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    Top 10 of 2016: Best Book Boyfriends of 2016

    Welcome to Day Four of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I am hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Best Book Boyfriends of 2016

    It wasn’t easy picking bookish boyfriends for this year’s post. I read quite a few YA contemporaries this year and my bookish boyfriends almost always come from non-contemporary stories unless they’re NA. Also, I wasn’t able to catch up on all series with my forever bookish boyfriends so I had to put a bit more thought into my selections. And, for a couple books I was torn between two characters, which made choosing that much harder. But I finally decided, and here they are…


    #1

    ARIC

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    Title & Series: ARCANA RISING (The Arcana Chronicles #4)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: Valkyrie Press
    Pages: 280
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.

    When the battle is done . . . 
    The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

    And all hope is lost . . . 
    With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

    Vengeance becomes everything.
    To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before?

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    #2

    DIMITRI

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    Title: VAMPIRE ACADEMY (10th Anniversary Edition)
    Author: Richelle Mead
    Release date: November 29, 2016
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

    Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

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    #3

    ELIAS

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    Title & Series: A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
    Author: Sabaa Tahir
    Release date: August 30, 2016
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Elias and Laia are running for their lives.

    After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

    Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

    But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

    Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.

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    #4

    PAUL

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    Title & Series: A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3)
    Author: Claudia Gray
    Release date: November 1, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite’s hands in the final installment of the Firebird trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

    Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

    Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

    In the epic conclusion to the sweeping series that kicked off with A Thousand Pieces of You, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed.

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    #5

    MATHER

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    Title & Series: FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3)
    Author: Sara Raasch
    Release date: September 20, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

    Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

    Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

    Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

    As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

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    #6

    TEACH

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    Title & Series: BLACKHEARTS (Blackhearts #1)
    Author: Nicole Castroman
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

    Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

    From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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    #7

    PLOY

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    Title & Series: VIAL THINGS (Resurrectionist #1)
    Author: Leah Clifford
    Release date: August 9, 2016
    Publisher: Self-published
    Pages: 221
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    When the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.

    Raised by her aunt after her parents’ deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She’s trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.

    But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she’ll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.

    Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world—a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.

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    #8

    KHALID

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    Title & Series: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
    Author: Renée Ahdieh
    Release date: April 26, 2016
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

    In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

    Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

    The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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    #9

    LORD THORNTON

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    Title & Series: THE ARCHITECT OF SONG (Haunted Hearts Legacy #1)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: A.G. Howard
    Pages: 425
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

    For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

    To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

    International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

    New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

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    #10

    FOWLER

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    Title & Series: REIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1)
    Author: Sophie Jordan
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

    But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

    With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

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    I opted not to officially choose any honorable mention bookish boyfriends, though I was so tempted to list a few of my favorite not-so-boyfriend-material villains as book boyfriends like Enzo Valenciano (wrong for so many reasons) or King Maven to name just two…


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    Top 10 of 2016: Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I’ll be hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

    While I haven’t read nearly as many books this year as last year – I still have so many, many must read books to read – I have read some pretty amazing books. And while choosing just ten was not at all easy, it was even harder figuring out the order…

    #1

    An ending that will kill you….

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    Title & Series: ARCANA RISING (The Arcana Chronicles #4)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: Valkyrie Press
    Pages: 280
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.

    When the battle is done . . . 
    The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

    And all hope is lost . . . 
    With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

    Vengeance becomes everything.
    To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before?

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    #2

    A kick-a** read with an amazing quest…

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    Title: NIGHTINGALE, SING
    Author: Karsten Knight
    Release date: February 23, 2016
    Publisher: CreateSpace
    Pages: 288
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    To cure her dying sister, Sabra Tides must race to solve a web of riddles and find a mythical flower, while a ruthless gangster will stop at nothing to get there first. This powerful YA thriller is perfect for fans of The Raven Boys, Six of Crows, and The Conspiracy of Us.
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    A STREETWISE VIGILANTE
    who will do anything to cure her dying sister

    A RUTHLESS GANGSTER
    on a grisly quest to attain immortality

    A DESPERATE FATHER
    who crossed oceans to free his enslaved son

    A TRAIL OF RIDDLES
    and the mythical treasure they all seek:

    THE SERENGETI SAPPHIRE

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    #3

    An awesome, nail-biting, fast-paced and unputdownable sequel…

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    Title & Series: THE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2)
    Author: Rachel Vincent
    Release date: August 16, 2016
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    One spark will rise.

    Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

    In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

    Nina isn’t about to let that happen…even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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    #4

    An original, dark and bloody good first installment…

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    Title & Series: VIAL THINGS (Resurrectionist #1)
    Author: Leah Clifford
    Release date: August 9, 2016
    Publisher: Self-published
    Pages: 221
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    When the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.

    Raised by her aunt after her parents’ deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She’s trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.

    But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she’ll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.

    Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world—a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.

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    #5

    An enchanting and magical read…

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    Title & Series: REIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1)
    Author: Sophie Jordan
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

    But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

    With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

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    #6

    A heartbreaking and epic adventure…

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    Title: HEARTLESS
    Author: Marissa Meyer
    Release date: November 8, 2016
    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

    At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

    Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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    #7

    An emotional, heartbreaking and intense read…

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    Title & Series: THE WAY I USED TO BE
    Author: Amber Smith
    Release date: March 22, 2016
    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

    Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

    What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

    Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

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    #8

    An imaginative, beautifully told and heartbreaking tale…

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    Title & Series: ROSEBLOOD
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 10, 2017
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

    At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

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    #9

    A breathtaking and emotional rollercoaster…

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    Title & Series: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
    Author: Renée Ahdieh
    Release date: April 26, 2016
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

    In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

    Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

    The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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    #10

    A spellbinding, romantic, pirate-in-the-making story…

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    Title & Series: BLACKHEARTS (Blackhearts #1)
    Author: Nicole Castroman
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

    Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

    From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    And as I haven’t read all that many books in 2016 I’ve decided for the first time ever not to do an honorable mentions list… though there are so many that deserve it.


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    Leave a link to your Best Books I’ve Read in 2016 posts in the Linky List below…



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    Quickie Clearing the Pile Giveaway #2

    I have a pile of books and ARCs for giveaway:

    The Giveaway

    The pile of books and ARCs pictured above to ONE winner – US ONLY

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US only
    • Giveaway ends on 12/23 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Books and ARCs will be sent by US mail, media mail with tracking
    • Winner will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

    There are no requirements to like or follow the blog but there are extra entry opportunities if you follow the authors, share the giveaway news, leave a comment, and/or add the books on Goodreads.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Quickie Clearing the Pile Giveaway #1

    I have a pile of books and ARCs for giveaway:

    The Giveaway

    The pile of books and ARCs pictured above to ONE winner – US ONLY

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US only
    • Giveaway ends on 12/19 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Books and ARCs will be sent by US mail, media mail with tracking
    • Winner will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

    There are no requirements to like or follow the blog but there are extra entry opportunities if you follow the authors, share the giveaway news, leave a comment, and/or add the books on Goodreads.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    ROSEBLOOD Masks, Music & Mayhem Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    Welcome to one of today’s two final stops on the ROSEBLOOD Masks, Music & Mayhem Blog Tour.

    For my stop, I’m sharing my thoughts about this incredible book by Author A.G. Howard, a book I plan on reading again in its final form when it releases in January. There is also an amazing tour-wide giveaway. So be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

    And also be sure to check out all the other stops on the tour for some exclusive giveaways, a few guest posts, and other bloggers’ reviews.

    ROSEBLOOD was so much more than I had ever hoped it would be. If you haven’t yet had the chance to read it, you will definitely want to add it on Goodreads and pre-order a copy so you can read it on its release day this January.


    About ROSEBLOOD

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    Title: ROSEBLOOD
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 10, 2017
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

    Description…

    In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

    At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | ABRAMS | GOODREADS

    Note: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    It only takes moments after diving into any story that A.G. Howard has penned to discover just how incredible she is at painting pictures with her words. And with ROSEBLOOD the discovery will be even quicker than that. You’ll be instantly transported into this imaginative and magical world she so vividly describes, getting happily lost there until the story ends.

