Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Kick-Ass Heroines

This great meme by The Broke and The Bookish gives us topics each week to make list of some of our top ten books and book related things. This week its our Top Ten Favourite Kick-Ass Heroines.

1. Macey MacHenry from The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter

I think Macey is judges a bit at the start of this series but she definatly proves her worth as a great spy.

2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is going to be a popular pick this week but who doesn’t think she is a hero!

3. Rachel from Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie

Rachel puts everyone before herself in some mad situations I would love to think I had her stregnth

4. Lauren from Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

Sophie McKenzie likes to put her characters through a lot so they always seem heroic

5. Harmony from Bumped by Megan McCafferty

It takes a lot to make the decisions Harmony has to make in this series and particularly when you realise maybe you are wrong.

6. Roxy from Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail

Roxy’s Baby is the first book I read where I felt the main character was a heroine, maybe not by fighting wars but by being mentally strong.

7. V for Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

It’s difficult for anyone when someone in your family is loved so much but V in the end is the one that is a true friend.

8. & 9. Maddie and Queenie from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

These two characters I think show how during the war women showed that actually we can more than just be housewives. 

10. Jade Leigh from Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

Jade’s world becomes a nightmare but she learns from that, we could all take something from her. 

Friday Finds 26/10

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online, or you bought.

This week I have a fairly long list again but this is mostly due to the mini stories I found for other series I have read.

Melissa West

  • Gravity

Amanda Grace

  • But I Love Him

Caragh M O’Brien

  • Birth Marked

Tiffany Truitt

  • Chosen Ones

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

  • Dream Dark

Veronica Roth

  • Free Four

What books have you added to your To-read list this week?

Forever

Sam has always loved Grace. As a wolf, he watched her from afar. As a boy, he held her in his arms.

Now facing the possibility of a life without her, he will do anything to keep her safe. Even if it means facing his demons. Even if it risks everything he has.

Anything, as long as their love can survive…

In the final book of The Wolves of Mercy Fall Series all the characters are fighting for themselves as well as the wolves survival.

Cole is realising that what he needs is purpose in his life. That being a wolf doesn’t take away his problems but becoming one has put him back on a better path a again.

Isabel is about to learn that maybe she they way other people see her might be right. That is possible about time to let someone in and that life in Mercy Falls hasn’t been as bad as she made it out to be.

Grace wants to be with Sam but she doesn’t want to lose her parents either. Her life plans have been put on hold but she isn’t afraid to still dream about her future.

But Sam has the toughest time at all though. He is missing the person who looked after him and afraid of not being able to take on the responsibility he has been left with. He doesn’t want to loose Grace but he isn’t sure about Cole and his experiments. And he is about to question everything he though about his hero.

And on top of all of that they wolves are at risk of being wiped out but Isabel’s dad.

Like the rest of the books in this series this book was an easy read and I have to say that I agree with the comment that it’s the best book to curl up with. Although it is not one of my favourite books as it the writing didn’t keep you turning pages it was a good book. All of the character’s had an important part to play in the overall story but they also learnt important things about themselves that could just save them. Although I wasn’t sure at first I have enjoyed this series and I am glad I have read them. I think the would make a good holiday read so if you have a break coming up add it to your to-read list for then and relax and enjoy the story.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit

With Halloween just around the corner The Broke and The Bookish have given us the topic this week of The Top Ten Books that get us in the Halloween spirit. I have never really thought about books in this way before so I’m not sure how good my list is but hopefully it’s got a few good spooky stories.

1. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.

2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

3. House of Night Series by PC & Kristin Cast

It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends. It gets even harder for Zoey to fit in when she finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. As Zoey tries to make new friends and maybe find a hot boyfriend (or two), she comes up against all kinds of evil. Things at the House of Night are not always what they seem. Can Zoey find the courage deep within herself to find the truth and embrace her destiny?

