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    GODDESS Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I don’t think I could be any more excited than I am right now because I get to share Lucas Delos’ interview with Author Josephine Angelini for the GODDESS Blog Tour. And, as you might imagine, it is awesome.

    Lucas is not afraid to ask the good questions. Those questions that every reader wants to know. Questions about happy endings, love triangles, fight scenes, kissing scenes. And, of course, my favorite – whether the author really does enjoy torturing her characters.

    I don’t think I could be that brave an interviewer.

    The Starcrossed Trilogy is one of my favorite YA series. I made an immediate connection to the story and to Helen and Lucas. I remember being so blown away by the scene in STARCROSSED where both characters fall from the sky and are broken and tangled up in one another. And I remember turning to the last page and then immediately going back to the first for a re-read.

    It wasn’t my only re-read.

    I love the mythology in this series and I adore its characters. Some more than others. Yes, I have been and always will be Team Lucas. But I’m also Team Helen.  Even though…. Must. Not. Reveal. Series. Spoilers.

    And I love the author’s writing. Which makes me so incredibly sad that this series had to end after just the three books. Though, thanks to this tour, I found out about STARCROSSED CITY, a short story posted on the author’s website. Which means I don’t have to say goodbye quite yet. And with the author’s response to Lucas’ final interview question, it makes me wonder.

    So….

    I am just so unbelievably thrilled to be a part of this tour and to have Lucas Delos on the blog to share his interview with Josie. Which I opted to post immediately below.

    But if you’d like to know more about GODDESS, about Josephine Angelini and about the other books in this gorgeous series, their details and places to find them online follow the interview.

    There are also two awesome giveaways on the tour. So be sure to check out those details too.

    Now, though, without any further ado, let me turn my blog over to Lucas.

    The Interview

    Lucas Delos Interviews Author Josephine Angelini

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    LUCAS: Hi Josie.

    JOSIE: What up, dawg?

    LUCAS: Same old. So I guess we’ll get right to it…do you enjoy torturing your characters?

    JOSIE: Every single one of them. Look, if you’re going to go Greek, you might as well get ready for some pretty horrific stuff. At least I didn’t kill all of you at the end, like I should have if I was going to make this really Greek. I just killed some of you.

    LUCAS: You couldn’t have given Helen and me a perfectly happy ending? You had to complicate it?

    JOSIE: I did give you a happy ending—just not a perfect one. Perfect is boring. And untrustworthy. I don’t trust perfect.

    LUCAS: Okay, I can live with that. So, about not trusting perfect…where’d the fascination with Helen of Troy come from? She was the perfect beauty…

    JOSIE: Yeah. And look at all the trouble it caused. It wasn’t really Helen of Troy I was interested in, not as she was written. I was interested in finding a way to make her, and Paris, sympathetic. I saw it as a huge challenge, considering they are two of the most hated characters in history. I wanted to write about their love story in a way that modern readers could relate to, and maybe understand.

    LUCAS: Why the love triangle?

    JOSIE: (laughs) I thought that might bother you. Actually, love triangles bother a lot of people. What I wanted to do with Orion (apart from the fact that I needed him to bring all the Houses together for plot reasons) was to offer up a few things that really bother me about love-triangles, and maybe try to work against the grain on them.

    LUCAS: The things that bother you?

    JOSIE: Yeah. One of the things that I don’t like in some love-triangles is that the spare guy—the one who everyone knows the girl isn’t going to choose—is never the one to say, “If you can’t make up your mind, then you’re not enough for me, Fancy Face.” Usually, the odd man out is some great guy who’d wait until the end of time or whatever. Heck no. I wanted Orion to recognize his own worth and demand better.

    LUCAS: He is a good guy. Not my favorite guy right now, but whatever. Why are you so interested in my kind, anyway? Instead of Scions, why not write about normal people living in a normal town?

    JOSIE: Snore. (laughs) Okay, I should be more diplomatic. I have nothing against straight stories, they just don’t speak to me the way fantasy and science fiction do. It’s probably because I read too much Shakespeare in my formative years.

    LUCAS: Shakespeare?

    JOSIE: Sure. Try to find a play he wrote that doesn’t have a ghost, a sorcerer, three witches, or a fairy in it. You’re down to Henry IV and V, and I didn’t read those when I was a kid. Most classical works have gods and monsters in them, and even when they don’t, they are about kings and queens, larger-than-life people, who changed the world. I think fantasy and science fiction keep the classical tradition alive.

