Best of 2013

Best Books of 2013

Hey everyone! It’s Lacey again 🙂 2013 is finally over, and I wanted to share with you all my favorite reads of the year. I have my top ten (which was SO FREAKING HARD TO CHOOSE) and then my other favorites of the year! All the book links go to their Goodreads page.

TOP TEN FAVORITES

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover This Girl by Colleen Hoover

1. Losing Hope (Hopeless #2), Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5), This Girl (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hoover

My reviews: Losing Hope | Finding Cinderella | This Girl

Colleen Hoover makes my number one spot of the year again? Well, duh, I can’t believe you expected any different! Colleen’s releases this year are golden. Her books reach and grab right onto your heart and never let go (not that you’d want them to). I cried buckets for Losing Hope, I laughed so hard for Finding Cinderella, and I smiled and awwwed so much for This Girl. If you’re a romance fan, then you must read her books, and even if you aren’t, read them anyway!

I wonder if it’s possible for people to fall in love with a person one characteristic at a time, or if you fall for the entire person at once.
–Losing Hope

“You talk to him about the fact that we haven’t had sex?” Six says, completely embarrassed.
My father shakes his head. “No, he doesn’t have to. I know because every night he comes home he goes straight to his bedroom and takes a thirty-minute shower. I was eighteen once.”
Six covers her face with her hands. “Oh, my God.” She peeks through her hands at my dad. “I guess I know who Daniel gets his personality from.”
My father nods. “Tell me about it. His mother is terribly inappropriate.”
–Finding Cinderella

She deserves to be kissed by someone who loves her. Someone who spends every waking moment trying to do everything right by her. Someone who would rather die than see her hurt. She doesn’t deserve to be kissed by anyone other than me.
–This Girl

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is the most adorable book I’ve ever read. E&P is in my top ten favorite books of all-time, with its beautiful writing, simple yet unique story, and oh god, the characters. Eleanor and Park made me feel so much for them–they made me smile and laugh and tear up and hurt for them. They are one of my favorite book couples ever. If the cover doesn’t already hook you in, read it anyways! It’s sweet and cute and funny and adorable and so, so heartfelt.

What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

3. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels #2), No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (#3) by Sarah MacLean

My reviews: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover | No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

Favorite, favorite, favorite historical romance series ever! Sarah Maclean has made me fall in love again and again with each story and hero in her Rules of Scoundrels series. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this series, and Cross and Temple. I even think I’ve written the longest reviews I ever have for these two books. Because I just had so much to gush about! I really recommend you try this series, even if you’re not a historical romance lover. The story sucks you right in, and the romance–swoon!

“My whole life . . . two and two has made four.”
He nodded, utterly focused on her, and she loved him all over again for paying attention . . . for understanding her.
“But now . . . it’s all gone wrong.” She shook her head. “It doesn’t make four anymore. It makes you.”
–One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

“I love your laugh. I want to hear it every day. I want to be through all this darkness and devastation. I want happiness now. I want our due. I want what we’ve deserved from the beginning.” He paused and stared deep into her eyes, willing her to understand how much he loved her. “I want you.”
–No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

Bully by Penelope Douglas Until You by Penelope Douglas

4. Bully (Fall Away #1), Until You (#1.5) by Penelope Douglas

My reviews: Bully | Until You

Jared! Oh my gosh, I love this boy! I don’t know how he (or Penelope Douglas) did it, but I fell in love with this bully. I can’t even think about Jared Trent without wanting to fan myself. He’s just so undeniable sexy. And Tate? She’s the perfect heroine who matches head to head with Jared. And then with Until You, with Jared’s POV? Perfection.

“I want to touch you.” His words were against my lips now. “I want to feel what’s mine. What’s always been mine.”
–Bully

Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie Ricochet by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie Addicted for Now by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

5. Addicted to You (Addicted #1), Ricochet (#1.5), Addicted for Now (#2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

My reviews: Addicted to You | Addicted for Now

Totally and completely A D D I C T I V E. I had no idea what a wild ride I’d be in for with this series, but my god am I glad I read it. You’ll fall in love with Lily and Lo, you’ll root for these two to overcome their addictions, and then the best part? You’ll fall in love with every other character as well. I can’t think of another series that makes me so crazy about the secondary characters too (but thank god they’re getting their own books too!).

“I love you,” he says again, “and no other man will ever say those words and mean them the way I do.”
–Ricochet

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

6. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton

This freaking book KILLED me by making myself laugh to death. And I loved it! I loved every single part of this book, from the feisty heroine to the sweet and sexy hero to the adorable cat to the laugh-out-loud humor. This is literally the funniest book I’ve ever read, and one of my all-time favorite books ever!

He was wooing me. And I was letting him woo. I wanted the woo. I deserved the woo. I needed the wow that would surely follow the woo, but for now, the woo? It was whoa.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

7. Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1), Untold (#2) by Sarah Rees Brennan

My review: Untold

I literally just curse and hug these books. Sarah Rees Brennan is a master at torturing her readers. I freaking LOVE and hate this series. Love because it’s so freaking gooood, and it’s funny and badass and awesome, and hate because every single ending kills me. Okay, honestly, I really do love this series, and recommend it to everyone! Jared ❤ (Jareds are always awesome in books–see above at #4)

“I don’t think you’re weak,” Jared said. “I want to guard you because you are important to me. Because you are – God, this is going to sound so stupid, I can never think of a way to say it – you are precious. I can never think of how to describe the value you have to me, because all the words for value suggest that you belong to me, and you don’t.”

