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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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    Top 10 of 2013

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    I am still wondering what happened to 2013. It’s almost over and I only just remember it beginning. I do sort of remember that it’s been a crazy year and that there were a ton of books I fell in love with, a ton of books I wanted to read but didn’t get the chance to, and a ton of series that came to an end.

    Which means that this year’s Top 10 of 2013 is going to be awesome… and challenging. At least I have just over a month to figure out which books I’ll include on my lists before this year’s event begins.

    In just a few short weeks we’ll be spending a week looking back at some of the best of all things books from 2013 and taking a peek at some of those we’re looking forward to in 2014. Co-hosting the event last year with some of my favorite fellow bloggers – Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – was awesome! This year, unfortunately, Lisa and Jessica will not be hosting the event with us due to their busy schedules, but they both hope to be back in 2014 for this event that they created.

    The Deets

    The event runs for five consecutive days, the last full week of the year – Monday, December 23rd to Friday, December 27th. Five days in which we share of some of our favorite lists and we invite ALL of YOU to join in on the fun and share your lists with everyone too!

    Each day of the event just visit one of the hosting blogs and share your list in the Linky below each day’s post. Just make sure to match up the correct post and Linky list to get credit.

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    Monday, December 23rd – Best Books I’ve Read in 2013 (Doesn’t have to be released in 2013, just a book you’ve read in 2013)

    Tuesday, December 24
    th – Best Book Covers of 2013 (MUST be a book released in 2013. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2013, but it’s not required)

    Wednesday, December 25
    th – Best ________ of 2013 (Reader’s/Blogger’s choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POVs, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER: this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2013)

    Thursday, December 26
    th – Best Book Boyfriends of 2013 (MUST be from a book released in 2013 and from a book you’ve READ in 2013)

    Friday, December 27
    th – Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014 (This list should be comprised ONLY of books released in 2014)

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    How you do these posts/lists is totally up to you. What books, covers and characters you pick are all your own.

    The only rule to follow is posting the topics on the dates we’ve provided.

    I know what you’re thinking – believe me I know – that it will be impossible to keep each list to just 10. So there’s always the option of breaking the lists up, such as creating a list for your Top 10 YA favorites and a list for your Top 10 NA favorites and a list for your Top 10 Adult favorites. This is absolutely fine. You can even feel free to add in a few honorable mentions if you’re having a tough time sticking to just 10. BUT… yes there’s always a but isn’t there… please try to keep it to a minimum. It totally defeats the purpose if you have 10 favorites and then 150 honorable mentions.

    The goal of this event is for YOU to join in and share your lists with us and for everyone to visit as many of the other participating blogs to check out THEIR lists. Oh, and it’s also to have fun!

    So…

    The event is simple. Make note of the dates and tens list topics as provided and fill out the Linky below. This will give us an idea who will be joining us for the Top 10 week. THEN, be sure to come back to one of our blogs on each of the five days and link up your post for that specific day!

    Just remember, each day will have a Linky for that Top 10 topic.

    You don’t want to miss a day during the event. There will be a few giveaways, and joining in the event, keeping up with our and everyone’s lists just might help win you a bookish prize! Giveaway details TK, so be sure to check back to find out what we’re giving away and when!

    Feel free to grab our event button – THE GRAB CODE IS BELOW THE BUTTON IN THE SIDEBAR – and help spread the word for the event. We’d love to have anyone and everyone join us this year. The more the merrier!

    Top 10 of 2013

    NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your Name, Blog Name and URL on one blog. Thanks!



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

    Quarter_Talk

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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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    …Mindy says

    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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    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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    Why YA? Guest Post: Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

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    I’ve always been curious about why today’s guest likes to read YA. Even though I could have asked at any time, until I invited her to the blog to share her reasons why, I never thought to ask. And I never knew of her fondness for Harry Potter or that she felt the same way that I did – that it wasn’t a series that was opened the doors to other MG/YA reads.

    I can’t remember how I first “met” Mindy, though I’m guessing it was through Jaime. But I feel like I’ve known her forever and she’s one of the bloggers I trust to voice their honest opinions and she’s someone I know I can count on.

    I also happen to love her blog – not just because of its awesome design – and her enthusiasm for the books she does love. I also love that she can be critical about books that don’t live up to her expectations.

