WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 9/18/19

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words. Three questions, three answers. Let’s go!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Eve 2.0 by Winter Lawrence for an upcoming blog tour. The stop for me is tomorrow, so be sure to check it out! I also am very happy to say that I finished Queen by Aimee Carter, which is the third and final book in the Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy and MY FOURTH SERIES FINISHED OFF MY “COMPLETE THE SERIES” LIST!!!! Seriously, you guys, I am so proud of myself!!

Also, I had one of those amazing book experiences where you pick up a book and almost cannot stop reading it until you finish the whole thing. I started The Grace Year by Kim Liggett yesterday morning . . . and finished it last night. Kinda blown away by this one, to be honest. Still in a little bit of shock.

What are you currently reading?

I am still reading Shantallow by Cara Martin, which is getting really spooky. I’m reading it for a blog tour which will be later this month. I’m also reading The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy, which is  NetGalley ARC I almost forgot about. I did start A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series, but haven’t gotten too far into it yet. Also still plugging away at Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling for my Chapter-A-Long project.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Let me actually look over what reviews I have coming up instead of completely blanking on this one like I did last week lol (hello, The Memory Thief and The Grace Year, which I didn’t mention at all)! I have a few review ARCs coming up in the beginning of October, which I will be starting soon: The Vine Witch by Luanne G. SmithThe Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif, and The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield. All of these are new authors to me that I don’t know much about, so I’m excited to dig into them. Other than ARCs, I plan to read A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir, the third book in the An Ember in the Ashes series, as soon as I finish A Torch Against the Night.

So that’s what I have going on right now. Not gonna lie, I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed, especially since there were a few ARCs that I almost forgot about. That’s not like me – usually I stay pretty organized. In any case, I hope everyone else is having a great reading week and please leave your WWW in comments!

Teaser Tuesday · Top Ten Tuesdays

Teasers & Top Tens – 9/17/19

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you’d like to play along:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

This week’s teaser comes from The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy.

When I see the letter nailed to my door, I know something is terribly wrong. The envelope is covered in fancy handwriting and sealed with a wax stamp the color of dried blood. I don’t wonder who it’s from because only the Minders use red ink — and they never send good news.

This is the first paragraph of the book, a new ARC I got from NetGalley. I’m hooked!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Favorite Snacks to Eat While Reading

This is a funny one for this week! And not a particularly good topic for me since I have been trying to eat a bit better, so I’m only going to give you five this week. I’m trying to be good, but I still have my vices!

  1. Tortilla chips and salsa – my go-to snack food. It’s definitely my favorite.
  2. Buffalo chicken dip (and chips) – so cheesy and spicy and good!
  3. Popcorn – butter flavored is good, white cheddar is even better.
  4. Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream – yummy!
  5. Anything cookies & cream – whether in ice cream or just actual Oreo cookies.

That’s it for me! Please share your teasers and top tens (and recipes if you got ’em 🙂 ) in the comments!

Chapter-A-Long

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Chapter 7

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Chapter 7 – The Slug Club

Chapter-A-Longs are back this week! Yay! I’ve missed them!

In the last chapter, we saw Draco Malfoy behaving very suspiciously in Knockturn Alley. Harry wants to know more, but to his unending frustration, Ron and Hermione aren’t really that interested. This really surprises me, especially since Ron always wants to be suspicious of Malfoy and Hermione really should be smarter than this. All they know is that Borgin is supposed to be keeping something, possibly a broken item, safe because Malfoy wants it. Harry is also considering the fact that Draco’s father is now in Azkaban and has been outed as a Death Eater, which could easily mean that Draco wants to get revenge. This train of thought leads Harry to figure out something that could be quite important.

“He’s a Death Eater,” said Harry slowly. “He’s replaced his father as a Death Eater!”

There was a silence; then Ron erupted in laughter. “Malfoy?  He’s sixteen, Harry! You think You-Know-Who would let Malfoy join?”

“It seems very unlikely, Harry,” said Hermione in a repressive sort of voice. “What makes you think –?”

“In Madam Malkin’s. She didn’t touch him, but he yelled and jerked his arm away from her when she went to roll up his sleeve. It was his left arm. He’s been branded with the Dark Mark.”

