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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

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    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

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    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?


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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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    ROOK Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be a part of the ROOK Blog Tour and to have been able to read this ahhhh-mazing book just a little bit early. I have not read The Scarlet Pimpernel, which I understand this story is somewhat a retelling of, but having read that book’s description I know I would have loved this story more.

    It is epic and awesome and suspenseful – I’m talking of the nail-biting variety – and nerve-wracking and chilling and romantic and heartbreaking and sad and full of all sorts of twists and turns. And if you’d like to know a little bit more about what I thought, my review is below.

    The tour includes a few guest posts, interviews and reviews. So if you want to get to know the author and story a bit more, be sure to check out all the stops.

    This tour also includes an awesome giveaway for a copy of the book to five winners. So if you’d like a chance to win, scroll down to the Rafflecopter.

    And if you want to connect with the author online, links to her website and social media outlets are below.


    About ROOK

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    Title: ROOK
    Author: Sharon Cameron
    Release date: April 28, 2015
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

    Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

    As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUNDGOODREADS

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


    The Review

    ROOK is an epic and thrilling and absolutely riveting, action- and suspense-filled story packed with hidden agendas, twists and turns, chilling punishments, lethal foes, romance, betrayal and heartbreak. It’s a story that takes readers into a future that is reminiscent of the past, with ruthless and bloodthirsty rulers, where madness, slaughter, mobs and treachery abound, and where rebellion is the only way to effect change.

    With everything that’s been happening in the Sunken City – the mass executions, the mobs, families and friends turning on one another – Sophia Bellamy can hardly be bothered by the fact that she will have to marry René Hasard, a boy she’s never met, in order to save her family’s land and her father from debtor’s prison. Especially when she’s the one freeing as many of those imprisoned in the Tombs as she can before they have to face the Razor.

    But when the boy she’s to become wed to turns out to be more than just the shallow, simplistic socialite she first thought him to be, she’ll have to make sure to cover her tracks, guard her secrets, keep an eye on him, and find out what his motivations are. Because if he were ever to discover what she’s done, what part her family and friends have played, and who she really is, she would be the next one to face the Ministre of Security’s justice. And those who need a savior cannot afford to lose the Red Rook.

    Author Sharon Cameron has created a story, that while loosely based on another, feels very much an original. It is interesting, exciting and full of the unexpected. It introduces a wide array of characters to like, despise, mistrust, be charmed by, be fearful of, be heartbroken by. It is set in a distant future where little is known about the past, where many are fearful of technology and the harm it may have caused, where artifacts are revered or destroyed, where fate serves as a guide to some, and where many of history’s mistakes seem to be repeating themselves.

    Told from multiple points of view, the author gives peeks at what’s happening with several key characters – sometimes just teasing their thoughts and actions, plans and schemes, building tension and suspense. She gives readers a heroine in Sophia Bellamy who is fierce, loyal, daring, and at times reckless. Sophie is someone who defies convention, who craves excitement, and who has a need to do what’s right, even if it’s dangerous. And she puts her in a number of volatile situations that could either destroy her and everyone she loves or turn her into a leader and savior.

    ROOK is a nerve-wracking and nail-biting and gripping read. It pays homage to the past while envisioning a new and fascinating, if somewhat scary, future. It is imaginative and captivating and dramatic and enthralling. It delivers a touch of romance, along with plenty of action and deception and heartache. It is a must for readers who love to be transported into a story that grabs hold and won’t let go until the very last page.

    The Rating

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


    About Sharon Cameron

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    Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • FIVE (5) winners will receive a finished copy of ROOK courtesy of Scholastic – US ONLY

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Apr. 20th – Xpresso Reads – Interview

    Apr. 21st – The Starry-Eyed Revue – Review

    Apr. 22nd – The Eater of Books – Guest Post

    Apr. 23rd – Mundie Moms – Spotlight

    Apr. 24th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

    Week Two

    Apr. 27th – Fiktshun – Review

    Apr. 28th – Bookish – Guest Post

    Apr. 29th – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Review

    Apr. 30th – Chapter by Chapter – Interview

    May 1st – Winterhaven Books – Review

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