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    Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2012

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    Today is DAY FOUR of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting on Monday, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Book Boyfriends of 2012

    The rules insist that they be books that I not only read in 2012 but that were released in 2012… but… well, I’m not exactly one for sticking to the rules. (Last year, for my Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011 list, I had nearly twice the honorable mentions as I did book boyfriends. Yeah. So much for rules.)

    I mean, I can’t just leave off a few of my favorite book boyfriends just because I read their books early or read them a little bit late, can I? Noooo. I can’t do that.

    But I have decided to limit it to just one boy per book – which almost always means the bad boy. Sorry Az, Will, Adam, Jack….

    And because I’ve taken the plunge and spent a little too much time reading non-YA releases, I just had to create a book boyfriends post on my non-YA blog. Because there is just no WAY I could leave those darker, sexier, older book boyfriends out of the mix this year.. Though all I can say is that I am so relieved that I did not devour all the books in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series… yet….

    Next year is going to be so tough.

    Book-Boyfriends

    1.

    Before I WakeTod

    Good boy or bad boy: Good… most of the time

    Favorite characteristics: Angelic in appearance with a devilish personality, sarcastic, charming

    Best line: Too many to count, but here’s one…

    “I’m well aware.” Tod sat up and pulled me up with him until we faced each other on my bed. “Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise,” he said, and my chest ached, and I loved that feeling–that rare pain that came from feeling too much, so different from the emptiness I’d almost gotten used to. “All you have to do is stay here with me.”

    Why he won: Do you have to ask?

    Won out over: His terribly flawed younger brother Nash Hudson

    Book Read in 2012: BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

    2.

    Destroy MeWarner

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad… except when it comes to… nope, not going to reveal that here

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, broken, redeemable… I hope

    Best line:

    I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I’ve fallen for her.
    And I’ve fallen.
    So hard.
    I’ve hit the ground. Gone right through it. Never in my life have I felt this. Nothing like this. I’ve felt shame and cowardice, weakness and strength. I’ve known terror and indifference, self-hate and general disgust. I’ve seen things that cannot be unseen.

    And yet I’ve known nothing like this terrible, horrible, paralyzing feeling. I feel crippled. Desperate and out of control. And it keeps getting worse. Every day I feel sick. Empty and somehow aching.

    Love is a heartless bastard.

    Why he won: Because he breaks my heart. And yet he’s just so broken. Hero potential

    Won out over: Adam, who while incredibly sexy and just so perfect, might be a little too perfect

    Book Read in 2012: DESTROY ME, UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi

    3.

    SplinteredMorpheus a.k.a. Moth

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Mysterious, devious, otherworldly, clever, sexy

    Best line:

    Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. “You want me. Admit it.”
    Even if he’s partly right, I’ll never tell him. “Why would I want you?”
    He lifts thee fingers to countdown. “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”

    Why he won: Because he doesn’t have to be good and yet he sometimes is

    Won out over: Skater boy Jeb who is a knight in shining armor but doesn’t have that propensity for wickedness

    Book Read in 2012: SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    4.

    Wings of the WickedCadan

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy with a good heart

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, redeemable, honorable

    Best line:

    He was quiet for a moment. “You have a lot more to deal with than most people. Nobody is like you. No one else is what you are, or has ever been what you are. You’re changing, trying to adapt to this world.”

    Why he won: Because he chose the difficult path. Because he doesn’t just want to be good, he actually works against everything in him to be good

    Won out over: Will who didn’t have to overcome nearly as much to be who he was and to get what he did

    Book Read in 2012: WINGS OF THE WICKED, SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton

    5.

    Sweet EvilKaidan a.k.a. Kai

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Dark, super sexy, a bit of a tease, a bit of a jerk, musician

    Best line:

    “So that’s it, then?” he asked. I ignored him. “I always wondered what it would feel like.”
    That made me curious enough to turn to him.
    “What what would feel like?” I asked.
    “Rejection.”

    Why he won: Did I not say dark, super sexy, a bit of a tease already?

    Won out over: No one. There is no competition for Kai

    Book Read in 2012: SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

    6.

    Poison PrincessJack

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Dark, dangerous, smokin’ hot, possessive, protective, knows what he wants and goes for it

    Best line:

    Jackson growled at his friend, “Want a taste of dat girl, me.” The look in his blazing eyes . . .

    Why he won: Because while he is a bad boy he’s not such a bad guy. Being smokin’ hot didn’t hurt his chances. Not at all

    Won out over: Death. It’s still too early to tell if Jack will win next year, but I’m incredibly intrigued by Death

    Book Read in 2012: POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

    7.

    SilverBlake

    Good boy or bad boy: Both… but leans toward the “good”

    Favorite characteristics: Driven, deadly, gorgeous, rebellious, hero

    Best line:

    Blake’s lips curve into a smile.
    “Mine,” he whispers, shattering the silence.

    Why he won: Because he said to heck with star-crossed love. Because he and Brianna have amazing chemistry. Sizzling

    Won out over: Austin. Because in SILVER, Austin did that one bad thing. In GOLD, though? Buh-bye Blake

    Book Read in 2012: SILVER, GOLD by Talia Vance

    8.

    NeverfallCole

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Manipulative, musician, immortal, sexy

    Best line:

    I looked Meredith straight in the eye. “There’s no such thing as epic love.”