He also mentions that they had seen Draco showing Borgin something that instantly scared Borgin and made him treat Draco very seriously. Harry thinks that Draco showed Borgin the Dark Mark. Ron and Hermione still don’t think it’s likely that Voldy would start recruiting teenagers, but even the first time I read this, I strongly disagreed with that sentiment. Why wouldn’t he use teens? Especially when they can easily get into Hogwarts with no questions asked? I seriously doubt that Voldy’d be worried about them being too young to do his bidding.

Harry gets fed up trying to explain his point and heads downstairs, overhearing Mrs. Weasley getting really annoyed with Fleur going on and on about wedding plans. Mrs. Weasley wants to make sure that everything is set up for them to leave for Kings Cross the next day and everything goes perfectly according to plan for once. They have cars from the Ministry driving them again and extra security to make sure they get to the train. Once on the train, Ron and Hermione leave to go to the prefects’ car, but Harry takes the opportunity to talk to Mr. Weasley about what he saw Draco do in Knockturn Alley and his suspicions that Draco is a Death Eater now.

Mr. Weasley isn’t too sure about this, but at least he listens. He also tells Harry that when Lucius was arrested, they raided the Malfoy house and confiscated anything that could be dangerous. Harry says that they may have missed something. The train gets ready to depart, and Mrs. Weasley tells him that he will be coming back to them at Christmastime. Which makes me happy. Harry really needs a very Weasley Christmas.

Once on the train, Harry gets stared at, which he’s used to, but it’s definitely been kicked up a notch after all the “Chosen One” stuff from the papers over the summer. He doesn’t have Ron or Hermione to sit with, but catches up with Ginny briefly before she disappears to go find her boyfriend, Dean Thomas. Neville and Luna turn up and they and Harry find a compartment together. Neville is a bit surprised that he and Luna are being stared at too, not just because they are with Harry, but because they were also involved at the Ministry. They also talk about the upcoming school year.

“Are we still doing D.A. meetings this year, Harry?” asked Luna, who was detaching a pair of psychedelic spectacles from the middle of The Quibbler.

“No point now we’ve got rid of Umbridge, is there?” said Harry, sitting down. Neville bumped his head against the seat as he emerged from under it. He looked most disappointed.

“I liked the D.A.! I learned loads with you!”

“I enjoyed the meetings too,” said Luna serenely. “It was like having friends.”

Oh Luna! This makes me so sad!

They are interrupted by a group of girls, one of which who introduces herself as Romilda Vane. She invites Harry to sit with them, giving the impression that she and her friends don’t think much of Neville or Luna. Harry thinks very highly of them, though, and tells her that they are his friends. Romilda and her snotty attitude leave, and Luna tells Harry that people expect him to have cooler friends. Harry doesn’t care what people think anymore. Neville and Luna were there at the Ministry. They faced Death Eaters for him. They are plenty cool enough! Neville says that his grandmother speaks about Harry all the time, saying that he has “more backbone than the whole Ministry of Magic put together.” Which is very true, but also makes Harry feel a bit uncomfortable.

He feels very connected to Neville, knowing how close Neville came to having Harry’s fate. Voldemort and his followers took Neville’s parents away too, although in a different manner. And that prophecy . . . what would have happened if Voldemort had gone after the Longbottoms instead of the Potters that night? Harry’s life would have been very different, as would Neville’s, although he probably would have still been living with his grandmother. Harry would possibly have his parents, but that’s not entirely certain – plenty of people died during those early Voldemort years, and they were with the Order. They could have been killed another way.

It’s no use speculating on what might have been, but it’s really hard not to. Neville notices that Harry is acting a bit off. Luna blames it on something she calls a Wrackspurt, some sort of invisible creature that goes through your ears and makes your brain “go fuzzy.” Harry and Neville quickly change the subject.

Ron and Hermione arrive a few hours later. Ron mentions that Draco has decided to skip doing his prefect duties. This is highly unusual since he usually enjoys abusing his power over other students. Harry wonders if Draco is too preoccupied with his new Death Eater role, but before he can really talk much about it, a younger student shows up with messages for Harry and Neville.

Harry,

I would be delighted if you would join me for a bite of lunch in compartment C.

