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    FIRST & THEN Book Superlative Blog Tour + Giveaway


    I am so excited to be today’s stop on the FIRST & THEN Book Superlative Blog Tour. Not only because I had such a fun superlative, but because it’s FIRST & THEN’s release day!


    This was such a fun idea for a tour, and I loved checking out all the stops to see what each of the bloggers had to say about their superlatives. If you’d like to follow along, the tour schedule with direct links to all the stops is at the bottom of this post. And if you’d like to check out the tour page on Fierce Reads, just click the banner at the top of this post or the tour graphic a bit further down.

    For my stop today I get to talk about the “Friendliest Author(s) on Twitter.” And while I normally ramble endlessly about who I think is awesome and why I think they’re awesome, I decided to do so in a way that was less words, more pics. And of course there are plenty more than just the authors I chose to include, but I managed to narrow it down just a bit.

    My tour stop also includes a giveaway for a copy of FIRST & THEN. This is an amazing book and a total must read. If you’d like to know what I thought about it, my review is HERE. But if you haven’t yet heard about FIRST & THEN check out the description – with a link to an excerpt – below.

    And if you want to see who I think is super sweet on Twitter, scroll down just a bit further to find out!

    About FIRST & THEN


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    Title: FIRST & THEN
    Author: Emma Mills
    Release date: October 13, 2015
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
    Pages: 272
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT


    Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive jock, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them–first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

    With wit, heart, and humor to spare, First & Then is a contemporary novel about falling in love–with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.


    Friendliest Authors on Twitter

    This list is by no means all-inclusive. But I have listed a few of my favorite friendliest authors on Twitter. And of course I had to list the very awesome author of FIRST & THEN – Emma Mills – first, because her tweets are as super sweet as her book.

    If you’d like to follow any of the authors below on Twitter, just click their graphic and you’ll be taken to their Twitter.

























    About Emma Mills

    Emma Mills

    Emma Mills is a debut author better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify. She is also cocreator and cohost of the “life skills” channel How to Adult.


    The Giveaway

    ONE (1) finished copy of FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills – US ONLY

    • Prize will be sent from the publisher
    • Giveaway is US ONLY
    • There will be ONE (1) winner
    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway ends on October 25th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

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    SWEET TEMPTATION Release Week Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway


    I can’t believe that SWEET TEMPTATION is finally here. Sweet it definitely is. And a total temptation. It only just landed on my Kindle late last night and I’ve already been tempted away from my TBR pile.

    I’ve missed Kai. And I cannot wait to settle down for the eve with him… I mean his story. Yeah, that’s what I meant. His story. *blushes*


    I don’t often participate in blitzes and blasts. But there was no way I was going to pass up this one. I am so excited for this book and all its many, many pages. And I am just as excited to share the news and the giveaway here on the blog.

    So, enough of my rambling. If you’d like to check out a super LONG EXCERPT, scroll down a bit. You should be able to read it, share it, or download it from the Scribd.

    And if you haven’t yet grabbed a copy, or you have but you’d love another one along some of the awesome swag being offered, be sure to enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post for a chance to win.



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    Title & Series: SWEET TEMPTATION (The Sweet Series #4)
    Author: Wendy Higgins
    Release date: September 8, 2015
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook


    Embrace the Unexpected

    Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent . . . hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

    Until he meets Anna Whitt—smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

    Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the Dukes’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

    Sensual and swoonworthy, this companion volume to the Sweet Evil series, told from the perspective of the mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into the true emotions that drive him.


    Author’s Note

    Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai’s life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy.

    The Excerpt

    Excerpt: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins

    About Wendy Higgins


    Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.

    Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood.


    The Sweet Series


    SWEET EVILAmazon | B&N | iTunes | Goodreads

    SWEET PERIL – Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Goodreads

    SWEET RECKONING – Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Goodreads

    The Giveaway

    This week-long blitz includes a giveaway for…

    • ONE (1) paperback copy of SWEET TEMPTATION + a signed bookplate and bookmarks – US Only

    **Giveaway ends September 18th at Midnight EST**

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    SWEET RECKONING Blog Tour: Character Interview with Kaidan Rowe + Giveaway


    I am over-the-moon thrilled to be on the SWEET RECKONING Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring. I am madly in love with this series – have been since long before the first book’s release – I’ve crushed on Kaidan Rowe since the moment I met him and cannot believe I got the chance to interview him for my tour stop today.

    SWEET RECKONING released last week, and if you haven’t read this last book in the series yet, you totally must! Go ahead… I’ll wait. It’s sexy, it’s swoon-worthy, it’s got some nail-biting action and an ending that wraps things up nicely. Though of course, if you’re as big a fan of this series as I am, you won’t be ready to say goodbye.

    So if you’re not quite ready to say your goodbyes, then be sure to check out all the stops on this tour for some fabulous guest posts and interviews with the author and with some of my most favorite characters in the series. The schedule (which will be updated with direct links when the posts go “live”) is at the bottom of this post. But if you’d like a bit more info about the tour, be sure to visit Kismet Book Touring’s Tour Page for details by clicking the image above, or their logo at the end of this post.