    LUCAS: What’s with all the fight scenes? I’m still a little beat up from it.

    JOSIE: Sorry ‘bout that. I love to write action. It’s the kissing scenes I have a problem with.

    LUCAS: Don’t get me wrong. I like a nice brawl, but I could have used a few more kissing scenes.

    JOSIE: But what if I wrote them about Helen and Orion?

    LUCAS: Scratch that. I think you wrote plenty of kissing scenes.

    JOSIE: Smart lad. Anything else?

    LUCAS: Last question. I would like to know, and my family would like to know, if you’re done harassing us?

    JOSIE: Possibly. I plead the fifth.

    LUCAS: (grinning) You really suck.

    JOSIE: (grinning back) I really do.

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    About the Book

    Goddess

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    GODDESS releases May 28, 2013 from HarperTeen

    After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

    To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

    In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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    About the Author

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    Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer’s daughter, Josie graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

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    Other Books in the Series

    StarcrossedAbout STARCROSSED

    How do you defy destiny?

    Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

    As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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    Dreamless coverAbout DREAMLESS

    Can true love be forgotten?

    As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

    Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out–a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.

    As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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    Starcrossed City About STARCROSSED CITY

    A spin-off from Josephine Angelini’s irresistible Starcrossed series. Mysterious demi-goddess Daphne meets the totally hot Ajax for the first time in sultry NYC. This is where it all begins.

    GOODREADS | JOSEPHINE ANGELINI’S WEBSITE

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    The Giveaways

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    There are a couple amazing giveaways on this tour. One that I really, really, really want to enter myself….

    Giveaway #1 – 15 copies of either STARCROSSED, DREAMLESS or GODDESS.

    Giveaway #2 – A signed GODESS Kindle Paperwhite.

    Both giveaways are US/Canada ONLY.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour

    Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour to learn more about GODDESS, Author Josephine Angelini and some things about her amazing Starcrossed Trilogy that you just might not know.

    Week One

    May 20th – The Starry-Eyed Revue
    May 21st – Fiktshun
    May 22nd – The Irish Banana
    May 23rd – YA Bibliophile
    May 24th – Supernatural Snark

    Week Two

    May 27th – Birth of a New Witch
    May 28th – Refracted Light Reviews
    May 29th – Tales of a Ravenous Reader
    May 30th – Hobbitsies
    May 31st – Reading Teen

    Week Three

    June 3rd – Parajunkee
    June 4th – Buried in Books
    June 5th – Candace’s Book Blog
    June 6th – Alison Can Read
    June 7th – Book Twirps

    To learn more about the tour, visit the GODDESS Blog Tour page on Kismet Book Touring’s website, HERE.

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    Book Watch: Goddess

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    GODDESS by Josephine Angelini will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 432 pages.

    GODDESS is the third and final book in author Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed Trilogy.

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    It was not easy choosing a book to watch for the week of May 28th as there are a few books releasing that week that I’m anxiously desperately awaiting. But as I’ve loved Josephine Angelini’s series longer than any of the others, I just had to choose GODDESS as the book to spotlight this week.

    I am so very excited to read this next book in the series. I loved both STARCROSSED and DREAMLESS and cannot wait to see how this series ends. I’ve been trying – and failing – to get this book onto my reading pile for the past few weeks. But I think because it is a series-ending book I may not be trying as hard as I could.

    Because as much as I want to know what happens with Helen, want to know whether she chooses Lucas or Orion and want to know who wins the war, I don’t want to see this series end. I’m not ready. And I cannot imagine, even with over four hundred pages, that this series can be wrapped up in just this one book.

    I love the way the author introduced the mythology in the first book in the series. I love the new landscape she created in the sequel. And I’m ever so curious as to just what picture she’s painted in this final installment.

    The back cover copy mentions a tyrant, a lover and a war. Which makes this book sound so unbelievably epic. And with passages that start off like this one – “I can’t think of anyone in the world who deserves to be loved–loved more–more than you,” Helen said, her voice breaking… – I am even more excited to see how this beautiful, tragic and amazing love story ends.