Sincerely,

Professor H.E.F. Slughorn

Neville is startled since he doesn’t even know who Slughorn is and has no idea why a teacher would want to invite him to lunch. Harry wants to try and sneak over to lunch under the Invisibility Cloak to see if he can catch a glimpse of Draco, but the corridors are way too crowded for that and way too many people are trying to look at Harry. Except for Cho Chang, who hid in her compartment when she saw Harry coming and started up a conversation with her friend, Marietta. Marietta, who sold out the D.A. and still has the pimples to prove it.

Harry and Neville are also not Slughorn’s only guests. He has also invited Blaise Zabini (a Slytherin in their year), two seventh years that Harry doesn’t know, and, oddly enough, Ginny. As they start lunch, Slughorn addresses one of the seventh years, Marcus Belby, and mentions that he knows his uncle, who is a very powerful wizard and who invented the Wolfsbane Potion. But Marcus doesn’t really talk much to his uncle, which makes Slughorn lose interest. He turns to the other seventh year, Cormac McLaggen, who apparently also has a well-connected uncle who is also friends with the new Minister of Magic.

Harry realizes that this is an example of Slughorn “collecting” students, like Dumbledore had warned him about. Zabini has a very rich and famous mother, which impresses Slughorn. Neville is interrogated next, which is a bit awkward since you really can’t talk about his famous parents without talking about what happened to them. Then it’s Harry’s turn. Slughorn is already impressed with him, as are most people given his “Chosen One” status, but Slughorn also thinks that Harry must have some sort of hidden powers to have survived all those years ago. A disapproving snort from Zabini draws snide comments from Ginny. Ginny wasn’t invited to lunch due to an influential family member, but because Slughorn saw her cast a very powerful Bat-Bogey Hex and was impressed. Harry really doesn’t want to talk much, but that doesn’t deter Slughorn in the slightest, especially when discussion turns to the events that happened at the Ministry last year.

“So modest, so modest, no wonder Dumbledore is so fond — you were there, then? But the rest of the stories — so sensational, of course, one doesn’t know quite what to believe — this fabled prophecy, for instance –”

“We never heard a prophecy,” said Neville, turning geranium pink as he said it.

“That’s right,” said Ginny staunchly. “Neville and I were both there too, and all this ‘Chosen One’ rubbish is just the Prophet making things up as usual.”

“You were both there too, were you?” said Slughorn with great interest, looking from Ginny to Neville, but both of them sat clamlike before his encouraging smile.

I know that deep down Slughorn is harmless, but he comes off as just being creepy sometimes! In any case, Slughorn continues name dropping for the rest of the trip, talking about all the famous and powerful wizards he had taught who had all joined what he called the “Slug Club” while they were at Hogwarts together. Clearly, he is starting that up again and looking for more students. After what seems like an eternity, Slughorn dismisses them to go and get ready to arrive at Hogwarts. Neville is particularly glad that it’s over. Ginny just thinks Slughorn is odd for not punishing her after hexing Zacharias Smith.

Harry is not paying much attention to them, but is instead watching Zabini heading back to the Slytherin compartment. He has an idea and immediately acts on it, slipping the Invisibility Cloak on, following after Zabini, and sneaking into the compartment with Draco and the Slytherins. In the process, Zabini gets knocked into Goyle, which makes it easy for Harry to get in and jump up into the luggage rack. Other than Goyle, the compartment holds Crabbe, Zabini, Draco and Pansy Parkinson. Also, Draco is laying across the seat with his head in Pansy’s lap while she strokes his hair, so I guess they’re dating now.

Draco asks about the summons to Slughorn’s car and isn’t too happy when Zabini tells him why he was sent for. Apparently Slughorn wasn’t interested in meeting with a Malfoy. He sneers about Belby, Neville and Ginny getting invited, but also mentions that he doesn’t care who Slughorn might be interested in since he may not even be at Hogwarts next year because he may have “moved on to bigger and better things.” Because if Voldemort takes over, he’s not going to care about Hogwarts grades. He’s going to want loyalty. And Draco has been given a job to do.