    And, yes, I’m also glad that she didn’t leave out the “hawt” guys as a reason for enjoying YA. They definitely make things interesting.

    Now, without any further rambling (or ado), let me turn the blog over to Mindy.

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    “Why Mindy is obsessed with Young Adult!”

    Hey Rachel!  Thank you so much for inviting me to talk about this awesome topic!  Aside from being just plain awesome, there are so many other pluses to reading YA that I just can’t mention them all.

    Moves Quickly:

    I think the number one, most important thing for me in a good Young Adult book is that the story normally moves really fast from start to finish.  A really good Young Adult book cuts out all the super-descriptive world-building details and gets right to the story.  But a really great Young Adult book is one that is able to not only get right to the story and keep it moving quickly, but it also creates that super-descriptive world-building detail.  And I love those books that are so intense that I don’t want to put them down; books that keep me awake until the wee hours of the night when I don’t even realize where the time has gone while reading.

    About Teens:

    Another thing I love about Young Adult books is that the characters are right in the middle of truly discovering themselves…who they are and who they will become.  It’s that whole ‘coming of age’ thing.  I know that YA contemporary books are really popular right now, and I’ve read a couple that I actually like.  But I think it’s even more fun to read about a girl who is not only contemplating her first kiss, but who is also concerned about the zombies that might invade her backyard at any moment.  Which for her is more important?  The kiss?  Or saving herself from zombies?  With that being said, a lot of the YA books out there revolve around a character that is discovering his or her first love.  And that first love comes with all those awesome tingles and all the feels, and it pulls you back into those same feelings from your own intense teen years.  With the characters being teens, I think it’s also easier to see myself in their eyes too.  It makes me feel like I can be that super bad-ass heroine!  Or at least it makes me feel like I really want to be that bad-ass heroine!

    My Young Adult Discovery:

    I only just realized that my reading preference for YA is only from about 5 years ago.  I know that I read a few YA books when I was in high school, but I don’t think I was reading the right kinds of YA books because they didn’t really grab me.  But then about 15 years ago I got really obsessed with Harry Potter and it was the very first time that I really discovered reading as a passion…but I STILL struggled with finding anything else that I really liked.  I know Harry Potter is middle grade, but I think that I just loved those books because JK Rowling is purely brilliant, and I know that because I’ve tried to read other really popular middle grade books and they are just not my thing.  I’ve also tried quite a few adult books but they either don’t move as quickly as I like, or they are too sexy for my liking.  Those sexy books make me squirm.  Trust me.  I prefer the sexy scene that’s just a little tease…not all the details of the act.  But the moment I discovered the Young Adult genre about 5 years ago, I haven’t been able to stop.  I’m constantly craving the next Young Adult book that will give me that quick fix.

    And, Lastly – The Hawt Boys:

    Did I cover super HAWT boys yet???  A really good YA book with at least one hawt dude is a major plus in my opinion, and that book just might get a higher star rating simply for that very reason.

    So that’s why I’m obsessed with Young Adult!!

    Mindy

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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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    Ashley says…

    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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    Jennifer says…

    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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    I think that Dystopia/Post Apocalypse  has made another huge appearance for me…but I haven’t really been paying attention to what is hot with everyone else lately. :-\

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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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    Lisa says…

    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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    Jennifer says…

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Q5. What is your favorite cover of Q1 2013?

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

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


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


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

    Quarter Talk Participants

    For this first Quarter Talk, the blogger participants are…

    Jaime from Two Chicks on Books

    Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

    Kt from A Book Obsession

    Jenna from Jenna Does Books

    Alba from BookPics

    Lisa from A Life Bound By Books

    Ashley from The Bookish Brunette

    Katie from Mundie Moms

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    Question 1

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

    Jaime says…

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

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    …Mindy says

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

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    Kt says…

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

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

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    …Jenna says

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

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    Alba says…

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

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

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

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

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    …Lisa says

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

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    Ashley says…

    THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott.

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

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    Question 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    …Jenna says

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

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    No way!! You’re kidding right??