    Yes, I think this series is awesome. Yes, I love how angsty and suspenseful each of these stories are. And, yes, you better believe I love the star-crossed love story. So, as much as I think there are a few books releasing the week of May 28th that deserve the spotlight, there is no doubt in my mind that, for me, GODDESS is the book to watch this week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

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    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

    To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

    In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are a few of the other awesome books releasing the week of May 28th:

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

    OF TRITON (Of Poseidon #2) by Anna Banks

    DARE YOU TO (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry

    SKY ON FIRE (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne

    FAERIE AFTER (Bones of Faerie #3) by Janni Lee Simner

    WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith

    SPIRIT (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

    REBEL SPIRITS by Lois Ruby

    IMPOSTOR (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker

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    My Reading Pile #108

    It was another slow week at the mailbox, but I did receive one book on Friday that I’m so excited… and more than a little bit anxious… to read.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    Thanks to the AMAZING team at Epic Reads, I received a copy of RISE by Anna Carey for review for their The End is Here event going on through April 14th. While I do have the eBook already – because this is a series that I definitely want to have in my collection forever – I think that in print these books are absolutely gorgeous.

    As I knew I was going to be receiving the print edition, I decided to wait to read RISE until said copy was in hand, so I am a bit behind on last week’s pile. Which is why I’ve opted to only add one new read. And so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (April 7, 2013 – April 13, 2013)

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    I’m only adding one book to the pile this week, and that is GODDESS by Josephine Angelini. I know I have a few review books on the pile, but I’ve held out as long as I possibly can before diving into this final book in the series.

    I had the chance to read DREAMLESS early and so the wait has been totally torturous. Especially since I had a copy of GODDESS for months now, just begging to be read. And while I am still having such a tough time saying goodbye to many of my favorite series, I am more than excited to find out how this series will wrap up.

    Especially since I can’t imagine how all those loose ends could possibly get tied up in just this one book.

    But I did read the description, and it sounds like this final book is going to be epic. I can’t wait to see whether Helen will be able to avoid a war with the gods and manage to save Lucas. I am curious to find out who this “diabolical Tyrant” is.

    And I am really, really hopeful that when it comes to the love triangle, Helen chooses who I want her to chose.

    The description calls GODDESS “compelling” and I, for one, am most definitely compelled to read it.

    After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

    To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

    In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I want to read THE END GAMES by T. Michael Martin. I received a surprise copy of it when I got a book for a tour, and I’ve wanted to pick it up ever since. The book sounds dark and all sorts of awesome and I’m in such a mood for that type of read right now.

    But as it isn’t releasing until next month, and I need to read a few of my should have read already books, I am keeping this one just a wish for now… maybe.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I am reading UNBREAKABLE – finally – though I am a little bit behind in that I didn’t finish it quite yet. And since I decided to wait for the print edition of RISE to arrive, I haven’t read that book either. But I will be reading it just as soon as I finish UNBREAKABLE.

    I had planned on getting caught up on reviews this past week, since I was taking some time off work. But I spent most of my time enjoying the BBTC panels and the rest of the time catching up on TV shows. Yeah… clearly plans and me aren’t the best of friends.

    I’d also planned on getting ahead on my reading and posting, but that didn’t happen either as I still had to finish those coding fixes which took a lot longer than expected.

    But I did write my review for DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD and my review for EVE. I guess that’s something… though now I have to write my review for ONCE along with those other reviews I’m behind on. Anyway…

    After having a bit of a break from reading, I’m excited to meet new stories and characters, so hopefully I’ll get a few books devoured this week on top of the ones I have at the top of my pile.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I only took a brief look around NetGalley, but I almost jumped for joy when I saw GOLD by Talia Vance there. GOLD is AMAZING! And I might just have to request it, even though I did beta read it last year. But enough time has passed and I really want to see how the review galley compares….

    I do have some time to decide, however, as it isn’t slated to release until September. So for now I’m just going to wait and see. But it is linked below for those who just can’t wait to find out what happened after SILVER.

    Aside from GOLD, I did discover a few other books to check out…

    GOLD (A Bandia Novel #2) by Talia Vance (Flux Books, Sep 8, 2013)

    TEMPEST REVEALED by Tracey Deebs (Bloomsbury USA Childrens Books, Jun 4, 2013)

    THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME by Amanda Grace (Flux Books, Sep 8, 2013)

    ICONS by Margaret Stohl (HarperCollinsUK, May 9, 2013) **UK Reviewers ONLY**

    SPIRIT (The Elemental Series) by Brigid Kemmerer (Kensington Books, May 28, 2013)

    FIRECRACKER by David Iserson (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 16, 2013)

    I am super curious about THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME. I love ill-fated love stories and there’s just something so heartbreaking-sounding about the description. As it is a contemporary novel releasing this year, and I am taking part in the challenge, I may just have to request it. Though even if I don’t, I will be adding it to my pre-orders once it is available to pre-order in electronic format.

