Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013 Wrap-Up Post

Hi guys! I hope 2013's been as fantastic for you as it's been for me. 2013 has been my first full blogging year! And by that I mean I've blogged from January to December. So I think that's a pretty cool accomplishment for me (Y)

Also, I have published 367 posts on the blog this year. My goal was 365, so I'm really happy I've reached it. I'm not going to count how many reviews I've posted because that's just time-consuming. But I'm almost at 200 reviews total on the blog, and most of those have been written and published this year. I've read a total of 234 books, so I've completed my Goodreads challenge of 200 :) 

This year I also participated in and completed five 2013 reading challenges. If you click on the 2013 Challenges tab up there, you can see which ones I did and the books I've read for each. Next year, though, I'm sticking to just two. IB exams and university will be taking up a lot of my time! Speaking of university, I just found out exactly 2 weeks ago that I got accepted to my top choice and dream uni, so that's the best news I've heard in a long time! That also means I will be moving to the US next fall, so I can finally attend book signings xD

I also co-hosted a virtual book event this year, with one of my bffs Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic! Called Books That Glow: YA & MG 2013. It consisted of reviews, giveaways, guest posts and interviews. We're extending it to 2014 as well, though, since we couldn't post all the reviews this year. After all, over 100 authors signed up! That's a lot of blogging to do :) So look out for some BTG2013 reviews and maybe other features in 2014 as well!

2013 has been a year of endings - We've had to say goodbye to so many amazing series and trilogies this year. The Infernal Devices, Delirium, Gone, Divergent, Covenant and Legend to name a few. Some amazing endings, some... not so good *cough* Allegiant *cough*
Anyway, this has also been a year of some awesome new beginnings. The 2013 debut authors are all fantastic, and I can't wait to read the sequels to their books next year. As well as check out the 2014 debuts! I've read quite a few already, and they were all amazing.

If you want to know my top ten reads, etc., you can find them all at the links below. I participated in the Top 10 of 2013 event hosted by Jaime, Rachel and Mindy, which was a lot of fun!



I've had such an amazing time reading and blogging and getting to know the blogging community this year. And I most definitely will continue next year. Hopefully I'll find the time once university starts!


Happy New Year, everyone 

Release Day Launch: Three Broken Promises by Monica Murphy


Three Broken Promises (Drew + Fable #3) is out today! I love this series so much and I adored Colin and Jen. If you haven't picked this one up yet, now's your chance. Also, don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway below :)


Official synopsis - 

Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.


I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.

Release date: December 31st 2013
Publisher: Bantam
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble



Check out my review of THREE BROKEN PROMISES here!

EXCERPT

“You’re going to turn me away yet again, aren’t you?” she asks when I don’t say anything. The irritation in her voice rings clear as her entire body goes tense. “I can’t believe it. I offer myself up to you with no strings attached and you’re trying to figure out how to let me down easy. God, I am such a moron.”

Unable to hold myself back, I rush toward her, angry that she would insult herself. Panicked that she really is going to walk away and I’m going to lose my chance. Thinking too much sucks. I need to just let it happen. Take this opportunity that she’s presenting me.

And let her go when our time is up.

“You’re not a moron,” I murmur, reaching for her. I cup her face in my hands and position her so she has no choice but to meet my gaze. I skim my thumbs across her cheeks, feel her shudder at my touch. “You make an offer like that and a man needs to process it first.”

The unshed tears still glimmer in her eyes and one escapes, leaving a damp trail across her skin. Leaning in, I stop its descent with my lips, tasting the salt, hearing the catch in her breath. “We do this and it’s not going to be some half-assed thing, you know,” I whisper.

She closes her eyes, her tears tangled in her long, thick lashes. “What’s it going to be, then?”

“A discovery.” I nuzzle her nose with my own, breathing in her scent, her very essence. God, I could devour her! It’s taking everything within me to keep calm and not unleash all over her. “An exploration.”

“That sounds like . . . research.” Her breath hitches in her throat when I drop a tender kiss on the tip of her nose.

Chuckling, I shake my head. “It’s the farthest thing from research.” I drift my lips across her cheek, blazing a hot path on her petal-soft skin. “You’re right when you said I don’t do commitment. The closest thing I’ve ever been to commitment is . . . what I share with you.”

She tentatively places her hands on my hips, her fingers curling into the waistband of my jeans. Having her hands on me sends little darts of fire throughout my insides, making me harden in an instant. She has no idea what sort of effect she has on me. How much restraint I’m using at this very moment not to throw her over my shoulder like an oversexed caveman and cart her off to my bedroom.

