Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year, New Blog Design, New Giveaway!

Happy 2013!

I thought what better way to ring in the New Year then with a new blog design! I put this together myself using a few bits and pieces from around the web but I specifically wanted to credit Blog Design's By Sheila and her helpful pre-made goodies. I am using a modified version of one of her headers and her pre-made blog buttons. 

If you would like to add my new button to your blog roll here it is! 

Also what better way to start the New Year then with a giveaway?! The winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, so if you can receive Amazon GC's then you are eligible to enter.


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Best of 2012: Top 10 Books to come in 2013

Top 10 Books I'm looking forward to in 2013

1 Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
Expected Publication: August 29, 2013
Unspoken is one of my favorite books of 2012 and so I am freakishly excited for Untold. I can not wait to find out what happens to Kami and Jared and of course to see Rusty again!

2 Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevive Tucholke
Expected Publication: August 20, 2013
I am a total sucker for bad boys that are slightly evil, maybe a little bit crazy (see my personal life for confirmation) so this book is right up my alley and I don't know how I'm going to wait until August!

3 Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Expected Publication: February 12, 2013
I really enjoyed Wither and I thought Fever was even better! I can not wait to see how this series ends and what Lauren has in store for Rhine, Gabriel, & Linden! (*Side Note: This is by far my least favorite cover for this series. What were they thinking with green?)

4 The Collector by Victoria Scott
Expected Publication: April 2, 2013
I feel like The Collector has been all over the blogosphere and I am excited to finally see who this Dante Walker is and what he is all about! I will definitely be pre-ordering a copy of this one!

5 Ink by Amanda Sun
Expected Publication: June 25, 2013
This novel combines some of my favorite things, Japan, YA, and Gods. I can't wait to see how the author handles the different cultural customs and Japanese High School. If done correctly this sound be one of my favorite novels of 2013!

6 Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Expected Publication: March 19, 2013
I think everyone is biting this nails waiting for this novel. I absolutely love this series (so much more then The Mortal Instruments) and just want a happy ending for Jem, Will & Tessa but especially for Jem!

7 Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Expected Publication: January 15, 2013
Despite really hating the cover change (the other covers were way better lookling) I am super excited for the conclusion of this awesome series. I want to see what exactly is on this new Earth and how it will change the crew.

8 If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
Expected Publication: April 1, 2013 (This better not be an April Fools joke!)
This novel sounds like it will be an emotional ride and a total tear jerker which I usually don't go for, but I really like the idea of this novel. The history of a girl and her best friend leading up to his car crash in which the front seat was occupied by another girl. Queue tears.  

9 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 
Expected Publication: June 4, 2013

Shadow and Bone was probably my favorite high fantasy book of the year. I love all of the characters Alina, Mal, and especially the Darkling! Hopefully the sequel will be just as surprising and gripping as the first book.

10 Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
Expected Publication: June 11, 2013
I love the 1920's era and to combine that with magic, mystery, and illusion sounds like it is going to be a great novel! If it is anything like the movies The Illusionist and The Prestige I'm going to love it!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Best of 2012: Best Book Boyfriends

Best Book Boyfriends of 2012

It should come to no surprise that Adrian is at the top of my book boyfriends list of 2012. After all, he did win the YA Sisterhood's Summer Crush Tournament. Adrian has done so much growing as a character since the Vampire Academy series and I can't wait to see what happens between him and Sydney during The Indigo Spell.

It is kind of hard to call Gansey a book boyfriend. He was more of a main character then a love interest but I guess that made me like him even more! I loved how passionate he was about the ley lines and the depth of his character. Plus, he has that whole east coast old money prepster thing going for him (HOT). Whenever I think of Gansey I always have to listen to the song "Tea Partay", this is how I envision all old money guys ^.~

Four will never be Tobias to me. He was always be Four. And while him and Tris did have their ups and downs in Insurgent I still totally swooned over him! He is definitely one of my favorite leading men. Can't wait to find out who is cast to played him in the upcoming Divergent movie.

4. The Unspoken Boys- Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Yes, all of the boys in Unspoken get to share a spot. I love Jared but we have a sort of love/outrage relationship right now. And I did generally like Ash, but at times he could be a little bit too sweet. *Sigh* But then there is Rusty who isn't even a main love interest be he totally stole my heart (Falling asleep in random places, teaching Kami self defense *adorable*)! I especially like him in the short story The Summer Before I Met You, I'm hoping there is even more of him in book 2.

