Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

Dear Rebellious Readers,
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

1 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – I read War and Peace two years ago and loved it. I read it with my Classics Ladies aka my Classics Book Club Stephanie and Lindsey and we had a ton of fun. But the size of this book still intimidates me and the Russian names(it took forever for me to get the hang of them in War and Peace) and the cast of characters which I know is going to be big.

2. My Lord John by Georgette Heyer – I love Georgette Heyer. She is one of my favorite authors and I love rereading her books and get so much joy from them. This is her last unfinished book. This was her passion project and she wanted to write a three-book series on it but died before she could. Heyer wrote romances(regency mostly), mysteries, and historical fiction. Historical Fiction was her passion but they didn’t sell as well as her romances and mysteries so she only wrote 5 of them only other than My Lord John.

3. Middlemarch by Geroge Eliot aka Mary Ann Evans- This is the one I dread. I started it once and felt overwhelmed by it. I am hoping to read it with my classics club. Classics that intimate me are always less daunting with Stephanie and Lindsey.

4. Lord of the Rings by J.RR. Tolkien- I read and loved the Hobbit when I was younger but then I saw the size of Lord of the Rings and shelved it. It is time for me to sit down and finally read it already.

5. Paradise Lost by John Milton- I have never read a book written in verse before. It is 40 times longer than the longest poem I have read. But I will concur it. Someday.

6. The Illiad by Homer- See Paradise Lost.

7. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas- I could use this book as a doorstop. Does more even need to be said about why it intimates me.

8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon- 8 books so far all 800 plus pages. Plus the crazy hype and graphic rape scene that I have heard about in the first book. I want to read this so bad but I keep going back to how big the books are and how many and the rape scene which will be hard if not impossible for me to read.

9. Song of Ice and Fire series by G.R.R Martin- Huge books, tons of characters, no idea when the next book comes out, and all the character deaths I will be reliving(I watched and loved the tv show).

10.  Book by Stephen King- I have wanted to read one of his books for a while now but don’t know where to start. I am not a big horror fan. But I am drawn to IT but then think maybe he book On Writing. Uggg if anyone knows where you think I should start please tell me.

What books have you been putting off reading? Tell me in the comments.

Yours in Rebellion

Nicole

 

 

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I Can’t-Wait Wednesday #4

Dear Rebellious Readers,

I Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually, it is a new or upcoming release. For me it will be either a new release, an upcoming release, or a book I just bought or won, was gifted, or a book I was given for review.

My pick this week is… The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Publishing on: October 8, 2019

Summary from Goodreads:

Survive the year.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

Why: Both my friends Mary @aparanormalromance and Craig @fictious_fox are raving about this book. I love a good dystopian novel especially when it has to do with women trying to find their power and stay alive in a society that treats them as second class citizens and blames them for that societies own faults. 

What book can’t you wait for this Wednesday?  Tell me in the comments and leave a link to your Can’t-Wait Wednesday so I can check out what book you are waiting for and add it to my TBR.

Yours in Rebellion,

Nicole the Reading Rebel

Top Ten Tuesday: Owlcrate or Shelflovecrate Books I Want to Read by the End of the Year

Dear Rebellious Readers,

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is one I came up with myself because the other topic I didn’t have anything to write about. So my topic is Owlcrate and Shelflovecrate books I want to read by the end of the year.

I am super behind on my Owlcrate and Shelflovecrate subscription box books. So I have made a goal to read at least 10 of them before years end. Here are the 10 I am most excited about and plan to read and review before the end of the year.

1. The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
Shelflovecrate book of the month for June 2019

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Why: Disney like Theme Park with Robots and a Murder Mystery?! I am so in. Plus it is told in a unique way with courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana(the robot accused of murder)’s memories. I love books told in unique ways. 

 

2. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal 

Owlcrate and Shelflovecrate Book of the Month May 2019

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Why: Arabian mythology fantasy novel. With the tag line “People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.” This book sounds right up my ally. I love any time of mythology and have never read a book with Arabian mythology. 

 

3. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Owlcrate and Shelflovecrate Book of the Month April 2019

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Why: A girl who can talk to gods, a prince in danger, and a boy with a secret. Forbidden Romance. Dark and Light. This book sounds like it was written for me.  

