April 25, 2017

*Top Ten Tuesday* Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This weeks Feature:

Top 10 Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT
Want to Read a Book!

1. BDSM - While others may like the kinky, I like my sex vanilla. Does that make me strange? 

2. Rape - As a survivor of rape, I do not care to have it reminded to me when I pick up a book and the author has crossed the line into sexual assault. This is my pet peeve with movies and TV shows as well. We, as a society, scream about rape culture, but we don't scream at writers or authors who can't find another way to tell their stories.

3. Overly involved synopsis' - I mean synopsis' that are overly explicit. Those that pretty much tell you EVERYTHING that is going to happen in a book. Why would I want to read a book when I already know what is going to happen?   

4. Typos, No Editing, Screwed up Formatting - You know the books right? Where you receive a copy from NetGalley, or Edelweiss and there are so many glaring errors, you wonder if the finished copy is going to fix them all. I understand that these are ARC's and that they are uncorrected versions. But, how do you read a book when there are so many run on sentences?

5. Books that feature politics, religion, and other issues that don't appeal to me. I've burned myself out on politics in real life. I don't want to read about politics in books, or be subjected being screwed at because I may have a different take on the issue. Some religion is OK, as long as we don't get into a shouting match about who is right, and who is wrong.

6. Books that are longer than 600 pages. Ok, yes I have read books from Sarah Maas that are longer, but I only have patience for so many before I flip through to get to the good parts. I am really comfortable with books in the 200-350 page range.

7. Love Triangles - Possibly the devil's own doing. Some love them, some hate them. I am in the later category. For years now, authors have chosen to go down this path. I know there is nothing we, as readers can do about it. But still....

8. Series that end without any resolution. Want to turn me off from reading a book from the author again? Do this! The character is hanging on for their lives. But, because of publishers, or what have you, we never find out what happened next. This happens to TV programs all the time. It's unfair to those who have infested time in finding out how things will be wrapped up

9. Books written by Politicians. Nope. You can waste your money if you like, I would rather spend my money on something else that appeals to me. Why would I want to give my money to a politician who is already making more money than I will in my entire life time? 

10. Use of stock models over and over again. I love to see originality. I don't like to see covers being used over and over again by several different authors. I think this happens mostly in Indie authors. Could you call it stealing, or is it just pure laziness?

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April 21, 2017

Loved It: Snared by Jennifer Estep

Series: Elemental Assassin 16
Format: ARC
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

If you don’t know Gin “the Spider” Blanco, you don’t know dangerous female heroines.

Irony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone else’s web…

Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl.

My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive.

A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.

Reading Jennifer Estep is the equivalent of having a chilled glass of martini on a hot Summer night. It's refreshing, exciting, and the buzz Gin Blanco gives you is distinct and will make you come back for more. 

So it's killer v killer in SNARED. There's a serial killer in Ashland aptly named Dollmaker because he makes up his victims before brutally killing them. Although this appears to be an episodic part at first glance, this whole mess led Gin a small step closer to the Circle. 

April 18, 2017

The Graveyard Queen by Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens
The Graveyard Queen 4-6
Urban Fantasy | Horror
MIRA | Goodreads

Say it isn't so. Please tell me that we haven't seen the last of The Graveyard Queen series! I binge read the last three books for a week and I want more! There are so many things that went on in this story arc that I'm sure I'm not the only reader who thinks (or hopes) that the Amelia Gray is far from done!

THE VISITOR, THE SINNER, and THE AWAKENING is a new plot arc concerning an old and dangerous group called The Congè. Each book builds up the tension, the sense of foreboding while each investigation and experience caused Amelia's powers to grow.

April 11, 2017

I'm Back with my Genre Mash-up

Has it been three weeks since I’ve been away? It feels like forever! It's been busy several weeks for me and things have never been this good in a long time. And with all these happy changes that have been going on in my life, my mood readings have become more severe. I did a lot of genre hopping, unsure of what kind of story will appeal to me not to mention finding the time to read has also been a big challenge. Still, I’m happy that I’ve managed to squeeze in a few titles despite my busy schedule and all. Anyways, let me brass-tack my reading pile: 

Let me kick this off by saying that if you haven’t read The Others, not only are you missing out, I’m also begging you to pick up Written in Red! Anne Bishop simply wove a magical and truly unique world with this one. Everything about The Others is inspired, memorable, and truly enthralling. Each installment is a gem which is why it was a blow to this clueless reader that ETCHED IN BONE is the last of the Lakeside Courtyard arc. Part of me is happy that it ended on such a high note while the other part of me is dead curious about Meg and Simon’s relationship. These two is one of the cutest couple that I’ve come across with and I’m dying to know how they’re going to make their relationship work considering they’re essentially two different species. If you’ve read the series, you’ll understand that this couple goes beyond the usual were/shifter-human pair-up. Anyway, I’m happy that ABishop isn’t done with this world. Needless to say, I’m dying to get my hands on Lake Silence (2018), a new arc featuring new characters set in a human town. I just can’t get enough of this world and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying, KEEP IT COMING!