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    Quarter Talk: What These 9 Bloggers are Saying – Q4 2013

    Quarter_Talk

    Welcome to the fourth – and final – edition of Quarter Talk.* For those of you who are not familiar with it, Quarter Talk is a feature that I started here on Fiktshun in Q1 2013.

    It’s 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.

    (If you’d like to check out last quarter’s Quarter Talk post, you can find it HERE.)

    Q1. What has been your favorite read during the fourth quarter of 2013 (October-December)?

    Q2. What is your most anticipated book releasing in January-March 2014?

    Q3. What debut book/author released in Q4 2013 would you recommend?

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

    Q5. What is your favorite cover of Q4 2013?

    While the blogger participants may have changed, the questions remained the same. And today, on the 15th day of the month following the end of Q4, I have these nine bloggers’ thoughts to share.

    As previously, I have attempted 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.


    Q4 Quarter Talk Participants

    Donna from The Happy Booker

    Jaime from Two Chicks on Books

    Lisa from A Life Bound By Books

    Daisy from Between the Pages

    Danny from Bewitched Bookworms

    Reanna from Phantasmic Reads

    Kt from A Book Obsession

    Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

    Alba from BookPics

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    Question 1

    What has been your favorite read during the fourth quarter of 2013 (October-December)?

    Donna says…

    My absolute favorite read this quarter, and one of my top 3 reads of the entire year, was THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman. I listened to the audiobook from Listening Library brilliantly narrated by Cynthia Holloway, Johnathan McClain, and Sarge Anton. I can’t wait to read the next in the series!

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    Jaime says…

    UNHINGED by A.G. Howard, REBEL SPRING by Morgan Rhodes, SNAKEROOT by Andrea Cremer, INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau, & THESE BROKEN STARS by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman.

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    Lisa says…

    YA – RACING SAVANNAH By: Miranda Kenneally

    New Adult – ALL THE PRETTY LIES By: M. Leighton

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    Daisy says…

    I actually read a lot of duds this quarter, but I LOVED THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund! They were both beautiful books and THESE BROKEN STARS didn’t even really sound like a me-book before I started it! I love getting surprised by books like that 🙂

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    Danny says…

    Oh I have been in Thailand during this time for a 3 weeks vacation so I had tons of time to read. So this is a tough question!

    I remember being mega excited over reading AVALON by Mindee Arnett. It’s a SciFi story which I could best describe as Star Wars meets The Heist Society. And gosh, it has been such an adventure!

    The second book I was super thrilled about was ALIENATED by Melissa Landers. A YA Alien – SciFi – Contemporary Romance Adventure which had everything I’m always looking for in a good story! The romance and love story has been so beautiful and touching!

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    Reanna says…

    My number one book read in this quarter would have to be DEFY by Sara B. Larson. I can’t believe we have to wait almost a year to see what happens next!

    A close second is NORTH POLE REFORM SCHOOL by Jaimie Admans. It was such a sweet story!

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    Kt says…

    Adult: REAVER by Larissa Ione – I LOVED this story. It was really great to see all the plot threads that had been placed throughout the series finally come together. Enemies to lovers all the way!

    YA: DAYLIGHTERS by Rachel Caine – While I was sad to see this much loved series end, it went out with one heck of a bang, and I loved how it all turned out.

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    Mindy says…

    This one is easy! I’m obsessed with ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole!!! Death plays a major part in this book and his character really surprised me! There were a lot of some pretty crazy scenes, a few hawt scenes and a killer ending. Epic!

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    Alba says…

    Wow, now that I’m looking into it I read quite a few books the last quarter of 2013 but I’ve got to say one of my top faves has got to be JET by Jay Crownover. It’s a new adult contemporary romance and it’s the second book in the Marked Men series.

    Holly Books! That about sums it up. And another one that has definitely got to be one of the books that killed me last year — GOLD by Talia Vance. What the Clouds?!! Seriously? Was the author’s point to make me cry? Consider it a job well done.

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    Question 2

    What is your most anticipated book releasing in January-March 2014?

    Donna says…

    ALIENATED by Melissa Landers and UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan are definitely the two on my most wanted list for Jan-March 2014.

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    Jaime says…

    LOL I’ve read them all! But here’s the ones I’ve read and loved! LANDRY PARK by Bethany Hagen, THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski, DEATH SWORN by Leah Cypess, ALL THAT GLOWS by Ryan Graudin, ALIENATED by Melissa Landers, CRESS by Marissa Meyer, HER DARK CURIOSITY by Megan Shepherd, & NIL by Lynne Matson.

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    Lisa says…

    YA – INTO THE STILL BLUE By: Veronica Rossi

    New Adult – SONG OF THE FIREFLIES By: J.A. Redmersky

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    Daisy says…

    Oh man, SO MANY! But if I have to pick two, I’m going to go with SPLIT SECOND by Kasie West, because PIVOT POINT was AMAZING and THAT ENDING! Another book I’m really looking forward to is THE LOST SISTERHOOD by Ann Fortier, I totally loved her first book Juliet and am sure this one will be amazing as well!

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    Danny says…

    NIL by Lynne Matson. Ever since they changed the cover I’ve been hooked. Plus the story sounds so amazing. It sounds a little like LOST and I know I’ve been addicted to that series for a very long time!

    WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I mean it’s Jennifer Armentrout, the master storyteller who is known to create the most swoon worthy guys ever. And I know that WHITE HOT KISS is exactly as awesome and outstanding as I hoped it would be!! Seriously Girls, be prepared for a major squee fest and swoon fest over Roth!

    And…of course all those sequels from my most beloved series, like The Lunar Chronicles. 🙂

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    Reanna says…

    THE UNDEAD POOL by Kim Harrison. I must get my hands on this book the minute it’s released. As soon as I can, I’ll be pre-ordering it!

    Also, THE AWAKENING by Nicole R. Taylor is a must read for me. This is going to be the final book in The Witch Hunter Saga, though there may be a novella or two down the road. I love this series. I love this author. Nicole was one of the best finds for me in 2013.

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    Kt says…

    Adult – Uhm can I have a four way tie? There are four adult books that I am DYING to read. These are probably pretty close to the very top of my all time favorite series and I’ve had them pre-ordered for an embarrassingly long time: UP FROM THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost, WILD THINGS by Chloe Neill, THE UNDEAD POOL by Kim Harrison, NIGHT BROKEN by Patricia Briggs.

    YA – This one is easy to narrow down, IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi. I can’t wait to see how things end!!

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    I can hardly wait for IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi and INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi! But I think I might be a little hesitant to want their stories to come to an end, and I’m actually a little worried about the outcomes of both stories!

