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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.
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!
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!
This is the BEST historical romance series I’ve ever read! LOVE Cross and Temple!
Two words: Jared. Trent. ❤
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.
So freaking ADDICTING!! And the characters are just too amazing. Love everything about this series!
My favorite YA contemporary romance series ever! You can’t go wrong with Katie McGarry
Hilarious and awesome and badass pretty much sums up this series and these characters.
The most incredible conclusion to my favorite fantasy series ever.
Ack, I just love Max and Will! Their stories are sooo good.
So what are your favorites of 2013?
Yesterday lasts forever.
Tomorrow comes never.
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 🙂
Reading Order: Fall Away series
#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
★ The cover for Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins is finally here! I love that all the covers match!
★ 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!
★ 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.
★ 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:
★ Plus, some teasers from Jessica Sorensen for The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (The Secret #3)
★ 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.
★ 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!
★ A still from the upcoming Vampire Academy movie! It’s Lissa and Christian! Source.
Reviewed on the blog this week:
- Real (Real #1) by Katy Evans
- Dark Wings (The Never Dark #1) by Skyla Madi
- Sweet (True Believers #2) by Erin McCarthy
Posts on the blog:
- Teaser Reveal: Before We Fall by Courtney Cole
- Book Blitz & Giveaway: Wish I May by Lexi Ryan
- Book Blitz & Giveaway: Endless by Amanda Gray
- Book Blast: Convicted by Aleatha Romig
- Release Day Launch & Giveaway: One to Hold by Tia Louise
- Book Blast & Giveaway: Liar, Liar by Dawn Pendleton
- Book Blast & Giveaway: Alchemy by Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse, and Sabrina West
- Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Only One by Magan Vernon
- Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Road to You by Marilyn Brant
Don’t forget to check out the giveaways listed on the blog on the right!
Cover Reveals on the blog:
- Sara Hantz Double Cover Reveal & Excerpts
- Born of Deception by Teri Brown + giveaway!
- The Minaldi Legacy Series Omnibus by Courtney Cole
Upcoming New Releases:
- Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman (LOVE Gayle Forman, but I still need to read the first book in this series!)
- Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5) by Colleen Hoover (SOOOO GOOD. The best novella I’ve ever read.)
- Seven Day Fiancé (Love and Games #2) by Rachel Harris
- Consumed (Devoured #2) by Emily Snow
- Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars #2) by Diana Peterfreund (I have book 1, and I really need to read it!)
- Finding It (Losing It #3) by Cora Carmack (The first book was hilarious! Can’t wait for this release!)
- Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3) by Karina Halle (SOO excited for this! Loved the first book, but the second was meh, so I don’t know how I’ll feel about this last one…)
- The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles Part #7) by Cassandra Clare (Super excited for this!)
- Revealed (House of Night #11) by P.C. Cast
- Sweet Surrendering (Surrender Saga #1) by Chelsea M. Cameron
- Beat of the Heart (Runaway Train #2) by Katie Ashley (Really want to start this series!)