series-enders.

Series enders I intend to read:

1) Breaking Dawn

2) Infinite

3) Allegiant

4) Graduation Day

5) Reached


I’m also joining the Ethereal Reading Challenge hosted by Riedel Fascination. It’s a really neat challenge – fiction and non-fiction count, and its all about paranormal phenomena! I’m aiming for the “Healing” level of 21-30. The host wants to us to stick to more realistic paranormal phenomena, but since I tend to think most paranormal things have a basis in reality I’ll try to limit what I count for the challenge. She says she’s on the fence about reincarnation but I’m positive it’s real so I’ll be including it. And I get to count my Reiki textbook! 😀

Ethereal Reads I’m Aiming For:

1) My Reiki Textbook

2) The Diviners

3) Incarnate

4) Asunder

5) Infinite

6)  The Fiery Heart

7) Silver Shadows

8) The Once & Future King

9) Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip

10) Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip


The Catch-Up Challenge 2014 hosted by Sarcasm & Lemons

I have TONS on catching up to do so I’m very excited for this one!

1) The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

2) Steampunk Poe

3) Divergent by Veronica Roth


And last is the 2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge hosted by Books and Iced Coffee Book Blog.

1) The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

2) White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3) Divergent by Veronica Roth


Phew! I better get started! What do you guys think? Good challenges? Any I’m missing? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read In 2013 (It’s my birthday!)

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

Today is my 27th birthday! 27 is my favorite number, so I’m excited. 🙂 And I’m celebrating by posting my top ten reads of 2013 (also with fireworks and friends later). I refrained from just listing 90% Rick Riordan books. 😉 For this edition, I will count down from ten. Picture link to Goodreads. Here we go!

10) The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman

I found this book incredibly helpful for editing my manuscript. I highly recommend it. Especially if, like me, you can identify problem areas in your writing but aren’t exactly sure how to best go about remedying them. 

9) Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This book had such an intriguing setup. I loved the allusions to other literature and the character development between the two main characters.

8) Beta by Rachel Cohn

Such a fascinating book! The directions the story took were really brave and thought-provoking and I’m thrilled that the sequel finally has a release date, even if it’s not until September!

7) Mermother by Elizabeth Jane Wolfe

A really interesting new take on mermaid mythology that doesn’t shy away from the difficult questions of biology that mermaids present. I’m greatly looking forward to the sequel. 

6) If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

It may be premature of me to list this one, since I haven’t quite finished it yet, but I only have 40 pages left and so far it’s just amazing. The story is gripping and definitely informative about Iranian culture, but in a way that blends seamlessly with the narrative. Stunning.

5) Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

This book completely exceeded my expectations. Lush and descriptive and thrilling and full of myth and history and character. Even though it’s adult fiction, which I generally avoid, I absolutely loved it.

4) Ashes on the Waves By Mary Lindsay

Okay, so I knew I would love this the minute I heard it existed. That didn’t make it any less amazing. If anything, it actually managed to exceed my exponentially high expectations. Poe forever.

3) The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

All of the demigods finally met! Epic character interaction ensued! God I love these characters. 

2) The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

This series just keeps better and better. I loved seeing Sydney working with her magic more in this one and of course Adrian was charming as usual. I STILL need to read The Fiery Heart so I can anxiously await Silver Shadows. 🙂

1) The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

We have a winner! Even though the demigods were separated, there still managed to be even more character development and interaction in this one. I loved every line, I really did. I can’t wait for The Blood of Olympus to come out in October!

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What do you think? Good choices? Did you read any of these this year? Leave me a comment!

Happy New Year!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

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

1) The Once and Future King by T.H. White

The Once and Future King is T.H. White’s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur, a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.

Once upon a time, a young boy called “Wart” was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn’t possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values. A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons.

During Arthur’s reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guinevere and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthur’s half-sister Morgause, and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the king’s dreams for Britain—and to the king himself.

I’ve been needing to read this one for a while now. I’d love to have a nice, pretty copy of it. 

2) Brian Froud’s Faerielands: Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip

They have lived among us for centuries — distant, separate, just out of sight. They fill our myths, our legends, and the stories we tell our children in the dark of night. They come from the air, from water, from earth, and from fire. What are these creatures that enjoin out imagination? Faeries. Something Rich and Strange creates a faerie story that’s not to be missed: Megan is an artist who draws seascapes. Jonah owns a shop devoted to treasures from the deep. Their lives, so strongly touched by the ocean, become forever intertwined when enchanting people of the sea lure them further into the underwater world — and away from each other.

Just look at this gorgeousness. I’ve read the novel version and it was amazing (as is everything McKillip writes) and this version is illustrated by Brian Froud. Seriously amazing combination, I’ve no doubt.