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    Alba says…

    Just 2 books? Seriously… I’m dying here. IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi and and and… This is so hard *_* EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton…

    Ahhhhhhhh I’ll just mention 2 names Cat & Bones. <3

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    Question 3

    What debut book/author released in Q4 2013 would you recommend?

    Donna says…

    Of course I’d highly recommend THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman. I didn’t read as many debut authors in 2013 as I would have liked. I plan to do better this year!

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    Jaime says…

    I didn’t read any debut’s during this quarter.

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    Lisa says…

    YA – OLIVIA TWISTED By: Vivi Barnes

    New Adult – TATTOO THIEF By: Heidi Joy Tretheway

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    Daisy says…

    I just noticed that I totally failed at reading debuts last quarter…

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    Danny says…

    Oh most definitely Sabrina Elkins! She released her debut STIR ME UP with Harlequin Teen in October and her story was so wonderful, touching and moving that I fell deeply in love with her and her writing. She reminded me of Katie McGarry, who is maybe my most favorite author ever!

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    Reanna says…

    The best debut I read this quarter was DEFY, but since it didn’t release until January, I (technically!) can’t use it here! Wait…I did just use it here. 😉

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    Kt says…

    I actually didn’t read any new authors this quarter, but I have some pics for new series starting books.

    Adult – HELL BENT by Devon Monk. I love the Allie Beckstrom series, so I was ridiculously excited about Shamus’s spin off, and even more so when it lived up to my expectations.

    YA – PAWN by Aimee Carter. This book rocked! The world was interesting and the characters were really great. Loved it!

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    Mindy says…

    Unfortunately, I didn’t read any debuts released in the forth quarter. So, I hope the debut I’m about to mention isn’t cheating because it deserves attention! I did “read” DEFY by Sara B Larson in the fourth quarter, and it only just released this week. That book was amazing, and I can’t wait to see how the story will continue.

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    Alba says…

    Didn’t read any book from a debut author. Seriously. And now I’m just beginning to remember that I always read books by new authors months and months after they debut them.

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    Question 4

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

    Donna says…

    I think YA sci-fi is the “hot” genre and gaining momentum going into 2014. I know there are several sci-fi-esque reads I’m looking forward to this year. I’m still a big fan of zombies, post apocalyptic, and dystopic fiction so I hope they keep those coming as well! I would love to see Epic Fantasy packed with magical creatures and fascinating worlds become a trend.

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    Jaime says…

    Still New Adult ugh and Contemporary YA.

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    Lisa says…

    I’m still sticking with my answer from the last three quarters and that’d be “New Adult”.

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    Daisy says…

    I’m so bad at this, but I’ve noticed that New Adult is still hot and maybe it’s just me but I’ve seen more books about parallel worlds/alternate realities.
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    Danny says…

    Even though the whole year Contemporary was the up and rising star – during this last months of this year there were definitely more YA SciFi and Fantasy books coming out. I think this has also to do with the season, as during winter time everything is darker outside so people feel like dreaming some more. *shrugs*

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    Reanna says…

    The Contemporary New Adult trend doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. As I said last quarter, there are some great books out there, but you may have to dig to find them.

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    Kt says…

    Probably gonna have to say NA again…

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    I think it’s still New Adult, but I’m not really paying close attention.

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    Alba says…

    I think contemporary NA came back full force the last quarter of the year. There were a lot of really awaited releases like J.Lynn and Abbi Glines, Penelope Douglas and a lot more. But also YA contemporary made somewhat of an appearance thanks to Katie McGarry.

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    Question 5

    What is your favorite cover of Q4 2013?

    Donna says…

    HeroThe Eye of Minds

    There was A LOT of cover love happening as the year came to a close! I never get tired of “pretty dress” covers so HERO by Alethea Kontis is probably the first cover that comes to mind. I thought it was simply stunning! My son was particularly excited about the cover for THE EYE OF MINDS by James Dashner and I agree, it’s a pretty cool cover (and was an awesome Christmas present for my 12 year old!)

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    Jaime says…

    Rebel SpringThese Broken Stars

    REBEL SPRING by Morgan Rhodes or THESE BROKEN STARS by Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman.

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    Lisa says…

    These Broken StarsRide

    YA – THESE BROKEN STARS By: Amie Kaufman

    New Adult – RIDE By: J.C. Emery

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    Daisy says…

    These Broken StarsTaste of Darkness UK

    The cover of THESE BROKEN STARS and the UK cover for TASTE OF DARKNESS by Maria V. Snyder, the UK covers for this series are so much prettier than the US ones!

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    Danny says…

    TeardropCrash Into You

    Oh Rachel! How can you ask me this! There are so many amazing covers that I could ever pick just one…But Ok, I try with .. picking two -ok ? :))

    TEARDROP by Lauren Kate. This cover is insanely beautiful, the wonderful colours and the dreamy aspect makes me excited and happy even looking at it!

    CRASH INTO YOU by Katie McGarry. I absolutely LOVE the very unique angle of this cover shot! I love Isaiah and Rachel lying in the car and the birds eye view. It’s such a gorgeous cover!

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    Reanna says…

     

    North Pole Reform School

    My favorite cover this quarter is NORTH POLE REFORM SCHOOL. I love it. It’s just perfect. 🙂

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    Kt says…

    Darkness SplinteredPawn

    Adult – DARKNESS SPLINTERED by Keri Arthur. Gorgeous and badass at the same time. Love it!

    YA – PAWN by Aimee Carter. There’s just something about the simplicity of this cover that draws me in. And the eye behind the image… Perfect.

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    Mindy says…

    These Broken Stars

    THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman. I haven’t read it yet but I love the cover!

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    Alba says…

    Perfect RuinControl

    PERFECT RUIN by Lauren DeStefano, gorgeous cover & CONTROL by Lydia Kang has an amazing and interesting cover.

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    In Sum

    In Q4 2013 the blogger participants seem to have a bit more in common in terms of favorite reads. THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner popped up quite a bit. ALIENATED by Melissa Landers made a few bloggers’ lists, too.

    The NA contemporary trend appears to still be going strong, though YA sci-fi is making its presence known. The most popular cover this quarter goes to THESE BROKEN STARS. And in this last quarter of 2013 not a lot of debut books or authors were discovered.

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    What Do You Think?

    So that’s what these nine bloggers think. But what about you?

    Do you agree with any (or all) 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!

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    A final note…

    I would just like to thank each and every one of the bloggers who accepted my invitation to participate each quarter. Your favorite reads and insights into the trends have been enormously valuable and I loved seeing what you had to say on or around the 15th. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Quarter Talk: What These 7 Bloggers are Saying – Q3 2013

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    Welcome to the third edition of Quarter Talk.* For those of you who are not familiar with it, Quarter Talk is a feature that I started here on Fiktshun in Q1 2013.