 

4. The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen

Shelflovecrate Book of the Month July 2018 

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Why: Mongolian Empire with a Tournament/Trial/Game. Yes, I am so excited. I have a weird interest in the Mongal people. My Grandfather was kinda obsessed with Genghis Khan. So anytime I hear about anything to do with them I think of my grandfather. 

 

5. Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Shelflovecrate 2nd Book of the Month May 2019

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Why: One of my favorite movies as a kid was Anatastia and since then I have always loved anything to do with Anastasia. Now excuse me while I go and sing Once Upon A December. 

 

6. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau-Preto

Owlcrate Book of the Month February 2019 

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Why: Phoniex riders and siblings relationships where they are fighting to the death. I can’t believe I haven’t read this book already. 

 

7. The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

Owlcrate Jr Book of the Month February 2019

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Why: I really loved the last middle-grade book I read. I mean I loved it. It was a past Owlcrate Jr. book called The Polar Bear Explorers Club. So when I won this book from Owlcrate Jr. I was so excited but then got distracted by other books. I have heard great things about this book and am pushing it up on my TBR. 

 

8. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Owlcrate Book of the Month August 2019

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Why: I love any kind of retelling but fairy tale ones are my favorites. I have never read one placed on the story of the twelve dancing princesses and I am really excited too because this book looks so dark and you all know I love dark books. 

 

9. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Owlcrate Book of the Month June 2019

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Why: I loved An Enchantment of Ravens and am so excited to read Rogerson’s second book. Especially because it is about guardians and they guard a library. Yes, you read that right a library. This book is going to be amazing. I just know it. 

 

10. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh 

Shelflovecrate Book of the Month January 2018 

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Why: Necromancers? LGBTQ+ rep? Yes, please. The second book in the doulogy already came out and I can’t wait to dig in. 

Do you have any backed up subscription box books? or are you good at reading them the month you get them?

Yours in Rebellion

Nicole the Reading Rebel

This Rebel Reviews: Control Freak by Brianna Hale

Dear Rebellious Readers,

It is time for another This Rebel Reviews and today I am reviewing Control Freak by Brianna Hale which is a BDSM romance which I have fallen in love with.

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Control Freak by Brianna Hale

Genre: Adult BDSM Contemporary Romance

Standalone Romance with HEA

published: June 27th, 2019

Summary from Goodreads:

Total control. I need it in every aspect of my life. Some would say that makes me an asshole. A freak. But as long as everything’s exactly how I want it, I’m completely flexible.

I’m kidding.

Okay, I’m not kidding.

Lacey needs someone in her life who’s bigger and scarier than her demons, and she wants that man to be me. Her boss. The Viking in a suit. I hope she understands what she’s getting into. This daddy isn’t going to pat her on the head and tell her she’s a good girl for nothing. Especially not when she’s spinning out of control.

Author’s note: this book includes depictions of eating disorder recovery

This Rebel Reviews

Stain runs a museum and is putting on a new exhibition and has so much work to do since he fired his assistant who just wasn’t working out. When an artist he knows says his daughter is looking for a job and organized his own exhibition he agrees to meet with her. Lacey is recovering from anorexia and is trying to get her life back and thinks this job will help. What follows is a beautiful love story that I am still thinking about days after finishing it.

This is my favorite romance I have read this year. Stian and Lacey are perfect for each other. Stian is one of my new favorite book boyfriends. He is stern but loving, caring, and protective of Lacey. He loves her for her. Lacey is a sweet strong heroine who had the misfortune to get anorexia. While I don’t have anorexia I do suffer from a mental illness and really connected with Lacey and her struggle to not let her anorexia voice(the part of her that was telling her she is worthless, not skinny enough, she needs to give up, etc) win. I am very picky about how mental illness is done in books and have to say this is one of the best I have read. The author was sensitive to the subject, didn’t just have it in there to add a little drama, and didn’t have the relationship fix her illness. Stian, on the other hand, supported her and helped her do whatever she needed with her illness if it was a place she needed to eat alone or just a kind word. I loved them together and all of there scenes together were so amazing. I loved the BDSM element to the story. Those scenes were so HOT and I loved how they fit into the story and weren’t forced either. Brianna Hale is an amazing writer and she has become a new favorite. I am planning to read all of her books. I do wish the book was a little longer because I love these two characters so much.  The ending was perfection and made me cry happy tears.

