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    Top 10 Book Covers of 2013

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

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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


    Today’s topic is…

    Best Book Covers of 2013

    Last year’s picks were all about the beautiful ladies. I’m happy to say that this year’s picks are a little more varied and interesting in addition to being visually stunning. And while I named quite a few 2013 covers in my post last year, not all of them ended up being on my top ten list due to the fact that I am really trying so very hard to keep it at just the ten.

    I am not even going to begin to name 2014 covers that I think are gorgeous. I will leave that for next year. But I did have to share just a few peeks in gallery form of other amazing 2013 book covers that I loved.

    Now, without any further ado, here are those…


    Covers I Love 2013



    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard



    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas



    MILA 2 Cover

    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza




    EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton



    Clockwork Princess

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare




    PULSE by Patrick Carman



    Soul Screamers Volume Three





    TIDAL by Amanda Hocking



    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke




    ALTERED by Jennifer Rush



    Other Covers I Love, Love, Loved


    What is there to love?

    SPLINTERED is gorgeous and vibrant and interesting and magical and beautiful. And the typography is amazing.

    THE BURNING SKY is rich and dark and eye-catching and fantastical and stunning.

    MILA 2.0 is clean and modern and different and wicked awesome.

    EVERBOUND is simply beautiful and elegant.

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is beautifully detailed and magical and different and captivating.

    PULSE is interesting and thought provoking.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE is bright and beautiful and simply perfect.

    TIDAL is dark and stunning and gorgeous and sexy.

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA has amazing typography and a dark and striking background image.

    ALTERED is wicked cool and sexy and is amazing in black and white.

    But that’s what I think… what about you? What are your 2013 cover picks?

    The Giveaways

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

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

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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    Mini Review: Origins: The Fire

    MILA 2 Origins of Fire


    ORIGINS: THE FIRE by Debra Driza was released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the story is 15 pages.

    ORIGINS: THE FIRE is a free eBook short story that includes the first seven chapters of MILA 2.0



    Heart-stopping and electric, MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire contains a short prequel story and an excerpt to MILA 2.0, the first book in a riveting Bourne Identity–style trilogy by Debra Driza.

    Mila can’t remember anything before the fire that took her father’s life. It’s normal to have some memory loss after traumatic events, but Mila doesn’t remember if she’s ever learned to ride a bike, or if she’s ever been in love. Nothing.

    What she doesn’t know is that she isn’t supposed to remember—that she was built in a computer science lab and programmed to forget. Because if she remembers, she might discover her true identity.

    The question is: If she relived the fire, what would she see?


    ORIGINS: THE FIRE offers readers a short introduction to the world of MILA 2.0 along with several chapters from the full-length novel. It is a teaser-length story that gives just a taste of the author’s writing and only hints at who Mila is. The context for this story itself is revealed in MILA 2.0.

    It’s an engaging read that tells the tale of the fire that was an integral part of Mila’s memories. And it ends in a way that may be a bit of a surprise to those who haven’t yet “met” Mila or read the description for the novel.

    Readers should not expect a novella-length story. It is simply a brief intro. But for those who have yet to purchase the full-length novel, it gives a nice long look at seven chapters from the book.

    Set before the events in MILA 2.0, ORIGINS: THE FIRE can be enjoyed by both those who have read the book and those who have yet to read it.

    Reviewer gives this short story…


    On a personal note…

    I really liked this short story. I found myself totally caught up in what was happening, so I was more than a little bit surprised when it ended so suddenly. Of course I wanted more!

    I’d been alerted to the fact that it was so short before I started reading it, so I wasn’t as surprised as I would have been had I not known that most of the eBook was taken up with several chapters from MILA 2.0.

    It was interesting reading it after having read MILA 2.0, knowing exactly what was going on. But I can imagine, if I read this story first, I would have wondered what the heck happened right there at the end.

    I am glad that this was written and that I read it. It makes me even more sympathetic toward Mila and makes me wonder a little bit more about Mila’s mom. Though I won’t say why, as my questions about her are rather spoiler-y.

    As this was such a short read, I won’t make my review any longer than it already is, but I will just say that the eBook offers readers a great short story and a nice long look at the full-length novel.


    Review: MILA 2.0

    MILA 2 Cover


    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza was released in the U.S. on March 12, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    MILA 2.0 is the first book in author Debra Driza’s new series of the same name. The second book, currently untitled, is slated for release on April 1, 2014.


    Goodreads description…

    Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

    Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

    Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

    Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.


    MILA 2.0 is an action-packed, suspense-filled and wildly entertaining first book in author Debra Driza’s new series with an atypical main character who is incredibly likable and surprisingly relatable. With a fast pace, an exciting storyline that will keep readers riveted and an ending that will make them anxious for the next installment, this book is the perfect way to jump-start this series.