    It’s 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.

    (If you’d like to check out last quarter’s Quarter Talk post, you can find it HERE.)

    Q1. What has been your favorite read during the third quarter of 2013 (July-September)?

    Q2. What is your most anticipated book releasing in October-December 2013?

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

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

    Q5. What is your favorite cover of Q3 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.


    Q3 Quarter Talk Participants

    Jaime from Two Chicks on Books

    Donna from The Happy Booker

    Reanna from Phantasmic Reads

    Alba from BookPics

    Daisy from Between the Pages

    Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

    Lisa from A Life Bound By Books

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    Question 1

    What has been your favorite read during the third quarter of 2013 (July-September)?

    Jaime says…

    I had 2: THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas – it’s a mix of High Fantasy and real world historical – it was FAB! And DESCENDANT by Lesley Livingston – I needed my Fenn fix and it was perfection although I wanted to kill her with that ending lol.

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    …Donna says

    My favorite read this quarter was without a doubt OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay. This retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a sci-fi twist surprised me. The writing was absolutely incredible and the author managed to bring something completely new to the story while still remaining true to the original fairy tale. I LOVED it and have been gushing about it ever since.

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    Reanna says…

    I can’t pick just one! It’s not possible 😀

    FIFTH GRAVE PAST THE LIGHT by Darynda Jones – Charley is one of my favorite characters ever, and Ms. Jones did not disappoint this time. And that ending…ARGH!

    THANKLESS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb – This is the 37th book in the series (not counting novellas) and one of my top five favorites. Excellent read!

    SINS OF THE LOST by Linda Poitevin – I read the first two books in the series late last year, and I couldn’t wait for this one. I was completely blown away.

    AN IMPERFECT WITCH by Debora Geary – This is the first book in a new series by Ms. Geary, but they still feature characters from her Modern Witch series. All the characters I fell in love with are still here, which is wonderful.

    Honorable mention and lots of love needs to go to THE DEVIL’S TATTOO by Nicole R. Taylor, which was her first contemporary romance; the entire Off series by Sawyer Bennett (full of strong females and swoonworthy alpha males!); and the entire Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep.

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    …Alba says

    Yay!!! I kind of did read a lot this quarter so I’m excited, while some of the books weren’t ones released in between July & September these ones were released this year so YAY!

    First up:

    (YA, Dystopian) UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi. OH MY FREAKING CLOUDS IN THE HEAVENS!!! This book was simply perfection incarnate, I didn’t think it was possible to top the amazing work and masterpiece that SHATTER ME was but apparently I was wrong because this book took my breath away. I don’t know why I took so long to read it (I wanted to reread SHATTER ME) but yeah, this is my top favorite!

    (YA, Contemporary) Then of course comes HERE WITHOUT YOU by Tammara Webber. X_____X This book! Do you know how long I waited for this book?! Plus, Tammara had weekly teasers which didn’t help at all with my heart and mind well-being. This was the perfect end to one of my all-time favorite series! And I thank YOU (Fiktshun) for introducing me to the amazing Tammara Webber!

    (YA, Fantasy?) GOLD by Talia Vance. AHHHH!!! AHH!!!!! AHHHHH!! T_T I don’t have words, this book ruined me, for life! This was just too much and I’m pretty sure I haven’t been able to forgive Talia for what she did to me and to some characters in this book… too much.

    (NA, Contemporary) RULE by Jay Crownover and also JET by Jay Crownover. Both books are from the same series and while one was dark, gritty and oh so very very sexy the other was sad, mysterious, hot and all about rock 😉 The best part?! TATTOOS!!! I mean there’s a reason why the series is called Marked Men 😉 If you’ve never read NA and want to give it a try I’d completely recommend you start with these books, you won’t be disappointed. 😉

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    Daisy says…

    Oh gosh, where to start? I was jobless this summer, so I read TONS of books… My favourite read would have to be a tie between CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas and BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand! With honorable mentions for THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas and FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund.

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    …Mindy says

    I read a lot of really good books this quarter, so this one will be hard. I think that IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta isn’t getting the hype it deserves; THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter was freakin’ awesome; and THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black was purely brilliant!

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    Lisa says…

    There’s no way I can choose just one, so a few of my favorites for the third quarter are…. THE ONLY ONE By: Magan Vernon, CHAOS By: Christine O’Neil and THE FORGOTTEN ONES By: Laura Howard. Three stand out titles that I highly recommend.

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    Question 2

    What is your most anticipated book releasing in October-December 2013?

    Jaime says…

    THE IRON TRAITOR by Julie Kagawa and REVELATIONS by JA Souders.

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    …Donna says

    I can’t think of anything I’m anticipating more than WORLD AFTER by Susan Ee. I read ANGELFALL back in 2011 and it remains one of my favorite post-apocalyptic books ever and I’ve been DYING to know what happened with Penryn, Raffe, & the end of the world as we know it.

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    Reanna says…

    SKIN GAME by Jim Butcher; THE SPIDER by Jennifer Estep; THE FIRE WALKER by Nicole R. Taylor; and SHAMAN RISES by C.E. Murphy

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    …Alba says

    (YA) I can’t wait to get my hands on ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole. I fell head over heels in love with the first book because it was like no other book I’ve ever read and I hope with all my hopes hehe to get this one soon!

    (YA) THE FIERY HEART by Richelle Mead. It’s no new news that I’m not a Dimka+Rose fan and more of a Sydrian ALL THE WAY kind of girl so I cannot wait for this book to come out!

    (YA, Contemporary) JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle Forman. One of my favorite authors and I have put on hold my reading of JUST ONE DAY so I can read it plus this one back-to-back. 😉

    (YA) SNAKEROOT by Andrea Cremer. No need to explain here.

    (YA) AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight. -_-

    (YA, Contemporary) CRASH INTO YOU by Katie McGarry.

    I could go on and on and on and that’s not even including the novellas, like FRACTURE ME 2.5 I believe?

    I can’t remember a NA adult for the life of me though :/

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    Daisy says…

    I’m excited about SO MANY books! I’m reading one of them right now: NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken, the ending of THE DARKEST MINDS KILLED ME! The same goes for TASTE OF DARKNESS by Maria V. Snyder, I LOVE her books and OMG I need to know what happens next!! Though I’ll be sad to end this series…

    I’m also really excited about PAWN by Aimee Carter, ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund and NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED by Sarah MacLean (I always devour her books the moment I get my hands on them).

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    …Mindy says

    Hands down it’s ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole, and I’m listening to the audio now! And it’s 100% living up to my expectations. I was also impatiently waiting THE FIERY HEART, and I’m thrilled to say that I’m reading that one now thanks to Jaime from Two Chicks on Books.

