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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2013

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    Today is the first of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

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

    This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

    It’s not too late to sign up for this event. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2013

    I read a ton of awesome books this year. Many from the same series by the same author. But as I was trying so very hard to keep my list to just ten, I decided to choose only one book from each series, even if I read multiple books in a particular series that I thought were amazing.

    And I couldn’t list all my favorite reads this year since one or two of them were a secret. Nor could I list all the 2013 releases I love, love, loved since I read some of them in 2012. But I’m not too sad about that, because reading them last year made creating this list just a little bit easier.

    There were also a few books I loved in 2013 that were not YA. But in keeping with my typical YA only “best” list, I didn’t include them in this post. Though I plan on posting my non-YA favorites on The Annex. Yes, I’m cheating just a little… as usual. But I just can’t seem to help myself.

    Anyway…

    It took me ages to narrow my list down from my original picks and to keep my “honorable mentions” to only four titles, just like last year. But after much hair pulling and nail-biting I was able to get it done.

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    The Best I’ve Read in 2013

    1.

    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    As sad as I was to see this series end, I still couldn’t help falling madly in love with this last installment. It was heartbreaking and nerve-wracking and exciting and heartwarming and I loved every single minute of the read.

    I especially loved the fact that I was able to become intrigued by a brand new character, that the story wasn’t rushed and that the ending didn’t leave me feeling like something was missing. It was the perfect ending to an amazing series and I couldn’t have loved it any more than I did.

    2.

    Endless Knight

    ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles are completely and totally amazing. They are so my kind of books. From beginning to end in both books in this series I was utterly riveted.

    And while I didn’t think it was possible, this second book in the series was even more exciting than the first. It was darker, it was hotter, it was all sorts of sexy. The lore was fascinating. And it made me fall head-over-heels in love with Death just like I hoped it would.

    To say that I am dying for the next installment in this series would be a major understatement.

    3.

    Through the Zombie Glass

    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I read both books in this series in 2013 and absolutely loved both of them. They were unputdownable reads and I couldn’t have been more surprised by the fact that I fell so completely in love with zombie books that gave a nod to Alice in Wonderland.

    Gena Showalter was incredibly creative with her stories. She did not skimp on the action. It was edge-of-your-seat exciting. And the love story was angst-filled and twisty-turny to the max.

    And as I opted to choose just one of the two books in this series as a favorite, I had to select the one that absolutely killed me in the best possible way.

    4.

    The Eternity Cure

    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I did not expect to love the Blood of Eden series more than I loved the author’s faerie books. But oh my gosh I couldn’t help myself. Dystopia and vampires are an unexpected combination but one that the author made work so amazingly well.

    The characters, the epic journey, the killer cliffhanger all worked together to make this one of my favorite books and not simply a 2013 favorite. I’m talking all-time favorite.

    5.

    Crash Into You

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I fell under Katie McGarry’s spell in 2013. She is a fan-freaking-tastic writer and her Pushing the Limits series is one of my very most favorite contemporary YA series.

    I read all three books in this series, plus the novella, in 2013, which made it very hard to choose only one of the books for my top ten list. But I had to choose Isaiah and Rachel’s story, even though I adored Noah and Echo’s story so, so much.

    Perhaps it was getting to know and love Isaiah before reading his story that made me love it that much more. Or perhaps it’s simply just that Isaiah is amazing. But whatever the reason, it is my favorite of the series and it’s definitely one of my favorite reads from 2013.

    6.

    Afterglow

    AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I was devastated to see this series end. The world that Karsten Knight created was so unique and fascinating and exciting. The characters were lovable and detestable and completely and totally kick-a**. And this final installment in the series was just as phenomenal as its predecessors.

    And that ending. Oh. My. Gosh. That ending. While I can’t talk about that ending, I will just say that it gives me hope. For a certain character. Oh the possibilities.

    7.

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    STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I was so glad that I got the chance to read both books in The Cahill Witch Chronicles this year. I was completely surprised by how much I loved each of the books. They are not stories in my typical go-to genre and yet both books are among my most favorites.

    I couldn’t help but fall in love with the story, the setting, the characters. It’s a totally addictive read and one that’s definitely re-read worthy. Though even after a re-read, it’s no easier to have to wait for the next installment in the series. This I know all too well.

    8.

    The Beautiful and the Cursed

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Yet another unexpected favorite on my list is Page Morgan’s THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED. If someone told me that I could fall in love with a gargoyle I would have totally rolled my eyes at them. I might have even told them that they were crazy. I would have definitely thought it.

    Well, this author made me not only fall in love with a gargoyle, but her story about them. The sequel is one of my most anticipated reads for 2014. And the wait is killing me.

    9.

