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Top Ten Tuesday #24: Favourite 2013 Reads December 31, 2013

 

Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

 

Top Ten(ish) Favourite Reads of 2013

 

I read some great books in 2013. I’m looking forward to even better reads in 2014. These are some of my favourites from this year!

 

 

1.The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd.

 

2.Revenants series by Amy Plum.

 

3.Incarnate series by Jodi Meadows ❤

 

4.The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

5.The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. JEM! I need more!

 

6.Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. Oh, Jack. ❤

 

7.Waterfell by Amalie Howard.

 

8.The Cousins’ War series by Philippa Gregory

 

9.Everneath series by Brodi Ashton

 

10.The Prophecy by Erin Albert. INCREDIBLE debut

 

11.Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

12.The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

 

13.Legend trilogy by Marie Lu

 

What were your favourite reads of this year? Fill me in! Let me know about good reads I missed out on!

 

 

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End of Year Book Survey 2013 December 27, 2013

Since this is my first year blogging, I decided to take part in Jamie’s End of Year Book Survey (all graphics are from her original post! I thought they were awesome and wanted to use them. Thanks, Jaime, for your wonderful creativity!) to see how my first 1/2 year of blogging went as well as my year of reading. I’m excited to look back on 2013. I can’t believe this year is almost over! This time last year I was pregnant and miserable. This year I have two beautiful children running and crawling around the house! (:

 

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)

Contemporary YA –

I absolutely ADORED Fangirl. It was so close to my freshman year that it was overwhelming. I loved it. Definitely a new favourite!

Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic –

I read a lot of dystopian/ Post-apocalyptic this year, but the Legend trilogy had to be my favourite.

Historical Fiction –

This is actually an adult series, but I LOVE Philippa Gregory. I loved this entire series (excluding The Red Queen) and can’t wait to see what The Last Rose will bring to the table in 2014!

Paranormal —

I loved the ending of this trilogy. I do wish we could see more of after the epilogue! (No spoilers for those who haven’t read it!)

Science Fiction —

I’ve never been a fan of Cinderella, but oh man. Marissa Meyer KILLS it with this retelling! Gimme Cress!

Fantasy —


I cannot express how much I loved this trilogy. I am SO sad it’s over. And Cris. Oh, Cris. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let Jodi tell your story! I promise I won’t be mad!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Sorry, just not that into you. Matched was awesome. Crossed and Reached were found wanting.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?


Oh my gosh, guys. This book BLEW MY MIND. I’m not into mermaids. This is not your typical mermaid story. I am SO glad I won this in Amalie’s additional YASH giveaway. PLEASE check this out if you haven’t already!

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

See above. I CANNOT push it enough! It was INCREDIBLE!

ALSO:

READ IT! Erin is AMAZING! #TeamWil

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

C’mon guys. Just read this series already. Wow. ❤

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

I loved Amy’s series and I can’t wait for After the End!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the experimentation going on, but man, this book was amazing! Hoping to start Her Dark Curiosity in the next week or so!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Romance has never really been my thing, but oh man. I LOVED this book. Rachel is amazing! (: So glad I was able to read this as an ARC!

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’ve gotta prep for City of Heavenly Fire! So excited! (:

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?


*swoon* I love this dress. I want this dress. I NEEEEEEEEEED this dress. And Cole. I need him too. Smack him around a bit for being so SNEAKY! >.<

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

So I’m cheating a bit. Using a movie pic. But come ON. Finnick is the shiz. WHY Suzanne, WHY?! (And I re-read The Hunger Games trilogy for the movie release. It was not a first time read!)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Wow. Lauren created such an amazing world. Definitely not a world I would want to live in, but wow. These characters. Read it. Now.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

Oh man. Do you know Anderson Cooper’s story? No? Well, check out this book and see what all ONE human being has been through. It will rip your heart out.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

Hubby and I listened to this audiobook and I loved it. I can’t believe it took me this long to read it!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

Music overwhelmed me, soaked into my skin like water. I didn’t have words for the squiggles and dashes across the pages, or the way his fingers stretched across the keys to make my heart race. If I could hear only one thing for the rest of my life, this was what I wanted.” – Jodi Meadows, Incarnate

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest 10pg, “Magnus’s Vow” from City of Bones

Longest completed (read entirely) in 2013 570pgs

Longest completed in 2013 597pgs (I WAS pregnant at the beginning of 2013 lol)

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!