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    While it wasn’t the greatest week for reading and reviewing I had such an amazing time participating in Parajunkee and The Bookish Brunette’s BBTC this past week. I got to meet a few new bloggers I know I never would have met, and take part in some lively discussions, so it was totally worth it.

    I’ve been feeling so out of touch with the community since everything went down this past January, but joining in the conversation has reminded me just how awesome this community can be.

    Anyway…

    I’d hoped to post this early this morning, but due to some issues with my internet connectivity, that just didn’t happen. So I am going to stop rambling and wrap this up so I can start reading before I have to head out for the day.

    But, as always, I hope that you have some exciting books to read this week. And I hope you received some books you’ve been just dying for. And if you do decide to pick up a book or two this week, I hope the books are everything you expected them to be… and more.

    Happy reading!

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    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011

    Today is the first day of Top 10 of 2011.

    Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                    ………and Looking Forward.

    If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to participate. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

    I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

    Of course I didn’t really think about what this would entail. Especially as I’m not someone who’s really very good at putting together top ten lists. This post has caused me sleepless nights – yes, it’s true – and took over four hours to actually pull together.

    I don’t really think of books in order of most favorite to least favorite, they’re either favorites or they’re not. So, this was definitely a challenging way to end the year.

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    Today’s topic, “Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011” was the hardest for me. It was so tough for me to pick, that I decided to cheat the system.

    Forget about honorable mentions, I’ve created two lists – Top 10 Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011 and Top 10 Non-Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011.

    Not that it made it much easier, but there was just no way I could narrow it to only ten. I’ve listed my Top 10 Debut Books below and my Top 10 Non-Debut Books will be revealed in my post on Fiktshun’s Ramblings tomorrow for the Top 10 Tuesdays meme I participate in on that blog.

    While there are a few books that I absolutely loved, that are top-of-my-list favorites like Angelfire, Unearthly and Delirium, apparently I read all of those in 2010 and can’t list them in either post.

    So, here is my attempt at narrowing my list of favorite debut books down to just ten….

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    Top 10 Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011

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    A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

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    If anyone didn’t guess I’d pick A Touch Mortal as my number one debut book I’ve read in 2011 then they really don’t know me too well. I think I’ve talked about this book endlessly. I’ve read it umpteen times. Yes, that is a word and umpteen is just how many times I’ve read it.

    2.

    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    This book slaughtered me with its awesomeness. I was not able to instantly recover after reading it. So I had to read it again. And it killed me. Again. I listed it as my number two book, because it’s still clinging to me. Making my heart ache.

    3.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    You may have heard me ramble on and on about my love for this book and its jaw-dropping ending. If you haven’t, then we just met this past few months. Because I could talk of little else but this book from the moment it landed in my mailbox until months after I’d read it. Seriously kick-a**.

    4.

    Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I fell so in love with this book earlier in the year when I read it. It has turned me into a slightly obsessed Jennifer Armentrout fan. And she has many of those. Well, I am one of them. Half-Blood is amazing and her heroine Alex is seriously awesome. Of course Aiden is no slouch either. Yum.

    5.

    Everneath by Brodi Ashton

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Yes, this is a 2012 release, but I’ve read it in 2011 so I have to list it here, even if I haven’t yet reviewed it. This is another book that clings to me. I cannot even think about some of the passages in this book without it feeling like my heart is being squeezed. And so, there was no way Everneath would be left off my list of top 10’s this year.

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    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I live in torment awaiting the sequel to Witch Eyes. I want to head back to Belle Dame, okay not in reality because that place is seriously dangerous, but as it exists for me as a reader. I want to get enveloped once more in the beautiful writing, find out who has demon eyes and see just what sorts of hell the author will put Braden and Trey through in book two.

    7.

    Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    How could a book full of snark, sarcasm and beauty not make my top ten list? It couldn’t. This book is gorgeous from its cover to its story to its characters. Lenzi is all sorts of amazing. I don’t think I smiled or laughed out loud – yes, it’s not just an expression – when reading a book quite as often as I did while reading Shattered Souls. Talk about a great character and story to connect to.

