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    Authors Are Rockstars Tour Kicks Off + Giveaway

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    We are so unbelievably thrilled to kick off the first day of the 2nd Annual Authors Are Rockstars Tour here on our blogs Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

    This year’s event is even more packed full of awesome than last year’s event, with 166 authors on tour throughout the month of August. We’re super excited to welcome back many of last year’s favorites and get a chance to put a number of new participants in the spotlight.

    The tour will officially begin in three hours where we’ll be hosting the first of our authors – Rachel Vincent (at Fiktshun), Page Morgan (at Two Chicks on Books) and Andrea Cremer (at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads).

    As these three authors are some of our very most favorites, we are incredibly honored to be able to host them on our blogs and share with our readers just why we think they’re rockstars.

    When we kicked off the event last year we had just 96 participating authors, but by the tour’s end we had 102. So it’s still possible that there may be some new adds along the way again this year.

    Most days will have either five or six authors being hosted. Some days even have seven. Only the first and last days of the month will spotlight just three authors on our blogs.

    If you’d like to check out the full schedule, CLICK HERE or click the button in the sidebar.

    The month will feature some amazing guest posts and interviews by the rockstar authors on tour. Some blog hosts will even be sharing reviews along with their posts. There are also a number of awesome giveaways being hosted thanks to the authors, publishers or blog hosts. So you won’t want to miss any of the stops on tour this month.

    At every stop the blog host will be talking a little bit about why they think their author is a rockstar and we can’t wait to find out just what they have to say. While we get a chance to peek at most of the authors’ posts, what the bloggers say will be a complete surprise.

    Once again the generosity of the amazing team at Harlequin Teen is astounding. And we cannot thank them enough for supporting every single one of their authors on this tour.

    We are also so very grateful to each of the authors who have donated their time to be a part of this event. Without them we wouldn’t even have an event. And we want to give an extra thanks to those who have offered up something for giveaway as it is above and beyond anything we’d asked for.

    And last, but definitely not least, we want to thank the bloggers who will be hosting the authors throughout the month. Their participation in this event is an integral part of why this is such a success and we are so very honored that they’ve signed up to be a part of our tour.

    But in order to kick this event off right we are once again hosting a few month-long giveaways. This year, however, we’ve decided to host each of the giveaways on our respective sites. So if you want to enter to win what’s up for grabs by Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, you’ll have to check out their kick-off posts.

    But to give just a tease of what Jaime at Two Chicks on Books is offering, think late summer/early fall ARCs. And yes, there will be swag. You can check out her giveaway, HERE.

    Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads also has some amazing ARCs for giveaway. To check out what she has up for grabs, CLICK HERE.

    And if you want to know what I have for giveaway… well… just keep scrolling down for the pics and the deets.

    Thank you so much for stopping by to help kick off the 2nd Annual Authors Are Rockstars Tour. If you’re looking to check out the first three authors on tour be sure to come back at Midnight, Pacific!

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    What’s Up for Grabs

    There are a total of FIVE (5) giveaway prize packs up for grabs.

    — A SIGNED copy of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US & Int’l

    — A SIGNED copy of UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US & Int’l

    — A SIGNED copy of JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman + Authors Are Rockstars sticks and random swag – US & Int’l

    — A SIGNED set of the UNRAVELING series by Elizabeth Norris + Extra Content Booklet (unsigned) + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US ONLY

    — A SIGNED copy of THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau AND a SIGNED copy of THE FIFTH WAVE by Rick Yancey + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US ONLY

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    The Deets

    — You must be 13 or older to enter

    — There will be FIVE WINNERS

    — 3 Signed Book Giveaways are US + International, 2 Signed Book Giveaways are US ONLY

    — You can enter each of the giveaways via their respective Rafflecopter forms

    — ALL giveaways end at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on August 31, 2013

    — ANY entry that looks suspect will be removed from the giveaway

    — Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter

    — Winners will be announced on Friday, September 6, 2013 and notified by email

    — Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details or prizes will be forfeit

    There are no hoops for the giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment as to why you think the author whose book you want to win in the giveaway is a rockstar. All other entries are optional, including the daily Tweet!

