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

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    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2105

    A Week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward

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

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

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


    Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

    Today’s topic is:

    BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Honorable Mentions

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

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


    The Giveaway

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    I’m offering up for giveaway…

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

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

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

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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



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    THE WITCH HUNTER Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am totally stoked to be a part of THE WITCH HUNTER Blog Tour. I fell madly in love with this story from the moment I started reading. It was one of those all-night-reads I couldn’t put down. And now, like everyone else who read and loved it, I am just DYING for the sequel to find out what’s going to happen next.

    If you’d like to know what else I thought about the book, my review follows below. And if you’d like the chance to win one of the ten copies up for grabs included with this tour, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter.

    This tour is comprised of a few interviews, guest posts, reviews and an excerpt. The schedule, with direct links to each of the stops, is included at the bottom of the post. Just scroll down if you’d like to visit some, or all, of the other stops on tour.


    About THE WITCH HUNTER

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    Title & Series: THE WITCH HUNTER (The Witch Hunter #1)
    Author: Virginia Boecker
    Release date: June 2, 2015
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

    Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

    Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

    Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

    But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

    Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

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


    The Review

    Virginia Boecker’s THE WITCH HUNTER is an instantly captivating, action-packed, and immensely entertaining read with a lightning fast pace, an incredibly likable main character, light and dark magic, secrets, lies, deception, betrayal, a number of twists and turns, a touch of romance, and plenty of humor to keep readers enchanted, fascinated, riveted.

    Elizabeth Grey never thought the day would come that she’d be helping the enemy. She loved being a witch hunter. She believed in what she did. She was good at what she did. But when she was accused of being a witch and sentenced to death, she realized that her survival was much more important to her than taking down her enemy.

    And when her quest to find a cure for the most powerful wizard in Anglia, and leader of the Reformists, reveals that what she’d always believed to be true may not be true and that those she trusted might not have been worthy of her trust, she’ll have to find a way to get the answers she needs if she ever hopes to do what’s right.

    THE WITCH HUNTER is a suspense-filled story that promises to keep readers on edge. With a number of characters whose motives are questionable, the price for failure so very high, the threats to Elizabeth mounting, and her secrets becoming harder to keep, it is a complete nail-biter of a read.

    Author Virginia Boecker mixes things up a bit with her story, creating an interesting and different and thoroughly engaging read. Set in the 1500s, the author managed to make the story feel modern through her characters’ dialogue. She turned her heroine from hunter to the hunted. She added a number of different paranormal beings and elements to expand her world beyond that of just witches and wizards. And she introduced myth and legend to her tale.

    This is an amazing start to a series that is sure to be filled with even more deadly battles and dangerous foes. With epic adventures. With heartbreak and romance. With shocks and surprises. It’s a must read story that will grab hold, take readers on a wild ride, and leave them anxious to find out what comes next.

    The Rating

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    About Virginia Boecker

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    Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.

    In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by the incomparable Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • TEN (10) winners will receive a finished copy of THE WITCH HUNTER – US ONLY

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    June 1st | Supernatural Snark – Interview
    June 1st | Addicted Readers – Review

    June 2nd | Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
    June 2nd | Mundie Moms – Excerpt

    June 3rd | Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview
    June 3rd | Bookish Serendipity – Review

    June 4th | Once Upon a Twilight – Guest Post
    June 4th | Fiktshun – Review

    June 5th | Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Interview
    June 5th | Me, My Shelf and I – Review

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