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    Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2012

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    Today is DAY FOUR of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting on Monday, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Book Boyfriends of 2012

    The rules insist that they be books that I not only read in 2012 but that were released in 2012… but… well, I’m not exactly one for sticking to the rules. (Last year, for my Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011 list, I had nearly twice the honorable mentions as I did book boyfriends. Yeah. So much for rules.)

    I mean, I can’t just leave off a few of my favorite book boyfriends just because I read their books early or read them a little bit late, can I? Noooo. I can’t do that.

    But I have decided to limit it to just one boy per book – which almost always means the bad boy. Sorry Az, Will, Adam, Jack….

    And because I’ve taken the plunge and spent a little too much time reading non-YA releases, I just had to create a book boyfriends post on my non-YA blog. Because there is just no WAY I could leave those darker, sexier, older book boyfriends out of the mix this year.. Though all I can say is that I am so relieved that I did not devour all the books in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series… yet….

    Next year is going to be so tough.

    Book-Boyfriends

    1.

    Before I WakeTod

    Good boy or bad boy: Good… most of the time

    Favorite characteristics: Angelic in appearance with a devilish personality, sarcastic, charming

    Best line: Too many to count, but here’s one…

    “I’m well aware.” Tod sat up and pulled me up with him until we faced each other on my bed. “Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise,” he said, and my chest ached, and I loved that feeling–that rare pain that came from feeling too much, so different from the emptiness I’d almost gotten used to. “All you have to do is stay here with me.”

    Why he won: Do you have to ask?

    Won out over: His terribly flawed younger brother Nash Hudson

    Book Read in 2012: BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

    2.

    Destroy MeWarner

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad… except when it comes to… nope, not going to reveal that here

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, broken, redeemable… I hope

    Best line:

    I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I’ve fallen for her.
    And I’ve fallen.
    So hard.
    I’ve hit the ground. Gone right through it. Never in my life have I felt this. Nothing like this. I’ve felt shame and cowardice, weakness and strength. I’ve known terror and indifference, self-hate and general disgust. I’ve seen things that cannot be unseen.

    And yet I’ve known nothing like this terrible, horrible, paralyzing feeling. I feel crippled. Desperate and out of control. And it keeps getting worse. Every day I feel sick. Empty and somehow aching.

    Love is a heartless bastard.

    Why he won: Because he breaks my heart. And yet he’s just so broken. Hero potential

    Won out over: Adam, who while incredibly sexy and just so perfect, might be a little too perfect

    Book Read in 2012: DESTROY ME, UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi

    3.

    SplinteredMorpheus a.k.a. Moth

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Mysterious, devious, otherworldly, clever, sexy

    Best line:

    Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. “You want me. Admit it.”
    Even if he’s partly right, I’ll never tell him. “Why would I want you?”
    He lifts thee fingers to countdown. “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”

    Why he won: Because he doesn’t have to be good and yet he sometimes is

    Won out over: Skater boy Jeb who is a knight in shining armor but doesn’t have that propensity for wickedness

    Book Read in 2012: SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    4.

    Wings of the WickedCadan

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy with a good heart

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, redeemable, honorable

    Best line:

    He was quiet for a moment. “You have a lot more to deal with than most people. Nobody is like you. No one else is what you are, or has ever been what you are. You’re changing, trying to adapt to this world.”

    Why he won: Because he chose the difficult path. Because he doesn’t just want to be good, he actually works against everything in him to be good

    Won out over: Will who didn’t have to overcome nearly as much to be who he was and to get what he did

    Book Read in 2012: WINGS OF THE WICKED, SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton

    5.

    Sweet EvilKaidan a.k.a. Kai

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Dark, super sexy, a bit of a tease, a bit of a jerk, musician

    Best line:

    “So that’s it, then?” he asked. I ignored him. “I always wondered what it would feel like.”
    That made me curious enough to turn to him.
    “What what would feel like?” I asked.
    “Rejection.”

    Why he won: Did I not say dark, super sexy, a bit of a tease already?

    Won out over: No one. There is no competition for Kai

    Book Read in 2012: SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

    6.

    Poison PrincessJack

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Dark, dangerous, smokin’ hot, possessive, protective, knows what he wants and goes for it

    Best line:

    Jackson growled at his friend, “Want a taste of dat girl, me.” The look in his blazing eyes . . .

    Why he won: Because while he is a bad boy he’s not such a bad guy. Being smokin’ hot didn’t hurt his chances. Not at all

    Won out over: Death. It’s still too early to tell if Jack will win next year, but I’m incredibly intrigued by Death

    Book Read in 2012: POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

    7.

    SilverBlake

    Good boy or bad boy: Both… but leans toward the “good”

    Favorite characteristics: Driven, deadly, gorgeous, rebellious, hero

    Best line:

    Blake’s lips curve into a smile.
    “Mine,” he whispers, shattering the silence.

    Why he won: Because he said to heck with star-crossed love. Because he and Brianna have amazing chemistry. Sizzling

    Won out over: Austin. Because in SILVER, Austin did that one bad thing. In GOLD, though? Buh-bye Blake

    Book Read in 2012: SILVER, GOLD by Talia Vance

    8.

    NeverfallCole

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Manipulative, musician, immortal, sexy

    Best line:

    I looked Meredith straight in the eye. “There’s no such thing as epic love.”

    Why he won: Because everyone is against him. Because he is so right for Nikki, she just doesn’t know it

    Won out over: Jack. Because Jack should have been better but wasn’t. Not until the end

    Book Read in 2012: EVERNEATH, NEVERFALL by Brodi Ashton

    9.

    A Touch MorbidLuke  a.k.a. Lucifer

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy. Can’t really get much worse. He’s Lucifer

    Favorite characteristics: Evil. Manipulative. Self-centered. Manipulative. Yeah, I said it twice. Singer. H.O.T.

    Best line:

    With effort, she forced the wonder from her voice. “You think I can be bought with pretty things?”
    Luke chuffed in disbelief before she turned her attention back to the dresses. “You’re a black hole of a girl, Kristen,” he snapped.
    “And to think,” she said. “Most guys would have kept on with the poetry.”
    “Most guys aren’t worthy of you. I am. And you are worthy of me. You see my gifts for what they are. You’re a challenge.” He twisted her to face him. “I won’t insult you with bribery again.”

    Why he won: Because he makes me grin. He’s just so evil and yet so incredibly charming. Because he makes me want Lucifer to win out. How sick is that?

    Won out over: Az who really never stood a chance. But after what Az did, I want to throttle him

    Book Read in 2012: A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

    10.