    Good luck in the giveaways and I hope that you enjoy the Authors Are Rockstars Tour this month!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #110

    Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of February 5th-February 11th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Scarlet

    SCARLET by Marissa Meyer will be released in the U.S. on February 5, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 464 pages.

    SCARLET is the second book in author Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. The third book in the series, CRESS, is slated for release in 2014, and the fourth book in the series, WINTER, is slated for release in 2015.

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    I cannot believe that SCARLET is releasing this week. I had it on my pile to be read. Twice. And I didn’t get a chance to read it early. And now, of course, I’ll have the finished copy downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday.

    I’ve been dying to read this second book in the author’s The Lunar Chronicles since the moment I finished reading – and listening to – CINDER. I was so surprised and amazed by that book that I couldn’t believe I had to wait for over a year for the second installment. Well, apparently I did survive the long wait. No one could be more shocked than I am.

    But now that it’s releasing I’m even more desperate for the chance to meet Scarlet Benoit and Wolf and see just what’s been happening with Cinder. And I am anxious to find out whether or not the Lunar Queen has managed to entrap Prince Kai.

    SCARLET sounds like another awesome story in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and I cannot wait to see what the author does with her versions of these characters in this book.

    While I won’t get the chance to add SCARLET to the pile this week, I’m hoping to read it at the end of the month.

    Unravel Me

    UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi will be released in the U.S. on February 5, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    UNRAVEL ME is the second full-length book in author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. The third book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release in November 2013.

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    I am so unbelievably psyched for UNRAVEL ME to download to my Kindle this week. I’d given away my ARC months ago and I desperately want to re-read this story. I miss Warner and Adam and I want to see if my memory of everything that happened in this second book in the series is correct or if it got somehow skewed with the passage of time.

    As I read this book ages ago I can’t pretend to guess at what happened. I know what happened. And I know just how things ended. I also know just how torturous the wait will be for the next installment in the series. Because there are just so many directions that third book can take. So. Many. Directions.

    I could go on. And on. And on about just what happened in this book, how I have all the words to talk about what went on with… and how I have all the feels about….

    But it would spoil the entire read. Especially if I were to talk about this one particular scene…. Yeah, I probably shouldn’t do that.

    And as I already spotlighted UNRAVEL ME for my Book Watch post a couple of weeks ago, I won’t ramble on about just how excited I am for its release. How Juliette’s decisions might very well “involve choosing between her heart–and Adam’s life.” And how much of a role Warner plays in this sequel.

    And, even though I read UNRAVEL ME, there is no question I will be re-reading it this month. And possibly again next month. And the one after that. And on. And on. And on….

    Etiquette and Espionage

    ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE by Gail Carriger will be released in the U.S. on February 5, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE is the first book in the author’s Finishing School series. The second book in the series, CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES, is slated for release in November 2013.

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    I have ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE on my reading pile this week. But I am so tempted to read the finished eBook copy when it downloads to my Kindle so I don’t accidentally bend one of the pages in the very gorgeous ARC I have.

    I am so glad to finally be able to read this awesome-sounding book, to meet Sophronia, to step inside the Finishing School, and to see just how prepared she will be for a life of “deceit” and “espionage.”

    I cannot imagine this world that seems to teach two diametrically opposing things to these young girls. But I can’t wait to immerse myself in it and find out just how they do it.

    I haven’t read the author’s Parasol Protectorate series, but it seems that this series can stand on its own. And I cannot wait to start reading this book in the next couple of days.

    Other Books of Note

    HOUSE RULES is not a YA title.

    I have it pre-ordered, have read it and it’s AWESOME!

    But as it’s not YA I haven’t listed it above.