    The author has taken a well-known story that has had more than one iteration and interpretation, and has invented her own version of the tale, introduced her own characters, and created her own mystery to intrigue her readers. She has added in her very unique brand of quirky and bizarre. And came up with something altogether new and unexpected which adds layers and depth to her modern-day version of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera.

    ROSEBLOOD blends beauty with the macabre, heartbreak with the horrifying, the normal with the unusual, the past and the present. It is an adventure, a mystery, and a love story. It is gorgeous and captivating and strange. It is haunting and disturbing and brilliant.

    It’s not easy to reinvent a classic, but to do so while paying homage to it in both obvious and subtle ways, and building upon it in a way that feels like a natural extension of the story, is a testament to just how talented a writer A.G. Howard is and how much she knows the story she’s basing hers upon.

    She makes this story fresh and interesting and current. Her main characters, Rune and Thorn are incredibly appealing, their plights are sympathetic, and their histories are riveting and heartrending.

    If ROSEBLOOD is your very first introduction to the phantom, you’ll learn all you need to know about him, and Christine, and more. Certainly more than enough to fall deeply in love with this book, even if not with him. You’ll meet a host of characters who have all sorts of motivations, complications, eccentricities, drama. You’ll uncover all kinds of hidden and not-so-hidden gems the author has peppered throughout. You’ll be fascinated and enchanted and engaged by this rich and stunning and extraordinary tale.

    The Rating

    06

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


    The Book Trailer


    About A.G. Howard

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    A. G. Howard is the author of the New York Times bestselling Splintered series and is a huge fan of the classic Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera. As a writer, A. G. is most at home weaving all things magical into everyday settings and scenes. When she is not writing, A. G. enjoys rollerblading, gardening, and visiting 18th century graveyards or abandoned buildings to appease her muse’s darker side. You can find her online at @AGHowardWrites or at AGHoward.com.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | TUMBLRFACEBOOK | PINTEREST | YOUTUBEGOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • FIVE (5) winners will receive a finished copy of ROSEBLOOD + a mask – US only

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    And…

    For 5 exclusive, INTERNATIONAL giveaways, visit the blogs below – for direct links to the giveaways scroll down to the tour schedule:

    Please Note: On this Rafflecopter, participants have to answer a question after reading the last 1/2 of the chapter on Pique to open the other entries.


    The Tour Schedule

    Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

    Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

    Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

    Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

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    THE ARCHITECT OF SONG Blog Tour: Character Interview + Giveaway

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    I’m am so excited to be on the tour for THE ARCHITECT OF SONG by A.G. Howard. I have always been a huge fan of the author’s and when I learned of this first book in her new series I couldn’t wait to get an early peek.

    I loved meeting Juliet and all the characters in this novel. And I really want to talk about them all, and all the many surprise twists, but that would be very spoiler-y. So I will just say that I loved this book. It was interesting and captivating and romantic and heartbreaking. And I cannot wait for everyone to get the chance to read it this August.

    In the meantime, I have an interview with Juliet to share. So if you’d like to know more about her, be sure to check out her answers to my questions below.

    And if you’d like to enter the giveaway for some seriously awesome prizes, scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter.

    The tour has two stops per day and continues through the end of next week. So if you’d like to learn more about this gorgeous book don’t forget to follow along. I’ll be updating the post with direct links to all the stops as they happen.


    About THE ARCHITECT OF SONG

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    Title & Series: THE ARCHITECT OF SONG (Haunted Hearts Legacy #1)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: A.G. Howard
    Pages: 425
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

    For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

    To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

    International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

    New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

    AMAZON | GOODREADS


    The Book Trailer


    The Character Interview

    Q&A with Juliet Emerline

    Q. What song or sound or voice do you miss most now that you are no longer able to hear? If you could hear one thing (or one person) what (or who) would that be?

    The voice and sound I miss most is one and the same: Mama and her songs. Even her humming—no words, only the melody—was such a comfort to my heart. What I would ache most to hear is the healthy cry of my own newborn babe, one day when I become a mother myself.

    Q. What five characteristics/traits are most important to you in a potential betrothed?

    1.       Strength

    2.       Loyalty

    3.       Compassion for all life—including animals and plants

    4.       Respect for others differences and beliefs

    5.       An appreciation for creativity that we can share and pass on to our children

    Q. Do you think it’s possible to love more than one person?

    I believe it’s possible for more than one soul to have an impact on your life so profound that your singularity in the world is both challenged and forever changed by them. And oftentimes, such emotional encounters lead to feelings of deep devotion and love.