    And while I have included details about all the books in this series, and some information about the very lovely author, Wendy Higgins, I just had to post my interview with Kai first. Because it he is that awesome.

    So… without any further rambles, ado or other blathering, let me welcome Kaidan Rowe to the blog…


    The Interview

    Hi Kai, welcome back to the blog. I’m so excited to be able to chat with you again now that circumstances have…changed. I have a million and one questions, but as many of them might reveal too much about those circumstances, I’ll try not to ask too many.

    Q. There have been a lot of ups and downs in your life when it comes to your relationship with Anna. What is your favorite moment with her? What is your least favorite?

    Hallo, Rachel. Good to chat with you again, luv. Ah, okay, let’s get the least favorite out of the way, yeah? That whole Kopano time blew like no other. The thought of them snogging still makes me insane after all this time, and I know I reacted badly. I don’t like to think about it. Moving on then. My favorite moment? I can’t go into detail, but let’s just say it involved much-anticipated introductions of me to her freckles.

    Q. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? If you could change one thing about Anna what would it be?

    I would change my past, and how weak I was when I lived only for myself, without hope of anything better. I can’t say I’d change anything about Anna because then she’d be different. I want her to always be her. (Earning my sweet-points today…)

    Q. You seem to want what’s best for Anna. Do you think you’re what’s best for her? Do you think Kopano is?

    No matter what happens I don’t think I’ll ever be what’s best for Anna. I’ll always feel she can do better. For a long time I believed Kope was that “better” person—that he was the only one who could ever deserve her. But that’s in the past, and I won’t let her go. All I can do is be the best man I can be right now.

    Q. Being the son of the Duke of Lust isn’t nearly as exciting as it might seem. But has it been all bad? Were there any things you were made to do that you actually enjoyed?

    I enjoyed quite a bit of it in the physical sense, but it was temporary enjoyment—not the kind of enjoyment that fills you with any sort of true joy or whatever. I liked hanging with my band and playing at our gigs when I could just let go and not think, but as far as all the sexual stuff went, it’s a bit disconcerting when you constantly fear being watched and graded and pushed to “up the stakes.” My father’s tastes required me to see, hear, and know things that any normal person would deem deplorable.

    Q. If you could have chosen which Duke to work for who would it be and why?

    I’d stay right where I am. Better the devil you know, and all that.

    Q. What do you think of Anna’s Dad, Duke Belial? While your father is super scary, does Anna’s father intimidate you maybe just a little?

    I won’t lie. Belial scares the piss outta me. He always looks two seconds from acting on the urge to tie my knob in a knot, which would be a shame as I’m quite attached to it. He’s bloody protective of his daughter, and I think he’s finally realizing I am, as well, but that doesn’t change the fact that he doesn’t trust me with her. I suppose I wouldn’t either.

    Q. When you first met Anna did you ever think things would end up where they did? While I am not going to ask you to reveal what exactly happened, what did you think would happen?

    From early on I believed Anna would end up dead. She did not seem maleable to our way of life. I thought surely that her damn morals would get her killed, and get me killed by association. I never dreamed I’d come to admire her refusal to conform. Turns out I was wrong about her. When the pressure was on, she did what she had to do to stay alive and fight the fight. Did I ever think things would end up where they did? No. Never. It was far beyond my capacity to think in those terms. Each day is a shock for me when I wake to see what’s become of my life because of that once-naïve girl.

    Q. How would you describe Anna to someone who never met her?

    Compassionate to a fault. Easily excited. Loyal. Bleedin’ adorable, and sexy as hell.

    Q. Do you think you are redeemable? And if so, do you feel you deserve redemption?

    This is, and probably always will be, a difficult topic for me. Deep down I say no—I’m not redeemable and don’t deserve anything. Anna tells me otherwise, but I will always be haunted by the memories of the people I’ve hurt or witnessed being hurt without intervening.

    Lovely note to end this interview, yeah?

    *runs hand through hair*  Sorry ‘bout that. Shall I play “Talk Dirty”on my iPod to lighten the mood? Always works for Blake when things get awkward, haha.

    Thanks for having me. Cheers.

    Any note from you is a lovely note, Kai. Happy, sad, wicked, sexy… *sigh.*

    Although I am maybe just a little bit heartbroken that I won’t get another peek into your and Anna’s life. However, I am keeping my fingers crossed. Because ya never know….

    Anyway… thank you so much for stopping by and answering my many questions. So sorry for what you had to go through with regard to Anna + Kope. Sorry to hear that Belial scares you more than just a little. And yes, you totally earned your sweet points.


    About Sweet Reckoning



    Series: Sweet Trilogy #3
    Release date: April 29, 2014
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook


    It’s time.

    Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

    The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

    In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.



    About Wendy Higgins


    After earning a bachelors in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until becoming a mommy. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood.

    She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Evil is her debut novel.



    Other Books in the Series

    Sweet EvilTitle: Sweet Evil (Sweet Trilogy #1)
    Release date: May 1, 2012
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook



    Embrace the Forbidden

    What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

    This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
    Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

    Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?


    Sweet Peril CoverTitle: Sweet PERIL (Sweet Trilogy #2)
    Release date: April 30, 2013
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook



    Anna Whitt, the 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 vow. 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?