    While You're Away

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I read this book in its serialized format, with just a few chapters available to read in one sitting. It was exquisite torture. This story was tantalizing and nerve-wracking and beautiful and nerve-wracking – yes I said it twice, but it needed to be said two times… if not more.

    I was made to root for a love story that I never would have thought I’d cheer for. I was made to wish and hope for a happily ever after for two characters who, at first, I didn’t think deserved one. I was anxious, I was fearful, I was tentatively hopeful and at times I was even sad. But I was keeping my fingers crossed the entire time for the slim chance that things would work out.

    10.

    A Touch Menacing

    A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Leah Clifford’s Touch Trilogy is one of my favorite series of all time. It’s so very different from anything I’ve ever read. It’s very dark. It is full of surprises. Shocking surprises. Devastating surprises. But it is wicked, wicked awesome.

    The end of this final installment in the series left me in tears. And, no, I won’t say whether they’re happy or sad tears. But if you have read this book or you’ve read any of the books in this series by this author I think you will know exactly what kind of tears there were.

    This last book was non-stop action, with more than a few punches to the face. I couldn’t devour it fast enough. It was that epic. And if I didn’t think it could get any better, the unpublished epilogue made this book that much more off-the-charts amazing for me. Holy-freaking-wow.

    Other Books I Love, Love, Loved

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    SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins

    Exciting. Sexy as heck. Captivating from start to finish. Delicious. An absolute must.

    The Testing

    THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau

    Gripping. Surprising. Totally addictive. A total stand-out.

    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

    Magical. Enchanting. Captivating. Epic. Fan-freaking-tastically good.

    Pivot Point

    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

    Intriguing. Nerve-wracking. Unputdownable. Amazing.

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    I tried to keep my rambling to a minimum when it came to my top ten picks for 2013. But I may have gone on just a little longer than I’d planned. Oh well…

    But I just couldn’t help myself. They are my favorite reads this year… well, most of them. There are a few others…

    I will try to be a lot less wordy in the rest of the posts this week, but when it comes to favorite reads I always feel the need to go on… and on… and on.

    But now that I’m done I can’t wait to check out what your favorite reads are, so be sure to leave a link to your posts or Goodreads shelf in the Linky List that follows just below the giveaways.

    The Giveaways

    We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

    There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Giveaway: WILDEFIRE Trilogy

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    Today is the release date for AFTERGLOW, the final book in Karsten Knight’s Wildefire trilogy which makes me very, very happy. Because now everyone will get the chance to read it and talk about EVERYTHING that happened in this final book in the series.

    But I am also sad to see this series come to an end. It is an amazing series, one of the most original YA series I’ve read, if not the most original. It’s also one of the most well-written, action-packed and exciting. And while I can’t wait to see what else this incredibly talented author comes up with, I am not at all ready to say goodbye to these characters.

    Ashline Wilde may not be the easiest character to love at first glance – she’s a volcano goddess whose temper takes “fiery” to a whole other level – but her fierce determination, her independence, her willingness to fight for what she thinks is right and her wicked awesome powers makes her a character you can’t help but adore, respect and fear just a tiny bit as you get to know her. Her sarcastic wit is also a huge plus.

    Each and every one of these books received my off-the-menu rating because they were just that fan-freaking-tastic – I’ll be posting my AFTERGLOW review on Friday, but yes, this series-ending book did not disappoint. Not after the first read, and not after the second. And I know, after a series re-read, I’ll be no less in love with it than I am right now.

    For those of you who have not yet met Ashline, Eve, Colt, Wes and the other characters in this series, I wanted to be able to share this series so that you can meet them. And so I’m giving away two sets of these books for giveaway.

    For those who met them but haven’t met all of them, you are also welcome to enter the giveaway, and if you win it just means you’ll have one or two books to give away to a friend who hasn’t.

    And for those of you who have not yet heard about this series or this author, there is some information about them below, including links to a couple of excerpts offered by the publisher.

    I could go on and on and continue to gush and ramble, but as I’ve already done that in my reviews, I think I’ll just say HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY AFTERGLOW!

    About Karsten Knight

    Karsten Knight

    Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm.

    In the two decades that have followed, Karsten has worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before he finally decided that his true calling was to be a volcano goddess biographer.

    He lives in Boston, and for more information or to watch his video blog, visit KarstenKnight.com.

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    The Wildefire Trilogy

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    About Wildefire

    Every flame begins with a spark.

    Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her.

    But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own.

    With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time…

    And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

    Series: Wildefire #1
    Publication Date: July 26, 2011
    Pages: 400
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

    To read an excerpt at Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE.

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    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

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    About Embers & Echoes

    A teenage Polynesian volcano goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.

    Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, volcano goddess Ashline Wilde travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But she soon discovers that a cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire.

    Meanwhile, unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future. Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.

    To read an excerpt at Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE.

