Wednesday, 29 January 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #24

W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am reading Defy by Sara B Larson. I only have a few more chapters left and have really enjoyed the action and romance in this book. The whole girl fighter dressed as a boy story reminds me alot of Alanna.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished reading The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. This was my first Sarah Dessen book and it struck a good balance between happy and drama. Overall it was a good comtemporaty read.
What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be Vicious by Victoria Schwab and No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: The Naturals
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Quercus
Release Date: 7th November 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 out of 5

Description: Cassie Hobbes is not like most teenagers. Most teenagers don’t lose their mother in a bloody, unsolved kidnapping. Most teenagers can’t tell who you are, where you’re from and how you’re likely to behave within moments of meeting you. And most teenagers don’t get chosen to join The Naturals. Identified by the FBI as uniquely gifted, Cassie is recruited to an elite school where a small number of teens are trained to hone their exceptional abilities. For Cassie, trying to make friends with the girls, and to figure out the two very different, very hot boys, is challenging enough. But when a serial killer begins recreating the details of her mother’s horrific crime scene, she realises just how dangerous life in The Naturals could be.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a psychological crime novel. The Naturals has a bit of a slow start but once the killer comes out to play the real fun begins in this creepy story. This book surprised me in a good way. When I head that the premise of this book was teenage FBI agents I half expected teen detectives running around crime scenes and actively perusing criminals, NCIS/CSI style. While there are crime scenes, this book has more of a psychological/criminological edge. Cassie and her counterparts are all mini Sherlock Holmes who use their natural talents to get into the mindset of killers in order to solve the case.  It was equally fascinating and sufficiently creepy learning about how murderers went about their crimes and what they thought about their victims.  The Naturals is a great YA thriller that delves into the mindset of killers and the people who catch them.  

Cassie has a natural talent of looking at people and reading them. Think Sherlock Homes or Shawn Spencer. Her unique gift attracts the attention of the FBI who want her to join a classified program where teens with talent (Naturals) solve old cold cases. However there is a murderer on the lose and his sights seems to be set on Cassie. It will be up to The Naturals to solve this case.  Where this book excels is in the criminal profiling and information gathering processes used to solve crime. Barnes is excellent at delving into the psychology of murderers.  It’s seriously eerie guys!

It was also interesting to see what clues helped Cassie to profile people and learn about them through the smallest details. It was also scary how Cassie put herself in the killer or victim’s shoes to gain insight. It wasn’t just Cassie that had a remarkable talent. The other Naturals also had interesting abilities. Michael is able to read emotions. Slone is a statistician and Lia was a specialist in deception.  Dean like Cassie is also a profiler. The entire Naturals team was very unique in their own odd little ways.  Each had an interesting back-story. They all stood out in their own way with all their differing quirks and relationships. As the story goes on you can see how they all form bonds with each other and learn to work in a team. There is a romantic subplot in this story but it is very minimal as most of the action is focused on catching the killer.  Even though there is a slight love triangle it did not bother me, as Cassie isn’t the type to string people around. Also Michael and Dean are quite different from one another.

There were chapters from the murders perspective throughout the book that were particularly disturbing.  The thoughts were definitely twisted especially once the game was on. When the cat and mouse game begins you cannot help but turn the pages to find out what happens next. The killer grows more desperate and their action takes on a more sickening tone.  Although the killer was easy to guess before the reveal, the motivation behind their actions was something that kept me reading the book.

If you are a fan of crime thrillers than this book might be right up your alley. 

Monday, 27 January 2014

Review: Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe

Title: Fireblood
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: 26th November 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 3 out of 5

Description: To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control. When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father's capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin. Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult. When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart's twisted world, Zara's path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara's hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father's evil nature, or they will take him out. But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels' command and where the prince's heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she's truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.

Fireblood was a book that I went into with a lot of expectations. The premise sounded fantastic and Trisha Wolfe’s books always have a unique world with strong well-developed characters. Wolfe’s previous novel, The Kyzatham Chronicles’ was a book that I loved right from the start. However Fireblood was a little underwhelming despite its fresh unique dystopian setting. Fireblood is similar to other dystopias where society has reverted to an older time period and its traditions to preserve itself. In this case Fireblood is set in a society where the king has made everyone live by the traditions as set in Camelot by King Arthur.  

Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart. But marrying Sebastian means marrying into the family that has caused her so much pain. It goes against everything she’s been taught. Zara needs to find away to escape in order to save herself but she stumbles upon a rebellion against King Hart. Now Zara has to choose between helping the rebels sway Sebastian to their side or risk losing it all.  The choice isn’t easy as Zara decides who to trust, what to believe and where her heart lies.  

The world building was one of the major problems I had with this book.  The society itself was very interesting with technology hidden away, jousting tournaments and Knights of the Round Table. It was the fact that the world building and rules incorporated into the society raised more questions than they answered.  The reasons behind why Camelot was chosen as an inspiration for this society was not addressed. Also the reasons behind the virus that caused society to live this way was not explained a really plausible way. In short I really didn’t buy into the world. I think that some of this stemmed from the fact that King Hart has a presence in the characters minds, but we do not get to know him as we only get glimpses of him through out the book.  The rebellion aspect of this story was the part that stood out.  There were multiple players involved in taking down the king and their loyalties were tested. There was a bit of deception and uncertainly that made Zara really question what she wanted to do. There is also plenty of sword action in this story.

Regardless of the world building there is one thing Wolfe always does well and that is the romance and character development. Zara is stubborn, headstrong and determined. She always rises up to any of the challenges thrown at her. She never gives up, even when her faith is being tested. She never gives up. Sir Devlan is assigned to guard and watch Zara. However he is more than what he seems. Devlan was a standard love interest. He was stoic at first and then later opens up as were learn more about him. He was supportive and kind when he needed to be but there was nothing incredibly special about him. The romance between Devlan and Zara was one that grows over time at a slow pace. Although there are hints at a love triangle, it is pretty clear where Zara’s feelings lie.

Sebastian was meant to be a bad boy with a redeemable soul. I understand that he was meant to be portrayed as being in conflict over his morals but overall he appeared to be cartoonish.  Zara’s biggest conflict is what she wants to do with Sebastian. She kept finding some redeeming quality in him and wanted to do right by him. However right from the beginning his actions showed a very different side of him that was hard to ignore.  There were massive hints to his true nature but Zara was too forgiving or ignorant of it. I just wanted to shake her.  In the end his sudden turn in personality was not shocking.

The ending also was very rushed with the consequences of the final battle not really being delved into. A lot happens towards the end of the book and not all of it is addressed. Overall Fireblood is a good book with strong characters and romance but it does have shaky world building and predictable villains.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #23

W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am reading The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. This is my first Sarah Dessen book and so far I really like the protagonist and the nature of the story. The story automatically caught my attention and broke my reader's block.

What did you recently finish reading?
I haven't finished a book in over a week. I've keep starting a book, only to abandon it for another. I think I've picked up 3 different books only to lose interest. The last book I read was Of Silver and Beasts by Trisha Wolfe. It was an ok-ish book with very unique world building. 

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be Eon by Alison Goodman. I'm also waiting for my copy of Vicious by Victoria Schwab to arrive. So if that gets here this week, I'll probably read that.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #22

W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am reading Of Silver and Beasts by Trisha Wolfe. So far so good and the world building is definitely unique. Its a world where everyone covets mercury.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading a bunch of Julia Quinn novels. I started reading her Bridgerton's series and I love this particular family and all of their relationships. Their antics always make me smile. I finished reading  The Viscount Who Loved Me, It's in His Kiss and Romancing Mister Bridgerton (which was my favourite out of the three).

What do you think you'll read next?
I actually have no idea what to read next. I feel like reading a good fantasy novel but I don't know what. I'm so indecisive when I need to pick a book to read sometimes. Let me know what fantasy books you recommend.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

14 Debut Books for 2014

Yesterday I posted 14 sequels I'm dying to get my hand on. Today I've got 14 debut books. By debut books I mean books by debut authors or books that are the first in a new series by previously published authors. So in no particular order here are another 14 books I really want to read this year.

1. Defy by Sara B. Larson (Defy #1)
Girl dressed as a boy combined with fantasy elements. It sounds right up my ally.

2. Landry Park by Bethany Hagen (Landry Park #1)
This book sounds amazing. I love historical romance and this book sound like something I would love. It's said to be Downtown Abby in a futuristic society. 