For reasons. Mary will understand.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).


I ADORE the relationship between Artemis and Holly. Holly and Foaly are pretty epic too. I seriously need to finish this series!

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


Again, I LOVE Philippa Gregory. It’s a toss up between The Kingmaker’s Daughter, The White Princess, and The Lady of the Rivers for the favourite of her books this year!

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Incarnate and Infinite have already gotten some cover love, now it’s time for Asunder to shine! I will forever be thankful and grateful for Mary’s recommendation of this FANTASTIC series! Jodi is such a wonderful person and I will promote the heck out of all of her future books because she is a spectacular author! (:

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

I’m going to say fantasy. And I mean this loosely. As in combining supernatural/paranormal with it. I did read a large amount of dystopian this year too. I’ll just go with fiction. Yeah, fiction.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Oh goodness. I’ll just make a list instead of covers! Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Jem from The Infernal Devices, Prince Wil from The Prophecy, Lo from Waterfell, Day from Legend, Jules from Revenants, Dossam (Sam) and Cris from Incarnate/New Soul, Jack and Cole from Everneath, Edward IV and Richard III from Cousins’ War (okay, more so from The White Queen on Starz, but still), Levi from Fangirl, and Linden and Gabriel from Chemical Garden. I read a lot of new series this year, don’t hate!

23. Best 2013 debut you read?


Oh wow. This book was AMAZING! (: *grabby hands* for book two! (:

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

I am so stoked to see more of the satellite aspect! Marissa’s world is awesome!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

I have loved this series since high school. It was so bittersweet to see it come to an end! I love all of the Jack and Sky action though. Mmmm Jack…. (: I’m totally excited about her new series coming out next year that’s an extension of Blue Bloods

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

OH MAN. The feels. There was one scene that had me blubbering. It was so intense and heart wrenching, I had to go check on my own sweet babies while they were sleeping. Oh… I get chills just thinking about it!

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

This deserved so much more hype for being Megan’s debut novel! Here’s hoping I can help pump up the hype for Her Dark Curiosity.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?

I helped get my lovely Mary’s blog going by spreading the word, but I would have to say The Broke and the Bookish

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?

My review of Waterfell

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

*crickets chirp*

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

All of the ones I read about book piracy. It’s a very polarising topic.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

It was a personal event, but definitely getting to meet up and have lunch with the lovely Jodi Meadows. Best day before my birthday EVAAAAAARRRRRR! Second place goes to the signing with Megan Shepherd! Six hours in the car coming back from the beach to make it in time! (:

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

See above! (:

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My Feature and Follow Friday post back in August.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Honestly, all of them! This beginning stuff is hard work!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

My public library! Well, specifically the Children’s library of our library. The kiddos LOVE it! We try to go at least once a week.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I technically completed my Goodreads challenge, but my own personal challenge I haven’t met. I’m not giving myself too much grief though. I did have a baby and newborns are just a bit of a time suck lol.

2014-books

 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

Yup. It’s the goal. I’m still avoiding all movie things! (: Hubby and I are going to read it together!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Oh, yes. I’m so excited!

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I’m very excited about this debut!

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

I’m super excited about actually reading this one when it comes out. I know it will be bittersweet as all series endings are, but I’m ready. I think….

I’ve already read an ARC of this masterpiece, but I can’t wait for the book tour and to get my hardback copy and to hang out with Jodi again! (:

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I hope to continue to learn how to balance blogging with being a mama. I love to read and blog, but in all honesty, my kids come first.

Did you read any of the amazing books I read this year? What books do you recommend? 2013 was definitely a great year full of first for me. Tell me about your 2013, I’d love to know! (:

 

Waiting on Wednesday #18: Vitro by Jessica Khoury December 25, 2013

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!

 

 

My pick of the week is:

 

 

Vitro (Origin companion)

 

by Jessica Khoury

 

Coming: 11 January 2014

 

Publisher: Razorbill

 

Summary:

 

A death-defying tropical adventure delivers a frightening message about dabbling with creation from the talented author of Origin.

On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings—the Vitros—have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw.

Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. She enlists hunky charter pilot Jim Julien to take her there. But once on the island, Sophie and Jim encounter more than they bargained for, including a charming, brilliant Vitro named Nicholas and an innocent, newly awoken one named Lux.

