Favorite Quotes

'Once upon a time, there was a man as great as the gods...... But even the great can tremble with fear. Even the great can Fall.

Mary E. Pearson, Kiss of Deception

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (39)

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books I Read In 2013 (overall or you can pick a specific genre if overall is too hard)

My other Holiday giveaway is still going on. Click HERE to go and have a chance at winning a paperback copy of the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. 

This was so hard. I've read a lot of great books this year and I can't just pick 10!!! Which is why I picked 13, I'm cheating a little bit but I just can't pick 10 okay. I also only listed books I read for the first time this year, so no re-reads. I did this just to kind of help myself choose, because I re-read a lot of amazing books this year. And the books are in no particular order. 

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
This  was an amazing re-telling!!! It just blew me away!

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I love this series so of course I went into this with high expectations, but this went above and beyond them! It was so freaking amazing!!!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
This is probably the best second book I have ever read. It was just an amazing continuation of the series and it kept me on the edge of my set throughout the whole thing! I love it!!!

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
I kept putting this off, because I was just so sick of vampires and then I finally read it and holy crap it was amazing!! It is everything people say it is. It blew me away!!!

Dark Triumph by Robin LeFevers
This was such a dark, haunting, and amazing read!! I can't wait until Mortal Heart comes out!!

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Even though I didn't like this as much as I did Shatter Me it was still so freaking amazing!! I loved it and I can't wait until the last one comes out!

Insomnia by J. R. Johansson
I went into this not knowing what to expect from it, but it was outstanding!! It is such a scary and thrilling read. This author knows how to write suspense and freaking terrifying scenes. 

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Again, I went into this book not expecting much, but it was amazing!! I loved every second of reading it!!

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
This book isn't for everyone, since it is kind of slow, but I loved it!! I was blown away by the world and the writing style, it was all amazing!!!

Splintered by A. G. Howard
I loved this book!!! The world was just so vivid and amazing!! I loved how the author wrote it!

Everbound by Brodi Ashton
I didn't really like the first one, Everneath, but this one was amazing!!! And the ending left me speechless.

Wait For You by J. Lynn
I thought this was a really, really great New Adult. It had such a great plot line and the characters were so amazing to read! 

Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Even though I still liked Pushing the Limits better, this was still a really great read! I had so fun reading it and I flew through it. I read it in about a day and a half.

That's my top 10 13 books I read this year, what was yours?
Happy 2014 reading

Monday, December 30, 2013

4th Annual End of Year Book Survey

best books 2013 end of year survey

I just love this survey that The Perpetual Page-Turner created. It is just so fun to do and its fun to answer the questions and see how other people answered. 

Best books of 2013...

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Contemporary: Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles 
Paranormal creatures: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Paranormal: Everbound by Brodi Ashton
Dystopian: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi 
Fantasy: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas 
Re-telling: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Thriller: Insomnia by J. R. Johansson

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

There have been a few books that didn't quite meet my expectations, but still really enjoyed. But I"m going to still you guys the books that really, really disappointed me this year.

Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep. I thought I was going to love it, since it's in Logan's POV, but I didn't. It didn't give me anything I wanted and was expecting. We barely got to see Logan thoughts on anything.

Storm by Brigid Kemmer. I've heard nothing but great praise for this book. People saying it blew them away and that it was just amazing, but when I read it I didn't get any of that. I actually wonder why people thought it was that good. I didn't really like it at all.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

Everbound by Brodi Ashton. I didn't absolutely love the first one, so I didn't think I would love this book as much as I did. But holly crap this book was amazing!!!

Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. I didn't think I was going to like this, because I was and still am so sick of vampire books, but this one blew me away!! I loved it so much!

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. I know I just read this one not that long ago, but I loved this book and I want everyone to read it!

Divergent by Veronica Roth. I loved this book and I've been recommending it to people who haven't read it yet. I even tried to get some people in my life who don't really read to give this book a shot, especially with the movie releasing soon.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Does manga count? I'm counting it.
The Black Butler series by Yana Toboso. This series...holy crap this series is amazing!! I am obsessed with it!!! It is so good!!!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

J. R. Johnsonn author of Insomnia. This lady can write some freaking terrifying scenes. She can set a mood and write such a vivid scene that it is amazing to read her book!

Jodi Meadows author of Incarnate. This author can write such amazing stories!! Her writing style is just so captivating and the characters she creates are just so complex and life like that it is amazing!!! 

