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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
    • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Winner will be chosen by and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be contacted by email and have 72 hours to respond

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Leave a link to your Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 posts in the Linky List below…



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    In Bookish News: EXTRACTION Series eBook Sale #Contest

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    In bookish news…

    If you didn’t already know I’m a huge fan of Stephanie Diaz’s Extraction series. And not just because of its gorgeous covers. Each book offers up a new setting and a new adventure and new obstacles. It is such an incredibly exciting series. And now that its available in its entirety, it’s the perfect time to dive right in.

    As I am a fan, I just had to join in to help share the news about the the eBook sale for the first two books in the series and about the incredible giveaway the author is hosting for those who help spread the word about the sale. So, without any further ado here are the details.

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    EVOLUTION, the third and final book in the Extraction series, went on sale on September 8th – the series is officially complete! You can buy your copy at: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, KOBO, APPLE iBOOKS, THE BOOK DEPOSITORY, or at your local Indie!

    Extraction - Rebellion e-book promo

    To celebrate EVOLUTION’s release, the first two books in the series — EXTRACTION and REBELLION – are on sale for only $2.99 each for all eBook formats! This sale will only last for a limited time, so grab your copy now! And keep reading if you’d like to know how you can win some awesome prizes by helping to spread the word.

    Extraction CoverBuy EXTRACTION for only $2.99:


    Rebellion CoverBuy REBELLION for only $2.99:


    The Giveaway Details
    GIVEAWAY

    Stephanie has launched a special giveaway to coincide with the eBook sale. Help spread the word about the sale on social media and you will be entered to win…

    Extraction e-book promo prize

    ONE GRAND PRIZE

    • (1) signed hardcover copy of EVOLUTION, annotated with behind-the-scenes facts and series secrets
    • (1) limited edition LEGO Clementine model
    • (1) limited edition LEGO Logan model
    • signed swag

    **This contest is open internationally**

    How do you enter to win?

    There are several ways – YES, you can earn more than one entry, but no more than 1 entry per option:

    On Instagram

    1. Post the Extraction series eBook sale picture (shown above),
    2. Link to the Instagram account @StephanieEDiaz, and
    3. Tag it #BookBargain and #YAReads

    OR…

    • You can re-gram Stephanie’s Instagram post from HERE.

    On Tumblr

    • Reblog THIS tumblr post

    On Twitter

    • Tweet the following message:

    DEAL ALERT! Grab eBooks of @StephanieEDiaz‘s EXTRACTION and REBELLION for only $2.99 each for a limited time! http://tinyurl.com/qbhv893

    OR

    Retweet Stephanie’s Twitter post from HERE.

    On Facebook

    1. Post the Extraction series eBook sale picture (shown above),
    2. Link to either www.steph-diaz.blogspot.com or one of the books, and
    3. Tag it #Book Bargain

    OR

    Share Stephanie’s Facebook post from HERE.

    The book sale will last for ONE month – but Stephanie will be selecting ONE WINNER for the giveaway on Monday, October 5th to receive the GRAND PRIZE.

    So be sure to get your entries in before then!


    About EXTRACTION

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    Title & Series: EXTRACTION (Extraction #1)
    Release date: July 22, 2014
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    “Welcome to Extraction testing.”

    Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

    What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers, which means Logan, too.

    Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

    With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, and leave them breathless for more.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNESTHE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUNDGOODREADS


    About REBELLION

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    Title & Series: REBELLION (Extraction #2)
    Author: Stephanie Diaz
    Release date: February 10, 2015
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    THE UPRISING HAS BEGUN.

    It’s been seven days since Clementine and Logan, along with their allies, retreated into hiding on the Surface. The rebels may have won one battle against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from finished. He has vowed to find a way to win—no matter the cost. Do the rebels have what it takes to defeat him…and put an end to this war?

    As Clementine and Logan enter a desperate race against time to defeat Commander Charlie—and attempt to weaken his power within his own ranks—they find themselves in a terrifying endgame that pits them against a brutal enemy, and each other. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan…and losing control of herself.

    Continuing with the mesmerizing saga that started with Extraction, Stephanie Diaz blends science fiction, epic romance, and heart-stopping adventure to create a world that no reader will soon forget.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNESTHE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    About Evolution

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    Title & Series: EVOLUTION (Extraction #3)
    Author: Stephanie Diaz
    Release date: September 8, 2015
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    THE FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES STARTS NOW

    Clementine and Logan’s world is on the brink of destruction. An army of aliens from the distant planet Marden has arrived with a massive fleet of battleships, intent on finally putting an end to an age-old war. With the Alliance headquarters reduced to rubble and one of the rebel leaders close to death, Clementine and her friends have no choice but to retreat to the Core to escape the alien ships attacking the Surface.

    But safety in the Core means forming a temporary alliance with their sworn enemy. Though he’s a ruthless man they cannot trust, striking a bargain with him—his pardon in exchange for their help defeating the Mardenites—seems the only way the rebels might survive. The only way that Clementine and Logan might finally live in peace. But their hope for peace is short lived as they soon find out that Marden’s force is more powerful than anyone anticipated, with weapons and technologies never before seen on Kiel. Unless old feuds can be set aside long enough for a diplomatic solution to be found, all of Kiel’s people will be destroyed, and all of Clementine’s sacrifices will mean nothing.

    With pulse-pounding twists and turns, the stunning conclusion to the Extraction series will leave you breathless!

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    About Stephanie Diaz

    Stephanie Diaz

    Stephanie first knew she wanted to be an author when she was in second grade, sitting in a book club drinking tea and reading books like The Egypt Game. She dreamed someday people might drink tea while devouring books she had written. She wrote her first book soon after, a 30-page fantasy story–complete with a hand-drawn map–stapled together and presented to her younger sister for a birthday present.

