Wednesday, August 7, 2013

MY TUESDAY TEN: If books were medicine ...

As many of you know, I've been sick for the past week and I'm stuck in bed for at least another five days now. What was supposed to be seven days has turned into twelve, I have to go get poked with more needles and I'm just generally miserable. My lungs are infected, I've got a double ear infection, and I have some mysterious viral infection. (What's up with being crazy high, white blood cells? What'd I ever do to you?)

When I was making myself some soup for dinner -- which, BTW, I could barely taste -- I was thinking to myself, "I read so much when I'm sick. If books were medicine, I'd be better by now. And I'd never be sick."

These are the delusions of a sick girl on a lot of cough medicine whose main food groups are orange juice, water, soup, and grilled cheese.

But madness can indeed be genius and I thought to myself, "What ten books could possibly be so amazing that they would make me feel better?"

I know that Broke and Bookish does their Top Ten Tuesday, which I plan to follow in the future, but I thought I'd do my own spin on the Tuesday Ten today and list the top ten books that I'm sure would miraculously make me better. Or at least make me feel so happy and elated and give me all the feels that I'd at least feel less sick for a little while. I'm doing all YA books today. If I'm still feeling lousy next Tuesday (God forbid), I'll do NA.

So here we go ...

IRON TRAITOR (IRON FEY: CALL OF THE FORGOTTEN #2) by Julie Kagawa
TO BE PUBLISHED: October 29, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Okay, so, I have a very special relationship with the Iron Fey series. It is near and dear to me and I like to believe that my relationship with it is sacred and that no one else feels the way I do about it. I know that's ridiculous, but in my bookish fantasy world, that's how it is.

When I first got my Nook a couple of years ago, I of course wanted to make a purchase right away, but because it was my birthday present, I was short on cash. But the first book in the Iron Fey Series, Iron King, was available on sale. No one had previously recommended the series to me. It was already pretty successful at the time and Iron Knight had just been released, so it's not like it was brand new on the scene. But I discovered it. No one told me about it and I didn't jump on the bandwagon with other fans and readers. 

When I started it, I was sure I wasn't going to like it. Fairies? I'd never really done fairies before. But let me just tell you: After Iron Fey, no other fairy stories really compared. I've tried. No one can craft a world quite like Julie Kagawa does. And ever since, I've been hooked. These books are my first love. Like some people discovered Harry Potter on their own before it was a global sensation, or Twilight, or Hunger Games, I discovered Iron Fey on my own and I fell in serious love.

Also, Ash, The Winter Prince, the love interest of Meghan Chase, is to me the ideal book boyfriend. He has the right amount of bad boy, with an appropriate dose of romanticism (not so much that it feels too contrived, but just enough that it makes your knees quiver), and so much wit. In a contest, I would always choose Ash over any other book boyfriend. Always. 

I love the Blood of Eden series (The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure) is wonderful and I am a huge Julie Kagawa fan girl. But I will forever be in love with the Iron Fey and nothing will ever quite match up. And I told her this at BEA ... And she recognized me from Twitter and my blog! And then I had to go out in the hall after she told me that and hyperventilate because JULIE KAGAWA KNEW WHO I WAS.

So naturally, Iron Traitor is at the TOP of my list. I've been dying for it since I finished The Lost Prince. I checked Net Galley four times a day since BEA checking for it and I requested it before news even broke on Twitter yesterday. I WAS ALL OVER IT. Everyone was all squealing and flailing and I was like, "Old news. I found it on my own."

Because I am that dedicated to this series. That dedicated that I checked Net Galley every morning and every night before I went to bed and twice throughout the day just to see if it was added. So if anyone who matters in the selection of who gets one of those galleys is reading right now, hear my plea: If any book could make me feel much better than I do right now, it would be the Iron Traitor.


HOUSE OF HADES (HEROES OF OLYMPUS #4) by Rick Riordan
TO BE PUBLISHED: October 8, 2013 by Hyperion

Okay, so if Julie Kagawa is my YA lit goddess, then Rick Riordan is my YA lit god. Which is appropriate, since he writes about them so, so well.

