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    Top 10 of 2015: Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 + Giveaway


    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2105

    A Week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting today’s Day One giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting Day Four’s giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

    Today’s topic is:


    I’ve read so many seriously amazing books this year, that picking just ten was a dreadfully impossible task. I’m just glad I read THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent in 2014 or it would have made narrowing down my list that much more horrendous. It also didn’t help that I read more books this year than last, that I’ve been in an eclectic reading mood, and that there were just so many incredible books written.


    Why? Because it’s unique, it’s hard-hitting, the writing is beautiful, the story is phenomenal, the series potential has me desperate for the next installment.


    Why? Because this series is an all-time favorite, because the ending is abso-freaking-lutely killer, because it’s dark and gorgeous and the waiting is exquisite torture.


    Why? Because the story is epic, the world-building incredible, the writing gorgeous, the detail impeccable.


    Why? Because the writing is stunning, the world expansive and fascinating, the series riveting.

    #5 BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s dark and gritty and edgy and shocking and disturbing, the writing brilliant, the story unforgettable.


    Why? Because it’s complex and interesting and fascinating. The world is chilling and still amazing. The characters sympathetic and scary. The story compelling.


    Why? Because it’s thrilling and epic and gripping and unputdownable. The dual POV makes it edge-of-your-seat exciting.


    Why? Because it’s so wicked and dark and wildly entertaining. It’s about villains. Nothing more needs to be said.

    #9 ROOK by Sharon Cameron – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s action-packed, nerve-wracking, suspenseful. There are twists and turns. There’s romance, betrayal and heartbreak. What’s not to love?

    #10 SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s awesome and amazing and adorable and nail-biting. The characters are ones you can’t help but love, love, love. Though the possibility that there might not be a next book in the series is heartbreaking.

    Honorable Mentions

    I really wanted to limit honorable mentions to just five, but I couldn’t do it. Limiting it to 15 was hard enough as it was.

    So those are my favorite reads for 2015. What are yours?

    The Giveaway


    I’m offering up for giveaway…

    • Books of Your Choice (up to $30 US) open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships

    ***The giveaway is ONLY open to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event***

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway ends on December 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific
    • Giveaway is open ONLY to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event
    • Giveaway is open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships
    • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
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    Review: RESONANCE


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    Title & Series: RESONANCE (Dissonance #2)
    Author: Erica O’Rourke
    Release date: July 21, 2015
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 448
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.

    Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him.

    She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

    In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice…


    NOTE: This review is based on a finished copy received from the publicity agency in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

    The Review

    RESONANCE is the absolutely riveting, action-packed, nail-biting, and thought-provoking sequel in Erica O’Rourke’s stunning and inventive Dissonance series. It picks up shortly after the heartbreaking events that left readers anxious but hopeful for what is to come and takes them on an exhilarating and thrilling and emotional ride.

    Reeling from what Simon did to keep her safe and the discoveries she made about her Grandpa Monty, Del is not the same girl she was, she is not ready to pick her life back up and continue on as if nothing had happened, and she’s not even sure she wants to be a Walker. But if she can’t at least pretend, the truth could come out, putting everyone she cares about in danger.

    With Lattimer looking to use her to track down the Free Walkers, and the weapon he thinks they have, and the Free Walkers seeking her help against the Consort, help that could save infinite worlds and lives, she’s going to have to do more than pretend, she’s going to have to choose a side. And she’s going to have to be prepared to live with the consequences of her choice.

    Whether it’s her own life, the lives of her friends and family, the lives of the Echoes, the lives of the Walkers, or the lives of the Free Walkers, there will be a cost. She’ll just need to decide how high a price she’ll be willing to pay.

    Author Erica O’Rourke delivers an epic and amazing follow-up that offers readers much to think about – actions and consequences, right and wrong, differing beliefs, the greater good, the value of a single life, power and control, choices, and sacrifices. She gives them a story that is incredibly well-developed, beautifully told, and utterly captivating.

    The author allowed her character Del to grow, to become more aware of the world and worlds she lives in, to become more understanding of others’ choices, and to become more understanding of who she is and what she’s willing to live with and live without. She made her into a hero, but one whose heroism is believable.

    From its first movement to its last, RESONANCE is brilliant and gorgeous and moving and simply extraordinary. It promises to engage, allure, surprise, electrify. It ratchets up the tension and suspense, ensuring readers will be kept on edge. And it introduces a jaw-dropping twist that they won’t see coming. It is an imaginative and memorable, must-, must-, must-read sequel.

    The Rating


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

    About Erica O’Rourke


    Erica O’Rourke is the author of Dissonance and Resonance and of the Torn trilogy, which includes Torn, Tangled, and Bound. She lives near Chicago with her family. Visit her at and on Twitter: @Erica_ORourke.


    Other Books in the Series


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    Title & Series: DISSONANCE (Dissonance #1)
    Author: Erica O’Rourke
    Release date: July 22, 2014
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 469
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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    Some decisions have unimaginable consequences.

    Every time someone makes a choice, a new parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—every decision creates an alternate universe in which an Echo self takes the road not travelled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to help keep the dimensions in harmony.

    When Del secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, she get tangled up with an Echo of her longtime crush. She knows she shouldn’t keep seeing him. But as Del persists, she uncovers a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the entire multiverse.



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    Title & Series: HARMONIC (Dissonance #1.5)
    Author: Erica O’Rourke
    Release date: March 17, 2015
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 119
    Formats: eBook


    Del’s older sister can also walk between worlds, but her loyalties are uniquely tested in this original enovella set in the inventive world of Dissonance.

