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#TopTenTuesday – 10 Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

So, I sort of addressed this in last week’s TTT, but I’ll go ahead and list some things I would like to read this spring if I have time to get to them on top of my Indie Review TBR and my Read Harder Challenge TBR. 😀

Ten Books On My Spring TBR

(that I will read if I have time)

1. Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay

Won this one in a giveaway from @storygramtours and @houghtonmifflinharcourt Can’t wait to read it!!!

2. Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn

I received an ARC of this. I need to get on it ASAP!

3. The Mothers by Brit Bennet

How have I not read this yet!? It’s been on my shelf for two years aaahhhh!

4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

My boyfriend has been trying to get me to read this since we started dating almost a year ago. I swear I will eventually get to it!

5. SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

A Read Harder Challenge pick that will cover every single one of the comics requirements this year. Huzzah!

6. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Expected publication date of April 3!
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer–madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place–feels her inner world light up. Then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

7. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

OMG WHY!?!? Why are these covers soooo ugly!?!? Still, can’t wait to find out what happens next.

8. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

*pants in anticipation*

9. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

I’ve heard good things about this in the blogosphere. “In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else.”


10. American Panda by Gloria Chao

“An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.”

You guys, there are so many more books I could have included in this list it’s not even funny! My TBR has a life of its own!!! *drowns happily in her piles of books*

Please leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments section below so I can check out your picks! 😀

The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg — A Review

The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg

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It was fine to throw yourself out there and take a chance when you were a teenager, but with the years it felt as if her heart had grown less and less elastic. The efforts required were greater and the damage to one’s self-confidence bigger each time.

I read this one while in Denver for a conference. The weather was wintry and offered the perfect backdrop for this suspense novel. Unfortunately, while the weather in Denver was memorable, this novel was not.

From what I can remember at this point (it has been some weeks since I finished it), it was a decent read. It was suspenseful, but in a slow, ponderous way. I did not feel gripped with fear or anxiety or any other strong emotion.

From some of the blurbs I had read about it, I thought it would be similar to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which I really liked, but I didn’t find the comparison convincing.

Erika, the main character, was a bit strange. She was wishy-washy, and she never really came to life for me. I just did not buy some of the things she said or did.

In addition to disliking the main character, there were just too many elements in this novel that felt unresolved with the characters and certain characters’ actions.

Spoiler alert:  What the F was up with Erika’s sister’s storyline? Her husband is abusive. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it! So WHY was nobody doing anything about it!? I mean, Erika, for the love of everything you are dating a COP. Tell him about it and do something to help your sister. And then, there was that scene where said abusive husband attacks Erika. It happened, it was incredibly uncomfortable, and then it was never mentioned again. She didn’t tell her sister, she didn’t tell her boyfriend, she didn’t take any steps to protect herself against her brother-in-law. I mean, maybe this is a cultural misunderstanding on my part, but I just did not care for this particular instance OR the male/female relationships throughout.</spoiler>

Okay, rant over. Now, I did like this okay, minus my issues with unresolved actions and characters, but I don’t think I’ll read anything else by Läckberg. I think our world-views are just too different for me to enjoy anything she writes. I would rather spend my time reading things that I really like. Cuz…

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This was my pick for Read Harder Challenge #19 — a book of genre fiction in translation.

#TopTenTuesday – 10 Books That…

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s TTT is supposed to be:  Ten Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way), but I really don’t feel like doing that one. Instead, I’m just going to tell you guys a little bit about the next ten books on my TBR shelf.

Next Ten Books on My TBR

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1.The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg

Synopsis:  In this electrifying tale of suspense from an international crime-writing sensation, a grisly death exposes the dark heart of a Scandinavian seaside village. Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of Fjällbacka, Sweden, after her parents’ deaths only to encounter another tragedy: the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex. It’s Erica herself who finds Alex’s body—suspended in a bathtub of frozen water, her wrists slashed. Erica is bewildered: Why would a beautiful woman who had it all take her own life? Teaming up with police detective Patrik Hedström, Erica begins to uncover shocking events from Alex’s childhood. As one horrifying fact after another comes to light, Erica and Patrik’s curiosity gives way to obsession—and their flirtation grows into uncontrollable attraction. But it’s not long before one thing becomes very clear: a deadly secret is at stake, and there’s someone out there who will do anything—even commit murder—to protect it.

2. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Synopsis:  Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

3. Clarence Olgibee by Alan S. Kessler

Synopsis:  It starts with a murder.

In 1974, 17-year-old Jimmy Tate Sullivan watched his two friends bludgeon to death a black man. Sentenced to life for abetting the crime, Sullivan is initiated into a white- supremacist church by a fellow convict, once the best friend of an African-American teenager, Clarence Olgibee.

Shifting back to 1954, this family saga is about race, religion, and the powerful white men in a sleepy Midwestern town who plan a new world order Olgibee tries to escape.

Small choices have fateful consequences- in this life and the next. Olgibee’s choices lead him back to the two women he loved and an ultimate decision.

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4. SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

Synopsis:  Unrequited love, underage drinking, and teen angst rule at a high school for mutants and witches.

The New York Times and New Yorker illustrator Jillian Tamaki is best known for co-creating the award-winning young adult graphic novels Skim and This One Summer—moody and atmospheric bestsellers. SuperMutant Magic Academy, which she has been serializing online for the past four years, paints a teenaged world filled with just as much ennui and uncertainty, but also with a sharp dose of humor and irreverence. Tamaki deftly plays superhero and high-school Hollywood tropes against what adolescence is really like: The SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal abilities take a backseat to everyday teen concerns.

Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy. Whether the magic is mundane or miraculous, Tamaki’s jokes are precise and devastating.

5. Death Unmasked by Rick Sulik

Synopsis:  A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier.

Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.

6. Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Synopsis:  Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

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7.  The Architect’s Apprentice by Colin Garrow

Synopsis:  London, 1630. A boy searching for his father. A villain stealing books.

Forced to work for the dubious Savidge, eleven-year-old Tom Fennel is desperate to find his father. Distrustful of what he’s heard, he’s sure Savidge is involved. Meanwhile, books are vanishing from architect Martin Deacon’s library – books from the future. Enticed into the mysterious world of updrafts and secrets, Tom learns that finding his father is the least of his worries.

8. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Synopsis:  Jane Austen’s first novel—published posthumously in 1818—tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen’s fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to Northanger Abbey, Catherine eventually triumphs, blossoming into a discerning woman who learns truths about love, life, and the heady power of literature. The satirical novel pokes fun at the gothic novel while earnestly emphasizing caution to the female sex.

9. Heroes for Hire: Discount Prices by C.S. Feldman

Synopsis:  Sure, everybody knows about the great heroes of legend. The ones people write songs about, the ones who lead the charge against the monsters that lay waste to cities or against an army of invaders that outnumber the good guys twenty to one—you know, the best heroes that money can buy. Trouble is, not everyone can afford their services.

Fortunately, the best heroes are not the only ones on the market.

Which is just what harried waitress Peg Brickner accidentally discovers after receiving an unusual—and, as it turns out, otherworldly—tip from a peculiar customer in the middle of one rotten dinner shift. Life on Earth is hard enough, but life in the magical world of Cantrial? Forget about it. Five minutes after being unsuspectingly yanked into it by an unscrupulous B-List talent scout for heroes, all Peg wants to do is get back home again before something in this crazy new world kills her or eats her with ketchup. Or both.

Trouble is, getting home may be a lot harder than leaving it was. Thanks to a bunch of greedy bureaucrats, Peg’s way home is about to be destroyed—unless she reluctantly joins a trio of magical misfits on a high-stakes heroes-for-hire mission in an attempt to recover stolen property before their rivals—or a roguishly charming thief—beat them to it.

She knew she should have called in sick today…

10. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Synopsis:  The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as “magical realism.”

Things to look forward to!!!!

Please leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments section below so I can check out your picks! 😀