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    Giveaway: PATCHWORK and NIGHTINGALE, SING by Karsten Knight

    If you hadn’t been aware, I’m a huge fan of author Karsten Knight. I loved his Wildefire trilogy – so much so that I continued to misspell wildfire for ages. And I love, love, love the two books he’s released since the trilogy’s end – NIGHTINGALE, SING and PATCHWORK.

    And because I love them so much I wanted to offer the “set” for giveaway. They are both action-packed and nail-biting and suspenseful. They both have kick-a** female mains. And they both are imaginative and original.

    If you haven’t had the chance to check them out, details about both books are below. And if you are as excited to read them as I was, and you’re in the U.S., be sure to scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win the pair. (Books will be ordered from Amazon.)


    The Giveaway

    I’m offering up for giveaway….

    • To ONE (1) winner – a paperback copy of PATCHWORK and a paperback copy of NIGHTINGALE, SING by Karsten Knight – US only

    The details…

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner for both books
    • Giveaway is US only
    • Books will be ordered and sent from Amazon
    • Giveaway ends March 23 at 11:59 PM Pacific
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be selected

    There are no requirements to like or follow this blog. But there are extra entries for following the author on social media, adding the book on Goodreads, and tweeting a message.

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    About PATCHWORK

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    Title: PATCHWORK
    Author: Karsten Knight
    Release date: February 28, 2017
    Publisher: CreateSpace
    Pages: 308
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Before I Fall meets Inception in this time-bending YA mystery from the author of Nightingale, Sing.

    “My last thought before the black seas consume me is to wonder what morbid twist of fate allowed a prom, a proposal, an act of terrorism, 

    Renata Lake thought her relationship would be the only casualty of prom. Then the bomb went off.

    It was supposed to be a night to remember—a cruise through Boston Harbor, dancing beneath the stars. But when an explosion tears the ship apart, Renata wakes up in Patchwork, an ethereal world where all her memories have been stitched haphazardly together.

    In order to catch the assassin who murdered her friends, she’ll have to navigate the twisted landscape of her mind and relive critical moments from her past in search of clues. Can she uncover the killer’s identity and find her way back to the man she once loved before it’s too late?

    Don’t miss the twist ending of this dark, modern-day reimagining of the phoenix myth that will thrill fans of Passenger and A Thousand Pieces of You.

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    About NIGHTINGALE, SING

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    Title: NIGHTINGALE, SING
    Author: Karsten Knight
    Release date: February 23, 2016
    Publisher: CreateSpace
    Pages: 288
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    To cure her dying sister, Sabra Tides must race to solve a web of riddles and find a mythical flower, while a ruthless gangster will stop at nothing to get there first. This powerful YA thriller is perfect for fans of The Raven Boys, Six of Crows, and The Conspiracy of Us.
    *******
    A STREETWISE VIGILANTE
    who will do anything to cure her dying sister

    A RUTHLESS GANGSTER
    on a grisly quest to attain immortality

    A DESPERATE FATHER
    who crossed oceans to free his enslaved son

    A TRAIL OF RIDDLES
    and the mythical treasure they all seek:

    THE SERENGETI SAPPHIRE

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    About Karsten Knight

    Karsten Knight is the author of the historical mystery NIGHTINGALE, SING, the time-traveling thriller PATCHWORK, and the Polynesian volcano goddess trilogy WILDEFIRE (Simon & Schuster)–though some say his writing career peaked at the age of six, when he completed a picture book series about an adventurous worm. He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross and earned an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College. Karsten resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather, bowling, and football season. For more information on Karsten or his books, please visit www.karstenknightbooks.com.

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    Review: PATCHWORK

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    Title: PATCHWORK
    Author: Karsten Knight
    Release date: February 28, 2017
    Publisher: CreateSpace
    Pages: 308
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Before I Fall meets Inception in this time-bending YA mystery from the author of Nightingale, Sing.

