Top Ten Tuesday Freebie

Ooh, it’s an open topic this week at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list, we, the almighty blogger, get to pick the topic of our list. *rubs hands together* This is going to be fun!


I just sent an author friend a list of questions for an interview. One of those questions is inspiring my Top Ten list this week.

Here goes…If I was shipwrecked on a desert island, what ten books would I want with me? Of course, they will come through the wreck unscathed (no soggy pages or no cracked screen on the e-reader!).

Would any of these books make your desert island list? Let me know in the comments!

1. Zero to the Bone by Jane Seville. For some reason, this is one of my top M-M reads. I love the characters, the author’s writing style, and the plot. Not to mention the fact, I have an autographed copy of one of the cover designs. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that the town where I live is mentioned in the book. Very cool! (M-M Romance)

2. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. Even after reading all the BDB books to date (with the exception of The ShadowDark_Lovers), her first book in the series is still my favorite. I have it in paperback, and it is nicely crumpled and wrinkled from the number of times I’ve read it. (Vampires/ PNR)

3. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead. When I want a yummy YA read, this is my go-to book. I can’t get enough of Dmitri and Rose. The movie didn’t do it for me, but I still love the book! (YA PNR)

4. Hard Evidence (I-Team #2) by Pamela Clare. I love the I-Team series. They are well-written, the plots taken straight from the headlines. Of course, there are strong female leads and very yummy men. I think Julian is my favorite of the men. This is his and Tessa’s story. (Contemporary Romance/ Suspense)

5. Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews. I’m a huge fan of Kate and Curran. This was probably my favorite read in the series. I just couldn’t put it down. Kate has grown throughout the series, and Curran, well he never ceases to amaze me. I will be reading this series over and over again! (Urban Fantasy) Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday Freebie”

City of Fallen Angels

City_of_Fallen_AngelsMy thoughts on City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare.

I have to say that this book was a pleasant surprise for me. Normally I like the earlier books in a series better, but so far, this is my favorite Mortal Instruments book. I’m not sure if it is because the gang is coming into their own, getting more comfortable with who they are or not. I liked, too, that we got to learn a lot more about Simon in this one. (And yes, Raphael is still an ass!)

Simon, for instance, is “seeing” both Maia and Isabelle. The Daylighter who wants so much to return to being a human has a very human problem. Deciding between the two of them, or in Simon’s case just making sure they aren’t invited to the same events. Simon also had a first in his book. He drank from a living, breathing person. Granted, he didn’t do it well and Kyle had to save the day, but he had his first taste of fresh blood and experienced the high that came with it. He is definitely a lot more “grown up” than he was in the earlier books.

Alec. (I’m tackling the easier characters first!) I was very disappointed at the start that he and Magnus were touring Europe. I shouldn’t have worried that they would lacking in this read; he and his man were largely involved in the second half of the book. And oh were they funny at times. Magnus has been there and done that (girl, guy,…), and it has poor Alec so jealous. The resolution is so endearing. Just about brought me to tears. Go Magnus – way to say the right thing at the right time!

Yay! Jocelyn and Luke are preparing for a wedding. I really like Luke. I’m happy that things are at long last working out for him. Being a former shadowhunter turned werewolf has given him lots of perspective. I hope Simon continues to lean on Like when he needs help. I’m also assuming the wedding will happen in the next book, maybe?

Jace and Clary. What a mess. Maybe I should say roller coaster. One minute Isabelle is telling them to get a room and the next Jace is avoiding Clary because of his dreams. Well, horrible nightmares are a better way to describe them. Everyone around them can see the love they have for each other, but do they recognize it? I was so happy when Jace finally confessed to Clary what had been troubling him. Secrets don’t always stay secret…at least not in the world of shadowhunters.

About the ending…definitely a twist I hadn’t expected. Not sure I like what happened with Jace. I’m curious to see how it is resolved in the next book. Also, I’m wondering if and when Clary will make use of the Seelie Queen’s gift. Additionally, are there good times ahead for Maia and Jordan?? Hmm, it will be interesting…

City of Lost Souls is book #5 in the series. Looks like I need to stop by the bookstore in the next day or so.

5 out of 5 stars