They start to get ready for Hogwarts and Harry gets smacked in the head by Goyle’s trunk, causing him to gasp a bit. Draco looks up briefly and Harry worries that he may have heard him. He also had looked vaguely in Harry’s direction when he had jumped up in the first place. As the Slytherins leave, Draco hangs back, telling them he needs to “check something.” Harry thinks that maybe Draco is trying to do something secretive, something that might have to do with the item he talked to Borgin about, but instead, Draco casts Petrificus Totalus right at him. He falls to the ground and Draco stomps on his face. Then Draco covers Harry up with the Invisibility Cloak so that he won’t be found and end up back in London.

Will Harry make it back to Hogwarts, or will he leave with the train? See you next time for Chapter 8!

 

 

 

Books I've Read

REVIEW: Captive

CaptiveTitle: Captive

Author: Aimee Carter

Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction

Series: Blackcoat Rebellion #2

Blurb: For the past two months, Kitty Doe’s life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister’s niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she’s accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she’ll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

Review: First off, please check out my review of Pawn, the first book in this series. We actually reviewed it back on the podcast I used to co-host, but I shared it here as well. I loved the first book and I loved this one too!

Kitty is in such a peculiar situation throughout these books. Imagine what it’s like to have been surgically altered to resemble someone else in order to take their place! It’s terrifying! I also like the fact that she is a strong female lead who isn’t perfect. She makes mistakes. She’s stubborn. She gets scared and wants to give up. It’s very relatable, especially given what she’s going through.

What’s even more terrifying in this book is that we finally get to see Elsewhere, the place where all the undesirable citizens go in this dystopian world. We get a brief glace at it in book #1, but now we get the nitty gritty details.

Another thing I love about this series as a whole, but particularly this book, is the ambiguity of the characters, especially Knox. I want to like Knox so bad! I want to believe he’s on Kitty’s side! And I still don’t know! I love when books can keep you guessing like that.

The rebellion is definitely heating up. It’s really hard to go into specifics without giving spoilers, but I will just say that the final book of this series has been set up so perfectly in this middle book of the trilogy. That’s no always the case, but this definitely leaves you wanting to know what happens next.

GoodReads rating: 5 stars all the way!

Blog Tours · Books I've Read

BLOG TOUR: Helix

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Helix by Mary Ting! This is a fast paced series, full of adventure and espionage. It’s a wild ride, that’s for sure! Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting!

First off, let’s take a look at the first book in this series: ISAN.

Book #1

ISANTitle: ISAN

Author: Mary Ting

Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction

Series: International Sensory Assassin Network #1

Published By: Vesuvian Books, May 1, 2018

Blurb: The world has changed.

Scientists warned it would happen.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

Review: From the very beginning, I was already drawn into this world. I love a good dystopian tale and this definitely doesn’t disappoint. You are instantly curious about ISAN and what they do, other than bringing in troubled teens and training them to be government agents. And assassins. Like one does.

Ava is a great character and you just can’t help cheering for her. She is definitely a kick ass heroine, but she has a softer side as well. She cares about the members of her team (except for maybe Justine, because Justine is terrible), she cares about her instructors, but mostly, she wants to prove herself and her team to be the best. It makes it all the more difficult for her when the reality of what ISAN does comes crashing down.

And then there’s Rhett. We are still learning about Rhett in this book, but we get so much more from him in book #2. Which leads me to . . .

Book #2

HelixTitle: Helix

Author: Mary Ting

Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction

Series: International Sensory Assassin Network #2

Published By: Vesuvian Books, September 10, 2019

Find It: GoodReads, Website

BlurbAlliances are forming. The resistance is growing. Everything is about to change.

With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.

But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.

The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels—if she isn’t killed first.

Review: In this second book, we get to see things not just from Ava’s perspective, but also from Rhett’s. As such, we get to learn a lot more about him and the rebels. Second books in series are often tricky, since you have to answer some questions from book #1 (but not TOO many) while also setting up events for the next book, leading up to your grand finale. This book did all of those things and more.

Getting more of Rhett’s story really made the story world of this series even more rich and varied. I love that it is so complex and interesting. Not only do we have ISAN and the rebels, there are also counter insurgents who are fighting against both. The conspiracy is much more vast than we originally thought, stretching across the entire remnant of the country. It’s a whole bunch of twists and turns, which keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

Oh, and some of these rebels – children as young as ten. And they are badasses! That’s what you get when you experiment on DNA, but there are also other reasons why some of these superpowers exists, some that we are still discovering.