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    Lisa says…

    This is such an easy question! There are a bunch I’m looking forward to none more than ALLEGIANT By: Veronica Roth.

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    Question 3

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

    Jaime says…

    Sherry Thomas’s THE BURNING SKY! She’s not exactly a debut since she’s a romance writer but THE BURNING SKY was her YA Debut so I’d have to say that!

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    …Donna says

    GATED by Amy Christine Parker was fascinating. It takes place within a religious cult community that is preparing for the end of the world. I would highly recommend this and I’m looking forward to more from this author.

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    Reanna says…

    Um…*scours Goodreads read shelf*…Wow. I didn’t read any debuts during the quarter. I can’t believe that.

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    …Alba says

    Didn’t read any, I stink at this hehe.

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    Daisy says…

    Definitely THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas! Every time I read a book like THE BURNING SKY, I’m reminded why I love fantasy so much! This book has everything I want from a good fantasy paired with a swoony romance and I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH!

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    …Mindy says

    I didn’t read a debut that was released in the third quarter of 2013, but I did read IN THE AFTER in the third quarter which was released earlier this year as a debut, and I loved it! I totally recommend it to anyone looking for a really good post-apocalyptic, heading toward dystopia, book.

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    Lisa says…

    This question for this quarter is rough for me because I haven’t read many debut authors this time around but there was one that stuck out. A YA title – CHAOS By: Christine O’Neil. It was such a great read! Looking forward to the sequel because that ending just about killed me!

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    Question 4

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

    Jaime says…

    New Adult again ugh. (When is YA paranormal, sci-fi, and dystopian going to gain the lead again? *sobs*)

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    …Donna says

    It seemed like everyone was talking about all things dystopic or post apocalyptic; a lot of zombies and end of the world scenarios. This worked out well for me since I LOVE reading stories of survival in extreme circumstances.

    Trends---The-Happy-Booker

    I think the trend is shifting toward sci-fi though, there are so many upcoming sci-fi themed books that sound incredible & I can’t wait to read them!! I think that much of the next 2 quarters will see an increase of sci-fi books.
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    Reanna says…

    Contemporary New Adult. Every time I turn around, there are ten more being published. I’ve read a few this year, but I think it takes a special story to stand out in this saturated genre. Those special ones are out there, trust me.

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    …Alba says

    I think that, finally, the NA boom is going down now and I can find other titles being read by my friends and followers on the blog at least at the end of September I saw a lot of YA Dystopia read by a lot of people. So I think this time I’ll go with YA Dystopia and a bit of NA & YA Contemporary Romance.

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    Daisy says…

    New Adult is more and more present and I’ve seen a lot of YA mythology and fairytale retellings.

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    I suck! I haven’t been good at paying attention to what everyone else is reading, but I’m noticing that publishers are starting to introduce New Adult with Paranormal. I think that genre is gaining a lot of interest.

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    Lisa says…

    I still think that “New Adult” is going pretty strong, I know I’ve been enjoying more and more of these titles, but I think authors are starting to venture out from just contemporary, which I’m looking more and more forward to with each title that I read in this still growing category. Another that I think is picking up more steam would be High Fantasy, which I’m also looking forward to reading more of in this quarter and on into the future.

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    Question 5

    What is your favorite cover of Q3 2013?

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    TheBurningSkyOldCoverThe Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY. I loved the old cover (I think Harper changed it because it looked too much like the TMI Posters and the 10th Kingdom Mini-Series), but the new one is just as stunning!

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    …Donna says

    White Trash Zombie ApocalypseBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue SeaDelia's Shadow

    That’s SUCH a difficult question, there are always so many gorgeous covers that grab my attention and make me covet the book! Three of my favorites from this quarter would probably be WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, and DELIA’S SHADOW. There is just something haunting and gothic about DELIA’S SHADOW that I really like and it looks lovely on my bookshelf.

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    Reanna says…

    The Devil's TattooThe Burning Sky

    THE DEVIL’S TATTOO by Nicole R. Taylor and THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas 🙂

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    …Alba says

    Shooting ScarsInfinityglassBiting BadThe Burning SkyThe Wicked WithinFrigidOfBeastAndBeautyLast BloodAll Our Pretty Songs

    Argh, this is my least favorite question because I’m a cover lover, always. So let’s see:

    SHOOTING SCARS by Karina Halle was one of my favorites, INFINITYGLASS by Myra McEntire, I’m completely in love with the cover of BITING BAD by Chloe Neill 😀 It’s simple but enticing, THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas, THE WICKED WITHIN by Kelly Keaton, FRIGID by J.Lynn, OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay, LAST BLOOD by Kristen Painter, ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS by Sarah McCarry. And a lot more.

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    Daisy says…

    This Song Will Save Your LifeThe Bitter KingdomCrown of Midnight

    I can’t pick a favorite, so I’m going with three: THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales (because the typography is awesome), THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson (because all the covers look beautiful together and just LOVE) and CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas (because it shows Celaena being the badass she is in the books).

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    …Mindy says

    The Burning SkyAll Our Yesterdays

    I love the cover of THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas as well as the cover of ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill.

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    Lisa says…

    FangirlBlurred - 1600pxThin SpaceAll Our Yesterdays

    One of my favorite covers for the third quarter would without a doubt have to be FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. A few others that should get mentioned are – BLURRED By: Tara A. Fuller, THIN SPACE By: Jody Casella and ALL OUR YESTERDAYS By: Cristin Terrill. There are so many great ones to choose from, but these all stand out as my favorites.

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    In Sum

    The favorite reads seem to be all over the map in Q3 as are the most anticipated upcoming releases for the final quarter of the year. While New Adult appears to still be going strong, bloggers are noticing that the trend might be shifting to incorporate more than contemporary within that genre and they are starting to see new genres beginning to make a showing. There is some variety with the cover love this quarter, but most tend to be darker, more artistic. And hands-down, the most popular cover is Sherry Thomas’ THE BURNING SKY.

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    What Do You Think?

    So that’s what these seven bloggers think. But what about you?

    Do you agree with any (or all) 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 – and last – Quarter Talk, coming January 15th, feel free to CONTACT ME.

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    Quarter Talk: What These 10 Bloggers are Saying – Q2 2013

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    Welcome to the second edition of Quarter Talk.* For those of you who are not familiar with it, Quarter Talk is a new feature that I started here on Fiktshun in Q1 2013.

    It’s 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.

    (If you’d like to check out last quarter’s Quarter Talk post, you can find it HERE.)

    Q1. What has been your favorite read during the second quarter of 2013 (April-June)?

    Q2. What is your most anticipated book releasing in July-September 2013?

    Q3. What debut book/author released in Q2 2013 would you recommend?

