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    Quarter Talk: What These 8 Bloggers are Saying – Q1 2013


    Quarter Talk* is a new quarterly feature that I’m trying out here on Fiktshun. The plan is for it to be a quarterly post – hence the name – where I check in with five to ten bloggers to see how they answer the following five questions about favorite reads from the past quarter, anticipated reads from the upcoming quarter, recommended debuts, trends and covers.

    Q1. What has been your favorite read during the first quarter of 2013 (January-March)?

    Q2. What is your most anticipated book releasing in April-June 2013?

    Q3. What debut book/author released in Q1 2013 would you recommend?

    Q4. What genre/sub-genre/trend do you think was “hot” during the first quarter of this year?

    Q5. What is your favorite cover of Q1 2013?

    While the blogger participants may change, the questions will remain the same. And on or around the 15th of the month after each end of Quarter there will be a new post where the bloggers I’ve invited will share their thoughts.

    I will attempt to include a somewhat diverse, but small, group of bloggers in order to get a representative sampling of what’s “hot” and what’s on their radars each quarter. Therefore not all titles will be YA.

    *Credit for the name Quarter Talk goes to Rachel of Parajunkee Design who created the banner. She came up with this title when I drew a blank as to the name I’d originally decided upon and couldn’t come up with a clever alternative when put on the spot.


    *** UPDATED to include an 8th participant 4.15.13 08:00 PDT ***

    Quarter Talk Participants

    For this first Quarter Talk, the blogger participants are…

    Jaime from Two Chicks on Books

    Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

    Kt from A Book Obsession

    Jenna from Jenna Does Books

    Alba from BookPics

    Lisa from A Life Bound By Books

    Ashley from The Bookish Brunette

    Katie from Mundie Moms


    Question 1

    What has been your favorite read during the first quarter of 2013 (January-March)?

    Jaime says…

    I read it before January but since it’s a January release I’m using it. SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard. It’s by far one of my favorites of 2013 and will be on my top 10 list for sure.


    …Mindy says

    Dang you Rachel! This question is so hard to answer! It’s a toss-up between THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green and SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins. I’m a super fan of Wendy Higgins’ Sweet Trilogy, so SWEET PERIL shouldn’t be a surprise one bit…Oh!, this book was amazing. And THE FAULT IN OUR STARS just blew me away! I’m so in love with this book that I want to marry it.


    Kt says…

    YA – WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent – This book was INCREDIBLE. I just cannot express my sheer and utter love of this book. It was everything I had hoped for in the series ender.

    Adult – WRITTEN IN RED by Anne Bishop – This one really caught me off guard. I have to be honest, that the blurb didn’t grab me, but I decided to give it a chance anyway. Boy am I glad I did! It was absolutely fantastic! It just is everything an Urban Fantasy should be. The monsters were actually monsters, not the romanticized versions that have become rather prevalent here as of late.


    …Jenna says

    ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell, hands down. The lives of these two characters, their difficulties in connecting with their family and peers, their personal struggles and (most of all) the development of their relationship with each other… Rainbow’s brilliant treatment of all these items combined makes ELEANOR & PARK THE BEST contemporary novel I have ever read. Ever.


    Alba says…

    As always, asking me such difficult questions woman!! But since I seldom get the chance to read just released books or debut authors’ books this time the answer hasn’t been as hard to make. 😀

    And since I can’t remember if I’m allowed to cheat 😀 I’ll just call it me being clever… Or something.

    Seriously though, the first book that comes to mind, the one that’s on top of my fave reads so far has got to be BREAKING POINT by Kristen Simmons. I was absolutely stunned at how much a book could impact and surprise and shatter me. It even was special since I haven’t actually read Article 5, but the way the author depicts the setting, her writing, and the characters… They all made me forget I was reading a sequel to which I hadn’t read the prequel of just yet. I cried so hard and sometimes I just felt dumb from all the awesomeness of it all.