    Mila Daily had no idea she wasn’t like everyone else. She had no idea that the recent tragedy that made her mother relocate them to Clearwater wasn’t real. She had no idea that her memories weren’t real. She had no idea she wasn’t real.

    Until an accident revealed the truth and set into motion events that would force her and her mother to flee the town they only recently called home. Force Mila to learn about who she really was and what she was capable of. Force Mila to become ACTIVE.

    And force her to leave behind the boy who stole her heart. A heart that she never really had to begin with.

    MILA 2.0 combines elements of science fiction, action/adventure and a touch of romance in a story that has at its core the development of the main character and the question of what makes someone human. And with its rapid pace, its shifting setting, its changing cast of secondary characters, and a heroine who is easy to connect with, this story will have a wider appeal than those stories geared only toward readers of sci-fi.

    Mila may not be a typical heroine, but she very much resembles one. She acts like the teenager she appears to be. She thinks like one. She has all the feelings and emotions that any teenage girl would have. And as such, she’s incredibly sympathetic, likable and easy to relate to.

    But she is also fierce, competitive and deadly, qualities only touched upon in this first book in the series, but will likely play a larger role in the sequel. And which will make her a powerful and dangerous ally or adversary.

    Told in four parts, each more exciting, tension-filled and captivating than the last, author Debra Driza has created a story that is intriguing, fun and lightning-fast, and the perfect escape into a world that is danger-filled with a character who is every bit as charming as she is lethal.

    Reviewer gives this book…


    On a personal note…

    I loved this book. Seriously loved it. I did not expect it to be as quick of a read as it was. I did not expect it to be as action-packed, even with the description comparing it to one of my favorite films.

    I did not expect to adore the main character like I did. I certainly didn’t expect to make a connection with her. I did not expect her humanity.

    I anticipated this story would be very scientific in nature. I expected passages detailing the technology behind MILA 2.0’s creation. I expected to be interested but not engaged.

    But oh my gosh I was engaged. I was riveted. I wanted to know what Mila’s real story was. I wanted to know more about her “mother” Nicole. I knew that things couldn’t stay as they were and I anxiously awaited the moment when things would change.

    There is so much I loved about this story, but as it would require me to go into way too much detail about what happened with Mila, her mom, Lucas and another character who I won’t name as it would be spoiler-y, I can only talk about just a few things I loved.

    I loved how the author introduced her character in the first part of the story. If someone didn’t read the book’s description or take a close look at the cover they might have been just as in the dark as the character about who and what she was.

    And I loved that this story was separated into parts. Each one taking me somewhere new. Each one introducing me to a slightly different Mila. Each one offering up a new adventure.

    I loved Mila’s relationship with Hunter at the beginning. And I loved her interactions with Lucas at the end. But the thing I loved most was that she had relationships at all. That she wasn’t what she was expected to be. That there was so much more to her.

    As someone who doesn’t consider myself a sci-fi fan, I found myself connecting to this story and character from the very beginning. I thought the author did an amazing job developing her main character. I thought that after the initial set-up the pace just took off and didn’t let up. But I liked that the story didn’t start off so quickly. I liked that the author took the time to introduce her character before things got crazy.

    There was the perfect amount of action and suspense in MILA 2.0. There was more than enough mystery, romance and heartbreak – yes I cannot believe I teared up on more than one occasion during my read. But especially after what happened toward the end.

    I am still wary about a certain character’s motivations. But I suppose I’ll have to wait for the sequel to find out if my suspicions are correct. And I think there’s something going on with the character I won’t name, which is not going to make Holland at all happy. Which is fine by me.

    The ending is not one with a cliffhanger, exactly, but because I desperately want to continue the story, it feels very much like one. I want to know more about a certain group that was only mentioned very briefly in this first book, but I hope will have a larger part to play in the next.

    And I want to know whether a character whose safety is very much up in the air at the end of this book will be making an appearance. I really, really hope so.

    MILA 2.0 was such a fun and entertaining read. My connection with the character was a complete surprise. My total enjoyment of this type of story was also unexpected. It had just the right amount of tech and science for me. Not too heavy. Not too light. And it even managed to tug at my heartstrings. Yep, loved this book.


    Favorite passage…

    I have a favorite passage. It’s an amazing passage that immediately grabbed me, that I would love to share. But it is a bit longer than I should share, with no logical cut-off point. And it is a bit revealing. So I won’t post it here.

    But for those who want to know, it is the passage that begins with… His sideways glance burned right through my arm….

    So, I’m sharing one that is much shorter, but makes me smile because it is so Mila.