“But it can be no more than friendship with added . . . benefits.” I lift my head so I can look into her troubled gaze. She doesn’t like what I have to say and I don’t like it either, but I have to be honest. Stringing her along and making her believe this is something more is a mistake.

The two of us together would never work. I’m too damn selfish. I’d disappoint her. I’d hold her back when she needs her freedom. I’m not worthy of her. She’s everything sweet and good in my life, where there’s little sweet and good remaining.

I’ve kept her—and our relationship—as pure as possible even after all of these years. With the realization that she’s leaving me, that we’ll never be together again, I need to take my opportunities where I can.

Jen bites her lip and drops her gaze. “I can handle that.”

Her body language is more than telling me she doesn’t really want to handle that, but I can’t worry about it now.

I want her too damn much.

About the author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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Monday, 30 December 2013

Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Title: Champion (Legend #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Release date: November 5th 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Format: eBook
Pages: 274

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

“Billions of people will come and go in this world,” he says softly, “but there will never be another like you.”

Champion is a beautiful conclusion to an amazing trilogy, and I was in tears long after I finished the book. I admire Marie Lu for taking the book where she felt it would be best, and I understand her decision. It kills me to say goodbye to these characters I've loved for years. Day and June will always be two of the best YA characters out there, simply because they love so wholly and their youth doesn't hinder them from achieving greatness - both in each other's eyes and in those of their country.

If you remember how Prodigy ended, you know how heartbreaking it was. Champion starts off months after that end. It's been months since Day and June have talked to each other, let alone seen each other. But when June reaches out to Day on behalf of Anden, he knows he can't deny the opportunity of seeing her again. Day's condition is getting worse, and he can't hide it from June any longer. But no matter what, he'll do whatever it takes to make sure his brother Eden is safe from the Republic. Because Eden is the key to finding a cure for the plague, effectively stopping the war.

Day is hands-down the highlight of this novel- hell, of this entire series. We've seen him tough, strong, supportive and loved. But in this book, we also see him broken. And my heart bled for him. He stays strong despite the fact that his headaches are getting unbearable and he's begun losing his short-term memories. He loves Eden and June unconditionally, and he'll do everything he can to keep them safe. I loved him so much in this book! He's captured the hearts of not only the people of the Republic, but of all the readers too. I'm seriously going to miss his quirky smile and sharp wit.

My heart went out to Day in this book, but it went out to June as well. I empathized with her a lot more here. She's had to make some really tough decisions, ones that are the right ones but that cause her a lot of pain. I really look up to June, because despite her young age she's one soldier no one wants to cross. She understands where Anden is coming from, and I think she made the right choices regarding him. Don't worry, there's no love triangle in the novel!

The one thing I didn't really like was the amount of politics infused throughout. There was a lot of it, and it slowed the pace of the plot at some points. Due to the threat of war, Anden has to reach out to other countries, with his Princeps-Elects by his side. June accompanies him, but it's clear she belongs out there in the fight. I liked seeing Anden's character develop in this book. He's really grown into a man worthy of his title, someone his father never was. He's a good guy, and I like how he turned out.

The ending, though, is the reason I found this book so incredible. It's one of the most powerful endings I've ever read, and it's definitely something that will stay with you. I agree it's not really a happily-ever-after, but it's filled with hope and that's what matters. The hope in that last chapter gave me strength, and even though I started bawling after I finished the last page, it wasn't due to sorrow. Though some people may really dislike the ending, I found it satisfying and I felt it was right. The characters made the right choices in the end, and I'm glad for that. Thank you, Marie, for giving us these beautiful characters and story.

Rating: 5/5

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Review: The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

Title: The Almost Girl (The Almost Girl #1)
Author: Amalie Howard
Release date: January 7th 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: eARC
Pages: 238
Source: NetGalley

Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.

Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

The Almost Girl is a great sci-fi novel with cool action, a tough protagonist and some really intense secrets. I've always loved the concept of parallel universes, so it was great seeing that in this book. However, though I did enjoy reading this one, I had a few issues with it as well.

Riven is sent to Earth by her liege lord, Cale, in order to find his brother. She was a Legion General before she left - meaning she controlled the Vector soldiers. But after defecting to Earth, Riven is no longer in Neospes' good books. She has to watch her back for Vectors as well as try to find Caden before it's too late. Except when she does find him, she realizes he's nothing like what she expected. And Riven finds herself becoming more human that she ever thought possible.

I expected things to start off in Neospes, but all we get to see is Earth for the first half of the novel. I wish we could've seen Neospes in the beginning, because I felt that would have sparked more interest. We don't get much of a backstory either, and I need that especially with sci-fi or dystopian novels. But regardless, the latter half of the novel (which is based in Neospes) was really great. It just unfortunately didn't completely make up for the dismal first half.