    Q. What are your views on the Rational Dress Society?

    As of the moment, I feel their reform of undergarments is a step in the right direction, alongside the subtle movements of women’s education and egalitarianism. However, I should like to see it taken a step further one day … where even our outer garments might be modified without eliciting ridicule from those who have more prudent views. Whether a woman chooses to wear trousers or skirts should not reflect upon her moral aptitude. I should also like to see the Society push for sensible active garments so horseback riding or swimming are as easily accessible for women as for men. Why should men be more comfortable than women, after all?

    Q. Please describe your most favorite hat creation?

    The first hat I ever made, when I was nine. It was the anniversary of Papa’s death, and—as it was raining outside—I was stuck within, no way to escape from the grief of Papa’s absence. Mama laid out her stash of fabric swatches and bright, colorful feathers, flowers, and beads, then allowed me to have my pick. With the patience of a saint, she showed me how to pour all my feelings into the craft. The therapeutic dip and rise of the needle and thread, alongside the rainbow of colors surrounding me, soothed my sadness and gave me something positive to concentrate on. I converted a staid straw hat into a discombobulated reflection of my mixed emotions:  the black netting and velvet ribbon represented my heartache, but the white wired-chiffon trim mirrored the peace I felt when spending time with Mama. The florals and beadwork lifted my spirits, putting me in mind of sunny spring days spent in a valley carpeted with fragrant wildflowers and lush green grass—so soft my feet sink with each cool, itchy step. And the feathers represented songbirds taking flight in the trees. My senses were awakened, and my melancholy mood laid to rest. In the end, it was far too chaotic to be a masterpiece, but I have it still, and each time I look upon it, I remember how I felt in that moment … simultaneously accomplished and alive. That experience led to my vocation, and to my eternal love for color.

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    And from the author…

    The spotlight prize today = three The Architect of Song swag packs.

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    About A.G. Howard

    Author_AG_Howard

    A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

    When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | TUMBLR | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | YOUTUBEGOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide INTERNATIONAL giveaway for…

    • 2 – signed The Architect of Song paperbacks;
    • 3 – The Architect of Song e-books
    • 1 – heart locket necklace
    • 1 – Architect of Song poster
    • 1 – faux leather journal
    • 1 – 5X7 musical print
    • 3 – The Architect of Song swag packs
    • 1 – LitCube surprise box

    … to 13 separate winners

    Enter in the Rafflecopter…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    7.25.16 | Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post-Hybrid Author

    7.25.16 | A GREAT read – Review

    7.26.16 | Lisa Loves Literature – Review

    7.26.16 | Bookfever – Review

    7.27.16 | Fiktshun – Character Interview

    7.28.16 | The Reading Café – Review

    7.28.16 | Adventures of a Book Junkie – Review

    7.29.16 | Please Feed the Bookworm – Review

    7.29.16 | 21st Century Once Upon a Times – Review

    Week Two

    8.1.16 | Once Upon a Twilight – Exclusive Excerpt

    8.1.16 | Ramblings of a Daydreamer – Review

    8.2.16 | My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post-Fashion

    8.2.16 | Sarcasm & Lemons – Review

    8.3.16 | Cornerfolds – Review

    8.3.16 | BookHounds YA – Review

    8.4.16 | Bookiemoji – Exclusive Excerpt

    8.4.16 | Owl Always Be Reading – Review

    8.5.16 | Mundie Moms – Review

    8.5.16 | Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post-Playlist

    8.5.16 | The Cover Contessa – Review

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    UNTAMED Blog Tour: Looking Back at the Splintered Series Characters + Giveaways

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    I am soooooo excited to be a part of the blog tour for UNTAMED by A.G. Howard. This is such a fun tour and I love being able to revisit (and share) some of the character posts from the UNHINGED Blog Tour for my stop today. I also can’t wait to check out the playlist, the trailer and the first chapter of UNTAMED later this week.

