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Top Ten Tuesday {17}: Books I Read In 2013

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

Okay, um, do you know how hard today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is? IT FREAKING IS. I don’t even know how I’ll only fit 10 of my top reads of 2013. So… I cheated a little.

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 is literally my favorite author of all time, and with every single one of her books I end up loving with my whole heart!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The most adorable book I’ve ever read! E&P is and forever will be one of my all-time favorite books!

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

This is the BEST historical romance series I’ve ever read! LOVE Cross and Temple!

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

Two words: Jared. Trent. ❤

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

5. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) Alice Clayton

This is the funniest book I’ve ever read. Seriously, it made my sides hurt from laughing and giggling.

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

6. Addicted to You (Addicted #1), Ricochet (#1.5), Addicted for Now (#2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
My reviews: Addicted to You | Addicted for Now

So freaking ADDICTING!! And the characters are just too amazing. Love everything about this series!

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

7. Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2), Crash Into You (#3) by Katie McGarry
My reviews: Dare You To | Crash Into You

My favorite YA contemporary romance series ever! You can’t go wrong with Katie McGarry

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

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

Hilarious and awesome and badass pretty much sums up this series and these characters.

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

9. The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson
My Review

The most incredible conclusion to my favorite fantasy series ever.

Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

10. Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard #2), Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard #3) by Christina Lauren
My review: Beautiful Player

Ack, I just love Max and Will! Their stories are sooo good.

So what are your favorites of 2013?

lacey

Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Bully by Penelope Douglas

Bully by Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: June 17th 2013
Links: Ebook • Audible • Goodreads

My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all.We’re neighbors, and once, we were best friends. But then, one summer, he turned on me and has made it his mission to screw up my life at every opportunity. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to hide from him. I worried about what was around every corner and behind every door.

So I left.

I spent a year studying abroad and bathed in the freedom of life without Jared. Now I’m back to finish up high school and get the hell out of here forever. I’m hoping that after a year of breathing room, he’s moved on and forgotten all about me.

But even if he hasn’t changed, I have. I’m not interested in avoiding him or turning the other cheek anymore. We’re going to go head to head, because neither of us wants to back down.

Yesterday lasts forever.
Tomorrow comes never.
Until you.

Oh. My. God. I LOOOVED this book. Absolutely, whole-heartedly loved it! It was incredible! It made me smile and laugh and made my heart pound, and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! Gosh, Penelope Douglas, you have written such a great romance. I fell in love and swoon so hard for Jared. Bad boys just can’t get any better than him 😉

I wasn’t sure how I would like a romance where the male lead is, well, a bully. And he truly is a bully. Jared is mean, cold and cruel to Tate. He laughs at her, taunts her, spreads rumors about her… So how did I find a way to look past his cruelness and fall in love with him? Well, to be honest, I’m not even sure! All I knew was that I never truly hated Jared for the way he treated Tate (and he was pretty horrible to her). I always thought in the back of my mind there had to be a reason for his cruelness. You just don’t go from being the best of friends when you were young, to practically enemies. Jared left Tate one summer to visit his father, and when he returned, gone was the sweet best friend. Only a bitter, cold-hearted boy came back. And all Tate can think is, What happened?

Tate used to let Jared’s cruelness get the best of her. She’d cry and run away, but the start of her senior year is different. She’s standing up for herself now, and standing against Jared. She’s not going to let him bully her anymore, and she sure as hell isn’t ever going to let him make her cry again.

“You’ve already made me cry countless times.” I raised my middle finger to him slowly, and asked, “Do you know what this is?” I took my middle finger and patted the corner of my eye with it. “It’s me, wiping away the last tear you’ll ever get.”

From that point on, when she said that, I totally loved this girl. Tate grows a backbone, and she’s so kickass. Sure, she goes a little over the top with the way she retaliates against Jared, but I thought it was completely warranted. After all, Jared did treat her like shit. But then she realizes that treating Jared as badly as he treated her isn’t the way to go. Plus, there’s that insanely strong attraction they have for one another. *fans self* Their sexual tension is off the charts! Holy hell, the way they react to each other, it’s just the. best. It’s sexy and exciting and so fun to read, because you never knew exactly when they’d blow and start kissing the crap out of each other 😉

My absolute favorite quote:

“You were my tempest, my thunder cloud, my tree in the downpour. I loved all those things, and I loved you. But now? You’re a fucking drought. I thought that all the assholes drove German cars, but it turns out that pricks in Mustangs can still leave scars.”

*Sigh* Tate is just too great. I loved her character. She and Jared are perfect.

Ahem. So, Jared. We all love stories about redemption. And Jared is the ultimate redemption story. He’s bad and makes no excuses for it. And how can Tate ever forgive him for the way he treated her? We start to see the other side of Jared, the part that’s not mean or cold or cruel. And, well… it’s hard not to fall in love with him after seeing him without the hard exterior. And Tate has a hard time not falling in love either.

