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Top Ten Tuesday #28: Rewind: Bookish Confessions February 25, 2014

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

Rewind: Top Ten Bookish Confessions

I wasn’t blogging the first time this one came up, so I decided I wanted to have a little confession time.

1. I own Harry Potter books in 5 (yes, FIVE) languages. I own the whole series in American English, books 1-4 in a boxed set in British English (they’re the books I talked about last week in why I love reading because of their SMELL), 1-3 in French, 3 in Spanish (my mom’s failed attempt at getting my favourite series in Spanish to tempt me to take Spanish in high school. I took French haha), and 6 in German (German exchange student junior year in HS I became good friends with gave it to me before she flew home. I can’t read any of it, but I treasure it immensely!) I want to get a copy in Italien and Greek because I’ve been to both countries and that’s my thing. I want to collect Harry Potter in every language of countries I’ve visited. I’m good on them except for those two languages. (Another perk on having the German copy!)

2. I have a bad book buying problem. My TBR pile is ridiculous. I keep buying books. Not like I used to, broke college student, broke newlywed, and now broke parent keep that leash short. Now, I try to order my favourite ARCs or most anticipated reads and stagger purchases. I still hope to have a library like Belle’s one day! (:

3. I used to be a binge reader. Now, let me explain. I still binge read. I love binge reading a series. What I mean though is that I used to go on reading binges and then spans of time of not reading. I would knock out a bunch of books then go weeks and sometimes even months without reading. I’m trying to do better about it, now I usually go a few days without reading at most.

4. I used to be really REALLY bad about dog-earing and highlighting in my books. Well, highlighting in Harry Potter. I would dog-ear my place in anything and everything. I’ve thankfully outgrown that.

5. I DESPISE hardcover library books. I have a love-hate relationship with jacket covers as it is. I love looking at them, but I hate reading with them on. I REALLY hate reading hardcover library books because of it. They bother me so much. It might be a complex haha.

6. I love-hate paperbacks. I love their price. I really love that they are cheaper on the wallet. I can buy more books if I buy in paperback. I hate them. They don’t last as long as hardcovers. The spines get all funky looking after they’ve been read a few times. You can spot my favourite or used books a mile away on my shelves. I try to be careful with them, but it just sucks.

7. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to write. For as long as I can remember I have written, or at least made up stories even if no one was around to hear them. It seemed like destiny spoke the first time I heard “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles. It WILL happen one day!

8. When I went to Scotland back in 2007, I HAD to go to Balmoral Hotel. I had to stand in front of the building where Harry Potter was finished. Lyndsay and I didn’t go in, but we both kinda just had a moment. We were both huge Harry Potter fans it just seemed like a perfect way to have closure. A few short weeks later, she called me, bragging, when she had Deathly Hallows in her hands and I still had hours to wait. MEAN.

9. I am (figuratively) DYING to finish The Royal Diaries series. I loved this series as a kid and I still want to finish the books. I have nine pretties sitting on my shelf and I can’t wait to share them with my kiddos! (And complete my collection! Haha)

10. I am SUPER thankful for my mom instilling a love of reading in me. I also am thankful to my Gran for encouraging me to give Harry Potter a chance when I got it for Christmas. I hope that I can pass on my love of reading to my children. They already bring me books all the time to read to them, I hope that this never changes!

Tell me, what are your bookish confessions? Or let me know what you picked for this week’s rewind! Leave me your links, and I’ll drop by! (:

 

*ARC Review* Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott February 24, 2014

***I was granted permission to read Fire & Flood by the publisher (Scholastic Press) in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Scholastic Press!***

Rating:4 stars
Pub date:25 February 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre:Young Adult Fiction
Format: ARC via publisher
Status:Book one of Fire & Flood series

Summary:

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying — and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

My thoughts:

I was very excited when I first heard about this title. Victoria had a request form up on her page that she passed along to Scholastic. I immediately filled it out and pushed it from my thoughts. I didn’t want to dwell on it in case I didn’t get approval. My hubby brought in a package one day and held it out to me. It was from Scholastic. I was ecstatic. I wanted to dive in first thing, but I had some other things I had to read first. Mary over at Mary Had A Little Book Blog and I decided to read it at the same time. This was my first book by Victoria Scott and I do plan on continuing this series in the future and checking out her Dante Walker series.

The pacing felt a little slow to me in the beginning. After an initial lull, the pacing rapidly picks up and became a page turner until I finished. I felt a very strong similarity to The Hunger Games if the stakes were even higher. Instead of competing for themselves, the Contenders are competing for a loved one. At a first glance, you would think this was a dystopian, but it is very much a modern day thriller (confirmed by Victoria).

Tella’s world was rocked when her parents uprooted their family from Boston to Montana after her brother fell ill. It’s not clear what is wrong with her brother, just that he’s sick and seems to be fading rather quickly. Tella receives an invitation to the Brimestone Bleed, but her parents try to play it off like a joke and attempt to destroy the evidence of the invitation. She manages to get a hold of the device and listens to the full invitation. Her mom catches her before she leaves and they have a quick talk. Tella leaves to pursue the cure.

The first challenge in the jungle felt a little disappointing. There were a few dangers, but nothing out of the ordinary of if she had gotten lost in the jungle. The biggest question that remained in my mind is what happens if you lose the race? One person gets the cure, but what happens to the other Contenders?