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

    Q5. What is your favorite cover of Q2 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.


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    Q2 Quarter Talk Participants

     

    Jaime from Two Chicks on Books

    Kt from A Book Obsession

    Ashley from The Bookish Brunette

    Jenna from Jenna Does Books

    Lisa from A Life Bound By Books

    Alba from BookPics

    Jennifer from The Book Nympho

    Daisy from Between the Pages

    Annie from Tar Heel Bibliobabe

    Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

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    Question 1

    What has been your favorite read during the second quarter of 2013 (April-June)?

    Jaime says…

    I have been in a huge reading slump this quarter! But my favorite book I’ve read was THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson. Yeah I read it way ahead of time couldn’t help it. It was the perfect finish to one of my favorite series 🙂

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    …Kt says

    YA- Hands down, THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa. I loved the first book, but this one was even better in my opinion. It seamlessly balances character development and heart pounding action along with staggering emotions in perfect proportions. There wasn’t a single dull moment in this book. In fact, I’d give just about anything to get my hands on the next installment right now.

    Adult- Another easy one to choose, my adult pick is MAGIC RISES by Ilona Andrews. I love love love this series, and each new installment is better than the last. In fact this one blew me out of the water, even as it left me an emotional wreck due to the massive relationship turbulence and hard blows dealt. Frankly, it is an incredible read from start to finish.

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    Ashley says…

    I REALLY tried to pick only one… But I just COULDN’T!!! It was utterly impossible I tell you!!!

    PAINT ME BEAUTIFUL by C.M. Stunich … I just recently discovered C.M. Stunich when I read LOSING ME, FINDING YOU. Since then I’ve devoured the Never series and PAINT ME BEAUTIFUL. She is a fabulous author, but PAINT ME BEAUTIFUL held a deeper meaning for me. This book ripped my heart out, and I just can’t say enough about it.

    A GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin … I have been LITERALLY drowning in this series since I began! Usually epic-type fantasy books are not my thing at all, but the Song of Fire and Ice series is ridiculously addictive and absolutely AMAZING!!!!

    A DIFFERENT BLUE by Amy Harmon … WOW! Seriously, anyone who hasn’t read this book – I beg you to drop what you are doing and begin immediately! Blue Echohawk’s story is one I STILL randomly think on at the oddest times for no reason at all. It’s raw, tragic, highly emotional and real!

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    …Jenna says

    The best book I have read this past quarter, hands-down, is VICIOUS by Victoria Schwab. Even though it will not be released until Q3 (September 24) I had the opportunity to read it early – and I am so glad to have read it. VICIOUS is Victoria’s first venture outside of writing for young adults, and I must say, I think that she has polished her skills for this spectacular “adult” debut. Her story about two college student’s thesis gone “wring”, turns all of our ideas about what it means to be a “hero” up-side-down and inside-out. I cannot recommend it enough.

    Runners up in the “young adult” category include: SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo, THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey and NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis (another Q3 release).

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    Lisa says…

    That’s a tough question. I have a couple that are at the TOP of my favorite list for the second quarter – THE SPACE BETWEEN by Kristie Cook, REBOOT by Amy Tintera, and ONE TINY SECRET by Adam Kunz. There are a few others I could add to this list but these three stands out the most, the ones that I still find myself thinking about. I’d love to do nothing more but sit down and reread all three of these right now.

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    …Alba says

    DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry, definitely and without a question.

    Trust me, it doesn’t have to do with the fact that I haven’t been able to read a lot of the new releases this past quarter.

    I guess my review pretty much says it. I fell completely in love with the story and I loved it WAY more than the first book. It was THE book for me right along with THIS GIRL by Colleen Hoover who has just… I’m left speechless. She’s too talented for my eyes and yet I cannot get enough of her books.

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    Jennifer says…

    HEART OF VENOM by Jennifer Estep (eArc, releases August 27th)

    It was Gin at her bloodiest!

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    This is such a hard question, so I’m gonna have to cheat and name two 🙂

    I didn’t expect to love GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby as much as I did! It was such an unexpected love and has easily become one of my favourite reads of this quarter and of the year probably!

    The other one that I cannot possibly leave out is SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo. SO MUCH LOVE for this book!! It was even better than SHADOW AND BONE and AAAH! STURMHOND!!! I cannot stop gushing about this book!

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    Annie says…

    This is a crazy hard question! It’s so hard to pick but I am going to pick two from different genres. My pick from the paranormal genre is SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo. I know I was a bit late to the game on this one, but I’ve always been a huge fan of Russia and I love how this is set in a fantasy Russian land. The writing is gorgeous and the Darking…yummy. 🙂

    My pick from the contemporary genre would hands-down be DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry. This book is nitty gritty and totally real. This shows that opposites can really attract and ignite. I am so stoked for Isaiah’s story!

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    Oh! Wow!!! I just realized that I’ve read some pretty awesome amazing books in this quarter!  It’s hard to choose.  THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey and  THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau have to be my top 2 most faves. But I also absolutely loved both of the first two books in The Selection by Kiera Cass (THE SELECTION, THE ELITE), THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young was WOW, and TEN TINY BREATHS by K.A. Tucker was amazing too! Oh and ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell hit it pretty high up there for me too.  OMG! Did I forget ANGELFALL by Susan Ee? That book was insane!

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    Question 2

    What is your most anticipated book releasing in July-September 2013?

    Jaime says…

    Ah there’s so many! But I’d have to say THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater!

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    …Kt says

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

    YA- CONSUME by Melissa Darnell – I’m pretty sure this is the final book in the series, so I’m both very excited and very nervous to see how everything ends up. I just love the blending of witch and vampire mythologies, with a little forbidden romance thrown in.

    Adult- BITING BAD by Chloe Neill – Merit and Ethan. I mean what more needs to be said?

    Books that I have to wait for release day for. 🙁

    YA- ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake – I LOVED her Anna Dressed in Blood series, so I’ve been pretty anxious to read something else she’s written. Add in the fact that it’s about greek mythology, and I was sold.

    Adult- BLOOD BOND by Jeanne C. Stein- This is the final book in the Anna Strong series, and I can’t wait to see how the journey ends!

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    Ashley says…

    FIRE & ASH by Jonathan Maberry (Benny Imura #4)!!!

    I am a little bit of a Benny Imura SUPER fangirl!!! I am fully and TOTALLY invested in the lives of these characters… and I was MAYBE A TAD disappointed with the way FLESH & BONE ended – so I’m really curious to see whether Maberry will redeem himself or force hubs to go on suicide watch if I happen to be disappointed again!

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    …Jenna says

    Tough choice. I will stick to a book I have not read yet, since I have already read the highly anticipated WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller, FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell and, of course, VICIOUS by Victoria Schwab.