I know I was supposed to totally swoon over Mal and don't get me wrong the relationship he and Alina had was definitely sweet in a boy next door kind of way but The Darkling stole my heart from the very first page he was in. I have a soft spot for crazy guys that are kind of evil so it is no wonder the Darkling made my book boyfriends of 2012 list!

6 Kaidan Rowe-Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Honestly, I had kind of a love/hate relationship with Kaidan. He was of course a total hottie but at the same time I didn't like the way he treated Anna, and I felt like his back and forth was giving me whiplash. It wasn't until I read the chapters from Kaidan's POV that Wendy Higgins posted on her website that I really came to like Kaidan.

I think the thing I liked most about Noah was his commitment to his younger brothers. His relationship with Echo was adorable but it was really the depth of his character and the love he had for his family that made me like him.

8 Lucas-Easy by Tammara Webber 
Easy is a New Adult novel but I decided to put him on the list anyway. Lucas was the quintessential hot Teachers Assistant and I loved the relationship he had with Jacqueline. Plus Lucas was a total bad boy complete with motorcycle and tattoos, definitely swoon worthy.

I actually just recently read The Scourge for a blog tour and usually I am not a fan of Zombie novels so color me surprised when I absolutely loved The Scourge and totally fell for Peree. He was just such a great love interest and his dedication to Fennel just made him all the more likable   (Just imagine the guy below is blonde)

I went into The Selection fully expecting not to like Maxon but I guess his worldly naivety grew on me because by the end I was rooting for him and was hoping America would just get over Aspen already and give Maxon a chance. 
Honorable Mention:

Morpheus would be at the top of my list this year but Splintered does not release until January 2013 so he is ineligible. Morpheus was the perfect combination of sexy, mysterious, and boy from a next door world. I just loved everything about him! If you haven't already make sure to add Splintered to your TBR list and get your copy on January 1st!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Best of 2012: Heroines

Best of 2012: Heroines

I felt like in a lot of my reviews this year I kept mentioning how strong and generally amazing the female protagonist in the novels I read were. So I decided for my "Bloggers Choice" category I would choose the Top 10 Heroines of 2012!

1. Celaena Sardothien- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena is a famous assassin and has to compete in a tournament to becomes the King's champion. This championship showcases not only her skills as an assassin but her sharp wit as well. I loved that even though Celaena was an assassin and had a rough upbrining that she still enjoyed pretty dresses and the simple things in life. She was just extra awesome. 

I loved Kami because she is an investigative reporter and is always making her own way in life. She was never a follower and was always a leader. I loved that she never stopped searching and was always willing to let the facts take her no matter where they might lead. 

I never thought of the story of Peter Pan from Tiger Lily's perspective but after seeing everything she goes through I can't believe I didn't think of her more. I loved this story and the entire reason I loved it so much was because of what a strong character Tiger Lily was. 

Alina has always been ordinary and never expected her lfie to change, but after an accident in the Shadow Fold a dormant power is revealed. It was seeing how she handled this new found power and still kept her friends and origins in mind that made her a great heroine. 

At a young age Ismae's Father tries to marry her off to a terrible older man but Ismae escapes and becomes a handmaiden for the God of Death. From then on she is an assassin. I really liked the idea of this novel and while it was't on of my favorites this year I did like how strong of a character Ismae was.

I loved that Allie was above all a survivor. She grew up in a post apocalyptic world and when given then option of dying or becoming one of the undead she opts for becoming undead just to survive. I liked this quality about her. I also liked the fact that she cared so much for those around her. It made her all kinds of awesome. 

Riley is amazing. I feel like I can't do her character justice without a whole bunch of spoilers so it will have to suffice to say that even though Riley loses her entire family and is the only woman in an entire male business she still remains an absolutely awesome lead that I can't stop reading about!

8. Alyssa Gardner-Splintered by A.G. Howard 

I pretty much loved Alyssa from page 1, she could hear flowers talking, did crazy art, and skateboarded but it wasn't until she went to wonderland and had to save everyone around her that I discovered what an awesome heroine she was. I mean totally badass. 

Ananna's pirate parents dropped her off to be married to a rival clan and instead of marrying him she decides to run away. Ananna faces assassin's trying to kill her, the rival clan, and a whole mound of other things but throughout everything she holds her own and keeps it together. 

10. June Iparis-Legend & Prodigy by Marie Lu

I loved that June was smart, strong, an amazing fighter and that even though she was basically alone she still held her life together. I felt like June embodied what it meant to be both strong and independent. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Best of 2012: Top 10 Covers of 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Best of 2012: Top 10 Books I read in 2012