    Why he won: Because everyone is against him. Because he is so right for Nikki, she just doesn’t know it

    Won out over: Jack. Because Jack should have been better but wasn’t. Not until the end

    Book Read in 2012: EVERNEATH, NEVERFALL by Brodi Ashton

    9.

    A Touch MorbidLuke  a.k.a. Lucifer

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy. Can’t really get much worse. He’s Lucifer

    Favorite characteristics: Evil. Manipulative. Self-centered. Manipulative. Yeah, I said it twice. Singer. H.O.T.

    Best line:

    With effort, she forced the wonder from her voice. “You think I can be bought with pretty things?”
    Luke chuffed in disbelief before she turned her attention back to the dresses. “You’re a black hole of a girl, Kristen,” he snapped.
    “And to think,” she said. “Most guys would have kept on with the poetry.”
    “Most guys aren’t worthy of you. I am. And you are worthy of me. You see my gifts for what they are. You’re a challenge.” He twisted her to face him. “I won’t insult you with bribery again.”

    Why he won: Because he makes me grin. He’s just so evil and yet so incredibly charming. Because he makes me want Lucifer to win out. How sick is that?

    Won out over: Az who really never stood a chance. But after what Az did, I want to throttle him

    Book Read in 2012: A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

    10.

    StarlingThe Fennrys Wolf a.k.a. Fenn

    Good boy or bad boy: A good bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Ability to handle a sword. Charming. Mysterious. Dangerous. Uber-sexy. He is the Fennrys Wolf

    Best line:

    “I’m scared, Fenn.”
    “I know, Mase,” he said quietly. “Would it help at all if I told you I was scared too?”
    She twisted around and looked up at him. “No,” she said seriously. “Not even a little bit.”
    “Good. ‘Cause I’m not.” He grinned. “Not even a little bit.”

    Why he won: Because he’s the Fennrys Wolf. Because he is a master at swordplay. Because even with amnesia he is still just so super cool

    Won out over: Cal. Why? Because Cal is a bit of an asshat. There. I said it. Mason deserves so much better

    Book Read in 2012: STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    Honorable-Mentions

    Gavriel Duval from Robin LaFever’s GRAVE MERCY – an absolutely swoon-worthy hero. But maybe just a little too good to make my list of bad boy book boyfriends.

    Elliott and Will from Bethany Griffin’s MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH – it was because the two were so equally matched and I couldn’t choose between them that they didn’t make the Top Ten List. I still don’t know who’d be more right for Araby.

    Colt from Karsten Knight’s EMBERS & ECHOES – only an honorable mention because I can’t reveal just how amazing he really is.

    Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout’s ONYX – drop-dead gorgeous, totally swoon-y, super sexy, stubborn, jealous. Would have… should have… made the list. Why am I restricted to only 10? It’s like these lists want me to stop reading!

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    It’s still not too late to sign up for the event, even though it ends tomorrow. Whether you want to go back and post your Top Ten Lists for any of the missing posts or you just want to start today… you can!

    Tomorrow’s topic is Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2013. And the only rule is that they be books releasing in 2013. Which sounds easy enough. But not quite. There are a ton of books on my reading pile from 2011 and earlier. Books I’m totally looking forward to in 2013. It will not be easy to create that final list.

    Anyway…

    I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten Book Book Boyfriends of 2012. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

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    Top 10 Book Quotes in 2012 + Giveaway

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    Today is DAY THREE of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting on Monday, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

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    The topic for today is…

    Best ____ of 2012

    Today’s post is one where we get to choose what “best of” topic we want to talk about. Last year I chose to share my Top 10 Villains. But as four of those villains don’t feel very much like villains to me anymore, I decided to go with something different this year.

    The problem is that I keep changing my mind. First I was going to do love triangles, but I haven’t read books with that many actual triangles. Then I thought of bad boys but that list was virtually identical to my book boyfriends list. After that it was cliffhangers, but I couldn’t exactly remember which ones were really cliffhangers and which ones just felt that way. And forget about favorite heroines… I have way too many of those.

    Then – yesterday – I was so sure I was going to do my top ten re-reads – which would have allowed me to list WINGS OF THE WICKED, EVERNEATH, A TOUCH MORBID, IF I DIE, THE LONG WALK, CITY OF BONES… yeah, it would have been a great list.

    But, in the end, I decided to go with Favorite Quotes/Passages. Because I always love to tease them. They’re moments in books that stand out to me. And while I have hundreds and hundreds of them, I had no problem choosing a few of my favorites.

    Although they have to be from books I read in 2012, I’m also assuming it means that they can be from books I re-read in 2012. Which leaves the door wide open. Though I still refuse to put my favorites if they’re super spoiler-y.

    I am also cheating, just a little bit, by including one or two “runners-up” quotes from the books with my favorite passages. Of course some of my favorite books, like BEFORE I WAKE, have over 30 favorites.

    Let’s just say it has not been easy.

    FavoriteQuotes

    1.

    Before I WakeBEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Avari and Kaylee…

    “It’s a crescendo of death, all building toward that powerful note at the finale that makes the audience gasp and hold its collective breath. You are that last note, Kaylee. You are my finale, and the symphony of pain we create together will echo throughout eternity before finally fading into an agonized silence….”

    And

    Tod and Kaylee…

    “You can see as much as you want, whenever you want.”

    “Unless you’re working, right?” I teased, but the heat in his eyes when he shook his head was unmistakable.