    I think my most highly anticipated book in Q3 is CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas. I just recently (finally) read THRONE OF GLASS and was *blown away*… I was absolutely and completely enthralled by the world, the characters, the magic and the mystery. Trust me, guys, this is fantasy at its best. And to think that there are already four prequel novellas and a total of FIVE anticipated full-length books in the series… I look forward to many more years of adventure with Calaena, Chaol, Dorian and the rest of this complex ensemble cast of characters.

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    Lisa says…

    I can’t WAIT for THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black, ORIGIN by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil and as always, this list could go on and on and on…. So many books coming out, so little time and money!

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    …Alba says

    For July…

    Argh, I just became a Colleen Hoover hardcore fan so I’m going with LOSING HOPE by her even if the book might be out by the time this post goes live and even though I haven’t read the book prior to this one. Same goes for THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West, FIFTH GRAVE PAST THE LIGHT by Darynda Jones. Oh my!! There are so many and as it is known I’m bad with release dates I’m not blushing as much.

    I’m pretty sure FRIGID by J. Lynn comes out on July so I’m really looking forward to that one as well.

    And August, INTO THE DEEP by Samantha Young 😀 So excited!

    OF COURSE for September? GOLD by Talia Vance.

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    Jennifer says…

    ELYSIAN FIELDS by Suzanne Johnson (August 13th)

    I can’t wait to see what trouble DJ gets into this time around.

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    OMG, SO MANY!

    First off: THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson. I have already read this book and it is AMAZING! Everyone go read it and love it and GAH just talk to me about it!!

    Another one that I’m insanely excited about is CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas! I’ve been PINING for this book for ages and I cannot wait till a shiny finished copy finally makes it’s way into my hands!

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    Annie says…

    This one is a tie. This first one I am so excited for is A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY by Susan Dennard. I loved the first one and I’ve already heard amazing things about the sequel. Historical + zombies…perfection.

    The second book I’m excited for is CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas. THRONE OF GLASS is one of my favorite fantasy novels ever and I’ve heard this next one is just epic. And it has two really amazing guys. I can’t wait to see how it goes.

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    THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson and I was lucky to borrow a copy from a dear friend and I already just finished it.  It was AMAZING! That series is AMAZING!

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    Question 3

    What debut book/author released in Q2 2013 would you recommend?

    Jaime says…

    IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters, THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau, and THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan. By far these three were my favorite of the debut authors! They are all amazing reads!

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    …Kt says

    YA- Lauren Miller. I LOVED her debut release, PARALLEL. It simply was amazing the way she told the story and blended two worlds together.

    Adult- I haven’t read any debut adult novels this quarter other than my Covet author’s fabulous books, like Tiffany Allee’s DON’T BITE THE BRIDESMAID, (not her debut in publishing, but it is her first full length book), or Susannah Scott’s LUCK OF THE DRAGON, etc. I could go on and on about these fabulous ladies’ books 🙂

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    Ashley says…

    Okay… So I suck AGAIN. I didn’t read any debut authors this quarter either!!! You’re totally going to ban me from Quarter Talk!! I need someone to assign me a debut to read for next quarter! Who wants the job?!?! Any takers?????

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    …Jenna says

    THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott (it’s a good year for Victoria’s, isn’t it?)  What’s not to love about Dante, a male lead whose bite may actually be more dangerous than his snarky, convention-defying bark. This is an author to watch for, as her witty dialogue and ability to spin a good yarn are highly evident. I for one can say that I cannot wait for the next book in this series, THE LIBERATOR, to be released in Q3!

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    Lisa says…

    Without a doubt that’d have to be THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan. What a thrilling, mysterious and beautifully written story! And about Gargoyles’ too!

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    …Alba says

    Yay!! I read a couple of debut authors even if they aren’t from the huge publishers, I’m so excited hehe. And I’d recommend utterly and completely Michelle Kemper Brownlow’s book, IN TOO DEEP.

    It made me cry and smile and it just wowed me in a way a lot of contemporary books haven’t been able to.

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    Kait Ballenger

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    I just realised I haven’t actually read all that many debuts this quarter! But I really enjoyed THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani! It was really cute and I love a good tale set in a magical boarding school!

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    Annie says…

    I totally recommend Leah Rae Miller, who wrote THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD. It was such a cute and light summer read with a really adorkable guy. I can’t wait to see what else Leah has up her sleeve for us.

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    I’d have to say for sure THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau and ANGELFALL by Susan Ee.

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    Question 4

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

    Jaime says…

    New Adult again boo for me since I’m not a reader of that genre.

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    Seems like New Adult is still really the thing right now, even if it isn’t what I’m personally looking for.

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    I would go with Comtemporary New Adult… It seems one out of every two authors are jumping on the New Adult band wagon. I get it… You can write more boldly, without fear of reprimand from the YA crowd, all while appealing to the large mass of ADULTS who read YA – while feeling as if they’re “missing” that little something. That “something” was sex. By slapping the genre label “New Adult” on a book, characters can be 17 and over, doing whatever – and the author can’t be attacked about it! And for the record, I’m totally down because I am SO over the paranormal craze. Even dystopians all started to run together for me!

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    …Jenna says

    New Adult is definitely on the rise. Everybody and their brother (or maybe not “their brother” since New Adult currently appears to be dominated by female writers) is getting in on this craze. I myself have recently fallen to the lure of these books. A few stand-outs include THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay, FAKING IT by Cora Carmack and HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover.

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    Lisa says…

    I have to agree with my first quarter answer and say “New Adult.” I think it’s just starting to really take off and I can’t be more excited about all the publishers who are also starting to pick up more titles to publish in this category. I can’t wait to find a new book to read and the authors bring more exciting titles for all of us who LOVE “New Adult”! So, SO excited!!!

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    …Alba says

    Oh god, I still believe the New Adult thing is going pretty strong but now I believe there’s some line being crossed because I feel those New Adults are more like “Adults” if you know what I mean.

    But either way. New Adult, Contemporary and Adult books have been getting more famous by the second. It’s weird how one genre can almost completely overcome all the other ones.

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    Steampunk

    I’ve seen more and more new releases in this genre. I’ve yet to read one but I have a few on my TBR.

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    Oh lord, I don’t really keep up with trends… But I think New Adult is still kind of a hot trend.

    Scrolling through my TBR list (which is mostly YA), I noticed a lot of contemporaries released this quarter and there have been some more mysteries I guess. I’ve also noticed a surge in parallel or alternate realities/multiple futures.

    Coverwise I think there’s a bit of a shift from ‘pretty girl in a dress’ to more experimentation with fonts.