    Series: Wildefire #2
    Publication Date: August 28, 2012
    Pages: 480
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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    About Afterglow

    The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy.

    Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

    Series: Wildefire #3
    Publication Date: November 12, 2013
    Pages: 336
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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    The Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs?

    A set of WILDEFIRE, EMBERS & ECHOES and AFTERGLOW in format of the winner’s choosing – TWO winners

    The Deets

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be two winners
    • Giveaway ends on November 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Giveaway is open to wherever The Book Depository ships
    • Books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Winners will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winners will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winners will have 48 hours to respond after notification

    There are no requirements to like or follow. Just leave a comment and if you’d like gain a few extra entries you can do so by following the author, adding the books to Goodreads, etc.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #150

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

    These are books for the week of November 12th-November 18th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Afterglow

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    AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight will be released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    AFTERGLOW is the third and final book in author Karsten Knight’s Wildefire trilogy.

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    I cannot believe that AFTERGLOW is releasing this week and I will officially have to say goodbye to Ashline Wilde. I have both the eBook and the print edition pre-ordered so I can’t wait until they both show up on Tuesday.

    As I mentioned in my Book Watch post, I read AFTERGLOW ages ago. But I’m actually re-reading it – and just about finished – so that I can talk about it with anyone and everyone and not be fuzzy on any of the small details.

    This series was amazing and unique and the author is insanely talented and this final book in the series was more than I could have hoped for. It was exciting and shocking and absolutely riveting. The only way I could have been happier with it is if it weren’t the last book in the series and I didn’t have to say goodbye.

    As I already read this, and will be finished with it a second time before its release, I won’t be adding the finished version to the pile this week. But I definitely plan on re-reading this series in its entirety some time early next year. And I cannot wait.

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    The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy.

    Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

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    This Wicked Game

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    THIS WICKED GAME by Michelle Zink will be released in the U.S. on November 14, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Dial, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I am so excited that THIS WICKED GAME is releasing this week. I’ve had it pre-ordered ever since I first heard about it and it was available in Kindle format. I love Michelle Zink’s writing and this new book of hers sounds awesome. So I’m so totally stoked to finally be getting a copy so I can check it out.

    I was so tempted to enter the giveaway for an ARC of THIS WICKED GAME when the author stopped by the blog for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and shared a scene from her character Claire’s perspective about the first time she practiced voodoo. But as I decided it wasn’t appropriate to enter a giveaway I was hosting, I’ve just had to pine for it for the past few months.

    This story and setting sound amazing. I’ve never read a YA story that centered on voodoo and am totally intrigued about how the author will approach this, how much detail she’ll go into, and how scary it will be.

    And I’m just so glad that the wait is almost over and that I’ll be able to find out more about Claire, the Guild, Xander Toussaint, and, of course, voodoo. Something I hope to be able to do next week.

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    Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

    The voodoo business.

    Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

    She doesn’t believe.

    Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

    But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

    Including her own.

    As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.

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    ***A New Adult Title***

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    A LITTLE TOO MUCH by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 in eBook format and in paperback format on December 10th. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by William Morrorw, the print edition is 416 pages.

    A LITTLE TOO MUCH is the second book in Author Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far series. The third book in the series, A LITTLE TOO HOT, releases on January 21, 2014.

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    I love Lisa Desrochers’ writing and loved getting the chance to read A LITTLE TOO MUCH just a bit early. I have the eBook pre-ordered so I can add it to my permanent collection, even though I have an eARC, because finished copies are always better. As I own a print copy of the first book in the series I’m also tempted to purchase the print copy of this sequel, but as it isn’t coming out until December, I have a bit of a wait.

    After reading about Alessandro and Lexie in the first book in this series, I couldn’t wait to see whether Alessandro got his happily ever after. And when I learned that this sequel was going to involve a girl from his past, I couldn’t wait to dive in.

    As I have read it I don’t want to reveal too much, and I won’t be adding it to the pile this week. But I am excited for everyone else to meet Hilary and find out what secrets she’s been keeping, whether their past will be too much for them to overcome and whether happiness is even possible for both of them.

    Of course, now I’m dying to read the next book in this series – Sam’s story. Especially after reading that way-too-short peek.

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    In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little Too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

    Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

    Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

    As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

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    Other Books of Note

    ***NEW ADULT***

    Ink My HeartINK MY HEART (Luminescent Juliet #2) by Jean Haus

    Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Even if he weren’t the lead singer of the popular college band, Luminescent Juliet, Justin Noel would have his pick of women. And he does pick. Nightly. Tattooed, blonde, and green eyed, he flashes his dimples and females swoon.

    Except for one.

    Tattoo artist, Allie Landon, rarely dates, and especially not men like Justin. Though he’s hot enough to melt off permanent ink, she’s done with the bad boy type. But when the ex who broke her heart wants to reunite, desperation has Allie introducing her latest client as her boyfriend. Justin’s more than happy to play the part. He’s completely intrigued by the sexy artist and college student.

