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“Waiting On” Wednesday (41): My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week’s spotlight is on:

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MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: Twelve Holiday Stories

by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White

Release Date: October 14,  2014

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

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Top Ten Tuesday (31): Top Ten Books for YA and Contemporary Romance Newbies

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish

I’m going to do a split version for this week and do a top five for YA books and another top five for Contemporary Romance books. So here we go…

Top Five Books for YA Newbies…

 

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JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta. My general belief is that everybody should read this book at least once in his/her life. 🙂 It’s an amazingly woven, poignant, and powerful story. Here’s my attempt to REVIEW this.

 

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FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. If you need an initiation to the YA genre, you’ve got to try Rainbow Rowell’s YA books.

 

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SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson. I love the plot and character development in this one. It was great being with Emily in her journey of discoveries.

 

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THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski. This is a historical fantasy variation of YA, whose story presents sides that you will have a hard time choosing over. Here’s my REVIEW.

 

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THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner. This is actually the 2nd book in The Queen’s Thief series and my favorite. But I would still recommend reading the series in order to get that full impact of MWT’s genius.

 

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Review: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

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Author: Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

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Quote-tastic Monday (13): LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

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QUOTE-TASTIC is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that’s grabbed ya for one reason or another.

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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: Favorite Covers of 2013

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at Bewitched Bookworms. This week’s theme: Favorite Covers of 2013.

 

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#6: Splintered by A.G. Howard

I haven’t read this yet but I’ve read good things about it and now it’s on my TBR list. I just love the whimsical feel and the lively colors of this cover.

 

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#5: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

I’ve always had a hard time picturing how a character would look in real life. And as I have been excited about Isaiah’s book since I read Dare You To, I got my first glimpse of him on this cover. And I loved it. I love the red-themed car and how they’re together on the seat, as well as their facial expressions.

 

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#4: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

We finally get a glimpse of Tessa herself. This cover was just beautifully done. I love her dress, by the way.

 

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#3: A Man Above Reproach by Evelyn Pryce

This cover for a historical romance novel is a breath of fresh air. It’s an uncommon cover in this genre and I love the watercolor effect. It gives the gentleman on the cover a certain dimensionality that whispers of the time period in London then.

 

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#2: Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Oh, these two. I just adore how these covers really echo the characters in the books. It’s an additional way for readers to connect with the story.

 

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#1: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

I love this cover edition because it gives me the face to go with the name. This book is one of Nalini’s best works. Absolutely divine.

 

There you go, my super six covers for 2013. I would love to hear from you guys so if you have time, leave your links in the comments section and I’ll definitely check them out.

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read

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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: 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read.

 

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#10    (No cover and title yet) Night Prince #3 by Jeaniene Frost – I want to know how Vlad will get his HEA. The second book ended in a pretty good place and I can’t wait to read the home stretch.

#9       Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long – I will always want more Pennyroyal Green books from Julie Anne Long until we get to the book about Lyon and Olivia.

#8       The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen – I can’t wait to discover what kind of man and leader Jaron will becoming and what kind of journey he takes to get to that point.

#7       Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – More Stephanie Perkins, please. I adored Lola and the Boy Next Door and I can’t wait to read the next book.

#6       Landline by Rainbow Rowell – Rainbow Rowell should release a book every week. Just saying. 

#5       City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – This is the ending to a series that I just know would be grand and magnificent. After five books, I’m ready but at the same time I’m not ready for this series to end.

#4       Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster – I loved My Lady Quicksilver and after finding out who the next book will be featuring, I’m soooo excited. 

#3       The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand – Everybody should read Laura Florand. Seriously. 🙂 And I can’t believe she will release a new book in January just after she released The Chocolate Heart last month. Yay for more books.

#2       (No title and cover yet) Rules of Scoundres #4 – Chase’s book by Sarah MacLean – Even though I haven’t read No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive), I just know this is one of those books that I’ll be eagerly anticipating for next year.

#1        Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh – OMG. I need more Psy-Changeling books. I know that the series will be winding up soon, this being the second to the last, I think. But Nalini Singh’s prose is really special. And when I’m not reading her book, I’m constantly missing her writing. 

Time really passes so slow when you’re waiting for something so good. I can’t wait to have these books in my hands. 2014 will rock! I just know it.

What are your picks for the weeks?

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?

 

 

 

Super Six Sunday: Books that are on my TBR list for more than 6 months

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at Bewitched Bookworms. This week’s theme: Books that have spend more than six months in my to-be-read (TBR) pile and which I haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

 

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The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

I’m a fan of Mitch Albom. Although I know I’ll definitely get tears in my eyes before I finish his books, I still read them because I know I’ll get something from the experience. Every. Single. Time.

 

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I’ve read a lot of positive reviews for this book and although it’s not usually my cup of tea genre-wise I added it to my TBR and I’m looking forward to finding out how this book will make me feel.

 

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Immortal City by Scott Speer

I was going to read this at the same time as my friend but for some reason (aka, I got distracted by other books), my friend ended up finishing it while I did not even get past the first chapter. But I’m still keeping it in my TBR pile and hoping I get around to reading it soon.

 

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I love Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read and will adore to the end of my days her two other books, Eleanor and Park and Fangirl. But for some reason, I haven’t read Attachments yet. I don’t know if it’s nerves on my part because it may not be as wonderful as her other two books but it’s Rainbow Rowell, so I’ll trust in her name and in her work and still give this one a try. Soon.

 

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

This series has garnered quite a following and I’m really looking forward to getting started with the Laini Taylor experience. I’ll probably start this series once the third book comes out.

 

 

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Archangel’s Kiss and Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Okay, I can’t believe I haven’t read these two yet when I’ve read Books 1, 4, and 5 and Book 6 just came out. The reason for this might be because I’m initially not used to having the same characters as leads in three consecutive books. I’m OC like that but I can manage it now with all the other books I’ve read that continues the series with the same hero and heroine. So, I’m definitely going to be reading these two soon, probably before the year ends.

 

There you go. Those are my Super Six this Sunday. What about you, guys? What have you got in your TBR pile for more than half a year now? 🙂

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is about character names you love or unusual character names that you’ve encountered. Here’s mine.

 

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Eugenides “Gen”

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

 

 

 

 
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Heath Champion

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

 

 

 
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Cather (and Wren)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

 

 
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Ashaya Aleine

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 
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Magnus Bane

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 
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Kaleb Krychek

Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 
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Draco Malfoy

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 
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Divergent series by Veronica Roth

 

 

 

 
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Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

 

 

 

 
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Cricket Bell

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

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The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

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Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

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Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

 

 

What about you? Which character names do you love or you find unusual?