    StarlingThe Fennrys Wolf a.k.a. Fenn

    Good boy or bad boy: A good bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Ability to handle a sword. Charming. Mysterious. Dangerous. Uber-sexy. He is the Fennrys Wolf

    Best line:

    “I’m scared, Fenn.”
    “I know, Mase,” he said quietly. “Would it help at all if I told you I was scared too?”
    She twisted around and looked up at him. “No,” she said seriously. “Not even a little bit.”
    “Good. ‘Cause I’m not.” He grinned. “Not even a little bit.”

    Why he won: Because he’s the Fennrys Wolf. Because he is a master at swordplay. Because even with amnesia he is still just so super cool

    Won out over: Cal. Why? Because Cal is a bit of an asshat. There. I said it. Mason deserves so much better

    Book Read in 2012: STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    Honorable-Mentions

    Gavriel Duval from Robin LaFever’s GRAVE MERCY – an absolutely swoon-worthy hero. But maybe just a little too good to make my list of bad boy book boyfriends.

    Elliott and Will from Bethany Griffin’s MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH – it was because the two were so equally matched and I couldn’t choose between them that they didn’t make the Top Ten List. I still don’t know who’d be more right for Araby.

    Colt from Karsten Knight’s EMBERS & ECHOES – only an honorable mention because I can’t reveal just how amazing he really is.

    Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout’s ONYX – drop-dead gorgeous, totally swoon-y, super sexy, stubborn, jealous. Would have… should have… made the list. Why am I restricted to only 10? It’s like these lists want me to stop reading!

    ***

    It’s still not too late to sign up for the event, even though it ends tomorrow. Whether you want to go back and post your Top Ten Lists for any of the missing posts or you just want to start today… you can!

    Tomorrow’s topic is Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2013. And the only rule is that they be books releasing in 2013. Which sounds easy enough. But not quite. There are a ton of books on my reading pile from 2011 and earlier. Books I’m totally looking forward to in 2013. It will not be easy to create that final list.

    Anyway…

    I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten Book Book Boyfriends of 2012. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

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    Top 10 Book Quotes in 2012 + Giveaway

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    Today is DAY THREE of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting on Monday, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

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    The topic for today is…

    Best ____ of 2012

    Today’s post is one where we get to choose what “best of” topic we want to talk about. Last year I chose to share my Top 10 Villains. But as four of those villains don’t feel very much like villains to me anymore, I decided to go with something different this year.

    The problem is that I keep changing my mind. First I was going to do love triangles, but I haven’t read books with that many actual triangles. Then I thought of bad boys but that list was virtually identical to my book boyfriends list. After that it was cliffhangers, but I couldn’t exactly remember which ones were really cliffhangers and which ones just felt that way. And forget about favorite heroines… I have way too many of those.

    Then – yesterday – I was so sure I was going to do my top ten re-reads – which would have allowed me to list WINGS OF THE WICKED, EVERNEATH, A TOUCH MORBID, IF I DIE, THE LONG WALK, CITY OF BONES… yeah, it would have been a great list.

    But, in the end, I decided to go with Favorite Quotes/Passages. Because I always love to tease them. They’re moments in books that stand out to me. And while I have hundreds and hundreds of them, I had no problem choosing a few of my favorites.

    Although they have to be from books I read in 2012, I’m also assuming it means that they can be from books I re-read in 2012. Which leaves the door wide open. Though I still refuse to put my favorites if they’re super spoiler-y.

    I am also cheating, just a little bit, by including one or two “runners-up” quotes from the books with my favorite passages. Of course some of my favorite books, like BEFORE I WAKE, have over 30 favorites.

    Let’s just say it has not been easy.

    FavoriteQuotes

    1.

    Before I WakeBEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Avari and Kaylee…

    “It’s a crescendo of death, all building toward that powerful note at the finale that makes the audience gasp and hold its collective breath. You are that last note, Kaylee. You are my finale, and the symphony of pain we create together will echo throughout eternity before finally fading into an agonized silence….”

    And

    Tod and Kaylee…

    “You can see as much as you want, whenever you want.”

    “Unless you’re working, right?” I teased, but the heat in his eyes when he shook his head was unmistakable.

    “Whatever you want. Death itself would wait for you, Kaylee….”

    And

    Tod and Kaylee…

    “I’m well aware.” Tod sat up and pulled me up with him until we faced each other on my bed. “Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise,” he said, and my chest ached, and I loved that feeling–that rare pain that came from feeling too much, so different from the emptiness I’d almost gotten used to. “All you have to do is stay here with me.”

    2.

    Poison Princess

    POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Evangeline and Death…

    “Remember, Empress,” he said. “Death always defeats life. It might take time, but I will always win.” As he mounted that mighty steed, he pinned me with his hypnotic eyes. “When your blood bathes my sword, I’ll drink it just to mock you….”

    And

    Evangeline and Jack…

    “Evie, I’ve wanted you from the first time I saw you. Even when I hated you, I wanted you.” He raked his fingers through his hair. “I got it bad, me.”

    My heart felt like it’d stopped–so that I could hear him better.

    “For as long as you’ve been looking down your nose at me, I’ve been craving you, an envie like I’ve never known.”

    3.

    A Touch Morbid

    A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Luke and  Kristen…

    Luke tilted his head, his neck tense, cracking with a snap. He rolled his shoulders.

    “You’re a silly little dead girl.” He glared at her, his tone harsh. “You should mean exactly nothing to me.” He grabbed her chin, forced her to meet his eyes. “And yet I covet you more than anything else on this Earth.”

    And

    Luke and Kristen…

    Her breath caught, and she dropped her hand from his shoulder. “It’s been a year,” she said quickly. “God knows you’ve moved on.”

    He didn’t break her gaze. “God knows nothing.”

    4.

    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Duval and Ismae…

    His smile flashes, quick and surprising in the darkness. “When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice. I bid you good night.”

    And

    Ismae and Madame Hivern…

    Her words are sharp, but her voice is sweet, like honey on the edge of a blade, and meant to be cutting. I comfort myself with the knowledge that if Duval ever feels smothered by me, it will be because I am holding a pillow over his face and commending his soul to Mortain.

    5.

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

    EMBERS AND ECHOES by Karsten Knight

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Wes and Ash…

    “People like you and me weren’t built to lead peaceful lives together in the suburbs. Two of us together in one place is as inevitably fatal as running around a stack of dynamite with a torch.”

    And

    Ash and Colt…

    “Colt,” she said, her voice breaking. He paused and looked over his shoulder. “Did we . . . Was there ever a happy ending for us?” she asked. “Any of the times?”

