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)!
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – Funny and touching story set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950.
I 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.