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The Crush List #8

Here are five books that I’m crushing on big time

SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard is a new crush, but one that I feel like I’ve had for a lifetime. Maybe it’s the familiarity with the ALICE IN WONDERLAND story. But I think it’s more likely that I’ve been trapped in Wonderland ever since. And time is different there.

I read it nearly a month ago and I still can’t get it out of my head. I still find myself wondering about the different paths Alyssa has before her. And different boys she has to choose from.

But whether it’s me not wanting to say goodbye, or the story not letting me go, I can’t seem to get SPLINTERED out of my head.

Why I’m crushing BIG TIME:

A familiar journey. A dangerous quest. A dark twist. An even darker world. A shocking revelation. A complicated yet wickedly appealing guide. An incredibly delectable white knight. A heroine with a bit of a wild side. A totally twisted dinner party. An exciting and magical adventure. And heartbreak so crushing it leaves one breathless.

MOONSET by Scott Tracey is also a new-ish crush. Though I’ve been crushing on this book ever since I first heard about it months and months ago. And it’s not just because I love the author’s writing. Or that I love stories about witches.

I just knew that I would fall madly in love with this new world, these new characters and the absolute insanity that is their existence. I knew that I’d want more from the second I dove in. And I knew that I’d be pining for the sequel before I even got halfway through.

I can only hope that the wait for the next book in the series won’t kill me. But as that book is so very far, far away from being a reality, it’s very possible it will.

Why I’m crushing:

A dark legacy. A secret past. Hidden truths. Black magic. Wicked awesome abilities. Deadly enemies. Magic. Covens. Action. Suspense. Kick-a** characters. All set in a town called Carrow Mills.

POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole is a fairly new crush but one that hit me hard. Like a two-by-four in the face kind of hard. I haven’t fully recovered. I am still scarred. And I don’t think I will recover until I find out what’s happening in the sequel.

When I first heard of the series I hadn’t had  a clue what an “Arcana Chronicle” could possibly be about. But now that I do know, oh…my…freaking…gosh!

And all I can say now is, “I can’t wait! I can’t wait! I can’t wait!” Wait for what? ENDLESS KNIGHT. October 2013. That is all.

Why I’m crushing:

An incredibly hot and totally sexy Cajun boy named Jack Deveaux. An utterly dark and twisted world. Filled with even darker and more twisted people. A road trip through a landscape that is the stuff of nightmares. An ending that will make you want to scream. And a story that absolutely sizzles. I’m talking H.O.T.

UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris is a brand new and totally surprising crush. I did not expect to crush on this book. At all. It was not a sub-genre I thought I’d ever like, let alone love, love, love.

Yet I do. A LOT. And if it’s humanly possible I love it even more than that.

If I’ve learned one thing from having read and crushed on this book, it is not to judge a book by its label.

Why I’m crushing:

A ticking clock. Heartbreak. A sexy savior. Heartbreak. A daring and determined heroine. Heartbreak. An intriguing premise. Some more heartbreak. A lightning-fast pace. And an outcome you just might not see coming.

STARLING by Lesley Livingston is both an old and a new crush. I’m still crushing on the author’s WONDROUS STRANGE series and often wonder what’s going on with those characters that did not make an appearance in this book.

But it’s new because of the exciting new world and awesome new characters, but mostly it’s because of the Fennrys Wolf.

I knew this book would make my crush list before I even cracked open the cover. Because it’s Lesley Livingston. Because it is set in the same city as the series of hers I already adore. Because of the Fennrys Wolf.

But even with all of that, I couldn’t help but get crushed by the grand and…revealing…entrance that Fenn made. One I can’t help but think about long after I devoured this book.

Why I’m crushing:

Magic. Danger. Faeries. Sword battles. A city under siege. A killer beginning. A killer ending. And all sorts of Fennrys in between. A quest for answers. An action-packed adventure. And a heroine who knows how to handle both a sword and a wolf with a memory problem.


I know it’s been a long while since I posted one of these. It’s not because I haven’t been crushing on the books I’ve read, because I have. But I haven’t crushed on five books that I’ve read in a relatively short timespan from one another since my last post in February. Which meant no Crush List post.

