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    Top 10 of 2015: Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

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    Welcome to Day Four of the Top 10 of 2105

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As I mentioned previously…

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

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

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


    Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

    Today’s topic is…

    Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

    I’ve had such an eclectic reading year that I don’t have nearly as many book boyfriends as I’ve had in the past. Many of the books I’ve read and loved didn’t even have romance as part of the storyline. And I also know that due to the number of books I have read and loved this year I am forgetting a few of them – so sorry my lovely fic boys! But I did not prep this post well in advance, as I’d hoped to, and so I am certain I’m forgetting some of my favorites.

    I’m also losing a few due to the fact that they have to be from books read and released this year.

    Anyway… here they are.

    #1 Death

    …from DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole

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    #2 Gavin Garrison

    …from MISSING DIXIE by Caisey Quinn

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    #3 Rune

    …from SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole

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    #4 Paul Markov

    …from TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray

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    #5 Kaz Brekker

    …from SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

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    #6 Elias

    …from AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

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    #7 Landon Lucas Maxfield

    …from SWEET by Tammara Webber

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    #8 Grey Blackwood

    …from BOUNCE by Noelle August

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    #9 Rowan

    …from FIREWALKER by Josephine Angelini

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    #10 Enzo Valenciano

    …from THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu

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    The Honorable Mentions

    So, those are my boys. Who made your list?


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

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    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2105

    A Week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward

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

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

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


    Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

    Today’s topic is:

    BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN 2015

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

    #1 MENAGERIE by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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

    #2 DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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

    #3 SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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

    #4 TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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

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

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

    #6 SCHISM by Jenna Black – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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

    #7 AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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

    #8 THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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

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

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

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

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


    Honorable Mentions

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

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


    The Giveaway

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    I’m offering up for giveaway…

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

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

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway ends on December 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific
    • Giveaway is open ONLY to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event
    • Giveaway is open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships
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    • Winner will be contacted by email and have 72 hours to respond

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    THE WONDROUS AND THE WICKED Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be today’s stop on THE WONDROUS AND THE WICKED Blog Tour. I have been a huge fan of this series from the moment I first learned of its existence. And while I am sad to see it end, I don’t think the author could have done a more amazing job. I could not set this one down. It was insane in all the best ways. And, yes, there were tears. But I won’t say why. Lips are sealed. No spoilers here.

    Anyway…

    If you’d like to know a little bit more about what I think, my review is below. There’s also an awesome giveaway as part of this tour – so be sure to check it out. And if you’d like to read a few guest posts, interviews and other reviews, the tour schedule – with direct links – is at the bottom of the post.


    About THE WONDROUS AND THE WICKED

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    Title & Series: THE WONDROUS AND THE WICKED (The Dispossessed #3)
    Author: Page Morgan
    Release date: April 14, 2015
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    For fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series comes the exciting conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.

    Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia’s power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel’s Harvest is near-and the timing couldn’t be worse.

    Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.

    Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Page Morgan delivers an epic, action-packed and utterly riveting conclusion to her series with THE WONDROUS AND THE WICKED. It’s a story filled with nail-biting suspense, one that will keep readers on edge as they await Ingrid’s, Luc’s, Vander’s, Gabby’s, Nolan’s, Grayson’s and Marco’s fates, and one that builds toward a dramatic and incredibly climactic showdown that offers no guarantee of a victory for those characters readers have come to know and love.

    The author invites readers back into her world of the Dispossessed with an opening chapter that will leave them with no doubt that the world has gotten more dangerous, especially for Ingrid and Gabby Waverly, the threats have become deadlier, and the need for vengeance could quickly escalate to a war between the Alliance and the Dispossessed. Through each character’s point of view, she reacquaints readers with just where things left off in the previous book, what everyone is up to now, and just how they feel about their current situation.

    She ensnares with the promise of a confrontation with Axia, the hope for a happy ending for each of the Waverlys, and the certainty of a resolution to the Ingrid-Vander-Luc love triangle. She keeps readers captivated with gorgeous writing that paints a vivid picture of the incredibly imaginative world she created, characters who they’re already invested in and are sure to become even more so in, electrifying and nerve-wracking plot developments, and moments that will make them hold their breath, swoon, sob, and cheer.