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    Annie says…

    I’ve seen so many YA dystopians releasing this quarter. THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young, THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey, THE RULES by Stacey Kade and RUSH by Eve Silver just to name a few. Everywhere I go, there are more coming out. I haven’t decided how I feel about this trend yet. We shall see.

    Also, New Adult. I know this has been said so many times by pretty much everyone but I can’t help but vehemently agree. Yes, some of the story lines are overdone sometimes but I always usually have good luck finding books in this popular genre.

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    Question 5

    What is your favorite cover of Q2 2013?

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    Jaime says…

    I really loved the cover of ICONS by Margaret Stohl too bad the book fell short for me :/

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    …Kt says

    YA- PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards. The feather on fire and the colors are just awesome.

    A runner up would be TAKEN by Erin Bowman. The colors, setting, and elements of this cover are just gorgeous.

    Adult- DARKNESS UNMASKED by Keri Arthur. Risa just looks so badass and her concrete looking wings are awesome!

    And the runner up is DAMN HIM TO HELL by Jamie Quaid. Again, the colors drew me into this cover, but what I really love is the gas mask and the rifle. Makes me just want to read it. (Which I already did. 😉

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    Ashley says…

    I would say SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo. Although I haven’t read this series, I have heard it is absolutely fantastic! The covers are so unique, as they don’t have a chick and some dude embracing and half dressed – like EVERY other cover available right now, that I’m tempted to start them THIS VERY MINUTE based solely on that! 😉

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    …Jenna says

    THE WARD by Jordana Frankel was one of my favorite covers of Q2. I have a thing for gorgeously detailed destruction, I think… Too bad the inside of the book did not deliver.

    As for a book with a fabulous cover that did deliver? I would have to go with THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey. It wasn’t until I met Rick in person and he explained numerous aspects with regard to the cover and overall book design that I fully appreciated the beauty of this book. It’s not just the cover that makes this book special, it is the attention to detail, the chapter headings, the section dividers, the texture… the entire package put together.

    Plus, tell me this: Do you see the bird on the cover of THE 5TH WAVE?

    Runner up: SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo.

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    I think my favorite cover for the second quarter of 2013 would have to be THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan. It’s so dramatic and the colors are perfect for the setting of the story and the back drop of Paris. It’s spectacular in person, both the cover AND the story so check it out!

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    …Alba says

    Argh!!!!! I love love ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey book’s cover!! Seriously so beautiful.

    I also love DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin, TIDAL by Amanda Hocking, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO by A.R. Kahler, and my FAVORITE FAVORITE!! BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown O_O That cover is too perfect *O*

    So many, sorry. I kind of got carried away.

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    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

    I’ve not read it but the cover is very pretty.

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    I really loved the covers of both TAKEN by Erin Bowman and LINKED by Imogen Howson, though both books were a bit of a disappointment for me. Covers are gorgeous though.

    I’m currently reading TARNISH by Katherine Longshore and I LOVE the hardcover cover art! Simple but effective.

    And one I haven’t read yet but am dying to: AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini (I’m talking the purplish cover, GORGEOUS!)

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    THE ELITE by Kiera Cass. The colors, the dress, and the font all work amazingly together! Just beautiful. I’m excited to see book 3’s cover.

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    In Sum

    There were some fairly popular favorite reads among the participating bloggers in Q2 and in their anticipated reads for the upcoming quarter. Epic Fantasy seems to be on the watch list both in this quarter and into the next. And even more than last quarter, New Adult seems to be the growing trend… and it doesn’t seem to be losing any steam. Cover love also seems to have moved away from girls in dresses, and illustrated covers or those with a bit of artistry seem to be the ones that catch most participating bloggers’ eyes.

     

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    What Do You Think?

    So that’s what these ten bloggers think. But what about you?

    Do you agree with any (or all) 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 October 15th, feel free to CONTACT ME.

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    Blogoversary Guest Posts + Giveaway

    I am so excited to welcome to the blog five bloggers that I have known, admired and respected for quite some time. One I met on Twitter, a couple around the blogs and one on Facebook. I feel like I’ve known them all forever, and I’m so thrilled that they accepted my invitation to share some of their wisdom with me and my blog’s readers this blogoversary.

    They are all bloggers whose opinions I value, who have fantastic blogs that I try to visit as often as I can, and who have been the source of more than one bookish purchase I’ve made.

    They are all so very different from one another which is the perfect example of just how diverse the book blogging community is, how appreciated all their unique voices and styles are, and how the internet allows readers from one country to so very easily interact with those from another.

    And so, without further ado let me turn this blog over to….

    Kara of Great Imaginations

    If you are looking to get blog followers, obviously getting on Twitter and Facebook are a must. I just use Twitter myself, but I know Facebook users are very successful too. However, the best way to get blog COMMENTERS is to comment on other blogs. It takes awhile and it takes a lot of time, but if you want those treasured comments that we all love getting, pick some blogs you like and start commenting! And I don’t mean saying “Nice blog post, come visit mine.” Leave a meaningful comment. Read the post. I know our time is important to all of us and we don’t have a lot of it, but if you want people to actually respond and READ your posts, you have to do the same to them. Show them the respect you want in return. Respect is not given, it is earned.

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    The other point I would make is that blogging is stressful as hell sometimes. It’s okay if you can’t post every day. It’s okay if you don’t want to read every day. There are a lot of blogs out there to look up to and envy, but you don’t HAVE to be like everybody else. That took me a long time to learn. Some weeks I post every day. Some weeks I only post twice. I battle with depression/anxiety so it’s hard to find motivation sometimes. But that’s totally okay! I am me and I know that the most important thing of all is to blaze my own path and be myself. It’s so easy to put pressure on yourself because you want to have it all and you want it RIGHT NOW. But the reality is that most likely it’s not going to be that way. Most of us will never reach big blog status. And that’s totally okay! If you want readers to appreciate what you write and post, you have to be you. Because your voice and passion will come through only when you stop putting pressure on yourself and just do what you are capable and comfortable with doing.

    FIND KARA…
    Great Imaginations, Twitter, Goodreads, Formspring, YouTube

    For a little background…

    I am almost positive I first “met” Kara on Twitter. I’d followed a link to one of her reviews and loved her voice. She was honest, intelligent and had a very distinctive voice. I enjoyed the reviews I’d read because they gave me enough insight into a story to make an educated decision about the book without feeling I was reading a rundown of the book itself.

    While I don’t always read the same types of books she does and we don’t always agree on the likability factor, I always respect her opinions.

    Kara is a hoot to follow on Twitter, too. She’s not afraid to say what she feels or thinks. And she is quite the editrix.

    And I couldn’t agree more with both her “tips.” Leaving thoughtful comments is so important and reciprocating is also a must if you want to develop loyal followers and commentators.  And being yourself and blogging in a way that works for you is the key to being a happy blogger.