    The room was a small square of hopelessness.

    A flash of red. And then:

    Dimensions: 10 ft. by 9 ft.

    I swallowed a horrified giggle. Perfect. And now I knew the exact measurements of hopelessness.


    Book Trailer…

    This review is based on an ARC I received through a trade and is my honest option of the book.


    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #115

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

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




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

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 288 pages.


    I am so excited for the release of POISON by Bridget Zinn. I just started reading it and it’s every bit as enchanting as I’d hoped it would be. While I have it pre-ordered for my Kindle, I am definitely going to be checking out the print version after it releases. Because if it’s even half as gorgeous as the ARC, the hardcover will be a must have for my collection.

    As I’ve talked about POISON quite a bit in my Book Watch post a few weeks back, and as I’m reading it now, I don’t want to reveal too much. But I will say it is just so easy to get transported into the world the author created. And I cannot wait to finish this journey with Kyra.

    And as much as I do love this adventure, it is a bittersweet read for me knowing that this lovely author isn’t around to share more of her stories or to learn of her book’s reception among its readers.

    But I am so very happy that I did learn of this book and get to go on this adventure. One I cannot wait to get back to. And I cannot wait for the finished copy to download on Monday Midnight.

    MILA 2 Cover


    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza will be released in the U.S. on March 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 480 pages.

    MILA 2.0 is the first book in author Debra Driza’s new series by the same name. The second book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release on April 1, 2014 and the third book in the series does not have a release date yet set.


    I was so excited to have been able to trade for an early copy of MILA 2.0. But I cannot wait until the finished copy downloads to my Kindle on release date. Because I definitely want this book to be a part of my permanent collection and ARCs don’t stick with me for very long.

    I loved the cover for MILA 2.0 but I loved the story even more. Even though it’s dubbed a “sci-fi” thriller, which are generally not my kind of stories, to me it was just an awesome and action-packed story with a character I instantly connected with.

    The description was not wrong when it called MILA 2.0 “riveting” with “heart-pounding action.” Because I was totally riveted from start to finish. And there was plenty of action to keep me on the edge of my seat. Of course there was that ending… but I won’t be talking about that.

    I didn’t read the short prequel novella yet, but I’m just dying to find out more. So, I’m not sure whether it would be better to read before the full-length book or after. But I’m thinking after, as I liked getting to know Mila just as she was introduced in Part One of MILA 2.0 and couldn’t imagine having met her in any other way.

    Other Books of Note

    Strands of Bronze and Gold

    STRANDS OF BRONZE AND GOLD (Strands of Bronze and Gold #1) by Jane Nickerson

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers




    PANIC by Sharon M. Draper

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers



    Deep Betrayal

    DEEP BETRAYAL (Lies Beneath #2) by Anne Greenwood Brown

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers




    TRINKETS by Kirsten Smith

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers




    STARSTRUCK by Rachel Shukert

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers




    SURFACING by Nora Raleigh Baskin

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick



    Promises to Keep

    PROMISES TO KEEP (Den of Shadows #9) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers



    Heart of Glass

    HEART OF GLASS (Cross My Heart #2) by Sasha Gould

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers



    The Temptation

    THE TEMPTATION (The Secret Circle #6) by Aubrey Clark, L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen



    Chasing the Prophecy

    CHASING THE PROPHECY(Beyonders #3) by Brandon Mull

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Aladdin



    Escape Theory

    ESCAPE THEORY by Margaux Froley

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen




    SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers




    There are a ton of books releasing this week, but I’ve only pre-ordered two of them. I could have sworn PRETTY SLY by Elisa Ludwig was releasing this week, but all details are stripped from its records on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, so I’m not sure the cause for the delay.

    And apparently I forgot that I had three other books pre-ordered last week – A BLOOM IN WINTER (Summerset Abbey #2) by T.J. Brown, DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION (Darklight #2) by Darynda Jones and THIRST NO. 5: THE SACRED VEIL by Christopher Pike. So I’m super glad I only have two books downloading this week, as I don’t think my wallet could have handled another huge release week.

    At least I think I only have two books pre-ordered… I can’t be positive given Amazon’s new setup. It seems that each release week brings me a new surprise on release day. Though I won’t complain about receiving unexpected books.

    As I am currently reading one of the two books releasing this week that I have on order, and have read the other, fortunately by release date on Tuesday I won’t have any new books being added to the TBR pile. Which is a relief. Because I’m anxiously awaiting CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ release next week and I just know I won’t be able to resist diving into that book on release day.

    I hope you have some awesome books headed your way this week and that the wait has ended for a few much anticipated titles.

    As ever, happy book buying and reading!

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

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