    With Gabby hiding out in London for her own safety, Luc keeping his distance until things settle down, and Grayson missing in action, Ingrid has only Vander to keep her company and Marco to keep her safe, and she is anxious to do something other than sit around and wait for things to change. She just never imagined an attempt on her life would be the catalyst. And she hadn’t really expected the Alliance to be behind it.

    She also hadn’t realized just how ill-prepared she was to defend herself against the growing threats. Or how much danger she was really in. Or how much she would miss her connection with Luc and having him as her protector.

    THE WONDROUS AND THE WICKED returns readers to this amazing and wonderful and fascinating and deadly world of gargoyles, angels and demons, hunters and protectors, dusters, seers and humans, set in turn of the twentieth century Paris, one last time. It delivers long-awaited answers, ties up loose ends, and brings this series to an ending that will more than satisfy.

    And it takes readers on one heck of an exciting, tension-filled, heartbreaking ride in this must-devour series-ending story in an extraordinary series that is not to be missed.

    The Rating

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


    About Page Morgan

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    Page Morgan is the author of The Beautiful & The Cursed, a young adult novel about two sisters who, on their mission to find their missing brother, discover a veiled world of gargoyles and demons in the city of Paris, its sequel, The Lovely and the Lost, and the upcoming third book in the series, The Wondrous and the Wicked. She became intrigued by gargoyles when she came across an old, black-and-white photograph of a Notre Dame gargoyle keeping watch over the city of Paris. Right away, she knew she had to tell that gargoyle’s story.

    She lives in New England with her husband and their three children, along with an English Pointer puppy, an arrogant cat, two surprisingly cuddly bearded dragons, and a brood of chickens.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED (The Dispossessed #1)
    Author: Page Morgan
    Release date: May 14, 2013
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris. 

    In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

    And Grayson has gone missing.

    No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

    Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

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    Title & Series: THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2)
    Author: Page Morgan
    Release date: May 13, 2014
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The sequel to The Beautiful and the Cursed…

    Ingrid and Gabby Waverly moved to France expecting a quiet reprieve from London gossip, but the truth they face in their new home has a sharper—and deadlier—sting. 

    Paris is plagued by an underworld of demons and gargoyles who all seem to want something from the Waverly girls. Saving Ingrid’s twin, Grayson, from the fallen angel Axia nearly killed them. And they’re still being hunted—only this time, demons aren’t their only predators.

    Ingrid’s blood is special: it bestows the power to command gargoyles. It’s an ability no other human has, and in the wrong hands, it could be used to send her cursed guardian, Luc, and his fellow Dispossessed to extinction. There are those who will do anything to get Ingrid’s blood—and they see no value in human life.

    The Alliance has vowed to protect the Waverlys, and a new gargoyle has been assigned to guard their abbey home alongside Luc. But no one can watch over Ingrid, Gabby, and Grayson all the time, which means the three must learn to fight for themselves.

    Because darkness now follows the Waverlys. And sometimes darkness comes in the form you trust most.

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    Title & Series: MARCO’S STORY (The Dispossessed #1.5)
    Author: Page Morgan
    Release date: July 16, 2013
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 60
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    Marco, the gargoyle protector of a home in Montparnasse for over four hundred years, has done something he never thought possible: he’s befriended a human. What is it about Grace, a lady’s maid for the family living within Marco’s territory that intrigues him so much? When Vander Burke, the Alliance Seer, reveals that Grace and her mistress are covered in demon dust, Marco sets out to determine why—and to protect his humans.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway to THREE winners for…

    • 1 personalized paperback of THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED
    • 1 personalized hardcover of THE LOVELY AND THE LOST
    • 1 personalized hardcover of THE WONDROUS AND THE WICKED

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    April 6th – The Cover Contessa – Interview

    April 7th – Bookhounds YA – Review

    April 8th – A Dream Within A Dream – Review

    April 9th – The Irish Banana Review – Review

    April 10th – A Book and a Latte – Interview

    Week Two

    April 13th – Fiktshun – Review

    April 14th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

    April 15th – Mundie Moms – Review

    April 16th – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

    April 17th – Alice Marvels – Guest Post

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    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST Blog Tour: Character Interview with Luc Rousseau + Giveaway

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    If you haven’t yet started this series and met Ingrid, Gabby, Grayson, Luc, Nolan or Vander then you are seriously missing out on getting to know some amazing characters and an incredible and captivating and unique story. Both books in the series are phenomenal. And the writing is absolutely brilliant.

