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    Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2012

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    Today is DAY FOUR of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Book Boyfriends of 2012

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

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

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

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

    Next year is going to be so tough.

    Book-Boyfriends

    1.

    Before I WakeTod

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

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

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

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

    Why he won: Do you have to ask?

    Won out over: His terribly flawed younger brother Nash Hudson

    Book Read in 2012: BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

    2.

    Destroy MeWarner

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

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, broken, redeemable… I hope

    Best line:

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

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

    Love is a heartless bastard.

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

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

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

    3.

    SplinteredMorpheus a.k.a. Moth

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

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

    4.

    Wings of the WickedCadan

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

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, redeemable, honorable

    Best line:

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

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

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

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

    5.

    Sweet EvilKaidan a.k.a. Kai

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

    6.

    Poison PrincessJack

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

    7.

    SilverBlake

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

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: SILVER, GOLD by Talia Vance

    8.

    NeverfallCole

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Manipulative, musician, immortal, sexy

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: EVERNEATH, NEVERFALL by Brodi Ashton

    9.

    A Touch MorbidLuke  a.k.a. Lucifer

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

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

    10.

    StarlingThe Fennrys Wolf a.k.a. Fenn

    Good boy or bad boy: A good bad boy

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    Honorable-Mentions

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

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

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

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

    ***

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

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

    Anyway…

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

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    Top 10 Book Quotes in 2012 + Giveaway

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    Today is DAY THREE of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    The topic for today is…

    Best ____ of 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Let’s just say it has not been easy.

    FavoriteQuotes

    1.

    Before I WakeBEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Avari and Kaylee…

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

    And

    Tod and Kaylee…

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

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

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

    And

    Tod and Kaylee…

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

    2.

    Poison Princess

    POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Evangeline and Death…

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

    And

    Evangeline and Jack…

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

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

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

    3.

    A Touch Morbid

    A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Luke and  Kristen…

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

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

    And

    Luke and Kristen…

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

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

    4.

    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Duval and Ismae…

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

    And

    Ismae and Madame Hivern…

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

    5.

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

    EMBERS AND ECHOES by Karsten Knight

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Wes and Ash…

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

    And

    Ash and Colt…

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

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

    Then he was gone.

    6.

    Sweet Evil

    SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Anna and Kaidan…

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

    And

    Anna thinking about Kaidan…

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

    7.

    Everneath

    EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Nikki and Cole…

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

    And

    Nikki and Jack…

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

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

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

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

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

    8.

    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Araby and…

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

    And

    Araby and….

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

    9.

    Wings of the Wicked

    WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Ellie to Will…

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

    And

    Will to Ellie…

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

    10.

    Hallowed cover

    HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Clara and…

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

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

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

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

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

    And

    Clara thinking about Christian…

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

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

    Honorable-Mentions

    Starling

    STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Mason Starling about Fenn…

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

    Yes. That was exactly it.

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    Silver

    SILVER by Talia Vance

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Brianna and Blake…

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

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

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

    Anyway…

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

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

    the Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs?

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

    The Deets

    You must be 13 or older to enter

    ONE entry per HOUSEHOLD

    Giveaway is international

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

    Winner will be announced on this post and contacted by email

    Winner will have 48 hours to respond

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

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2012

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    Today is the first day of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2012

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

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

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

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

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

    Anyway…

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

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

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

    BIR-2012

     1.

    Splintered

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    2.

    Poison Princess

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

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    3.

    Before I Wake

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

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    4.

    Silver

    SILVER (Bandia #1) by Talia Vance

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    5.

    Sweet Evil Cover

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

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    Which makes me so unbelievably happy.

    6.

    Shadows in the Silence

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

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

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

    7.

    Demon Eyes

    DEMON EYES (Witch Eyes #2) by Scott Tracey

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    8.

    Masque of the Red Death

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

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

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

    9.

    Embers and Echoes

    EMBERS & ECHOES (Wildefire #2) by Karsten Knight

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

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

    10.

    Unraveling

     UNRAVELING (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

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

    Honorable-Mentions

    This Is Not a Test

    THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers

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

    Cinder

    CINDER (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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

    Grave Mercy

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

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

    Onyx

    ONYX (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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

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

    Hard Bitten

    HARD BITTEN (Chicagoland Vampires #4) by Chloe Neill

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

    Shadow Bound

    SHADOW BOUND (Unbound #2) by Rachel Vincent

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

    Halfway to the Grave

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

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

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

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

    Anyway….