I loved Riven's character initially. She seemed like just the kind of protagonist I like - tough, smart, takes no crap from anyone. I found it so amusing how unfamiliar she was with everyday Earth stuff! There were a couple of things that bothered me about her, though. She seems like the opposite of curious. Someone would tell her something and ask why she never questioned it before, and she'd ask why she should have. It felt unnatural to me, that such a headstrong person would obey orders without questioning anything. I get that curiosity is a human trait, but Riven's lack of it hindered my connection with her. Also, I didn't like how she treated Caden throughout the novel. One second she'd treat him like crap, and the next second she'd want to throw herself at him.

Speaking of Caden. He's kind of like the sunshine in a dark cave. He's honest, open, vulnerable, and everything Riven's not. And she's immediately intrigued. Caden knows nothing about his origins, so I can't imagine what it was like for him to find out everything in one go. He's a little soft in the first half, but in the second he really steps up. His character development is great, and he gains confidence and courage. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how he develops further in the next book!

I wish we could have seen Cale in the beginning as well, because the Cale we meet towards the end of the novel is a far cry from the strong, caring boy described by Riven throughout. I was a bit disappointed with that since I'd conjured up my own image of him as Riven talked about him, and it completely shattered later on. But maybe in the next book we'll find out more background on everything.

There are a lot of surprises in this book - some predictable, some you'll never see coming no matter how far you look. As I've mentioned, I really liked the sci-fi aspects of The Almost Girl, and the suspense is heart-pounding. I loved the climax, which was written amazingly well, so of course I'm looking forward to the next book. Especially after that ending! If you like sci-fi, I think you should check this one out - even if it's just for Caden!

*Thank you to Strange Chemistry for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Review: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Release date: December 17th 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Format: eBook
Pages: 60

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam's perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

I'm Team Warner all the way, but I was still anticipating this novella, just so I'd have another glimpse into this world. But it's definitely not what I was expecting, and Team Adam fans may not be very pleased with this one...

Firstly I want to say that the line at the top of the cover is misleading. It should say, 'I Will Not Lose Him' instead. Why? Because in this novella we see just how much Adam loves his little brother, James, and he'll always be number one in his heart. Fracture Me starts off at a point towards the end of Unravel Me, and we get to see Adam's perspective of what happens. I've got to admit I'm not very impressed. The rest of this review may be a little spoilery so hold off if you're really against spoilers.

I began disliking Adam in Unravel Me, and I was a little worried that this novella might turn me back to Team Adam. Man, was I wrong! This one actually cemented my place on Warner's side. I really hated Adam in this. The guy we loved in Shatter Me is gone, he really is. It's great to see how much he cares for James, but I thought all along that he'd do anything for Juliette, and in Fracture Me, I realized how wrong I was. We see a completely different side of Adam in this, and it's in his POV so this is clearly the real him.

Tahereh's writing is great as usual, but lacks the poetic flow that we see in her other works. This is probably because she wants to show that Adam's not like that. Which is totally fine with me. In fact, her writing is the only reason I gave this novella 3 stars. Otherwise, my disgust of Adam would have knocked it down to 2. I can't really enjoy a book or even a novella if I don't like the protagonist, and Adam's thought process just made him all the more pathetic-sounding to me. One second he says he loves Juliette, and the next he's doing something that shows the complete opposite.

There were two things I really liked in this novella, though. One - Kenji. This guy really needs his own novella! I love him. He's funny and sweet and loyal and he can be serious when the situation commands it. Plus, he's got some kickass skills. Kenji made this worth it. Him, and the Ignite Me excerpt at the back! The other thing I loved is that I think Tahereh is hinting towards who Juliette ends up with. And what I saw in Fracture Me makes me very happy.

It's definitely important to read this before you get into Ignite Me, because there's a shocker at the beginning of Ignite Me which would make a lot more sense if you've read this novella. Overall, If Warner didn't charm you enough to switch sides in Unravel Me, this novella may just do that, out of a possible contempt for Adam.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, 27 December 2013

Top Ten 2014 Books I'm Looking Forward To


Today is the final day of the Top Ten of 2013 event, and I want to say thank you to Jaime, Rachel and Mindy for organizing this. I loved participating this year, and I really enjoyed seeing other bloggers' lists as well as creating my own.
Here are my previous lists of the week if you missed them - 

Today's list is the hardest for me, so I'm going to make it a bit easier. I'm not going to include any books of which I already have ARCs or eARCs, or 2014 releases I have already read (obviously). Also, I'm only including books whose covers have already releases. (Yes, that will make things a lot easier) And these will all be just YA books, because adding NA into this will make my job harder.
BUT. I will also have a little list of books with no covers yet, at the bottom of this post. Though I'll definitely stay away from books that are still title-less.
So here it is!