4. The Drowning Pond by Catherine Forde

Nicky is the least popular girl in school, so when the popular kids briefly befriend her—out of boredom—she’ll do anything to keep them, including picking on the new girl. At first it’s easy since everyone thinks she’s weird anyway, but when does weird become witchy? Is it when Bella’s skin breaks out like a plague? Is it when Mags and Janet end up in the hospital? Is all of this normal teen stuff or evidence of witchcraft? As Nicky’s plan reaches its shocking conclusion, she discovers that she has not only lost her friends but also unleashed something truly evil in the process.

5. The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan

Darren use to be a normal boy but his love for spiders is about to change is life forever. Delve into the world of  not just vampires but the strange creatures that share this planet with us and see if Darren can save himself from destiny.  

6. Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

A fiercely individualist Goth girl wakes up to discover that the whole world has gone Goth and she’s actually — gag — “popular.” Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else. She has a small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts, and thrive outside the norm. They’re considered the “freaks” of their high school. But when Jade’s smart mouth lands her in trouble — again — her principal decides to teach her a lesson she’ll never forget.

7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.

8. The Black Pear by Allan Porter

This was the New Beginning. Away from the memories, away from the past.
But sometimes the past comes back…
What is the secret of the old Black Pear tree that taps on Emily’s window when no one else is around?
And why did Alice, a long-forgotten resident of the house, leave a simple silver necklace twined among its branches?
Emily and her family moved to Orchard Grange to escape the memories of the past.
Unfortunately, Orchard Grange has some terrifying memories of its own…

9. Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin

Convinced her brother’s death was murder rather than suicide, sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious student activities at her boarding school.

10. 44 by Jools Sinclair

Last year after falling through the ice, seventeen-year-old Abby Craig woke up from death – but she woke into a world she barely recognizes. She can’t see colors, memories have been erased, and her friends all hate her. And then there’s Jesse, who she loves, but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago.

Just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, the visions begin. In them, she sees a faceless serial killer roaming the streets. While the police believe that there have been a lot of accidents in town lately, Abby knows differently. And she soon realizes that it’s up to her to find him. But to stop him, she’ll have to confront more than just the killer. She’ll have to face something else that was lost in those dark waters: the truth.

 

Friday Finds 19/10

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online, or you bought.

This week as a result of Top Ten Tuesday I added quite a few new books to me to-read list.

Laura Wiess 

  • Such a Pretty Girl
  • How It Ends
  • Leftovers

 

Terra Elan McVoy

  • Pure
  • Criminal

Lauren Myracle

  • Shine

 

David Levithan

  • The Lovers Dictionary
  • The Realm of Possibility

Ellen Hopkins

  • Crank

Katie McGarry

  • Pushing The Limits

This isn’t all of them but these are the ones I am most excited about.

Have you read any that you can suggest I read first?

What new books have you discovered this week?

Beautiful Darkness

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly criss-crossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

There is something about what happened to Ethan last summer that he can’t quite remember. More importantly however Lena seems to be growing away from him and nothing he does seems to be making any difference. But when everything goes totally pair shaped for him he knows that no matter what he loves Lena and he will do anything to get her back.

He doesn’t quite realise just exactly how much he is letting himself in for. He is about to meet more dangerous creatures from the Caster world, learn that the people he knows not just know much more about his secret life than he thought but are linked to and that maybe there is more to his life than being an average kid from Gatlin.

It isn’t just his life however that is about to change forever.

The reason I enjoy these books is because I find them very easy to read. I don’t like books where the language is too complicated and this doesn’t have that. Another good thing about it was although there was almost a point where the typical love triangle or teen fiction that has become common could have appeared it didn’t. I feel it is something that comes up in too many books now and I was glad it didn’t happen in this one.

As for the actual plot of this book there was a lot going on. He was trying to find Lena and work out what was going on with her but he was also learning about himself and more about the caster world too. I think some people may find it has a little too much at once but I didn’t mind it too much. The over all aim of the series was still there and it is more that which interests me.

