Jun 4, 2019

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page

3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.

So what with the changes in my job, my reading time has gone down and I'm a slow reader as it is, so it's taking longer to get through books. This one is pretty interesting so far, it's not quite the Little Red Riding Hood retelling I was expecting, but still pretty awesome in this post-apocalyptic world! Hence the teaser...

"'I can't believe so many people have died and a whole truckload of motherfuckers like that live,' Red said, unable to keep the fury out of her voice. 'Why is it that assholes just go on and on, even when the world would be a better place if they just dropped dead?'" p 106

TITLE: The Girl in Red
AUTHOR: Christina Henry
GENRE: Dystopian
RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's topic is: Books From My Favorite Genre: VAMPIRE BOOKS!!

*in no particular order

10. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE AWAKENING by L.J. Smith--I was THRILLED when I stumbled upon this series in my early days of vampire reading! It was a dream come true! Total trip that they were older books even back then! That's why when I was reading the "comeback" trilogy when one of the characters pulled out their cell phone, I was imaging the BIG honker of a phone like on Saved by the Bell since the books took place in the 90s! Lol.
9. HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost--I will forever love Jeaniene's vampires!
8. COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT by Vivian Vande Velde--another early days find! I am kicking myself for donating my copy some years ago. It was during my "I must read adult books because I am an adult now" phase. Glad I got over that. But I cry over all the titles I gave up during that time!

7. NIGHTWALKER by Jocelynn Drake--I loooved this series by Jocelynn! This was actually in the early days of Urban Fantasy! Right when I knew that was what I wanted to write. Really need to get back to that book of mine that's been collecting dust.
6. BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards--another amazing YA vampire story! It has that old timey feel, I can't remember if was a futuristic setting that went back to the past or if it was an alternative past. I'm thinking it was the former.
5. DEAD UNTIL DARK by Charlaine Harris--another of my first adult books! I was ecstatic to have found an adult mystery series that involved vampires! For I stared this series when it was called The Southern Vampire Mystery Series vs the Sookie Stackhouse Novels. Doesn't have the same ring to it though, does it?

4. VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead--the book that brought me back to YA! That VAMPIRES had returned to YA! It was a long hiatus...nowhere near long as I've been waiting these days. I probably quit in the early 2000s because there just wasn't enough YA vampires and then in 2009 or 2010 some friends directed me to this book and my life changed!
3. SOME GIRLS BITE by Chloe Neill--I remember stumbling upon this one on one of my many jaunts to BORDERS and I thought whoa! It's about vampires and the heroine is actually wearing JEANS and a regular old tank top instead of the scantily clad leather pants and tube top! So naturally it caught my eye from that alone! And yes, Merit does eventually don the leather pants and halter tops on the covers eventually, but I enjoyed the first covers evolution to that phase! Lol.
2. THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa--I will always remember Julie saying she'd never write a vampire book. I can't remember the exact why. Perhaps she just wasn't sure she could truly add to the genre or she just wasn't liking the vamps. Then she wrote this series and OMG! It was freaking awesome!

1. DEMON IN MY VIEW by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes--bet you were wondering when I'd get to this one! Lol! Naturally, while I say these are in no particular order, they aren't. But #1 usually is #1 regardless! Lol! And my first vampire book definitely deserves the place of honor in the #1 slot!


THE BEAUTIFUL by Renee Ahdieh--I mean obviously!! I've been waiting EONS for this book! I mean when was the last YA vampire book published anyway? I know most people got over them, but I never did and never will either! ;)



  1. I've read 5 of these vampires books (and more if you count the series they come from). I always thought the Kagawa series was underrated. Great list and I want to try that new vamp book as well!

  2. I forgot Black City was a vampire series. I've had it on my shelf since forever, need to find time to pick it up :D

  3. I definitely need to check some of these out because I've been back on the vampire train lately! I can't wait for The Beautiful!

  4. The Girl in Red looks really cool. Neat cover, and that quote! Curious now...

    The Beautiful looks amazing- I LOVE that cover!

  5. Nice list! I am vaguely familiar with Charlaine Harris and Jeaniene Frost, but haven't read any of their novels before.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment on my TTT post this week. Happy reading!

  6. I started pleasure reading after the the height of the vampire books, but I loved the VA and Bloodlines books. Still holding out for a Declan spinoff.

  7. My book buddy at my old job always wanted me to read The Vampire Academy. I wasn't sure about The Beautiful until I read a preview of it. It sounds good!

  8. I hope to get started on The Girl in Red soon! And I'm pretty curious about The Beautiful too!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  9. Great genre choice! Love me so vampire books and so many of my favorites up there. Great list!


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