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

    And don’t forget to check out today’s giveaway on…

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    Cover Reveal: Sweet Peril

    SWEET PERIL (The Sweet Evil Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

    Coming April 30, 2013

    HarperTeen

     

    I am so incredibly thrilled and excited and honored… and maybe just a little bit more excited to be a part of tonight’s cover reveal for author Wendy Higgins’ SWEET PERIL.

    I have been madly in love with this series since the moment I saw the cover for SWEET EVIL, long before its release. And after I read the description for that first book in this series I was a goner.

    When HarperTeen picked up this second book in the series I was over the moon. Because that meant there would definitely be another awesome cover coming soon.

    Well, it’s finally here!

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    My Thoughts

    I love this cover. It is definitely sexy. And looks absolutely gorgeous next to book one’s cover.

    While it doesn’t have the same dark mystery that the first cover does, it is somehow even more ominous with the red tones in the sky. I love that the fog is still creeping up on the two cover models, but it’s not as prevalent as it was on the first book’s cover. And I love the contrast between the dark brush and the lighter sky, which really makes Kaidan and Anna stand out.

    I love that they switched positions and now Kaidan’s on the left and Anna’s on the right, which really makes the covers look amazing when paired. I also love how on the first book’s cover Kaidan appeared to be brooding and Anna had a shy, sweet look, but on this cover it’s Kaidan who looks softer and Anna who looks more fierce. It makes me very curious as to just how things have changed in this sequel.

    And if that’s not enough, I love how both models are now dressed in black, connecting them in a way they hadn’t been on the first cover. And how the blackness of the brush in the background swallows everything up, making it appear as if Kai and Anna are a part of the blackness.

    Even though the placement of the tiles isn’t exactly the same for both covers, I love that they kept the continuity with the title font, graphic and byline.

    While both covers are quite different, they complement each other very well. And I cannot wait to see what they look like side-by-side on my bookshelf.

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    But that’s what I think….

    What do you think of SWEET PERIL‘s cover? Do you love it as much or more than the cover for SWEET EVIL? Do you think they’d look amazing side-by-side on your bookshelf?

    Do you love that Anna and Kaidan are now both dressed in black? Does it make you a little worried about Anna’s future? Or are you more worried for Kaidan given the seriously fierce look on Anna’s face in this cover?

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on this cover for SWEET PERIL.

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    About the Book

    Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

    Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

    When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, THE BOOK DEPOSITORY, GOODREADS, FACEBOOK

    About the Author

    Wendy Higgins was born in Alaska, grew up an Army brat, and lived all over the United States before settling in the Washington, DC area.

    She attended George Mason University for her undergrad degree in creative writing, and Radford University for her masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught 9th and 12th grade English in a rural school before becoming a mother and author.

    She now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Peril is her second novel.

    Find her: TWITTER, WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, GOODREADS

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    Kaidan Rowe

    Make sure to see what this son of the Duke of Lust is up to on Twitter. Just click the image below to follow his Tweets!

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    The Series

    To get an idea of just how both books would look on your bookshelf, I’ve combined them in the graphic below. I happen to think they look amazing together! What do you think?

    If you’d like to check out the series on Goodreads, and add all three books to your TBR pile, just click the image below.

    SWEET PERIL comes out on April 30, 2013 and the third and final book in The Sweet Evil TrilogySWEET RECKONING, is slated for release in spring/summer 2014.

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    SWEET EVIL Read Along Week Four: Halloween

    This is the final week of the Read Along hosted by Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and wow did this month fly by! While I’m sad that this event is nearing its end, I’m so happy that I had the chance to re-read SWEET EVIL this month. Even though I did finish it way too early. But it really couldn’t be helped. Kaidan Rowe. I don’t think I need to say any more.

    This was such an awesome idea that Mindy came up with and it was so much fun being a co-host along with Jaime of Two Chicks On Books, Tara of Tater’s Tall Tails and Nancy of Ravenous Reader. And it was even more fun knowing that everyone who decided to join in the Read Along was devouring SWEET EVIL and creating these weekly posts, too!

    So… anyway…

    This final week we’ll be reading Chapters 26 through 31 (pages 341-447). And this week’s topic ties in not only with the title of the first chapter but with the fun and candy-filled event at the end of the month, and that is…

    Halloween

    This week’s topic is pretty open-ended so I thought I’d share just a few personal stories about my Halloween experiences over the years. But just a few of them, as some are way too embarrassing to admit to here on the blog.