    “Whatever you want. Death itself would wait for you, Kaylee….”

    And

    Tod and Kaylee…

    “I’m well aware.” Tod sat up and pulled me up with him until we faced each other on my bed. “Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise,” he said, and my chest ached, and I loved that feeling–that rare pain that came from feeling too much, so different from the emptiness I’d almost gotten used to. “All you have to do is stay here with me.”

    2.

    Poison Princess

    POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Evangeline and Death…

    “Remember, Empress,” he said. “Death always defeats life. It might take time, but I will always win.” As he mounted that mighty steed, he pinned me with his hypnotic eyes. “When your blood bathes my sword, I’ll drink it just to mock you….”

    And

    Evangeline and Jack…

    “Evie, I’ve wanted you from the first time I saw you. Even when I hated you, I wanted you.” He raked his fingers through his hair. “I got it bad, me.”

    My heart felt like it’d stopped–so that I could hear him better.

    “For as long as you’ve been looking down your nose at me, I’ve been craving you, an envie like I’ve never known.”

    3.

    A Touch Morbid

    A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Luke and  Kristen…

    Luke tilted his head, his neck tense, cracking with a snap. He rolled his shoulders.

    “You’re a silly little dead girl.” He glared at her, his tone harsh. “You should mean exactly nothing to me.” He grabbed her chin, forced her to meet his eyes. “And yet I covet you more than anything else on this Earth.”

    And

    Luke and Kristen…

    Her breath caught, and she dropped her hand from his shoulder. “It’s been a year,” she said quickly. “God knows you’ve moved on.”

    He didn’t break her gaze. “God knows nothing.”

    4.

    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Duval and Ismae…

    His smile flashes, quick and surprising in the darkness. “When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice. I bid you good night.”

    And

    Ismae and Madame Hivern…

    Her words are sharp, but her voice is sweet, like honey on the edge of a blade, and meant to be cutting. I comfort myself with the knowledge that if Duval ever feels smothered by me, it will be because I am holding a pillow over his face and commending his soul to Mortain.

    5.

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

    EMBERS AND ECHOES by Karsten Knight

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Wes and Ash…

    “People like you and me weren’t built to lead peaceful lives together in the suburbs. Two of us together in one place is as inevitably fatal as running around a stack of dynamite with a torch.”

    And

    Ash and Colt…

    “Colt,” she said, her voice breaking. He paused and looked over his shoulder. “Did we . . . Was there ever a happy ending for us?” she asked. “Any of the times?”

    Colt wet his lips and gave her the smallest of smiles. “The odd thing about living forever is that the word ‘ending’ doesn’t apply to us. But just because there are no happy endings, doesn’t mean you can’t hope for a ‘happy-for-now.”

    Then he was gone.

    6.

    Sweet Evil

    SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Anna and Kaidan…

    He was kissing me. On my neck. I should stop him, I thought, but the softness of his mouth was so . . . Oh. I could feel the beauty of each crease on his lips as they rested against the pores of my skin. The only sounds in the room were our beating hearts and breath.

    And

    Anna thinking about Kaidan…

    My nerves shot into high alert. I looked around, but nobody else was near. When I looked back up, there he was, standing right in front of me. Good gracious, he was sexy–a word that had not existed in my personal vocabulary until that moment. This guy was sexy like it was his job or something. Seventeen-year-old boys were not supposed to be so…nongangly.

    7.

    Everneath

    EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Nikki and Cole…

    He put his lips against my head. “Heroes don’t exist. And if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.”

    And

    Nikki and Jack…

    I turned against his body, so I was facing him, and wrapped my arms around his back and tangled my legs up with his.

    I’d spent a hundred years with Cole, in a similar position, but this was nothing like it. There were no outside forces keeping us together. No otherworldly powers interfering with this simple act.

    No. Jack wanted me close because he wanted me. Separating from him now would be worse than anything I’d felt before. Separating from him now would make me bleed, and I would never stop.

    I didn’t tell him this. I didn’t have to.

    We stayed like that for hours–my head on his stomach–trying so hard not to fall asleep. As if we could stop time.

    8.

    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Araby and…

    “And I’m falling in love with you,” he whispers. “But I would throw you in the water and watch crocodiles tear you to bits, if I thought that doing so would accomplish my goals. Do. Not. Trust. Anyone. Especially me.”

    And

    Araby and….

    The velvet voice holds a hint of amusement and a hint of something else. He leans over and looks down into my face. My disorientation intensifies when my eyes focus on his. The tattoos, the dark hair. My heart speeds up. I think . . . I think . . . can a person’s heart stop if she is only seventeen years old? I suppose that if I do fall apart, my father can put me back together again.

    9.

    Wings of the Wicked

    WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Ellie to Will…

    “How we feel about each other makes us stronger. It makes us fight harder for each other. You’re standing there and telling me you can’t let Michael kill you because you don’t trust anyone else to be my Guardian. Will, you’re the best not just because you’re the strongest. You protect me like no one else can because you love me. Fighting it weakens us. We’re tearing ourselves apart!”

    And

    Will to Ellie…

    He closed his eyes and his forehead touched mine. “I’m so sorry for everything. I never wanted to hurt you or make you doubt me. I need you to trust me. I need you. And I love you. I want you. You know I do. I’ll never stop doing any of those things until the day I die for you.”

    10.

    Hallowed cover

    HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Clara and…

    I stop. We’re both breathing heavy, snow clinging to our hair, melting on our clothes. I stare down at him. Snow floats around us….

