Tuesday Top Ten

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers create their own lists based on the chosen topics and post links to our lists. It’s a way of all sharing our thoughts and our love of books.  And who doesn’t love lists??

So this week’s challenge was to list the top ten list of books that I’ve read so far in 2013 – I am just limiting myself to those for which I’ve written reviews, so these are actually my favorites since I started my blog in February (and in no particular order)!

  1. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – Funny and touching story set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950.
  2. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – A fun and quirky adventure melding the ancient with the latest technology.
  3. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger – A mystery and a coming-of-age story set in 1960s small town Minnesota.
  4. With or Without You by Domenica RutaA searing memoir of the author’s relationship with her drug-addled and irresponsible mother and her own struggles with addiction.
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – A touching and endearing story of young love between two unique individuals.
  6. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham – An amazing story of this founding father, a complex and fascinating man.
  7. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Unique storytelling style combined with an up-close look at life in England during the two world wars.
  8. Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – A difficult yet beautiful novel set during the wars in Chechnya.
  9. Screwed by Eoin Colfer – A well-told story – gritty, violent, and raunchy – but great characters and a lot of fun!
  10. Onion Street by Reed Farrel Coleman – Another installment in this wonderful detective series!
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Screwed

screwedI love Eoin Colfer’s writing.  His Artemis Fowl series about a twelve-year old evil genius and the fairy world was a favorite in my family – unique, funny, adventurous.  His Daniel McEvoy series is definitely different, but no less compelling and enjoyable.

Screwed is the second in the series, following Unplugged, and the down-on-his-luck Irish bouncer McEvoy is now the owner of his own casino (along with his partner Jason) in New Jersey.  Surrounded by a cast of less-than-helpful friends – the ethically-challenged cosmetic surgeon Zeb, the beautiful yet delusional girlfriend Sophia, the hippy psychiatrist tweeting his advice from Ireland, his drunken aunt, and the angry Lieutenant Ronelle – McEvoy goes through more crises over the course of a couple of days than seems humanly possible.  Irish mob boss Mike Madden tells McEvoy to deliver a package to the young mobster Shea – throw in dirty cops Krieger and Fortz, his young step-grandmother Edit, Shea’s goon Freckles, and a host of other unsavory characters and things go horribly awry with twists and turns until the very end.

Screwed is gritty, violent, raunchy – some of the scenes and language is not for the faint-of-heart.  But it is fun and original, fast-paced and entertaining, true storytelling.

Title:  Screwed
Author: Eoin Colfer
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 322
Publication: Overlook, May 2013