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Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Horror

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week on Top Ten Tuesday I get to gush about my favorite horror authors! I’ll let you know why I love them and why I think anyone who hasn’t experienced the horror genre would too. Let’s get into it!

Attic Clowns 1. Stephen King – Really this could be almost anything he wrote, but my personal favorite is Cell. Cell is apocalyptic horror, via a method that is incredibly believable because it is so obvious. Yet there are things from other genres present that new readers could latch on to. Love, fear, desperation, hope, Cell has it all. It’s one of my favorite books regardless of genre.

 2. Attic Clowns by Jeremy C. Shipp – With a mix of horror, bizarro, and comedy, Shipp is at his finest (in my mind) when he writes his short stories, and Attic Clowns is the best of the bunch. New horror readers would enjoy the humor, the multitude of ways that Attic Clowns makes you consider reality, and the cast of wonderful characters that Jeremy C. Shipp created, especially Globcow.

 3. Lessons (and Other Morbid Drabbles) by Michael Crane – A less philosophical and more straightforward, but equally hilarious version of Shipp’s work are Crane’s short story collections of Morbid Drabbles. For new horror readers I think that this would give them a quick and concise way of finding out if they’d be interested in the dark humor that pervades this style of horror.

The Infects 4. Pressure by Jeff Strand – Pressure takes the reader on a journey of discovery. It shows how quickly the human mind can turn into a dark and haunting place, and how that can take its toll on someone’s life. The book is about friends becoming enemies, psychological horror, with a touch of physical violence thrown in for good measure. It’s a great book to start with.

 5. The Infects by Sean Beaudoin – If you couldn’t tell already, I’m big into comedic horror, dark humor is right up my twisted alley. So, for me at least, The Infects was absolutely perfect. It’s got amazing banter, creepy zombies, and a hilarious backstory. The Infects is one of my favorite books in any genre, but for someone easing into horror this is perfect. I can’t recommend it enough!

 6. Touched by Zoe E. Whitten – Touched is a short piece, 69 pages in length, and is a quick and enjoyable read for prospective horror readers. It’s got a lot of fantasy elements for those that are more inclined to read that genre, and enough humor for comedy fans to be satiated. However, for horror junkies it’s got the gore you want, the gripping action you crave, and the fear you need.

 7. Here Be Monsters – This is another short story collection, an anthology this time by a bunch of different authors, including my favorite Jeremy C. Shipp. I read this during 2012’s Fraterfest (a Halloween/horror themed readathon) and really enjoyed it. There is a mixture of philosophical, physical, and comedic horror and it blends really well together. A quick and easy horror read.

 8. Insomnia by J.R. Johansson – All about mental breakdowns, psychosis, and nightmares/dreams, Insomnia covers a lot of my favorite elements of horror. It’s creepy, not necessarily because of what the characters are going through, but because it makes you think about what it would be like if it happened to you. There is romance in this one, so that’s a draw for some new horror readers.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer 9. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – Some might classify this as paranormal, I’d say it is a mixture of that and horror, so I’m going to include it. The book is amazing, as is the second book Girl of Nightmares, and with its sweet romance, beautiful writing, and excellent characters it is a great read for anyone. For new horror readers Anna would be a nice way of easing into darker books.

 10. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride – Another really funny book, often utilizing sarcasm to make light of the situation, as well as being like Anna, where paranormal meets horror. Necromancers aren’t written about nearly enough, and McBride does an amazing job with this book and its sequel Necromancing the Stone. Think Twilight but badass… and well written.

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There are so many great horror books out there, and I really need to read more of them myself. If you haven’t read much, or any horror before, I highly recommend you check out the ones on this list. They are excellent. Have you read any of them? What is your chosen “Never Read ___”? Let me know! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Waiting on Wednesday #23

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.