    There’s SINS & NEEDLES by Karina Halle of course, which simply blew my mind and let us not forget my first read EVER of author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing as J.Lynn-> WAIT FOR YOU, which melted my heart into puddles and puddles of something I don’t even know the name of.


    …Lisa says

    Wow, hard but great question. I can’t pick just ONE that’s been my favorite so how about a few books that I’ve loved so far this year? ELEANOR & PARK By: Rainbow Rowell, THE 5TH WAVE By: Rick Yancey, THE TRAGEDY PAPER By: Elizabeth LaBan, DARK TRIUMPH By: Robin LaFevers, THE COLLECTOR By: Victoria Scott, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT By: Veronica Rossi… Okay, so I’ve read a few that I’ve loved. I’m sure I’m missing some but those are at the top of my list.


    Ashley says…

    THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott.

    Line_001…Katie says

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare! This is my all time favorite book so far. I LOVED IT!


    Question 2

    What is your most anticipated book releasing in April-June 2013?

    Jaime says…

    I read ahead a lot so I don’t really have any that are most anticipated since I’ve read the ones I really wanted to. But out of the group I’ve read it has to be THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau. It’s a dystopian and I LOVED it!!!

    Line_001…Mindy says

    SWEET PERIL is my #1 but I was lucky to have already read it!

    Line_001 Kt says…

    Books that I have an ARC of but haven’t read yet:

    YA – FALL OF NIGHT by Rachel Caine – I’m a huge fan of the Morganville series, and I’m super excited to see how Claire copes with the HUGE choice she made in the last installment!

    Adult – DARKNESS UNMASKED by Keri Arthur – I LOVE LOVE LOVE Keri’s books. Whenever I need a pallet cleanse from YA books, I go straight to Keri’s books as I know she will bring the smexy time while still having a stellar plot and great characters to boot!

    Books that I have to wait until release day for (sad face 🙁 )

    YA – GODDESS by Jospehine Angelini – I cannot wait to see how things play out. I’m a sucker for star-crossed lovers!

    Adult – TEMPEST REBORN by Nicole Peeler – I’m both excited for and yet dreading this one as it brings the end of a much loved series. I’ll definitely miss Jane’s Snark. Line_001

    …Jenna says

    THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey. I am hearing about this one all over the interwebs – and after reading the first 70 pages released so far, I am HOOKED. Yay for getting the opportunity to meet the author on May 18th!

    Line_001Alba says…

    No way!! You’re kidding right??

    First of all I KNOW I’ll mess this up somehow because I’ve never EVER been good at release dates, therefore I’m pretty sure I won’t mention books that I know I’ll die when they release in between April and June but since I don’t know their exact release dates I’ll try not to feel like bawling after I realize the ones did I miss mentioning.

    The first book I’m DYING for right this moment is actually the sequel to one of my favorite reads in Q1. SHOOTING SCARS by Karina Halle. Because, really, who WOULDN’T be dying after THAT FREAKING ENDING THAT SIMPLY TOOK MY HEART and shredded it so bad that when I pasted it back up it wouldn’t even resemble a human organ T_T I need this book in my life NOW!

    But also, I’m really excited for OATH BOUND (Unbound #3) by Rachel Vincent, she’s one of my all time favorite authors and even though I’ve yet to read the first 2 books I’m incredibly excited for her while also sad because I believe this is the last book 🙁


    …Lisa says

    I have two – SIEGE AND STORM By: Leigh Bardugo & ARCLIGHT By: Josin L. McQuein. Those are right at the top of my must reads for April & June.


    Ashley says…

    Oh God… I was DYING for TOUCH & GEAUX (Cut & Run #7) by Abigail Roux and it was AMAZING!!!!!

    I’m also freaking out for:

    INVISIBILITY by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan and DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin.


    …Katie says

    Oh that’s a good question. There are a lot of books coming out I can’t wait to read it, but I’d have to say Leigh Bardugo’s SIEGE & STORM, even though I’ve read it, I can’t wait for it to actually be out.