    However, Allie’s life isn’t what it seems. There’s little room in it or her shattered and confused heart for Justin. But as Justin remains persistent, ignoring the growing attraction—both physical and emotionally—between them becomes more difficult than tattoo removal.

    *New Adult. Recommended for mature readers due to language, drug references, and sexual situations.

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    ExtractedEXTRACTED (The Lost Imperials #1) by Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley

    Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Welcome to the war.

    The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

    The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens–their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

    Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

    When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

    Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.

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    UnspokenUNSPOKEN (The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation #2) by L.J. Smith and Aubrey Clark

    Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

    Publisher: 47North

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Death is only the beginning…

    Elena Gilbert’s entire world has shattered in a single moment. Her true love, Stefan, is dead, staked through the heart by their so-called friend Jack. Now the only thing Elena cares about is destroying Jack and his race of scientifically created vampires.

    But Jack’s creations are impossible to kill—immune to sunlight, stakes, and every traditional weapon against vampires. Elena and Damon set out to uncover the mystery of Jack’s dark past in hopes of finding his weakness. As they spend more time together, Elena and Damon can’t deny that their connection is stronger than ever. Can she face her feelings for him without betraying Stefan’s memory, or are some things better left unspoken?

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    Missed Last Week – NEW ADULT

    ForeplayFOREPLAY (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: William Morrow

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs. 

    Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

    Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

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    I can’t believe I didn’t have FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan in my post last week. While I typically only post about YA releases, because I read it and loved it and had it pre-ordered I had every intention of listing it. But November’s been a little hectic and so I completely spaced. And while I have included it with the “Other Books of Note” it is a book I read and love, love, loved, it is a book I have in my permanent collection and it is a series I can’t wait to continue.

    I am also super surprised by how quiet a week it is for new releases. Of the three books releasing that I have on order I’ve already read two of them, so there is just one new book for the pile, a book I’ve been dying to read for months. But they are three books on my “must have” list, so fewer isn’t a bad thing.

    Of course it’s entirely possible I’m missing a number of new releases, in which case I’ll have to add them to next week’s post once I discover them after they’ve landed on my Kindle tomorrow. But I’m pretty sure I’m not missing many, if I am missing any. And I think next week is fairly quiet too. Which is a really, really good thing for my TBR pile and for my wallet.

    But I hope at least one or two of this week’s releases are ones you’ve been anxious to read, that this slower week for YA releases is a good thing for your TBR pile and that you have a little space on your shelf to accommodate any new acquisitions.

    Happy bookish acquiring!

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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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    Book Watch: Afterglow

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    AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight will be released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    AFTERGLOW is the third and final book in author Karsten Knight’s Wildefire trilogy.

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    I didn’t even have to look to see what books were releasing the week of November 12th. I’ve had AFTERGLOW‘s release date committed to memory for what feels like forever. It was going to be the book I spotlighted this week no matter what other books were coming out the same week. It’s my most anticipated release and has been since long before I actually got my hands on this final book and devoured it.

    It was an epic finish to an absolutely phenomenal series. One that will forever stand out as a favorite.

    I loved the possibility of this series before I ever read the first word. And after I did I fell immediately and madly in love with it. It was different and brilliant and the writing was gorgeous. And with each book it just got better and better.

    This final installment in the series was so far beyond amazing. I could not tear my eyes away from the moment I picked it up to the moment I turned to the final page. And when that happened I didn’t want to. Saying goodbye was not at all easy.

    I only read it just the once, though I wanted to read it again and again. But as it is a signed and printed ARC I didn’t want to risk any bent or damaged pages. However I can’t resist the chance to read it just one more time before the final version is released. So it will my very next off-pile read.

    As I don’t want to spoil this last book for those who haven’t yet read it and I don’t want to spoil the series for those who haven’t yet met Ashline Wilde, I don’t even want to talk about what’s mentioned in the description. But I will just say that this series was, is, amazing. AFTERGLOW is action-packed, it’s riveting. It was everything I hoped it would be. Though I wish it wasn’t goodbye.

    While there aren’t a million books releasing the week of November 12th, even if it was up against any number of favorites, AFTERGLOW would still have been the only one I’d consider as the book to watch this week. I read it. I fell head-over-heels in love with it. Yes, there were tears. Yes, there were times that I was so unbelievably anxious. Yes, I may have held my breath during certain scenes… many of them.

    And, yes, this book couldn’t have been more awesome if it tried.

    I have been waiting for its release for over a year. I have been counting down the months, weeks and now, finally, days – just 18 left. I have been dying to talk about this book with those who have read it. And I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival on both my Kindle and my doorstep.

