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Best of 2013

24 Jan

I am waaaaay late on this post… whoops! But I present to thee

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The Best of 2013!

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Best Cover

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Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (UK Version)

Best New Series

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Best Sequel

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The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Best World Building

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Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes

Best Romance

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The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Hector and Elisa *swoon*

Best Come to Jesus Moment

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The Elite by Kiera Cas

America’s reaction to Maxon’s reaction

Favorite Female Character

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The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Elisa – I love her

Favorite Male

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World After by Susan Ee

Raffe

Most Badass Character

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Cealena Sardothien – duh.

Best Science Fiction

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Reboot by Amy Tintera

Best Fantasy

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The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Best Dystopian

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Champion by Marie Lu

Best Short Story/Online Series/Bridge Book

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The Starkillers Cycle by Sarah J Maas and Susan Dennard

Favorite Author of 2013

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Best Book of 2013

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”
―     Erin Morgenstern,     The Night Circus

Favorite Books of 2013 – Mid Year Edition

16 Jul

Well, my blogging friends, we are halfway through 2013 and I’ve gotten through almost 55 books. (wootie woot woot!) With me being a wee bit over 50% of my goal of 100 book-a-roos in 2013, I think I shall have a fav books mid-year edition. Mainly because I’ve read some awesome books and haven’t been able to write reviews yet. Not sure if because I am lazy or busy with work… hmmm…

Regardless, below are my favorite Thus-Far read books that were published in 2013. This is also me book pimping these onto to you lovely readers because they are crazy good.

Favorite Book Thus Far of 2013

Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers – this is gorgeous and rich. I love LaFever’s writing and her characters in the entire His Fair Assassin’s series are breathtaking. From shy and sweet to spicy and fierce these female pro-tags became my bffl faces while I was reading.

Favorite High Fantasy Book Thus Far of 2013

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell – This was a fun book and surprised me. For having a badass female pro-tag, she’s very feminine at the same time and relatable. I feel like usually you don’t have that balance and it was nice to see. The switching narrators also allowed me to stay more engaged with the story and the fact that the romance is subtle, second to the main story, is refreshing.

Favorite Dystopian Book Thus Far of 2013

Reboot by Amy Tintera – this one is hard for me because I actually rated Prodigy by Marie Lu higher. But I think when it comes down to which book is actually better all around, Reboot wins. It’s definitely a more mature book, with more engaging characters and more thought provoking themes. Buuuut, Marie Lu’s writing, while def geared towards a younger age range, engulfs you and tears you through a fast paced storyline that has you reading it in 12 hours (guilty!). So just… read both, yeah?

Favorite Fluff Book Thus Far of 2013

The Elite by Kiera Kass – we all know this is a no-brianer and that I have a slight sickeningly obsession with The Selection series. It’s just… just… so fatabolous. I fangirl all over these books.

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To Read Tuesdays – The Elite by Kiera Cass

16 Apr

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection

Previous Rating: Five out of Five perfect amazing wonderful Stars

Release Date: April 23, 2013

Why I Am Excited: This is hard for me to say because I am so completely enthralled and ga-ga over this series it makes it difficult to sit still when talking about it. I think I actually stutter a bit when I try to explain how epically delicious this story is. It’s just… just… perfect. This is why .gifs were made, when people like me can’t put their feelings into words so here.. this will hopefully capture my emotions:ML5hhl1

This story, these characters, the writing, the plot, it’s all magnificently molded together to make an amazing new fairytale. This series is dystopia meets Cinderella. Totally swoon worth men and a feisty little heroine. I literally love every. single. aspect. of The Selection and will cry tears of joy when I wake up next Tuesday to The Elite on my Kindle.

What I Hope To See: *Contains Spoilers* If you haven’t read the previous books, LOOK AWAY! The Selection was an amazing book and really set us up for a tempting second installment. With America and Maxon’s sultry romance blossoming and Aspen’s new position as a palace guard, there is going to be a lot of sexual tension flying around the castle. And with ho-face model girl there to be the devil on Maxon’s shoulder when it comes to his affections, you know there will be girl fights happening. Now I hope hope hope American finds true love with Maxon (come on, he’s a PRINCE!) and sends asshole Aspen packing (he left YOU, America!) and all will be well. But with this only being book numero dos and a third book waiting in the wings, I’m not sure how close we will get to the answer of who ends up together.

My Predictions: I base these predictions on the synopsis they release with the cover and this one is SUPER exciting because it tells us America actually decides who she wants to be with SNAP! So I am going to go two ways here:

  1. If America chooses Maxon: If America decides she wants Maxon, and then “a devastating loss” happens, I think someone in her family must die? And if they do die, I think it must be because of the royal family in some way. Did the King force her father or mother to do something? Is her sister sick? Who knows. But if she does sway Maxon’s way, something HAS to happen to cause her to double back.
  2. If America chooses Aspen: I will hate this series if she does. BUT if she does, I think as soon as she chooses him he gets shipped off to the battlegrounds with the rebels. Or he gets killed/maimed/hurt when the rebels attack the palace.
  3. Along with the LoveTriangle between America, Aspen and Maxon, I think slut-face Celeste is going to dig her claws pretty deep into Maxon and cause some uber drama. Especially since Daddy wants Celeste way more then some random 4. And perhaps we will see the “other girl” from The Prince novella in book two as well? That would be juicy 😉

“America Singer, one day you will fall asleep in my arms every night. And you’ll wake up to my kisses every morning.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

To-Read Tuesday – Top 20 To-Reads of 2013!

8 Jan

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Goal: 100 books by December 31, 2013

2012 Goal: 75

2012 Actual: 80

2013 is going to be a Fanstadactile!