    Colt wet his lips and gave her the smallest of smiles. “The odd thing about living forever is that the word ‘ending’ doesn’t apply to us. But just because there are no happy endings, doesn’t mean you can’t hope for a ‘happy-for-now.”

    Then he was gone.

    6.

    Sweet Evil

    SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Anna and Kaidan…

    He was kissing me. On my neck. I should stop him, I thought, but the softness of his mouth was so . . . Oh. I could feel the beauty of each crease on his lips as they rested against the pores of my skin. The only sounds in the room were our beating hearts and breath.

    And

    Anna thinking about Kaidan…

    My nerves shot into high alert. I looked around, but nobody else was near. When I looked back up, there he was, standing right in front of me. Good gracious, he was sexy–a word that had not existed in my personal vocabulary until that moment. This guy was sexy like it was his job or something. Seventeen-year-old boys were not supposed to be so…nongangly.

    7.

    Everneath

    EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Nikki and Cole…

    He put his lips against my head. “Heroes don’t exist. And if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.”

    And

    Nikki and Jack…

    I turned against his body, so I was facing him, and wrapped my arms around his back and tangled my legs up with his.

    I’d spent a hundred years with Cole, in a similar position, but this was nothing like it. There were no outside forces keeping us together. No otherworldly powers interfering with this simple act.

    No. Jack wanted me close because he wanted me. Separating from him now would be worse than anything I’d felt before. Separating from him now would make me bleed, and I would never stop.

    I didn’t tell him this. I didn’t have to.

    We stayed like that for hours–my head on his stomach–trying so hard not to fall asleep. As if we could stop time.

    8.

    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Araby and…

    “And I’m falling in love with you,” he whispers. “But I would throw you in the water and watch crocodiles tear you to bits, if I thought that doing so would accomplish my goals. Do. Not. Trust. Anyone. Especially me.”

    And

    Araby and….

    The velvet voice holds a hint of amusement and a hint of something else. He leans over and looks down into my face. My disorientation intensifies when my eyes focus on his. The tattoos, the dark hair. My heart speeds up. I think . . . I think . . . can a person’s heart stop if she is only seventeen years old? I suppose that if I do fall apart, my father can put me back together again.

    9.

    Wings of the Wicked

    WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Ellie to Will…

    “How we feel about each other makes us stronger. It makes us fight harder for each other. You’re standing there and telling me you can’t let Michael kill you because you don’t trust anyone else to be my Guardian. Will, you’re the best not just because you’re the strongest. You protect me like no one else can because you love me. Fighting it weakens us. We’re tearing ourselves apart!”

    And

    Will to Ellie…

    He closed his eyes and his forehead touched mine. “I’m so sorry for everything. I never wanted to hurt you or make you doubt me. I need you to trust me. I need you. And I love you. I want you. You know I do. I’ll never stop doing any of those things until the day I die for you.”

    10.

    Hallowed cover

    HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Clara and…

    I stop. We’re both breathing heavy, snow clinging to our hair, melting on our clothes. I stare down at him. Snow floats around us….

    He sucks in his bottom lip for a second, the quickest, tiniest motion, to moisten it.

    All I would have to do is close my eyes and let go.

    Try it, he says without words, so softly it’s like the brush of a feather in my mind. Let’s find out what’s next

    But there’s hesitation in him too; I feel it.

    And

    Clara thinking about Christian…

    “You must think I’m an idiot,” he says then.

    I look up, started. There are a lot of words I’d use to describe Christian Prescott: mystery, enigma, conundrum, destiny, terrifying, and, well, just plain hot, if I’m being honest, but the word idiot has never crossed my mind. Except maybe that one time at prom.

    Honorable-Mentions

    Starling

    STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Mason Starling about Fenn…

    There was something so naked in his expression, Mason thought. And then she started to actually blush at the memory of what he’d looked like just a few minutes ago. Okay, not naked more like raw–uh, no. That wasn’t helping either. She winced inwardly. How about vulnerable?

    Yes. That was exactly it.

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    Silver

    SILVER by Talia Vance

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Brianna and Blake…

    When he finally lets his eyes slide to mine, there’s anger, yes, but something else too. A fear that claws at my neck. A sadness that floats up from nowhere and pulls me along. Desire, so strong that I want to fall into him.

    04So that’s my list. The hardest one yet to create. And I’m still thinking of posting a few of the “outtakes” on The Annex this week. Because there are just so many amazing quotes and passages, I feel awful leaving them off the list.

    Are any of those quotes and passages among your list of favorites for 2012? Do you keep a list of favorite passages in the books you read? Or is quote collecting not something you do as a reader or blogger?

    Anyway…

    I am super stoked to check out just what topics everyone chose today. There will be so many different types of “best of” lists that it will be extra fun to see just what books, heroes, villains, heroines, love triangles, cliffhangers, et cetera that everyone picked.

    But before you head off to check out some of the other posts around the blogosphere, today I’ll be the blog hosting the giveaway. All the details are below.

    the Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs?

    Two YA Books of Your Choice (not to exceed $30 total) released in 2012 or releasing in the first week of January 2013, to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository.

    The Deets

    You must be 13 or older to enter

    ONE entry per HOUSEHOLD

    Giveaway is international

    Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter on January 2, 2013 at Midnight Pacific

    Winner will be announced on this post and contacted by email

    Winner will have 48 hours to respond

    There is no requirement to like or follow but spreading the word would be awesome!

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2012

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    Today is the first day of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting today, where we are sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2012

    Thankfully it doesn’t have to be a book released in 2012, just one I’ve read in 2012, as my reading was all over the map this year. Of course that actually increases the possibilities…. darn it!

    And there are a few books I read this year that I’d LOVE to have listed below, but as they are secret books, I can’t. But I hope the authors know that I would list them here if I could.

    I am trying so hard to stick to just ten this year, and have put the creation of this list off to the very last minute because of that fact. I thought it’d be easier to do my book boyfriends list, so I started that one first, but reducing it to 27 is where I’m stalled right now. So much for taking the easy route.

    Last year I totally cheated and created two lists – Top 10 Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011 and Top 10 Non-Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011. Thankfully I had two blogs in order to create those lists.

    This year, while I plan on breaking many of the rules of this event, I will just create the one. And only list four honorable mentions.

    Anyway…

    After a LOT of hair pulling, a few tears, maybe one or a thousand shouts of frustration and a ton of guilt, guilt, guilt, here is this year’s attempt at listing my favorite reads of 2012. Though I decided to restrict them to YA reads only AND books I have reviewed. Hey, I have to save SOME of my 2013 reads for next year’s list, right?