    Now twenty-two years old, she lives in San Diego with her family. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in film production and a publishing deal for a young adult sci-fi trilogy. She is the author of Extraction and the forthcoming Rebellion and Evolution.

    When she isn’t lost in other worlds, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fangirling over TV shows.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | TUMBLR | INSTAGRAMGOODREADS 

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    REBELLION Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am madly in love with this series from Stephanie Diaz, so I am super excited to be able to share my review of this second book in the series for the REBELLION Blog Tour.

    This is not just a series with amazing covers. There are awesome characters, fascinating worlds, nail-biting action and… well I think I probably ramble about this in my review so I’ll stop rambling here.

    If you don’t yet have either of the books in your collection, just click on the titles to get a nice long look at the first two chapters of both EXTRACTION and REBELLION.

    And if you’d like a chance to win a copy of this sequel, just scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter.


    About REBELLION

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    Title & Series: REBELLION (Extraction #2)
    Author: Stephanie Diaz
    Release date: February 10, 2015
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    THE UPRISING HAS BEGUN.

    It’s been seven days since Clementine and Logan, along with their allies, retreated into hiding on the Surface. The rebels may have won one battle against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from finished. He has vowed to find a way to win—no matter the cost. Do the rebels have what it takes to defeat him…and put an end to this war?

    As Clementine and Logan enter a desperate race against time to defeat Commander Charlie—and attempt to weaken his power within his own ranks—they find themselves in a terrifying endgame that pits them against a brutal enemy, and each other. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan…and losing control of herself.

    Continuing with the mesmerizing saga that started with Extraction, Stephanie Diaz blends science fiction, epic romance, and heart-stopping adventure to create a world that no reader will soon forget.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | BOOKS-A-MILLIONGOODREADS

    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

    REBELLION is the action-packed, suspenseful, and totally epic second book in Stephanie Diaz’s amazing and unputdownable series set on a planet being threatened from without by the moon’s deadly acid and from within by a leader who demands complete subservience and who sees those not Promising as disposable. It is an electrifying and riveting sequel that will keep readers on edge as they follow the rebels and learn whether their uprising is enough to stop the Commander from going through with the latest of his heinous plans.

    The story picks up right where it left off in EXTRACTION, following its explosive and heartbreaking end, not missing a beat. It grabs right from the start, sets a fast pace, and thrusts readers right back into the action, taking them on an intense and tension-filled ride that does not let up for a moment.

    The rebels have a plan in place, but Commander Charlie always seems to be one step ahead. If they can’t convince others to join in the fight, it will mean the end of their uprising. If they’re caught, it will mean the end for them and those they care most about. And if they can’t stop him, it will mean thousands of lives lost.

    The odds may be stacked against them, but they have to try, for the sake of everyone on Kiel who is not deemed worthy. Even if they can’t trust everyone in their alliance with the truth for fear that capture will lead to the inescapable bending of their will to the Commander. And even if not everyone who claims to be an ally is trustworthy.

    Up against a cold, calculating, ruthless, and seemingly invincible leader who is willing to use everything and everyone at his disposal to gain the advantage, victory if far from a sure thing. And with the very real possibility that he is not even their biggest or only threat, defeating him may not be enough to save them all.

    Betrayal, lies, and treachery abound in this incredibly climactic and heart-stopping second installment. Stephanie Diaz did not hold back in her must-read sophomore novel. REBELLION is even more exciting and danger-filled than its predecessor. There are more shocks and surprises. There are more reasons to despise Commander Charlie. It brings even more heartbreak. And it ends on a note that will leave readers desperate for the next installment.

    The Rating

    06

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


    About Stephanie Diaz

    Stephanie Diaz

    Stephanie first knew she wanted to be an author when she was in second grade, sitting in a book club drinking tea and reading books like The Egypt Game. She dreamed someday people might drink tea while devouring books she had written. She wrote her first book soon after, a 30-page fantasy story–complete with a hand-drawn map–stapled together and presented to her younger sister for a birthday present.

    Now twenty-two years old, she lives in San Diego with her family. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in film production and a publishing deal for a young adult sci-fi trilogy. She is the author of Extraction and the forthcoming Rebellion and Evolution.

    When she isn’t lost in other worlds, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fangirling over TV shows.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | TUMBLR | INSTAGRAMGOODREADS 


    Other Books in the Series

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    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: EXTRACTION (Extraction #1)
    Release date: July 22, 2014
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    “Welcome to Extraction testing.”

    Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

    What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers, which means Logan, too.

    Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

    With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, and leave them breathless for more.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS


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    Title & Series: EVOLUTION (Extraction #3)
    Release date: September 8, 2015
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Find it…

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    A hardcover copy of REBELLION to ONE winner – US ONLY

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be one winner
    • Giveaway is open to US ONLY
    • Prize will be sent by the publisher
    • Giveaway ends on February 24 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    A Few Stops on the Tour So Far

    Feb. 10th – Hollywood The Write Way – Review + Giveaway

    Feb. 11th – Bibliophilia, Please – Guest Post + Giveaway

    Feb. 12th – Word Spelunking – Interview

    Feb. 13th – The Write Path – Review

    Feb. 14th – A Dream Within A Dream – Review + Giveaway

    Feb. 15th – Lindsay Cummings Books

    Feb. 17th – Inspiring Insomnia – Interview

    Feb. 17th – Unbound Books – Interview

    Feb. 18th – Fiktshun – Review + Giveaway

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