    He sucks in his bottom lip for a second, the quickest, tiniest motion, to moisten it.

    All I would have to do is close my eyes and let go.

    Try it, he says without words, so softly it’s like the brush of a feather in my mind. Let’s find out what’s next

    But there’s hesitation in him too; I feel it.

    And

    Clara thinking about Christian…

    “You must think I’m an idiot,” he says then.

    I look up, started. There are a lot of words I’d use to describe Christian Prescott: mystery, enigma, conundrum, destiny, terrifying, and, well, just plain hot, if I’m being honest, but the word idiot has never crossed my mind. Except maybe that one time at prom.

    Honorable-Mentions

    Starling

    STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Mason Starling about Fenn…

    There was something so naked in his expression, Mason thought. And then she started to actually blush at the memory of what he’d looked like just a few minutes ago. Okay, not naked more like raw–uh, no. That wasn’t helping either. She winced inwardly. How about vulnerable?

    Yes. That was exactly it.

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    Silver

    SILVER by Talia Vance

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Brianna and Blake…

    When he finally lets his eyes slide to mine, there’s anger, yes, but something else too. A fear that claws at my neck. A sadness that floats up from nowhere and pulls me along. Desire, so strong that I want to fall into him.

    04So that’s my list. The hardest one yet to create. And I’m still thinking of posting a few of the “outtakes” on The Annex this week. Because there are just so many amazing quotes and passages, I feel awful leaving them off the list.

    Are any of those quotes and passages among your list of favorites for 2012? Do you keep a list of favorite passages in the books you read? Or is quote collecting not something you do as a reader or blogger?

    Anyway…

    I am super stoked to check out just what topics everyone chose today. There will be so many different types of “best of” lists that it will be extra fun to see just what books, heroes, villains, heroines, love triangles, cliffhangers, et cetera that everyone picked.

    But before you head off to check out some of the other posts around the blogosphere, today I’ll be the blog hosting the giveaway. All the details are below.

    the Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs?

    Two YA Books of Your Choice (not to exceed $30 total) released in 2012 or releasing in the first week of January 2013, to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository.

    The Deets

    You must be 13 or older to enter

    ONE entry per HOUSEHOLD

    Giveaway is international

    Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter on January 2, 2013 at Midnight Pacific

    Winner will be announced on this post and contacted by email

    Winner will have 48 hours to respond

    There is no requirement to like or follow but spreading the word would be awesome!

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    Giveaway: A Touch Morbid Signed

    As many, many, many of you must know by now I’m a HUGE fan of the amazing author Leah Clifford. And an even bigger fan of her books.

    Yes, that’s right, I’ll admit it here. I love the books just a bit more. Sorry Leah! You may have written about Luke but, well…you’re not Luke. Are you?

    UPDATE: After a seriously AWESOME Twitter convo I have changed my mind. I love Leah more! Sorry books. Sorry Luke!

    Anyway… last summer I was stalking one of Leah’s BlogTV shows and she mentioned that pre-orders of A Touch Morbid were available signed. So I ordered a few copies. One for me. One for a friend. One for a fan who may just be a bit more fangirl about these books than I am…. Maybe…. Not really.

    But she might just take the top spot from me. Especially as my lifespan may have just become drastically shortened as I proclaimed myself an Az fan last August when ordering the books and am now deemed “Az’s Girl” according to my inscription. Luke is soooo going to kill me.

    But, I digress. I’m sure you’re not here to listen to me ramble about my love for Luke. You’re here to win a book. Well, I ended up ordering not one, but three, more copies for giveaway. All in the hopes of getting the secret swag packs. Now, while these swag packs of goodness aren’t yet in my hands, if they do arrive, I’ll be passing them along to the winners.

    But in addition to the three books for giveaway, which come with an unsigned A Touch Mortal bookmark, I will also be including one of these Kitten buttons that I ordered from the Mortal Portal store.

    If you’ve read the book you’ll know exactly how ironic these buttons are, and if you haven’t, well…. Oh you have GOT to read it!

    So…. After many ellipses…. Onto the giveaway….

    What’s up for grabs:

    A signed copy of A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford, plus an unsigned A Touch Mortal bookmark and a Kitten button to THREE winners.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be THREE winners.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Friday, March 16, 2012.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced by March 18th in this post.

    7. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Good luck to everyone! I wish I had enough books to send one to every person who entered! This sequel is awesome and that Kitten button is absolutely adorable. I’ll be running the names through Random shortly. Stay tuned….

    Congratulations Michell, Karen and Jason! You are the winners for the signed copies of A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford, plus a bookmark and a Kitten button. I will be contacting you by email and you will have 48 hours after notification to respond with your details or I will have to choose another winner.

    Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I really hope that you get a chance to read this series. Author Leah Clifford is absolutely amazing and this series is just so wonderfully dark and delectable.

    As Jason did not respond within 48 hours, the replacement winner is the next person on Random’s list, which is Theresa Cole! Congratulations Theresa, I’ll be contacting you by email for your details!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #61

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of February 29th-March 5th that I have pre-ordered.

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    A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.

    A Touch Morbid is the second book in the Touch trilogy by author Leah Clifford.

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    I can’t believe that release date is finally just about here. I never thought it would arrive. I gave away the ARC I had traded for after I wrote my review and have been pining for it ever since.