    [Thankfully I did NOT finish reading EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton (and read EVERNEATH and already counted it in 2011) so that’s one less book to try and squeeze onto this particular list. And now I’m even more glad I read A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford in 2011.]

    So without further ado, after that really, really, really long intro, here they are….

    BIR-2012

     1.

    Splintered

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I am just so madly in love with A.G. Howard’s SPLINTERED. While it is a 2013 release, as I read it and fell under its spell this year, I just had to include it on my Top Ten List.

    It touches on everything I love about the books I read. It’s dark. It’s a little bit twisted. It’s magical. It has characters I utterly adore – Alyssa, Morpheus, Jeb, Chessie. And it’s a book that got its hooks in me and just won’t let go.

    It has everything I loved about Lewis Carroll’s story and then some which is why it takes the number one spot.

    2.

    Poison Princess

    POISON PRINCESS (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    POISON PRINCESS was my very first Kresley Cole read. It was dark, disturbing, incredibly sexy and so totally addictive. The world was chilling. The Arcana even more so. And Jack Deveaux was absolutely delicious.

    Then there was that ending. Oh my gosh, the wait for book two has been killing me. I don’t know how I’m supposed to last until the next book in the series releases. Although I’ve been trying to fill the void by devouring the author’s Immortals After Dark books. Which helps. Just a bit. I’ve only read three but I love, love, love them.

    Still… I really, really, really would love to know just what happens in the next book in the series. The world the author created is wicked awesome and I most definitely want more.

    3.

    Before I Wake

    BEFORE I WAKE (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Do I really need to say why BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent has made my top ten? This series is one of my favorite series of all time. I am devastated it will be ending in 2013 and I’ll have to say goodbye to Kaylee, Tod, Nash, Sabine, Emma and even Avari. Yep. I’ll even miss that hellion. I clearly have it bad.

    But why this book? Because it is just as much a roller coaster as each of the author’s other books. It piles on the heartbreak. It shocks. It surprises. And it leaves readers – me, me me! – desperate for the next installment.

    I cannot believe it’s ending in 2013. I don’t even want to think about it. Because what will I possibly do without the agony of waiting for the next installment in this series?

    4.

    Silver

    SILVER (Bandia #1) by Talia Vance

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    What a surprise SILVER by Talia Vance was. I did not anticipate just how much I would love this book. It was an insta-love book for me. The moment Blake and Brianna truly saw each other I was ensnared. And it left me a little breathless for the rest of the read.

    The mythology was unbelievably awesome. The world was deadly. The story tied me up in knots. The boys were incredibly swoon-worthy. And I totally inhaled this book.

    Of course the sequel, GOLD, blew me away, too. Which I really didn’t think was possible because of certain directions the story took – no I won’t reveal those here! – but as it was such an early read, and a book without a cover revealed, I thought I’d wait to add it to next year’s Top Ten List.

    5.

    Sweet Evil Cover

    SWEET EVIL (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I have loved SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins for so long that I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t in love with it. From the very moment I learned of its title I was in love. I fell harder when I saw the gorgeous cover. And I was irrevocably in love after having read the description.

    It wasn’t just Kaidan Rowe, the totally swoon-y bad boy, that made me love this book. There was a depth to this story, there was definitely a darkness to it. All I could think about was how amazingly captivating and interesting and different this story was. And all I wanted was more, more, more.

    I bit my nails to the quick waiting for word on the sequel. Because I just had to know what was next for Kai and Anna, I had to find out how dark this series would get, and I had to be able to return to the world. And no, I haven’t had that opportunity yet, but now that the trilogy has been picked up, I will get that chance.

    Which makes me so unbelievably happy.

    6.

    Shadows in the Silence

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I had the hardest time choosing which book to pick – SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE or WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton. Because they BOTH deserve to be on this Top Ten List. But as there were only ten spots, I couldn’t justify choosing two books from the same series. But I really wanted to.

    This is a brand new read for me, and I just know if I had longer to sit with it before choosing my top ten books, it would totally be a top five. Because it was heartbreaking, gorgeous and so totally epic. It was my favorite book in the series. And I’m still tearing up just thinking about how things ended and the fact that they did end.

    The writing was amazing, the battles were fierce and devastating, and the love story was beautiful and heart-warming. I couldn’t think of a more perfect ending to the series.

    Though, of course, I wish there were more. Because I miss Ellie and Will and Cadan and it’s only been days since I said goodbye. I hate to think how sad I’ll be at this time next year.

    7.

    Demon Eyes

    DEMON EYES (Witch Eyes #2) by Scott Tracey

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    There was no way I was leaving DEMON EYES by Scott Tracey off my list. Because this series is so incredibly awesome. I may have read this book more than a few, but less than several, times this year. And no, it wasn’t too many times.

    I got to love Braden even more in this sequel, though it was Drew I fell madly in love with. But it was the unbelievably jaw-dropping, heart-stopping events toward the end of the book that blew my mind, that made me say “no way, no way, no way” and left me shattered. In tears. Broken.

    And if that wasn’t enough, the author added another twist to the knife he stuck in my heart. So, yes, of course, this book is a favorite of mine.

    8.

    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I was so worried that MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin wouldn’t be everything I hoped it would be, that it wouldn’t live up to my super high expectations. With a cover as stunning as it has and a premise based on Poe’s, this story had a lot to live up to.

    And it did. Oh my gosh it did. I felt myself sink right into this story from the moment my eyes devoured the author’s hauntingly beautiful writing at the very beginning. I immediately wanted to know more about Araby Worth and the dark and chilling world she lived in.

    One where breathing the air could mean death. One where people were suffering from the Weeping Sickness. And one where there two amazing boys – Will and Elliott – to be surprised by.

    There was no question this would make my list this year and I am anticipating the sequel, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, making the list next year.

    9.

    Embers and Echoes

    EMBERS & ECHOES (Wildefire #2) by Karsten Knight

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I am a huge fan of author Karsten Knight’s writing. But I thought that after that holy wow ending in WILDEFIRE that he couldn’t top things in EMBERS & ECHOES. I was so totally wrong.

    Because this book… this book… was… so amazing, so heartbreaking – that one scene, oh my gosh that scene still squeezes my heart – and so completely shocking, so action-packed, so freaking epic.

    I am dying for AFTERGLOW, although at the same time I’m so totally terrified. Because I don’t know just how dark things will get or if there will be even the tiniest of happy endings for any of the characters.