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

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

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

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    …Lisa says

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

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    Ashley says…

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

    I’m also freaking out for:

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

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    …Katie says

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

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    Question 3

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

    Jaime says…

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

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

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

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

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    …Jenna says

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

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    I haven’t read any. 🙁

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    …Lisa says

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

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    Ashley says…

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

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    …Katie says

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

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    Question 4

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

    Jaime says…

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

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

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

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

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    …Jenna says

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

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    Alba says…

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

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

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

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

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

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    …Lisa says

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

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

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    …Katie says

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

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    Question 5

    What is your favorite cover of Q1 2013?

    Jaime says…

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

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

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    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard…hands down!

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

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

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

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

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

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    …Jenna says

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

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    THIS IS THE MOST TORTUROUS QUESTION OF THEM ALL!

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

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

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    …Lisa says

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

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

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    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard.

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    …Katie says

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

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    In Sum

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

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

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    What Do You Think?

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

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

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

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

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

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    Interview: Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

    It has taken me forever, but I finally got the courage to interview Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads for the blog.

    Instead of asking her the typical questions I might normally have asked, I thought I’d mix things up a bit. And no… it wasn’t just to make this a bit more of a complicated interview for her. I really wanted to know those answers.

    Mindy is an awesome blogger, incredibly generous with the books she receives, extremely supportive of the authors she loves, and just so unbelievably nice. I could go on and on about how amazing Mindy is, but as this post is an interview that is supposed to reveal just a little bit more about the blogger behind the blog, I’ll stop my rambling and let Mindy speak for herself.

    Blogger: Mindy

    Blog: Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

    Years Blogging: 1.5

    Find Her: BLOG, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, TUMBLR, GOODREADS

    1. If you had to describe yourself (as it pertains to reading/reviewing/blogging) in 20 words or less, how would you describe yourself?

    I’m a left-brained, stubborn Gemini who loves YA Fantasy, UF, Dystopian & Sci-Fi books and who loves blogging about it!

    2. If you had to describe your blog in 20 words or less, how would you describe it?

    My posts mostly consist of my feelings about books; books I’m obsessing over and books I’m excited to read!

    3. What are your three favorite things about being a book blogger and why?

    First of all, I love the community!  I’ve met some totally awesome bloggers and authors, and I can no longer imagine my life without them.  Second, I love that I’m able to talk about books that I’m obsessing over and love that people actually WANT to listen to my obsessing. And the last thing is that I’ve realized that most of the books I’ve recently read that I now consider some of my favorites, I probably never would have known existed if I weren’t blogging and also getting recommendations from other book bloggers.

    4. What are your three least favorite things about being a book blogger and why?

    DRAMA!  I’m actually pretty good at keeping out of the drama and, luckily, a lot of times I don’t even know when drama is happening.  But I hate it!  Blogging drama has been a huge factor in sometimes making me feel like I want to quit.

    PLAGIARISM!  Being plagiarized, big or small, sucks!  All it does is it brings out horrific, ugly and horrible feelings in me, and I hate to see when anyone else has been a victim.  It makes me sick…and sometimes I want to cry for those victims.

    PRESSURE!  I know that really, when it comes to blogging, you can decide how much pressure you want to put on yourself.  But this is a problem that I’ve been trying to tackle with myself over the last few months and, hopefully, I’ll be able to find a happy medium.

    5. Name three blogs you like to follow that we might not already know you follow and what it is you like most about those blogs?

    Three?  Really?? Only 3???

    Amy with Book Loving Mom:  I think I’ve followed Amy’s blog since really early on in her blogging career because, even though she started blogging after me, it feels like I’ve been following her since I first started blogging.  She is super sweet!  I love her reviews, her taste in books and I love her vlogs.

    Becky with Stories and Sweeties: I feel like I’ve been following Becky’s blog for forever as well. A lot of times I was a quiet stalker on her blog and occasionally I’d comment.  But it was when we met at a signing in SF that we really started having the occasional chat.  I love her reviews and I’ve found some awesome books by stalking her WOW posts.

    Nancy with Tales of a Ravenous Reader:  I know that you, Rachel, know that I follow Nancy because of the Sweet Evil Read Along, but I’d like to share with everyone else how awesome Nancy is.  I’ve been a stalker of Nancy’s blog for a really long time.  I first met Nancy at NCIBA in 2011, and I meet up with her at just about every book signing I’ve ever attended…no lie!  The number one thing I love about Nancy’s blog is that she keeps all upcoming local events posted on her blog.  The next thing I love about her blog is that she reviews a lot of audio books.  I’ve become a little obsessive with audio books lately, so I like to check out her reviews before I order one.