    Question 3

    What debut book/author released in Q1 2013 would you recommend?

    Jaime says…

    There’s 2 actually! THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd and SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard. Both are fantastic books!

    Line_001…Mindy says

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard and THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd.

    Line_001Kt says…

    YA – Kasie West (PIVOT POINT) — This book really impressed me and I absolutely adored the main character. I also loved the way the story was told as the two paths twisted around each other. Definitely worth checking out!

    Adult – Anne Bishop (WRITTEN IN RED) This isn’t her debut novel by far, but it is the first in a new series, and she is a new to me author. As I said earlier, it was fantastic.


    …Jenna says

    THE END GAMES by T. Michael Martin. Post-apocalyptic zombie books rarely get better than this. May also appeal as a crossover for fans of Justin Cronin or Stephen King. I read it and loved it – and so did my husband. THE END GAMES is the first book he’s read through completely in just about years – and he liked it!

    Line_001Alba says…

    I haven’t read any. 🙁


    …Lisa says

    Easy! Hands down, without questions – THE COLLECTOR By: Victoria Scott.


    Ashley says…

    Crap… I don’t know that I’ve read any debut authors! :/ I haven’t!!! I’ve only read 42 books so far… I need to read a couple this year!!!


    …Katie says

    I loved Shannon Messenger’s LET THE SKY FALL, and I also enjoyed Kasie West’s PIVOT POINT, and Megan Shepphard’s THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER.


    Question 4

    What genre/sub-genre/trend do you think was “hot” during the first quarter of this year?

    Jaime says…

    New Adult was very hot! Unfortunately it’s not a genre I would read so I haven’t fallen into the hype.

    Line_001 …Mindy says

    I think that the hot trend is “New Adult Contemporary.” I gave EASY by Tammara Webber a try, and I really liked it even though this genre is still something I won’t be frequently reading.

    Line_001 Kt says…

    Hmm that’s a really hard one. I think YA books are still holding very strong, especially dystopian and paranormal. I’m also seeing an increase in YA lite sci-fi, which I’m really enjoying.

    On the adult side of things, Urban fantasy and paranormal romance still seem to be holding strong. (Thank goodness! I’d hate to run out of new books to read. Never mind my massive, about ready to kill me, TBR pile.


    …Jenna says

    Series Continuations and Endings – if that even counts as a trend. I think the most dominant thing I have seen this quarter is series continuations and endings. SHADES OF EARTH, SCARLET, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, BOUNDLESS, ASUNDER, REQUIEM, EVERBOUND, SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE, UNRAVEL ME, LIGHT, RISE, DARK TRIUMPH… shall I go on? No particular genre, just series in general.


    Alba says…

    Oh wow, can I say New Adult?! I don’t know if it is already considered an official genre but it sure had a sudden surge in everyone’s kindles.

    It’s become so huge that a LOT of YA authors have tried it out or have re-released their books that from the beginning were for a more mature audience but didn’t get noticed until after this huge thing.

    I’ve considered myself a fan ever since I read Tammara Webber’s EASY.

    And WOW another trend. Can you say “hello” to that trend of black & white covers with colored font used for the tittle? Funny, that these 2 trends come in a package.

    So for me, New Adult plus Black & White covers was kind of “Hot” but I wouldn’t mind some change in the cover department.


    …Lisa says

    Well, if we’re talking new(ish) categories, I’d say “New Adult.” A lot of people (like me) are all over books that fit into this category. I know it’s caused some commotion throughout the blogosphere, but for me it’s a new favorite. As for genre’s… Contemporaries are high on my watch list as is High Fantasy. I’m more into if it looks good/sounds good I’ll give it a try.


    Ashley says…

    New Adult has been super hot this year! Along with the influx in erotica!!!


    …Katie says

    Great question, and I think Contemporary. I’ve read some great ones, but personally, I feel like I’ve heard more recs for contemp books than anything else.