    House Rules

    HOUSE RULES (Chicagoland Vampires #7) by Chloe Neill

    Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

    Publisher: NAL Trade

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Hysteria

    HYSTERIA by Megan Miranda

    Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Cross My Heart Hope to Die

    CROSS MY HEART, HOPE TO DIE (The Lying Game #5) by Sara Shepard

    Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Perfect Scoundrels

    PERFECT SCOUNDRELS (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter

    Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

    Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    City of a Thousand Dolls

    CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS by Miriam Forster

    Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Void of Mist and Thunder

    THE VOID OF MIST AND THUNDER (The 13th Reality #4) by James Dashner

    Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

    Publisher: Aladdin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Fearless 2

    FEARLESS 2: TWISTED, KISS, PAYBACK (Fearless #4-6) by Francine Pascal

    Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Homeland

    HOMELAND (Little Brother #2) by Cory Doctorow

    Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

    Publisher: Tor Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Ruining

    THE RUINING by Anna Collomore

    Pub. Date: February 7, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    There are a ton of new books releasing this week, but I’ve only pre-ordered three of them… and the one non-YA read I’ve listed, HOUSE RULES. So, I suppose, that’s technically four.

    I’m trying so very hard to reduce my book binging, but it’s not easy. Especially when there are books like HYSTERIA just begging to be added to my collection. Or the latest book in The Lying Game series. Or even Ally Carter’s Heist Society, whose earlier books I own but have yet to read.

    But as I’ve purchased a ton of new books these past few weeks, I’m hoping to wait until after release date before I make any new bookish purchases beyond the four pre-orders. I want to give myself a little more time to decide if they’re books I must have in my collection, ones I want to have in my collection, or if they’re simply ones I’m just mildly curious about.

    Still… I’m almost positive I will be adding HYSTERIA to my collection this week. In fact, I may end up pre-ordering it as soon as I finish writing this post….

    Anyway….

    If you’ve been anxiously awaiting UNRAVEL ME’s release date, I hope you’ll be able to add it to your collection this week and that you won’t have to wait weeks and weeks for it to show up.

    It is every bit as amazing as it sounds… and then some… and some more after that.

    But I should probably wrap this up before I go on another gush-fest like I did back in July on The Annex. I will just say that any fears I had about its awesomeness were quickly set aside as soon as I started reading.

    So… I hope you have an amazing reading and book buying week this week and that you have a few titles you’re adding to your collection. If there are any I missed, please let me know!

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    Book Watch: Unravel Me

     

    Unravel MeUNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi will be released in the U.S. on February 5, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    UNRAVEL ME is the second full-length book in author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. The third book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release in November 2013.

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    I may have cried a little when I had to choose the book to watch for the week of February 5, 2013 because there are a few books I’m so excited for and choosing just one was not at all easy. But… I read UNRAVEL ME and I know it’s out-of-this-world amazing and I’ve been dying to get it back in my hands so I can re-read it.

    So for those reasons, and for so many, many others, I just had to choose it as the book to watch this week. Reasons such as…

    It’s a book I miss terribly, one that breaks my heart just thinking about it, one that invades my subconscious thoughts and one that hit me as hard, if not harder, than the first book in the series.

    It’s a book so aptly titled – yes it did unravel me – and one that made me so very anxious for what will come next and so very sad that when that time does come where I will find those answers, there will be no more to pine for, ache for, crave. There will be no more Warner, Adam or Juliette. There will be no more of that beautiful, beautiful writing. Why only a trilogy? Why!?!

    UNRAVEL ME was an absolutely stunning follow-up to SHATTER ME. The description calls it “exhilarating” and I wholeheartedly agree. As I’ve read it and loved it I know exactly how exhilarating it is.

    I know just how much it affected me. How much it made me miss Warner and Adam. How much it made me want to ask Juliette just what was she thinking when she did that one thing… or said that other thing… or didn’t say that OTHER thing.