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

Tate still misses her best friend, and when I kept reading (because I COULDN’T STOP) and found out why Jared changed, it broke my heart. I wanted them to have their HEA desperately, because they both deserved one, and they both deserved a happy ending together. Because they’re meant for each other, and always have. Their love is so sweet and heartfelt and romantic. *Sigh* It kept making me smile and clutch my heart, because they’re so good together.

The amount of angst in the book is perfect! My heart was going crazy for Jared and Tate. If you haven’t read this book, GO! It’s amazing. It’ll take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

And oh gosh, I’m SO ecstatic to read Until You, which is Jared’s POV of Bully. AH! Can’t wait to read it! It’s high up on my wishlist 🙂

5 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Fall Away series

Bully by Penelope Douglas Until You by Penelope Douglas
Rival by Penelope Douglas Falling Away by Penelope Douglas Aflame by Penelope Douglas

#1 ~ Bully: Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Until You: My Review • Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Rival: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Falling Away: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Aflame: My Review • Ebook • Audible • Goodreads


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Book News, Weekly Recap & Upcoming Releases! {8}

Cover Reveals!!

★ The cover for Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins is finally here! I love that all the covers match!

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

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.

★ And here’s the cover for Landlines by Rainbow Rowell, one of my absolute favorite authors ever!! I adored Eleanor & Park, so I can’t wait for this book!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

★ It’s the cover for the third book of the Runaway Train series (that I still need to read) by Katie Ashley! Strings of My Heart will be Rhys’s book.

Strings of the Heart by Katie Ashley

Snippets!!

★ Another City of Heavenly Fire snippet!

The way Magnus’ breath had sounded, rattling in his chest, before he’d said his father’s name.

★ Colleen Hoover shared with us on her Facebook this special scene she wrote way back, in Eddie’s POV:

Pink Balloons

Prologue:

I pull the collar of my shirt up to my eyes and wipe them again. I know how much Miss Irene hates it when I do that. She says it stretches the collars of my tops and ruins the shirts. I don’t want to ruin all the nice shirts she bought me, so I’ve been trying not to cry as much as I used to. I quickly glance up at her, hoping she didn’t notice, but she just smiles and squeezes my hand.

“Now Olivia, you knew when you came to stay with me that this was only temporary. I’m getting too old to keep foster children and I hadn’t planned on taking any more at all before you came along.“ She bends down and puts her arms around me. I automatically tense up like I do every time she hugs me. I’ve been here three months and, although I’m still not used to it, I’ve received more hugs in these three months than I have in my entire ten years.

“I knew it was only until they could find me somewhere else to live again, Miss Irene. I was just…I was hoping you would change your mind.” I sit down on the bed behind me and fold my hands in my lap. The fingernail polish on my thumb is already starting to chip. When Miss Irene painted them last weekend, I couldn’t decide which color to choose, there were so many. She told me that sometimes the best choice is when you choose all the choices. So that’s what I chose. All of them. Each one of my nails is painted a different color, just like a rainbow.

Except now that rainbow is chipping.

“Olivia,” she says, lowering her voice. She sits beside me on the bed and lifts her hand to my chin, pulling my focus to hers. “I’ve been completely honest with you since the moment we met, haven’t I? I’m moving in with my daughter now so she can help take care of me. I’m getting too old to take care of myself, much less you.“

I nod and try to appear understanding. She has been honest with me, I just didn’t expect to…love her. I try to turn away from her but she places her palm against my cheek and refocuses my attention back in her direction.

“Remember, Olivia, you need to be strong.” She lays her hand over my heart, looks me in the eyes and says, “You need to be strong in here.” She moves her hand up to my temple and taps it. “And especially in here. Your happiness isn’t determined by where or who you live with. Happiness comes from within you, and only you can control that. No one else.”

I squeeze my eyes shut as soon as I feel the tears building. Her arms go around me again, and I melt into her. “I’m scared,” I cry into her shirt. “I’m so scared. What if they don’t like me? What if they don’t want to keep me? What if I just keep getting moved from family to family like I have been all year?”

She continues to hug me and strokes her hand across my hair. The feel of her hands against my head instantly comforts me. I’ve never felt as secure in my whole life as I do when she strokes my hair. I wish my mother would have done that. I don’t ever remember her touching my hair. If I ever have kids, I’m going to make sure I stroke their hair every single day of their life.

“Oh, Olivia,” she says, squeezing me tighter. Her voice cracks when she says my name, so I instinctively pull back and look up at her. She’s crying, too. I’ve never seen her cry before. Her expression softens and she smiles at me, then pulls out the collar of her own shirt and wipes her tears away. It makes me giggle, seeing her do the very thing that she tells me not to do. When she realizes what she just did, she laughs, too.

“You see? “ she says, smiling. “That right there is why I don’t worry about you. The fact that you find the positive in every situation. That right there is why you shouldn’t worry about you, either.” She takes my hands in hers and brings her face down level to mine. “You have been dealt a very tough hand in life, Olivia King. A very tough hand. But you know what? Instead of spending the rest of your life complaining about the hand you were dealt, you are the type of person who will spend the rest of your life feeling lucky that you were even dealt a hand. And that, my dear, is what makes you so special.”