    8.

    Divergent by Veronica Roth

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I am still asking myself what’s wrong with me. This was on my original DAC list for the year and I only read it this past week. This book was, is and always will be full of win. I love the world – not that I’d want to live there – and I love Tris. Yes, everyone goes on and on about Four, but Tris is so much more awesome than he is. It’s really nice to meet a super strong heroine that gets to take center stage instead of the boy every so often.

    9.

    Die for Me by Amy Plum

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Who knew I could love beings, aside from vampires, that weren’t exactly alive? I didn’t. Revenants are so much sexier than zombies. And Jules and Vincent are two of my very favorite revenants. I haven’t been able to get this story – but even more so its characters – out of my mind since I read it those many, many months ago. And I’ve been dying for the sequel ever since.

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    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Oooh, I loved this book. I loved the gods and goddesses and loved the promise of what is still to come in Dreamless. The ending – as is the case with most of my favorites – has left me in torment. I can’t wait to read more. I read this book three times this year and loved it each and every time.

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    If I could pick just two more books they would have to be Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton and Dead Rules by Randy Russell. Oh I hate all things ten. I really do.

    If you’d like to see what my Top 10 Non-Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011 are, head over to Fiktshun’s Ramblings tomorrow.

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    This event runs through Friday, and each day I will be posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Book Covers of 2011, which will be a much easier list to come up with, though sorting them is an entirely different matter…. (And, no. I did not create tomorrow’s list yet.)

    If you’d like to see what the rest of the topics will be, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

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    NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the Co-hosts Blogs, so please only enter your Name, Blog Name and the URL for YOUR Top 10 post of the day on one blog. Thanks!

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    Book Buzz: Starcrossed

    Back with another Book Buzz post. I decided to skip the Early Buzz post this week in favor of keeping the buzz going for a book that I absolutely adore.

    Not that there isn’t plenty of buzz for this book still going on, but I’m hoping enough readers have discovered the book by now that they want to keep talking about it too!

    The Book:

    Starcrossed is a young adult novel written by Josephine Angelini. It was released on May 31, 2011.

    Loved it or Hated it?

    Loved it. Loved it so much I had to read it twice. Because reading about Helen and Lucas just once was not enough. I’m all about the character connection and I made an instant connection with the two mains. Big time.

    The Early Buzz:

    The very first bit of buzz I heard about this book was about the cover. Everyone had instant cover love. I don’t think I’ve heard one bad word about the gorgeous cover for the U.S. edition.

    Then came the talk about it being a retelling of the Greek myths. When the buzz started on this book it was still early days for this trend. So everyone was talking. They couldn’t wait to get their hands on this story that promised a modern day look at the Greeks. After the success of the Percy Jackson books, readers couldn’t wait to discover a story with a female main character.

    But what seemed to excite everyone the most was the idea of a tragic love story. Star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet, Edward and Bella. This book was going to have it all for fans who missed those sparkly vamps, who sigh at the idea of eternal love, and who believe that in books true love only exists if the characters are willing to give up their lives for the one they love.

    Fizzle or Sizzle:

    The majority say “sizzle.

    Starcrossed has two camps. Those who love it, and those who don’t. The “love it’s” are the largest group. According to Goodreads, Starcrossed’s average rating is currently 4.16 stars and on Amazon it’s coming in at 4 stars. (Amazon doesn’t round.)

    The sizzle buzz: Addictive, enchanting characters, strong heroine, swoon-worthy hero, twists and turns, cover love, the mythology.

    The fizzle buzz: Insta-love, too long, slow beginning, narration/writing style, Helen, too similar to the Meyers books.

    What Happened?

    As always, time passes. At a month past release date the blogger buzz has died down. But the reader buzz is still going strong.

    As word of mouth spreads, which seems to be overwhelmingly positive, more and more readers are picking up this book. It’s pretty hard to miss on the shelves. The cover is beautiful and at least in the stores I’ve been to, it has prominent shelf and table placement.

    It will be interesting to see if the buzz on this book lasts until the early buzz starts for the next book. With the book tours, author signings, publisher’s marketing and publicity efforts, and with that torturous cliffhanger ending, it just might happen.

    What’s Left to Buzz About?

