Top Ten Tuesday 12/24/19

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is: Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree

(Click on the image of the book to read the synopsis on Goodreads)

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Nevernight- Jay Kristoff

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Ninth House- Leigh Bardugo- Target Edition

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The Starless Sea- Erin Morgenstern- U.K. Edition

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Normal People- Sally Rooney

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Regretting You- Colleen Hoover

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These Witches Don’t Burn- Isabel Sterling

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Scream With Me: The Enduring Legacy of The Misfits- Tom Bejgrowicz

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman

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The Deathless Girls- Kiran Millwood Hargrave

 

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Betty Bites Back: Stories to Scare the Patriarchy- Mindy McGinnis 

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*Review* Cadaver & Queen- Alisa Kwitney

35140600    When Lizzie Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn’t have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she’ll have to go above and beyond to prove herself. So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-mechanical–one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school–she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program.

Only this Bio-mechanical isn’t like the others. Where they are usually empty-minded and perfectly obedient, this one seems to have thoughts, feelings… and self-awareness.

Soon Lizzie realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein–a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Victor, it seems, still has a spark of human intelligence inside him, along with memories of things he discovered before his untimely death.. .and a suspicion that he was murdered to keep that information from getting out. Suddenly Lizzie finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that put her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. But Lizzie’s determined to succeed–even if that means fighting an enemy who threatens the entire British Empire.

My Review:

“Arrogance is what thick people call the truth when they don’t like it.”

This is Tales from the Crypt meets Stalking Jack the Ripper with deeper and darker secrets. I love Tales from the Crypt and it’s still one of my favorite shows to watch. Stalking Jack the Ripper was one of those books I hated and it drove me crazy. So this got stuck right in the middle for me.

The cover and spine for this book are stunning. It definitely is the draw to capturing your attention. The synopsis hits you because of the feminist retelling. Even though it doesn’t read like a retelling of Frankenstein much but of another book and tv show.

Elizabeth, Victor, and Henry do make their appearances and the banter between them was great but the story in between could get kind of stuffy. I felt bored with some of this and the twists really didn’t shock me. I expected more but got mediocre.

Cadaver & Queen was an okay read but I don’t see myself reading it again. It definitely doesn’t need a second book and I’m probably going to skip that one.

Beware of the beautiful cover!!

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*Arc Review* Mammoth- Jill Baguchinsky

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“You can’t hide from assholes. You just have to learn to deal.”

Women in Stem is a hard thing to come by and this puts women right where they belong. That is obviously at the top!

One thing I wasn’t expecting to happen was me wanting to learn more about Paleontology. It was fascinating about all the hard work they put into something that might not give them anything in return.

The story was one that instantly had me hooked. It flowed beautifully and the characters were instantly likable even if some are more douchey than others. But Natalie is the plus size heroine we all needed in our lives right now. She’s a full-figured gal who didn’t let the haters win. She took that hate and made herself more determined. With the way the world is going, we needed someone like her.

This book is a victory for anyone that needs more encouragement, who needs to feel comfortable in their own skin. This is that extra pat on the back we all need and a must read for everyone.

Natalie’s big heart will win you over immediately. Don’t hesitate when it comes to this book.

 

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Thank you, Turner Publishing!!!

*Arc Review* Puddin’- Julie Murphy

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“Love comes and goes, but lipstick is forever.”

We all know that after reading Dumplin’ it took over my life. Dolly Parton was a fixture in my life after that one. Me being a large and in charge gal made me look at life a little differently and nothing could or would stand in my way.

And then I heard about this companion novel and to say that I was stoked is the understatement of the year.

Puddin’ alternates between Callie and Millie. We get to see how different their lives are and then how they come together. It’s something that we thought might never happen again but Julie surprises us.

I highly enjoyed this one but nothing will ever compare to the joy that Dumplin’ brought into my life. They are both wonderful stories of girl power and sticking up for the underdog but this didn’t even come close to what Dumplin’ did. The thing of it is that I still really liked this one. It held that same powerful message and that nothing can’t be fixed with sweet tea and some Dolly Parton.

And WillowDean and Bo make the cutest and sweetest appearances in this book. I really hoped that this book would contain a lot more of them both but we get glimpses into the now and that was good enough for me….. at the moment.

Julie Murphy has this wonderful way of turning any situation into something lighthearted and fun. And it’s no different here.

Just remember, Riots not diets!!

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Reign of the Fallen- Sarah Glenn Marsh

 

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”Since you’ve been gone, I don’t even feel right in my own skin anymore. It’s like I’m missing a part, a lung or a kidney, and the rest of me can’t figure out how to work together without that one piece.”

At first, I felt confused. Like all this world and character building was overwhelming my mind at once and I couldn’t keep pace. But once it picked up, it was hard to put down.

I was dazzled by the dark and mesmerizing tale that felt more horror and diverse than anything I’ve ever read. Oh, My Stars!!! This should be on everyone’s tbr.

Your jaw will drop at the beautifulness that is brought forth through Sarah’s words. Her storytelling building is too phenomenal for words. I can’t say it enough, this will be one of the YA books of the year.

Odessa is the bisexual badass heroine we were all looking for in a lead character. She took no shit and gave it right back. Bow down to this new queen who has flaws and who we admire anyway.

If the synopsis doesn’t fully grasp you then this stunning cover will. That cover is to throw you off from the dark and the mysterious that will greet you at the opening page.

Be forewarned, this fantasy tale is extremely violent. It contains a lot of battle sequences with death looming throughout and rising from the ground. It also deals with addiction that is sequential to the whole story.

Brace yourselves! Don’t say that I didn’t warn you!

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