    I have always loved Halloween. The idea of dressing up in a costume and going door-to-door so that strangers could give me candy was more exciting to me than Christmas. My mother was more of a natural foods kind of woman and so candy was a rarity for most of the year except Halloween.

    But it was almost as exciting to be able to get dressed up in a costume. I rarely wore a store-bought costume – my mother would sew one for me or I’d make one on my own.

    And for some reason I almost always wanted to get dressed up as a cat. Until that one year I decided I’d rather be Dracula – fangs, cape, fake blood and all. I never wanted to be a fairy princess.

    If it was a school day, we’d start trick-or-treating the second we left school and continue on until the socially acceptable time of 8 p.m. Yes, five whole hours to tackle each subdivision in our neighborhood and get as much candy as possible. When the load got a bit too heavy we’d stop and snack for awhile. And when that didn’t work, we’d hide our stash and come back for it later.

    When Halloween fell on a weekend, however, we rarely waited for an appropriate hour to start ringing doorbells. Let’s just say that not everyone was thrilled to have their sleep interrupted by trick-or-treaters at 7:30 a.m. But that didn’t stop us. The possibility that someone would have their candy ready and we’d get “first dibs” was worth a few angry doors slammed in our faces.

    Halloween was always a lot of fun in those early days. But as we got older things got a bit more complicated. My best friend and I – her idea – decided to dress up as college cheerleaders one year. We were eleven. We spent much of the night worrying about our safety.

    We were a bit more selective with our costume choices the next year.

    My final year of trick-or-treating was one that I hadn’t planned on going out. We’d just moved and I was old enough – fourteen – to have exchanged begging for candy for parties. Still of the wholesome variety – ice cream, cake, scary movies, chips and soda – but parties nonetheless. We were so over trick-or-treating.

    But apparently I wasn’t. My sister was just born and my mother hadn’t bought candy to give out at the door. She didn’t want the doorbell to wake her and so wanted me to sit outside and give out candy before any bell-ringing. Candy we didn’t have.

    As I couldn’t drive – I was only fourteen – and my mother was taking care of a newborn, she came up with the grand idea of sending me out trick-or-treating to acquire candy that I would then pass out to kids who stopped by. Yeah. Great idea.

    Why, you might ask? For one, I would be trick-or-treating alone. Something I’d never done before. Two, I was fourteen. How mortifying is that? Three, I was in a completely new town and didn’t even know the neighborhood. And four, I didn’t have a costume.

    But I went anyway. For my tiny baby sister. To get my mom off my back.

    I glommed on to a group of kids that were going house to house. I was at least four years older than them, but I was hoping that whoever answered the door would think I was their chaperone.

    Which worked out well. I was getting a ton of candy. I didn’t feel weird for not having a costume. I was a pretend chaperone so why would I need one?

    And I would have considered the night a success, and it probably would have been one Halloween I’d have forgotten about by now given how many other mortifying and shockingly memorable Halloweens I’d had over the years, but for that one house. My very last house I’d trick-or-treated at. Ever.

    It started out the same as all others, but when I got to the door the woman thought that since I was older perhaps instead of candy I might want a roll of pennies. Which I really didn’t, because I needed the candy to give away. But okay. Especially since it turned out to be a roll of quarters in her hand and not pennies. A mistake I was loathe to correct.

    But when she played the “let me guess what you are” game, things went downhill fast. Because her first guess – and no, I didn’t stick around to hear her second guess – was that I was a lady of the night. She may have used a different term. But I’d rather not say that word here on the blog.

    So, yeah. My very last trick-or-treating memory is one that still makes me feel utterly humiliated. But was it worth it? To keep the doorbell from ringing so my little sister could sleep peacefully? It might have been. Except that my mother realized at some point during the evening that simply turning the porch light off would deter people from stopping by. So in the end, no. Not worth it at all.

    And sadly that’s not even close to my most embarrassing Halloween moments. Though it really felt like it at the time. But my lips are sealed about those.

    Oh, and for the record, I was wearing a skirt, strappy sandals and a fitted top. Yes I was wearing makeup. But no, there were no fishnets, go-go boots or bustiers involved. So what the heck!?!

    Anyway….

    Are you a fan of All Hallows’ Eve? Did you enjoy getting dressed up to go trick-or-treating when you were young? Do you still get dressed up? What is your all-time favorite costume?