3) Steampunk Poe illustrated by Zdenko Basic & Manuel Sumberac

If you combined clockwork gears, parasols, and air balloons with Edgar Allan Poe, what would you get? Steampunk: Poe! This is the first collection ever of Poe stories illustrated with the influence of steampunk. Running Press Teens has selected some of the most popular, thrilling, and memorable stories and poems by the classic 19th century American writer whose literary talent continues to open the mind to countless interpretations.Every Poe story and poems is fully illustrated with steampunk-inspired art—from 1920s aviation gear to elaborate musical instruments—creating a fresh perspective on his work containing bizarre characters of madmen and mystery. Just in time for Halloween, Steampunk: Poe is the perfect classic horror choice with a haunting steampunk twist!

It’s Edgar Allan Poe with Steampunk illustrations! What could be more awesome?

4) The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls by Emilie Autumn

Presenting Emilie Autumn’s long awaited autobiographical, reality-bending thriller, “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls.” This beautifully bound hardcover volume measures 8″ x 11.5″ and clocks in at a massive 274 fully illustrated pages. Positively packed with hand-written memoirs, photos, and paintings, this profoundly empowering epic not only deserves a place on your tea table, it is also one of the most complete accounts of bipolar disorder ever penned, and will take readers behind the doors of both modern day psych ward and Victorian insane asylum in this true life horror tale of madness, murder, and medical experimentation.

But reader beware: It’s much easier to get into the Asylum than it is to get out.

Emilie Autumn is so, so amazing but it would pretty much take Santa to make this appear under my tree, since it’s currently unavailable and when it was available it was $75. Some day…

5) Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip

The World Fantasy Award-winning author’s foray into the modern world-now in paperback.

No stranger to the realms of myth and magic, World Fantasy Award-winning author Patricia A. McKillip presents her first contemporary fantasy in many years-a tale of the tangled lives mere mortals lead, when they turn their eyes from the beauty and mystery that lie just outside of the everyday…

When bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn returns to her childhood home in upstate New York, she meets the Fiber Guild-a group of local women who meet to knit, embroider, and sew-and learns why her grandmother watches her so closely. A primitive power exists in the forest, a force the Fiber Guild seeks to bind in its stitches and weavings. And Sylvia is no stranger to the woods.

Oh look! Another McKillip! This book is the sequel to “Winter Rose”, one of my very favorite McKillips. It’s contemporary fantasy, so it’s different from her usual fare, but I am eager to see how she does in the genre, and of course I’m all about sequels to books I love. 

6.) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

I already have Shadow and Bone but I need this one so I can read them both back to back and then cry until the last one comes out in June. Sometimes you just know you’re going to love a series, even if you haven’t read it yet.

7) Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake.

Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg’s existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn – despite their very different attitudes to her secret.

Thrilling and fast-paced, this is the first unputdownable story in a bewitching new series.

Witches + Elizabethan (well okay, pre-Elizabethan) England = must have. A story like this has been on my “please, somebody write this” wishlist for years.

8.) The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Santa knows how much I need this. I think everyone else on the planet does too at this point. 


10) Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

Again, I can tell already that I will love this. Greek mythology with a decidedly dark twist (not that Greek mythology isn’t dark to begin with), and some really disturbing yet beautiful imagery.


10) The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson

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

But 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.

So I won “The Crown of Embers” and “The Biter Kingdom” (separately) and they look really sad on my bookshelf without this one. Once I have this first installment I can actually read them all! (I don’t believe in reading a series out of order).

So hard to narrow it down to only ten, but I’ll be happy if Santa gets me just one. 🙂  Books are the best presents.

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope Santa fulfills all your reading wishes! Thanks for checking out my post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday + Waiting on Wednesday Featuring Vampire Academy/Bloodlines


Eek! I didn’t realize that the Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign Top Ten Tuesday was already upon us! So I am cheating and simply combining it with Waiting on Wednesday so I can post it now.. 🙂 Plus, it gives me an excuse to talk about one of my favorite series – Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and Bloodlines books.

Some of the covers are not bad, but they could just be SO much better! I guess the girl on the cover of book one is supposed to be Rose, and she has a kind of Rose-like expression, but it’s just a boring cover. Couple that with the highly unfortunate name of the series and I imagine many people who would otherwise enjoy the books are turned off. Apparently when one of the people working on the upcoming movie (yay!) was offered the project, he wondered how his career could have taken such a nosedive as to make him have to work on something called “Vampire Academy”. Then he read the book and loved it. I’m not surprised they tweaked the title for the movie. I think if they’d gone with “Shadow Kissed” as the name for the series it would’ve been so much more reflective of the series. Alas. 