    While I haven’t yet reviewed it because I gave my ARC away before I did – where was my brain exactly??? – I already know it is the stuff of awesome, that it will be a forever favorite, that it will get my off-the-menu rating and that it cemented the fact that Tahereh Mafi is, and will continue to be, one of my favorite authors.

    So… those are just some of the reasons why I’m putting UNRAVEL ME in the spotlight this week, even with the releases of SCARLET and ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE – both of which I’m desperate to read. But if I were to list all the reasons why, I’d not only go on forever and ever, but I’d likely spoil exactly what did happen with Juliette and….

    Oh. My. Gosh. Is this true? Will Shatter Me #3 be releasing in November of this year? No way. No way. No WAY!

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on YouTube

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author on TUMBLR

    The author on PINTEREST

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
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    time for war.

    Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

    She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

    Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

    In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

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    Goodreads description #2:

    Juliette’s world is beginning to unravel.

    Everything is falling apart changing.

    Juliette has escaped to Omega Point-the headquarters of the rebel resistance. There she discovers other people with abilities. Abilities they have learned to control. And for the first time in her life, Juliette has hope. Hope that she can have a life with Adam. Hope that her touch can be used to save instead of destroy.

    But Juliette is only just beginning to understand the depth of her power, and she’s struggling to fight the desire to use it. She’s still haunted by her past, terrified by her future, and too tempted by Warner, who still wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

    In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart-and Adam’s life.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are quite a few other awesome books releasing the week of February 5th:

    SCARLET (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

    ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger

    HOUSE RULES (Chicagoland Vampires #7) by Chloe Neill

    PERFECT SCOUNDRELS (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter

    CROSS MY HEART, HOPE TO DIE (The Lying Game #5) by Sara Shepard

    CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS by Miriam Forster

    THE VOID OF MIST AND THUNDER (The 13th Reality #4) by James Dashner

    FEARLESS 2 – Twisted, Kiss, Payback (Omnibus ed.) by Francine Pascal

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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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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!

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    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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    The Extras: Teasers #12

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

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

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    I have so many favorite passages in Unravel Me that if I were to include them all I’d practically be reprinting the book. Which, contrary to popular belief, would not be good. So I had to choose just one favorite, which proved impossible to do.

    And so I chose two. Both with just enough to tease, but that are not too revealing – though my very favorites are the most spoiler-y of them all. And both that definitely made me sigh.

    And yes, I left off just who was sharing either or both moments with Juliette.

    “Hey, you,” he whispers, right up against my neck.

    I bite back a shiver as the blood rushes up to blush my cheeks and for a moment, just for this moment, I drop my bones and allow him to hold me together. “Hey.” I smile, inhaling the scent of him.

    Luxurious, is what this is.

    And because one just wasn’t enough….

    “Let go of me.”

    “No.”

    I feel his breath on the back of my neck and it’s killing me to be so close to him. It’s killing me to know that I have to rebuild the walls I’d so carelessly demolished the moment he came back into my life.

    I am so in love with this sequel to Wildefire. Embers & Echoes is definitely a book I’d call epic. But it’s so much more than that. There are so very many passages that are absolutely gorgeous.

    My favorites, of course, are completely spoiler-y. Especially the one about… Oops. Nope. Sorry.

    So I chose this one from a scene I absolutely adore that is beautiful and intriguing.

    The song released its explosive last breath, and the band trickled into a slower song. Ash tried to latch on to the ghost of a memory; to dig further for a vision like the ones she’d been having over the last few nights. But the phantom slipped away from her, and she was left only with Wes holding her, unmoving, watching.

    This Is Not a Test is a surprisingly beautiful and heartbreaking story for a book that involves zombies. I never anticipated finding a passage to love let alone the very many that I did.

    One of my most favorite is completely spoiler-y and one of them I included with my review. But as there were so many to choose from, I couldn’t help but tease this one. Though I am not going to reveal the two people in the scene.