In a race for their lives, Sophie and Jim are about to discover what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.

 


Why I’m excited:

 

I came across Jessica during the YASH. I was so intrigued by her series that it immediately went on my TBR. I’ve been impatiently waiting for Origin to come in at my library for several weeks now. It has a feel like The Island that Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johannson were in a couple of years back from the description. I can’t wait to read them!

 

 

Why I need you to be excited:

 

Mysterious science experiments on a remote island? What isn’t intriguing about that?! Left behind by her mother and going off to find out what she’s up to? What does happen when science reaches too far? Do the characters see that they can’t play God? So exciting!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday #23: Books Santa Can Bring Me (Punk and Bug strike again!) December 24, 2013

Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten Books Santa Can Bring Me (Please, oh please!)

I’ve been good this year, Santa. Please be kind! (:

1.Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

2.Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

3.My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century & A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

4.Revenants trilogy by Amy Plum

5.Everneath trilogy by Brodi Ashton

6.Legend trilogy by Marie Lu

7.Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

8.Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare & Joshua Lewis

9.Harry Potter by JK Rowling (the new paperback set, please!)

10.Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Top Ten Books Santa Can Bring Us (Punk and Bug style)

We’ve been good Santa! We promise!

1.Pete the CatSaves Christmas by James Dean & Eric Litwin

2.Ladybug Girl Loves…. by David Soman & Jacky Davis

3.If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Joffee Numeroff & Felicia Bond

4.That’s Not My Princess by Fiona Watt

5.The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

6.The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

7.Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

8.Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

9.Polar: The Titanic Bear by Daisy Corning Stone Spedden

10.Maisy Goes to the Museum: A Maisy First Experience Book by Lucy Cousins

What books do you want Santa to bring you tonight? Let me know! Do you have little ones? Anything on Punk and Bug’s list on theirs? (:

 

Please Be Kind, Rewind: 15-21 December 2013 December 22, 2013

Filed under: Books,Weekly Reading Review — Maura @ 9:00 am

Wow. Another week has passed already. This one got away from me. The sinus crud has hit our house again. Throw that in with some holiday prep and BAM I forgot to fix my post and it’s Sunday… so I’m a day late again this week! Oops. This may or may not be my last Please Be Kind, Rewind for 2013. I’m thinking of combining the next two weeks. I’m probably going to take a break for the holidays. Fully enjoy Christmas with my kiddos PLUS my aunt and uncle are coming in from New Mexico for the first time in almost two years. Super. Stoked. (: If this is my last recap for 2013, I hope you all have a great holiday season and I’ll see you in 2014.

Completed:

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. (audiobook) The narrator returns from City of Ashes and that makes me super happy! (:

Currently Reading:

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Read to the Kiddos:

City of Glassby Cassandra Clare. We got in the car to run some errands and Punk started chanting, “Book, please, mama!”

The Church Mice at Christmas by Graham Oakley. 3 stars. It wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be. Kiddos didn’t really enjoy it.

Spot’s Magical Christmas by Eric Hill. 3 stars for me, a bajillion for the kiddos. Punk absolutely LOVED this. Every time one of the characters mentioned Santa’s sleigh being missing he would cry, “OH NO!” It was precious, people!

New to my shelf:

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott. OMG. Thank you SO much to Scholastic for this INCREDIBLE early Christmas present. SO EXCITED!

 

 

*Review* Cress by Marissa Meyer (Chapters 1-5)

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***I was granted permission by Macmillan Books to read the first chapter in advance in exchange for an honest review. I read chapters 2-5 with the chapter sampler released on #CyborgMonday. The rest of the review will come with reading the full novel upon publication.***

 

Rating:
Pub date: 4 February 2014
Publisher:Feiwel & Friends a Macmillan Imprint
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: eARC via Netgalley, chapter sampler e-book
Status: Book three of The Lunar Chronicles

 

Summary:

 

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

 

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

 

My thoughts:

 

Oh. Wow. This chapter opener was amazing. I’m hooked already. I can’t wait. Cress seems to be an interesting new character. She does seem a bit childish, but that’s to be expected after being kept in solitary confinement for a large portion of her life.