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I don't really have a comfort zone per say. I kind of read a little bit of every genre, of course I have the genres I prefer, but I don't stick sully to those. 

That being said I would have to answer this with Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent. This is because it is in the adult genre and I rarely read outside YA. This is literally one of the only non YA books I've read this year. A little sad, I know. 

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse. This book was just so full of action and suspense. 

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I had to know what happened next. If I was reading a page I HAD to know what was going to happen on the next one. I was and still am completely obsessed with this book!

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

There is a lot for this answer, so I wouldn't go into detail, just know that all of these where really good.

Dark Triumph by Robin LeFevers.
Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. 
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

So many characters for this answer! Um............Sebastian from the Black Butler series. He is such a dynamic, complex, mysterious, and dangerous character that you can't help but remember him. Even if you don't like him you will remember him. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Defiantly Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Her writing is just breathtaking!

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I heard some amazing things about this when it first came out in 2012, but I never picked it up until this year. I loved it!!! I wish I read it earlier!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

I read some really good quotes and passages this year, but I'm not the type to memorize them or even write them down. So I leave you with a very small quote from the Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. 

"'Go back?' He thought. 'No good at all!! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

Shortest: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Longest: Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers, 549 pages

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

The Ending of Everbound by Brodi Ashton. Holy crap!!! If you've read this you know what I mean. 

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Katy and Deamon from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. These two are just so cute together!

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. I loved her Iron Fey series, but this one blew me away!! It was so amazing! 

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It seemed like everyone was telling me to read this. That plus all the raving reviews I saw about it I just had to read it. And it was so amazing!!

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?


22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Sebastian from the Black Butler series by Yana Toboso. 

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Splintered by A. G. Howard. This was an amazing read!! I loved it!

Insomnia by J. R. Johansson. Just a fantastic read! It was outstanding!!!

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Splintered by A. G. Howard. This author knows how to right a scene so the readers can see, hear, even smell what is happening. The world in this book was just so vivid.

Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. I didn't really think of this until I read this question, but this series is really vivid. You have such a clear picture of what is happening in scenes throughout the whole book.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It was such a fun time to see how the author retold this fair tale, but at the same time make it her own. 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This author is not afraid to kill off characters. 

If I stay by Gayle Forman. This was such a devastating story. what happened to the main character was just so unfair and terrible that I couldn't help but cry in some parts. 

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

Insomnia by J. R. Johnsonn. This was such an amazing read and I loved it so much!! And it was sad to see how few people read it. If you are looking for a great read for the new year, read. this. one!

Book Blogging/Reading life....

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
I can't really say. There are just to may great blogs I discovered this year that I can't pick it. 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
I can't really answer this, since I'm a little biased being the one to write the review. 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I don't know, I seriously can't answer this. 

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
To many to pick from. I've read so many great discussions this year that I can't answer this. 

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The Bout of Books read-a-thon earlier this year. This is always fun to participated in.

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
I don't honestly know. There have been so many amazing moments that I can't pick one. 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Most views: My Predictions and Hopes (3).
Most comments: Any of my Stacking the Shelves. 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Any of my reviews. I love talking about books and I feel like this is the perfect post to do just that with, but they don't get as much views and comments as my meme posts do. 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
YA Book Exchange. I love how you can trade books you don't want with books you do want. 

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I did a lot of challenges, but sadly I haven't finished any of them.

Looking Ahead.....

1. One Book You Didn't Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
Just to name a few..........
Asunder by Jodi Meadows.
The Eternity Cure by Juli Kagawa.
Crash Into Me by Katie McGarry

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I can't wait to see how this series ends!!

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Alienated by Melissa Landers

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
Ignite Me bu Tahereh Mafi
Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
Lots, to many to say in this post. 

Happy 2014 Reading

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (68) Christmas book haul!!!

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly theme hosted by Tynga's reviews . Feel free to join in if you want. In this theme I showcase all the books I got this week.

My other Holiday giveaway is still going on. Click HERE to go and have a chance at winning a paperback copy of the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. 

I got some pretty awesome books for Christmas. I didn't get a huge amount, but what I did get was so amazing!!!! I've been wanting this since it came out and every time my parents asked me what I wanted I would tell them I wanted this. I am so thankful to them that I got it, I thanked them about a hundred times when I opened the present. I. Am. So. Freaking. Excited. I am so happy that I got this!!!!

the back and left of the box

top of box

Right of box

The box set of the complete Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
These new covers are just amazing and so pretty!!! Even the box is just gorgeous!!! I could just stare at it forever (a little weird I know, but true). And to everyone, trust me the pictures don't do it justice. It is so much prettier in person!

