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    Top 10 of 2015: Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

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    Welcome to Day Four of the Top 10 of 2105

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As I mentioned previously…

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting Day One’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting today’s Day Four giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.


    Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

    Today’s topic is…

    Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

    I’ve had such an eclectic reading year that I don’t have nearly as many book boyfriends as I’ve had in the past. Many of the books I’ve read and loved didn’t even have romance as part of the storyline. And I also know that due to the number of books I have read and loved this year I am forgetting a few of them – so sorry my lovely fic boys! But I did not prep this post well in advance, as I’d hoped to, and so I am certain I’m forgetting some of my favorites.

    I’m also losing a few due to the fact that they have to be from books read and released this year.

    Anyway… here they are.

    #1 Death

    …from DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole

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    #2 Gavin Garrison

    …from MISSING DIXIE by Caisey Quinn

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    #3 Rune

    …from SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole

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    #4 Paul Markov

    …from TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray

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    #5 Kaz Brekker

    …from SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

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    #6 Elias

    …from AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

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    #7 Landon Lucas Maxfield

    …from SWEET by Tammara Webber

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    #8 Grey Blackwood

    …from BOUNCE by Noelle August

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    #9 Rowan

    …from FIREWALKER by Josephine Angelini

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    #10 Enzo Valenciano

    …from THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu

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    The Honorable Mentions

    So, those are my boys. Who made your list?


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    Top 10 of 2015: Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 + Giveaway

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    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2105

    A Week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting today’s Day One giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting Day Four’s giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.


    Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

    Today’s topic is:

    BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN 2015

    I’ve read so many seriously amazing books this year, that picking just ten was a dreadfully impossible task. I’m just glad I read THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent in 2014 or it would have made narrowing down my list that much more horrendous. It also didn’t help that I read more books this year than last, that I’ve been in an eclectic reading mood, and that there were just so many incredible books written.

    #1 MENAGERIE by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s unique, it’s hard-hitting, the writing is beautiful, the story is phenomenal, the series potential has me desperate for the next installment.

    #2 DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because this series is an all-time favorite, because the ending is abso-freaking-lutely killer, because it’s dark and gorgeous and the waiting is exquisite torture.

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

    Why? Because the story is epic, the world-building incredible, the writing gorgeous, the detail impeccable.

    #4 TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because the writing is stunning, the world expansive and fascinating, the series riveting.

    #5 BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s dark and gritty and edgy and shocking and disturbing, the writing brilliant, the story unforgettable.

    #6 SCHISM by Jenna Black – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s complex and interesting and fascinating. The world is chilling and still amazing. The characters sympathetic and scary. The story compelling.

    #7 AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s thrilling and epic and gripping and unputdownable. The dual POV makes it edge-of-your-seat exciting.

    #8 THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s so wicked and dark and wildly entertaining. It’s about villains. Nothing more needs to be said.

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

    Why? Because it’s action-packed, nerve-wracking, suspenseful. There are twists and turns. There’s romance, betrayal and heartbreak. What’s not to love?

    #10 SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s awesome and amazing and adorable and nail-biting. The characters are ones you can’t help but love, love, love. Though the possibility that there might not be a next book in the series is heartbreaking.


    Honorable Mentions

    I really wanted to limit honorable mentions to just five, but I couldn’t do it. Limiting it to 15 was hard enough as it was.

    So those are my favorite reads for 2015. What are yours?


    The Giveaway

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    I’m offering up for giveaway…

    • Books of Your Choice (up to $30 US) open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships

    ***The giveaway is ONLY open to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event***

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway ends on December 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific
    • Giveaway is open ONLY to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event
    • Giveaway is open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships
    • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Winner will be chosen by and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be contacted by email and have 72 hours to respond

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    What’s Your Winner’s Curse Blog Tour + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be a part of the “What’s Your Winner’s Curse?” Blog Tour and to be able to help promote this amazing series by Author Marie Rutkoski. And I also can’t wait for THE WINNER’S CRIME to be released next week so that I can talk about it, finally, with everyone.

    This tour is just a little bit different in that every blogger has to answer the following question…

    The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted – but at too high a price.  What would you pay too much for?

    …instead of sharing their thoughts about THE WINNER’S CURSE and THE WINNER’S CRIME. (Though if you’d like to know what I thought just click the title’s in the previous sentence.)

    To check out the full tour schedule visit the Mac Teen Books website by clicking the banner above or the link HERE.

    To learn more about the series visit its website HERE. And if you have time for a game or a few of “Bite and Sting” you can play it HERE.

    And if you’d like to follow along or join the conversation, just use the hashtag for the book – #TheWinnersCurse – or follow @MarieRutkoski if you’d like to see what the author is tweeting about.


    What’s My Winner’s Curse?