    The Giveaway


    What’s Up for Grabs

    Lucky winners will receive either…

    • A Kai Prize Pack (3) – leather bracelet, drumstick pencils, Lascivious Tour pass, Kai button, and signed bookmark/bookplate
    • A Bookmark Bundle (10)

    Tour-wide giveaway is open internationally!

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Monday, April 28th – Supernatural Snark – Interview

    Tuesday, April 29th – Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post

    Wednesday, April 30th – Jenuine Cupcakes – Character Interview + Review

    Thursday, May 1st – Krista’s Dust Jacket – Interview

    Friday, May 2nd – Two Chicks on Books –  Character Interview

    Week Two

    Monday, May 5th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Interview

    Tuesday, May 6th – Parajunkee – Song Lyrics

    Wednesday, May 7th – Fiktshun – Character Interview

    Thursday, May 8th – Book Crushin – Pinterest Board Reveal

    Friday, May 9th – Alice Marvels – TK



    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #174


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

    These are books for the week of April 29th-May 5th that I have pre-ordered.


    Sweet Reckoning


    SWEET RECKONING by Wendy Higgins releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    SWEET RECKONING is the third and final book in Author Wendy Higgins’ Sweet Trilogy.


    I am so excited that today is SWEET RECKONING‘s release date and that everyone will get the chance to read this final installment in the series. I love this series and was so sad to say goodbye to it when I read this book a few months ago. But I am happy that the finished copy arrives today in both print and eBook formats.

    I know exactly how this story ends, so I can’t speculate about what happens in this book. But it has swoon-y romance, with all sorts of Kaidan Rowe yumminess, action and an exciting build to the finish.

    I love that the description uses the term “sensual” to describe this book, though I might have used the word “sexy” instead. Because this book is definitely sexy and a totally delectable read.

    As I have read SWEET RECKONING, I won’t be adding it to the pile in the coming months. But I definitely plan on doing a series re-read, as I’d love to be able to read it in its entirety all at once.


    It’s time.

    Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

    The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

    In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


    Sleep No More


    SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.


    I am so excited that SLEEP NO MORE releases today and that the finished copy (hopefully) has downloaded to my Kindle. While I had an early copy, I wasn’t able to read it pre-release, but I can’t wait to read the finished version.

    I am very much in the mood for a thriller, especially one the description promises is like Inception and Wake. And as I love Aprilynne Pike’s writing, imagination and creativity, I can’t wait to meet Charlotte and find out whether she’s willing to risk everything to catch a killer.

    As I currently have a few books on the pile that I must read early this month, I might not get this on the pile until mid-May, but I definitely plan on adding it then.


    The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann’s Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This novel is also perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, and Kimberly Derting.

    Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn’t do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern-day Oracles are told to fight their visions—to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate’s death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.




    TEASE by Amanda Maciel releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 336 pages.


    TEASE was an unexpected read, but one I absolutely loved and I’m so excited that the finished eBook will be added to my collection today. I got the chance to read it early, and then did because I was invited to be on the tour. And I’m so glad I did, because it’s a story not to be missed.

    It’s not a typical bullying story where “good” and “evil” are clearly defined traits. It’s not a story where you completely love or hate the major players. And it’s not told from the POV of the character being bullied.

    The writing is fantastic, the story is captivating and it really makes you think. I think it’s an important story, one that allows you to see beyond hatred or sympathy, and see that not everything is so cut and dry, but that the choices we make have consequences, whether we are the victim or the bully.

    As I just recently read TEASE I’m not adding it to the pile just now, but it will definitely be a story I’ll re-read again someday.


    From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.

    Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault. At least, that’s what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

    With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.


    The Taking


    THE TAKING by Kimberly Derting releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE TAKING is the first book in Author Kimberly Derting’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series are currently untitled.


    I have had THE TAKING pre-ordered forever and I’m excited for its release today. While I hadn’t had the chance to finish reading it before its release, I will be picking it back up in the next couple of weeks, so I can find out exactly what happened to Kyra. Though I’ll probably switch to the finished version when I do.

    The concept for this story is what drew me in. The idea that someone can go missing for years, with no memory of what happened, totally freaks me out. The fact that everything changed, except for Kyra, and that everyone moved on with their lives, is a situation I don’t think I’d ever be able to wrap my head around if I were her.

    As I’m one-third of the way through, I know a little bit about what Kyra’s life is like now, but I still have no clue what happened, where she was, and where this story leads. So I am super curious to find out and plan on doing so next week or the week thereafter at the latest as I don’t want to accidentally stumble upon any spoilers.


    A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

    When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

    Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

    Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?


    Other Books of Note

    The TreatmentTHE TREATMENT (The Program #2) by Suzanne Young

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse



    Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

    How do you stop an epidemic?

    Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

    Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

    Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

    In the ShadowsIN THE SHADOWS by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Scholastic Press



    From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

    Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

    Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t.

    ScanSCAN (Scan #1) by Sarah Fine and Walter Jury

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile



    Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans.