    But, yeah, this is definitely a top ten favorite book of 2012 for me.

    10.

    Unraveling

     UNRAVELING (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris was another complete and total surprise. I did not expect to fall in love with it. I did not expect it to be a genre that would captivate me. I did not anticipate shedding any tears.

    So of course I wasn’t prepared when the tears came. That first time, the second or the third. I did not expect to be as fascinated by the genre. I did not expect to be desperate for the sequel. And yet I was… I am.

    I knew I should never have read the description for book two. Because, while the wait for me isn’t as long as it has been for some, knowing just what might come next has made me incredibly anxious.

    I love being surprised by books. I love finding a gem when I wasn’t even looking. And that’s what UNRAVELING was to me when I discovered it this fall. So I just had to give it a spot on my Top Ten of 2012 List.

    Honorable-Mentions

    This Is Not a Test

    THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers

    Beautiful. Haunting. Unexpected. Heartbreaking. Chilling. A must read.

    Cinder

    CINDER (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

    Imaginative. Delightful. Surprising. Heartbreaking. Familiar yet wonderfully different.

    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

    Epic. Epic. Epic. Kick-a**. Amazing. Heartbreaking. Gavriel Duval.

    Onyx

    ONYX (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Sexy. Bewitching. Suspenseful. Addictive. Frustratingly yummy. Hello Daemon.

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    Since this is my YA blog I didn’t feel it would be fair to take three of my top ten spots away for my favorite Non-YA Reads of 2012. But there were three exceptional books that I read in 2012 that rival quite a few of my favorite YA ones and they are…

    Hard Bitten

    HARD BITTEN (Chicagoland Vampires #4) by Chloe Neill

    One of the most heartbreaking ends to a book I’ve ever read. Ever. A punch to the solar plexus. It destroyed me. I have not recovered.

    Shadow Bound

    SHADOW BOUND (Unbound #2) by Rachel Vincent

    Fierce. Devastating. Gorgeous. Seriously kick-a**. Sarcastic. Awesome to the nth degree.

    Halfway to the Grave

    HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

    Sexy. Sexy. Sexy. Wicked. Dark. Deadly. Ah-mazing.

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    Well, those are my Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2012 with just four honorable mentions and a shout out to my three favorite Non-YA reads this year. It was just so hard to choose only ten, but at least I kept it close. And those ten are definitely my top ten picks of the year.

    I know I rambled on… and on… and on… about my ten picks, but I promise to only do that for today’s post. I hope. But as I haven’t created any of those posts yet I can’t be one hundred percent certain.

    Anyway….

    I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten Reads for 2012. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

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    The Crush List #8

    Here are five books that I’m crushing on big time

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard is a new crush, but one that I feel like I’ve had for a lifetime. Maybe it’s the familiarity with the ALICE IN WONDERLAND story. But I think it’s more likely that I’ve been trapped in Wonderland ever since. And time is different there.

    I read it nearly a month ago and I still can’t get it out of my head. I still find myself wondering about the different paths Alyssa has before her. And different boys she has to choose from.

    But whether it’s me not wanting to say goodbye, or the story not letting me go, I can’t seem to get SPLINTERED out of my head.

    Why I’m crushing BIG TIME:

    A familiar journey. A dangerous quest. A dark twist. An even darker world. A shocking revelation. A complicated yet wickedly appealing guide. An incredibly delectable white knight. A heroine with a bit of a wild side. A totally twisted dinner party. An exciting and magical adventure. And heartbreak so crushing it leaves one breathless.

    MOONSET by Scott Tracey is also a new-ish crush. Though I’ve been crushing on this book ever since I first heard about it months and months ago. And it’s not just because I love the author’s writing. Or that I love stories about witches.

    I just knew that I would fall madly in love with this new world, these new characters and the absolute insanity that is their existence. I knew that I’d want more from the second I dove in. And I knew that I’d be pining for the sequel before I even got halfway through.

    I can only hope that the wait for the next book in the series won’t kill me. But as that book is so very far, far away from being a reality, it’s very possible it will.

    Why I’m crushing:

    A dark legacy. A secret past. Hidden truths. Black magic. Wicked awesome abilities. Deadly enemies. Magic. Covens. Action. Suspense. Kick-a** characters. All set in a town called Carrow Mills.

    POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole is a fairly new crush but one that hit me hard. Like a two-by-four in the face kind of hard. I haven’t fully recovered. I am still scarred. And I don’t think I will recover until I find out what’s happening in the sequel.

    When I first heard of the series I hadn’t had  a clue what an “Arcana Chronicle” could possibly be about. But now that I do know, oh…my…freaking…gosh!

    And all I can say now is, “I can’t wait! I can’t wait! I can’t wait!” Wait for what? ENDLESS KNIGHT. October 2013. That is all.

    Why I’m crushing:

    An incredibly hot and totally sexy Cajun boy named Jack Deveaux. An utterly dark and twisted world. Filled with even darker and more twisted people. A road trip through a landscape that is the stuff of nightmares. An ending that will make you want to scream. And a story that absolutely sizzles. I’m talking H.O.T.

    UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris is a brand new and totally surprising crush. I did not expect to crush on this book. At all. It was not a sub-genre I thought I’d ever like, let alone love, love, love.

    Yet I do. A LOT. And if it’s humanly possible I love it even more than that.

    If I’ve learned one thing from having read and crushed on this book, it is not to judge a book by its label.

    Why I’m crushing:

    A ticking clock. Heartbreak. A sexy savior. Heartbreak. A daring and determined heroine. Heartbreak. An intriguing premise. Some more heartbreak. A lightning-fast pace. And an outcome you just might not see coming.

    STARLING by Lesley Livingston is both an old and a new crush. I’m still crushing on the author’s WONDROUS STRANGE series and often wonder what’s going on with those characters that did not make an appearance in this book.

    But it’s new because of the exciting new world and awesome new characters, but mostly it’s because of the Fennrys Wolf.

    I knew this book would make my crush list before I even cracked open the cover. Because it’s Lesley Livingston. Because it is set in the same city as the series of hers I already adore. Because of the Fennrys Wolf.

    But even with all of that, I couldn’t help but get crushed by the grand and…revealing…entrance that Fenn made. One I can’t help but think about long after I devoured this book.

    Why I’m crushing:

    Magic. Danger. Faeries. Sword battles. A city under siege. A killer beginning. A killer ending. And all sorts of Fennrys in between. A quest for answers. An action-packed adventure. And a heroine who knows how to handle both a sword and a wolf with a memory problem.

