Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My "TBR" List

The "TBR," or, "To Be Read" list, for those not in the know (those like me, who had no idea what the hell that meant for the LONGEST time), keeps growing. I'm packing this Kindle full of books and they're all at unbelievably low prices. I haven't paid more than $2.99 for a book yet! And considering that books now-a-days will cost nearly $10, I'm pretty stoked about it.

And so, I've decided to share my current TBR list here, because, frankly, I'm tired of talking about my writing. ;) (Just like I'm sure you're tired of READING about it! It's going fine. [/story])

And because I'm SO nice, I'm even going to include links to the books, so you can check them out yourselves! Look at all this energy and effort I put in for you guys... I'm such a giver! <3 Also, if you really want to check these books out--and why wouldn't you?!--I'm willing to loan! But in exchange, you have to leave a review on Amazon or B&N. See? I'm SUCH a giver! Just leave your e-mail address in a comment with the title you'd like me to send you. Note: You do NOT have to own a Kindle to get the loan! I think you just have to get Kindle for your PC. Or phone. Or something. I'm not exactly sure how it works...

Seventeen year old Glory Templeton’s blood holds the cure for a deadly pandemic-plague and she embarks on a quest to save humanity. When evil forces conspire to stop her, three supernatural beings are assigned to be her guardians. Forbidden love, ancient secret societies, mysterious astronomical monuments, vampires, witches, angels and demons all contribute to the high adventure that tests the character of this remarkable young woman. The legend of Glory begins! “Twilight meets The DaVinci Code...” www.GloryLegend.com 

Why I picked it up:
Hello! Angels? Demons? Forbidden love?! It reminds me of a story I was working on and never finished. (Mine was about Lilith and Lucifer, but that's neither here nor there.) It sounds epic, doesn't it?! 

Harsh Climate [Kindle Edition] - Camille LaGuire (Author)

On a lonely country road, in the cold of winter, two runaway teens are out of gas and stranded. They seek shelter in a distant farmhouse, only to find it's the lair of a gang of vicious kidnappers. Can they dodge the crooks and the weather long enough to save the kidnapped child...and themselves?

HARSH CLIMATE is a fast paced novella of crime and suspense, approximately 30,000 words (100 pages).

Why I picked it up: She had a badass banner on the Kindle Boards. I wish I were kidding. I saw the banner and thought, "Runaway teens? Shelter in a crook's lair? Could be fun!" So I picked it up. Besides, I like her. I wanted to support.

The Guardian [Kindle Edition] - Katie Klein (Author)

Seventeen-year-old Genesis Green is living anything but a charmed existence. As far back as she can remember, she and her mother have been bouncing from town to town trying to make a better life for themselves.

Late one evening, Genesis and her boyfriend are in a car accident. Carter’s SUV rolls, and Genesis finds herself injured; lying on the pavement. Just before she slips into the darkness, an unfamiliar voice calls out to her: promising everything will be fine.

His name is Seth, and he’s the Guardian assigned to protect her.

Now, strange things are happening: Genesis is having bizarre visions. The biggest surprise comes when she learns that, through these revelations, she has the power to change the outcome—to alter courses.
When the Guardians learn about her gift, they ask her to join forces; to help them. The only thing standing in her way is Seth. To join the Guardians means stepping into the middle of an epic battle between good and evil. Even with supernatural protection, there’s no guarantee that Genesis will ever be safe again.

But before she can choose between the angel she loves and the purpose she’s discovered, the Evil Ones make the choice for her.

Why I picked it up: Well, you all know about my obsession with Katie by now... (I think she's afraid of me, but that's okay. She'll warm up to me. ;) ) But, seriously... check out that teaser. Tell me this book doesn't sound incredible. I double dare you. Plus, the dude's name is Seth. And that's the name I used for the very first full-length book I ever wrote. I died a little of happiness when I saw this.

The Venom of Vipers [Kindle Edition] - K.C. May

A supervirus threatens to wipe out the human population.