 Anyway. The cover of Frostbite is worse. Who is that supposed to be? Lissa and Christian? Maybe? But why? It’s so unrelated to the plot. They could have played up the snow, the royal families, etc. They could do more with the iron gates and such, because THAT effect is excellent. Emma Vieceli did an amazing job with the cover of the graphic novel, so clearly the inspiration was there to be mined. I rolled my eyes when I read the title though. Frostbite? So cliche. But if  Vampire Academy book one had a better title, I probably wouldn’t have minded, because Frostibite kind of fits. It’s probably the most fun, lighthearted book of the series (at least until the end). So the tongue-in-cheek title kind of fits.

The cover for Shadow Kiss actually isn’t bad. It captures the right mood, and actually resembles Rose. Blood Promise is okay, with the exposure of the neck and all, but the model doesn’t make me think of Rose at all. Spirit Bound is worse. Who are these people supposed to be? I actually like Last Sacrifice. The model looks and feels like Rose. But I still think they could have done so much more with the covers. 

For contrast, check out the ridiculous awesomeness that is the covers of the graphic novels. I seriously need a poster of the Frostbite cover on my wall. And the recently revealed cover for Shadow Kiss makes me want to cry it has so much emotion in it. Also, it comes out on my birthday! (hint, hint ;))

Then we have the Bloodlines series, where the covers are a huge step up. I love the first Bloodlines book cover so much I propped it up on my nightstand so I could look at it all the time. Sydney looks so put together but vulnerable, and she and Adrian both look exactly the way I imagine them. I also like how Adrian is on the very edge of the cover, yet still kind of dominates. The iridescent tattoo looks awesome too. And I love how all the covers feature different flowers. Having roses on the first cover is perfect of course, since the first Bloodlines books deals so heavily with the fallout from everything Rose did. The lilies on The Golden Lily are great of course, but I don’t get why there are two girls on the cover. Is one supposed to be Jill? Or maybe two different sides of Sydney? It’s not my favorite.

The Indigo Spell is great (the color themes are awesome too), and I thought it was so cool when I figured out what the morning glories were all about (plus I just like morning glories).

The Fiery Heart cover I’m not so sure about – we finally get Adrian actually ON the cover, which fits since the books is in his POV too. Sydney looks kind of disheveled, and Adrian haunted, and the orange around them seems kind of discordant.  I have a feeling that’s all going  to mesh with the crazy-emotional roller-coaster Richelle Mead has said the book will be.





Which is why I am impatiently waiting on it! And the Shadow Kiss graphic novel. 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little feature. I’m going to start posting reviews for this series soon too, so stay tuned.





The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .
But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Shadow Kiss Graphic Novel

adapted by Leigh Dragoon

Illustrated by Emma Vieceli

What if following her heart means Rose could lose her best friend forever?

Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend,

Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose’s sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing, but suddenly there’s way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Thanks for reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

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

Ten books in one season sounds like a decent goal for me. Here we go:

1) The House of Hades by Rick Riordan: The end of The Mark of Athena basically killed me so I need this book ASAP. Thank God I only finished Mark of Athena a few months ago. I don’t know how people who read it when it first came out have survived.




2) The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead: Adrian Ivashkov POV. Need. Now.





3) The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead: I’m going to read it again before The Fiery Heart. 🙂





4) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: Yes, this has been out for some time, I know, but my copy is currently waiting for me in California (I didn’t need any more books to pack! ) and I won’t get it until I arrive the first week of October. I’ve just been sending all the books I’ve won/ordered to my mom since she’s right next door to my new house. She’s kind of impressed by the pile I’ve amassed.




5.) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: I’ll be ordering this one when I order House of Hades so I’ll probably get it the second week of October, just in time to read after Shadow and Bone.





6) Plague in the Mirror by Deborah Noyes: This book looks amazing! Historical Paranormal is definitely my thing. It’s waiting for me in California.





7) The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau: Yay dystopian! This is currently sitting on my desk, taunting me.





8) Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau: I won an ARC of this! I knew I’d won The Testing but I didn’t know I’d won Independent Study until I opened the package. I think the noise of surprise I made may have worried my cats.  I need to make sure I read it closer to its January release date so I can post a concurrent review. 🙂




9) Of Beast and Beauty By Stacey Jay: Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale so I have high hopes for this one.  It’s in the book pile in California.





10) If You Could Be Mine: Such a fascinating premise. I love that a book like this got published. It’s also awaiting me in the Great Book Pile.





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Good choices? Yes? No?

Wish me luck finishing them all!