Oct 24

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


1. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake -Definitely creepy and spooky. This is a great read to get you in the mood for a haunted Halloween. Anna is one scary ghost but she’s also a flawed character which makes her appealing and worthy of cheering for.

2. THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan – One of my fave zombie books. I literally sat like a zombie staring off into space after reading this frightening book. If you don’t like books that will freak you out, plus this one has a whopper of an ending, then you might want to read it with the lights turned on while cracking the spine.

3. NEVERMORE by Kelly Creagh – Though not super scary…this is one of my favorite books ever! Not only does it feature a male love interest who’s sexy, charismatic and definitely emo…it’s about Edgar Allan Poe. You can’t get anymore Halloween than that!

4. THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova – This book has it all…historical intrigue, lush and vivid settings, a cooler than cool protagonist and of course…Dracula! If you haven’t read this one yet…where have you been?

5. DRACULA by Bram Stoker – Need I say more?

6. HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins – Definitely not scary, but a fun and hilarious read that’s great for a good laugh on such a ghoulish night!

7. THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING by Linda Williams — Okay, okay, I’m sure you’re saying what happened to the creepy reads? This book is sooo not scary! But it’s great for the kiddies! I’ve enjoyed reading it my preschool classroom. 3-year-olds love it, especially all the sounds, stomping and clapping they can do while you read it to them!

8.  THE MARK OF THE CHADWICKS by Jo-Ann Power – This is an oldie but goodie. It’s one of my favorite Zebra Gothic Romances. What’s a Zebra Gothic Romance? Unfortunately, they went out of print years ago. They featured a girl on the cover running away from a castle sitting high atop a hill near a storm-swept coast. The stories surrounded a young woman who usually takes a job as a governess and ends up falling in the love with the father of her young charge during the 1800s. Of course, mystery, thrills and chills  haunt her throughout the story. I gobbled up them up like candy as a teenager. THE MARK OF THE CHADWICKS was about young American widow who returns to England for the reading of her father’s will. Prior to the novels opening, Vanessa Chadwick caused scandal by having an affair with her late husband’s brother. Jack the Ripper makes an appearance, too.

9. MISERY by Stephen King – I read this Stephen King book years ago. Sadly, I never picked up another book by this prolific writer of horror again. Not to say that I think King is a terrible author…just the opposite. He freaked me out so much that I’m sure it spurred by   dislike  for straight horror novels after that.

10. FROST by Marianna Baer – I just finished reading this and it’s definitely a good ghost story. It’s about a girl who lives in an old Victorian house on the campus of her boarding school. Old Victorian house…usually means spooky ghost. Yes, you can definitely count on being spooked out by this 2011 debut! Check back for my review later this week!

What books do you think are perfect Halloween reads? Read any on my list? Also, TELL WHAT YOU ARE DRESSING UP AS FOR HALLOWEEEEN…if in fact you are dressing

I’m dressing up as a witch! I know it’s a standard costume, but my preschool class is gonna love it!

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May 30

Let’s Celebrate Dystopian Week!

What are Dystopian Novels? I love Dystopian Novels! They are some of my favorite books. Dystopian novels are often considered science fiction or speculative fiction. These stories usually take place in a futuristic world. The setting is usually no longer a world maybe we, as readers, recognize  as our own like in  THE HUNGER GAMES. It’s often a frightening and nightmarish world for the characters…one that sometimes has no hope.

According to Wikipedia, Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, various forms of active and passive coercion. Ideas and works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and humans individually and collectively coping, or not being able to properly cope with technology that has progressed far more rapidly than humanity has been able to evolve. Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens.

I put Apocalyptic novels into this category, too. On Wikipedia it states that apocalyptic fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of civilization due to a catastrophe such as nuclear warfare, pandemic, impact event, etc. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). A fantastic Post-Apocalyptic novel is ASHES, ASHES which is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 1st!


By: Susan Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub. Date: October 2008
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Electronic and Audio
Pages: 374
Genre: Dystopian
Age Group: YA+

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Purchase THE HUNGER GAMES on: Amazon | B&N | IB | TBD

Publisher’s Synopsis: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

By: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: March 2009
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Electronic and Audio
Pages: 336
Genre: Dystopian
Age Group: YA+

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Purchase THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH on: Amazon | B&N | IB | TBD

Publisher’s Synopsis: In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

By: Jo Treggiari
Publisher: Scholastic
Pub. Date: June 1, 2011
Formats: Hardcover and Audio
Pages: 563
Genre: Apocalyptic
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl’s unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts–for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she’s rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can’t continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There’s something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

By: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub. Date: Feb 2011
Formats: Hardcover, Electronic and Audio
Pages: 448
Genre: Dystopian
Age Group: YA+

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Purchase DELIRIUM on: Amazon | B&N | IB | TBD

Publisher’s Synopsis: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

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