    All Tate knows–like how to make weapons out of oranges and lighter fluid–may not be enough to save him as he’s plunged into a secret inter-species conflict that’s been going on for centuries. Aided only by his girlfriend and his estranged mother, with powerful enemies closing in on all sides, Tate races to puzzle out the secret behind his father’s invention and why so many are willing to kill for it. A riveting, fast-paced adventure, Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart.

    ExileEXILE (Exile #1) by Kevin Emerson

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books



    Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

    Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

    On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.

    Love and Other Foreign WordsLOVE AND OTHER FOREIGN WORDS by Erin McCahan

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

    Publisher: Dial



    Perfect for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell, Love and Other Foreign Wordsis equal parts comedy and coming of age–a whip-smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud love story about sisters, friends, and what it means to love at all.

    Can anyone be truly herself–or truly in love–in a language that’s not her own?

    Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue–the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn’t always like, and the best friend who hasn’t said a word–at least not in a language Josie understands.

    The End or Something Like ThatTHE END OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT  by Ann Dee Ellis

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

    Publisher: Dial



    For fans of Sara Zarr and Stephen Chbosky, an achingly raw and surprisingly funny novel about coping with loss

    Emmy’s best friend Kim had promised to visit from the afterlife after she died. But so far Kim hasn’t shown up even once. Emmy blames herself for not believing hard enough. Finally, as the one-year anniversary of Kim’s death approaches, Emmy is visited by a ghost—but it’s not Kim. It’s Emmy’s awful dead science teacher.

    Emmy can’t help but think that she’s failed at being a true friend. But as more ghosts appear, she starts to realize that she’s not alone in her pain. Kim would have wanted her to move forward—and to do that, Emmy needs to start letting go.

    Catch a Falling StarCATCH A FALLING STAR by Kim Culbertson

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Scholastic Press



    A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

    Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

    The Break-Up ArtistTHE BREAK-UP ARTIST by Philip Siegel

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen



    Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples.

    After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

    One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she’ll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.

    No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy.

    The DrowningTHE DROWNING by Rachel Ward

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014 (first published May 2, 2013)

    Publisher: Chicken House



    Water, water, everywhere: His brother has drowned, but Carl can’t remember a thing. Until it all comes flooding back…with a vengeance. By the author of the internationally bestselling NUMBERS series

    With a jolt, Carl opens his eyes. He’s on the bank of a lake, soaked to the bone. Rob, his brother, is being zipped up in a body bag. And a girl, drenched and trembling, is talking to the police. Who is she? What happened in the water? And why can’t he remember any of it?

    “Bring her to me . . .”

    At first Carl thinks it’s his grief speaking. Remembering Rob. The sound of his voice, things he used to say.

    “Bring her to me . . .”

    But then Carl starts to see him. Rob’s face in the water before it washes down the drain. His ghost rising up from the puddles. His hands clawing out of the moldy, rain-rotted walls. Like a dripping tap, he won’t stop.

    “Bring her to me!”

    Rob may be dead. But he’s not gone. Because he wants to finish what he started, and he won’t go under alone.

    By the author of the internationally bestselling NUMBERS series, THE DROWNING is a dark psychodrama about love and brothers, crimes and consequences, redemption and revenge.

    Shattered CoverSHATTERED (Slated #3) by Teri Terry

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

    Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books



    The riveting finale of the Slated trilogy— a thought-provoking psychological thriller set in a disturbingly plausible future where the government and its enemies compete to control the minds of the young.

    Kyla is in danger from both the government Lorders who erased her memory and the terrorists who tried to use her. So now she’s on the run. Sporting a new identity and desperate to fill in the blank spaces of her life pre-Slating, Kyla heads to a remote mountain town to try to reunite with the birth mother she was kidnapped from as a child. There she is hoping all the pieces of her life will come together and she can finally take charge of her own future. But even in the idyllic wilderness and the heart of her original family, Kyla realizes there is no escape from the oppressive Lorders. Someone close to her may be one of them, and even more frighteningly, her birth mother has been keeping secrets of her own.

    Camp PaybackCAMP PAYBACK (Camp Boyfriend #2) by J.K. Rock

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary



    Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she’s headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall. Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn’t seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex’s trouble-magnet personality and Javier’s need to stay in the background don’t mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry. With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?

    StarfallSTARFALL (The Darkborn Legacy #3) by Michael Griffo

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen



    In the newest book in Michael Griffo’s mesmerizing Darkborn Legacy series, a small Nebraska town becomes a battleground in a fight between light and dark–and one girl must look to the stars to reclaim her life. . .

    Dominy Robineau will never be just a girl again. At sixteen, a curse awakened the animal inside, and now every full moon transforms her into a creature of terrifying power. But she is not alone.

    Dom’s enemy, Nadine–a descendant of Orion, the Hunter–won’t hesitate to kill to increase her strength. There’s a new arrival in town too, and shifting alliances that will bring even more secrecy, mystery, and death to Weeping Water. Dom’s relationship with her boyfriend Caleb, her connection to her best friend Jess, and everything she believes about her family and her past is about to be put to the test. The only way to keep herself and those she loves alive is to strike a bargain that may destroy the last shreds of her humanity. . .

