Five Favorite: Atmospheric Thrillers

It’s taken me a full month to digest the seemingly innocuous Top Ten Tuesday prompt villains. (Please don’t ask why because I just don’t know.) Very few books I read have capital-V Villains, and I became bored scrolling through Goodreads trying to think of more than a handful or any one type. Since it’s so chilly/borderline cold in New England now AND it gets pitch black by four-thirty, I thought I’d explore creepy, chills-down-your-spine atmospheric thrillers instead — because sometimes a place itself can be the scariest thing.

Do you have your own favorite atmospheric thrillers? Let me know! To see previous topics, click here.

Monthly Wrap-Up: September/October 2018

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Review: Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

Title: Spill Zone
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Rating: ★★★★★
Summary: Nobody’s ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one’s allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.


A mind-bendy, trippy exploration of an unexplainable (and unnatural?) phenomenon and its physical and emotional aftermath,Spill Zone is a truly wtf-is-going-on-here start to a fantastic series. Although it measures over 200 pages, this graphic novel feels like nothing short of a whirlwind introduction to main character Addison’s life post-Spill — sneaking into the containment zone and navigating the physical realities of the Spill to take pictures of who-knows-what and providing for her (probably traumatized) sister. I literally had to force myself to slow down and admire the gorgeous illustrations by Alex Puvilland and coloring by Hilary Sycamore because all I really wanted to do was speed-read fast enough through Westerfeld’s narrative.

And then I got to the end of the book and blinked a lot and thought, “Well, that sucks” because it just ends and I NEED MORE. Honestly, if I had known this was merely the start of a series, I would have waited to read the entire narrative arc — because right now I am itching for Westerfeld to finish this goddamn masterpiece and July can’t come soon enough for The Broken Vow.

Five Favorite: YA Series

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

There’s just something about series, you know? Something about getting to read more of your favorite character(s) while they inhabit your favorite world. Man, I just love ’em. Here are my five favorite for young adults.

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Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray

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Jessica Darling by Megan McCafferty

(So… the publisher decided to revamp the series’ cover design right when Perfect Fifths came out – which is all well and good EXCEPT THAT I grew up with the original covers and wanted to complete my set!!!)

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Have your own five favorite young adult series? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Top Ten: Authors I’ve Only Read One Book from But NEED to Read More

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books by authors of which I’ve only read one of their more-than-one published books.

  1. Chris Cleave
    Book I’ve read: Little Bee
    Books I want to read: Gold and Incendiary
  2. Cory Doctorow
    Book I’ve read: For the Win
    Books I want to read: Down and Out in the Magic KingdomHomelandLittle BrotherMakersPirate Cinema, and The Rapture of the Nerds
  3. Deborah Harkness
    Book I’ve read: A Discovery of Witches
    Books I want to read: The Book of Life and Shadow of Night
  4. Dave Eggers
    Book I’ve read: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
    Book I want to read: The Circle and You Shall Know Our Velocity!
  5. J.K. Rowling*
    Book(s) I’ve read: Harry Potter series
    Books I want to read: The Casual VacancyThe Cuckoo’s Calling, and The Silkworm
  6. Libba Bray*
    Book(s) I’ve read: Gemma Doyle series
    Books I want to read: Beauty QueensThe Diviners, and Going Bovine
  7. Marisha Pessl
    Book I’ve read: Special Topics in Calamity Physics
    Book I want to read: Night Film
  8. Michael Chabon
    Book I’ve read: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
    Books I want to read: Manhood for AmateursThe Mysteries of PittsburghTelegraph Avenue, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
  9. Rainbow Rowell
    Book I’ve read: Attachments
    Books I want to read: Eleanor & ParkFangirl, and Landline
  10. Scott Westerfeld*
    Book(s) I’ve read: Uglies series
    Books I want to read: Afterworlds and Peeps

* I’m including these authors because I’ve only read books of theirs as part of a series