    So, yeah, you better believe that AFTERGLOW is the book to watch this week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author on YOUTUBE

    The author on GOODREADS

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    Goodreads description:

    The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy.

    Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here is another awesome book releasing the week of November 12th:

    THIS WICKED GAME by Michelle Zink

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    My Reading Pile #102

    This has been yet another phenomenal week for my reading pile and my mailbox. While I didn’t get a ton of books this week, I got some seriously, seriously amazing ones. Books that won’t be sitting on the TBR pile for very long.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    At the very top of that stack is a series-ending book I’m just dying to read. And that’s AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight. I am so unbelievably stoked to have received an ARC. One that is personally inscribed so I’ll have to be really, really, really, careful when I read it. I’m talking those special archival gloves, keeping the book at a distance so I don’t breathe or cry on it, and only reading it in a well-lit room so I don’t risk denting it with a clip-on light.

    And while I know it doesn’t release for ages, I will be reading it this week as a purely guilty pleasure read. Because I just can’t wait.

    I also received an ARC of SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins, thanks to the amazing team at HarperCollins, which I’ve heard is all sorts of awesome and is a book I’m also dying to read. Especially after seeing just how many Post-it Notes Jaime added to the back half of her ARC. And while I won’t be reading it this week… at least I’m going to try really, really hard not to… I will be adding it to the pile next week.

    But I’m trying to delay the read as long as possible because waiting for the third book is going to be torturous. Just the thought of one more year without Kai is already killing me.

    In the package with SWEET PERIL I also received a surprise copy of THE END GAMES by T. Michael Martin. I believe I already have an ARC thanks to Jaime so I may have to return her copy and keep this one for review. And while it looks so awesome and I’d love to move it to the top of my pile this week or next, I will likely have to wait until after March 12th before I dive in.

    And while I will be reading one of the books I received this week, there are two other books I’m super excited to read. And they are….

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (February 24, 2013 – March 2, 2013)

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    Afterglow

    First up on the pile is AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight. While I have a request in with Edelweiss, I was super fortunate to receive a printed ARC from the author for review. And because this is one of my favorite series in YA, I won’t be waiting until closer to release date to read it… at least not for the first read.

    November 12th – the book’s release date – is way too far away. Heck, March 12th is too far a distance for me to wait to find out how things end for Ashline Wilde. I may have already started reading just a few pages. And I may have accidentally looked at the last two chapter titles…. Noooooooo!

    I have avoided looking at the description on Goodreads, but now that I have a copy in hand, I just had to take a peek. And… there isn’t one. Yep. It’s so early there isn’t a description on Goodreads. Nor is there one on Amazon, even though I have my Kindle copy pre-ordered.

    So that means that the six paragraphs on the back of the ARC haven’t been revealed… unless they’re mentioned on Edelweiss. So I probably shouldn’t even tease them here.

    The only thing I will say is that this final book is going to be freaking epic! And as I will be finished reading it this weekend, I’ll be able to state with authority just how awesome it is in my post next weekend.

    How to Lead a Life of Crime

    I’m going to be on a super fun tour for HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME by Kirsten Miller in a week and some change. And while I don’t have to review it for the tour, I am just dying to read this book which sounds seriously awesome.

    My Kindle copy downloaded on Thursday and I’ve been desperately trying to clear the pile so that I could start reading about Flick and learning what life is really like for those attending Mandel Academy.

    I can’t wait to see what happens when he’s pitted against his “old flame” to see just who will graduate. And I can’t wait to read another book by Kirsten Miller as it’s been ages since I read THE ETERNAL ONES.

    A meth dealer. A prostitute. A serial killer.

    Anywhere else, they’d be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they’re called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. The rest disappear.

    Flick, a teenage pickpocket, has risen to the top of his class. But then Mandel recruits a fierce new competitor who also happens to be Flick’s old flame. They’ve been told only one of them will make it out of the Mandel Academy. Will they find a way to save each other—or will the school destroy them both?

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    I decided to add a third book to the pile this week. I know, that’s being totally ambitious. But since I’ll likely finish reading AFTERGLOW just shortly after this post goes live, I figured I’d take a chance on adding INFATUATE by Aimee Agresti to this week’s pile.

    I loved the first book in this series, which I read a few weeks back, and I’ve been desperate to read INFATUATE before it releases in a week-and-a-half. I received an eGalley from NetGalley and I keep opening it up so that it doesn’t get buried on my Kindle each week.

    I’ve only just read the description and now I’m even more curious to see just what happens to Haven, Lance and Dante in this sequel. Of course, I’m just a bit more curious about Lucian, who I’m very glad to read makes an appearance.

    The description calls this sequel “gripping” and mentions it’s “full of surprises” and I cannot wait to discover each and every one of them. And I love, love, love that this book will be taking “the battle of good and evil to the next level.”