    A Touch Morbid is one of my all-time favorite series. It’s just so dark and delectable. I love each of the characters for very, very, different reasons and I’m so totally psyched that I’ll finally be able to get the finished copy in just a couple of days. Even having the Browse Inside option from the publisher just wasn’t the same.

    Things take an even darker turn – if you can believe it – in this installment. And the ending may just make you want to scream… a lot. And for those who have been paying any attention to the author’s Blog TV shows or the chatter on Twitter, you will definitely want to know about the kitten.

    I will stop rambling now – for my sake as well as yours. I am completely, and probably unhealthily, obsessed with this book. I already reviewed it, and I spotlighted it a few weeks ago for my Book Watch post, and I cried when I thought I wasn’t going to get to read it early (but thanks to a trade I did) and I’ve turned green with envy when everyone got their copies last week from the publisher.

    And I’ve ordered five copies of the book signed from The Learned Owl bookstore. And I have a copy ordered for my Kindle. So yeah, kind of obsessed. This book and series are so totally must reads.

    Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan, the print edition is 288 pages.

    Fugitives is the fourth book in the Escape from Furnace series by author Alexander Gordon Smith.

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    The Escape from Furnace series is another one that I’m obsessed with. I absolutely fell in love with it when I discovered it last fall. I can’t believe that the series is nearly over. Fugitives is the fourth book and the final book, Execution (as you may guess from that title), is the end.

    I did get a chance, thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, to read and review this one early. I think I may have died if I had to wait until release date. Each book gets progressively darker, less hopeful, more deadly. Especially for the main character, Alex.

    Each book has creatures that are more horrific than the last. And each book is just a little more shocking. I cannot wait until my pre-order downloads on Monday night.

    I am so unbelievably tempted to get the final book from the UK instead of having to wait for the U.S. edition to be released. I’m dying to see who comes out the victor in the final showdown. I’m curious to see if good triumphs over evil. Somehow I think that evil will win in the end….

    This series is so unbelievably awesome. The writing is amazing. There is no love triangle. There is no love story. There is just an incredibly addictive, riveting and gruesome story. I’d say more, but because this is the fourth book in the series and even the Goodreads description is spoiler-y, I’ll just say that this series is a definite must read.

    Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Pandemonium is the sequel to Delirium by author Lauren Oliver. Requiem, the third book in the series will be published in 2013.

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    I am afraid to read this sequel. I was offered the chance to borrow Pandemonium but I didn’t want to read it before release. It may be downloading at Monday Midnight, but I’ve heard the end is even more tormenting than the end of Delirium, so I’m just not sure if I can handle it right now. I know from the chatter that the wait for Requiem is going to be excruciating.

    So, I’m considering waiting on reading this until either I just can’t stand to remain in the dark about what happens next or release date for book three is right around the corner. I hope I can wait. Because I’ve been warned.

    Until today, I didn’t even check out the Goodreads description for fear of what I might learn about exactly what happened during those last pages of Delirium. Fortunately… or unfortunately… it doesn’t say a thing. It just teases that this next book has “forbidden romance” and “the sparks of a revolution.”

    Lauren Oliver is a brilliant and amazing writer. I have no doubt I will love this book. I just know that the end of the first book nearly killed me and the long wait since I read it on NetGalley has been sheer agony.

    My resolve may not hold and I may end up jumping right in on release date, but I already expect to sob a little, get twisted up a lot and be tormented mercilessly after reading Pandemonium.

    Hana by Lauren Oliver will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in eBook format only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the eBook novella is 144 pages.

    Hana is a novella set in the world of Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

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    I am so thrilled that this is releasing as an eBook. When I first heard about it a couple of months ago, I stalked Amazon until I could pre-order it. I know it was made available for free on or around Valentine’s Day to read online, but as I can’t stand to read stories on the web, I have been anxiously awaiting its release for my Kindle.

    I am excited to get to know Hana just a little better. This novella sounds like it will give a nice long look at her last summer of freedom before the cure and will give readers a peek at just how she feels about Lena.

    I’m super curious to find out if seeing some of the events that took place in Delirium through Hana’s eyes will change just how I felt about her, about Lena and about what was happening.

    I really can’t wait to get this eBook, which according to Goodreads is nearly 150 pages. And I don’t plan on waiting too long to read it, either. If the events in the story are as “life-changing” as the description promises, then I definitely need to know now.

    Torn by Amanda Hocking will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Torn is the second book in the Trylle trilogy by author Amanda Hocking. The final book in the trilogy, Ascend, will be released on April 24, 2012.

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    I am so happy that this second book in the series is releasing this week. I have both the eBook and the print edition of Torn on order. I love the new covers and I love the fact that this edition, published by St. Martin’s, has a bonus short story, “One Day, Three Ways.”

    I’m super curious to find out whose perspectives those three ways are from. While I probably won’t be reading Torn again until after Ascend is released, so I can read them all back-to-back-to-back, I will be taking a peek at the short story.

    I have been a huge fan of author Amanda Hocking since I discovered her My Blood Approves series. And it was her Trylle series that got me to start blogging in the first place. So, I am so unbelievably thrilled that her books are being traditionally published and that I can find them on the shelves of my local bookstore.

    And Torn is an amazing sequel. It was even more exciting than Switched and Wendy really grows as a character in this sequel. The world of the Trylle is magical and those boys are absolutely swoonworthy. I’m really not sure I’ll be able to wait for book three….