    Addison Sullivan, Del’s older sister, has always been considered a model Walker—but her reputation within the Consort has been tainted by her grandfather’s betrayal and her sister’s recklessness. She is desperate to regain her position within the Consort and equally desperate to keep Del from spiraling out of control after losing the boy she loves.

    The Consort offers Addie a chance to redeem herself: if she can track down the Free Walkers her grandfather knew twenty years ago, they’ll fast-track her apprenticeship and put her in charge of her own team. Addie asks a former classmate and crush, Laurel, a Consort historian, for help. As they work together, Addie’s feelings for Laurel resurface, but she’s too afraid to act. Same-sex relationships aren’t expressly forbidden by the Consort, but she fears that a relationship with Laurel would be viewed as yet another mark against her.

    While she is fighting her feelings for Laurel, troubling details start emerging during their investigation…details that paint Addie’s family in a sinister light. Will she reveal what she’s learned to the Consort, or try to protect her family?

    This enovella is set in the time between Dissonance and Resonance.



    My Reading Pile #171


    This week was a super quiet week at not only the mailbox but the email box.


    I received not one physical or electronic book for review this week. Which is kind of a good thing given the fact that I was sick and I’m trying so very hard to catch up on all my review books. Even more than that, I’m hoping to catch up on some reviews.

    So… with that in mind, I’m going to try and not read very much this week. That’s right, not read. But I can’t go without trying to read at least one book. And so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    {June 22, 2014 – June 28, 2014}


    The only book I’m adding to the pile this week is DISSONANCE by Erica O’Rourke. I received an ARC for review from the publisher, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, a few weeks back and I’ve been dying to get it on the pile ever since.

    I have learned that I love, love, love reading books involving multiple alternate universes. I love discovering how one small change can have ripple effects across them. I love how they make me think of all the possibilities and complications.

    So I can’t wait to meet Del and see what she does that causes the Council to ban her from Walking. I can’t wait to find out how she handles falling in love with the various echo versions of Simon Lane. And most of all I can’t wait to find out what she discovers that “threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.”

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and this story sounds so unbelievably awesome. So I can’t wait to start reading this on Monday.

    The Description…

    Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

    Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

    But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I would love to read A GAME OF THRONES (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin. I discovered I had a bunch of credits on my nook, so I bought all the currently available books in the series. And now that the TV series has ended for the year, I’m jonesing for my GOT fix. But as I just know that waiting for new books will kill me, especially since each book takes years and years to be released, I think this has to remain a wishful thinking read. For my sanity. But I really, really, want to read it.

    Those Left Behind

    I’m not really behind on my reading this week. While I am only halfway through BRAZEN at the time I’m writing up this post, I will be finished before starting on my new pile this Sunday. I love this book. There’s no way I’ll be setting it aside before I’m done.

    While I still have to write reviews for I AM THE WEAPON and I AM THE MISSION I did finish reading both books. They were awesome. And I did read #scandal and wrote the review, which I plan on posting either on Sunday or on Tuesday. It just depends on when I’ll be posting my Book Watch RTW post.

    Oh… and I did end up finishing A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU last Friday, and it was so unbelievably amazing. I am still thinking about how I can possibly write the review.

    So I got a lot of reading done this past week, even though I was sick for a couple of days and didn’t read at all during those days. And I did manage to write a couple reviews, even though I am even farther behind on writing reviews given the number of books I’ve recently read.

    At least I finished writing and did post my review for 17 FIRST KISSES. That’s something… right?

    I just wish there were more time in a day and a week. And I wish I never got sick.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to write a few more reviews this week. Since I only added one book to the pile, maybe I’ll be able to catch up a bit. It’s doubtful, but still I hope.

    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I didn’t put in any new requests to NetGalley and I didn’t get any new approvals. But I did find a few more titles. And they are…

    Here are this week’s finds…

    THE CURE FOR DREAMING by Cat Winters (Abrams, Oct 14 2014)

    THE FALCONER by Elizabeth May (Orion Publishing Group, Jul 10 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin (Orion Publishing Group, Nov 6 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    LET’S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid (Harlequin Teen, Aug 1 2014) **AU/NZ Reviewers ONLY**

    LET’S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid (Harlequin (UK) Limited, Aug 1 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    FALLING INTO PLACE by Amy Zhang (HarperCollins Publishers Australia, Sep 1 2014) **Australian Reviewers Preferred**

    BEFORE YOU by Amber Hart (Kensington Books, Jul 29 2014)

    It’s summer solstice (or should I say, summer sailstice) weekend.

    So, while I have been really sick this past week, and I hurt my back, I will NOT be sitting at home on the longest day of the year. I just have to get out and about and enjoy some fun in the sun. Even if it means sitting quietly on a sailboat and then munching nachos and sipping margaritas at El Torito.

    Because it’s not a weekend for staying at home, hiding inside, and reading a book. It’s a weekend for being out and about, appreciating the great outdoors. And celebrating the beginning of summer.

    Yep. That’s what I’m going to do. Even if it kills me… or makes me even sicker. (Yeah… no one ever said I was smart.)

    Anyway… it’s a beautiful evening in Los Angeles, the sun is still out as I write this post, and after being a shut-in for an entire week, I really want to just go sit outside for a few moments before it sets.

    So… I wish you a very happy reading week ahead. I hope your mailbox wasn’t as empty as mine. And if you’d like to share what you received and are reading, I’d love to know!


    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?



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