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    I know it’s been a long while since I posted one of these. It’s not because I haven’t been crushing on the books I’ve read, because I have. But I haven’t crushed on five books that I’ve read in a relatively short timespan from one another since my last post in February. Which meant no Crush List post.

    But now, I have so very many book crushes that they won’t even fit into this post. I actually have three books I’m crushing on that did not make this list and two more I know I’ll be crushed by when I read them next week. So maybe, just maybe, I’ll have another one of these posts next month.

    Once again my crushes seem to be all over the place – Sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, supernatural and fantasy. But it doesn’t diminish their crush-ability in the least.

    Not. At. All.

    All I can say for sure is that I haven’t crushed this hard on this many books in a long time. But perhaps it’s because of the dark and sexy Morpheus, the magical journey through Wonderland, the dangers abounding in Carrow Mills, the lone bright spot in the post-apocalyptic world that is Jack Deveaux, the heartbreak that is Ben Michaels and the pants-less Fennrys Wolf.

    Yes. Perhaps that’s it. [INSERT WICKED GRIN HERE.]

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    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

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    Giveaway: Poison Princess

    I haven’t done this for awhile, as I have been trying to reduce the number of random giveaways on the blog. But as POISON PRINCESS was one of my favorite reads this year and I gave it my off-the-menu six star rating, which I would have given an even higher rating if I could, I just had to share the bookish love for this seriously, seriously awesome book.

    If you haven’t yet heard about this amazing book – but how could you not have? – the cover links to Goodreads where you can check out the description. And if that’s not enough, here is the link to an EXCERPT on the series website.

    Seriously, I can’t say enough about this book. It was such a phenomenal read, a total “me” book and one I plan on reading many, many times.

    I’m so glad that author Kresley Cole decided to jump into YA because not only did she write a brilliant book that is starting off what I anticipate to be an even more wicked awesome series, it encouraged me to discover her Immortals After Dark series which is just as addictive.

    What’s up for grabs:

    A hardcover copy of POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole to three (3) winners.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per household.

    2. There will be THREE winners.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends on Wednesday, October 17th at 9:01 p.m. Pacific.

    6. Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on October 17th in this post.

    7. Books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location.

    8. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

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    Review: Poison Princess

    Poison Princess by Kresley Cole was released in the U.S. on October 2, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Poison Princess is the first book in author Kresley Cole’s The Arcana Chronicles.

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    Goodreads description:

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.

    She could save the world—or destroy it.

    Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

    But she can’t do either alone.

    With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

    Who can Evie trust?

    As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

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    Things were set into motion. The game had begun. The apocalypse had changed the playing field. And the Arcana were readying to do battle. The only question that remained was who would be the victor.

    When Evie Greene began seeing visions, she feared she suffered the same affliction as her grandmother. And so she tried in vain to make them disappear by taking the medication she was given and blocking her memories of her grandmother and the stories she told.

    Especially the ones that hinted that she was something more. That she had a part to play. And that she needed to be ready.

    But when the world depicted in her visions became reality she began to wonder whether everything she envisioned was real. And if it was, just who were these violent others she saw, why was she seeing them and what did it all mean?

    With the world in chaos, there was only one person Evie knew who could provide answers. But it meant embarking on a dangerous journey, with almost no supplies and no way to protect herself.

    That is, unless she decided to rely on Jack Deveaux, a boy she had little reason to trust. A boy who already proved untrustworthy. A boy she couldn’t help but be drawn to.

    She just wasn’t sure if the risk of putting her life and her heart in his hands would be worth it. Especially since she had no way of knowing whether the person with answers had even survived.

    ***

    Kresley Cole’s first foray into young adult storytelling brings readers an incredibly imaginative, darkly alluring and utterly riveting tale in Poison Princess. With an introduction that is immediately captivating and absolutely chilling, a post-apocalyptic world that is dangerous and horrifying, a compelling storyline filled with disturbing imagery, a refreshingly different premise and exciting, interesting and intriguing characters, this first book in The Arcana Chronicles is impossible to put down.

    Each scene grabs hold, ensnaring readers with the promise of what is to come. Each of Evangeline Greene’s visions is ominous and foreboding and deeply chilling. The world the author envisioned is desolate, despairing and deadly, a landscape of fear. And it is all offset by the electricity between Evie Greene and Jackson Deveaux.

    Their fiery chemistry, sexual tension and Jack’s innate need to be the protector, to the point of overprotectiveness at times, brings heat to their otherwise frightening situation. His possessiveness, while often overbearing, is also incredibly sexy. Their interactions give readers much-needed sensuality in a story and world that are filled with grisly encounters and mounting horrors.

    From Evie’s disturbing visions. To the post-apocalyptic climate that has left people without water and very little food. To the humans who have turned into what are tantamount to zombies. To those who have turned to enslaving others. To those who have banded together to fight for their survival, even if it means harming the innocent. To those who have chosen to eat whatever and whomever they can. And to those who decided to give in to their baser instincts and psychopathic tendencies in this new world.

    Evie Greene is a likable and sympathetic character. Mired by ghastly visions that threaten her sanity, she still manages to be a kind and caring girl who only wants to return to the normal life she had before she began seeing glimpses of things she can only believe aren’t real. But when her world gets turned upside down, she has to learn to fight for her survival and she has to rely on someone she never imagined she would. Jackson Deveaux.

    Jack is the ultimate bad boy – disarming good looks, a reputation for being dangerous, a criminal past and friends who behave equally as recklessly. Raised in poverty and violence, he and Evie couldn’t be more different. And yet they have an undeniable attraction to one another, which develops into something far more intense.

    Kresley Cole did a brilliant job of introducing readers to this new world and characters, some of whom are more than they appear, of teasing readers with peeks at what is sure to develop in future books in the series, of building tension and suspense, and of bringing new life to YA paranormal/urban fantasy with her interpretation of the Arcana.

    For readers who like their books dark, their worlds disturbing, their main characters to possess wickedly awesome and incredibly unique abilities and their bad boy heroes to be oh so devilishly bad, then Poison Princess is unequivocally a must read.

    Reviewer gives this book…

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

    On a personal note:

    This book was so unbelievably awesome I cannot even find the words to describe just how perfect a read it was for me.

    So I’ll have to come up with some lesser words that don’t even convey just how freaking amazing a book it was or else this will be my shortest review ever. For a book that blew my mind, pieced it back together and blew it apart all over again. And again. And again.