I think my favourite bit was the ending though. I like that there was a little bit of normality after the paranormal world of the tunnels. I also found it almost a little comical with some of the events. The set up for book three was also very subtly introduced and I am interested to see how things work out for all the characters more that just with Lena and her mother.

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Authors in X Genre – Teen/Young Adult Fiction

We get a bit of a choice again this week from The Broke and The Bookish with our Favourite Authors in X Genre. It took my a while to come up with this list as I tend not to read a lot of books by the same author unless its a series. However in the end I have gone for authors who write teen/young adult fiction. I think this will be a popular category but it is one of the few I could write a complete list for.

Teens These authors all write books for teenagers that combine interesting and unusual topics with good characters and plots. They are aimed I would say for young teenagers but hint at more grow up issues. 

1. Catherine Macphail

2. Anne Cassidy

3. Catherine Forde

Young Adults These authors write for older teenagers. They still combine good writing with interesting topics and characters but they are more in-depth than the previous authors. 

4. Sophie McKenzie

5. Simmone Howell

6. Jenny Downham

7. Cat Patrick

8. Gabrielle Zelvin

9. Tabitha Suzuma

10. John Green

New Reason To Move to New Zealand

Having just finished The Hobbit this post caught me eye.
I have always wanted to go to New Zealand and this is yet another reason why it seems such an amazing country.
Thanks to I Should Have Been a Blogger for this post

Anibundel

Baggins $10 coins:

It’s actually a commemorative coin that will be sold for far more, but I love the idea of Bilbo on the tail side of Liz2.

A couple more shots of the coins, after the jump.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Rewind – Top Ten Childhood Favourites

The week The Broke and The Bookish have given us the chance to rewind back to an old topic. I have decided to go for Childhood Favourites. The books I have picked are from when I was particularly little, most of them are ones read to me when I was under 5 but they are great books and ones I still have to read to my own children one day.

1. Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough

Yikes! Eddie’s in for the surprise of his life when he discovers that his teddy bear has grown much too big to cuddle! But there’s fun in store when Eddie meets up with a real bear who’s got just the opposite problem—his lost teddy bear has shrunk to a size that’s much too small for such an enormous bear to cuddle. Could it be a case of mistaken identity?

2. Funny Bones by Allan Ahlberg

This is the first book in the “Funnybones” series and introduces the skeletons – a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton. They live in a dark dark cellar of a dark dark house on a dark dark hill and so the word repetition continues through this lighthearted story for early readers. The skeletons venture out of their cellar one night to find someone to scare, but everyone is in bed so they amuse themselves by scaring each other and playing with the skeleton animals that live in the zoo.

3. Winnie The Witch by Valerie Thomas

Winnie lived in her black house with her cat, Wilbur. He was black too. And that is how the trouble began. Everything in Winnies house is black – the carpet, the chairs, the bed and the sheets, the pictures on the walls, and even the bathtub! And of course her cat, Wilbur, is black too – all except for his bright-green eyes. Whenever poor Wilbur closes his eyes and tries to take a catnap, Winnie stumbles right over him. Or accidentally sits on top of him. Until one day, when Winnie gets a brilliant idea. What if Wilbur were a different color?

4. The Owl and The Pussycat by Edward Lear

Edward Lear’s nonsense poem about two unlikely sweethearts–an elegant owl and a beautiful cat

5. Snake Supper by Alan Durant

Alternating whole and half pages provide plenty of surprises in a tale of Snake and his search through the forest for something good to eat, starting with a mouse and ending with his efforts to consume an elephant.

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

“The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…”

7. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared. Ready for some fun? Come along!

8. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that’s just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for him.

9. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk in town, followed by a few friends. All is uneventful until they meet Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town, and run for home. The story is told by a brilliant, cumulative rhyming text and terrific pictures.

10. Garden Gang by Jayne Fisher

Jayne Fisher was the youngest person ever to write for Ladybird Books, Jayne based her ‘Garden Gang’ stories around a bunch of fruit and vegetable characters that became hugely popular with younger readers in the 1970’s. Jayne also illustrated her own books using felt-tipped pens.