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Top Ten Tuesday: A Valentine’s Day Rainbow

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to the book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten Books in a Valentine’s Day Rainbow

This week’s TTT is a Valentine’s Day freebie, so I decided to go with a color theme 🙂 As a result, this mini collection includes a pretty wide variety of romantic stories, including Adult and Young Adult, Contemporary and Fantasy, Series and Standalone. There’s even a novella thrown in.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  Fated (Servants of Fate, #3)  First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)  Fangirl  A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – (YA, Retelling/Fantasy, Duology Book 1) – This is my favorite book of those I’ve read this year so far. The setting is absolutely stunning, and it’s perfect for being whisked away for a few hours.

Fated by Sarah Fine – (Adult, Mythology/Fantasy/Apocalyptic, Trilogy Book 3) – I love Sarah Fine’s work because it never fails to draw me into the story 100%. This is the third book in her adult series, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones – (Adult, Paranormal/Chick Lit/Urban Fantasy, Series Book 1) – A fun, quick read that is full of snark, this is a prime example of a beach book.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – (YA, Contemporary, Standalone) – One of my favorite YA novels, Fangirl is an excellent valentine’s day read!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – (YA, Retelling/Fantasy, Series Book 1) – This one is a loose Beauty and the Beast retelling with fae lore thrown in, and now is the perfect time to read it, since Book 2 is coming out in May.

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)  Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)  Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, #1)  Entwined (Darkest London, #3.5)  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Die for Me by Amy Plum – (YA, Paranormal/Fantasy, Trilogy Book 1) – This is a perfect choice for fans of romantic paranormal YA! To top it off, the series is set in Paris, the author’s home, and is full of romantic Parisian atmosphere.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – (YA, Contemporary, Companion Trilogy Book 1) – Another YA set in Paris, this one is contemporary fiction and ALSO full of romantic Parisian atmosphere 😉

Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee – (Adult, Contemporary, Series Book 1) – This is probably the most stereotypical romance novel on this list, but it is also a quick, fun read with a satisfying ending.

Entwined by Kristen Callihan – (Adult, Fantasy/Steampunk, Series Prequel Novella) – Despite being a companion novella to a larger series, this is a good representative of Callihan’s work, and the novella is perfectly enjoyable on its own. It is also one of my favorite novellas in general, and I think of the story as a loose retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – (YA, Contemporary/LGBT, Standalone) – This one was tied for my favorite 2015 read. I can’t recommend it enough 😀

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What books do you read around Valentine’s Day? Do you read romance or avoid the genre altogether? Link you own TTT in the comments so I can check out your freebie theme!

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Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

NOTE:  This review is for a book with mature content and sexy times!

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones is a fast, fun read about Charley Davidson and her crazy life as a private investigator – and as the one and only grim reaper. It is about 40% witty quips and wisecracks, 35% private eye plot, and 25% series plot. All of these things combine to make an excellent vacation read that is part paranormal PI novel, part chick lit, and part comedy sitcom.

This is one of those books you pick up at an airport newsstand and then laugh your way through on the plane. Thank goodness for books like this. Charley is SUPER spunky and sarcastic, and half of the things that come out of her mouth reinforce this.

“I gotta tell you Davidson, I’m impressed,” he said, his eyes glued to the screen. “That took balls.”

“Please,” I said with a snort, “that took ovaries. Of which I have two.”

Reyes, the super hot son of satan, is a caricature of the quintessential bad boy. Learning more about his character was one of the more intriguing aspects of the story.

He was fierce, his expression wary and furious at once, as if he’d been warning the officers to keep their distance. For their own protection. Even in the poor lighting his eyes sparkled with what seemed like barely controlled rage. He had not been a happy camper when they’d taken his picture.

This isn’t exactly a “high-brow” read, but as many others have said, not every book needs to be. I’m looking forward to reading through the rest of the series (my vacation already enabled me to get through Second Grave on the Left and Third Grave Dead Ahead), but this isn’t one I want to plow through too quickly. A little Charley wit goes a long way 😉

See my review on Goodreads for Some Particulars, including a steam rating