    Allegiance by Cayla Kluver will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 512 pages.

    Allegiance is the second book in the Legacy series by author Cayla Kluver. The third book, Sacrifice, will be released later this year.

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    I have not yet read Legacy but I have it on my Kindle to read soon, although I might wait until closer to release date for the final book in the series. I ended up pre-ordering Allegiance because I heard such amazing things about the first book that I just had to buy the sequel.

    Both covers are absolutely gorgeous, though I love this cover for Allegiance just a bit more. Although I promised myself I wouldn’t, I did sneak a peek at the description and it sounds epic and heartbreaking. A Queen who must protect her kingdom from an enemy. An enemy that she never really believed would attack, but who it seems has. And an enemy she is in love with. Definitely epic.

    I cannot wait to meet Queen Alera and Narian. I hope that their love story will have a happy ending, but with the third book entitled Sacrifice, I’m a little nervous. And I can’t wait to discover the world the author created. A world filled with danger and magic. I’m intrigued.

    This amazing sounding series is yet another one I’m definitely anxious to read.

    Partials by Dan Wells will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Partials is the first book in a new series of the same title. Fragments, book two, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I received an ARC of Partials through a trade, but I haven’t had the chance to read it before release. I have this book pre-ordered for my Kindle so I’m not sure which version I’ll end up reading. But I wanted this one for my permanent collection.

    Partials is another book I have serious cover love for. The colors and images are amazing. I would have bought this book for its cover alone. But the description sounds totally fascinating – sort of like one of my favorite Stephen King’s.

    I love stories where humanity is on the verge of extinction. I hope that Kira can discover just what is needed to ensure their survival. But as this is the first book in the series, I’m not sure if anything will be resolved at the story’s end.

    And the idea of the partials sounds both creepy and strangely intriguing. The fact that they are beings that are engineered to be exactly like humans and that they are at war with the humans is definitely chilling. If they are so alike, how do the humans stand a chance?

    The description says this book is a mix of the action from The Hunger Games and the themes from Battlestar Galactica. And even though I’m not familiar with either, this book sounds incredibly awesome and I can’t wait to read it really, really soon.

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    BZRK by Michael Grant

    Pub. Date: February 28, 2012

    Published by: EgmontUSA

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Unafraid (Archangel Academy #3) by Michael Griffo

    Pub. Date: February 28, 2012

    Published by: KTEEN

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    Well this is more like it. I just knew things had been too quiet for too long. There’s no way this could have been another slow week. With six pre-orders for full-length books and one for the eBook novella, I’m so glad that I won’t be left with that sinking feeling that I’d forgotten something yet again this week.

    A few of the books that are releasing I’ve already read and reviewed, though I do plan on reading a couple of them again very soon. So that leaves a manageable amount that are being added to my TBR pile. Of that I am most definitely glad.

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    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    The Trailers: February

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading.

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books releasing in February, a peek at a couple of those coming out in March, and a glimpse or two at a few authors talking about their new books.

    And as always, I couldn’t help but take a look back at some of those missed January trailers.

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    Dead to You by Lisa McMann

    Release date: February 7, 2012

    (thefrog235)

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    Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

    Release date: February 7, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Pure by Julianna Baggott

    Release date: February 8, 2012

    (HachetteBookGroup)

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    Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge

    Release date: February 14, 2012

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    Bewitching by Alex Flinn

    Release date: February 14, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    The Catastrophic HIstory of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

    Release date: February 21, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford

    Release date: February 28, 2012

    (gypsygurla) – Eden and Az’s Trailer

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    A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford

    Release date: February 28, 2012

    (gypsygurla) – Kristen’s Trailer

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    Partials by Dan Wells

    Release date: February 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Here’s what the authors are saying…

    The Rivals by Daisy Whitney

    Release date: February 5, 2012

    (MockingbirdsBook) – the author talks about her book

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    Dead to You by Lisa McMann

    Release date: February 7, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – the author talks about her book

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    Fever by Lauren DeStefano

    Release date: February 21, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – the author talks about her book

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    Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

    Release date: February 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen) – the author talks about her book

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    And for just a peek ahead at what’s coming in March…

    Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

    Release date: March 13, 2012

    (imajenius74)

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    Slide by Jill Hathaway

    Release date: March 27, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    And for a look back at a few of those we may have missed…

    Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith

    Release date: January 24, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

    Release date: January 31, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

    Release date: January 31, 2012

    (snowwhite86904)

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming later today.

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    Book Watch: A Touch Morbid

    A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.

    A Touch Morbid is the second book in the Touch trilogy.

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    I didn’t even bother looking at what else was releasing on February 28th. I already knew which book I wanted to spotlight. I have known for a long, long time that A Touch Morbid would be coming out on the 28th and I’ve had that date committed to memory from the moment it was announced.

    I am also super excited for its release since I happened to order quite a few of the signed copies the author had available for pre-order from The Learned Owl.

    I know there are some amazing books releasing that week – Pandemonium for one – but I’m still most excited for A Touch Morbid and so it’s the book I am spotlighting this week.

    I did get the chance to read it thanks to a trade with another blogger, and it was even more amazing than I would have expected. My review is HERE if you’d like to see just how much I gushed, rambled and blathered about it. And amidst all of that, I think I managed to keep things spoiler-free.