    The main characters. Lucas…and Helen. While this book has so much more, first and foremost it’s all about them. The two ill-fated lovers, with a destiny that’s beyond their control. How tragic and awesome is that?

    The love story. It may not start out as one, but the early intensity is electrifying. And volatile and different. And the wait for it to turn from hate to love is of the “hold your breath until it happens” variety.

    The twists and turns. And there are quite a few. They keep this story exciting. They leave you on edge and keep you guessing as to what will happen next.

    Buzzworthy?

    Absolutely. It’s got all the makings of a book and series that will be extremely popular – a tragic love story, a strong female main character, a super-hottie male love interest, surprise twists, a cliffhanger ending, an elaborate world, a variety of characters including a feisty best friend, and much still to be revealed about their enemies and their fate.

    What do I say?

    This book is ultra crush-worthy. I loved how the mythology formed the basis for this tale. I loved each and every twist and turn. But it was ultimately the characters that made this story an off-the-charts read for me. I adore Lucas and Helen. And I so totally love Hector.

    Too long? No. I didn’t even notice the book’s length. Not with either of the two reads. Length was not a problem for me.

    Similarities? I’m not blind. If I strip this story down as others have, I can see the comparison to that other series about vampires. But I didn’t feel like I was reading those other books when I read this one, aside from when I read the initial discussions about their wealth and the remoteness of their house.

    But when I was reading that other series, I ended up making comparisons to the classics that were referenced in each book. Yet in this series, probably because I’m not as familiar as I should be with the Greek myths, I didn’t feel as if I was reading a copy of a classic tale. If you want to know just what I thought, here’s my review for Starcrossed.

    Buy it, borrow it, pass on it?

    Buy it, buy it, buy it! How could you not want that gorgeous book on your shelf. Oh yeah, and it’s a must read and great start to this new series.

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    Any item related to this book is up for discussion. Just because I haven’t mentioned it here doesn’t mean you can’t bring it up in the comments.

    And feel free to discuss any points of interest from reviews that you’ve seen and would like to talk about. But please talk about them in general terms and don’t point out specific reviews unless they are my reviews or your own.

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    The Extras: Teasers #5

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

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    I know I had this quote in my review, but looking back over the book, with all its amazing passages and quotes, this one is still my favorite.

    I cannot stop laughing just picturing this. Any book that can infuse humor into a love story has got my vote.

    Kate to Georgia:

    “Yeah, right, like Catherine Deneuve has her own hot-guy SWAT team trolling the neighborhood for celebrity stalkers with swords.”

    In this story filled with so many humorous passages, I just had to choose the one that was all warm and fuzzy.

    No, it’s not sappy, not even close, and any girl would die for a pickup line like this one.

    Colt to Ash:

    “Somehow, one night, at a bar filled with retirees and old fisherman, in a town that might as well be off the map, he sees a girl sitting at the bar. Even though she’s only twisting idly in her bar stool ordering a drink, that’s all it takes for him to recognize that she might be the fire he’s been looking for. In that moment he realizes that he could spend the rest of his life doing all the things he ever wanted to do in all the places he ever wanted to see, but if he doesn’t ask her for her name, this is the moment that, forty years from now, he’ll still remember as the moment when he blew it.”

    (As this passage was taken from an ARC the final version may differ. I hope it doesn’t. I really, really hope it doesn’t, but if it does I will be sure to make the change.)

    I loved the author’s writing in this book. I think there are so many beautiful passages. The way she expresses the character’s thoughts and feelings is just so eloquent.

    Most of the passages I would have chosen gave too much away, but I found one that I loved and which also gives some insight into who Maddie is.

    Maddie’s thoughts:

    I didn’t realize how much I needed to touch somebody. I took a deep breath and felt the hollowness inside of my chest slowly curl in on itself. It’s strange that a single person can be as nourishing, as necessary as food to make you feel alive.

    I just love books with passages that leave me breathless. This is one of those books and one of those passages. I don’t think I need to say more, it speaks for itself.

    Gemma’s thoughts:

    But I was caught off guard, unprepared to deal with what I was now experiencing with Henry. The searing, white-hot heat of my feelings for this magnificent person was different, almost primal. I didn’t expect to be sucked under by such a ferocious wave of raw emotion. It scared me a little, like when the water rushes back into the sea and the sand disappears under my feet. I knew that within the sealed framework that was my heart, Henry would be my undoing, my last and only love until I exhaled my dying breath. I just hoped that when I finally did die, at the hands of Lucian or some other unseen entity, that Henry’s face would be the last I would see, that his lips would be the last I would taste, before moving onto the in-between.

