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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Winter TBR


This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given.

This week the topic is: 
Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FCKGPC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000FCKGPC&linkCode=as2&tag=kelsboocor-20It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears. . . . With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist—or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out.

But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YL4LYI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003YL4LYI&linkCode=as2&tag=kelsboocor-20The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

In King’s Landing the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, awaits trial, abandoned by all those she trusted; while in the eastern city of Yunkai her brother Tyrion has been sold as a slave. From the Wall, having left his wife and the Red Priestess Melisandre under the protection of Jon Snow, Stannis Baratheon marches south to confront the Boltons at Winterfell. But beyond the Wall the wildling armies are massing for an assault…

On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014JZ32G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0014JZ32G&linkCode=as2&tag=kelsboocor-20In their continued hunt for a house to haunt, Grandpa Edgar, Audrey and Garrett face mystery and adventure while exploring an abandoned mining town with a century old puzzle and buried secret. A hand-drawn map, an elusive stranger, and a chain of clues lead the Fonts to a forgotten world where they race against time to help an entire town and its amnesia-stricken residents; and if they fail they'll become another forgotten face in Fakersville.
   
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ALTVH8O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00ALTVH8O&linkCode=as2&tag=kelsboocor-20 Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YL4ABM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003YL4ABM&linkCode=as2&tag=kelsboocor-20Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
  
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004J4WKTW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004J4WKTW&linkCode=as2&tag=kelsboocor-20The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004G60FUY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004G60FUY&linkCode=as2&tag=kelsboocor-20Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you'd never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you--and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely. 

Jake's depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide--even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive. 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AO0GW2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001AO0GW2&linkCode=as2&tag=kelsboocor-20While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, an enigmatic figure known as Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. As payment, Yackle, who hovered on the sidelines of Elphaba's life, demands some answers of her own.

Brrr surrenders his story to the ailing maunt: Abandoned as a cub, his earliest memories are gluey hazes, and his path from infancy in the Great Gillikin Forest is no Yellow Brick Road. Seeking to redress an early mistake, he trudges through a swamp of ghosts, becomes implicated in a massacre of trolls, and falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of Oz.
 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EUTOPC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001EUTOPC&linkCode=as2&tag=kelsboocor-20The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family–with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.

Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.
 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008JHXONQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008JHXONQ&linkCode=as2&tag=kelsboocor-20Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help...

4 comments:

beccabooklover said...

Great list. George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is amazing, I'd recommend it to everyone! The Immortal Rules is such a good and unique vampire book in my opinion. The Heretic Queen is also a great historical fiction read. Some great books here :)

Becca @ Lost in Thought
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My Thoughts.... Literally! said...

Great list. I am also reading A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. A Lion Among Men is really good. Have you read all The Wicked Years books? It's one of my favorite series!

Anna said...

A Feast For Crows is one I want to start soon too. :)

Kelsey Opsahl said...

@My Thoughts...Literally I have read the first 2 in Wicked..just haven't gotten around to this one and the #4..hopefully I will have time this winter!

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