Sometimes the things Miss. Irene says don’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but I try to remember them anyway. For some reason, everything she says seems important, so I repeat her words in the back of my mind.

“I’m going to miss you so much, Olivia. So, so much. But as much as I’ll miss you, I’m not going to worry about you. I know for a fact that you’ll be just fine.” She stands and picks up my suitcase. She holds out her hand, gesturing her head toward the bedroom door, indicating it’s time to leave.

I don’t know why I believe her, but I do. No matter what happens or where I go from here, I’m going to be just fine. I know I will.

Miss Irene said so.

★ Another Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout teaser from her blog:

I kissed her, pressing my lips to hers, working at the seam of her mouth until she opened, allowing me in. The taste of her skin had sparked a fire deep inside me, but the feel of her warm mouth ignited a blazing fire. I couldn’t get enough of her lips, of her kisses or the soft, breathy sounds she was making.

I groaned as I slid my hand out from underneath her, guiding her onto her back. Her body immediately stiffened, and I knew I needed to tone it down. The last thing I wanted was to scare her.

God, that was the last thing.

Cupping her cheek, I softly kissed her until her body relaxed under mine and then, shocking the hell out of me, her small hand ended up under my shirt, pressing against the bare skin of my abs.

It was like being branded.

Heat roared through my veins as my body jerked on reflex. Air punched from my lungs. She wanted to touch me? Holy hell, she could touch me. I pulled back, reached down and yanked my shirt over my head.

Avery’s mouth parted as her gaze moved over my chest, the tattoo, and then down. It was like a touch, but better. My body was burning to feel hers.

I tugged the comforter down and planted my hands on either side of her head, tangling them in her hair. There was a primal part that took over when her hands flattened over the lower part of my stomach. My entire body tightened.

I dropped my forehead to hers. “You have no idea what you do to me.”

★ Plus, some teasers from Jessica Sorensen for The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (The Secret #3)

Lila and Ethan teaser1

Lila and Ethan teaser2

Other News!!

★ The Fault in Our Stars movie is set for June 2014!! It’s just a couple of months away!! AH! You can read the article about it here.

★ Remember, Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5) by Colleen Hoover is FREE and up for pre-order as an ebook on Amazon NOW! And it’s LIVE early on Kobo! I’ve already read it and it is AH-MA-ZING.

★ K.A. Tucker, author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series, will be having a fourth book! It’s called Five Ways to Fall, and it’s Ben’s story!

★ So I’ve JUST finished reading Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas (SO GOOD–review to come!) and here’s some info about the other books in the series:

***Jax’s book NOW has a title!! Nothing else yet. I will deal with Madoc’s and Jax’s covers and blurbs after Until You.
BULLY (Fall Away #1) → released June 2013 features Jared/Tate
UNTIL YOU (Fall Away #1.5) → release date December 16, 2013 is BULLY from Jared’s pov, BUT there will be lots of added material and the ending goes beyond the ending of BULLY.
RIVAL (Fall Away #2) → release date later summer 2014 features Madoc and Fallon with Jared/Tate/Jax as strong side characters
MISBEHAVED (Fall Away #3) → release date winter 2014/2015 is Jax’s story with Jared/Tate/Madoc/Fallon as strong side characters. This story will most likely take place in New Orleans.

★ Here’s what Jessica Sorensen has to say about The Coincidence series:

Hello lovely people! I have some news for C&K fans, especially for fans of Seth. I’m going to be writing Seth and Greyson’s story… I don’t have a date for it yet, but it’ll be sometime in 2014 🙂

★ It’s the blurb for The Ever After of Ella and Micha (The Secret #3.5) by Jessica Sorensen!

The day Ella has waited for is just around the corner. It’s the day she’ll marry Micha, the love of her life, the light that guided her out of the darkness. It looks like it will be the perfect Christmas-until an unexpected package arrives with a harsh reminder of Ella’s past. Suddenly Ella doesn’t feel as confident about her future. Can she really have a “happily-ever-after” if she’s never even seen one?

Micha will stand by Ella no matter what she’s going through-though he worries that she might leave him standing at the altar again. When he’s offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tour with his favorite bands for three months, Micha knows he can’t leave Ella behind. But can he ask her to uproot her life to join him on the road?

Now Ella and Micha must find a way to balance their fears, their dreams, and their love . . . if they ever want to hear wedding bells.

★ A still from the upcoming Vampire Academy movie! It’s Lissa and Christian! Source.

Vampire Academy movie - Christian and Lissa

Weekly Recap

Reviewed on the blog this week:

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Don’t forget to check out the giveaways listed on the blog on the right!

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Upcoming New Releases:

Just One Year by Gayle Forman Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover Seven Day Fiancé by Rachel Harris Consumed by Emily Snow Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund Finding it by Cora Carmack Bold Tricks by Karina Halle The Fall of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare Revealed by P.C. Cast Artistic image of muscular sexy man body Beat of the Heart (Runaway Train #2) by Katie Ashley