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Thirsty Thursday (10): Top 5 New Adult Female Characters

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Thirsty Thursday is a weekly feature, hosted by Nikki & Keira @ Lazy Book Lovers, where we discuss all things swoon-worthy: from quotes, book covers, book boyfriends, and even that worth-the-wait book kiss.

Last week, I featured my Top 5 NA Male Characters. This week is all about the ladies. So here are my picks for Top 5 NA Female Characters…

Stephanie from Isn’t She Lovely
Max from Faking It
Lucy from Before Now
Jayne from Plain Jayne
Dallas from All Lined Up

 

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Thirsty Thursday (9): Top 5 New Adult Male Characters

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Thirsty Thursday is a weekly feature, hosted by Nikki & Keira @ Lazy Book Lovers, where we discuss all things swoon-worthy: from quotes, book covers, book boyfriends, and even that worth-the-wait book kiss.

This week, it’s all about that genre called New Adult and the amazing male characters I’ve met in this genre. Here are my picks for this week…

Ethan from Isn’t She Lovely
Cade from Faking It
Park from Before Now
Leo from He Belongs With Me
Paul from Broken

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me Authors I Read in 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: New-to-me Authors I’ve Read in 2013. 2013 was a great year for me as a reader, I’ve discovered new genres that I’m beginning to enjoy and of course, I’ve discovered great new authors. Here’s a rundown of my Top Ten.

 

 

 

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#10   Cheryl McIntyre

Before Now is one of the books that have really resonated in me, not because I’ve experienced the same things the characters have (I haven’t) but because Cheryl McIntyre’s writing made them so alive and real.

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#9       Lauren Layne

I’m so happy to have discovered her Love, Sex, & Stiletto series. It’s fun, sexy, and full of romance.

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#8       Katie McGarry 

I’ve only read Daring You To but it already turned me into a believer. I look forward to reading more of her work. I haven’t read Crash Into You yet (I know, it’s a crime.) but by the looks of all those starred reviews, I’m guessing I’m looking forward to an amazing read.

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#7       Stephanie Perkins

I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door so much. It was such a refreshing reading experience for me. And Cricket Bell is one of my favorite characters for 2013. And her new books comes out 2014, which is so far away.

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#6       Veronica Roth

I haven’t read Allegiant yet and with all the spoilers of the ending that I’ve read and heard about, it will be some time before I pick up that third book. But I’m still glad that I’ve read the first two books. They’re great reads.

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#5       Gayle Forman  

Oh, Gayle Forman. If I Stay broke my heart. But Where She Went just about killed me. I love these two books so much. I liked Just One Day enough and I haven’t read Just One Year yet but her first two books are enough to make me and keep me as a fan. 

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#4       Kate Meader

I discovered Kate Meader late in the year and also because she just recently released her books. I love her writing style, at times funny, romantic, and heartwarming. 

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#3       Mary Ann Rivers

Her debut release was a novella and her second release was a short story that was part of an anthology. Her full-length novel, Live, comes out in 2014. But no matter the format or the length, Mary Ann Rivers’ stories are forces to be reckoned with. Both of them are such great stories with great writing. 

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#2       Rainbow Rowell

I think I can’t gush enough about Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Those two books are so different and yet so alike in the sense that you have great characters, a hit-my-heart-with-a-bullet-why-don’t-you storylines, and just really awesome writing. I’ll have to read Attachments soon before Landline comes out next year.

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#1        Laura Florand

I love Laura Florand. Her books are decadent. So for those of you who haven’t tried out her writing yet, indulge yourself with romance, chocolate, Paris, and fabulous writing.

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There you go. What about you, guys? What are your picks for the week?

Super Six Sunday: Books I’m Thankful I Took A Chance On

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at Bewitched Bookworms. This week’s theme: Super Six Books I’m thankful I took a chance on.

Most of these books were way out of my comfort zone, as far as my reading selection is concerned, but I got around to trying them out either based on the good reviews I’ve read about them or they came highly recommended by one of my favorite book bloggers or just the summary really drew me and I was eager to know what happens in the story.

 

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#6: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Okay, this book did broke my heart into a million little pieces and made me cry buckets but it’s in this list because it touched my heart so. It presented a very compelling and much-debated choices and arguments when it comes to mortality and morality but there are still those emotions that just grab at you.

 

 

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Another book that was a tearjerker as well but again, it had the heart and a message that got right through me. When I read the book blurb, I was wondering how somebody can survive a tragedy like that and the title of the book made me also ask the question of if somebody would even like to survive a tragedy like that. I just had to find out.

 

 

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#4: Before Now by Cheryl McIntyre

This book. Gosh, this book. It’s the first I’ve read from this author and one of the first NA books I’ve read. I was just blown away by the intensity not only of the main character but by the writing as well. I had such an amazing time reading this book and I remember I kept thinking that I’m glad I found this one.

 

 

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Rainbow Rowell is one of my greatest author finds this year. And this book, it was just sheer perfection. From the tone, the characterizations, the dialogue, the completely new way hand-holding will be viewed from now on (I know but this just seems like one of those really important things that should have its own category), the over-all story. I didn’t know what to expect from this book but really, what Rainbow Rowell gave readers around the world was a gift. A gift.