    Everything about this book is graceful and so beautifully written. Instead of giving a peek into Finley Jayne’s thoughts, I thought I’d give a taste of just what Griffin thought as he gazed at Finley.

    Talk about romantic – in a crowded room he just knew she was there and was drawn to her. Swoon, swoon.

    Griffin’s thoughts:

    Something drew his gaze. A young woman in a splendid feathered costume that made her look like the most exotic bird. His heart gave one tight thump against his ribs as he recognized her. His senses had found her even when he hadn’t been looking.

    Finley. And she was holding on to Jack Dandy like a woman in love.

    This just proves that chivalry is not dead….Well, at least not in fiction. And most definitely not for a knight.

    An exchange between Pietro and Gabriella:

    “Pietro, I–” I whispered.

    “To the end, m’lady,” he said with a nod. His eyes did not break from mine. “See that you get to it, that you save Marcello and Fortino as well as yourselves, and I shall consider my life well spent.”

    Inside, my heart again screamed at me to stay, to fight with him, but my mind understood that it would do no one any good if we all died here. And unless we escaped, we would all die this day. I looked at the other two men and Mom, then back to Pietro. “I shall remember you forever.”

    He smiled and covered his heart. “To remembered forever by one of the Ladies Betarrini is an honor I shall cherish with my dying breath.”

    This book is filled with some wonderfully, deliciously torturous passages that will play wicked games with your heart. Here is just a fraction of one of them.

    Lucas and Helen:

    Lucas’s whole face crumpled. Helen had had no reason to hope after what she had heard the night before, but for some reason there was a tiny spark still glowing in her that maybe, somehow, she had misunderstood. Or that he would change his mind. It went out completely when Lucas nodded.

    No one but Jenna Black has ever made the leader of the Wild Hunt so appealing. At least no one I’ve read. Even though he’s way too old for Dana, how can he not be the most intriguing character in the series with passages like this one?

    Dana’s thoughts about the Erlking:

    Every time I laid eyes on him, it was like a punch to the gut. He was probably the most frightening and dangerous person I had ever met, and he was also the most breathtakingly gorgeous. Even for a Fae, which is saying a lot. He was a bad boy to the nth degree, only there was nothing remotely boyish about him.

    (As this passage was taken from an ARC the final version may differ. If it does I will update the post.)

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    I debated long and hard about including a passage from If I Die by Rachel Vincent. I even have it picked out. It is absolutely delectable. It teases, oh how it teases, but it doesn’t reveal anything. But as the book is so far from release date I thought it would be cruel. But there are definite “to die for” passages in that book. Be prepared.

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    Giveaway: Starcrossed

    I wanted to make June a giveaway free month except for my Quickie Giveaways of ARCs from my shelves, but I couldn’t not share the love of a book I recently read.

    Starcrossed is one of a very small group of books that I re-read immediately after I finished it. I didn’t want to leave the characters and the story so I immediately picked it up and started it all over again.

    I absolutely love this book and can’t imagine anyone not falling a little bit in love with it too. So, I want to give that opportunity to a few readers who haven’t yet discovered this amazing book. Yep, there will be THREE WINNERS for this giveaway. The details follow below.

    What’s up for grabs?

    One copy of Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository.

    The Deets:

    * There will be THREE WINNERS.

    * Only one entry per person.

    * Must be 13 or older to enter.

    * Contest is International where allowed by law.

    * Giveaway ends Sunday, June 12th at 11:59 p.m.

    * Winners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on the blog on Monday, June 13th

    * Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond.

    *Prizes will be sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository.

    There is no requirement to follow, tweet or “like,” but following the blog is always appreciated.

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thank you to everyone who has entered the Starcrossed giveaway. The Contest is now closed. I will be running the names through Random.org and will post the three winners’ names here on the blog.

    The winners will have 48 hours from notification in which to send me their details or I will be forced to choose another winner or winners.

    And the winners are…

    Congratulations Julie, Missy and Kara. I will be contacting you by email for your details and you will have 48 hours to respond. All books will be sent directly via Amazon or The Book Depository when I get your information.

    Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway and who stopped by the blog.

    I will be having another bookish giveaway soon, I’m sure.

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