Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday FREEBIE: Bridget’s Top Ten Book Boyfriends

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Just ‘cause I’m married doesn’t mean I can’t have book boyfriends! And since I wrote Top Ten Jerks in Literature for this week’s TTT over on my own blog, I thought I’d do a positive post over here at The Broke and the Bookish! So without further ado, here are my top ten book boyfriends:

1. Richie Tozier from IT by Stephen King. I dig funny guys, and Richie Tozier makes me laugh out loud more than perhaps any other character in any other book.

2. Nate Tucker from 14 by Peter Clines. Nate strikes me as the kind of guy who everyone likes, the guy who’s always up for a beer or for a game of pickup football. He also just seems like an all-around nice person, and someone who I think I would like to be around.

3. Tommy Phan from Tick Tock by Dean Koontz. He’s got some demons (literally), but I think Tommy would be a fun guy to hang out with when he wasn’t being chased by a demon doll from hell.

4. Jake Epping from 11/22/63 by Stephen King. He’s an English teacher and he swing dances. Enough said.

5. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was never really “Team Peeta” or “Team Gale,” but if I had to choose, I would definitely go for Peeta. Sweet and kind will ALWAYS beat out rugged and reckless in my book. This has become more and more true as I’ve grown up and realized that dramatic romantic love might be fun, but it’s not sustainable.

6. Dink from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. We don’t really see a lot of Dink, but I always enjoyed what we did see. He’s incredibly smart—as all the attendees of Battle School are—but he’s not as crazily ambitious as the rest. I just imagine him being a really sweet person, and someone who I think I would like a lot in real life.

7. Devin Jones from Joyland by Stephen King. Pretty much the same as Nate in #2. I obviously have a “type,” even for my book boyfriends.

8. Max de Winter from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. This one might be a bit of a stretch, especially because I would probably feel much like the new Mrs. de Winter (as in, like I wasn’t good enough for him) but I’ll allow myself one tortured soul on this list, and Max de Winter is it.

9. Captain Wentworth from Persuasion by Jane Austen. He stays faithful to Anne for eight years, even though her family made her break off her relationship with him. Plus, he’s in the military. That gets him a big old A+ in my book.

10. Travis Cornell from Watchers by Dean Koontz. Travis is one of those totally unassuming loner guys who most people would never give a second glance, but who has a treasury of good qualities hidden behind his gruff introversion. He’s also a deeply sad guy—and I would want to make him happy!

What topic did you choose today? And who are your favorite book boyfriends? You should also feel free to hop on over to my blog to discuss your book anti-boyfriends, aka the Top Ten Jerks in Literature. :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Broke and Bookish Book Haul for 1/4 - 1/17

Daisy's Book Haul

-Ensnared by A.G. Howard: YET IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! I will so read this as soon as I'm done typing up this post! MOOOORRRRPPPHEUS!!!
-Going Rogue by Robin Benway: I haven't read Also Known As yet, but I've heard REALLY good things about this series and I have book hoarder tendencies.
-The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan: I feel so guilty for not having started this series yet, but now I can just BINGE IT!
-Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay: my pre-order finally got here and I am so excited for a story about Sleeping Beauty's daughter who is a warrior princess!
-Suspicion by Alexandra Monir: it's a modern-day twist on Rebecca and I LOVE Rebecca, that book is amazing! So I hope this will be great!
-Talon by Julie Kagawa: it's about dragons. By Julie Kagawa. Do I need another reason?
-Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan: so the mail lost my copy and then I got this one as a replacement and I should really get to getting caught up with this series, cause the first book was awesome!
-This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I LOVED These Broken Stars, hopefully this one will be just as good.
-No Life But This by Anna Sheehan: I adored A Long, Long Sleep, it was amazing and I'm unsure why there hasn't been more buzz about it. This is the sequel and I will read the crap out of it, cause I need to know what happens next!!
-The Young Elites by Marie Lu: so I've never read any of Marie Lu's work, but this sounds like it could be amazing, so I'm in :)