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi


This one doesn't really need an explanation, does it? It's definitely my most anticipated book of 2014! NEED MORE WARNER.

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins


Another end to a trilogy, but I'm so excited for it! I can't wait to see how everything goes down in this.

Unhinged by A.G. Howard


Ahh, Unhinged. Just a few more days for this one! Everyone who's read it loved it, and I'm very excited to see more of this world.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater


This is one of the best surprises I had this entire year. I was so freaking excited when Maggie announced this! I need Cole and Isabel's story to be completed.

Warrior by Victoria Scott


Yet another trilogy end.. *sigh* I'm really going to miss Dante. But I know he's going to go out with a bang, and I'm definitely looking forward to it.

Cress by Marissa Meyer


I've been waiting for this ever since I read Scarlet, so it's really been ages! Again, people who've read this already say it was amazing, so I have no doubt I will love it.

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout


How could I not add a JLA book here? Since I've already read and loved White Hot Kiss, I decided to add Don't Look Back. It sounds creepy and exciting, and I have no doubt JLA will blow us away with this, as usual.

Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike


Aprilynne Pike is such an amazing author, and I adored Earthbound. There was a pretty big cliffhanger, though, so I really need this one soon!

Push by Eve Silver


More people really need to read this series. It's an amazing concept and I can't wait to see what Eve brings in this sequel.

Nil by Lynne Matson


Ever since I heard of this one, I've been intrigued. This is one 2014 debut I'm definitely looking forward to!

The coverless ones

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Take Me On by Katie McGarry
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I don't think ANY of the coverless ones need any explanation, so I'm not going to give one :)
And there you have it - my final Top Ten list. Which of these are you looking forward to as well?

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Review: Camp Christmas by J.K. Rock

Title: Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5)
Author: J.K. Rock
Release date: December 17th 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: eBook
Pages: 91
Source: Publisher website

Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?







Camp Christmas is the perfect holiday read! It's fun, sweet, and definitely dramatic. I was initially hesitant about reading this because I wasn't a fan of the protagonist, Hannah, but she totally won me over in this novella. We get to know why she is the way she is, and she gets her happy ending too. If you've read Camp Boyfriend, you've got to read this one. Even if you haven't, this works great as a standalone novella too, so go get it!

During the school year, Hannah's back at Northstar Academy, which is basically a school for rich kids. But what we didn't know before is that Julian attends it along with her. I loved Julian in Camp Boyfriend - he was hilarious and just so real. But I don't remember him interacting with Hannah at all, which is why it surprised me when I found out this novella features the two of them. Hannah's made Julian swear not to tell anyone at school about Camp Juniper Point, and they basically stay out of each other's way. Until the ski trip, where they end up being partners and Hannah realizes there's a lot more to the guy she calls the King of Nerds that she thought.

We still see the mean-girl Hannah in Camp Christmas, and she kinda bugged me at some parts. But I loved that we get Julian's point of view as well, because he sees right through her act and through him, so do we. I love Hannah's toughness and confidence, and her ability to not let anything or anyone get to her. Except for Julian, of course!

Sigh, Julian. He's my favourite boy of the series so far. Julian doesn't care what anyone thinks of him, and that is so different from most teenagers. He even had his cape on the ski trip! And it definitely came in handy. 
Say what you will about a cape; I’d be the only one warm tonight if we got stuck out here.
My eyes slid to Hannah. I could probably be talked into sharing it.
That part cracked me up! I loved reading from Julian's POV because it's obvious he's not over his crush on Hannah, and that it could definitely be more than that. Just because I love Julian so much, I'll share a little swoon-worthy teaser.

He came closer. His lips landed on mine in a kiss I never would have expected. The contact was soft and sweet, gentle and unhurried. My eyes fell closed, senses focused on the feel of him.
I wondered if his heartbeat pounded as hard as mine beneath my gloved hand. But beneath my lips, he took all the time in the world. I’d been kissed before, but always with guys who acted like they knew what they were doing. There’d been sloppy kisses. Fast kisses. And hard, aggressive kisses that mashed lips on teeth.
Not Julian. His mouth teased over mine like a guy determined to get it exactly right. I felt dizzy from it and had to put both hands on him to steady myself.