    So… yeah… I’m really excited to be a part of THE LOVELY AND THE LOST Blog Tour. And I am so totally stoked to have been able to interview Luc Rousseau for my stop today.

    Of course there was so much more I’d wanted to ask him. But in the interest of trying to keep the interview spoiler-free, I didn’t ask those overly revealing questions. But I really, really wanted to ask him what he thought about certain times that Ingrid spent with Vander. And what he would have done if….

    Anyway… because I love this interview so much, I’ve included it immediately below this rather lengthy introductory ramble. But I’ve also included some information about both books in this series, as well as the short eNovella. And there’s also some information about the incredibly talented author, Page Morgan.

    There are a couple of signed books up for grabs in the tour-wide giveaway. So if you’d like a chance to win, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter. And if you’d like to visit the other stops on the tour to learn more about THE LOVELY AND THE LOST, the schedule with direct links to each of the stops on tour is at the very bottom of this post.

    If you haven’t yet met Luc then the interview will hopefully provide enough details to make meeting him a must. And if you already have, I hope that hearing directly from him will make you fall just a little bit more in love with him.

    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST is a six-star off-the-menu read for me. And part of the reason why is Luc. So, I’m super thrilled for you to either meet him or get to know him a little bit better in the interview and in this fan-freaking-tastic sequel – and series.

    Oh, and Luc, if you are reading this, I just have to say that I, too, wouldn’t at all mind if Vander Burke packed a bag and left Paris. Au revoir Monsieur Burke.


    The Interview

    Q. For those who haven’t yet met you, could you please share a few details about yourself?

    I suppose the most important thing to know about me is that I’m, well…a gargoyle. I was born human, and I still wear my human form most of the time, but when one of my human charges needs me, I coalesce into what we call true form.

    Q. Can you talk a little bit about the Dispossessed and what being one has been like for you?

    The Dispossessed have been barred from entering heaven and all because we’ve committed the same crime: the murder of a man of the cloth. Instead of being cast into hell, we’re sent back to earth as gargoyles, forced to protect the humans who live within our territory. I’ve spent the last three hundred years as a Dispossessed, and mostly, I’ve just been extremely bored.

    Q. What was your first impression of Ingrid? Has that changed at all since you’ve gotten to know her? And if so, how?

    I knew right away that she was different. Every gargoyle catalogues their human charges by scent and there was an undertone to Ingrid’s that I couldn’t place, which concerned me. She was curious, stubborn, a little reckless, and yes, beautiful, but I admired her devotion to her brother. Those things haven’t changed, though they infuriate me a little less than they did before.

    Q. If you could change any one thing about who and what you are, would you change anything? Do you think Ingrid would want you to change?

    I would like not to be a gargoyle. I’d like to just be human again, but it’s an impossible wish. I’m sure Ingrid would like the same thing but she hasn’t said as much. I don’t think she’d ever ask me to be something I’m not—or can’t—be.

    Q. What one thing have you done that you are most proud of?

    I didn’t think twice before going into the Underneath to rescue Ingrid and Grayson, but I didn’t expect the Angelic Order to praise me for it. I don’t know if I’m proud I rescued them, but it felt nice to be complimented by the Order for once.

    Q. Are you at all concerned that what happened to Grayson might put Ingrid in danger? And what do you plan to do if he is a threat?

    Ingrid loves her brother, and he is my human charge, but if his demon half starts to take over I won’t hesitate to protect Ingrid or anyone else he threatens. Then again, I can’t harm him either. So, let’s just say it would be complicated.

    Q. What do you really think about Vander Burke and Nolan Quinn?

    Nolan’s cocky but I like him. If any of the Alliance can be trusted, it’s him. I suppose Vander Burke is trustworthy too, but I wouldn’t complain if he packed his things and left Paris tomorrow.

    Q. From what I hear, the danger in Paris is far from over. Can you tell us anything about what’s lurking and how you plan on keeping Ingrid and her family safe?