I plan to re-read the Harry Potter series next year. I'm actually almost done with the Sorcerer's Stone right now.

What did you get this week?
Happy reading

Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013 in first lines

This is a segment I saw in Stuck in a Book's blog and it was created by The Indextrious Reader. This is where you copy and paste the first line from the first post of each month. This will give you an overview of your blogging year.

January- "I am splitting this question in half, the first five books are ones that will be releasing in 2013 and I really want to read them." 

February " My favorite book has to be Poison Study by Marai V. Snyder."

March- "So, this is really embarrassing, but when I started blogging I thought the term "for review" meant books that you got that week, that were books that you intended to read and review."

April- "This is the hardest Top Ten I have ever did. It was torture to choose only ten."

May- "Today I come to you with a cover reveal for The last book in the Protector series by M. R. Merrick."

June- "It was a good month, school is finally over, whoo!!!! I participated in the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon and I  got through all the books I wanted."

July- "When I first started reading this series with the first book I had a lot of expectations."

August- "It was a good month in July; I started a summer job, which is going great so far."

September- "The third volume in this series ended in a huge cliffhanger and this book starts out right when the last one ended."

October- "This is so much hype surrounding this book."

November- "Hello guys. I just had a few things to say and one of them is an apology."

December- "Hello everyone, You know how early in November I said I was just taking that weekend off and I would be back later that week?"

So, it's been a interesting year. In February and March it shows the first lines in my answers for Feature Friday, and some of the rests are from book reviews, the others are announcements

My Holiday giveaway is still going: click HERE to go to and have a chance to win a paperback copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. 

My other Holiday giveaway is still going on. Click HERE to go and have a chance at winning a paperback copy of the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. 

Happy reading

Monday, December 23, 2013

2014 Reading Challenges

My Holiday giveaway is still going: click HERE to go to and have a chance to win a paperback copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. 

My other Holiday giveaway is still going on. Click HERE to go and have a chance at winning a paperback copy of the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. 

I have a few challenges I am going to do in 2014, even though my 2013 challenges didn't do so well but we won't talk about that. So I'm going to show the ones I will be doing in 2014. There is only three so far, but if I find anymore I want to join I'll make another post for that. This post is a little long, but I thought it would be easier to do one big master post instead of three smaller posts.

The first one is one I did this year and it is the TBR Pile Reading Challenge. It is hosted by Bookish. To see all the rules for it click HERE.
(how many books you're planning to read for this challenge in 2014)

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - First Kiss
31-40 - Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 - Could this be love?
50+ - Married With Children

I will be doing A Friendly Hug.
Books I want to read: 
1. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
2. The Book Thief
3, Covet by Melissa Darnell
4. Override by Heather Anastasiu 
5. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
6. Rapture by Lauren Kate
7. A Job from Hell by Jayde Scott
8. Soulbound by Heather Brewer 
I left some blank because I know I have a lot more in my TBR pile and I want to keep some open for options. 
This one is a new one for me and it looks really fun. It is hosted by Book Date. You can see all the rules HERE.
This challenge is where you read and review a book for every square on the card below. Altogether if you complete the card would would of read 25 books. 

This is another new one for me and I am really glad I found it, because I have a lot of series I want to finish in 2014.  It is hosted by Reading the Paranormal. To see all the rules go HERE
Here are some details. 
"A series is considered complete in one of two ways: either as finishing all the books that you own in the series or as obtaining and reading all the books that have been published in the series to date."

"For this challenge, a series is defined as a collection of two or more books that belong together and where the second book is published before the end of 2014."

1-6 series read - Semi-Series 
7-12 series read - Seriously Series
13-18 series read- Super Seriously Series
18+ series read - Seriously Spectacular Series Star 
Series Started before 2014
Series Started in 214
Series Re-reads
My Levels:
Series started before 2014 - Super Seriously Series
Series stared in 2014 - Semi-series
Series Re-reads - Semi-serious
Series I want to read:
Started before 2014 
Newsoul series by Jodi Meadows
Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson
Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver
The Fallen series by Lauren Kate.
Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi
Razorland series by Ann Aguirre
Glitch series by Heather Anastasiu
The Forsaken series by Lissa M. Stasse
Everneath series by Brodi Ashton
Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep
The Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Series started in 2014:
Don't really know
Series re-reads:
The Wondrous Strange series by Lesley Livingston
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

There is a lot of series I want to finish that I started before 2014. And I only put down series that have the last book published or will be published in 2014. I also didn't put any down for started in 2014 because I don't know which series I will start in 2014.