    “My last thought before the black seas consume me is to wonder what morbid twist of fate allowed a prom, a proposal, an act of terrorism, 

    Renata Lake thought her relationship would be the only casualty of prom. Then the bomb went off.

    It was supposed to be a night to remember—a cruise through Boston Harbor, dancing beneath the stars. But when an explosion tears the ship apart, Renata wakes up in Patchwork, an ethereal world where all her memories have been stitched haphazardly together.

    In order to catch the assassin who murdered her friends, she’ll have to navigate the twisted landscape of her mind and relive critical moments from her past in search of clues. Can she uncover the killer’s identity and find her way back to the man she once loved before it’s too late?

    Don’t miss the twist ending of this dark, modern-day reimagining of the phoenix myth that will thrill fans of Passenger and A Thousand Pieces of You.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A finished Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    PATCHWORK blends myth and mystery in a gripping and electrifying story of time travel, murder, heartbreak and loss, love and hope. Filled with twists and turns that will keep readers guessing, a character whose ability will make them wonder when to next, and an imaginative and fantastical world that will keep them hooked until the very end, this fast-paced, breathtaking read is not to be missed.

    Renata Lake thought the worst thing that could ever happen in her life had already happened. But when tragedy strikes on prom night, she discovers just how much more she had to lose.

    Reeling from the explosion, and the gunfire that followed, that killed her classmates, her friends, her boyfriend, and with no time to process what happened, she finds herself torn from one nightmare reality into another.

    Except in this reality the danger to her and her loved ones isn’t over, it’s only just beginning. But unless she can figure out just what is happening to her and find out who or what is behind these violent attacks, she won’t be able to keep her friends safe. And if she isn’t able to defeat her demons, she won’t be able to even try.

    Karsten Knight has delivered a unique and suspenseful read with PATCHWORK. His take on both the phoenix myth and the Osiris myth is original and interesting. He introduces key elements to his story in a way that is engrossing. He doesn’t pull any punches, making for a story that is at times shocking and at others heartrending, but he gives it balance with moments that are sweet, romantic, and heart-warming.

    And once again he gives readers a strong heroine to root for, crafts a one-of-a-kind world to escape into, and doesn’t fail to surprise.

    PATCHWORK is perfectly paced, exceptionally well-written, creative, moving, and incredibly exciting. And is a must for those who are looking for a read that offers a mix of genres, is different, unexpected, nail-biting, emotional.

    The Rating


    About the Author

    Karsten Knight is the author of the historical mystery NIGHTINGALE, SING, the time-traveling thriller PATCHWORK, and the Polynesian volcano goddess trilogy WILDEFIRE (Simon & Schuster)–though some say his writing career peaked at the age of six, when he completed a picture book series about an adventurous worm. He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross and earned an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College. Karsten resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather, bowling, and football season. For more information on Karsten or his books, please visit www.karstenknightbooks.com.

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    Top 10 of 2016: Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 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.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I’ll be hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

    While I haven’t read nearly as many books this year as last year – I still have so many, many must read books to read – I have read some pretty amazing books. And while choosing just ten was not at all easy, it was even harder figuring out the order…

    #1

    An ending that will kill you….

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    Title & Series: ARCANA RISING (The Arcana Chronicles #4)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: Valkyrie Press
    Pages: 280
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.

    When the battle is done . . . 
    The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

    And all hope is lost . . . 
    With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

    Vengeance becomes everything.
    To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before?