In my opinion, Rick Riordan's books represent some of the most intelligent YA lit out there today. I have no idea how he manages to make certain things work in his mind and deliver them so eloquently to the page, but he does. If you've read the second book in this series, The Son of Neptune, and you've gotten to the part about Amazon/The Amazons, you know what I'm talking about. He's just freaking brilliant.

I am constantly waiting on a Rick Riordan book. I don't remember when I wasn't waiting for one. I know it's only been a few of years since I've gotten into his books, but I have waited at Barnes and Noble to get in first thing in the morning multiple times. Riordan's books are not ones whose fate I will leave to my local UPS/USPS/Fed Ex dude (or dudette, as the case may be). No, no. These are books I go in and get because I don't trust whoever is handing me the parcel to have it to me at the beginning of the day so that I can start reading it then and dedicate the entire day to it. I have actually skipped a class before to finish a Rick Riordan book (kids, don't try that at home) -- but to be fair, the class WAS mythology and I felt like I was better educating myself by reading his book. But I digress ...

Anyway, I was lucky enough to be at BEA when the Doors of Death were opened and we saw the cover reveal for House of Hades and I am just so gosh darn excited about this book. I'm so excited it makes me use phrases like "gosh darn." Or maybe that's the fever talking ...


THE HISTORIANS by Trisha Leigh
TO BE PUBLISHED: TBD

Please allow me a second to fangirl over this next set of titles -- and it will be a series, eventually. It's called The Historians ...

My pal Trisha Leigh (author of The Last Year saga, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the New Adult Lit Whitman University series under the pen name Lyla Payne) has penned this series and everything she has told me about it is AH-MAY-ZING. It's so amazing, she may not even self-publish it this time. Her agent fell in love with it and it may get sold to a publisher, so I'm still in waiting for it. Read all about The Historians HERE.

I'm so excited to see what happens with this novel/series and I am through the roof for Trisha, so even though this book may indeed cure me of whatever I have and it's on sub, I am happy to wait 'til we know more. But let me just tell you -- when it comes out, we are having a party on this blog!


INFINITE (NEWSOUL #3) by Jodi Meadows
TO BE PUBLISHED: January 28, 2014

If you read this book even semi-regularly, you know that Infinite is at the top of my must read list. I've reviewed both Incarnate and Asunder and I cannot sing the praises of Jodi Meadows enough. She has created a universe I love to visit and has developed so many mysteries that I'm dying to get to the root of! I must have answers!

If you're looking for books that are going to totally capture you and give you all the feels, the Newsoul series is perfect. The books are fast. My parents clocked me on Incarnate -- I read it in under five hours. (I asked for it multiple times for Christmas and got it ... and as is usual, they started clocking how fast I tore through all my Christmas books, especially Incarnate, since it was at the top of my list.)

True story: When I was getting my blood taken last week to see what the heck is wrong with me, I was thinking about Infinite and what will be in it. I mean, I'm super melancholy that it'll be the last book in the trilogy, too, but mostly I'm just dying to read it and to see how everything turns out.

CRASH INTO YOU (PUSHING THE LIMITS #3) by Katie McGarry
TO BE PUBLISHED: November 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Here's the thing about YA lit ... I cannot stand downer stories. As a result, I stray from a lot of contemporary YA novels and go straight for the paranormal, the fantasy, the adventure, the post-apocalyptic, the sci-fi, and even the mysterious. I rarely go for the contemporary, just because I've found some contemporary YA to be depressing.

But Pushing the Limits (Katie McGarry's first in the series) is a book that followed me everywhere, constantly daring me to buy it. I swear, it was everywhere I went that had books and it was constantly being recommended to me by Amazon and Goodreads and by receipts at Barnes & Noble. (Have you noticed that now, when you check out at Barnes & Noble and they hand you a receipt, it has a list of other books you might also enjoy? Because I didn't already drop a whole paycheck here, so maybe I should run back and get these other titles. I can use them to finish building the house made of books that I'm building for when I run out of money because I bought too many books.)