    And I’m not about to reveal anything now…. Other than the fact that I can’t wait to read the finished copy. I am seriously dying to find out if even one word has changed. I said it in my review and I’ll say it now, this book was insane. It was dark, it started dark, it traveled through some more darkness and it ended up practically pitch black.

    Things happen. Boy do they happen. I’m trying to remember if any of those things were good – as in the sweetness and light kind of good. But I don’t think so. But they were good – as in dark, wicked and straight-up evil – yeah, they were that kind of good.

    And I will say just one last thing about this book, other than the fact that I plan on reading it again and again. Remember that cliff you were hanging off after reading A Touch Mortal? Yeah, that cliff looks to be the height of a curb compared to the cliff that you are thrown off at the end of A Touch Morbid.

    A book as dark and devious as this one, with an author who I’m not sure is more cruel to her readers or her characters, is a book that I think absolutely, without a doubt deserves the spotlight. And I can’t believe it will be back in my hands in just over three weeks.

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    Places to Stalk

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author on TUMBLR

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on BLOGTV

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Eden won the battle-she saved her true love from the darkest evil. But the war has only just begun. With secrets swirling around her, powerful allies unraveling, and life-and death-as she knows it eroding, Eden and those she loves tread dangerous ground. Can she trust anyone? Will her unearthly powers be her salvation or her downfall? A sweeping, dark, and sexy paranormal romance that will haunt readers with an inventive mythology and a cinematic New York City filled with shadows and longing.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    There are four other amazing and much anticipated books releasing on February 28th:

    Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

    Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith

    Torn by Amanda Hocking

    Allegiance by Cayla Kluver

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    Top 10 Characters in 2011 – Villains

    Today is day four of Top 10 of 2011.

    Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                    ………and Looking Forward.

    You can still sign up if you haven’t already, there is still time to participate. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

    I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

    This was probably the easiest of all the posts to create, as I don’t feel too bad about forgetting villains. But wow, I really wish I had created these much, much earlier so that instead of fretting over who to choose I could have spent my time stalking everyone else’s posts.

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    Today’s topic is “Top 10 Characters in 2011” and I chose VILLAINS. And why not? Villains are awesome. They’re what make us love the heroes and heroines even more. They’re the ones we love to hate.

    Without a villain in any of our paranormal or urban fantasy stories they’d be pretty boring. What would Harry Potter be without “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”? A cute story about a boy who went to magic school. Fun for pre-schoolers maybe but not as enjoyable for readers of all ages.

    We want someone to root against. We want someone for the hero or heroine to defeat in the end. We want someone to create that drama that we love, the tension and angst we feel as we read our favorite stories. Without the villain we’d have none of that.

    Now, not all villains are created the same. There are some that are the baddest of the bad, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. But there are also those that may have a chance at redemption. And still others who may not be quite good enough to be redeemed, but have brief flashes of goodness which make them sympathetic characters.

    These are the villains, the ones who shine brightly if only for just a moment, that I tend to love just a little bit more. Okay, well, maybe not “love” exactly, but definitely find more interesting.

    I always enjoy a devious, sexy, evil – but not so evil – villain. And if he happens to be a demon, well that’s even better.

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    Top 10 Villains in 2011

    1.

    The Warden

    I don’t know anyone more evil than the Warden in the Escape from Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith. I’ve read three of the books in this series this year and, by far, the Warden is the most villainous. Though I haven’t really had a chance to meet Alfred Furnace. I know he’d be way more evil. But I really, really don’t want to meet him.

    One look from the Warden and prisoners get lost in the soulless depths of his eyes. He instills fear in all who hear his voice. And he sends in monsters to kill without mercy. His cruelty is unfathomable. Yeah, he’s definitely villain number one.

    2.

    Avari

    Avari is a hellion. He’s power hungry. He’s greedy. He’s fixated on Kaylee. He loves to savor the memories he strips from those he controls. He takes pleasure in people’s pain. So, yes, Avari is no doubt a villain.

    There are no particularly redeeming qualities in Avari. But he is definitely charming. And interesting. And the fact that he sees Kaylee as being quite worthy of his attention shows that he has good taste.

    So, while I never could imagine being BFF’s with Avari, he’s definitely a villain I’d love to see more of in this series. And he’s definitely a villain I love to hate.

    3.

    Luke

    You may have seen Lucifer on my list of Book Boyfriends yesterday. Well, he’s also one of my very favorite villains. He’s both. He is a master manipulator. He is devious. He is spiteful. He is vengeful. He is cruel.

    But he is incredibly sexy and charming and dangerous. And while redemption is probably the farthest thing from what he’d want or what he’d be entitled to, he is capable of doing good and being good, even if it’s only to further his evil motives.

    Luke is a villain I love to love. And no matter what he does in this series, I can’t imagine ever hating him. He can’t help who he is after all.

    4.

    The Magister

    There’s just something about the evil tinkering men in these steampunk novels that give me the heebie-jeebies. Well, the Magister is one of these characters – a twisted, sick-minded, creeptacular villain. The kind of villain that gives me the chills, makes me want to take a boiling-hot, industrial-strength shower just to rid myself of the ick.

    I can’t imagine anything good about the Magister. I don’t claim to understand his motives. I don’t know that even if I did, I’d sympathize. His creations, this clockwork army he’s building, are twisted and so incredibly wrong. And his strange fascination with Tessa makes me want to protect her.

    Yeah, the Magister totally belongs here in the top half of my list of villains. And no, I do not think he’s sexy or mysterious. Ewwww. No.