I might be swooning over Julian a little too much, but I can't help it! He's amazing. I wish this was a full-length book instead of a novella, because these characters are awesome and complex and I really want more of them. This is the kind of novella you can re-read whenever you feel like, because it's short and sweet and you can't help loving it. I just wish it were longer. But I'll take what I can get! Either way, I loved Camp Christmas. Joanne and Karen have created some fantastic characters in this series and I'm really anticipating the next book.

Rating: 5/5

Best Book Boyfriends of 2013


Today is the penultimate day of the Top Ten of 2013 event, and the topic is Best Book Boyfriends of 2013! This is a real hard one. But I've come up with my favourites :)
And in case you missed yesterday's post, here are my Top New Adult Titles of 2013!

Anyway, here goes with the book boyfriends. Not in order (except for the first one), because I just can't pick. Also, I'm sticking to YA because adding NA into it will make it even more difficult and I really don't want that! I'll be adding multiple boys for a few books, because they're just that amazing. 

One last thing - for Unravel Me, I've put Warner's first name in white in case some of you haven't read the book yet, so just highlight the part in front of 'Warner' to see it!

Daemon Black
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout


I really don't think this one requires any explanation. Daemon's always been number 1!

Aaron Warner
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


I've been Team Warner ever since Destroy Me, and I loved him so much in this book. Chapter 62, anyone? ;)

Daniel Altan Wing (a.k.a. Day)
Champion by Marie Lu


Day just about killed me in this! This was totally and completely his book. And I feel like tearing up again thinking of everything he went through in this book.

Tobias Eaton (a.k.a. Four)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth


I love Four, but the version of him in this book was disappointing. I still added him here because.. well I loved him in the first two and I did still love him in this one, even though I didn't agree with some of his decisions.

Will Herondale and James Carstairs (a.k.a. Jem)
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare


Will and Jem! The best pair of parabatai anyone will ever see. I just couldn't pick between these two.

Kaidan Rowe
Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins


Of course Kai had to make my list. He changed so much in this book, and I loved seeing a soft side of him!

Aiden St. Delphi and Seth
Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Aiden, my second JLA boy. This guy is the epitome of sweet, kind, and loyal. And of course I can't leave out Seth! Love him so much, especially in this book. So excited for his series :)

Sam, Nick and Cas
Altered by Jennifer Rush


Yeah, as you can see I've put three of Jennifer's boys here because each of them are so unique and they're so loveable. Even Nick! Though okay he's a bit prickly in this book. But I totally loved him in Erased.

Perry and Roar
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi


Perry's the male protagonist and he's quite an impressive specimen but I had to feature Roar too because he's my favourite character in the series. They're an awesome set of best friends.

Tarver Merendsen
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


Last but definitely not least! I adored Tarver throughout this book. Especially his growth alongside Lilac when they're stranded. I'm really hoping for a glimpse of him in the next book!

There are so many others that I loved from this year and I really wanted to add them, but sadly I've decided not to do honourable mentions so I guess I'll save them for next year.
So what do you guys think of my book boyfriends of the year? Any we have in common? :)

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Top New Adult Titles of 2013


Firstly - MERRY CHRISTMAS, GUYS! ❤ I can't believe it's Christmas time already, the year's gone by so fast. Anyway, today's topic for Top Ten of 2013 is our choice! So I picked Top New Adult Titles of 2013.

If you missed my previous lists, you can check out my top ten best books read in 2013 and best book covers of 2013.
Okay I don't read a lot of NA books, but I did come up with 10 that I really enjoyed.

Faking It by Cora Carmack


My favourite NA of the year! Mostly because I love these characters so much :)

If You Leave by Courtney Cole


Another amazing NA, even better than its predecessor.

A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers


I know a lot of people prefer the first book but this one was so much deeper, and plus, Alessandro 

Frigid by J. Lynn


Of course this had to make my list. The thing I loved most about it is that it's not too heavy like most NAs and I enjoyed reading it so much.

Finding It by Cora Carmack


I usually don't tend to put more than one book of the same series on a list, but I just had to in this case. I loved Finding It so much, almost as much as Faking It.

Wait for You by J. Lynn


Another JLA! Cam + cookies = 

Mine by Katy Evans


A lot of things in this one took me by surprise, and I loved that. And Remy is such an amazing character.

Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase


This one is so light-hearted and fun! I guess you can tell that from the cover. Very Princess Diaries-like, and very cute.

Recipe for Attraction by Gina Gordon


Loved the storyline and characters in this one, and it's something I can re-read anytime! I also stayed up really late finishing this one because it was so addicting.

One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy


One word - Marshmallow.

So those are my NA picks of the year! I wish I could have added a couple of 2014 releases that I really loved, but I guess I'll save those for next year.
What do you guys think of my picks? Leave me a comment :)