    I love dark books. This was definitely dark. It had that whole “end of the world as we know it” thing going for it. There were zombie-like creatures – Bagmen – crazed vigilante types – militiamen – slavers and cannibals and psychopaths and the Arcana playing out their deadly game.

    It was beyond gritty. It was beyond chilling. But it wasn’t just a story of horror upon horror. In part because of Jack Deveaux. (Insert major sigh here.)

    His very presence in this story turned up the heat. To practically inferno levels. Yes, it was that hot.

    You don’t believe me? Just search for the line that begins, “If you touch me like that again, Evangeline….” Read it. And then tell me if you don’t see steam rising from the page. I think my eReader almost short circuited.

    But it wasn’t all about the dark edge, the sexy bad boy and the red-alert danger levels of this post-apocalyptic world. No. There was this amazing and fascinating and disturbing and utterly intriguing storyline that developed parallel to all of the story’s other deliciousness….

    The Arcana.

    While I can’t say too much about them because it would spoil all the fun of being teased mercilessly throughout the story with brief glimpses at them, at their world, I will say that every peek was so freaking awesome. Absolutely disturbing. Just a bit terrifying. Completely shocking. And yet wonderfully enticing.

    Especially when it came to Death. Who I want to know more about. Who I want to see more of. Who I’d like to see Evie… oh, nope, I better not share that thought.

    I’d read the description of POISON PRINCESS a couple of months before its release. But I was only somewhat intrigued. It painted an interesting picture, but didn’t tell enough of the story to lure me in completely. It wasn’t enough to make me obsessed.

    But once I read the excerpt on the author’s website I was a goner. I was ensnared. I knew from that moment on, having had a taste of the author’s writing style, getting a glimpse at her very enchanting and seductive bad boy, meeting her incredibly fragile but super nice heroine, that this was going to be a “me” book. And that I wouldn’t be able to resist reading it for very long after its release.

    Of course the taste wasn’t enough. The tease of reading just the excerpt made me more crazed than ever to devour this book. And devour it I did. In one sitting, though I briefly grappled with the idea of stopping altogether before the end in case things didn’t go quite as well as I hoped they would.

    Or stopping so that I wouldn’t have to ever reach the end. Because I knew it would be more than tough to say goodbye. And I knew I wouldn’t be ready to say “see ya” for an entire year until the next book in the series releases.

    I’m already incredibly nervous about how things will play out in the next installment. I’m curious to see if a new character’s point of view will be introduced. And I’m worried about the fates of certain other characters, who I won’t name.

    Because as dark as this book was, I just have a feeling that the next one will dive deeper into the blackness. And I am both anxious and excited about what is to come.

    POISON PRINCESS was an insanely awesome read. I connected with it on so many levels. I was riveted. I was teased. I was horrified. I was enchanted. And I am most definitely addicted.

    Not only to this series but to the author’s writing. Because her way with words made me gasp in surprise, sigh in contentment, ache from heartbreak and loss, cringe in disgust, and made me so incredibly nervous about where things were headed.

    Yes, POISON PRINCESS was one of the best books I’ve read this year and I can’t wait to continue the series next year.

    ***

    Favorite passage:

    Since I had favorite passages in the double digits, I couldn’t just share one. And though there is one passage that is my absolute favorite, which I included, there was this other passage, right near the very end, that I’d have loved to have shared, because it crushed my heart, but it was just too spoiler-y.

    And while there are seemingly countless passages that sizzle, I thought I’d leave those to be discovered during the read, so this is just a taste.

    Jackson growled at his friend, “Want a taste of dat girl, me.” The look in his blazing eyes . . .

    and

    “Remember, Empress,” he said. “Death always defeats life. It might take time, but I will always win.” As he mounted that mighty steed, he pinned me with his hypnotic gaze. “When your blood bathes my sword, I’ll drink it just to mock you. . . .”

    and

    “For as long as you’ve been looking down your nose at me, I’ve been craving you, an envie like I’ve never known.”

    ***

    Read the excerpt:

    To check out the seriously awesome excerpt from POISON PRINCESS on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #92

    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 October 2nd-October 8th that I have pre-ordered.

    Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online in eBook format only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by HarperCollins.

    Destroy Me is a novella in the Shatter Me series by author Tahereh Mafi. The second full-length book in the series, Unravel Me, is slated for release on February 5, 2013.

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    Okay, so I’ve read Unravel Me, which means that I’m more excited than ever to read this short novella about Warner. I am so excited Destroy Me is finally out and hope to destroy it – yes, I said that – in a day or two, because I just can’t wait.

    I’m desperate for the release of Unravel Me, so this is the perfect way to bridge the gap. And although I’ve already read it, Unravel Me’s release would mean I’m that much closer to getting my hands on the next book in the series.

    I am just dying to find out how this story plays out from Warner’s POV. Seeing things from Juliette’s perspective is awesome, but getting a peek into Warner’s mind would be even more amazing.

    Yes, I am Team Warner, though I love, love, love Adam. And you can bet, I’ll be reading Destroy Me this week.

    Poison Princess by Kresley Cole was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Poison Princess is the first book in author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles.

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    I’m so freaking excited that Poison Princess has landed on my Kindle. I don’t know if I’ll be able to read it in the next day or two, but I will be reading it this week. I traded for a copy ages ago, but not for me as I hadn’t really heard much about the book. But once I did check out the description I was dying to read it.

    It’s post-apocalyptic. It’s dark. It’s sexy. And I’m so unbelievably anxious to meet Jack Deveaux, Cajun accent and all.

    As I’ve already rambled on endlessly in my Book Watch post, I won’t go on here, but just re-reading those passages and checking out the excerpts on the author’s website make it harder and harder for me to resist the temptation to drop everything to read it.

    I hope to will get the chance later this week.

    The Suburban Strange by Nathan Kotecki was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 368 pages.

    ***

    I can’t believe it’s October and The Suburban Strange released today. I’d been dying to read it and just got the chance to pick up the ARC late last night. Of course I’m now tempted to read the finished eBook instead.

    I only just got the chance to meet Celia and get a taste of the author’s writing which is very different from what I had expected based on the book’s description. But it has such a unique style to it that I already can’t wait to find out more. I’m very intrigued.

    I am super curious about the Kind and the Unkind and why girls are having “near-fatal accidents on the eve of their sixteenth birthdays.” And I hope all will be answered later this week when I’ve finished reading.

    Breathe by Sarah Crossan was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Breathe is the first book in the author’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, Resist, is slated for release on October 10, 2013.

    ***

    I have wanted to read this book since the second I first heard about it. The idea behind Breathe sounded so amazing that I just had to have it. I did get an early copy but hadn’t had the chance to read it early, though I will be reading it. And very, very soon.