The only hope for the future is a cure hidden inside Ryder Stone. Created in a lab and brutalized, betrayed and hated by humans, Ryder yearns for freedom. On the outside, a group of human genetic purists want him dead.

When Katie Marsh, a brilliant young geneticist, discovers his secret, she must fight to protect Ryder, gain his trust...and convince him to save humanity before the purists destroy them both.

Why I picked it up: Because I like K.C.. Plain and simple, really. I just dig her. She had the most incredible hook on her signature at the Kindle Boards ever, and I couldn't get it out of my head. So I bought her book. It's not my genre (mine's obviously YA), it's not my area (this is Sci-Fi), and it's not something I probably would have picked up otherwise. I just like K.C.. That being said, I did start scanning through the first few pages, and it's really well written. It's got an interesting story, so, why not, right? (Sometimes it's good to branch out?)

Night Camp [Kindle Edition] - L.C. Evans

A spooky graveyard. A creepy basement. A pair of coffins.

Thirteen-year-old Shane Andrews hates summer camp. When his parents allow him to choose, Shane decides to pick the worst camp he can find. Night Camp must be terrible. For one thing, activities take place at night and campers sleep during the day. That can’t be good, Shane reasons. His parents will realize Night Camp is even worse than they thought and they’ll come back to get him. Then Shane’s plans for summer freedom fall apart. His cousin Brad, a boy with a huge collection of tabloid magazines, convinces Shane that two of the camp counselors are vampires. Shane enlists the help of Brad and a girl camper named Nicole. The three set out to save themselves and the other campers. Then Shane uncovers the secret of Night Camp…

Why I picked it up: I have a crush on L.C., and this is the only book she wrote that wasn't for adults. Not even kidding. This is the nicest woman ever. Whenever I see her avatar on the forums, I know the comment is going to be nice, supportive, and encouraging. She always has a kind word for everyone. I'm a huge fan of L.C.'s.

So... any takers? ;)


Barbara Silkstone said...

Vivian, You're right LC Evans (Linda) is always so sweet. Her comments are upbeat. I haven't read Night Camp yet. Thanks for the recommendation. I did enjoy We Interrupt This Date (laughed like crazy) and also Jobless Recovery which is laced with humor.

This is a great idea. I might take a break and start posting books I love on my blog. ('Bout time.)

Karen Cantwell said...

Three of your books here are on my tbr list! You must have good taste. :-) And LC Evans is one of the nicest person I know, not to mention a wonderful writer. If Night Camp is as good as her other books that I've read, then it has to be a fantastic and fun time.

Katie Klein said...

(lol) Your comment cracked me up. No! I'm not afraid of you at all. I'm just sitting back, anxiously waiting to hear what you think, and *hoping* the story lives up to your expectations. :)

You make me sound so awesome . . . I keep thinking I *have* to check this Katie chick out! :)

Vivian Marie said...

I'm so glad you guys liked the books I picked up! Karen, you have excellent taste, too, might I say! ;) I'm going to have to check out what else you've got on your reading list!

Barbara--you'll definitely have to share your reading list, too! I'm excited to see it! And that's great that L.C.'s other books are so funny... I bet my mom would love them!

Katie-- ... I just love you... <3 :D I'm just waiting until this weekend before I read any more than the first couple of paragraphs, because I was already starting to get sucked in and once a book grabs me like that, I refuse to put it down until I'm done! And I have to get up for work in the A.M.! (((Ugh!))) But oh man, Friday night, me and that book aren't sleeping. <3

deezeeamanda said...

I just ordered The Guardian from B&N (for my Nook- I'm loyal, if nothing else.... Thanks for the recommendation! And it does sound AWESOME!

Vivian Marie said...

Yay!!! I plan to review it here, so let me know when you finish and you can comment on it, too! ;) <3

Also--another friend of mine had a Nook, and she showed it to me, and that thing is BEAUTIFUL. I can see why you love it!