    Question 5

    What is your favorite cover of Q1 2013?

    Jaime says…

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS was probably my favorite even though the end of the book disappointed me quite a bit.

    PULSE by Patrick Carman is a close second though. I may not have liked the book but the cover is gorgeous! And I’m kind of sick of chicks in dresses lol

    Line_001…Mindy says

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard…hands down!

    Line_001Kt says…

    YA – WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent – Okay, it is another “girl in a dress” cover, but that gold is stunning and made it really stand out for me.

    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West- I love mirror image covers, and this one may just take the cake for me with the bubble distortion.

    UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi- I have to admit that I’m not usually a big fan of cover makeovers in the middle of the series. I hate it when my books don’t match. That being said, I think they really nailed it with the eyes on these covers. Simply stunning!!

    Adult – EVER AFTER by Kim Harrison – I love this series, and this cover shows Rachel in all her Bad-assery!

    BETWEEN by Kerry Schafer – I love all the many details of this cover. From the scales on her arm to the dragon in the globe, even the fact that her clothes are sensible rather than the usual leather clad stuff we see. Definitely a fan of this cover!


    …Jenna says

    Ohhh, tough question. I really appreciate the visual imagery on the covers of both UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi (best redesign ever) and THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab (which is also a very nice cover to pet, may I add) – but since I can’t get my mind off of ELEANOR & PARK, I also can’t help but think that simplistic covers are great, too. Can I jut say all three??

    Line_001Alba says…


    But since I’ve already written more than was asked of me I’ll have to just go ahead and say, SINS & NEEDLES by Karina Halle cover is ABSOLUTELY and COMPLETELY fitting for the story!

    But my favorite is EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton and WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent.


    …Lisa says

    I think that would have to be LET THE SKY FALL By: Shannon Messenger….  It’s been one of the most memorable for me, just so beautifully done. Kind of mesmerizing from the movement shown in the graphic to the colors. I just love it!

    Also, I think it should be mentioned that there have been some pretty amazing covers being produced lately for self published authors. One I loved is THE DEEPER WE FALL By: Chelsea M. Cameron. Oh and another self published cover that I think is pretty amazing – THE SPACE BETWEEN By: Kristie Cook. I think I’ll leave it at these three because I keep thinking of others I could add to this list.


    Ashley says…

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard.


    …Katie says

    There have been a lot of fabulous covers, but I’m going to say CLOCKWORK PRINCESS. I love the covers in this series, and I’m not normally a fan of seeing people on covers like this, but I’ve loved seeing Will, Jem and Tessa.


    In Sum

    Well there you have it. Quite an interesting mix of favorite reads in Q1. Some bloggers chose previously released books, others selected books yet to be released. The same is true for Q2 anticipated reads. Not everyone got a chance to discover a new debut author. And the consensus seems to be that the New Adult trend was “hot” during the first quarter even if not everyone is a fan. Also in keeping with the varied results, cover love seems to be all over the map.

    *** UPDATE: Given the addition of an eighth participant, much of the summation still stands, though now it’s less a consensus and more a slight majority saying that New Adult is the “hot” trend.***


    What Do You Think?

    But that’s what those seven eight bloggers think. What about you?

    Do you agree with any of their picks? Would you answer the questions differently if you were asked?

    Is there a trend or genre/sub-genre that you think is “hot” right now that wasn’t mentioned? Or do you think the blogger participants covered all the bases?

    Leave a comment if you do. I’d love to know!

    And if you’d be interested in participating in the next Quarter Talk, coming July 15th, feel free to CONTACT ME.



    Blogoversary Guest Post: Alba of BookPics

    I’m starting to feel very greedy for celebrating my blogoversary long past the actual date of the event. But I have so many great tips from so many amazing bloggers to share that I don’t feel too guilty about being so greedy.

    And today… as if any introduction is really needed… I have Alba of BookPics here on the blog.