    A new gargoyle has joined me at the abbey, but besides not wanting to share my territory (or my humans) with him, I also don’t know if I can trust him. There is the Daicrypta, a dark society of demonologists, to keep an eye on, and a mimic demon that’s attached itself to Ingrid, as well. The best way for me to keep her and the rest of the Waverlys safe is to keep them close at all times—but we both know that’s impossible.

    Q. What would your happily ever after be?

    It’s simple, really: never having to be a slave again and, of course, winning Ingrid’s heart.


    About The Lovely and the Lost

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    Series: The Dispossessed #2
    Release date: May 13, 2014
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    For readers of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series comes the sequel to The Beautiful and the Cursed, The Lovely and the Lost finds the Waverly sisters in mortal danger and able to trust no one.

    Ingrid and Gabby Waverly moved to France expecting a quiet reprieve from London gossip, but the truth they face in their new home has a sharper—and deadlier—sting.

    Paris is plagued by an underworld of demons and gargoyles who all seem to want something from the Waverly girls. Saving Ingrid’s twin, Grayson, from the fallen angel Axia nearly killed them. And they’re still being hunted—only this time, demons aren’t their only predators.

    Ingrid’s blood is special: it bestows the power to command gargoyles. It’s an ability no other human has, and in the wrong hands, it could be used to send her cursed guardian, Luc, and his fellow Dispossessed to extinction. There are those who will do anything to get Ingrid’s blood—and they see no value in human life.

    The Alliance has vowed to protect the Waverlys, and a new gargoyle has been assigned to guard their abbey home alongside Luc. But no one can watch over Ingrid, Gabby, and Grayson all the time—which means the three must learn to fight for themselves.

    Because darkness follows the Waverlys. And sometimes darkness comes in the form you trust the most.

    To read an excerpt of the first two chapters, CLICK HERE.

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    About Page Morgan

    Page

    I’m the author of The Beautiful & The Cursed, a young adult novel about two sisters who, on their mission to find their missing brother, discover a veiled world of gargoyles and demons in the city of Paris. I’m currently writing the second and third novels in this series, which saps most of my brainpower. I live in New England with my husband and our three children, along with our ancient dog and arrogant cat, quickly sap the rest of it. I accept virtual gifts of coffee, chocolate, and cupcakes.

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    Other Books in the Series

    The Beautiful and the CursedTitle: THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED (The Dispossessed #1)
    Release date: May 14, 2013
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback audio, eBook

    Description…

    After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

    In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

    And Grayson has gone missing.

    No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

    Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS


    Marco's StoryTitle: MARCO’S STORY (The Dispossessed #1.5)
    Release date: July 16, 2013
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 60
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    For readers of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series comes a digital original short story set in the world of The Beautiful and the Cursed that follows Ingrid and Gabby Waverly and the terrifying forces determined to take their lives.

    Read it before the sequel, The Lovely and the Lost, which is available in 2014 from Delacorte Press.

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    The Giveaway

    This tour includes an awesome giveaway for a SIGNED paperback of THE BEAUTIFUL & THE CURSED and a SIGNED hardcover of THE LOVELY & THE LOST + SIGNED swag – US ONLY

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    May 12th – Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post

    May 13th – Alice Marvels – Guest Post

    May 14th – Lili’s Reflections – Review

    May 15th – Book Swoon – Review

    May 16th – Fiktshun – Interview: Luc

    Week Two

    May 19th – BookHounds YA – Review

    May 20th – YA Reads – Review

    May 21st – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview

    May 22nd – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post: Nolan

    May 23rd – Refracted Light Reviews – Interview

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    My Reading Pile #160

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    As I’m creating this post super early due to the fact that when this posts I will (hopefully) be moored outside Two Harbors in Catalina, fast asleep in the cockpit of a 41 ft Hunter in a toasty warm sleeping bag, I don’t know if I got any books in the mail this week.

    Though I did get the most amazing bookish package thanks to Henry Holt & Co. (Macmillan) and Leigh Bardugo.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    And as it is so early and it’s such a crazy week for me, I didn’t really spend any time perusing the available books on NetGalley or Edelweiss. But I did get approved for one book for an upcoming tour. And it is…

    The Lovely and the Lost

    Courtesy of Random House Childrens…

    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan (via NetGalley)

    While I have a print copy of THE LOVELY AND THE LOST thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, I am stoked to have the eARC so that I can read it while on my sailing adventure. Carrying books and book lights is not something I can do, given our limited space. So having this on the Kindle means that I can take it with me.