Egalleys for review:
-A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride: I'm one of those people always wondering 'what if', so two alternate timelines sound pretty good to me :)
-Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: I've been meaning to read more graphic novels and this one from the viewpoint of a villain sounds really good!
-The Novice by Taran Matharu: OMG SO MUCH EXCITEMENT!!! I'm dying to read this!
-The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale: Princess Academy #3 YES!
-A Ring Through Time by Felicity Pulman: this just sounds so intriguing! I love books in which the character discovers his or her family history!
-The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: I AM EXCITE!! I loved The Queen of the Tearling and am VERY excited for this sequel!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Julia Reviews Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Title/Author: Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
Publisher/Year Published: November 2014 by Avon
How I got this book: Library
Why I read this book: It's the final book in a series
Rating: 3 stars

Spoilers from her on out for the first books in this series and the identity of Chase. 

She is the most powerful woman in Britain, 
A queen of the London Underworld ...
But no one can ever know.

He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth, 
Putting all she has at risk . . .
Including her heart.

The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s incredible Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series. These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike! This is the last in the Rules of Scoundrels series—Chase’s story

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

I really like Sarah MacLean. I really do. I loved the first two books in this series, the third I loathed, and this one sort of fell between that. I liked the setup from the other books, but honestly it has been so long since I have read the other three that I felt like I missed some nuance. So if I take this book on it's own, it sort of falls flat. Chase is super impressive the other three books, actually living up to the machinations that she is claimed to wield. But this one, all I see is a women trying desperately to fit back into society, the same one which she has been trying to ruin for almost a decade. 

The writing I noticed really quickly is pretty damn repetitive. If I had to hear one more freaking monologue about motivations I was going to flip to any other book in my nook. I pressed on despite all of this. The romance itself was fine. Nothing special though. The characters were again, just fine. Nothing really stood out to me in this. 

The setup was outstanding, but unfortunately the execution fell a little flat for me. I am glad I read it to finish the series. I would recommend it only if you read the other books as I think it would be even less entertaining if I didn't have all the background.

Also? Avon, please. PLEASE stop with the pun covers. This one isn't as horrid as some of them, but urgh! 

Note: I didn't super hate this, I read it on one airplane ride. I am sorry I can't get more verbose, but I have been sick all day :( Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top Ten 2014 Releases Daisy Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

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I'm basically notoriously bad at actually reading the new releases that I'm excited about and pre-ordered, so this list is way easy to make. And because I had all these extra books, I have another Top Ten Tuesday on my personal blog!

The Books in Series I've Started Before

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I LOVED These Broken Stars and I actually own this pretty, so it should be read soon!

Never Judge a Lady by her Cover by Sarah MacLean: I adore Sarah MacLean's writing, but for some reason, I've yet to read this one and the book before it, but I SO want to read Chase's story!

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss: I own this. Signed. There is no excuse, cause I just need more from this author and I'll take whatever I can while waiting for the next installment in the Kingkiller Chronicles...

Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan: Maid of Honor was so, SO good and just my kind of book and for some reason I haven't gotten my hand on a copy of Maid of Deception yet... This should be remedied soon.

Brazen by Katherine Longshore: I love Katherine Longshore's take on the Tudors and I just really don't know why I haven't read Brazen yet. It's staring at me accusingly from my shelf with its gorgeous cover...

Split Second by Kasie West: KASIE WEST IS AWESOME! And Pivot Point was just amazing and swoonworthy and just plain fantastic writing. AND THAT ENDING! Just no words. So obviously I failed to read this, even though I own it...

My Fantasy Fix

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier: the start of her new series and I am EXCITED! I got this from Mel for our book club's Secret Santa, so I hope I'll be reading it soon :)

Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson: it has a magical school in it. I cannot for the life of me imagine why this hasn't been read yet.

Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell: this sounds AMAZING, it hasn't gotten a lot of buzz, but I think I'll love it.

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard: DRAGONS! This needed reading YESTERDAY.

So tell if there are books on the list that you've also failed to read! Or other releases that should have been on the list, I'm always happy with book recs!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Daisy Does an Early Spotlight on The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Title/Author: The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon
Publisher/Date published: Bloomsbury, January 27th 2015
How I got this book: borrowed it from my friend Debby, as she was lucky enough to get an ARC!