3. The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
 Paula Stokes is the real name of author Fiona Paul who wrote Venom and Belladonna. This book is completely different from her other books and a different genre. It looks so cute.

4. Half Bad by Sally Green (Half Life Trilogy #1)
There has been many expectations about this book and I can't wait to read about these witches.

5. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
How pretty is this cover and the premise sounds interesting.

6. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Beauty and the Beast meets greek mythology. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite fairytales and this book sounds amazing. I've already preordered it and cannot wait to read it.

7. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Jennifer E. Smith writes fantastic contemporary novels that always bring a smile to my face. This is What Happy Looks Like and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight were some of my favourite contemporary reads last year so The Geography of You and Me is defiantly going to be special.

8. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Trilogy #1)
Everyone is talking about this book and how phenomenal it is. I read the first chapter and was immediately drawn in. Can I have it now? You can read the first chapter here.

9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu ( The Young Elites #1)
Marie Lu is one of my favourite authors. I love the Legend trilogy and the setting/characters of this new series sound so interesting.

10. The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer (The Inventor's Secret #1)
Steampunk. Need I say more?

11. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott ( Fire & Flood #1)
I've been hearing so many good things about this book. I read the first few chapters and I really need the rest of the book. Plus I'm really curious about Pandoras. You can read the first few chapters here.

12. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Rachel Hawkins writes great snarky characters and dialogue. Plus it's set in the South.

13. No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale 
Quirky small town and murder mystery. Where can I sign up?

14 Tsarina by J.Nelle Patrick
I have a weak spot for the russian aristocracy so I think this book and I need to meet.

Honorary mentions to Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke and The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

What new books are you waiting on this year? Let me know.

Monday, 13 January 2014

14 Sequels for 2014

There were so many good books released last year. Some of which ended in heartbreak, shocking encounters and torturous cliffhangers. But never fear because 2014 is here and that means many more books are headed our way. Books that contain within their pages answers and conclusions.  So here are 14 sequels I am dying to get my hand on.

1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare ( The Mortal Instruments #6)
2. Cress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #3)
3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (The Diviners # 2)
4. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha # 3)
5. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey ( The 5th Wave #2)

6. Untitled by Maggie Stiefvater ( The Raven Cycle # 3)
7. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson ( Shades of London #3)
8. Untitled by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass # 3)
9. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner ( Starboard #2)
10.The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (The Elemental Trilogy #2)

11. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab (The Archived #2)
12. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd ( The Madman's Daughter #2)
13. Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins ( The Sweet Trilogy #3)
14. Aristeia by Kendare Blake ( Goddess War #2)

What are you waiting on this year? Let me know.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #21

W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
I have just started Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb and by that I mean that I'm on page 1. It's early to tell but the premise sounds good.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg. I enjoyed  Lexi's story. She was funny, sarcastic and the type of person I would want to call a friend. It was a fun book but I wished that there was a little bit more depth to the story. I also finished The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes which was a great YA psychological thriller.

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham and Angelfall by Susan Ee.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Title: The Falconer
Author: Elizabeth May
Publisher: Gollancz
Release Date: 26th September 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 out of 5

Description: Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh's social events – right up until a faery killed her mother. Now it's the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She's determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city's many dark alleyways. But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana's father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

The Falconer by Elizabeth May was dark, blood thirsty and fierce. It was a story that had everything I was looking for. It had a fierce heroine out for blood, murderous fairies and plenty of steampunk elements.  As a bonus it was all set in historical Scotland.  Right from the start this book was fresh and entertaining with its subtle combination of bloodshed and sarcastic humour. This book packs a punch especially with the ending with a dozy of a cliffhanger that leaves you right in the middle of the action. If you like steampunk and fae then this book is a must read.

The tone of this book is quite dark as the book focuses on vengeance and revenge. Aileana is an aristocratic whose life revolved around balls and finding a husband.  But that all changes when she witnesses her mother being killed by the fae. Now Lady Aileana is out for blood as she wanders Edinburgh at night stalking and brutally killing faeries.  There are no rainbows and sunshine in this book. Aileana is a very stubborn and fierce girl but her mother’s death changes her into a killer. She prefers to bask in the power surrounding a kill.  Helping her along the way are Kiaran, Derrick, and Gavin.