Rating: 5 stars

*I got this book for an honest review from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.*

Yours in Rebellion

Nicole the Reading Rebel

 

 

 

I Can’t-Wait Wednesday #3

 

Dear Rebellious Readers,

I Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually, it is a new or upcoming release. For me it will be either a new release, an upcoming release, or a book I just bought or won, was gifted, or a book I was given for review.

My pick this week is… Tunnel of Bones by VE Schwab. I loved City of Bones which is book 1 and VE is queen and one of my soulmate auto-buy forever love their work authors. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book and then get lost in it and not come up for air until it is finished.

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Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Cassidy Blake book 2

Genre: Middle-Grade Paranormal

Publication date: September 3 2019

Summary from Goodreads

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

What book can’t you wait to read?

Yours in Rebellion

Nicole the Reading Rebel

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Tropes

Dear Rebellious Readers,

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is favorite tropes. A trope is a commonly used theme or plot device.

1. Rebellions– I love rebellions. I always have. I have always loved it when a group of people stands up against an unjust system or person. How they are willing to fight to the death for what they believe. How they finally had the courage to say enough it stops now. How people who were seen as nothing and no threat by the system or tyrant are the ones to take a stand and take it down. I can’t have enough books with rebellions.

2. Well Done Love Triangles- I love a great well-written love triangle. One that the author has thought out and not just put in there for a little extra drama. One where both guys have something the other doesn’t and it draws the girl equally to them and she has deep connections with the boys and choosing is not easy and you really are not sure who she will pick because they are both right for her for different reasons.  Best done I have read are Will/Tessa/Jem from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and Morpheous/ Alyssa/Jeb from Splintered series by AG Howard.

3. Retellings- I love it when authors take an old fairy tale or novel and put a fresh and unique twist on it.

4. Enemies to Lovers Romance- Ever since I read about Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice  I have been in love with enemies to lovers romance. I love the characters learning that they were mistaken and the other person is worth so much more then they could have imagined.

5. Long Lost Princess/Prince/King/Queen- I have always loved this trope. I know it is one that is used all the time but I love it. I love how the characters are looking for the long lost royal to come back and save their people even when sometimes they don’t even know if they are still alive. I love the characters hope and faith.

6. Chosen One- As a kid like most kids I liked to imagine and play like I was the chosen heroine sent to slay the dragon. I always wanted to be the chosen one and it is amazing that I can live vicariously through the adventures of other chosen one’sin books.

7. Villain Redeemed- I love it when Villains see the evil of their ways and turn to the side of right. I love the idea that people can change and become better people then they were. That they can make up for all the bad things they did or supported.

What are some of your favorite bookish tropes?

Yours in Rebellion

Nicole

 

 

Blog Tour: Shadow Phoneix: Answering the Call Vol. 1 Episode 1

Dear Rebellious Readers,

Today I am doing a blog hop with Paige over at   Indie Blog Hop and the book is a Steampunk Superhero serial called Shadow Phoneix: Answering the Call Vol. 1 Episode 1 by MJ Moores which sounds like a really fun unique read. You can find the cover and all the details below.

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Shadow Phoneix: Answering the Call Vol. 1 Episode 1 by MJ Moores

Serial series(which means the story is released a few chapters at a time)

Genre: Young Adult Steampunk

Synopsis

A young maid is catapulted into an inventor’s explosive world the night his experiment goes awry. Torn between the life she should have, and the one she ended up with, Louisa finally sees a way past her curse—as long as her mouth and her choices don’t get her fired first.

Shadow Phoenix is a YA Victorian Steampunk vigilante superhero serial. This Amazon “Short Read” works like a comic book without pictures as each episode builds on the last but is a complete novelette.

Great for readers on the go and keeping that promise to yourself that you won’t read for more than an hour before bed.

If you are an indie author and want your book promoted for free. Paige over at Indie Blog Hop will do that. She is amazing and kind and loves books and helping authors.

Yours in Rebellion,

Nicole