    5.

    Lucien Fallon

    There are a couple characters I have consider villains in this series – Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe – but I ultimately decided that while they aren’t model citizens, they haven’t crossed the line to being full-fledged villains. Yet…. I’m sure that will change as the series progresses.

    But Lucien Fallon is a whole other matter. He’s dangerous. He’s evil. He’s dead-set on getting what he wants no matter what the cost.

    While it’s in his nature to be a villain, to do all the things that he does, I don’t allow him the same leniency I might for a much hotter, sexier villain. Lucien is just bad news and a little smarmy. He’s an attorney after all.

    Which makes Lucien a villain that I absolutely love to hate.

    6.

    Warner

    There was much shock and dismay by most of those who saw Warner on my list of Top 10 Book Boyfriends. He’s not exactly great book boyfriend material. The whole imprisoning, torturing and forcing a girl in the hopes that she’ll grow to like him are probably not what most people consider lovable qualities.

    They’re not. They’re his villainous qualities. The qualities that make me love to hate him. But it’s Warner’s vulnerable side, the side that made me see just how much like Juliette he really is, just without that inner strength that makes her good, that makes him a possibly redeemable villain.

    And while he became more cruel, more evil, as the story went on, I still hold out hope for him. I have a love/hate relationship with Warner and until the author does something to completely change his character, he will always be one of my favorite villains and book boyfriends.

    7.

    The Machinist

    I would have loved to say that Jack Dandy was the villain in this story, but he really wasn’t. He was just an awesome bad boy.

    But the Machinist, who is hellbent on creating a clockwork army is seriously bad news. He’s one of my favorite villains that I’ve met this year because he’s one of the few that are just bad. Not sexy. Not redeemable. Simply diabolical.

    His clockwork contraptions are super creepy and extremely dangerous. And his motives, while not completely apparent, are definitely not pure of heart. No, the Machinst isn’t a villain that you love to hate, he’s just a villain you hate. And I really, really hate him.

    8.

    Evelyn Wilde

    There is another villain in this story that I wanted to include here. But as revealing who they are would be a huge spoiler for those who haven’t read the book, I chose to add them anonymously to my dishonorable mentions list.

    But Wildefire didn’t have just one villain. There’s Eveline Wilde. And she is definitely a villain. And the one and only female on my top ten list.

    Eve is powerful and violent, power hungry and cruel. She’s manipulative and deceitful and ungrateful and willing to do whatever it takes to win – even if it means taking down others who stand in her way.

    Where her sister Ashline has a heart, Eve has none. Where Ash shows compassion, Eve only shows contempt. In my book that makes her a villain. And I love, love, love to hate her.

    9.

    Cole

    Ahhh Cole. Cole is one of my very favorite book boyfriends. He’s got the whole sexy and charming thing going on. He’s a musician. He’s gorgeous. He’s immortal. But he is also a villain.

    He is manipulative. He drains the life force from others just to sustain and extend his own. He is secretive. And he would do almost anything to get what he wants. Especially when it comes to Nikki.

    But he isn’t creepy. He isn’t the darkest of evil. And he is definitely a villain that I love to love and hope I never, ever grow to hate him.

    10.

    Arawn

    Arawn, the Erlking, is another quasi villain. He’s the leader of the Wild Hunt and is controlled by the hunt. He’s power hungry. And he, too, is manipulative.

    He’s motivated by his need to be free from those who order him around. He’s violent. He’s dangerous. He will let nothing get in the way of what he wants.

    But he is also so incredibly sexy and smart, and not inherently evil. He manipulates, but not always in ways that will harm others, even if it is almost always for his own gain.

    While I see Arawn for the villain he is, I have never once hated him. And I do think he can be redeemed if he ever thought he might want to be.

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    I wish I could have said Morganstern, though I haven’t read a TMI book this year, or a Harry Potter, so I can’t say Snape.

    There are a few other villains that I’d have loved to have included on my top ten list, but unless you’ve read the books you won’t know they’re villains. And I’m all about not spoiling things.

    So, I thought I’d give an anonymous shout out to those, plus a couple others that I think are bad news and deserve to be on the list, here.

    Dishonorable Mentions

    Unnamed – Soul Thief by Jana Oliver – If you’ve read it you’ll know! Were you shocked?

    Unnamed – Wildefire by Karsten Knight – Did you even guess? I had my suspicions.

    Unnamed – Supernaturally by Kiersten White – Knew it all along. But oooh. Unbelievable.

    Vivian – Hushed by Kelley York – for being all sorts of crazy bad.

    The Red King – Smokeless Fireby Samantha Young – for being evil and not at all sexy.

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    This event ends tomorrow. Each day I have been posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012, which I already know will be my worst nightmare. It’s not even 2012 and I know of at least fifty so far, so there’s no way I’ll be able to narrow that list to ten. NO. WAY.

    I’m also supposed to be coming up with year-end stats, but as I read only ARCs and eBooks I have no idea what page counts I have. However, I will have a very different number of books read in 2011 than the ones I have listed on Goodreads or on my 2011 Reads widget, because I don’t count books I haven’t also reviewed or books I’ve re-read in either of those places.

    If you’d like to see what the previous topics were, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

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    NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the Co-hosts Blogs, so please only enter your Name, Blog Name and the URL for YOUR Top 10 post of the day on one blog. Thanks!

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