But now, I have so very many book crushes that they won’t even fit into this post. I actually have three books I’m crushing on that did not make this list and two more I know I’ll be crushed by when I read them next week. So maybe, just maybe, I’ll have another one of these posts next month.

Once again my crushes seem to be all over the place – Sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, supernatural and fantasy. But it doesn’t diminish their crush-ability in the least.

Not. At. All.

All I can say for sure is that I haven’t crushed this hard on this many books in a long time. But perhaps it’s because of the dark and sexy Morpheus, the magical journey through Wonderland, the dangers abounding in Carrow Mills, the lone bright spot in the post-apocalyptic world that is Jack Deveaux, the heartbreak that is Ben Michaels and the pants-less Fennrys Wolf.

Yes. Perhaps that’s it. [INSERT WICKED GRIN HERE.]


Do you crush on books?

What makes a book crushworthy for you?

10 Responses to “The Crush List #8”

  1. Unraveling was on of my FAVORITES this year. I was also very surprised by how much I completely loved this book. I’m SO excited about the Ben novella and the sequel. I just wish it wasn’t so far away!

    Also, I have a signed PP that is on the TOP of my TBR. Kresley Cole is a super neat lady.!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Right? And me too! I can’t wait. Though I’ve read the description to UNBREAKABLE and I’m super nervous.

      And oh my gosh I’m so jealous! Loved PP. Am going to try and send away for a signed copy!

  2. I still need to read all of these except Splintered, but I am reading that one right now and while I am enjoying it, the romance leaves a lot to be desired. As in I wish there was no romance at all. The plot is strong enough without one and it really feels tacked on. Anyway…great picks!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I won’t say anything about the romance… I will just say there is a reason for all things. All will become clear at the end. But me I’m Team Morpheus ATW. At least for now. Ask me next week and I might switch back to Jeb.

      But the plot totally holds its own with or without the romance but… well, you’ll see.

      And thanks! I’m crushing on Mary Lindsey’s ASHES and still crushing on UNRAVEL ME but I figured those could wait until next month’s post.

  3. Ana Lucía says:

    YAY for Unraveling!! I’m dying for Unbreakable, dying!!! And I cannot wait to read the other books you mentioned, especially Poison Princess. Sounds really good.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Me too! I didn’t expect to fall in love with that book but once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. And Poison Princess is awesome! So amazing!

  4. tbynum04 says:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVED “Poison Princess”! The whole premise of the book, with the Arcana & Evie’s destiny, then her crazy adventures with Jack (HOT), and I could go on & on!! It was dark & intriguing & raw & gritty, & sexy, oh wait, there I go again, lol. Let’s suffice it to say that I was on the edge of my seat most of the time!

    I actually did this one on Audible.com with Emma Galvin as the narrator-her French is superb, talk about getting the bonus package!

    The only thing that I didn’t love, and thank GOODNESS I read the book description & reviews instead of passing it by, was the cover. It SO does not match what’s inside those pages! …well, in my opinion anyway. I’m embarrassed to say it, but there are times when I’m just scanning away & I actually DO pass books by because of unremarkable covers…I will make that error again. 🙂

    As always, thank you for doing what you do!! ~ Terri B.

    • tbynum04 says:

      Oops, I meant that I will NOT be making that error again! Silly fast fingers…

      • Fiktshun009 says:

        I wish there was an edit comment feature when leaving comments on blogs. LOL. I do that all the time. At least for me, on my blog, it lets me edit my comments if I make a mistake and hit “reply.” 🙂

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      It was such a fascinating story and I love the idea of the Arcana. I can’t wait to see how that progresses over the course of the series. And yes those adventures with Jack were totally HOT.

      I heard that the audio edition was amazing. I really will try and check it out. I actually didn’t mind the cover, but I’m partial to the rich browns, though I haven’t seen it in print yet. But it might not jump out on the shelves because of the colors.

      I often pass by books if their covers are unappealing. I’m not ashamed to admit it. You can’t help what your eyes are drawn to. Of course if someone tells me a book is amazing, I won’t let an unappealing cover get in the way. I read eBooks most of the time anyway.

      But I am so glad you gave this one a chance and discovered a fab book because of it. I can’t wait for the next one. 🙂

      And you’re so welcome! I love talking books on the blog. And I love when readers share their thoughts. So thank YOU!

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