    Alba is someone who always puts a smile on my face. Her passion for books is unparalleled. She is kind, enthusiastic, generous of spirit and is my absolute favorite commentator in the blogosphere. Not only on my blog, but on every blog I visit where I see her absolutely delightful comments.

    And I was so humbled and honored by the week-long event she put together on her blog last month – one that left me blushing – that got not only some of my best blogger friends involved but authors I respect and admire. Yeah, that’s how amazing Alba is.


    For just a little background….

    I am almost positive I first met Alba on Facebook. She was way more social on Facebook than I was – and she still is. But I got to know her even better from interacting with her on my blog. And then chatting with her on Twitter. And stalking her vlogs.

    She and I both share a love of some seriously amazing authors, including Samantha Young, Rachel Vincent, Leah Clifford, Tammara Webber and Scott Tracey. We both go a little fan-girl when it comes to them. But I will concede the victory to Alba for being way more enthusiastic than I am about her love of these authors. Though it’s only because I’m old….

    I seriously admire Alba for doing all that she does for this community – sharing her love and excitement for the books and authors she adores, keeping her blog and Facebook fans apprised of all the best new book covers, for not being afraid to leave her awesome comments on the blogs she likes to visit.

    And for being a positive and honest and sincere blogger who very much has her own voice. One that I will let her share with you now….


    I think that by now every single person that has come even close to my blog knows that I cannot write something without getting teared up, crying, or laughing too hard for my dogs to appreciate…

    Anyway that’s not the point but I was just trying to explain the beginning of the post hehehe.

    First of all…. X_X -drops completely and absolutely dead –

    I am on Fiktshun’s… so let’s just take a minute or an hour depending on the scale of shock you’d consider yourself in… – I’m near a 25 hour-long shock mode right now –

    THANK YOU!! For inviting me Rachel… this is like… nirvana or something… It’s no surprise that I’m freaking out because Rachel’s blog is my fave as you can see by what happened HERE.

    I’m supposedly here to share some tip or advice on blogging but T_T I don’t think I’m experienced enough to do that, but hey! It’s FIKTSHUN’S blog so anything is pretty much possible over here, here it goes.

    I have countless of experiences I’d love to share with you but I think it’d be more exciting if you’d get to experience them by yourselves… react to them the way you would in any other real-life case scenarios and simply go along with those moments… But, the one thing I most definitely think you should always ALWAYS have in mind is…


    Don’t forget? Nope, I’m not insinuating that you’re having some memory problems or your brain short-circuited or something between those lines… It’s just that, always trying to be the first one to break out those bookish news, trying to be the one person who gets a certain ARC earlier than any other book blogger/ librarian/ anyone out there, being the one with the most followers, being the one with the most pageviews… And so many other things that we book bloggers and bloggers in general have to deal with and think about on a daily basis, are prone to make us forget.

    Forget what? That we’re actually doing this to share our book loving, author loving, and community loving personas. But most importantly that we’re doing this to have fun! Don’t go out there or start a new blog just for the books or for the fame, STEALING IS NOT COOL, be yourself! If you want to do a feature try to do a little research on it, there’s nothing wrong with posting similar things as long as you don’t just copy their content and NEVER NEVER forget to credit them… I’m rambling. So…

    My first tip? Don’t Forget to Always Always smile and be happy with everything that happens on your blog!

    Have no new followers ever since those first couple of friends clicked that GFC button? Don’t worry! Smile because those are still there and they’re supporting you!

    Didn’t get to be included in a certain blog tour? Smile because you’ll keep trying and make it next time!

    Weren’t able to enter a giveaway because it was US Only or was international but sponsored by The Book Depository and it doesn’t ship to your country even though it supposedly ships worldwide? Smile because life’s good and maybe next time you will be able to enter! -idk-

    Couldn’t get that so much coveted ARC that EVERYONE seems to be getting in the mail boxes? SMILE! Because you’re going to enjoy it and appreciate it that much more when you do, indeed, get the book. Be it an ARC or the final copy!