    I’ve paid a high price for a number of things in my life – school, a well-decorated apartment, a place to live in a nice area, radical hair colors… the list goes on. And on. And on. Sometimes the cost has gone beyond a financial cost – the biggest price I’ve paid has been time.

    Right now I am paying far too much to get what I want. And what I want right now, and have wanted for the past year-and-a-half, is to be sailing. But I think it’s so worth it. I’d actually pay even more if I could go sailing every single day of the week.

    There’s just something about leaving the land behind.

    On the Water1

    Even on days when it’s not all sunshine and calm seas.

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    Even when visibility and staying warm and dry starts to become a problem.

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    Because, as Kestrel may attest, there’s nothing like being out at sea on a boat, free from all of the responsibilities that are tied to the land, being at the mercy of the wind and water and little else.

    Sailing is my winner’s curse. And it’s one that I’ll happily pay a steep price for, because the cost will never outweigh the benefit for me.

    What’s your winner’s curse?


    About THE WINNER’S CRIME

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    Title: THE WINNER’S CRIME (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
    Author: Marie Rutkoski
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
    Pages: 416
    Release date: March 3, 2015
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

    The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

    As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    About THE WINNER’S CURSE

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    Title: THE WINNER’S CURSE (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
    Author: Marie Rutkoski
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
    Pages: 368
    Release date: March 4, 2014
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

    As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

    Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

    Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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    About Marie Rutkoski

    Marie Rutkoski

    Marie Rutkoski is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Winner’s Curse (March 2014). She grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois as the oldest of four children and decided early on that she was Someone Who Loved Books.

    After attending the University of Iowa and living in Moscow and Prague, she studied Shakespeare at Harvard University, where she honed her skill in referring to herself in the third person.

    Marie is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance drama, children’s literature, and fiction writing. New York City is her home, and she thinks there must be birds of prey living in Washington Square Park; she can see large, wheeling wings from the window where she sits and writes. Marie has two small sons who try very hard to make friends with the family cat, only to be snubbed for the dark quiet of a closet. Marie can tie a double figure-eight knot with her eyes closed. She’s learning how to play the violin. She’s a sucker for fancy tea, and her favorite dessert is crème brulée. Or maybe sticky toffee pudding. Tough call.

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    The Giveaway

    The winner’s choice of a copy of either THE WINNER’S CURSE or THE WINNER’S CRIME – US only

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway is open to US ONLY
    • Prize will be sent by the publisher
    • Giveaway ends on March 3rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond with their details

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    RYAR Review: THE WINNER’S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    THE WINNER’S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski
    Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #2
    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on March 3, 2015
    Genres: Epic Fantasy
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 5 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

    The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

    As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.


    REVIEW


    THE WINNER’S CRIME is the electrifying, tension-filled, and totally epic second installment in Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy. Treachery, danger, lies and heartbreak await readers in this exciting and twisty-turny tale. The games are more complex, the players more cunning, the stakes even higher, and the losses positively lethal, making this a breathtaking and nail-biting read.

    Kestrel sacrificed her heart to ensure the safety of Arin and the Herrani people. But if she wants them to remain safe, she’s going to have to play by the Emperor’s rules and keep both him and Arin in the dark about how she really feels and what she’s really up to. With spies watching her every move and the Emperor forever calculating, she’s going to have to be a master at deceit if she wants the truth to remain hidden.

    And with Arin trying to discover whether her actions are part of a bigger plan or if she really feels  nothing for him, it won’t be easy. But trusting Arin with her secrets and to do what’s right for his people is dangerous. Because while she is willing to forfeit her happiness, marry Prince Verex and become the future Empress of the Valorian empire, she’s not so sure that he wouldn’t stand in her way.

    Author Marie Rutkoski penned yet another thrilling and beautiful and heartrending story in this stunning and incredibly suspenseful series. Gorgeous writing allows the story to unfold in a way that will draw readers in from the start and immerse them in this world where intrigue, deception,  and cruelty reign. She delivers a well-paced and riveting novel filled to the brim with risky alliances, covert meetings, perilous journeys, unfathomable punishments, and forbidden love.

    She gives readers a heroine who has become even more insightful, more self-sacrificing, and far more skilled at misleading not only her enemies but those she cares most about. She pits Kestrel against a deadly and insidious foe. And she forces her to become stronger so she will be able to resist the temptation to reveal her secrets, to overcome loss, and to take the risks necessary to save lives.

    In THE WINNER’S CRIME friendships will end, trust will be broken, hearts will shattered, and lives will be destroyed. Every moment between Kestrel and Arin will be filled with anticipation as to whether Kestrel will be able to keep up the facade of indifference toward him or whether it will collapse, allowing him to discover the truth. Games, plots, betrayal and heartache abound in this  extraordinary, must read sequel with an ending that will leave readers anxiously awaiting the final installment.

     

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