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    #2

    A kick-a** read with an amazing quest…

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    Title: NIGHTINGALE, SING
    Author: Karsten Knight
    Release date: February 23, 2016
    Publisher: CreateSpace
    Pages: 288
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    To cure her dying sister, Sabra Tides must race to solve a web of riddles and find a mythical flower, while a ruthless gangster will stop at nothing to get there first. This powerful YA thriller is perfect for fans of The Raven Boys, Six of Crows, and The Conspiracy of Us.
    *******
    A STREETWISE VIGILANTE
    who will do anything to cure her dying sister

    A RUTHLESS GANGSTER
    on a grisly quest to attain immortality

    A DESPERATE FATHER
    who crossed oceans to free his enslaved son

    A TRAIL OF RIDDLES
    and the mythical treasure they all seek:

    THE SERENGETI SAPPHIRE

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    #3

    An awesome, nail-biting, fast-paced and unputdownable sequel…

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    Title & Series: THE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2)
    Author: Rachel Vincent
    Release date: August 16, 2016
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    One spark will rise.

    Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

    In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

    Nina isn’t about to let that happen…even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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    #4

    An original, dark and bloody good first installment…

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    Title & Series: VIAL THINGS (Resurrectionist #1)
    Author: Leah Clifford
    Release date: August 9, 2016
    Publisher: Self-published
    Pages: 221
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    When the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.

    Raised by her aunt after her parents’ deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She’s trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.

    But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she’ll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.

    Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world—a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.

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    #5

    An enchanting and magical read…

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    Title & Series: REIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1)
    Author: Sophie Jordan
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

    But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

    With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

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    #6

    A heartbreaking and epic adventure…

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    Title: HEARTLESS
    Author: Marissa Meyer
    Release date: November 8, 2016
    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

    At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

    Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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    #7

    An emotional, heartbreaking and intense read…

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    Title & Series: THE WAY I USED TO BE
    Author: Amber Smith
    Release date: March 22, 2016
    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

    Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

    What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

    Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

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    #8

    An imaginative, beautifully told and heartbreaking tale…

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    Title & Series: ROSEBLOOD
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 10, 2017
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

    At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

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    #9

    A breathtaking and emotional rollercoaster…

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    Title & Series: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
    Author: Renée Ahdieh
    Release date: April 26, 2016
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

    In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

    Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

    The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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    #10

    A spellbinding, romantic, pirate-in-the-making story…

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    Title & Series: BLACKHEARTS (Blackhearts #1)
    Author: Nicole Castroman
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

    Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

    From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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    And as I haven’t read all that many books in 2016 I’ve decided for the first time ever not to do an honorable mentions list… though there are so many that deserve it.


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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2013

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

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2013

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

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

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

    Anyway…

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

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    The Best I’ve Read in 2013

    1.

    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent

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

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

    2.

    Endless Knight

    ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole

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

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

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

    3.

    Through the Zombie Glass

    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

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

    4.

    The Eternity Cure

    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa

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

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

    5.

    Crash Into You

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

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

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

    6.

    Afterglow

    AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

    7.

    Star Cursed Cover

    STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

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    The Beautiful and the Cursed

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan

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

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

    9.

    While You're Away

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook

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

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

    10.

    A Touch Menacing

    A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

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

    Other Books I Love, Love, Loved

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    SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins

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

    The Testing

    THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau

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

    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

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

    Pivot Point

    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

    Intriguing. Nerve-wracking. Unputdownable. Amazing.

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

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

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

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

    The Giveaways

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

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

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    Giveaway: WILDEFIRE Trilogy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    About Karsten Knight

    Karsten Knight

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

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

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

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    About Wildefire

    Every flame begins with a spark.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs?

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

    The Deets

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #150

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Published by Dial, the print edition is 368 pages.

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

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

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

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

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

    The voodoo business.

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

    She doesn’t believe.

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

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

    Including her own.

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

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    ***A New Adult Title***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Other Books of Note

    ***NEW ADULT***

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

    Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

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

    Except for one.

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

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

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

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

    Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Welcome to the war.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

    Publisher: 47North

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Death is only the beginning…

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

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

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    Missed Last Week – NEW ADULT

    ForeplayFOREPLAY (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: William Morrow

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Happy bookish acquiring!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Afterglow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author on YOUTUBE

    The author on GOODREADS

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

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

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

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

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

    THIS WICKED GAME by Michelle Zink

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