Those are the 2014 reading challenges. Are you doing any of these challenges? If not, what challenges are you doing?
Happy reading

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Giveaway: The Darkest Minds Edition

I am doing another giveaway for y'all. If you don't win this one or last weeks giveaway, don't worry I am doing one last giveaway next Sunday. And yes, if you saw my Stacking the Shelves yesterday, I got two copies of this book. One for myself and another for this giveaway.

I have yet to read this one, but I've heard so many amazing things about this book. So I hope whoever wins this will read it and love it.

Rules and Details:

  • It will run for two weeks. Starting from today, December 22nd, to January 5th.
  • If you lie on any of your entries you will be disqualified
  • It is a national contest, so only people in the United States can enter. Sorry about this guys, but I'm close to being broke right now and I still have a lot of Christmas presents to get my family.
  • I am not responsible for items lost in the mail.
  • If the winner doesn't respond to my E-mail within 72 hours I will pick another winner.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck :D
Happy reading

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (67)

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly theme hosted by Tynga's reviews . Feel free to join in if you want. In this theme I showcase all the books I got this week.

My Holiday giveaway is still going: click HERE to go to and have a chance to win a paperback copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. 

My other Holiday giveaway is still going on. Click HERE to go and have a chance at winning a paperback copy of the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. 

I only got one book this week, but it is a book that I've been wanting to read for a while. So, lets there's that.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
I've heard so many freaking great things about this book!! It seems like everyone has read this book and has loved it and I've been wanting to see what all the talk it about. I hope to get to this as soon as I can.

That's what I got this week, what did you get this week?
Happy reading

Thursday, December 19, 2013

2014 Books I Can't Wait For

My Holiday giveaway is still going: click HERE to go to and have a chance to win a paperback copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. 

Here are my most anticipated books releasing in 2014.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Releases February 4th 2014
I can't wait for this!! It's a good thing we have the novella Fracture Me to tie us over until this releases.   Although I will be a little sad seeing this series end.

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
Releases January 21st 2014
I can't believe this series is almost over!! I feel like I just read Everneath and now the last one is releasing.

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
Releases April 29th  2014
Again, I can't believe this series is ending soon. Why most all YA series be Trilogy's!! Why!!

Be With Me J. Lynn
Releases February 4th 2014
I can't wait for this!! I loved Wait For You and I just need to read this now!!!!

Unhinged by A. G. Howard
Releases January 7th 2014
I really liked Splintered and I have mixed feelings about it being turned into a series, but I still have really high hopes for this book. And the cover is just as pretty as Splintered's was.

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Releases April 15th 2014
I can't wait for anything that Jennifer L. Armentrout releases, but this one looks so freakin amazing. I can't wait for it to release!!!

Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
Releases February 25th
I can't wait for this to release!! Yeee!! Although it is another series that will come to an end in 2014, but I can't wait to see what happens. But what the heck is with this cover? It's not pretty! It's like the covers get uglier and uglier as the series goes on. What the heck?

Of Neptune by Anna Banks
Releases May 13th 2014
I know a lot of people don't like this series, but I love it. I think the books are really fast paced and enjoyable. So of course I can't wait for this to release. And I'm really excited to see what actually happens in this book. The last book ended on such a perfect ending that I can't imagine what happens next. 

Throne of Glass 3 by Sarah J. Maas
Releases 2014
I can not wait for this to release!!! I need to know what happens next!! And I need to know now!!!

Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen
Releases February 11th 2014
It is no secret that I loved Scarlet and I can't wait for this book!!! And the cover is just as pretty as Scarlet's. 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Releases January 28th 2014
This book looks so interesting. The whole premise looks really cool and exciting!!! I can't wait for it's release!

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Releases March 4th 2014
This looks like it has the possibility to be one of the most original books out there. It looks so great and amazing!! I can't wait to read it!

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
Releases January 28th 2014
I didn't really love the first book, The Madman's Daughter, but I still can't wait for this one. The plot sounds really great and the cover is just gorgeous!!

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Releases August 5th 2014
Do I really have to say anything? Do I really?

I know this was a little long, but I couldn't narrow it down anymore then this.

My Holiday giveaway is still going: click HERE to go to and have a chance to win a paperback copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. 

So, what are your most anticipated releases in 2014?

Happy reading