    Kara, thank you so much for sharing and being a part of my two year blogoversary. It’s really such great advice!

    Alex of Electrifying Reviews

    Blogging is a lot of work… if you do it right. If you decide to create a blog which you hope will gain a readership, you have to take it seriously. Don’t post about your life or things unrelated to the theme of your blog, because you won’t be able to develop a specific audience which will want to continue to visit. Create as many quality posts as you can; and if you can’t get a worthwhile post ready in time, skip a day instead of posting something worthless.

    FIND ALEX…

    Electrifying Reviews, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Formspring

    For a little background…

    Alex was one of the very first bloggers I “met” on Twitter. He was offering up a book for trade and I jumped at the chance to trade with him. I wanted that book. I believe it was an advance copy of one of Carrie Ryan’s books from her Forest of Hands and Teeth series.

    But Alex’s blog was one of the first blogs I discovered prior to joining Twitter. My friend Nic stumbled across his blog and pointed it out to me. She was amazed that there was someone who was a young teen who was already an established blogger and a writer and who was quite articulate.

    His blog was one of about four or five blogs I checked out frequently in those early days. And it’s one I still check out at least a few times a week. I honestly have no idea how he does all that he does.

    And I couldn’t agree more with his tip, too. To gain a solid readership you have to keep it focused, keep your message clear. And it is better to skip a day rather than post something that doesn’t meet your blog’s standards.

    Thank you so much Alex for sharing your advice. For someone with a successful blog who’s been blogging as long as you have it’s so very helpful!

    Kaitlyn of Kaitlyn in Bookland

    First, I would like to say congrats to Rachel on her 2-year anniversary! She is such an amazing blogger and person. 🙂

    My piece of advice to new bloggers (and even existing bloggers) is to not be afraid to take breaks. I am the queen of going on hiatuses. Some of these last longer than I would like, but sometimes it’s just necessary. If you’re not into it 100%, it will definitely come across in your reviews. I would rather publish something I’m completely happy with on a sporadic schedule than write something that I’m not proud of.

    Overall, I would suggest that you make sure you’re blogging for you. If it becomes overwhelming, a short break could be all you need to get back into it. I know that each time I come back from a break it’s because I realize I miss writing about books… and I think every time I come back, my blogs get better and better. I come back rejuvenated and ready to talk books like never before. Maybe it will be the same for you!

    P.S. Make sure to make friends in the book blogging world – seriously amazing people!

    FIND KAITLYN…

    Kaitlyn in Bookland, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

    For a little background…

    I either met Kaitlyn on Twitter or Facebook. It’s been so long since we first met that I can’t be sure. But I remember her sharing this amazing story of a book signing she attended with Kami Garcia and the author recognized her from her blog, I believe it was…. Clearly my memory is not as good as Ms. Garcia’s. But it was one of those “to die for” moments.

    I absolutely love checking out Kaitlyn’s vlogs. She is so super enthusiastic and a total riot when talking about books. Though I have been a little remiss in checking on them lately… something I must remedy ASAP.

    And as someone I adore and someone who started blogging long before I did, I just had to see what piece of wisdom she’d share. And I absolutely love her “tip.” It is so important to take a break. Her enthusiasm for blogging has not waned because she has taken time away when she needed to. While it is hard to step away because of statistics and loss of followers, if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, then what do those numbers matter and what kind of content are you providing for your readers?

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Kaitlyn for reminding me that stepping away is a good thing!

    Daisy of Between the Pages

    My advice to new bloggers (how weird does this sound as I still feel like such a newbie myself, even after two years) would be to remember why you started blogging. It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy to get more followers/review copies/be the next big name, but if you’re not enjoying yourself it’s not worth it. I’ve made some amazing friends with whom I can share my love of books and that’s what counts for me.

    FIND DAISY…

    Between the Pages, Twitter, The Broke and the Bookish

    For a little background…

    I first met Daisy on my blog Fiktshun’s Ramblings, a.k.a. The Annex. I started participating in The Broke and the Bookish’s meme “Top Ten Tuesday” and discovered her blog because of my participation. And I’m so glad.

    Because our paths might not have crossed as we don’t always read the same books. But I love getting a peek at the books she does read and have purchased a few – though they’re still on my TBR pile – from some of her posts.

    I love that we both feel like newbies! Two years really isn’t that long is it? And I love the advice she’s given. It’s so important to remember why you started out. Because it is so easy to get caught up in the frenzy of everything in this community. And it’s easy to lose your sense of direction and your reason for being here.

    Thank you so much Daisy for sharing your wisdom and being a part of my blog’s two year celebration!

    Mist of Bookaholics

    Make lots of friends

    I’ve had a great time blogging, getting to read lots of books and talk about them is fun, but it wouldn’t be half as much fun without all the fabulous blogging friends I’ve made in my blogging journey. There’s a huge communtity out there and I’m proud to be part of it, not only do I have someone to ramble my excited thoughts and opinions to but they talk back with their ramblings and we’re all on the same page (pun intended!) because we share our love for books. And some have become more than book friends, we talk about things in our every day lives and even meet up.

    So, my advice to any new blogger is to get out there, network, meet other book obssessed nerds who are as crazy for the written word as you are!

    FIND MIST…

    Bookaholics, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Formspring, YouTube

    For a little background…

    I met Mist on Facebook. She’s one of the first bloggers I met when I started my Facebook page. A few of those blogs are no longer in existence or have scaled back. But Mist’s blog, Bookaholics, is going strong.

    If I remember correctly, she’d started her Bookaholics Book Club on Facebook and then decided to start a blog. So she’d already had experience and made social connections before venturing out into the blogosphere.

    I, on the other hand, was a complete newbie everywhere. But she was so super nice and friendly! And I loved checking out her In Mist’s Mailbox vlogs until I decided that hiding from all book haul posts was a must for awhile. But I loved watching her posts as she always got so many amazing books – many she purchased – though I envied her for having those beautiful UK editions.

    And I absolutely agree with everything she said about making friends. Blogging just isn’t the same when you don’t have someone to gush about your favorite books, characters and authors with. It’s not the same without having someone to commiserate with about crazy formatting issues, blogger scheduling mess-ups, and all the other highs and lows that come with being a book blogger.

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy blogging schedule to share your tip, Mist!

    As I couldn’t ask all five bloggers to share their favorite books for giveaway, I thought I’d offer up one of my very recent favorite reads….

    But since I couldn’t ask them for their picks, I am including a few extra entry opportunities to follow these awesome bloggers on Twitter.

    My Blogoversary Celebration Day 3 Giveaway is for a copy of STARLING by Lesley Livingston – to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location – to two winners.

    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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