    And I absolutely cannot wait until UNTAMED’s release date this December. I have MISSED this world and its characters. I want to find out what else there is to know about Alyssa, Morpheus and Jeb. And while I have read The Moth in the Mirror, I am thrilled to have a reason to read it again.

    In addition to a look back at some of the series’ characters, for my stop today, I have an awesome international prize pack giveaway AND a US giveaway for a bunch of amazing bookish prizes. If you’d like the chance to win either (or both) giveaways just scroll down to the Rafflecopters to enter.

    But before all that, feel free to check out the guest post from Author A.G. Howard in which she links to each of the character stops she wants us to see and which will help answer the questions she posed.


    About UNTAMED

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    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: UNTAMED (Splintered #3.5)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: December 15, 2015
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 288
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Return to Wonderland…

    A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

    Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

    In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

    This collection expands upon Ensnared‘s epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAY | GOODREADS


    The Guest Post

    Welcome to day two of the Untamed virtual book tour! Today, we’re looking back at our favorite characters from the Splintered Series.

    These four posts were originally taken from the Unhinged virtual book tour, back in fall 2013. Click on the links then scroll down and read the posts to find answers for the questions provided. Then come back and use these answers to unlock the INTL rafflecopter.

    Stop #1: Jeb, Alyssa, and Jenara’s Halloween memories

    Question: In the Halloween memory scrapbook, what costume did Jenara make for herself at age thirteen?

    ***

    Stop #2: Thomas and Alison’s favorite romantic/ scary reads

    Question: What was the first book on Thomas and Alison’s list of haunting, romantic reads?

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    Stop #3: Morpheus and Jeb’s monster debate

    Question: In the monster debate, what creature did Morpheus put up against Jeb’s choice of Medusa?

    ***

    Stop #4: Alyssa and Morpheus’s Thanksgiving twitter chat

    Question: In the twitter chat, what’s the third thing Morpheus is thankful for?

    Today’s International Prize Pack Giveaway

    And here is today’s INTL prize pack…

    Rachel Giveaway

    • ONE (1)-Purple Unhinged Themed watch, ONE (1)-AiW jumbo gift tag, ONE (1)-Chessie tail key chain, + Signed Unhinged PB – to ONE winner INT’L

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    Be sure to join us again tomorrow at over at All The Write Notes for the reveal of the Official Untamed Playlist!

    **Also, for domestic-only readers, don’t forget to enter the Abram’s rafflecopter for 10 Untamed hardbacks and 5 Untamed posters, provided each day at each stop!**


    The Tour-wide Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • TEN (10) winners will receive a hardcover copy of UNTAMED – US Only
    • FIVE (5) winners will receive an UNTAMED poster – US Only

    FOUR (4) additional giveaways will be taking place through the tour, so make sure to check each blog for their giveaway items and details!

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    About A.G. Howard

    Author_AG_Howard

    A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

    When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | TUMBLR | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | YOUTUBE | GOODREADS


    Other Books in the Series

    Splintered cover 640Title & Series: SPLINTERED (Splintered #1)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 1, 2013
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

    When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUNDGOOGLE PLAYBLOGGOODREADS


    Splintered novella cover 640Title & Series: THE MOTH IN THE MIRROR (Splintered #1.5)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: October 22, 2013
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 40
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.

    This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOOGLE PLAY |  GOODREADS


    Unhinged cover 640Title & Series: UNHINGED (Splintered #2)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 7, 2014
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

    That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

    As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

    If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAYBLOGGOODREADS


    Ensnared_CoverTitle & Series: ENSNARED (Splintered #3)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 6, 2015
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world–a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts.

    In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLEiTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAYGOODREADS


    The Tour Schedule

    Nov. 16th | Two Chicks on Books – Revisit Wonderland settings + scavenger hunt for INTL prizes

    Nov. 17th | Fiktshun – Revisit the main characters + scavenger hunt for INTL prizes

    Nov. 18th | All the Write Notes – UNTAMED playlist reveal + US only giveaway

    Nov. 19th | Adventures of a Book Junkie – UNTAMED book trailer reveal + INTL giveaway

    Nov. 20th | Dark Faerie Tales – UNTAMED first chapter reveal + INTL giveaway

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