    With a new setting and a new enemy, I am so excited to be able to finally read INFATUATE this week.

    Haven Terra is still recovering from an internship that brought her literally to the brink of hell when a trip to New Orleans leads to more trouble.

    Graduating early from high school leaves the spring semester free, so Haven and her friends Dante and Lance head to the Big Easy to volunteer with community service projects. But their true mission becomes clear when they run across an enclave of devils known as the Krewe.

    New Orleans is a free-for-all for these shape-shifting devils, who are more reckless and vicious than any Haven, Lance, and Dante have encountered. And they soon discover their French Quarter housemates are also angels-in-training, and together they must face off with the Krewe in their quest for wings.

    But Haven’s resolve is tested when Lucian, the repentant devil with whom she was infatuated, resurfaces and asks her for help escaping the underworld. Can he be trusted? Or will aiding him cost Haven her angel wings—and her life?

    Thrilling, romantic, and full of surprises, this gripping sequel to Illuminate takes the battle of good and evil to the next level.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I desperately wish that I could read THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa this week. I’m really in the mood for a dark, dystopian, vampire story and I’ve heard such amazing things about this book.

    And now that I have THE ETERNITY CURE just waiting to be read, I am desperate to start this series and read both books back-to-back. But as things are really crazy for me through mid-March, diving into this series will just have to remain a wish… for now.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I actually read both books on the pile last week, though I haven’t yet reviewed either book. As I plan on re-reading WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent for my Mini-Reading Challenge next month, I hadn’t planned on reviewing it after this read, so I’m technically not behind on its review.

    And I plan on writing my review for PIVOT POINT this weekend, so I’m not really behind on that review either. YAY!

    But I still need to catch up on two books that have been lingering from an earlier pile and finish reading the beta read I started early this week. And I really want to read SPELLCASTER before it releases.

    But staying on track is so very hard, as I just keep gravitating toward AFTERGLOW, a book not releasing for ages. And I keep reading more and more of it, even as I write this post. Yeah. I have zero impulse control when it comes to this series. Clearly.

    Anyway… I am still undecided as to whether I’m going to write up “Book Thoughts” posts for CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS and CITY OF LOST SOULS. With CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ release drawing ever nearer, I’m debating on whether or not to read and review that book before I even think of mentally revisiting the TMI books.

    So, I’ve not fallen too far behind on reading piles, though I’m not as caught up on review books as I need to be. Which means I need to carve out more time to read and spend a little less time on the social. We’ll see how that goes….

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    When I got the email newsletter that THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen, Apr 30, 2013) was available to US bloggers I immediately clicked to request. Of course my phone did not have my password for NetGalley so I actually got out of bed and ran to my computer to request it. Yeah. I was that eager to get my hands on this sequel, even though, as I mentioned earlier, I haven’t yet read book one.

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    But aside from this one tiny slip, I’ve been firm in my resolve to not request any new books from NetGalley until I’ve completed at least fifty percent of my pending ones.

    But there were a couple other interesting books I discovered while browsing…

    ROTTEN by Michael Northrop (Scholastic Inc., Apr 1, 2013)

    THE ACADEMY: GAME ON by Monica Seles and James LaRosa (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, May 7, 2013)

    And for those who don’t own it or haven’t yet read it…

    THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin, PB pub date Mar 26, 2013)

    I want so badly to click on the link for THE IMMORTAL RULES even though I own the finished eBook. How twisted is that? But this series is one I’m so incredibly excited to finally start reading, though I know waiting for the third book is going to be painful.

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    While I didn’t get much time for reading this week – as things were absolutely crazy at work and then I was completely exhausted at night – all I want to do these days is read.

    I have zero Random Thoughts, I haven’t been able to coherently ramble, and with all the craziness going on IRL I just want to get lost in a book or a dozen. And I really am in the mood to read those comfort reads. Those books with characters and worlds I already know and love.

    Which is why two of the books on the pile this week are just that. Even if one is for review.

    Anyway… these posts just seem to get longer and longer. Even without too many finds on NetGalley this week I feel like I’ve been rambling on forever. And as I really want to get back into that beta I’m reading and then spend the rest of forever lost in AFTERGLOW, I will say ciao… for now.

    Have a super amazing reading week!

    Please feel free to share links for your piles and hauls if you have them or a comment about what book is next on your reading list if you don’t.

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    Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2013

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    Today is the LAST day 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, ending today, 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 has offered up some bookish items for 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, though not much…. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

    Even if just want to join in for just today that’s okay. We’d love to check out your post.

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    The topic for today is…

    Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2013

    The only requirement seems to be that the book releases in 2013. So of course that means I’m going to cheat, just a little. Because I can’t possibly list only ten books releasing in 2013 I’m dying for. Though I will make them exclusively YA books I just can’t wait for.

    So….