    …[S]uddenly everything is just slow and tender in a way it wasn’t before. The energy in the room shifts. They’re kissing still, but now they’re really kissing. It’s so open and so honest and so end-of-the-world and I can feel it from where I’m standing. I feel the absence of it from where I’m standing. I don’t know how much longer I can go on like this.

    Still here. Still here. Still here.

    There is so very much to love about Demon Eyes. Talk about a seriously amazing follow-up to a wickedly awesome book. And with the way this book ends…. Well, that’s the biggest teaser of them all, so I couldn’t possibly reveal that here.

    I have a ton of passages that I think are beautifully written that teased me throughout the read. But I think this one is the perfect one to tease with. Especially since I know who is asking the question and I know what happens next.

    “WHAT DID YOU DO?!”

    I don’t know. I could barely hold the thought together.

    Visions continued to freight train through my head, thousands and billions of snowflakes that crashed into me, lighter than feathers but harder than steel.

    He yowled in a voice that wasn’t human–sounds I don’t think even animals could replicate.

    I have nearly fifty passages marked as favorites in Before I Wake. Most of them are total spoilers for If I Die so I’ve been hesitant about talking about them. But it’s long past release date for IID and Before I Wake has been out for a couple of weeks, so I figure I can be just a tiny bit spoiler-y for If I Die.

    Of course choosing a passage to tease with was oh so tough. I already teased one with my review that was intense and beautiful. So I thought I’d go with something just a little bit more fun and a lot more grin-worthy.

    “I signed on for the role of ‘boyfriend,’ not ‘conscience.’ If you want wholesome and ethical, you’ll have to look elsewhere. But I promise that won’t be half as much fun as this is….”

    His hand slid down my side and over my hip, and my heart beat faster.

    I expected Cold Fury to be a story with action-packed sequences and so I did not anticipate finding one, let alone several, passages that I could call favorites. But the way the author talks about Chicago throughout the book is absolutely beautiful and I found so many passages that pulled me in simply from the pictures he painted.

    I have one of my favorite passages earmarked for my review that talks of betrayal, but this passage just clings to me.

    The room was so beautiful and comfortable, so desolate and remote, that it felt like the end of a life. I wanted to get up, pack my few things, and continue on my desperate journey to nowhere, but my body was dead weight.

    I tried to lift an arm but it wouldn’t move.

    I willed my leg to bend but it was paralyzed.

    I turned inward to my aloneness and cried until I was unconscious.

    I am reading Onyx right now and I can say with absolute certainty that there are so many awesome passages in this book. I think I already have at least twenty marked down and I’m not very far along in the read. This bodes very, very well.

    Of course the passage I chose just has to include Daemon Black. It wouldn’t be a teaser without him. And I decided to tease this one for just a little bit longer.

    I came off the desk swinging. My knuckles only brushed his face before he caught my hand. Wowzers, he was fast. Daemon pulled me up against his chest and lowered his head, eyes snapping with restrained anger. “Don’t hit, Kitten. It’s not nice.”

    “You’re not nice.” I tried pulling back, but he kept my wrist secured in his hand. “Let me go.”

    “I’m not sure I can do that. I must protect myself.” But he dropped my hand.

    “Oh, really, that’s your reason for–for manhandling me?”

    “Mandhandling?” He pressed forward until my lower back was against the cubicle desk. “This isn’t manhandling or whatever the hell that is.”

    Visions of me against the wall at my house and Daemon kissing me danced in my head…

    Grave Mercy is an absolutely beautifully written book. I found myself lost in the words and the world from the very start. And I knew from the author’s writing that I’d be enchanted by nearly every word that was written. And I was.

    I had an absolute favorite passage, which I included with my review, along with another passage I loved. But they were most definitely not the only ones. Passages like this one also held me captive.

    And yes, the very next paragraph is even more….

    His eyes never leave mine, but his hand comes up and brushes a strand of hair away from my collarbone. Without even realizing what I am doing, I lean toward him.