Aileana was a very complex character as her actions were driven by intense emotions. She has to deal with the death of her mother, soul crushing guilt and sadness, a tumultuous relationship with her father and her future as an aristocratic lady.  The struggle Aileana goes through is compelling as she tries to reconcile her past with the person she is now. She tries to balance her aristocratic life with her secret one which complicates her life and gives rise to unexpected and sometimes funny situations. Here is a girl who fights to the death in a ball gown.

May has incorporated steampunk elements into the story, which were fascinating. I would like to have a bit more information about how they work, but they fit in well with the world building.  Aileana is also an inventor and comes up with very ingenious ways to create weapons. This is one lady you really should not piss off.  The setting was also wonderful. You get to quite a bit of Scotland as Aileana runs around giving the book a great atmosphere.

The romance in this book is done well, although there are hints at a love triangle.  It does not overpower the story as it is woven in subtly.  Kiaran MacKay is a mysterious principled male counterpart. He pushes Aileana and trains her to be the best she can be. Their relationship is often combative but filled with unresolved feelings. What I loved about their relationship is that Alieaana doesn’t trust Kiaran for the most part and is acutely aware of the consequences of getting close to him. She’s very guarded but doesn’t forgive his ways and make excuses for his behaviour. She see’s him for what he is. If was refreshing compared to other books where the heroine always ignores the true nature of the love interest and falls in love with him. Aileana knows what she’s getting into. However the person I adored in this story was Derrick the pixie. He was such a standout character for me. He was protective of Aileana and I loved his arguments with Kiaran. I just want more Derrick especially drunk Derrick.  

The Falconer is a blood thirsty, dark fantasy about fairies in Scotland. It’s a great read with a fantastic protagonist and a compelling story.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Review: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

Title: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
Author: Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Piatkis Books
Release Date: 29th January 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 out of 5

Description: Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fifth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she's never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London's most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross. Like any good scientist, Pippa's done her research and Cross's reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion - the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it's more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts - and giving the lady precisely what she wants.

Sarah MacLean has done it again with another perfect historical romance. I absolutely fell under the spell of Pippa and Cross’s story. It was emotional, sexy and exceptional.  These two characters were so perfect for each other it’s hard not to want them to be together. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is a less dramatic and lighter story than A Rogue by Any Other Name. It is by far my favourite book in The Rules Of Scoundrels series.  If you haven’t read this series yet then I highly recommend it.

In the second book of the Rules of Scoundrels series, Sarah MacLean once again delivers a book filled with strong characters who drive the story. The characters come first and it shows, making for a compelling romance about a haunted Earl and a Lady who just wants some answers. Phillipa ‘Pippa’ Marbury is a scientist and intellectual women. She prefers the company of books to most people. She is all set to marry Lord Castleton but before she walks down the aisle she wants answers to some scandalous questions. To aid her in her information gathering she asks Cross, one of the owners of The Fallen Angel.  What starts out as an innocent quest turns into a romance filled with unexpected endings.

MacLean excels at character development. Each character is layered, complex and haunted by their own pasts and flaws.  Cross’s actions are a direct consequence of his past. Also MacLean writes some of the best women in historical fiction. There is nothing about these women to suggest that they are weak or just mere wallflowers. The women of this series are dynamite and made of steel. I’ve said this once and I will continue to say it but it is these women who are the real hero’s of the story and not their male counterparts.  At the end of the day it is Pippa Marbury who saves the day and fights for what she wants. And I love that the men in this series recognise the strength these women posses and respect and adore them for it.

I loved how Cross was always trying to protect Pippa from herself and is always exasperated with her. You never quite know how Pippa is going to react and it makes for entertaining situations. I loved the humour in this book mostly arising from the requests Pippa makes. It’s interesting to see how her queries are answered and taken aboard. Pippa is one of my favourite characters. She’s a smart intelligent woman who craves knowledge and has a healthy curiosity. The opening scene in which she goes to Cross’s office is filled with so much humour and horror for both characters. Right from their first meeting you know that you are about to read something special.  Cross has a very complicated past and has been striving to right the mistakes he thinks he has made in his past. Pippa helps him to reconcile his past with who he is now. Off course Bourne and Penelope make an appearance in the story and we get to see how their relationship is faring.  