    There will be TWO lists of top ten books I’m looking forward to. Those that are books in a series whose sequels I’m dying for and new books I can’t wait to read. But that second list will be making its appearance on The Annex or else this post would be WAY too long.

    And sadly they won’t include any of the seven books listed below, as I’ve already read them and either reviewed or rated them and just didn’t think it would be fair to list them….

    Books I’m Still Looking Forward to but Already Read

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton

    EVERBOUND (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton

    GOLD (Bandia #2) by Talia Vance

    UNRAVEL ME (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

    ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    MOONSET (Legacy of Moonset #1) by Scott Tracey

     

    Top Ten Books in a Series I’m Dying to Continue Reading in 2013

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    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent

    Why Top Ten? Tod Hudson… Well, yes, him. But also because this series is one of my all-time favorites. The author is a brilliant writer. The characters are near – and oh so dear – to my heart. The ride has been one heck of a roller coaster. Who knew banshees could be this kind of awesome?

    Sadly this series is coming to its heartbreaking end. Okay, so maybe the book won’t be heartbreaking – though I think it will be – but my heart will be broken that it’s ending. And that after getting to know Kaylee, Tod, Nash, Sabine and Emma as well as I have, having no more books to look forward to will be devastating.

    So, yes, there was no question WITH ALL MY SOUL would top my list of books I’m just dying to read this year. I just hope I’ll be ready to say goodbye on release date.

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    Phantom Eyes

    PHANTOM EYES (Witch Eyes #3) by Scott Tracey

    Why Top Ten? Because that ending in DEMON EYES was devastating. Because the story is amazing and intense. Because the characters are ones whose safety I fear for constantly. Because the writing has moments of beauty, humor, snark and tension.

    Yet another series I’ve fallen in love with is coming to an end in 2013. I wouldn’t be able to bear the thought of having to say goodbye to this series if I didn’t get the chance to read the first book in the author’s new series – MOONSET. If there wasn’t the promise of more of that, I’m not entirely sure how I’d cope.

    Because saying goodbye to Braden, Drew, Trey and Jade is something I’m not fully prepared for. Three books is way too short a series and I’m ever hopeful for a prequel story in this world. Whether that be one about Jason and Catherine or one all about Drew and Jade.

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    ENDLESS KNIGHT (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

    Why Top Ten? That ending. It killed me. I am obsessed with finding out just what happens next. I’m also super curious to know more about the Arcana. Especially Death. As I may have mentioned yesterday, I’m intrigued by Death.

    As there is not even the littlest of hints about what is in store for the characters in this upcoming book on Goodreads, I’m even more desperate for answers, a tiny clue… anything.

    But even if my curiosity wasn’t quite as piqued as it is, this book would still make my top ten because the world is amazing, chilling, horrifying. The characters are ones I could read about forever. The chemistry between them is electrifying. And the possibilities seem endless.

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    A Touch Menacing

    A TOUCH MENACING  (A Touch Trilogy #3) by Leah Clifford

    Why Top Ten? Because I’ve never been more scared to read a series-ending book than I am with A TOUCH MENACING. Because it is one of the darkest series in YA I’ve ever read. Because it’s so unique and evil and brilliant.

    I’m terrified of seeing just how this series ends. I’m not at all looking forward to… okay maybe I am, just a little, morbid curiosity and all… finding out just how cruel the author has been to her characters. She pulls no punches. Ever.

    And I have this feeling… a bad, bad feeling… that I’m going to be shocked, heartbroken, devastated when I reach that last page. Which is why I’m so glad that there weren’t any ARCs made available in 2012.

    Because I think this book is one I’m going to have to fight to start reading and when I do, I’m sure I’ll be reading it with squinted eyes or through the spaces between my fingers like I do with anything that has the potential to scare me. I’m sure it will be scary good… but it will be knife-through-the-heart terrifying too.

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    Afterglow

    AFTERGLOW (Wildefire #3) by Karsten Knight

    Why Top Ten? Because this series is epic. Because the heroine is seriously, seriously fierce. Because the mythology is diverse and interesting. Because the story is action-packed, heartbreaking, and packs one heck of a punch. Because the writing is simply gorgeous.

    I can’t imagine that this series will be able to come to a close in this third book. This story just holds so much possibility. There are so many gods and goddesses who have interesting backgrounds I’d love to know more about.

    And Ashline Wilde’s “predicament” doesn’t seem even close to being resolved.

    Of course I’m confident the author will be able to wrap things up in this third book. I just don’t want that to happen. I most definitely want more.

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    SWEET PERIL (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

    Why Top Ten? Kaidan Rowe. That is all.

    Okay, well I wasn’t being entirely honest. There is more to this book than Kaidan Rowe. There’s the fact that this world is so incredibly dark. The bad boy is incredibly bad – he is the son of the Duke of Lust after all. Oops… I somehow brought that back around to Kai again.