    I love this series and all of its amazing characters and with the way things ended… oh my gosh… I am totally thrilled to find out where this story is headed. Though if the ending is just as torturous as the last, waiting for book three is going to be killer.

    But I can wait no longer to dive in. And so…

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

    (April 6, 2014 – April 12, 2014)
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    The Lovely and the Lost

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    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST by Page Morgan is the only book I’m adding to the pile this week. While it’s likely I’ll have time to add a second book to the pile, when I return from my sail class I have to study for the exam, so I probably will be reading that book instead of a novel.

    But I’m totally stoked that I’ll be able to read this second book in the Dispossessed series thanks to the publisher, Delacorte Press. While I have a printed ARC, which I’ll read if I don’t finish this on my trip, I can’t take it with me, so I’m over the moon happy that I have the eARC.

    I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen with Grayson. I can’t wait to see if anything changes with Ingrid now that… okay, no, I won’t discuss that. It is kind of spoiler-y. But I also can’t wait to read more about Luc and Nolan.

    The description is all sorts of vague, revealing next to nothing, which makes me all the more curious about what this danger is and why the Dispossessed might not be able to save the humans.

    And I hope to find answers when I dive in this weekend, reading under the stars on a very lovely boat.

    The Description…

    Ingrid and Gabby survived the Underneath. They saved their brother, Grayson, from a future of dark servitude and exposed a plot to undermine the Alliance. But danger still lurks in the streets of Paris, and the Dispossessed, perched on the city’s bridges and rooftops, might not be able to save their human wards this time.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read this week is DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige. It released this past week and I’ve been told it’s amazing and it sounds amazing and like so much wicked fun. But if I don’t get any time to read this weekend and I have to play catch up next week (and study), devouring this book will only be a wish of mine and not a reality.

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    Those Left Behind

    I’m not sure if I left anything behind this week. As I am creating this post super early there is still time to read DON’T LOOK BACK and catch up on DON’T CALL ME BABY. I am mostly finished with PLUS ONE, so there’s that. And I did end up finishing THE RING AND THE CROWN as expected.

    But I’ll be able to give you a more accurate update in next week’s MRP post. And hopefully I’ll be on track… at least with my reads.

    As of Monday I haven’t quite finished my review for FORETOLD. It seems trying to write 19 posts and prepping for a trip has me distracted. Plus I’ve been super busy with work stuffs.

    So I’m hoping that my review for FORETOLD will be one of those posts completed and scheduled before I left for my trip. But at this very moment it is still in progress. As is my review of THE FOREVER SONG which I will be finishing and posting on Tuesday the 8th, for the tour.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    When I first wrote and scheduled this post there was only one new book on NetGalley, so I quickly checked again and updated the finds so that this section didn’t look quite as outdated and lame. But I didn’t spend any real time looking around NetGalley this week other than to create this post. And so…

    Here are this week’s finds…

    THE IMMORTAL CROWN (Age of X #2) by Richelle Mead (Penguin Books Australia, May 28 2014) **Australian reviewers preferred**

    MY BEST FRIEND, MAYBE by Caela Carter (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jun 3 2014)

    DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Hodder & Stoughton, Apr 10 2014) **UK and Australian reviewers preferred**

    CURSES AND SMOKE (A Novel of Pompeii) by Vicky Alvear Shecter (Scholastic, May 27 2014)

    SURROUNDED BY SHARKS by Michael Northrop (Scholastic, May 27 2014)

    MY NOT SO SUPER SWEET LIFE (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #3) by Rachel Harris (Entangled Publishing LLC, Apr 21 2014)

    FRAGILE LINE by Brooklyn Skye (Entangled Publishing LLC, Apr 21 2014)

    STORM (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer (Constable & Robinson, Apr 17 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

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    My stress turned into a bit of a cold – yes I get stress-induced colds – which I hope will be gone by the time I head out for Catalina. Keeping my fingers crossed. As of now I haven’t quite finished those 19 planned posts, but I’m fairly close. Well I am now, since I opted to push a couple of them to next week.

    I hope I allowed myself some time to study this week. But knowing me, I left it for the very last minute. I just hope I didn’t end up staying up all night the night before I had to leave. Because that so wouldn’t be any good.