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is an emotional romance that is quite splendid. If you like historical romance then you must read this book. 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

End of Year Survey : 2013

The End of Year Survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner

I cannot believe that 2013 is over. I read 130 book in 2013 and the time has come to sit down and reflect on all the wonderful stories I have read. Let me know what were your favourite reads this year.

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)
It is so hard to just pick one book. There were so many books that I adored in 2013, so I’m going to cheat and pick a few.  These Broken Stars, All Our Yesterdays, Crown of Midnight and Siege andStorm were a few of my favorites this year.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I was really excited to read The Girl with the Iron Touch.  I love the Steampunk Chronicles, this book was good but not as good as the others in the series.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 
The Burning Sky completely suspired me. It was a fantastic book and the story was not what I was expecting. Definitely check this one out because its reads like a cross between Harry Potter and She’s the Man.

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
The Fault in Our Stars. I think I made everyone I know read this book.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Across the Universe trilogy. I read all the books one after another. The series was fast paced and kept on pulling out shocking twist after shocking twist. So good. If you love sci-fi then check this series out.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Cristin Terrill just blew my socks off with All Our Yesterdays. It was a mind-blowing debut that I couldn’t stop thinking about long after I finished the book. I can’t wait for her next book. Also Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner who wrote TheseBroken Stars, a heartbreakingly romantic space opera that is not to be missed.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
One Good EarlDeserves a Lover. I don’t tend to read a lot of historical romance, however this year I heard great things about Sarah MacLean’s Rules of Scoundrels series. I decided to check it out and I’m so glad that I did because I fell in love with the characters and their stories.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
There were so many this year. The 5thWave, All Our Yesterdays, These Broken Stars, Clockwork Princess and Crown of Midnight. All these books were loaded with so much emotion.

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I will probably read The Dream Thieves again. I will probably be breaking my heart again reading a certain almost kiss.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
My favorite cover has to be These Broken Stars. I love the dress that Lilac wears. Now if I could only find one to buy. I also love the cover of Champion and The Achieved.
11. Most memorable character in 2013? 
Sturmhound from Siege and Strom. I love this privateer and all of his confident ways. Basically I need more Strumhound.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
There were a few that were written beautifully. The First Third, The Fault in OurStars and Perfect Ruin were gorgeously written.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 
The Fault in Our Stars was just a highly charged emotional read. I couldn’t stop thinking about the book and its characters. It’s a story that I will remember forever. There is no way you can read this story and not be moved by it.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 
I finally got around to reading the Gallagher Girls Series. It started of slow but I loved all these spy girls.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations” from The Fault in Our Stars.  I also love the After passage from Siege and Storm.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
The Longest book I read was Clockwork Princess. I still haven’t recovered from this book. I think the shortest book I read was The First Third.

 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!
Um that chapter in These Broken Stars. Can you say heart shattering? Also the end of Clockwork Princess.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
I love all the relationships between Blue and the boys in The Dream Thieves, especially between Gansey and Blue. Also the dynamics between Celaena, Chaol and Dorian in Crown of Midnight.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Coldest Girlin Coldtown by Holly Black.  Its what a vampire book should be. Dark and filled with blood.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
The Falconer by Elizabeth May. So glad I gave it a go.  Killer heroine and fae in historical Scotland.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
I read a lot of YA this year.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Sturmhound from Siege and Storm wins everything. Also Finn from All Our Yesterdays and Titus from the Burning Sky.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
All Our Yesterdays and These Broken Stars. If you haven’t read these books yet what are you waiting for? Get on that.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
The Madman's Daughter was dark and gothic. Also The Achieved. I’ve never read a book like it. I cannot wait for The Unbound.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Defiently, Maybe in Love which was a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I read this entire book with a smile on my face.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
The Fault in Our Stars. I guess there is no surprise there. Also Out of the Easy also has a powerful scene that is heart breaking.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood and Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins. Both these books are fantastic.