    His hand moves up to cup my face. Slowly he draws me closer, lowering his head to meet mine. His touch is careful, as if I am fragile and precious. And then his lips are on mine, firm and warm and impossibly soft.

    This was my most challenging teasers post yet. All of the eight books I chose to tease from had writing that was just so amazingly awesome that almost every word was a tease. So selecting just a few favorites was impossible.

    Add to that the fact that I wanted to tease and not spoil made creating this post almost cruel.

    For me that is. I hope the passages I chose aren’t too torturous for you.

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    My Reading Pile #68

    It was a quiet week at the mailbox….

    No. Not really. It was an AWESOME week at the mailbox. Thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and her amazing mom!

    Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS

    I wasn’t able to make it to ALA last week. And while I hadn’t planned on grabbing any books even if I went – I really didn’t! I probably would have grabbed a couple, but I hadn’t planned on grabbing any – I managed to end up with a HUGE stack of books, some swag and some seriously wicked totes (not shown).

    Yes that’s Stormdancer, Unravel Me, The Crown of EmbersA Fractured Light, Burn for Burn and Scarlet tucked into that nice tall stack on the left. And some new-to-me books that sound seriously awesome like Dark Star, The Archived, Breathe and Innocent Darkness. Oh yeah my reading pile is filling up!

    And some of those amazing ARCs are signed. To me! I was in tears when that box arrived on Thursday.

    But if that weren’t enough, I got my copy of Before I Wake from the amazing team at Harlequin TEEN for participating in the Before I Wake Tour.

    Then, much to my surprise, I received two amazing books by Jennifer L. Armentrout, which just so happened to coincide with the arrival of my print copy of Pure that I purchased at Amazon. The lovely folks at Spencer Hill Press sent along copies of Cursed and Deity which I am absolutely dying to read. And they look so pretty.

    With so many new books on the pile, I can’t help but start one or two of them this week. So…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (July 1 – July 7, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. And unlike with Shatter Me I am not going to wait to read this one. I’m fighting the urge to grab it off the pile right now. Because I am so curious to find out the answer to my forever question, “What happens next?”

    I was blown away by Shatter Me. Completely and totally blown away. That writing was so beautiful and fragile and vulnerable and amazing and it took my breath away over and over as I read it. And I can’t wait to be as amazed, even if it is in a completely different way, by this sequel.

    I have no idea where the story will lead. I have not read any descriptions, looked at any sneak peeks or teasers. I want to be surprised by this book. And so that nothing gets spoiled I will be reading it this weekend.

    And yes, I am dying to find out if it’s Juliette that becomes unraveled and just how that happens and what it all means. I will have my answers on Sunday!

    Next up on the pile is a book that hasn’t had its cover revealed – at least that I know of – and that’s Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I discovered the author’s Lunar Chronicles series late last year and was hesitant to give it a shot because the cover and description sounded very science fiction-y.

    But I got an early audio copy for review and also received an ARC and I fell in love with her amazing book. That ending was an absolute killer. So of course I hoped and wished that with four books planned in the series that they’d be releasing one every six months.

    No such luck. Scarlet is due out in 2013 and Cress and Winter are due out in 2014 and 2015, respectively. So you can imagine just how surprised and happy I was to open the box from Jaime on Thursday and discover that I didn’t have to wait any more.

    Well, for this installment at least….

    And no, I cannot wait any longer than later this week to start it. While I’ll probably hear the narrator from the audiobook in my head as I read, I thought she brought such a wonderful energy to the story that I don’t mind it at all if I hear the story in her voice.

    I have not taken more than a teeny tiny peek at the snippet of a description on the book cover. The fairy tale in this one seems to be Little Red Riding Hood, but it should also be, I hope, a continuation of Cinder’s story. Because we were left hanging at the end.

    And I’m really, really dying to know just what comes next. If I manage to finish Unravel Me on Sunday, I’ll be reading Scarlet on Monday and will find out exactly what happens then.