    As I don’t know whether I’ll have cell service, and I never keep my phone in my pocket when I’m on the boat, I’ll probably be a bit MIA this weekend. But I’ll definitely check in on Monday if anyone wants to let me know what bookish goodies they received this week and what books they plan on reading.

    I hope you have an amazing reading week ahead and that you received some awesome books this past week. Happy reading!

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    Top 10 Character Couples of 2013

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

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best ____ of 2013

    Last year I chose favorite quotes. But this year I’m going for CHARACTER COUPLES. Even though many of this year’s reads paired up characters I’d rather see paired with someone else, there were quite a few character couples I love, love, loved.

    And instead of rambling about all of my reasons why I love these character couples I thought I’d let the characters speak for themselves. They do a much better job of it than I ever could. Though I’m so very tempted to chime in…

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    Favorite Character Couples 2013

    1.

    Shadowfever

    SHADOWFEVER (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Mac and Barrons…

    “I’m not the hero, Mac. Never have been. Never will be. Let us be perfectly clear: I’m not the antihero, either, so quit waiting to discover my hidden potential. There’s nothing to redeem me.”

    I want him anyway.

    It’s what he wanted to know.

    I exhale impatiently and shove hair from my face. “Are you going to talk me to death or fuck me, Jericho Barrons?”

    2.

    Endless Knight

    ENDLESS KNIGHT (The Aracana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Evie and Death…

    “What are you thinking about, creature?” His words were husky.

    Licking your runes? Thank God he couldn’t read my thoughts anymore. Face flushing, I grasped for something to say. “I bet you were expecting a taller Empress this time around.” Lame.

    “I would change nothing about your appearance.”

    When we locked eyes in the mirror, his burning gaze made even more heat cascade through my body.

    Death rose with that lethal grace and strode toward me. I swallowed. Would he try to kiss me? And what would I do if he did?

    3.

    Through the Zombie Glass

    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) by Gena Showalter

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Alice and Cole…

    “I just… I can’t seem to stay away. You’re like a magnet, and I’m drawn. And what about you? You’re supposed to yell at me, scream profanities and tell me to go and never come back. Why aren’t you yelling?” he asked almost bitterly.

    Because, despite everything, I liked that he was here.

    Foolish girl.

    “You want me to yell?” I said, and drew in a deep breath, preparing. “I will.”

    He shook his head, looked up at me through the thick shield of those dark, dark lashes. “It’s too late for that. I’m going to kiss you, Ali.”

    Kiss… Yes… No! “You made your bed.”

    “I know. But I still want you in it.”

    4.

    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Kaylee and Tod…

    “This is the most frighteningly beautiful mouth I have ever seen. The most terrifyingly delicious lips I have ever tasted. These lips make me hungry for more every time I kiss them. This mouth, and the tongue inside it…they speak words I hang on to. Words that make me want to be a better man. Words I would gladly build my entire afterlife around. But they also say things that terrify me. Things that send chills all the way to my heart. They speak about dangers I can’t prevent. Threats I can’t always see. They threaten to do things that could get you hurt, when every single beat of my heart tells me that I need to protect you.”

    I stared at him, stunned, and he leaned in to kiss me again, softly. Almost chastely.

    5.

    Crash Into You

    CRASH INTO YOU (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Isaiah and Rachel…

    Rachel tries to lower her head, but I reach up and touch her chin. “Don’t.”

    I tilt her head up, engulfing her line of vision. She’s going to see me and me alone. No cars, no Zach, none of the other assholes trying to win her eye during the night. The sweet scent of jasmine entwining with the salty smell of the beach rushes into my lungs. I lick my lips, wanting to kiss her, but I’m too full of energy to dare let my lips brush hers.

    Beneath my fingertips, her pulse beats wildly. “I don’t understand you, Isaiah.”

    “Then we have something in common, because I don’t get you at all.”

    6.

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    SWEET PERIL (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Anna and Kaidan…

    “For the record,” he ground out in a guttural whisper, “I was more myself with you during those three days than I’ve ever been with anyone in my life. It’d be easier if I could be fake with you, but you bring out everything in me, little Ann. All of it.”

    His sudden fierceness frightened and excited me. He was not in his right mind. I blinked several times before taking a step back and running into the rail. I could do nothing but stare as he went on.