Great story, great characters, great action and adventure – these books have it all. Definitely check them out!

About the Author

MaryInternational Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 9/11/19

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words. Three questions, three answers. Let’s go!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished reading Helix by Mary Ting for a blog tour. My stop is tomorrow, so be sure to check it out! I also am very excited to say that I finished Demonglass and Spell Bound, both by Rachel Hawkins. This is exciting because this is the third series I have finished for my “Complete the Series” challenge! I actually did it this time!

What are you currently reading?

I’m still reading Eve 2.0 by Winter Lawrence for an upcoming blog tour. I also just started Shantallow by Cara Martin for another one. It is delightfully creepy so far. I am focusing also on reading Queen by Aimee Carter now that I’ve finished the Hex Hall series. That would make a fourth series completed this year, which would actually exceed my original goal of getting through three of them. I am also still reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, although my Chapter-A-Long project is on hiatus until probably next week while I am dealing with some personal stuff.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My “Complete the Series” challenge is not just about completing old series, but also completing any new series that I start this year. Once I finish Queen, I plan on reading A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, the second book in the Ember in the Ashes series. I believe that is the only new series I have started this year, other than new releases of series that are still in progress (like Mary Ting’s ISAN series, Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreakers series, Alex Hayes’s Chameleon Effect series, and so on). I don’t want to miss when new books come out in these series and then they become new series that I abandoned because I wasn’t paying attention to them. So many books, so little time!

That’s what I’m reading this week! Please leave your WWW in comments!

Teaser Tuesday · Top Ten Tuesdays

Teasers & Top Tens – 9/10/19

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

This week’s teaser comes from Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins:

I had no idea what time it was, but my body told me it was roughly “Ouch, This Is Way Too Early” o’clock. I’d only gotten a few hours of sleep. After Dad’s announcement that I’d be heading to the freaking Underworld the next day, no one had really been in the sleeping mood.

Hmm. I probably wouldn’t be in a sleeping mood either, Sophie.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books On My TBR That I’m Avoiding

In all fairness, I don’t think that I avoid books all that much. It’s more that I’m just easily distracted by the next shiny thing, combined with scatterbrained enough that I have no idea what’s going on from day to day. I actually did finally read one of the books I was sort of avoiding – Brave New World. So yay! I think I will instead go through my GoodReads TBR and see what has been on there the longest.

  1. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier – I had started Marillier’s Sevenwaters series, although I haven’t finished it yet (it’s on the list!). This is not from that series, but is another one. Her style is so beautiful, so this one will get read eventually.
  2. Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty by Cameron Dokey – I went through a major fairy tale retelling phase a few years ago. This author was recommended to me and I immediately put all of her retellings on my TBR – and then never read them. Sigh.
  3. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George – Another one of those fairy tale retellings I never got too. This was the first book in a trilogy based off of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. One day maybe.
  4. Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson – Yet another retelling (I told you I wen through quite the phase!), this time a retelling of Peter Pan, but from Tiger Lily’s perspective.
  5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – I fell in love with this one when I first saw the title and then just never tracked it down. I’ve heard many good things about it, but I do worry that it won’t live up to the hype.
  6. The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud – This is the second book in Stroud’s Bartimaeus series. I read the first one. I even own a copy of the second one. Still haven’t read it. Not sure why.
  7. Perdido Street Station by China Miéville – Another one that I own and haven’t read yet. I saw this book on a list of best books of science-fiction a while back and picked it up at the used book store.
  8. Arrow’s Flight by Mercedes Lackey – This is another book where I read the first book in the series, but stalled on book two. This is why the “Complete the Series” challenge was created – I’m really bad at this! This is the second book in the Heralds of Valdemar trilogy, the gateway into the larger Valdemar collection as a whole, and there are over 40 of them. Maybe that’s what I find so daunting?
  9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein – This is a book that really made the rounds around the blogosphere several years ago that I never got around to reading. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, so I should probably pick it up sometime soon.
  10. Legend by Marie Lu – I first found out about Marie Lu when I saw her speak at YallFest. I picked up a copy of this book at the festival but then . . . you guessed it, I never read it. I’m really bad about that!

That’s it for teasers and top tens this week. Please leave yours in comments!