    And with that… comes the second and most easy tip I’ve ever given…

    Be grateful! I cannot believe how much I’ve come to appreciate everything, I mean it, every single thing that happens to me… I’m grateful for.

    Every tweet back, every facebook comment, every blog follower, every comment on my blog…every email… Every single thing brings a smile to my face and a spark of happiness in my heart and mind… And it’s no wonder I’m on cloud nine whenever I get one…

    Don’t take for granted the books you get… Be it ARCs or finished copies… Being international, it’s always always hard to see how a lot of people just take those things for granted… They have books at libraries where they can go and borrow… bookstores that have every single tittle possible a book lover can want… and publishers that are willing to send boxes and boxes of books to all those book bloggers…

    Love love love those books, treasure them, and be forever forever grateful….

    Take minutes or seconds to thank that person who stopped by your blog and left a meaningful comment, respect everyone…

    I’m rambling -_____________-

    AHH I knew this wouldn’t be a good idea… I’m practically a rookie book blogger!

    Take it from me… I’m telling/sharing this because, it has all crossed my mind, it has happened to me…

    Sometimes it might be hard to smile… when people steal your things, when you get rejected, when you feel like you’re not good enough, when even those closest to you don’t believe in you….

    But there’s always always, someone out there… who will appreciate the effort you’re doing to spread the word about all those amazing reads. Just ask the authors…

    Remember this and I think your blogging life will be definitely much more happy and enjoyable…

    Just picture it… if it weren’t for these 2 things… I wouldn’t even be Fiktshun’s #1stalker or I wouldn’t have been able to tweet with authors or I simply would have just shut down my laptop and never ever share my love for books and reading ever ever again and I wouldn’t have come to meet such a wonderful community!

    I shudder to think I wouldn’t have a single person to vent about how much I’m dying to read Everbound by Brodi Ashton or just how I die every single day that I have to wait for A Touch Menacing by Leah Clifford… or how I cry just thinking about reading Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi… or how If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Dark Song by Gail Giles played a huge part in saving my life… Or how… I want to strangle Sophie from Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series simply for being Sophie… >.<

    Who would I scream to when I meet a new book crush? Whose blog would I spam with comments?

    Ummm nope… that definitely wouldn’t be any good… I really don’t even want to imagine a world like that.

    So yeap… There you have it, Don’t ever ever forget to smile and be always always grateful…

    Smile ^_______^

    Be grateful ^_^

    And always be yourself!

    Never forget 😀

    Alba I love, love, love your tips. You are so right that we should never forget to smile and always be grateful.

    It’s just so easy to forget to smile and be grateful when things get overwhelming. When other bloggers get “more” than we do. When we get rejected or stolen from or treated poorly or criticized.

    But you are so right that there are just so many things worth smiling about in this community. Like a wonderful comment left by a favorite blog reader. Meeting a new character we’ll always remember in a newly discovered book. Being thanked by the author for taking the time to read their book. Making a new friend in the community on Twitter. And every so often being approved for a title we so desperately wanted to read on NetGalley.

    I do, however, disagree with just one tiny thing in your post. You are so NOT a rookie! Whether you like it or not, you are an established blogger. And I’m so happy to have met you and that being a part of this community has allowed the two of us to “meet” even though we aren’t on the same continent.

    Now I can officially say, “Woo hoo! I have Alba of BookPics on my blog!” Thank you so much for being a part of my blogoversary, Alba!

    If you haven’t yet “met” Alba, what are you waiting for? You can find her…

    I decided to surprise Alba with the book I was giving away during her visit to the blog. I’d initially intended to offer up for giveaway a couple copies of a book she is still a bit scared to read… LOCKDOWN… but I decided instead to go with a book by an author that I know she’s such a huge fan of. As am I.

    So, I am giving away to TWO winners – to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location – a copy of EASY by Tammara Webber.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below, and all my usual giveaway rules apply. (See my giveaway policy if you have any questions.)

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