Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read. This happens to me a lot unfortunately. I underestimate the speed of my reading and the time I actually get to read!

The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanagh (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

A deadly prosecutor

They call him the King of Death Row. Randal Korn has sent more men to their deaths than any district attorney in the history of the United States.

A twisted ritualistic killing

When a young woman, Skylar Edwards, is found murdered in Buckstown, Alabama, a corrupt sheriff arrests the last person to see her alive, Andy Dubois. It doesn’t seem to matter to anyone that Andy is innocent.

A small town boiling with rage


Everyone in Buckstown believes Andy is guilty. He has no hope of a fair trial. And the local defense attorney assigned to represent him has disappeared.

A former con-artist


Hot shot New York lawyer Eddie Flynn travels south to fight fire with fire. He plans to destroy the prosecutors case, find the real killer and save Andy from the electric chair.

But the murders are just beginning.

Is Eddie Flynn next?

Beauty and the Beast – Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.

The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.” 

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.”

American Royals by Katharine McGee (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling.

Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her.

And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.”

Down Pinhole by Glenn Cooper (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“DOWN – Pinhole is the first book of an explosive new trilogy by international bestselling author, Glenn Cooper. A cross between DANTE’S INFERNO and GAME OF THRONES, DOWN is part historical thriller and part fantasy-adventure, a thought-provoking, page-turning, epic saga that explores the consequences of evil and transports readers to a world unlike any they have ever experienced.

John Camp heads up security at a world’s largest super-collider tunneled around London. Scarred by his wartime experiences, he’s been fighting his demons and putting his life back in order. High on his priorities is his new relationship with physicist Emily Loughty, the collider’s beautiful and accomplished Scottish research director.

When the collider starts up it hits its projected energy target but then inexplicably continues powering much higher. In the blink of an eye Emily disappears and a rough-looking man appears in her place. In fear and confusion the man barrels out of the lab and disappears. His identity may be the only clue to what has happened.

John volunteers to embark on a mission to try and rescue Emily and when the collider is powered up again he finds himself in a strange and terrifying world, geographically identical to Earth but very different. It’s a place some call Down, eternally populated by those who’ve committed the most unforgivable acts of evil during their lives. Here in a world with but a few glimmers of hope, kings and dukes, including infamous historical figures, battle perpetually for supremacy.

In a race against time, John must navigate the terrible landscape of Down and bring home the love of his life before they are trapped for the rest of their lives.

Glenn Cooper, a Harvard graduate, archaeologist, physician, former biotechnology CEO, screenwriter and film producer, has written ten thrillers that have sold over six million copies in thirty translations.”

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.”

The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Kantor (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

Have you stopped believing in happily ever after?

Women today are settling for less than we want when it comes to men, relationships, sex, and marriage. But we don’t have to, argues Elizabeth Kantor. Jane Austen can show us how to find the love we really want.

In The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After, Kantor reveals how the examples of Jane Austen heroines such as Elizabeth Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, and Anne Elliot can help us navigate the modern-day minefields of dating, love, relationships, and sex. By following in their footsteps—and steering clear of the sad endings suffered by characters such as Maria Bertram and Charlotte Lucas—modern women can discover the path to lifelong love and true happiness.

Charged with honesty and humor, Kantor’s book includes testimonies from modern women, pop culture parallels, the author’s personal experiences and, of course, a thorough examination of Austen’s beloved novels.

Featuring characters and situations from all of Jane Austen’s books (including unfinished novels, and stories not published in her lifetime), The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After tackles the dating and relationship dilemmas that we face today, and equips modern women to approach our love lives with fresh insights distilled from the novels:

Don’t be a tragic heroine

Pursue Elizabeth Bennet’s “rational happiness” —learn what it is, and how you can find it

Don’t let cynicism steal your happy ending

Why it’s a mistake to look for your “soul mate”

Jane Austen’s skeleton keys to a man’s potential

How you should deal with men who are “afraid of commitment” (from Jane Austen’s eight case studies)

Learn how to arrange your own marriage—by falling in love the Jane Austen way”

Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, were both New York Times best sellers, with a combined 1.3 million copies in print. Now the PPZ trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After.

The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.” But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.

Complete with romance, heartbreak, martial arts, cannibalism, and an army of shambling corpses. Dreadfully Ever After brings the story of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to a thrilling conclusion.”

The Complete Novels of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (click for link to Goodreads)

Grey by E L James (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.  

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

What books are on your list?

Happy TTT!

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49 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

    1. Emily Jane Post author

      It is one of the next one’s to be read. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s nice to hear when people like things ☺️ I’ve never seen an author speak anywhere.

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  1. WendyW

    I sure hope you get a chance to read all these wonderful books sometime soon! I love the sound of Beauty and the Beast – Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly!

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  2. jennielyse

    I love Cassandra Clare’s books. I’ve had LADY MIDNIGHT ever since it was published and I still haven’t read it either. I read THE CHEMIST. I liked it. I like TWILIGHT and THE HOST better, though. I hope you enjoy the books on your list when you finally get to them.

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  3. 1girl2manybooks

    You’ve reminded me that I’ve had Lady Midnight for a really long time – it’s on my kindle so I didn’t think of it when I wrote my post on this topic! Probably since the year it was published, and I still haven’t read it. Nor have I read her newer series, so I really need to catch up on them.

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    1. Emily Jane Post author

      Haha happy to give a reminder. Yeah I think I got it fairly close to its release. I am behind on her stuff, which is a shame because I really enjoy it!

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  4. Rissi

    I’m full on a turtle reader so while I know this, I still purchase WAY too many books. 😉 American Royals is one I have on my list too. Here’s hoping we both enjoy that one, and you enjoy all the books on your list. Thanks also for visiting Finding Wonderland. Really appreciate that.

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    1. Emily Jane Post author

      They are just too tempting aren’t they? My motivation is the Queen’s Jubilee in June so I am hoping to have read it by then…

      No problem. I enjoyed visiting!

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