    The writing is so incredibly good. The characters are interesting. The plot is immensely entertaining. And I’m just dying to know what’s next. Especially as I read the description….

    Which leaves me with questions, questions and more questions. Release date is just too far away.

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    Dance of the Red Death

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH (Masque of the Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin

    Why Top Ten? The writing is gorgeous and haunting and flows beautifully. The world is utterly intriguing and horrifying. It pays homage to Poe’s stories. It’s dark, disturbing and tension-filled.

    I am so looking forward to continuing this story. I’m actually rather desperate since I took a peek at the description and read these two sentences:

    “Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust.”

    Yeah. That makes me really worried about just what happened with the two boys I thought she could trust. Even though there already was that one incident….

    If only April would get here quicker….

    8.

    Boundless

    BOUNDLESS (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand

    Why Top Ten? This series is gorgeous. It’s made me cry so very many tears over the heartbreaking moments. It left me almost equally torn between the two boys in Clara’s life. The writing is simply beautiful. Did I mention how often it made me cry?

    I don’t want this series to end, even if this final book is as “riveting” as the description promises. I want it to go on for at least another two books… or more.

    Although I’m not ready to face “The End” or witness the final battle, I am looking forward to this next installment. I just wish it wasn’t the final one.

    The description talks of “sacrifices” and “betrayal” but gives no answers as to who will make the sacrifice, who is being sacrificed, who gets betrayed or who does the betraying. All I know is that I’m very, very nervous about just how the author will have her characters say their goodbyes.

    Yet even with all of that I cannot wait until BOUNDLESS releases and I can discover those answers for myself.

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    Goddess

    GODDESS (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini

    Why Top Ten? Because I read DREAMLESS way too early and the wait has been torturous. Because I am desperately anxious for just what will become of the star-crossed lovers – Helen and Lucas. Because after that last epic journey that kept Helen and Lucas apart, I’m even more nervous for their future.

    I fell madly in love with STARCROSSED. I loved the crazy and intense connection that Helen and Lucas made. I loved how they had to fight their urge to destroy one another. I loved how the author resolved that situation…. Nope, sorry, no spoilers here.

    In DREAMLESS I ached for the situation that Helen was being put through. I was terrified about this new connection she was making. I was intrigued by the mythology that was explored. And when I reached the end I nearly screamed because I wanted more, more, more.

    Well, it’s almost 2013. The wait is just about over. Of course the fact that this is yet another series-ending book has me totally devastated. But the description promises there will be “no question unanswered.” Yet at the same time it says no heart will be “untouched.” Oh no!

    So… of course this book made my top ten list. I only wish there was another one to make the list in 2014.

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    Unbreakable

    UNBREAKABLE (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris

    Why Top Ten? Because UNRAVELING was such an amazing surprise. Because that book tugged on every heartstring. Because that ending left me desperate for the sequel. And because I read the description for UNBREAKABLE and oh my gosh….

    I have absolutely no right to be tormented about the wait for UNBREAKABLE. Because I joined this party late – I only read UNRAVELING this fall. But  I feel tormented. I am tormented.

    That description definitely did its job. It’s left me at the edge of my seat wanting to know just what happens next. It leaves me with so many questions. It makes me want answers NOW. And it makes me so very nervous about a certain character I didn’t ever want to be nervous about.

    As this sequel also has its own sort of countdown clock, I just know it will be every bit the nail-biter that UNRAVELING was. Which makes me more than look forward to its release. Words like desperate, maybe a little despondent, slightly inconsolable, and perhaps a touch wretched come to mind.

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    So that’s my top ten… well, one of them anyway. As mentioned above, I couldn’t possibly list just ten books releasing in 2013 I’m looking forward to. So these are just those books in a series I’m looking forward to continuing in 2013.

    My top ten picks for new books in a series, standalones, debuts or other books that will be a “first” for me, can be found on THE ANNEX.

    Honorable-Mentions

    Last year I went a little crazy with my Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012 list. I’m thinking the numerous honorable mentions are what prompted the suggestion this year that we don’t go overboard. Yes I did a top ten “best of” list and then did a list of the “rest of” the books I was dying to read.

    So this year I’m keeping the honorable mentions to just five books I have on my radar. Of course I did create that other list on The Annex… but still, that totals a mere twenty-five books. A much more reasonable number than the 100+ I had on last year’s list.

    SCARLET (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

    UNTITLED (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

    DARK TRIUMPH (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

    THE LOST SUN (The United States of Asgard #1) by Tessa Gratton

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    It’s still not too late to sign up for the event, even though it ends today. 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!

    For those of you who are participating, I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten posts – and most especially today’s post as I just know there are a ton of books coming out in 2013 that I haven’t heard of yet. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

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