Top Ten Tuesday (7)

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Oh this is going to be an easy one.  Or hard.  Well, easy because I have SO many authors I can name, and hard because I can only name ten!  Eek, okay – let’s do this!

So, without further ado…

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Indie Authors

1. Susan Kaye Quinn

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What would you do if the whole world read minds… Except you?  This is how Susan’s first book in the Mindjacker series starts out.  This is one of my favorite book series.  The writing is excellent, the story is incredible, and it is a science fiction series with a kick ass female protagonist.  Oh and the first book is FREE.

2. Travis Thrasher

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Ahh THIS GUY!  I got Solitary free on Amazon when I first started reading e-books and forgot about it.  Then one day, I picked it up and ended up reading the first two books straight through that weekend.  From that day, I was one of those fans who waited (im)patiently to find out what would happen to Chris Buckley.  Thrasher created this world of monsters under the bed and things that go bump in the night that seem so real, you’ll end up reading the books with the light on. Thrasher writes all kinds of amazing books, but this series in my favorite.

3. Kaitlin Bevis

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Ahh, well you readers who have been here awhile know about my obsession with Persephone & Hades.  And Kaitlin has one awesome modern day retelling.  She also blogs about mythology, which personally I love reading.  This series is a combination of ancient myths and modern day romance.  And she plans to write more stories based in myth, which I am quite excited about!

Those You *May* Have Heard of

4. Jennifer Shaw Wolf

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I borrowed this book (Breaking Beautiful) on a whim from the library and it ended up being something I truly loved.  Her next book is coming out this year, and I can.not.wait.

5. Colleen Hoover

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You’ve heard of Colleen Hoover right?  Well, if you haven’t you live under a rock.  But I think she will keep getting bigger and I’m just so excited to be in on the secret.

6. Jodi Meadows

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This series has my FAVORITE covers.  And Incarnate had me sobbing in the first few chapters.  But seriously, this story is magical and one of the best of 2013.  I’m beyond excited for book three and hope that Jodi continues to blow up as an author!

8. Myra McEntire

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I.love.this.series.  I heard about Hourglass in my Twilight fan days.  Book three comes out soon and the rights have been sold for a movie.  Crossing my fingers, we’ll get to see Hourglass on the big screen, which will definitely be awesome!  But Myra is a great author, this series is spectacular and this is one author I want to see get more recognition.

7. Beth Revis

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Ahh another science fiction series.  And this series is a great introduction into sci fi.  The books have a lot of shocking twists and turns and Elder and Amy are such amazing characters.  Although the book series is over, I know whatever Beth comes up with next will be awesome.  If you don’t know her yet, you definitely should!

Just Arrived on the Scene

9. Ripley Patton

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I JUST learned about Ghost Hand and I’m still raving about it.  Ripley (which coolest name, huh?) has a great story, great writing, and an awesome book world that is unlike anything I’ve read before.  The best part is both books (Ghost Hand and Ghost Hold) were funded by Kickstarter.  Both books broke their goals, which helped fund the editing and cover fees.  Trust me on this one – you will love this book!  This is one author I can’t wait to see gain a bigger following than she already has!

10. J.A. Johannson

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I found this creeptastic cover on Netgalley when I first joined.  I kind of got spoiled because of how amazing the book is.  J.R. is awesome and I know this book series is going to be on a lot of people’s radars.  It just came out in June, so go buy your copy now!

 
So, that’s it.  What about you?  Who are some of your favorites?

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The Iron Queen — Book Review

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author: Kaitlin Bevis

released: May 16, 2013

format: E-book

pages: n/a

publisher: Musa Publishing

Read: May 20, 2013

Book Pages: Amazon.com •  Goodreads.com •  B&N.com • Author’s Website

The Down-low

Life is hell for Persephone. Zeus will stop at nothing to gain access to the living realm and the Underworld, and as the only living god with a right to both, Persephone’s in trouble. Captured and tortured beyond the limits of her resolve, Persephone must find the power to stand against Zeus. But will she be strong enough? Meanwhile, Hades contemplates desperate measures to rescue his queen. Persephone never thought of herself as dangerous, but there’s a reason gods never marry for love. A being with the power to destroy all of creation shouldn’t place more value in one individual than the rest of the planet. But Hades…Hades would break the world for her. To save the world and stop both Hades and Zeus, Persephone must make a difficult choice. One that may cost her everything. (From Goodreads.com)

Why You Should Buy It

This is the third book in the Daughters of Zeus trilogy and wraps up the modern-day love story of Hades and Persephone.  If you love Greek mythology and young adult books, this series is a perfect choice!

My Thoughts

*I won a copy of this e-book through Kaitlin Bevis’ Facebook page.*

A couple of years ago I got my first Nook and began to dive into the world of e-reading.  This was also in the time period I read the Hunger Games and became a bit obsessed with dystopian fiction.  So, when I stumbled on P.J. Hoover’s Solstice, I snatched it up.  Little did I know the book also was full of Greek mythology.  Myths were something we were forced to read in school, and while some of the stories were interesting, I never got wrapped up in them.  Well, that all changed with Solstice.  I then found myself obsessed with Greek mythology, particularly books set in modern times.  And especially the Hades/Persephone story.  Which led me to find Kaitlin Bevis’ Persephone.

This book series was amazing!  I loved the way Bevis used the myths in her modern story and really latched on to the story.  When book two came out, I devoured it in a couple of hours.  SO, it has been a long six months waiting for book three to come out.  And now that it has, I’m sad that it is over.

The story line is great — a young girl who doesn’t know she’s a god, who comes into her self throughout the story.  A shy timid girl who turned into a confident, self-sacrificing, and strong willed goddess.  Some of the parts of this book were hard to read, because of the pain the characters went through.  In the story, we see Hades and Demeter struggle with how to save Persephone without breaking the world apart.  Everyone in the book has to make a choice – and none of the choices are easy ones to make.

The book was told from three perspectives, so we could get a better grasp of what is happening.  One thing I hated was just when you were getting into one character’s perspective, the chapter would end and you would have to switch scenes.  I think that was more of a pet-peeve because I wanted to know what was going to happen next!

And the ending was amazing.  I won’t give it away, but I really admire writers who can end a trilogy well — it is a hard thing to always execute in a way that wraps things up without everything conveniently working out and everyone living happily ever after.  A more realistic approach and open ended-ness is much appreciated in my book.

Although I am sad it is over, I know Bevis has written somewhere that she may write other Daughters of Zeus perspectives, so that is something to look forward to! SO, if you want a little romance, action, and coming-of-age, this is definitely the book series for you!

Overall

Four point five out of Five Stars

What’s Better Than A New Book?

A free book!  

I won a copy of Kaitlin Bevis’ new mythological YA book, The Iron Queen.

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Life is hell for Persephone. Zeus will stop at nothing to gain access to the living realm and the Underworld, and as the only living god with a right to both, Persephone’s in trouble. Captured and tortured beyond the limits of her resolve, Persephone must find the power to stand against Zeus. But will she be strong enough?

Meanwhile, Hades contemplates desperate measures to rescue his queen. Persephone never thought of herself as dangerous, but there’s a reason gods never marry for love. A being with the power to destroy all of creation shouldn’t place more value in one individual than the rest of the planet. But Hades…Hades would break the world for her.

To save the world and stop both Hades and Zeus, Persephone must make a difficult choice. One that may cost her everything.

I am a bit obsessed with Hades/Persephone retellings.  I’ve read practically every series that has come out in the last few years.  This one is by far one of my favorites!  The series finale comes out May 17th, but I’ll have a review for you this weekend!

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