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TTT: The Last 10 Books I’ve Given 5 Cool-thulhus


Top Ten Tuesday is, as usual, brought to you courtesy of The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is 10 of your recent 5-star reads. Fairly easy to do, so here’s we go. Β Links take you to the reviews.

Last 10 Books I’ve Given 5 Cool-thulus


Best Books Read in 2016 (so far)

  1. Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz
    1. No love triangle.
    2. Obsession equals magic
    3. Awesome ass-kickery.
  2. I AM by Michael Drakich
    1. Immediately sucks you in.
    2. Space Opera that doesn’t feel like a space opera
    3. Ending that makes you go: What…how did I NOT see that?!
  3. Badfish by Sue Rovens
    1. Main (good guy!) character likes to publicly, uhm, take himself in hand.
    2. Gruesome scenes that just have you snickering even as your stomach is turning
    3. Quick read that you can blow right through and feel really disturbed about liking it afterwards.
  4. The Kalbrandt Institute Archives: Hauntings by Chris Chelser
    1. Best way of stringing a group of short stories together that I’ve ever read
    2. The individual stories are very different, and very interesting
    3. Another quick read, but this time no ‘I’m kind of disgusted that I liked that’ feeling.
  5. Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan
    1. Puns.
    2. Puns and Action.
    3. Puns and Gore.
  6. Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
    1. This is a kid’s book that DOES NOT read like a kid’s book.
    2. Awesome disturbing ghost scenes at the end
    3. Great characters that are quite believable.
  7. The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash
    1. This is creepy but it makes me think.
    2. This is weird. What’s going on?
    3. I…what? This is strange. I like it!
  8. The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
    1. The grown-up’s Percy Jackson
    2. Strong, older female protagonist
    3. Snark, man, snark!
  9. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
    1. Best dang fairy-tale retelling I’ve read
    2. Kick-ass Snow White
    3. Great descriptions and non-stop action
  10. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
    1. Sea Monsters.
    2. Pirates.
    3. Sea Monsters and Pirates, dangit!

Now, I kept this list to books that already have reviews up on the site, but there is one recent one I want to rave about.

Reviver by Seth Patrick. Holy crap! This was an excellent book! Just from beginning to end, the tension never lets up, he keeps you on your toes, the characters are fantastic, etc, etc. Bloody awesome! If I could give six Β Cool-thulhus, I would! Amazeballs!

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  1. I like the way you broke your list down like that! Several books here I want to read!

    • Thanks. Hope you get around to it. Feel like I’ve been super lucky on good books this year.

  2. I have been dying to read The Shadow Queen! Can’t wait to see if I love it as much as everyone else has! Great list and thanks for stopping by yesterday!

    • It, surprisingly, kind of gets slammed on Goodreads. Beats me as to why!

  3. Another week of you subtly adding books to my TBR piles. Tsk. Tsk.

    I feel like I’ve seen The Abyss Surrounds Us during my recent trips to the library, and now I have a reason to pick it up. SEA MONSTERS AND PIRATES?!?! Could that possibly get any better? Probably not. I’m also super intrigued about I AM (because space opera, of course) and The Immortals (because who doesn’t want a legitimately strong female protagonist mixed in with mythology?)

    • I can’t help it if I read all the good books. *shifty* I AM still makes my brain do a little hiccup when I think about it because I don’t know WHY I didn’t see the ending coming. Its literally staring you in the face!

  4. I’ve heard awesome things about The Shadow Queen. I think I need that book in my life. But I KNOW I need The Immortals in it too. You got me with ‘The grown-up’s Percy Jackson’. Done. Sold. Nice work πŸ˜€

    • For the record, I got them both from the library and read them back to back. Happy, happy day.

  5. I haven’t read any of these! My TBR list it growing thanks to TTT lol

    • Yeah, this week has added like 3 to my TBR list -.-

    • You should be. I liked it so much I bought it for my best friend for her birthday, and she went gaga over it too!

    • Haha! Yesssssss! The TBR Monster strikes someone else!

  6. Bri

    I haven’t actually read any of these but Apocalypse Cow looks great and is definitely getting added to my TBR!

    • If you like puns, you’ll like it. No questions about it.

  7. Well thanks for all the additions to my TBR! Although The Abyss Surrounds Us was already there – I’m so excited to get to it.
    Thanks for visiting my TTT page.

  8. I love your format and we have two of the same authors on our list. Plus – have read the Reviver and thought it was great – some pretty creepy scenes at the start if I remember correctly.
    Lockwood &Co I’ve seen on another list today so I’m going to have to check my shelves as I know I have a copy of that one.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    • Thanks! I’m going to check out more books by Stroud myself.

  9. Wow. A whole set of books I haven’t read. Sounds interesting. Esp immortals.

    • I was lucky enough to read Immortals and Shadow Queen back to back. Put me in a veritable book high.

  10. I bought World War Moo from Book Outlet a few weeks ago and didn’t realize it was book 2 to Apocalypse Cow. Now I need to pick it up as well. Nice to see it make your list!

    • Yes, you definitely do! Apocalypse Cow is freaking hilarious! I’m actually reading a 3rd book by that author now. Bit different one called “Wannabes”.

  11. Lol I havent read any of these either. Which is why TTT is so great.
    I’m gna go over the synopses (is that how u spell it?) for these books, when I have a little more time. πŸ™‚

  12. Can’t say that I have heard of any of them, but glad you enjoyed them. Might have to check out some of them in the future.

    • Hope you do. I love seeing people’s takes on the books I read.

  13. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about The Shadow Queen. Some people love it, others absolutely hate it. I’m glad you’re in the former! I really need to read it πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, I even comment on that in my review. I don’t understand the hate this book gets. Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles doesn’t even come close to it.

  14. I came so close to picking up Lockwood and Co at Books a Million yesterday! Now that I see it on your list I’m going to have to go back and get it. πŸ™‚ Here’s my TTT.

    • You definitely need to go back and get it. Weeks after reading it, I still have trouble calling it childrens fiction!

      • I will! I was just afraid it might be “too young” based on the other books it was with.

  15. I had requested an ARC of Shadow Queen a while back but didn’t get approved. I’m going to have to try to get to it at some point.

    • Yes, you are! It’s sooo good. I got my copy from library

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