I eventually bought Pushing the Limits, and my copy totally shows the love I've had for it. I've read it multiple times and in fact, I just finished reading it again so I could review it (sometime this weekend I will probably do that ...) and so that I could get into Dare You To. The great thing about these books is that they're a series, but the books can stand alone. You don't have to have read the first book to read the second book -- some of the minor characters repeat, but that's about it.

Anyway, I love Katie McGarry -- she's another one who, at BEA, recognized me from my blog and from Twitter! (What's up, Harlequin Teen authors? You're all amazing to your fans! Also, all the people FROM Harlequin working at the desks during BEA were super kind and friendly and helpful. You all rock!) You should've seen me huffing on my inhaler in a corner of the hallway at BEA because Julie Kagawa and Katie McGarry knew who I was. It was like when, in Big Bang Theory (which I love, if you can't tell), Penny gives Sheldon the napkin that Leonard Nimoy used at dinner and signed for him.

Even though Iron Traitor is now on NetGalley and I'm no longer on the daily hunt for it, I'm STILL on NetGalley multiple times a day searching for Crash Into You, dying to see that shiny red cover pop up on my screen.

I'm so anxious for Crash Into You. Surely, it would help me feel better.


COUNTDOWN by Michelle Rowen
TO BE PUBLISHED: September 24, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

I first saw Michelle Rowan's Countdown on another bloggers Waiting on Wednesday post (forgive me, I can't remember who) and I immediately had to have it on my TBR list. And just a couple weeks ago, it ended up being MY Waiting on Wednesday focus (see it HERE).

I love everything I've read about Countdown. It's definitely right up my alley in terms of my favorite genres to read. And the good news is, it's coming out soon ... So if I don't get better rapidly, it will arrive in six weeks to possibly cure me.


RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo
TO BE PUBLISHED: June 5, 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.

Okay, so I know I'm not even done with Siege and Storm yet, but I know for a fact that Ruin and Rising is a book that I absolutely need and I am convinced that with all the feels these books give me that it would certainly help me feel better. It doesn't even have an official cover yet and I can feel the awesomeness. Can't you feel the awesomeness? I am sure that The Darkling could make me feel better. (Wink, wink.)


PAWN (THE BLACKCOAT REBELLION #1) by Aimee Carter
TO BE PUBLISHED: November 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Okay, so, I actually haven't read Aimee Carter's The Goddess Test series. I have been so close to buying them lately because I know they're everything I love in a book and mythology sells me so fast. Plus, Aimee Carter is from Michigan (me too!) and went to U-M (GO BLUE!), so naturally, I want to support YA authors in Michigan. But since the boxed set is coming out, I've decided to wait so I can purchase that and have them all right here, right now.

But I've heard amazing things about her and her books and every blog I go on lately is talking about Pawn. And even though it's not coming out for awhile yet, I'm just in desperate need of it.


NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis
TO BE PUBLISHED: September 24, 2013 by Katherine Tegen

The title of this book is coincidentally how I feel right now. Ugh. But the premise of the book sounds amazing and I am looking very forward to its release!


FROZEN (TAKEN #2) by Erin Bowman
TO BE PUBLISHED: April 15, 2014 by HarperTeen

This is definitely not the first time and it is most certainly not the last time that I will mention Erin Bowman's Frozen as a book that I simply can't wait for. I recently finished and reviewed Taken and I just thought it was such a great book and filled with so much intrigue and excitement. There's also so much more I want to know! Don't mistake my saying less about this book as less enthusiasm ... suddenly, my cough medicine has descended from a loopy state to a sleepy state ... but sleepy or not, I'm sure that getting to know what happens next for Gray Weathersby would certainly make me feel a little better.

So that's it -- that's my special Tuesday Ten. The books that would probably make me feel better!

I'll talk to you all tomorrow -- I hope I'm feeling a little better then!

xoxo,
Heather

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