    Bodyguard RansomRANSOM (Bodyguard #2) by Chris Bradford

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

    Publisher: Puffin

    Find it: AMAZON


    With a successful high-profile assignment under his belt, Connor’s services are now in great demand. Maddox Sterling, the world famous Australian media mogul, hires him and fellow bodyguard Ling to protect his two children, Ella and Lilly.

    His daughter Ella has already been a kidnap victim and Mr Sterling will spare no expense in securing their safety. Colonel Black promises a watertight operation, but Connor knows twins mean twice the trouble!

    Joining the family onboard their 300ft mega-yacht in Sydney, the assignment goes smoothly until they sail across the Indian Ocean and into dangerous waters. Somali pirates board their boat, kill all the bodyguards and seize the family.

    Demanding a $100 million ransom, the pirates ignite a media furore. The Australian government sends a detachment of SAS to rescue Sterling and his children. But someone has sabotaged the yacht’s navigation system and no one can find them.

    With the ransom deadline drawing ever closer, the pirates announce they will start killing the crew and family one by one. But the pirates didn’t count on Connor Reeves being aboard…


    Other Releases

    SUMMER LOVE by Jill Santopolo (releases May 1, 2014)

    JUST MYRTO by Laurie Gray (releases May 1, 2014)

    A TIME TO DANCE by Padma Venkatraman (releases May 1, 2014)

    THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS by Don Mitchell (releases April 29, 2014)

    KILLING RUBY ROSE (The Ruby Rose Series #1) by Jessie Humphries (releases May 1, 2014)

    OF BREAKABLE THINGS by A. Lynden Rolland (releases April 29, 2014)


    It’s a fantastic week for releases this week, yet I clearly fell behind on pre-orders, otherwise I would have already purchased THE TREATMENT and IN THE SHADOWS, something I plan on doing the moment I finish writing up this post.

    I am so excited for the release of SWEET RECKONING, which was a bittersweet read for me as I didn’t want to have to say goodbye to Anna and Kai. But I can’t wait to see what the author has in the pipeline.

    I am also tempted to purchase SCAN, which is not my normal genre to read, but having read just a bit of the ARC, I think it’s a book I want to add to my collection.

    I’m not sure if I missed any books this week or last. I haven’t had a moment to check last week’s downloads or this week’s. But hopefully I haven’t and that all the books I’ve listed above are it. Otherwise I may end up having a few more books I need to add to the collection. We shall see….

    Anyway… if you haven’t yet read SWEET RECKONING, I hope saying goodbye isn’t too difficult. And if there are a few other books you’ve been pining for that are releasing this week, I’m glad the wait has finally ended.

    Happy release week to some lovely books and I hope you have a very happy reading week.


    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!


    My Favorite Quote from… SWEET RECKONING

    By way of introduction (a recap)…

    The point of this feature is to share my favorite quote (or one of the many favorite quotes I have) from a recent read and share why it is a favorite, which will give me the chance to ramble just a bit about a book that I may not get the chance to review. And even if I opt to review a title, I still might create a “My Favorite Quote from…” post because, while most of my reviews do include a favorite quote, I don’t typically get to talk about the many reasons why it is a favorite.

    Oh… and I should warn you… in many most instances there will be gushing.

    My Favorite Quote

    He held his face an inch from mine. “This is our home tonight. Anywhere with you is my home.” — Kaidan Rowe

    I know it’s a super short quote. I would have loved to include just a bit of the lead up to it and a bit of what follows, but it’s from a very, very spoiler-y part of the story so I won’t.

    But even though it is short, it is still my favorite quote. It is the line in the book that made me melt. Completely. Nothing but a puddle of me was left behind after reading that quote.

    There’s just something about a bad boy not only admitting that “home” is a good thing, but that a girl is his home. Though it’s almost as swoon-worthy when said by any boy.

    Home isn’t just a place to lay your head. It’s a place that’s yours. It’s a place where you go to retreat from the world. It’s a place where you feel safe, comfortable.

    So the idea that this boy, Kaidan, who probably never had a place that felt like home, saw Anna as his home, completely undid me. He could have told her he loved her a million times and it wouldn’t have made me fall to pieces in the way that seeing her as “home” did.

    {Teaser Time}

    While this was my favorite quote, I had a lot of favorite quotes and passages in this chapter. And while I’d love to reveal just one or two more, I really shouldn’t. But I can say I absolutely adored the bit about the promise of “introductions.” And for those of you in the know, I have just one word: limes.

    What about you?

    Have you read SWEET RECKONING? If so, what is your favorite quote and why? (If it is spoiler-y, hints or page numbers only, please.)

    Or if you haven’t, what quotes or passages are the most memorable for you in The Sweet Trilogy? Are they all about Kaidan? Or do one or two of them involve Kope or Blake or Jay? Are they quotes (or passages) that have a little – or a lot of – heat?

    Or, like me, are they the quotes that make you sigh? Do you sigh for Kai?

    About the Book

    Sweet ReckoningTitle: SWEET RECKONING (The Sweet Trilogy #3)
    Author: Wendy Higgins
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Release date: April 29, 2014
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Paperback, eBook



    It’s time.

    Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

    The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

    In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


    My Reading Pile #150


    It was kind of a crazy week at the mailbox this week. A book I was hoping for arrived, a few that were completely unexpected did, too, and a box of amazing ARCs-on-loan arrived just in time for this week’s post.

    I also may have grabbed a few titles on Edelweiss and NetGalley this past week…

    For Review

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received an ARC of FIRE & FLOOD (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott courtesy of the publisher, Scholastic Press. I’ll be in the book’s tour in February and while I don’t have a review for my stop I was approved for an eGalley and also received a galley in print. If time permits I will definitely be sneaking this onto the pile this week.

    I was also super excited to receive an ARC of MY LAST KISS by Bethany Neal courtesy of the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR. This is one of the books on the list I’d submitted to the publisher awhile back and I am dying to read it. It sounds absolutely amazing.

    I also received another of the ARCs I’d listed – THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jennifer Mathieu – from the publisher, Roaring Brook Press. I love that this story is told from multiple POVs and I can’t wait to find out just what everyone’s motives are to take Alice down.

    And finally, I received a finished copy of THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) by Gena Showalter from the very awesome publisher, Harlequin Teen. It was a complete and total surprise and I’m not entirely sure how they got my addy and why I received a copy. But I love it. I am so not complaining. THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS is one of my off-the-menu six-star reads and I’m totally stoked to have a print copy for my collection. Receiving it may just have prompted a re-read.


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    Courtesy of Jaime of Two Chicks on Books

    The very amazing Jaime sent me a few books I’ve been dying to read. Two from Harper that aren’t available in eGalley format and one that is from Delacorte but that I hadn’t heard back about yet.

    SWEET RECKONING (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

    RENEGADE (Mila 2.0 #2) by Debra Driza

    I love all of these series and can’t wait to dive into these installments. I’m definitely going to have to find a way to sneak them all on the pile in the next week or two.

    From Edelweiss

    Courtesy of HarperCollins/HarperTeen…

    BE WITH ME (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn

    THE LAST BEST KISS by Claire LaZebnik

    DON’T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley

    I received an eARC of BE WITH ME for review for the blog tour I’ll be on early next month. I’d missed it when it was available awhile back so I’m totally stoked to have a copy now. And the other two titles are ones that sound amazing and I just couldn’t resist the urge to click to download.

    From NetGalley

    Courtesy of Harlequin/Harlequin Teen…

    GRIM by Christine Johnson, Kimberly Derting, et al

    HOUSE OF GLASS by Sophie Littlefield

    I received an eARC of GRIM for the blog tour I’ll be on in February, though I already have it pre-ordered and had been fighting the urge to grab a copy on NetGalley. And after receiving an email about a review copy for HOUSE OF GLASS I decided to grab a copy on NetGalley instead so that I could check it out sooner.


    That’s 12 books I have to read and review. *GULP.* It seems just a bit overwhelming. Especially as every single one of the books I received is one I want to read right now.

    But I can only read two… maybe three if I sneak another onto the pile. And they are…

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

    (January 26, 2014 – February 1, 2014)

    Sweet Reckoning


    First up on the pile is SWEET RECKONING by Wendy Higgins. I received this ARC to read early thanks to the very stellar Jaime of Two Chicks on Books.  I swore I would read it the instant I received it, and I am reading it right now… well, I was reading it until I had to stop to create this post. But I plan on devouring it tonight – and hope to be at least halfway finished with it by the time this post goes live.

    SWEET RECKONING might normally have been one of those books in a series that I never would have said goodbye to. But I can’t resist seeing just what happens with Kai and Anna. I’ve heard this final book in the series is all sorts of steamy, swoon-y and all around yummy. So I cannot wait to see if it lives up to its promise.

    It’s been awhile since I read the description, and I’m not going to now. Because I want this read to be as much of a surprise as it can be. I don’t want to read something that might make me not want to say goodbye. And since I’m currently reading it, and have to send it back, delaying would not be a good thing.

    The Description…

    It’s time.

    Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

    The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

    In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


    The Secret Diamond Sisters


    Next up on the pile is THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow. I received an ARC for review from the author and I’ve been dying to get it on the pile ever since.

    I can’t wait to meet Savannah, Courtney and Peyton. I am just so curious about what’s in their past that is such a secret. And I am excited to read all about this book’s lush and opulent setting.

    I love that this takes place in Vegas. I’m curious to see how illusion fits into the story. And if all goes as planned I’ll find answers to all of my many questions on Wednesday.

    The Description…

    Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

    The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read is BE WITH ME by J. Lynn. While I have to read it next week for my tour stop on the 7th, I desperately want to be able to read it now. I just recently devoured the first book in the series and the alternate POV novel back-to-back. And I would have loved this to be my very next read. But as I have a couple must read books ahead of it on the list, for the moment this can only be a wish.


    Those Left Behind

    I did not do very well with my reading pile last week. With the very long three-day sailing class I was taking, it completely wiped me out. Aside from reading COASTAL CRUISING MADE EASY from the previous week’s pile, I didn’t get to read much of anything else.

    I’m about one-third of the way finished with CRUEL BEAUTY, and I hope to be able to finish it Saturday night, assuming I’ll have finished reading SWEET RECKONING by then. But I didn’t even start reading CRESS and won’t get the chance to pick it up until Monday.