    7.

    Foreplay

    FOREPLAY (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Pepper and Reece…

    He gave my sweatshirt a small tug, inexorably pulling me toward him, bit by bit, and it was like the other night again. His presence was overwhelming, the heat that emanated from him. The blue of his eyes that seemed to turn to smoke when he looked at me. I was under his spell. Maybe I had never ceased to be. I’d been spellbound since our first kiss and especially since the night I spent in his loft. Maybe this was what had brought me back here in the middle of the night. Maybe I was hoping to repeat the experience.

    “I’ll never lie to you, Pepper.” That soft utterance blew through me like a sonic blast. Crazy, but I heard more than his vow to be honest. The words were full of the expectation that there would be a him and me, an us. That we were really doing this. Whatever this was.

    8.

    While You're Away

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Sarah and Will…

    It was easy to kiss Will Spencer. We moved in tandem, both turning at the same time. It was like we were machined to fit together, the right key in the right lock. Rising on my toes to meet his mouth, I looped my arms around his neck. Stretched against him, I felt long and tall, and strangely lovely. I wasn’t transformed by his touch. I was revealed.

    9.

    The Beautiful and the Cursed

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED (The Disposessed #1) by Page Morgan

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Ingrid and Luc…

    Ingrid froze as he grazed his fingers through her hair, scattering a few pins to the floor. Then he gripped the back of her head, his tangled fingers tugging at her hair, and Ingrid thought she could finally read something in the way he looked at her: a longing so tangible that it made her ache.

    “I haven’t ended you because you’re my human.”

    And then Luc did what he hadn’t done in the orangery. His lips found hers. It was a light sweep of a kiss, and Ingrid, who’d quit breathing, feared he was going to stop again. The idea of it knifed through her and her hands itched to reach up, latch on to him, and refuse the retreat.

    It didn’t come to that.

    10.

    The Collector

    THE COLLECTOR (The Collector #1) by Victoria Scott

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Dante and Charlie…

    “But you need to know the truth. I didn’t mean for this to happen.” I stop, considering what I just said. “Actually, I guess I did mean for this to happen. At first. But then I got to know you, Charlie. I got to see how you are, the things you do for other people. The way you smile when there’s nothing left to smile about, and the way you laugh…it hurts to even hear it. Because it reminds me what it’s like to live. To be happy.” I take a deep breath. “You are beautiful, Charlie. You’re so beautiful, and I can’t believe I let you think you weren’t.”

    I turn around but focus on the ground. I can’t see her face. It’ll end me. But my eyes are deceitful, and before I can gouge them from my face, they slide up and land on her. On Charlie. And she’s crying. Tears rolling down her cheeks, sliding into a wide, happy smile.

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    A Few Other Couples I Love

    Deception

    Rachel and Logan

    DECEPTION (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine

    The Eternity CureAllison and Zeke

    THE ETERNITY CURE (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

    The Girl with the Iron TouchFinley and Griffin

    THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH (The Steampunk Chronicles #3) by Kady Cross

    DescendantCoverMason and Feen

    DESCENDANT (Starling #2) by Lesley Livingston

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    Wishful Thinking Character Couples

    As I mentioned, there were a number of characters I’d have liked to see paired up with someone other than the character they ended up with… or the character they’re with at the moment.

    So I decided to create a Top 10 Wishful Thinking Character Couples list. But instead of listing them here, since I have exactly ten, I thought I’d create a completely independent list over at The Annex.

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    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…

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2013

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

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2013

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

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

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

    Anyway…

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

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    The Best I’ve Read in 2013

    1.

    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

    2.

    Endless Knight

    ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

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

    3.

    Through the Zombie Glass

    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

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

    4.

    The Eternity Cure

    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

    5.

    Crash Into You

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

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

    6.

    Afterglow

    AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

    7.

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    STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

    8.

    The Beautiful and the Cursed

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

    9.

    While You're Away

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

    10.

    A Touch Menacing

    A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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

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

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

    Other Books I Love, Love, Loved

    SweetPeril

    SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins

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

    The Testing

    THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau

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

    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

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

    Pivot Point

    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

    Intriguing. Nerve-wracking. Unputdownable. Amazing.

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

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

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

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

    The Giveaways

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

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

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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