For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:

Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

Set For Release On: September 1st, 2014 Mortal Gods

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No, I didn’t forget the summary this time, it just hasn’t been released yet. Regardless, as soon as I saw the cover, as well as just the fact that I freaking LOVED Antigoddess, was too much not to feature Mortal Gods. I can’t wait!!! All of the squeeeeeees! The cover is pretty cool as well with a similar vibe, but much different look than the first book. That probably didn’t make sense…but oh well.

I am looking forward to when the summary is released so that my excitement level can kick up a few more notches! I’m sure this will be just as amazing as Antigoddess, with an incredible world, brilliant characters, and Blake refusing to pull any punches. Weeee!

What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave a link to your own WoW post and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday! ^.^


Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week on Top Ten Tuesday it is all about the best sequels eveeeeeeeeer! ^.^

1. Eldest (Inheritance Cycle #2) by Christopher Paolini – This book is still one of my favorites and I really need to re-read it soon. It literally changed my life in ways I can’t accurately describe. Also ELVES. Eldest

2. The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien – Like I wasn’t going to include book two of my favorite series ever, come on. Seriously though The Two Towers has epic battles, ENTS, and whatever the Aragorn and Eowyn ship is called, that, yes please.

3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling – I did it! I managed just to pick one, huzzah! Really I could have put the whole series as it kept getting better, but I picked six which is still my favorite, possibly, just maybe because of a certain kiss. ^.^

4. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan – The main reason I chose book two for this series, besides it being really, really good, is that I am a terrible horrible person and haven’t even read book three yet. >.< I’ll get to them I swear! *hides*

5. Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake – I basically lost my mind after I finished this book…to the point where I went on Twitter, asked the author (who was kind enough to respond) if there was a book three coming, and when I found out there wasn’t proceeded to absolutely lose my shit. Luckily this was just done in my house, a few I NEED MOOOOAAAAAAR type tweets, and nothing I really regret. Seriously though. Please? Book three? I’m begging here. GoN

6. Necromancing the Stone (Necromancer #2) by Lish McBride – Well…this series does technically continue into books three and four…but they don’t come until like ~2015 and from what I’ve heard it doesn’t seem like they even follow quite the same arc, just maybe in the same universe or something. Regardless, I really loved Necromancing the Stone, the hard edge that it got after the humorous/light-hearted book one, and how McBride ended what, I thought at the time at least, was a duology.

7. Shades of War (Sevy #2) by Sarah-Jane Lehoux – Another book that had me filled with ALL the emotions. I love Sevy, I think this is my favorite book in the series because of where she is at in her journey and the setting as well (pretty jungle!), and there is a really fun monkey in it. Nope, I’m not explaining that further, go read the book (and the series) if you haven’t already. Thank me later. ^.^

8. The Reality Bug (Pendragon #4) by D.J. MacHale – Love, love, love this series and it kills me that I haven’t finished it. The Reality Bug is my favorite, though The Never War is close, because it addresses one of the big fears some people have today, that we are losing ourselves to the virtual world. It goes to an extreme to make this point, but in a good way, and I happen to really like Aja, the traveler in this world. She’s just fantastic.

9. Ptolemy’s Gate (Bartimaeus #3) by Jonathan Stroud – I’ve re-read this series more than any other besides Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, oh ya, it’s THAT good. Ptolemy’s Gate is the epic conclusion, driving daggers into your heart, filled with awesome battles, and I am all about the Nathaniel/Kitty ship. Yes please. Love this book and the series so much. Ptolemy's Gate

10. The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl #3) by Eoin Colfer – Another series I stopped reading for no apparent (or at least good) reason that I need to get back to and finish. The Eternity Code is where I felt the series really took off after book two left me a bit cold (pardon the pun), and I really do love me some supercomputers. Oh, and more fairies? Always.

So those are my top ten best sequels ever! I now want to go re-read all of those series. *sobs for lack of time* Some day! What is your top ten list for this week? Do you want to re-read ALL THE SERIES now? Are most of the ones you chose recent series or ones you read when you were younger? Let me know! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Antigoddess by Kendare Blake: Frodo’s Review

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Summary From GoodreadsAntigoddess Cover

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

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If you’ll excuse me for just one second, there is something very important I need to do.