Goodreads summary: Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

Ok, first off: have you read The Bone Season? If not, why not? Cause you should. You should probably stop what you're doing right now, including reading this post and go read it. Just go. Go and be blown away by the awesomeness of Samantha Shannon's writing.

So now that we've got that established. Let's move onto me telling you exactly why you should be hovering around your mailbox on January 27th or stalking your bookstore or whatever method you decide on to get your hands on The Mime Order:

-While The Bone Season had a whole lot of info-dump in it (which I was ok with, because hello amazing worldbuilding!), The Mime Order doesn't and it just builds and expands on this knowledge we've gathered in The Bone Season and it was AWESOME. I love re-immersing myself in this world and the characters and just gloriously revelling in Samantha Shannon's beautiful words.

-Paige grows and grows as a character and she's just this strong, badass person who isn't afraid to make hard choices and fights for what she believes in and actually has a LOT of common sense and just, I love her ok?

-WARDEN! I can go all caps on him because he's AMAZING and just LOVE! We read The Bone Season with our book club and all three of us who were there to discuss the book just went *sigh* after someone mentioned him. He's very swoonworthy and he becomes even more so in The Mime Order. Also, the chemistry he and Paige have is just wow. It is SO good.

-THAT ENDING!!! Basically I have ALL THE FEELS and I had some serious book hangover after finishing this and even though I slightly saw it coming I was still like WHATTTT??

So go forth and covet this book. I'm DYING for the next one!

My rating: 5 stars

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Jana's Top Ten Most Anticipated 2015 Debuts

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Hi all! Jana here. I've kind of taken over today's TTT because I could not narrow my list to just 10 books! As many of you know, I'm the host of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge (read about it and sign up here!), and I've spent the last few months talking with a ton of authors about their upcoming books and I'm so excited about so many of them! So here are 10 debuts I'm really excited about. Head over to my personal blog for 10 more!

1. Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams (July 14, 2015) 
Girl wakes up in the truck bed of a moving truck, ends up in a secluded mountain cabin with a serial killer, and escapes with her hunter at her heels. HELLO. Sign me up!

2. The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst (June 2, 2015) 
Time travel! And the main girl has a stalker! Sounds interesting.

3. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout (June 9, 2015)
"A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

4. Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca (June 9, 2015) 
Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go." Sounds like a fun romantic contemporary, perfect for beach time!

5. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi (June 16, 2015) 
"A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

6. Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud (July 21, 2015)
"Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut."

7. The Creeping by Alexander Sirowy (August 18, 2015) 
"Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again."

8. For the Record by Charlotte Huang (TBA 2015) 
"Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like . . . until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything."

9. Lock and Mori by Heather Petty (September 15, 2015) 
"...a female Moriarty teams up with her classmate Sherlock Holmes to solve a mystery in modern-day London, until the answers lead him too close to all that she's been hiding."

10. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandiera (December 2015) 
"In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?" I had to post the whole book synopsis because YAY!

Tell us the debuts you can't wait for!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Broke and Bookish Book Haul for 12/21 - 1/3

Daisy's Book Haul

-The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: I've already read this and really liked it, so I wanted my own copy.
-Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes: which adds another series to the list of ones I have complete and have not started yet... But it sounds so good!
-The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker: this was an impulse buy when I was shopping for Christmas presents, I don't really know much about it except that it sounds fun.
-City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster: I wasn't sure about this at first, but so many people have been raving about it that I want to check it out myself.

We had a Secret Santa gift exchange with our book club and my sweet friend Mel gave me:
-Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George: I'm SO excited about this one! I've been meaning to read it forever!
-Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier: this is the start of her new series and it's so pretty and I really need to read more by Juliet Marillier!

Along with the pretty books, Mel gave me this:

Which I'd been dying for ever since I first saw someone had one and just I LOVE IT OK?? I have awesome friends.

Egalleys for review:
-One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin: this sounds like a super cute contemporary and I hope to love this one very much!
-The Cage by Megan Shepherd: new series by Megan Shepherd about teens being held captive in a human zoo. Count me in!
-Stolen Magic by Gail Carson Levine: I really liked A Tale of Two Castles, so I'm excited for this sequel!
-Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini: what could be more perfect for a girl who loves America's Next Top Model?
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