 

 

Just before I started the first chapter from Netgalley, I saw that Marissa released chapters 1-5 on Cyber Monday, renamed “Cyborg Monday.” I jumped on it. So it’s still a month and a half from the release date and I have probably have 0% chance of scoring an ARC, I decided to torture myself a bit more.

 

 

Chapter one ends on a cliffhanger AND chapter five does as well. Marissa is incredible with weaving multiple story lines between chapters and showcases how they overlap. I am so excited to see where this book goes. Marissa is amazing taking the fairy tales and reinventing them. Especially since it’s making me fall in love with fairy tales I have never enjoyed. Bring it Cress, I’m ready for your amazingness!

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday #17: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge December 18, 2013

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Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!

My pick of the week is:

Cruel Beauty

by Rosamund Hodge

Coming: 8 January 2014

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Summary:

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

 

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

 

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

 

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

 

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

 

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Why I’m excited:

A Beauty and the Beast retelling? I’m IN! I love the story of Beauty and the Beast. I love the movie, I love the Broadway production. I love it all. Greek mythology?! Have you seen how much I’m in love with Brodi Ashton’s Everneath series? I’m a total Greek mythology nerd. I have an Artemis statue on my office desk straight from Delphi, Greece, I bought in 2007. I am totally excited about this incredible looking book! I’m thankful to HarperCollins and Balzer + Bray for granting me permission to read an ARC.

Why I need you to be excited:

Retellings are the hot thing right now. Fairy tale PLUS Greek mythology? Let’s do this! Get pumped up! Look at the cover! It’s beautiful! I am so excited to read Rosamund’s debut novel! Show her some love!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday #22: New to Me Authors of 2013 December 17, 2013

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Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten New to Me Authors ❤

Thanks to the lovely Mary for the most of these intros, but I also have to thank my lovely Twitter friends for some of these! In no particular order here are my Top Ten favourite new to me authors!!

1.Jodi Meadows. Oh, I love Jodi. She’s amazing. (:

2.Erin Albert. Thanks to Crystal for introducing us! I cannot wait for her next book!

3.Megan Shepherd. I love Megan’s imagining of HG Wells’s Island of Dr Moreau and can’t wait to see her world continue in Her Dark Curiosity.

4.Cassandra Clare. Technically I started The Mortal Instruments in December 2012, but still. I did the majority of my reading of her works this year.

5.Brodi Ashton. I love Greek Mythology and Brodi’s retelling of the Persephone myth is great. I can’t wait to see where it all ends in Evertrue.

6.Marissa Meyer. Fairy tale retellings are great! She’s such an incredible author.

7.Amy Plum. I loved Revenants and can’t wait for After the End.

8.Lauren DeStefano. The Chemical Garden trilogy was great! I’m sad it’s over!

9.Beth Revis. She’s an incredible wordsmith!

10.Rachel Harris. Oh, Rachel. I love her. YA and NA. She creates such great characters!

What authors did you meet this year? Tell me about them! (:

 

*ARC Review* Pawn by Aimee Carter December 16, 2013

***I was granted permission to read Pawn by the publisher (Harlequin Teen) in exchange for an honest review. Quotations may change between ARC and publication. Many thanks to Harlequin Teen!***

Rating:4 ½ – 5 stars
Pub date: 26 November 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre:Young Adult Fiction
Format:eARC via publisher
Status:Book one of The Blackcoat Rebellion series

Summary:

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.


Previously titled Masked.

My thoughts:

This dystopian novel is one of the best I’ve read because it’s so different from the others. America is ruled by a “democratically elected” family, the Harts. They’ve been in charge for over 70 years. On everyone’s 17th birthday, a person takes a ranking test to assign them to a level of society (II – VII, I’s are sent Elsewhere).

Our narrator is newly 17 and tested, Kitty Doe. She has trouble reading, and didn’t finish her test on time and was assigned a III and a work assignment of sewer duty in Denver. She is devastated by the news while her boyfriend, Benjy (not yet 17), is optimistic.

You are more than the number on the back of your neck, Kitty. Never forget that.” – Benjy

Plans are made and screwed up leading to an offer. Kitty is offered a chance to become a VII. No one becomes or earns a VII. Only the Hart family is granted a VII.