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Alright, much better. Antigoddess, in case the outburst didn’t clue you in, is absolutely fabulous. I have loved mythology, Greek mythology in particular, since grade school, so this book and I were meant to be. However, even if you don’t have a fondness for mythology going into Antigoddess I think you’ll love it (almost) as much as I did.

Kendare Blake is a genius for putting that spin on the gods, making them seem almost human with their illnesses. It’s something that just isn’t done, making the gods, those that are immortal, incredibly powerful, and sometimes seemingly invincible against every force but themselves, die? It’s so crazy that it works. Instead of having a disconnect with this all powerful being because we have such a hard time relating to them, they become vulnerable, and all humans can relate to that feeling. What got me the most about using this tactic, is that I felt such an overwhelming sadness, seeing these gods weaken, as well as feeling outraged that they had to suffer. The emotions were intense and they drove me through the book at a pretty frantic speed. I NEEDED the gods to find a solution, a good one, something to set things right. This isn’t how it is supposed to be, fix them already! No worries, I won’t spoil what happens for you. 🙂

Ooo, and to continue my squeegasm (that’s a thing right?) can I mention how wonderful it is seeing things from Athena’s perspective? Let me break it down for you. WE GET TO SEE THINGS FROM THE VIEW OF A GODDESS! So ya, awesome. She’s fun, she can be a hard-ass a lot of the time but she isn’t without some kindness for those she really cares about. I loved her character. If this is what the “real” Athena is/was like sign me up. I wanted to give her a hug so many times in this book, especially when she doubted herself, but I’d just get my block knocked off, so probably a good thing I’m not a character in Antigoddess. ^.^

We do also get to see things from Cassandra’s point of view. While it wasn’t nearly as fun as the thrill ride with Athena, Cassandra is the linchpin of the book, we need her to be the transitional piece between human feelings and those of the gods. You can relate to her. She’s in love but it gets complicated and she doesn’t really know what to do about it, she’s got these cool powers but doesn’t really know how to utilize them or what they are for, and despite being swept up in the madness that is the gods she clings to those she cares about most, her family and friends, and the town she calls home. She just wants what is familiar. The lovey dovey feelings she had toward Aiden, her boyfriend, were a smidge over the top which felt right being she is a teenager and they (thank goodness) didn’t overwhelm the other parts of the book.

Aiden, the love interest, is pretty typical in most respects. He’s a strong, I’ll-always-be-there-for-you type boyfriend, but with secrets he keeps even from Cassandra. Luckily, he’s not perfect, he shows some flaws here and there (can’t go into detail without spoilers) that keep him from feeling fake or a stereotype/cookie-cutter model. Aiden just wants to be with Cassandra, that’s what is important to him above all else, and he’ll do anything to keep them together. It’s pretty hard not to like the guy for that alone.

There are epic battles between gods in this book. I really shouldn’t have to go more into the plot or goings on than that, but I will. ^.^ We have a human who might be a prophetess discovering her place in a world she didn’t know existed. Gods turning evil and doing everything they can to survive, at great cost to themselves and their siblings. Blake takes us on a journey where we learn more about the gods, why they are the way they are, how they connect and where their allegiances lie. The world, the cast, and the story are perfectly blended together and the writing is just as amazing as in Blake’s previous works that I loved (Anna Dressed in Blood & Girl of Nightmares) and simply put I loved Antigoddess.

This is my favorite book of the year. As much as I enjoyed some of my other reads, Antigoddess surpasses them all, it’s just the perfect mix of everything I enjoy. The character’s voices are unique, the transitions are crisp and smooth, the world is dazzling, the relationships sweet, and the action intense. I couldn’t ask for more. Loved it. Definitely one I would recommend to ANY reader.

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