    I’d also hoped to write a few reviews this past week, but returning to work after a couple days off kept me super busy. And for the past couple of nights I’ve managed to fall asleep on the sofa while watching TV instead of working on my posts or writing my reviews.

    If all goes well I hope to be able to write my reviews for A LITTLE TOO HOT and UNINVITED on Sunday. And while my blog schedule is a little crowded with tours this week, I hope to be able to post them both. I also hope to be able to finish reading, and write my review for, CRUEL BEAUTY so I can share my review on my tour stop day on Wednesday.

    While it all sounds easy-peasy and totally doable, I am already starting to wonder if maybe it’s just a little too ambitious. But we’ll see. Hopefully I’ll be able to get everything done as planned.

    Because next week there are more books to devour, and I have to start studying for the 5-hour Coastal Navigation exam that I missed in December as I rescheduled the exam for February 16th. Oh and I have to finish writing a short story by Friday. Ack, where are those 48 hours days!?!


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    Aside from grabbing the review books on NetGalley this past week, I didn’t really spend any time poking around. But when popping on to check if there were any books of interest for this post, there were a few that I did find.

    And they are…

    DEAD SILENT by Sharon Jones (Hachette Children’s Books, Feb 6 2014)

    SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy (Penguin Books Australia, Mar 26 2014) ***Australian Reviewers ONLY***

    THE YEAR OF THE RAT by Clare Furniss (Simon & Schuster UK Children’s, Apr 24 2014)

    THE WILDERNESS by C.J. Harper (Simon & Schuster UK Children’s, Mar 13 2014)

    THE DARK INSIDE by Rupert Wallis (Simon & Schuster UK Children’s, Jan 30 2014)

    THE BLOOD LIST by Sarah Naughton (Simon & Schuster UK Children’s, Feb 27 2014)


    At one point I was way ahead of the game with my Goodreads reading challenge, but now I think I’m back to being on schedule. I haven’t even had time to scroll down to see my progress, so I’m not entirely sure. But at this point I don’t really want to know.

    This past week was crazy IRL. I spent around 26 hours in sailing class over the course of three days and stayed up way too late trying to study each night. And after all of that, I spent one entire day not moving at all. But at least I passed the class. I received my certification and am now officially – almost – ready to begin revving up for the next one.

    How is that relevant to this post exactly? Well it means that until Wednesday night, I didn’t even get near a work of fiction. And I was so thrashed on Wednesday and Thursday evenings that I barely had the energy to read at all. Which means I have two books to catch up on this week just after I finish the first book on this week’s pile.

    I’m not sure it can be done, but as always, I am ever hopeful.

    I am also hopeful that there were a few new books in your mailbox and that there are one, two, three or more books on your pile this week. If you’d like to share what you received and are reading, feel free to leave a comment and/or a link.

    And here’s to a very, very happy reading week ahead!


    Do you create a reading pile?

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


    Top 10 Character Couples of 2013

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    Today is the third of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

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

    This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

    It’s not too late to sign up for this event. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.


    Today’s topic is…

    Best ____ of 2013

    Last year I chose favorite quotes. But this year I’m going for CHARACTER COUPLES. Even though many of this year’s reads paired up characters I’d rather see paired with someone else, there were quite a few character couples I love, love, loved.

    And instead of rambling about all of my reasons why I love these character couples I thought I’d let the characters speak for themselves. They do a much better job of it than I ever could. Though I’m so very tempted to chime in…


    Favorite Character Couples 2013



    SHADOWFEVER (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning


    Mac and Barrons…

    “I’m not the hero, Mac. Never have been. Never will be. Let us be perfectly clear: I’m not the antihero, either, so quit waiting to discover my hidden potential. There’s nothing to redeem me.”

    I want him anyway.

    It’s what he wanted to know.

    I exhale impatiently and shove hair from my face. “Are you going to talk me to death or fuck me, Jericho Barrons?”


    Endless Knight

    ENDLESS KNIGHT (The Aracana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole


    Evie and Death…

    “What are you thinking about, creature?” His words were husky.

    Licking your runes? Thank God he couldn’t read my thoughts anymore. Face flushing, I grasped for something to say. “I bet you were expecting a taller Empress this time around.” Lame.

    “I would change nothing about your appearance.”

    When we locked eyes in the mirror, his burning gaze made even more heat cascade through my body.

    Death rose with that lethal grace and strode toward me. I swallowed. Would he try to kiss me? And what would I do if he did?


    Through the Zombie Glass

    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) by Gena Showalter


    Alice and Cole…

    “I just… I can’t seem to stay away. You’re like a magnet, and I’m drawn. And what about you? You’re supposed to yell at me, scream profanities and tell me to go and never come back. Why aren’t you yelling?” he asked almost bitterly.

    Because, despite everything, I liked that he was here.

    Foolish girl.

    “You want me to yell?” I said, and drew in a deep breath, preparing. “I will.”

    He shook his head, looked up at me through the thick shield of those dark, dark lashes. “It’s too late for that. I’m going to kiss you, Ali.”