Dare You To by Katie McGarry Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

8. Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2), Crash Into You (#3) by Katie McGarry

My reviews: Dare You To | Crash Into You

Katie McGarry is a goddess at writing YA contemporary romance! The Pushing the Limits series is my all-time favorite of that genre, and each book is just as good as the one before. The stories are incredibly written, and the characters are have depth and heart and you’ll love every single one. And don’t even get me started on the boys. Noah, Ryan, and Isaiah make me melt and swoon and sigh all at once.

That must be love: when everything else in the world could implode and you wouldn’t care as long as you had that one person standing beside you.
–Dare You To

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9. Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard #2), Beautiful Player (#3) by Christina Lauren

My review: Beautiful Player

I freaking love Beautiful Stranger and Beautiful Player. The first book was meh, but then these books came out and it was like they were sent from heaven (yes, I love them that much). Max and Will are perfection. Max is probably my favorite Brit (wait no–I still love Etienne too!) and BP is my favorite older brother’s best friend/best friend’s younger sister story. These books will make you laugh (BP especially) and swoon so damn hard for the heroes. And these two books have my favorite heroines too. Can’t have these men without the perfect women to challenge them, right?

“When I say ‘I love you’ I don’t mean that I love what being with you does for my career, or I love how often you’re willing to shag. I mean I love you. I love making you laugh, and seeing how you react to things, and getting to know the little things about you. I love who I am with you, and I’m trusting you not to hurt me.”
–Beautiful Stranger

It wasn’t only just about knowing her for so many years. It was wanting to know her, like this, for so many more.
–Beautiful Player

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson United We Spy by Ally Carter Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

10. The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson, United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter, Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

My reviews: The Bitter Kingdom | United We Spy

I’m grouping these together because they’re all the last books in a series and I had to have them on my top ten list! The Bitter Kingdom ended my favorite fantasy series of all-time (*tears up*), United We Spy ended my freaking childhood (*tears up again*), and Clockwork Princess was absolute perfection. And yeah, I bawled like a baby at the end of that book. THESE books are how you end awesome series. (Serieses? What the hell is the plural of series?)

“You look beautiful,” Alodia says.
I startle at the compliment. Then I smile. “I’m beautiful to the one person who matters.”
She nods. “Hector’s mouth is going to drop open when he sees you.”
“I hope so. But I meant me. I’m beautiful to me.”
–The Bitter Kingdom

“What is a Gallagher Girl?
She’s a genius, a scientist, a heroine, a spy… a Gallagher Girl is whatever she wants to be.”
–United We Spy

“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”
–Clockwork Princess

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

YOUNG ADULT

Legend by Marie Lu Prodigy by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend #1), Prodigy (#2) by Marie Lu

My review: Prodigy

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1), The Evolution of Mara Dyer (#2) by Michelle Hodkin

With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent

With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent

World After by Susan Ee

World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux #2), Opal (#3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1), Through the Ever Night (#2) by Veronica Rossi

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Shirley’s review

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

My review

NEW ADULT

Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Left Drowning by Jessica Park

My review

Crash 2 by Nicole Williams Clash by Nicole Williams Crush by Nicole Williams

Crash (Crash #1), Clash (#2), Crush (#3) by Nicole Williams

My reviews: Crash | Clash | Crush

Lost and Found by Nicole Williams Near and Far by Nicole Williams Finders Keepers by Nicole Williams

Lost and Found (Lost and Found #1), Near and Far (#2), Finders Keepers (#3) by Nicole Williams

My reviews: Lost and Found | Near and Far | Finders Keepers

Real by Katy Evans Mine by Katy Evans Remy by Katy Evans

Real (Real #1), Mine (#2), Remy (#3) by Katy Evans

My reviews: Real | Mine | Remy

Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout Trust in Me by J. Lynn

Wait for You (Wait for You #1) | Trust in Me (#1.5) by J. Lynn

My review: Trust in Me

Sempre by J.M. Darhower

Sempre (Forever Series #1) by J.M. Darhower

My review

ADULT

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh Play of Passion by Nalini Singh Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1), Mine to Possess (#4), Branded by Fire (#6), Blaze of Memory (#7), Bonds of Justice (#8), Play of Passion (#9), Kiss of Snow (#10), Tangle of Need (#11), Heart of Obsidian (#12)  by Nalini Singh

My review of the series

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews

My review

Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

My review

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs

Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning Double Time by Olivia Cunning

Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour #1), Rock Hard (#2), Hot Ticket (#3), Wicked Beat (#4), Double Time (#5) by Olivia Cunning

Rock Chick Redemption by Kristen Ashley Rock Chick Renegade by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Redemption (Rock Chick #3), Rock Chick Renegade (#4) by Kristen Ashley

Lover At Last by J.R. Ward

Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by J.R. Ward

Wethering the Storm by Samantha Towle

Wethering the Storm (The Storm #2) by Samantha Towle

Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Poughkeepsie (Poughkeepsie #1), Return to Poughkeepsie (Poughkeepsie #2) by Debra Anastasia

Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost

Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2) by Jeaniene Frost

Sins & Needles by Karina Halle On Every Street by Karina Halle Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy #0.5), Sins & Needles (#1), Shooting Scars (#2) by Karina Halle

My reviews: Sins & Needles | Shooting Scars

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb

Naked in Death (In Death #1), Rapture in Death (#4) by J.D. Robb

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1), Second Grave on the Left (#2), Third Grave Dead Ahead (#3), Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (#4), Fifth Grave Past the Light (#5) by Darynda Jones

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