The year 2013 is probably my most anticipated book release year of all time. There are some really interesting new series coming out and some redic second and third installments in legit badass series coming out. Wow… soo much lingo. But I am just so excited my uber poor use of slang is coming out. Eeeeeee!!!

Anywho… here are my Top 20 To-Reads of 2013

  1. 1/29/2013 – Prodigy, Legend #2 by Mary Lu 13414446
  2. 4/23/2013 – The Elite, The Selection #2 by Kiera Cass 14748094
  3. 2013 – Penryn and The End of Days#2 by Susan EeNo_Cover_
  4. 2/12/2013 – Override, Glitch #2 by Heather Anastasiu14759331
  5. 10/29/2013 – Horde, Razorland #3 by Ann Aguirre10596724
  6. 2/12/2013 – Sever, The Chemical Garden #3 by Lauren DeStefano12383869
  7. 2013 – Annex #2 by Rachel CohnNo_Cover_
  8. 2013 – Crewel World #2 by Gennifer AlbinNo_Cover_
  9. 2/19/2013 – Mind Games, Mind Games #1 by Kiersten White12578294
  10. 3/5/2013 – Requiem, Delirium #3 by Lauren Oliver9593913
  11. 9/26/2013 – Divergent #3 by Veronica RothNo_Cover_
  12. 1/8/2013 – Through The Ever Night, Under The Never Sky #2 by Veronica Rossi13253276
  13. 3/19/2013 – Clockwork Princess, Infernal Devices #3 by Cassandra Clare6131164
  14. 7/2/2013 – Shutdown, Glitch #3 Heather Anastasiu16045008
  15. 1/29/2013 – Asunder, Newsoul #2 by Jodi Meadows13043180
  16. 2/5/2013 – Etiquette and Espionage, Finishing School #1 by Gail Carriger10874177
  17. 3/19/2013 – City of Heavenly Fire, Mortal Instruments #6 by Cassandra Clare8755785
  18. 1/22/2013 – Everbound, Everneath #2 by Brodi Ashton13115995
  19. 7/9/2013 – Dracomachia, Seraphina #2 by Rachel HartmanNo_Cover_
  20. 4/30/2013 – The Program, The Program #1 by Suzanne Young11366397

“Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon . . . is not the dragon the hero of his own story?”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Best Of 2012 – Not just the boring categories!

2 Jan

Hello and Welcome to the year 2013!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! 2013 has some amazing book releases so I am SUPER STOKED for this year. Now, like all book lovers and bloggers, I just had to create a Best of 2012 blog. While most people do one in December, I read lots of books over the holidays so I wanted to wait until the year actually ended before I created my list. You never know what gems you can find in the last weeks of the year! I also wanted to add some variety to the blog so I asked my book soul mate Amy to pick her favorites in each category. You can read her Top Ten Books Read of 2012 here.

Please note that these books are not only the books that were published in 2012. We wanted to included all the books we read so some of them are a few years old. I hope you all enjoy and please add your favorites in each category in the comments!

Favorite Book of 2012

Sydney                     Amy

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The Selection by Kiera Cass     Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Favorite Author of 2012

Sydney               Amy

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Cinda Williams Chima         Neil Gaiman

Best Female Protagonist

Sydney           Amy

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Penryn – Angelfall by Susan Ee          Beatrice – Divergent by Veronica Roth

Best Male Protagonist

Sydney         Amy

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Han – Seven Realms Series        Po – Graceling Realms Series

Best Romance

Sydney         Amy

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America and Maxon, The Selection               Katsa and Po, Graceling

Most Resourceful

Sydney         Amy

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Gaia, Birthmarked  by Caragh M. O’Brien    Viola, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Best “Come to Jesus” Moment

Sydney         Amy

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James, Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater    Katy, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Most Badass Character

Sydney         Amy

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Deuce, Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre       Katsa, Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Favorite Series

Sydney                Amy

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Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima      Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Best Fantasy Book

Sydney                Amy

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore            Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Best Dystopian Book

Sydney                Amy

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline      Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Best World Building

Sydney                Amy

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Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima         Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Best Cover

Sydney                Amy

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Angelfall by Susan Ee                   Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Most Looking Forward to Release of 2013

Sydney                Amy

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Prodigy by Marie Lu                       Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

The Selection by Kiera Cass

26 Nov

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Book One of The Selection Series

Rating: Five out of Five Stars

I love you. I love this book. It is amazing. The end.

In the words of my mother, “This book is Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.” UH HELLO! Greatest description ever.

The Selection is, by far, one of my greatest guilty pleasures in a long long time. I like to stick with fluff books for what fluff books are. You know the kind, tidy little happy ending books you read when you just get done with intense books like The Maze Runner series or Birthmarked? Well that was what I was planning this book to be. I needed a break. But oh heavens above! did I fall in love with this series! It has romance, action, drama, mystery. I cannot even TELL you how obsessed with this story I am.

It has an interesting twist on the post apocalyptic plot which I AHdore. And what’s amazing about this book is that Kiera Cass creates unique and believable characters. I was worried that Prince Maxon was going to end up like Leland in Wither, sweet and charming but naive and happy to be oblivious. But he isn’t and it’s sooo nice to have a romance be, oh I don’t know, DEVELOPED in a YA novel. It does have the Almighty Love Triangle, but it’s not overpowering or overshadowing so it doesn’t make it as annoying as it usually is.

Gag me with my amount of flattery right now but I can’t help it. I love me some princes, dystopia, and realistic heroines. Any girly girl will LOVE this book. And, like me, give it to your mom to read! It’s nice to throw them some bomb YA novels once in a while.

 

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