    And have you had any mortifying moments on Halloween that you’d like to share? Please….

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    Now let’s get back to the read….

    These last few chapters in the book were among my favorites. I loved just how the author wrapped things up yet… okay, I probably shouldn’t spoil that since it’s just the start of the week. And I guess I shouldn’t mention just why I loved the Halloween chapter.

    But to give you an idea…

    “What do you want from me, Kai?”

    “For starters?” His voice lowered to sexy, dangerous depths. “I want to introduce myself to every freckle on your body.”

    Hmmm…. See what I mean? And that’s just a small taste of the awesomeness in these final chapters.

    So, if you haven’t yet caught up with your reading for this week’s read, I hope that enticed you to read a little bit faster. And for those of you who haven’t signed up, you still can. It’s not too late to join in.

    Because it only takes a day to devour this entire book – shorter if you read faster than I do. So just check out the page HERE on Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and sign up.

    And don’t forget to enter the amazing giveaway while you’re there!

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    SWEET EVIL Read Along Week Three: Truth… or Dare

    As we head into week three of the Read Along, hosted by Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, I have to say this week’s topic made me very, very nervous. I have never fared well when playing “truth or dare” as the truths were always way too embarrassing to reveal and the dares were way too dangerous.

    So I’m glad I’m not alone and that the co-hosts of this event – Jaime of Two Chicks On Books, Tara of Tater’s Tall Tails and Nancy of Ravenous Reader – are also subjected to the very same post topic I am. As well as all those who have opted to join in. [Insert wicked grin here.]

    Anyway…

    This week we’ll be reading Chapters 17 through 25 (pages 232-340). And as mentioned above, the theme of this week’s post is:

    Truth… or Dare

    Though if I were Anna I never would have agreed to Marna’s offer to play. Especially when someone as wicked as Kaidan was playing. Although Anna did manage to put him in his place…. which just so happened to be sprawled on the ground.

    That’s right, even Kai shouldn’t mess with someone as kick-a** as Anna.

    And while the game of truth or dare was more than fun, my favorite passages during this week’s read were in the earlier chapters. One of which is…

    “Kai,” I said. I could feel his nose and mouth move over my hair. Why was he doing this to me? Telling me not to romanticize him, and then nuzzling me from behind? “You shouldn’t…”

    My knees were shaking. I was so confused. What I really wanted to do was close my eyes and lean back into him, pretending for just a moment that we were together.

    Yes, that Kaidan Rowe can be absolutely maddening. But you know that by now. You have gotten to know him for sixteen chapters already.

    Anyway….

    I’ve been trying to avoid this week’s topic because, well, I’d much rather discuss the book than subject myself to revealing a few truths here on the blog. After all, I can’t possibly dare myself to do anything. Oh, say, like go on a book buying ban for a month. No. No, I couldn’t do that.

    So truths it is. Well, here goes. Though to be a little less boring I’ll make them strictly book-related truths.

    1. I have not been sticking with the reading guidelines for this Read Along. I finished my re-read earlier this week. I just couldn’t stop reading. While I’d never planned on being dishonest about finishing early, I didn’t necessarily plan on coming clean about it either.

    2. Try as I might – and I have tried – I am not able to re-read the Harry Potter books. I know, I know, they’re awesome. I bought them in eBook format the second they came up for sale. But I just can’t get into them at the moment.

    3. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the sparkly vampire books. Okay, that might be a slight huge understatement. I read the series – and the unpublished partial novel – and then re-read them immediately after finishing three more times. Yeah. It took four reads of the series to get those books out of my system. And you can bet I’m mortified to admit that.

    4. When browsing books in the YA section of a bookstore I feel more guilty than I would if I were to be browsing in the adult section of a video store. Not that I’ve ever done that… except on a dare that one time as teen. See? I told you that dares and I never played well together.

    5. (This one only came about after I started blogging.) I am horrible at remembering characters names unless I’ve read at least two books in a series. Or have re-read the book a few times. But even then I sometimes still forget. And it’s not uncommon for me to forget them the second I finish reading the story. If I didn’t make note of them while reading I’d be totally lost when it came time to write my reviews. And while I have not forgotten Kaidan’s name. Ever. I did forget Anna’s. Even when writing this post – after now having read the book at least four times – I had to look it up to be absolutely certain I’d gotten it right. Yeah. Not good.

