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    Top 10 of 2015: Best Book Covers of 2015

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    Welcome to Day Two of the Top 10 of 2105

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As I mentioned yesterday…

    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 today’s Day Two 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 Book Covers of 2015

    Today’s topic is:

    Best Book Covers of 2015

    There were so many interesting and beautiful and eye-catching covers in 2015 I wish I could share them all. But I had to pick only ten of my favorites for purposes of this post. And while, for me, in the past it was often about the girls in gorgeous dresses, this year it is all about covers that are bold and graphic and different and stunning.

    #1

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    ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #2

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    RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #3

    SixofCrows

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


    #4

    TheStarsNeverRise

    THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #5

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    A SONG FOR ELLA GREY by David Almond – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #6

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    THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #7

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


    #8

    BlackWidowCover

    BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED by Margaret Stohl – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #9

    Firewalker_cover

    FIREWALKER by Josephine Angelini – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #10

    DeathMarked

    DEATH MARKED by Leah Cypess – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    Honorable Mentions

    For my honorable mentions I’ve opted to choose a few of my favorite covers for books I either haven’t yet read or haven’t yet reviewed.

    So those are my favorites. What are yours?


    Leave a link to your Best Book Covers of 2015 posts in the Linky List below…



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    QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas Release Day Blitz + #Giveaway

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    Today is Release Day for QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas!

    I have been anxiously awaiting this next installment in the series so I can get caught up on what’s been going on with Celaena. It’s been an epic series so far and I cannot wait for it to continue. As I’m sure you can’t!

    If you don’t want to wait until your copy lands on your doorstep or you get the chance to head to the bookstore, you can read an excerpt of the first five chapters online. Just click the link to read in the “About” section below.

    In celebration of the release, Rockstar Book Tours is hosting this blitz with an awesome giveaway for a paperback set of the first three novels in the series. Even if you already have a set of these books, you can always enter to win one for a book lover you know so that they can get caught up on this series and wait just as eagerly as you do for the next installment.

    Of course if you’re new to the series, there’s some information on the novellas and each of the other books in the series a bit further down in this post.

    But for all the fans of this series, I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am to wish Sarah J. Maas and QUEEN OF SHADOWS a…

    Happy Book Birthday!

    About QUEEN OF SHADOWS

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    Title & Series: QUEEN OF SHADOWS (Throne of Glass #4)
    Author: Sarah J. Maas
    Release date: September 1, 2015
    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
    Pages: 656
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read CHAPTERS 1-5.

    Description…

    Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

    Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

    She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

    Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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    About Sarah J. Maas

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    Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

    A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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    Other Books in the Series

    THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5)Amazon | B&N | iTunes | The Book Depository | IndieBoundGoodreads

    Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

    Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…

    Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

    THRONE OF GLASS (Throne of Glass #1)Amazon | B&N | iTunes | The Book Depository | IndieBound | Goodreads

    In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

    The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

    CROWN OF MIDNIGHT (Throne of Glass #2) – Amazon | B&N | iTunes | The Book Depository | IndieBound | Goodreads

    “A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached. It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

    From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

    Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

    Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

    HEIR OF FIRE (Throne of Glass #3) – Amazon | B&N | iTunes | The Book Depository | IndieBound | Goodreads

    She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

    Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

    Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

    The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.


    The Giveaway

    There is a release day blast giveaway for…

    • ONE (1) winner will receive paperback copies of the 1st three books in the THRONE OF GLASS Series

    Giveaway is US Only. Ends Sept. 11th at Midnight Eastern.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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