I’ve never seen family drama quite like this! The Hart family is massively screwed up. Kitty is to become Lila, the prime minister’s niece. She “died in an accident” and the country cannot know. She is surgically altered to look like Lila in every single way. When she wakes up from surgery, she is thrown head first into a family power struggle. She has to navigate who she can and cannot trust and also decide which side she’s on. She first met Daxton, Lila’s uncle and the prime minister. His capabilities to make skin crawl is impressive. Then she meets Lila’s mother, Celia. Celia is… slightly unhinged. She’s incredibly unstable from the death of her daughter and Kitty being brought in to act in her place. Kitty also meets Lennox “Knox” Creed who was Lila’s fiance. Now that Kitty is Lila, Knox is HER fiance. Knox is Knox. He has many sides that are difficult to navigate and understand. He wants to help Kitty succeed, but he’s also keeping deep secrets. Finally Kitty meets Augusta, the matriarch of the Hart family. She is the ultimate definition of “psycho crazy bitch.” Augusta is the one who is the one who came up with the plan for Kitty and also must approve of Kitty’s performance. The last family member Kitty meets is dear Greyson. Greyson is the favourite child and everyone tries to keep him in the dark about family matters. What they don’t realise is he’s on to their secrets.

Speaking of secrets. Everyone’s keeping them. I mean EVERYONE! There are secrets upon secrets upon secrets in this messed up family. They make Jerry Springer seem like a simple misunderstanding. With the secrets come the plans. Everyone has a plan for Kitty/Lila and every plan has strings attached even if it’s said there are no strings. Poor Benjy is pulled in unknowingly and is used as collateral for every move Kitty must make. Knox and Celia try to protect him while Daxton and August try to off him. Who has the right motives? Well, Aimee leaves a lot of it up to you. Or at least that’s how I feel at the end of Pawn.

And holy plot twists I did not see THAT coming. Or THAT. Or even THAT. Aimee does a fantastic job on keeping the twists and turns coming. Elsewhere? Whoa. Lila? Whoa. Daxton? Whoa. Augusta? Whoa. I made this face O.o several times through reading. If there’s this much in book ONE, I don’t know how to handle the future books. I mean WHOA. And that’s all I can say about all of these because if I say MORE, there’s no need for you to read it.

I was so impressed with the world and relationship building Aimee did. I haven’t read The Goddess Test series, so I can’t compare the two in anyway, but I believe The Blackcoat Rebellion will be an incredible series. I’m ecstatic to continue reading! I’m thankful that Harlequin gave me the opportunity to review Pawn. I loved every page. I really loved Kitty who is incredibly smart and determined despite the tattooed III on her neck. She looks at every option before she dives in. She’s definitely smarter than her world gives her credit for being. I’m definitely #TeamKnox. Sorry, Benjy, but you don’t really have a backbone. I’m so ready for book two!! Need it NOW! I definitely recommend this for dystopian lovers. (:

 

Please Be Kind, Rewind: 8-14 December 2013 December 15, 2013

I am posting this late because I forgot to format it completely before we left for the weekend. It was that time of year again. Hubby’s Guard unit’s family Christmas dinner. Completely boring, but you know, I’m a good Army wife so we go! We also got to hang with the Parks family and THAT my friends is ALWAYS great! (: Especially when I kick some butt at Rummy. Just sayin’.

Soooo.. It’s up a day late. Oops! Another week down. This year has gone by so quickly!

Completed:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (audiobook) Story 5 stars. Narrator 2-3 stars. I really didn’t like her narration. Her voice was a bit grating on my nerves.

The Runaway Queen by Cassandra Clare. 3 stars. I love revolutionary France, but this just felt lacking

Pawn by Aimee Carter. 4 ½ – 5 stars. It was incredible! Review to come.

Roar & Liv (UTNS 0.5) by Veronica Rossi

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (audiobook) Already a million times better than the other narrator!

Currently Reading:

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (audiobook) I’m happy the narrator for City of Ashes returned for this one too! (:

Read to the Kiddos:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Fun Time Baby Punk “read” this to Bug

New to my shelf:

From the library:

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer (audiobooks)

A stack of Christmas themed books for the kiddos! Getting ready for the season!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Fierce Reads giveaway, this is only momentarily mine. It’s going to my niece for Christmas!)

These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Megan Spooner (from the lovely Mary! Punk grabbed this from my hands when I opened it and said “Book! Read me!” I think he has a new book crush. Ana will be sad!)

 

 
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