    And just for fun, a bonus question. Because I’m now on a roll and ready to admit all my bookish secrets. Except for what sekrit books I’ve read this year as those are not my secrets to spill.

    6. As much as I enjoy a HEA, I prefer one with a little – or more than a little – tragedy. I love it when the characters have been through some major upheaval, suffered a heartbreaking loss, or are torn up inside for a heart-wrenching sacrifice they had to make. I love when their creators have left them broken-hearted, in precarious or life-threatening situations or on the verge of turning evil. Yes, I’m a glutton for fictional punishment. Both for myself and the characters. While I may root for a happy ending, because I am always hopeful for one, they don’t really leave me satisfied if they’re too joyful, too neatly tied up or too saccharine.

    Okay then. Perhaps I was a bit too truthful about my reading proclivities. Perhaps I should have stopped at just one or two of the truths listed above. But I figure, as a co-host, if I can’t tell a handful of truths in my post, how can each participant be expected to do the same?

    And this week, I really can’t wait to check out the Linky list to see just what truths or dares every participant has subjected themselves to.

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    Just like last week, this week’s chapters seriously rocked. Of course next week’s chapters rock, too. But if you’re a much more disciplined reader than I am, you won’t find that out until next week.

    And while we’re heading into the second half of the Read Along, it’s still not too late to join in. It would be super easy to get caught up, given that SWEET EVIL is a one-sit read.

    All you have to do is check out the page HERE on Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and sign up. And don’t forget to take a peek at the awesome books for giveaway while you’re there.

    Good luck everyone! I hope you enjoy this week’s chapters. And I hope you don’t decide to bail out just because the post topic this week is a bit challenging. You can reveal a few truths about yourself, or just one. Or you can ask someone to dare you and you can share that experience in your post.

    Hey, at least it won’t be Kai daring you. That is most definitely a plus.

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    SWEET EVIL Read Along Week Two: The Pear Recipe

    It’s that time again. We’re just about to begin week two of the SWEET EVIL Read Along hosted by Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. And I’m so totally stoked to be a co-host of this awesome event along with Jaime of Two Chicks On Books, Tara of Tater’s Tall Tails and Nancy of Ravenous Reader.

    This week’s read is of Chapters Ten through Sixteen (pages 122-231) and the theme of this week’s post is:

    Citrus or Pear recipe. Share a citrus or pear food/drink recipe.

    For those of you who’ve read ahead, or who may have heard on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr just what the significance of certain fruits are to this story, then you know exactly how awesome this week’s topic is.

    For those of you who haven’t become acquainted, here’s just a taste…

    I gave him a small smile and took a sip of my juice. He leaned back in his chair and observed me.

    “How’s your orange juice, Ann? Does it have a touch of lime?

    The glass paused at my lips as I processed his innuendo, and I took a second to make sure my embarrassment stayed hidden inside. I let the drink swish over my tongue a moment before swallowing and answering.

    “Actually, it’s a little sour,” I said, and he laughed.

    “That’s a shame.” He picked up a green pear from his plate and bit into it, licking juice that dripped down his thumb….

    It’s awesome even without knowing just what the innuendo is exactly, though I’m sure you could guess.

    Anyway….

    I’m supposed to be sharing a recipe. As I don’t do too much cooking, and anything I’ve ever cooked has come from a recipe book, back when I used to collect them, I thought I’d share a slightly lame, but super simple recipe for pears that I love.

    I’d wanted to share this awesome drink recipe, but as it does contain alcohol and this is my YA blog, I thought it best that I refrain.

    So, the recipe I’m sharing is for Carmelized Pears. It’s a Martha Stewart recipe, so I don’t want to copy it word for word. But it is available online, HERE.

    I’ve only made them once or twice but boy are they yummy. Especially when you modify the recipe just a bit by adding them to a side of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yeah. Yum.

    Basically the recipe calls for pears and sugar. Yup. It’s as easy peasy as all that.

    You cut the pears in half. Dump some sugar on a plate. Dip the pear halves in the sugar. Then place them, sugar-side down, in a heated pan. Let them cook for around seven minutes and add water. Cover them, let them simmer until they’re soft. Add water as needed.

    That’s about it. The water becomes this yummy carmelized sauce to pour over the pears and that scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream.

    Though I’m sure everyone’s made carmelized pears before. Because it doesn’t get much easier than that.

    And while they may not be quite as yummy as the thought of Kaidan biting into his juicy pear, they’re still pretty delicious.

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