    Yes, I’ve added a third book to the pile this week. And if you can’t guess from the cover image, it just so happens to be Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey. It’s a “back on the pile” read… sort of.

    I read it already. More than once. Maybe, just maybe, more than that. But I haven’t yet written my review. And I’d much rather write the review now and schedule it for later than find I don’t have time for a re-read closer to release date.

    And since I have an extra reading day due to the holiday this week, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to re-read and review Demon Eyes. Though I probably don’t need to re-read it to write my review. I feel as if I know it quite well by now. Though I’ll be no less tormented by that ending than I was on first read or any of my subsequent reads. Of that I am certain.

    Since I have read it already, I could talk just a bit about this book. About that incredibly shocking ending. About Braden and Trey…. About Lucien. But I wouldn’t do that. I could talk about the feud or what powers those witch eyes of Braden’s really contain. But I wouldn’t do that either. What I will do is just read the book, write my review and keep it under wraps until I am allowed to post it here on the blog.

    Yep. That’s exactly what I will do. I so can’t wait to re-read this book.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Oh, can I just say all of those books in the pile image at the top of this post? I mean, I would love to read all of them. This week. But that’s probably not going to happen. I may have said this before, but I’m not the fastest of readers.

    So, if I had to pick only two, I’d say The Crown of Embers and Cursed. I absolutely adored the epic adventure I went on in Rae Carson’s The Girl of Fire and Thorns and I can’t wait to find out what new adventure is in store for Elisa in the next installment in the series.

    Ooh, I just found out there is a prequel novella. I really wish I had that one on the pile, too. But that is definitely a wishful thinking read since I don’t actually have a copy.

    And Cursed is a book I’ve been waiting a long time to read. I can’t wait to meet the new characters that Jennifer Armentrout has created, visit the new world she’s built and find out just how addictive this new book will be.

    Ah, if wishes could only come true and I could read both books this week, too….

    Those left behind:

    I didn’t read any of the books on the pile last week. Again. And I didn’t even go off pile to read… well, until Friday that is. I was way too busy with work and life stuff that I barely had time to blog and I didn’t have time to read. But I will be remedying that in the next week. Though I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to read the two books from last week’s pile.

    I did pick up a book that was left behind from an older pile and I’m devouring that right now. It’s Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein and it’s kinda seriously awesome. I’m most surprised by the fact that the story has a depth to it. I expected action. I expected a fast-paced, intriguing story. And it has all that. It is all that. But it has much more. The writing is painting these wonderful pictures and while I’d never want to be in Sara Jane’s world in reality it’s pretty cool following her in fiction.

    I just wasn’t in the mood for the paranormal early Friday morning when I woke up hours before the alarm. But this story was an absolutely perfect fit for my reading mood. I can’t wait to get back to it. I am super excited to find out just how much more of a kick-a** heroine Sara Jane is than what has been revealed to me in the first third of the book.

    And while I did not manage to write two reviews this week, I’m fairly certain it had nothing to do with reviewer’s block. I just didn’t have any books to review because I hadn’t read any books. But if I finish the book I’m currently reading and read the three books on the pile this week, I should have at least two reviews written, though I will only be able to post the one.

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I am still in hiding from NetGalley. I don’t think I’ll be able to say the same thing next week, however. With that extra day off I’m sure I’ll find myself, at least for a few minutes, trolling the site for books to request….

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    The review I wrote this week did take awhile, but I didn’t start it until quite late and it was a tough book to review because of the emotional entanglement I had with the story and characters. Plus it’s the first time I actually spoiled a previous book in the series by revealing certain characters who made it through. But there was no way around it.

    But I wasn’t stressed about it. I didn’t have reviewer’s block. And while there was just a slight quirk with one of the lines in that synopsis, I think it spoke in my voice. I hope I’m even more successful this week.

    If I’m not writing reviews, however, I think it will be because I’m devouring all those new books I received this week. But what about you?

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

    And feel free to leave a link to your post if you create a reading pile. I’d love to check it out!

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