Friday, December 27, 2013

Top Ten 2014 Books I'm looking forward to.

Hey you guys! Welcome to the last day of the event.  The event runs for five consecutive days, the last full week of the year - Monday, December 23rd to Friday, December 27th. Five days in which you share of some of our favorite lists. If you want to join in the fun, here's the link.

I'm actually sad to hear it's over, I've had so much fun checking out people's lists and picks, but alas, all good things come to an end and whatnot.

Here are the top ten books I'm waiting for in 2014:

1. Last Book in The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. 
No information is out on this book yet, no face, no name, nothing. But my God, I'm dying to read it! I mean, have you guys read the first two yet? HAVE YOU? Because if not then you're missing out big time, seriously.

2. Cress - Marissa Meyer
I am a huge fan of the books by Marissa, Cinder was my favorite book of 2012 and Scarlet is on my top ten books of 2013. So YES I am dying to read Cress! Especially since there's a new character introduced, or more like a previous character that's being integrated more than before into the story, which is Rapunzel's. Yeah, more fairytale characters kicking ass, love it!

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 
In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 
When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

3.  Sweet Reckoning - Emily Higgins
I am so in love with this series. I would kill for Kai, he's so delicious! That trilogy gets me so giddy. It's one of the rare books with nephilim and fallen angels that I loved. Plus with the way things left off in book two, you know for a fact book three is going to be insane, I can't wait!

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.

4. The Unbound - Victoria Schwab
The Archived was the first book I've read by Victoria, and I loved it. I hear the second book has more Wes in it so I am super excited about that because I was seriously enjoying him as a character in The Archived.

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe. 
Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

5. Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray
Sure I am not a huge fan of the cover of this book, but I absolutely can't wait to read it. It took me forever to recover from The Diviners, both emotionally and mentally, but that book was brilliant. It made me love Libba Bray's writing even more.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities...

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

6. The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
I haven't read the second book yet because book one ended on a horrible cliffhanger and I am waiting for book three to come out before I can read it. That book was so good though! 

It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

7. The Forever Song - Julie Kagawa
This is one of my absolute favorite vampire series out there. At least my favorite this year, I  loved The
Immortal Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure, which also had an absolutely heart-wrenching cliffhanger. (It still has no cover yet.

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? 
With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. 
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. 

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

8. Panic - Lauren Oliver
I don't know much about this book yet, all I know is that it sounds incredible and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

9. The Rule of Three - Eric Walters
I heard a lot about this book, and that it's very great, better than The 5th Wave, so I can't wait to read it!

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.

10. The Murder Complex - Lindsay Cummings
I've been dying to read this book for over a year now, when I first heard about it, so yes, finally it's time!

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.
Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.
The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top Ten Book Boyfriends of 2013

Hey you guys! Welcome to Day 4 of the event.  The event runs for five consecutive days, the last full week of the year - Monday, December 23rd to Friday, December 27th. Five days in which you share of some of our favorite lists. If you want to join in the fun, here's the link.

So here goes my top book boyfriends of 2013:

1) Liam from Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

2) Four from Allegiant by Veronica Roth

3) Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

4) Ash from The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

5) Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

6) Emilio Vargas from The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

7) Kaidan from Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

8) Zeke from The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

9) Kyle from Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

10) Wesley from The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Best Bad Boys of 2013

Hey you guys! Welcome to Day 3 of the event.  The event runs for five consecutive days, the last full week of the year - Monday, December 23rd to Friday, December 27th. Five days in which you share of some of our favorite lists. If you want to join in the fun, here's the link.

I wasn't sure what to choose for this post, but then landed on the most obvious choice: Bad Boys. Yum.

So here goes some sexy bad bad boys of 2013:

1) Ash from The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Ash is such a complex and closed off character in the entire Iron Fey series, but in The Iron Knight you get to see this new version of him, which is very interesting, but I do love how badass he is and how evil he was in the first couple of books.

2) Noah from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 
It was actually hard to think of Noah as the bad boy he was described to be by everyone else in school, he didn't feel that much of a player to me, but I absolutely loved him nonetheless.

3) Kaidan from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Kaidan is basically the boy your parents warn you from, and if that isn't bad enough, he's the demon of lust's spawn, so really, he's all bad, but so so good at it. It's kind of hard to not love him.

4) Grayson from The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Grayson's basically another boy your parents normally wouldn't want around, especially with his life spiraling down the drain and him basically being one of those rich privileged boys that are up to no good. He's also one of those boys who make you want to do all sorts of things you wouldn't usually do, like with Wren, it was to speak up and get out of her shell.

5) Wesley from The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Arrogant, cocky, full of himself, and yet, oh so hard to resist. Wesley Rush's one confusing mess that you shouldn't ever involve yourself with, and yet, he does have this soft side buried so deep inside and out of sight.

6) Archer from Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Good looking bad mortals are hard enough to resist, so what say you with a warlock with gorgeous looks but bad news written all over him?

7) Isaiah from Crash into You by Katie McGarry
Sometimes it's hard to see the good person inside when he keeps such a hard exterior showing to the world. Even though Isaiah has the looks of a bad boy, he's as soft as a teddy bear.

8) The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 
The Darkling is most definitely bad news, everyone knows that. And yet, why is it hard to remember that whenever he's in the picture? (Yes, I'm talking about me.)

9)  Sam and Jericho from The Diviners by Libba Bray
This one is a bit complicated. I'm not sure if I love Sam's interesting part time hobbies or Jericho's closed off but sexy facade.

10) John from Abandon by Meg Cabot
John's the perfect guy to meet in hell, especially since that's where he usually lives. As hard as it is to believe, this dark force is very very hard to resist.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Best Book Covers of 2013

Hey you guys! Welcome to Day 2 of the event.  The event runs for five consecutive days, the last full week of the year - Monday, December 23rd to Friday, December 27th. Five days in which you share of some of our favorite lists. If you want to join in the fun, here's the link.

I'm not sure if you guys know this or not, but I occasionally suffer from cover lust, where I basically drool over delicious covers and more often than not buy them for that particular purpose. Which means this is one of my favourite posts this year!
So here goes some sexy Top Ten Book Covers of 2013:

1) The Elite by Kiera Cass

2) Splintered by A.G. Howard

3) Mind Games by Keirsten White

4) The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

5) These Broken Stars by Amie Kauffman and Meagan Spooner

6) Reboot by Amy Tintera

7) The Archived by Victoria Schwab

8) One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

9) Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

10) Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Best Books I’ve Read in 2013

Hey you guys! I saw this on Book Exhibitionism's blog and decided to join in as well! The event runs for five consecutive days, the last full week of the year - Monday, December 23rd to Friday, December 27th. Five days in which you share of some of our favorite lists. If you want to join in the fun, here's the link.

So, Top Ten Book I read in 2013:

1) The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

2) Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

3) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
 Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

4) The DUFF  by Kody Keplinger
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

5) The Diviners by Libba Bray
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

6) These Broken Stars by Amie Kauffman and Meagan Spooner
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 
Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 
Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

7) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.
This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

8) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

9) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

10) The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.
Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.