    Because I want to find out more about this world where oxygen is manufactured, where survivors rely upon a corporation to provide the very air they need to breathe.

    I want to meet Alina, Quinn and Bea. I want to take the journey with them as they leave the protection of their homes and head to the Outlands with only two days worth of breathable air.

    I’m anxious. I’m scared for the characters. But that won’t prevent me from finding out more – like is there a way to survive in the Outlands? Is everything the corporation told them a lie? If they have to turn back will they have enough air to do so?

    I’m holding my breath just a little bit in anticipation. And I really hope to be able to read this next week.

    Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Whispers at Moonrise is the fourth book in the author’s Shadow Falls series. The fifth book in the series, Chosen at Nightfall, is slated for release in April 2013.

    ***

    I don’t know where the time goes. I’m so behind on this series and yet I keep acquiring each of the books because I really do want to catch up on it some day.

    I loved meeting Kylie and Della and Lucas and I want to read Whispers at Moonrise to find out just where they are right now. But I won’t take a longer look at the description although I’d read the first sentence which promises it is the “most explosive installment yet.”

    I have a bit of catching up to do as I’d only read the first book and the novella, but I know it was a super quick and easy read and I hope to be able to read books two, three and four later this fall, so that I’ll be able to read the fifth book in the series, Chosen at Nightfall when it releases next spring.

    Feedback by Robison Wells was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Feedback is the sequel to author Robison Wells’ Variant.

    ***

    I didn’t discover Variant until right around its release date, but when I read the description and one or two reviews I just knew that it was a book that I would love. And while I haven’t had the chance to add it to my reading pile, I’ve been keeping an eye on the series and pre-ordered the second book in the series so that I could have both to read back-to-back.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description and I’m hoping I forget it when I read book one as there are some things that may be spoiler-y. But I can’t wait to meet Benson Fisher and find out just what happened in Variant and see what horrors he faces in Feedback. It sounds like things get even more dangerous for him.

    With words like “twisted” and “sinister” I can’t wait to get started on this series. And as this sequel promises answers, twists and turns I am so glad that I don’t have to wait to read both books.

    Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and in paperback and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Death and the Girl Next Door is the first book in the author’s Darklight series.  The second book, Death, Doom, and Detention, is slated for release on March 5, 2013 and the third book in the series, Death and Other Distractions, is also slated for release in 2013.

    ***

    I am not sure where I heard of this book, but I know it was on a blog. And the second I’d read the description I just had to pre-order it. Death and the Girl Next Door is an intriguing title. And the description made me instantly curious to find out just what happened to Lorelei’s parents.

    I want to know why Cameron Lusk stalks her and lurks outside of her house every night. I want to know who this Jared Kovach and why things are complicated with his arrival at Lorelei’s school. I’m dying to find out just why they “instantly despise” one another. And I’m super curious as to why Jared might know something about Lorelei’s parents.

    Just re-reading the description makes me want to pick it up right now and find answers. Although the fact that it is a series makes me a little worried I won’t get all of them and may end up left on a cliff.

    The description promises a “thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive” read and I can’t wait to discover it for myself.

    Wolf Pact: Part One by Melissa de la Cruz was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook format only.

    A print edition was released on September 25, 2012 but is currently unavailable at Amazon.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 256 pages.

    Part Two is slated for release on October 23, 2012, Part Three will release on November 13, 2012 and Part Four will be available on December 4, 2012.

    ***

    I have been waiting for this spinoff series forever. While I’m just a little bit confused about the differences between the print edition and the eBook’s four-part release schedule, I am just so happy to finally get a chance to read more about Bliss Llewellyn and the wolves.

    While I love the blue bloods more, I couldn’t help but like Bliss, and when I heard that there would be stories about her that would further expand this world, I was stoked. And now I can’t wait to meet this Lawson who sounds dangerous and exciting and find out just how Bliss will be able to help him defeat the Hounds of Hell and save the love of his life, Tala.

    I may wait until part two comes out to read this first book. As it’s only a few weeks away, it won’t be too long a wait. But as I’ve been waiting a long time already, I may just give in to temptation and start it sooner.

    Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2012 in paperback format.  It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook formats were released on October 1, 2012 and are available to order at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 408 pages.

    Demon Eyes is the second book in author Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series. The third and final book in the series, Phantom Eyes, is slated for release in 2013.

    ***

    This second book in the series was amazing. I loved Witch Eyes but Demon Eyes blew that first book out of the water. I already loved the characters so getting a longer look at who they are, the situation they’re in and just how things end up was unbelievably awesome.

    So of course I had to buy not only the eBook but the print edition. Which I’m still waiting on as it doesn’t release until the 8th. Though they were shipping things a bit early so it could be in my mailbox right now….

    While I have read Demon Eyes more times than I’d like to admit, I will be reading it again, hopefully later this week. Because I want to find out just what might have changed in the final version.

    As I have read the book I can’t speculate as to what might have happened in this installment, but it is action-packed. There is an ending which is jaw-dropping. And, yes, the description is totally spoiler-y for the first book in the series.

    I will say no more, or else I might inadvertently spoil one or two things, because I’m just dying to talk to someone about them….

    ***

    Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

    Pub. Date: October 2, 2012

    Published by: Balzer + Bray

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Another eight books downloaded last night, plus my eBook copy of Demon Eyes landed on my Kindle on Monday night, so I have a reading pile I’m just dying to dive into right about now.

    While I’ve read Demon Eyes more than a few times, I’m itching to pick it up just one more time before its print edition release later this week. Maybe something changed in the final version that hadn’t existed in the eARC. And of course I must know.

    But I’m also dying to read Breathe and Destroy Me and Poison Princess. And I must get caught up on Robison Wells’ series because I heard Variant was amazing.

    I am trying to ignore television’s fall lineup and focus on reading, which I haven’t been completely successful at so far, but I’ve managed to read a couple of books in the past three days, so it’s not a total fail.

    I really hope that next week and the week thereafter are a little slower as I’ll never get caught up on my reads with eight or nine books downloading each week. As I haven’t checked my pre-orders, I’m just not sure. But my fingers are crossed.

    And as I haven’t checked out the non-YA releases in a long while I’m super curious as to what I might be missing by some of those favorite authors of mine. Perhaps if next week is a bit slower I might take some time to find out.

    Anyway, I hope that you haven’t missed any awesome releases this week that you’ve been dying to acquire! I don’t think I’ve missed any. Well, I hope not….

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

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

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