    Kiss… Yes… No! “You made your bed.”

    “I know. But I still want you in it.”


    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent


    Kaylee and Tod…

    “This is the most frighteningly beautiful mouth I have ever seen. The most terrifyingly delicious lips I have ever tasted. These lips make me hungry for more every time I kiss them. This mouth, and the tongue inside it…they speak words I hang on to. Words that make me want to be a better man. Words I would gladly build my entire afterlife around. But they also say things that terrify me. Things that send chills all the way to my heart. They speak about dangers I can’t prevent. Threats I can’t always see. They threaten to do things that could get you hurt, when every single beat of my heart tells me that I need to protect you.”

    I stared at him, stunned, and he leaned in to kiss me again, softly. Almost chastely.


    Crash Into You

    CRASH INTO YOU (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry


    Isaiah and Rachel…

    Rachel tries to lower her head, but I reach up and touch her chin. “Don’t.”

    I tilt her head up, engulfing her line of vision. She’s going to see me and me alone. No cars, no Zach, none of the other assholes trying to win her eye during the night. The sweet scent of jasmine entwining with the salty smell of the beach rushes into my lungs. I lick my lips, wanting to kiss her, but I’m too full of energy to dare let my lips brush hers.

    Beneath my fingertips, her pulse beats wildly. “I don’t understand you, Isaiah.”

    “Then we have something in common, because I don’t get you at all.”


    Sweet Peril Cover

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


    Anna and Kaidan…

    “For the record,” he ground out in a guttural whisper, “I was more myself with you during those three days than I’ve ever been with anyone in my life. It’d be easier if I could be fake with you, but you bring out everything in me, little Ann. All of it.”

    His sudden fierceness frightened and excited me. He was not in his right mind. I blinked several times before taking a step back and running into the rail. I could do nothing but stare as he went on.



    FOREPLAY (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan


    Pepper and Reece…

    He gave my sweatshirt a small tug, inexorably pulling me toward him, bit by bit, and it was like the other night again. His presence was overwhelming, the heat that emanated from him. The blue of his eyes that seemed to turn to smoke when he looked at me. I was under his spell. Maybe I had never ceased to be. I’d been spellbound since our first kiss and especially since the night I spent in his loft. Maybe this was what had brought me back here in the middle of the night. Maybe I was hoping to repeat the experience.

    “I’ll never lie to you, Pepper.” That soft utterance blew through me like a sonic blast. Crazy, but I heard more than his vow to be honest. The words were full of the expectation that there would be a him and me, an us. That we were really doing this. Whatever this was.


    While You're Away

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook


    Sarah and Will…

    It was easy to kiss Will Spencer. We moved in tandem, both turning at the same time. It was like we were machined to fit together, the right key in the right lock. Rising on my toes to meet his mouth, I looped my arms around his neck. Stretched against him, I felt long and tall, and strangely lovely. I wasn’t transformed by his touch. I was revealed.


    The Beautiful and the Cursed

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED (The Disposessed #1) by Page Morgan


    Ingrid and Luc…

    Ingrid froze as he grazed his fingers through her hair, scattering a few pins to the floor. Then he gripped the back of her head, his tangled fingers tugging at her hair, and Ingrid thought she could finally read something in the way he looked at her: a longing so tangible that it made her ache.

    “I haven’t ended you because you’re my human.”

    And then Luc did what he hadn’t done in the orangery. His lips found hers. It was a light sweep of a kiss, and Ingrid, who’d quit breathing, feared he was going to stop again. The idea of it knifed through her and her hands itched to reach up, latch on to him, and refuse the retreat.

    It didn’t come to that.


    The Collector

    THE COLLECTOR (The Collector #1) by Victoria Scott


    Dante and Charlie…

    “But you need to know the truth. I didn’t mean for this to happen.” I stop, considering what I just said. “Actually, I guess I did mean for this to happen. At first. But then I got to know you, Charlie. I got to see how you are, the things you do for other people. The way you smile when there’s nothing left to smile about, and the way you laugh…it hurts to even hear it. Because it reminds me what it’s like to live. To be happy.” I take a deep breath. “You are beautiful, Charlie. You’re so beautiful, and I can’t believe I let you think you weren’t.”

    I turn around but focus on the ground. I can’t see her face. It’ll end me. But my eyes are deceitful, and before I can gouge them from my face, they slide up and land on her. On Charlie. And she’s crying. Tears rolling down her cheeks, sliding into a wide, happy smile.


    A Few Other Couples I Love


    Rachel and Logan

    DECEPTION (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine

    The Eternity CureAllison and Zeke

    THE ETERNITY CURE (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

    The Girl with the Iron TouchFinley and Griffin

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

    DescendantCoverMason and Feen

    DESCENDANT (Starling #2) by Lesley Livingston


    Wishful Thinking Character Couples

    As I mentioned, there were a number of characters I’d have liked to see paired up with someone other than the character they ended up with… or the character they’re with at the moment.

    So I decided to create a Top 10 Wishful Thinking Character Couples list. But instead of listing them here, since I have exactly ten, I thought I’d create a completely independent list over at The Annex.


    The Giveaways

    We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

    There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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