 

 

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#2: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

I can’t even think about what my life would be as a reader if I weren’t able to read this book. I actually lament that not everybody in this world has read this genius of a work from Megan Whalen Turner. I may sound completely over the top and exaggerated but that is because this book deserves to be loved, appreciated, and obsessed over. And if I haven’t read this, I would not have read the rest of the books in this ah-mhay-zing series. And that would have been a tragedy.

 

 

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#1: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

I had actually started my Nalini Singh journey with her Guild Hunter series. I remember checking her website and finding out that she had started a series before the Guild Hunter series called the Psy-Changeling series. I also remembered browsing through the books blurbs of those books but never really shoring up any interest in reading it. But then a couple of weeks later, I finally gave the first book a try, Slave to Sensation was its title. And by the first few chapters, I was hooked, line and sinker. As I blazed through the succeeding books, I kept thinking to myself that I almost did not get to read these amazing books. To say that I’m glad I did would be an understatement.

 

 

Honorable Mentions: (because I just had to…)

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The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand because it introduced me to Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat world.

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Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster because it cemented the steampunk romance lover in me and because it’s the first book of her wonderful London Steampunk series.

 

 

That’s it for my Super Six Sunday (plus, plus) 🙂 What’s in your list this week?

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels Ever

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list: Best Sequels Ever. So without further ado, may I present my top ten. Not all the books are strictly the second offerings. I’ve included a couple books down the series line.

Faking It #10 Faking It by Cora Carmack (Losing It #2)
Liked the premise plot than the first book. And the words that Cora Carmack kept producing page after page just took my breath and my heart away. Loved the parallelisms throughout the book.

 

 

 

 

Chocolate touch chocolate kiss#9 The Chocolate Touch & The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand (Amour et Chocolat #4 & #2 respectively)
Much, much better than the first book. Laura Florand’s writing kept getting better and better after each book in this series. More depth for the characters. More emotional tugs to the heart. And the connection between the main couples was more strongly established.

 

devil in winter it happened one autumn#8 Devil in Winter & It Happened in One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas (Wallflowers #3 & #2)
Loved the flow of these two books. The premises were intriguing in themselves but the progression of the romance and the character development were the highs for me.

 

 

lola and the boy next door#7 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Liked this one so much better than the first book. And as much as I hate to compare Etienne with Cricket, sometimes it’s hard not to. But I think the plus for me for this sequel was that even though we get everything from Lola’s POV, by the end of the book, I know Cricket. Not the ‘I know of him’ feeling that I sort of got from Etienne but that ‘I truly know this guy and what makes him tick’ sort familiarity with Cricket.

 

 

before now#6 Before Now by Cheryl McIntyre (Sometimes Never #2)
It was such an interesting read from Park’s POV. You get why he’s such a bast*** but you can’t help but root for him to get his own HEA just the same. You go through his ups and downs with him and this guy just about melts your bones, melts your heart.

 

 

 

catching fire#5 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games #2)
A lot of people said that this sequel was just a recycling of the first book. But I beg to differ. SPOILER ALERT. Sure, Katniss and Peeta find themselves inside the Hunger Games arena yet again after just becoming champions for the previous Hunger Games but that’s about only thing that’s similar between the first and the sequel. This sequel has set up entirely new dynamics among the characters. And of course, Peeta Mellark. Need I say more?

 

 

the viscount who loved me romancing mr bridgerton#4 The Viscount who Loved Me & Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (The Bridgertons #2 & #4)
The Bridgertons. One of the most beloved families in all of Historical Romance world. Daphne and Simon’s story in the first book started the series well. And the succeeding books just built on that great foundation that Julia Quinn had set up. Anthony’s and Colin’s stories will continue to be on my re-read book list.

 

one good earl deserves a lover#3 One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean (Rules of Scoundrels #2)
Oh, Sarah MacLean. This book has found its place in the list of my favorite books of all time. The premise and the trajectory of the story were unique, fresh, and entirely lovable. The main characters, and Penelope were so different and yet so alike and they fit so well together. Their idiosyncrasies made the book work.

 

 

hostage to pleasure#2 Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh (Psy/Changeling #5)
It has been said many times and I will say it again as well. Nalini Singh has created one of, if not the most amazing paranormal series ever. Her world-building is just in a whole other level. Her characters are well fleshed-out, relatable (amid their psy or changeling capabilities), totally intriguing. Her story-telling is superb. And you can guess which of her books in the series is my favorite. Each sequel just builds on the previous book, plot-wise, character-wise, until after 12 books, you’ve got yourself a superb world with no lack for a minefield of mysteries and plot development.

 

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#1 The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, & A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (Queen’s Thief #2, #3, & #4)

As far as sequels go, these bunch are by far the best and my most favorite. Talk about building a world. Imagine concentric circles, the innermost being Gen, the main character in the first book. And as you go through the first, second, third, and four installment of the series, you get the succeeding circles, expanding the characters that you know, the goings-on that you are witnessing directly or indirectly, and the mysteries and questions that you want answered. And the circles just keep growing and growing bigger: as big as the love for this series that you would most likely develop in due time.