    Can I quickly throw in HD with Reading Writing Breathing?  I met him at ALA and he was super cool and friendly and even though he doesn’t post all that frequently, I’m always looking forward to what he has to say in his posts.

    6. What are a few of your favorite “features” to see on a blog – review, guest post, interview, meme post, discussion post, etc.?

    I’m a huge fan of Waiting on Wednesday.  I look forward to Wednesday posts because I like searching through blogs and learning about books I’ve never heard about before.  I’m also a big fan of character Q&A’s and scenes from books in the POV of another character.

    7. Is there a new-to-you author that you’ve “discovered” in the past three months that is one you call a favorite? And why?

    I have two!  I’ve gone to several signings where I’ve met Veronica Rossi a few times but I only just read her books, Under the Never Sky, and, Through the Ever Night, this past September.  I’m partially beating myself up that I waited so long to read Under the Never Sky, but at the same time, I’m happy because I didn’t have to wait to read Through the Ever Night.  I’m now a super fan and I’d squeal if I got my hands on anything else Veronica writes because she’s brilliant.

    The other is Kresley Cole.  I absolutely loved Poison Princess and I’m a little bit obsessive over it and I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.

    8. In YA, the “best friend” character always seems to get the short end of the stick in a love triangle. What three – yes, I’m going for a “three” themed interview here – best friends that are boys do you wish got their HEA?

    This was actually quite hard for me!  But here’s my list:

    Kenji from Unravel Me
    Wes from Embers and Echoes
    Marcus from Partials

    9. Without revealing any spoilers, what book (and/or series) had the most killer moment or cliffhanger ending that you’ve read in 2012?

    How long can this answer be? LOL.  Shades of Earth and Unravel Me both have some crazy moments throughout.  The end of Requiem is killer, Black City has a pretty epic twist, and the books with the craziest killer cliffhangers are Delirium, Pandemonium, Unraveling, Insurgent, Embers and Echoes, Through the Ever Night, Deity and Poison Princess.

    10. Is there a book that was recommended to you by another blogger, that you never would have taken a second look at, that you now consider among your favorites of all time? If so, what is that book, why is it a favorite, and who is that blogger that recommended it?

    Almost all of the books I’ve recently read have been recommended by other bloggers.

    5 Quickie Q’s

    1. Kindle, nook, audio player, mass market paperback, trade paperback, hardback?

    Hardback

    2. Pick your favorite – (All YA) – Paranormal/UF, Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic, Contemporary, Historical Romance, Sci-fi, High-fantasy/Epic-fantasy, Horror?

    Paranormal/UF

    3. Book signings or book conferences?

    Oooo!!! This one’s hard!  Depends on who’s attending.

    4. Host a giveaway or enter a giveaway?

    Host

    5. Night blogger or day blogger?

    Night

    Okay first off, thank you so much for agreeing to answer all those questions! I love your answers.

    Secondly, yes, by being a part of this community you are totally amongst friends who WANT to obsess over books. In fact, most of us can’t not obsess. And I totally agree that blogging helps introduce bloggers to books and authors they might never have otherwise discovered. I know that happens to me all the time!

    I totally hate, hate, hate drama and plagiarism. But while I don’t love pressure, I think I kind of thrive on it. If that makes any sense at all…. But so sorry it takes you down!

    Oh, and I love the four – Ha! You couldn’t narrow it to three! – blogs you chose. While I haven’t yet “met” Nancy and one of the other bloggers you listed, I definitely will have to remedy that at some point in 2013.

    You were not the only person to have never read UNDER THE NEVER SKY. I still haven’t read it. But it’s very close to the top of the pile. Although as I don’t have the sequel just yet, I am not in quite the same rush.

    And oh, Kenji and Wes (I haven’t yet met Marcus) but I’m so sad for those boys. Not enough for me to want to change the outcome of their fates, but it still makes me sad that they haven’t captured the main character’s eye.

    Seriously, though, thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed for the blog. While all my questions weren’t traditional ones, I hope you don’t mind that I changed things up a bit. I really did want to see how you’d answer.

    And for those readers who stopped by to check out Mindy’s interview, if you have questions for her, be sure to check out her blog and say “hi” on Twitter!

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