Top 10 Tuesday: New to the TBR Pile

Ohai TBR Pile!  How are you?

*Charlie Brown teacher noises*

Yes, I know I keep adding books.

*More Charlie Brown teacher noises*

Yes, I know I haven’t been choosing books from you to read.

*Again with the wah wah wah*

Yes, I know I may never read everything in the pile.

*Something that doesn’t need be translated*

That was rude and uncalled for.  Just for that, I’m adding more things.  And removing your speaking privileges.

And here are 10 more things added to my TBR pile!

Three Dark Crowns


The Gilded Cage



Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

My Lady Jane

The Island of Dr. Libris

Only Ever Yours

The Wedding Dress

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

Bone Gap

What have you added recently?


Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2015 (so far….)

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*



 Hoot by Carl Hiaasen- Yes, I’m late to the party on this one, I know.



Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- OH MY HEART!



Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea- Every chapter is from a different character’s POV and each character is distinct.  Wonderfully done.


Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan- Again, my heart.  Great characters.


Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas- WHERE’S THE SEQUEL?!?!


The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern- Wonderful little book.  Maggie is delightful.


Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin- *ugly cries* But I love it so much!



Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt- Great story about friendship.




I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal- Perfect for caregivers and their little ones to share (and for me to cry again).





El Deafo by Cece Bell- One of the best things I’ve ever read.

Bring on the Books: There Will Be Lies

There WIll be Lies

*Galley provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Shelby Cooper has always been warned about dangerous situations.  To say her mother is overprotective of the nearly 18 year old is an understatement.  But even an overprotective mother can’t keep Shelby from being hit by a car.

When they leave the hospital, Shelby’s mother explains that they are in danger and are now on the run.  As their journey takes  them closer to the Grand Canyon, Shelby begins to question why they are on the run and who is after them.  A mysteriou stranger named Mark and a coyote only add to Shelby’s confusion.  She soon realizes that not everything in her past is the truth and that there will only be more lies along the way to finding out what is going on.

Ok, it is REALLY hard to talk about this AWESOME book without giving everything away.  This book features, and relies, upon 502 different twists (give or take a few).  Some, you will see coming from a mile away; others will smack you upside the head.  Nick Lake has given us a tale that is suspenseful and action-packed.

My only slight issue with the book was the switch from Shelby’s present world to the world of The Dreaming (again, I really can’t say much more or I’ll give stuff away).  Most of the transitions between the two worlds were easy to follow and flowed well with the rhythm of the story.  There were a few moments where it felt forced and was hard to follow.  If you can get through those few little hiccups, you will be well rewarded.

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake is scheduled to be published on January 6, 2015.

Bring on the Books: Evil Librarian

Evil Librarian

First of all, Librarians are NOT evil.

Just this guy.  Who happens to be a demon disguised as a librarian.  Therefore, he is not really a librarian and my first statement remains true.

In Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen, Mr. Gabriel, the new high school librarian, is young and GORGEOUS.  Cyn can totally see why her best friend, Annie, is totally head over heels for him…until Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is not what he seems.  With a rare gift that makes her immune to his charms, Cyn sees Mr. Gabriel for what he really is- a demon who is slowly sucking the life force of all the teens in her school.

Oh, and he wants her best friend to be his demon bride for all eternity.

With the help of her crush, Cyn must find a way to defeat Mr. Gabriel, save Annie, and build an awesome barber chair for the Sweeney Todd production.  No big deal.

I LOVED this book.  It appealed to the teen I was in high school and my inner theater nerd.  Then seeing that it was by Michelle Knudsen who wrote my beloved Library Lion was an added bonus.

And librarians are not evil.  Just wanted to say that again.

Bring on the Books: The Jewel

Ok, just drop whatever it is you’re doing and read The Jewel by Amy Ewing.

The Jewel

I first learned about The Jewel when I was poking around for the release date of The One (Book 3 of The Selection series by Kiera Cass, which you should also read). I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for it and I was not disappointed.

For many, life in The Jewel is a glittering world of wealth, royalty, and power. For Violet and other girls like her, life in The Jewel means servitude. Violet, now known as 197, is auctioned off to be a Surrogate. Purchased by the powerful (and sometimes cruel) Duchess of the Lake, Violet is expected to carry a child for the Duchess.  Within hours of her arrival to The Jewel, Violet quickly learns that the women of the city will stop at nothing to be in total control.  As Violet waits for her inevitable pregnancy, she is presented with an unheard of opportunity  for a Surrogate- freedom.  Violet clutches to this dream, while pretending to be the perfect Surrogate, when another unusual possibility comes her way- love.  Violet may now be in over her head because in The Jewel, everything comes with a price.

For the record, it has taken all of my willpower to not just tell you everything that happens in the book.  When I got to the last page, I had to go back and reread because, Holy-Cliffhanger-And-That-Came-Out-of-Left-Field-Batman was I surprised.

When is Book 2 coming out?!?!?!

Bring on the Books: Sidekicked

Sidekicked Cover

What if you had a secret identity?

What if you had extraordinary powers?

What if you still had homework?

Those are some of the questions facing Drew in John David Anderson’s novel Sidekicked. Drew, aka The Sensationalist, is part of a top-secret sidekick training program called HERO. Teen sidekicks are paired up with Supers (aka superheroes) to learn the ropes and hone their skills in hopes they will one day become heroes themselves (or at least super awesome sidekicks). And lucky Drew has the greatest hero of all as his mentor- The Titan.

Or at least The Titan used to be great. Now he spends most of his time hanging off a barstool.

Drew and the rest of his sidekick friends run into huge problems when Supervillians return to their hometown of Justicia- and the Supers are tied up elsewhere.

Can Drew and his friends save the day?  Will the Supers come to their rescue?  Will Drew have time to study for tomorrow’s math test?  The answers to these questions and more can be found in Sidekicked by John David Anderson.

I loved this book and immediately suggested it to a coworker for her grandson.  It was full of action and fun.   Drew’s sarcastic views on middle school (and life) really spoke to me and my twisted little soul.  I also liked how the themes of good and evil are explored in this and the companion book, Minion.  The difference between good and evil isn’t always black and white, and both books do a fabulous job of bringing this to life.

Not to mention this book is perfect for Summer Reading 2015!  We’ll definitely be using it in our tween book club.