I was not really able to connect with Tella for the better part of the book. She came off as spoiled and selfish even though she was there for her brother. Her internal dialogue was very immature and bratty. I know not all 17 year olds are not all created equal. I was often told I was mature for my age and sometimes I forget that not all teenagers think like I did. Once she hooked up with a group, I started to connect with her more because she started to grow as a person.She still has her moments of wishing she hadn’t come, but who wouldn’t? It’s not an easy thought potentially risking your life for someone. It’s human nature to prefer preserving yourself than others.

I really enjoyed the other characters (Guy, Ransom, Levi, etc) and I can’t wait to see if more of their backstories are included in the future. I’m also excited to see where their budding friendships take them. It’s an every man for himself situation and new friendships will only last for so long… right?

With the first race behind, things really began to pick up and it made me very happy. Right at the end of the jungle race is when it really became a page turner for me. The twists were very well done and I really enjoyed the desert race. The desert race was definitely a five star section. My toddler kept asking me to read to him before his nap and there were sections that I had to skim as I read because they were totally not suited for a toddler’s ears. Once he was asleep, I devoured the last 100 pages.The action and danger shot through the roof and it was amazing.

I loved the idea of Pandoras. They were simply incredible and it was a very well done idea. In a way they felt like the daemons from the His Dark Materials series, but DEFINITELY more badass.Maddox is incredible. His power – whoa. I really hope we get to learn more about how the Pandoras are created in the next installment!

The ending will definitely leave you wanting more. Keep in mind that this race is in four destinations and Fire & Flood only covers two of them. So much more excitement and challenges away in the Brimestone Bleed.

I’m proud to recommend this as a great read! It does not disappoint and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

About the author:

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Germany, Australia, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.


Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

 

*Review* Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi February 23, 2014

Rating: 5 stars
Pub date: 8 January 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian
Format: e-book, library
Status: Book two of Under the Never Sky series

Summary:

It’s been months since Aria learned of her mother’s death.
Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It’s a moment they’ve been longing for with countless expectations. And it’s a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don’t take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry’s control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?
In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

My thoughts:

While I was not completely satisfied with Under the Never Sky, I really enjoyed Through the Ever Night. In a way, I savored Through the Ever Night because it took me longer than normal to read it. It happens when you get so sick your head spins at the thought of reading. Thankfully, that quickly passed and I was able to thoroughly enjoy the book!

As the new leader of the Tides, Perry comes into his own. He was born to lead and finally has his chance to shine. Even though he’s been separated from Aria for months, he shows time and again that he is truly only hers.

After the heart breaking loss of her mother, Aria is even more uncertain of herself than ever. Being half Dweller and half Outsider has left her with a bit of a void in her identity. She doesn’t let it hold her back completely though and she continues to flourish outside of the pods. Though she has escaped the pods, Hess is still controlling her by threatening Perry’s nephew. He promises to keep Talon safe as long as Aria looks for the location of the mysterious Still Blue.

Knowing her presence is causing dissention in the Tides, Aria leaves with Roar in search of Liv and the Still Blue. I really enjoyed watching Aria and Roar’s relationship grow. I think they are a great example of how a guy and a girl can be friends with zero romantic intentions. Though in their world, it would be an appropriate relationship to foster since they share the same gift. Roar is definitely my favourite character in the series. My love for him only grows in Through the Ever Night.

My second favourite character is one we learn more about in Through the Ever Night. I loved Cinder and am so happy we learn more about him. I’m really excited to see how his role in Into the Still Blue plays out.

The certain heart wrenching event near the end was brutal. It also felt a bit unnecessary. That is if things play out like how I think it’ll go. It’d be nice if I’m wrong. I really, really hope I am!

I liked getting to see one of the other tribes. If everything is as harsh as it is in the world, I really wonder why the tribes don’t try to cooperate more. It would make more sense to me, but maybe that’s one of the background details that aren’t completely explained.

One thing I really didn’t like (other than the heart wrenching) was Perry’s jealous. He can scent tempers and feelings, he would’ve instantly known if shenanigans were going on between Roar and Aria. He KNEW before they left that Aria’s feelings were true to him and Roar’s true to Liv. I also didn’t like the reason the seed of doubt was planted. Skanky ho. Everything can’t be perfect and Perry is human and human’s make mistakes!

Again, like with Under the Never Sky, I do recommend this book and series. I can’t wait to continue with my binge read and dive into my eARC of Into the Still Blue.   

About the author:

Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA and studied fine art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She began writing fiction for teens and received first-place awards in Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SouthWest Writers annual contests before completing UNDER THE NEVER SKY. It’s since captivated publishers in more than twenty countries world wide and been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Veronica lives in northern California with her husband and two sons. You can visit her on Facebook or at www.veronicarossi.com

 

Please Be Kind, Rewind: 16-22 February 2014 February 22, 2014

I am finally getting ahead of schedule as far as getting things up on the blog. Yay! I’ve been ahead and paper for a while, but now I’m getting things typed up and scheduled. I have some giveaways planned in the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes open! Thanks to a bit of a reading slump and the Olympics, I haven’t been getting much reading done the last few weeks like I would have liked. I just can’t get into any of my ARCs so I decided to jump ship and work on knocking out some books on my TBR. I’m hoping this will lighten up the mood and rekindle that fire to devour every delicious ARC there is in my review pile! I’ve also developed an addiction to The Americans show. I’ve always meant to watch it, but never got around to it. Thanks to a well placed commercial while I had the Sochi Olympics in mind I checked Amazon Prime for it. I’ve been binge watching the first season to prep for the upcoming season. It’s AMAZING. Do you have any good spy book recommendations? It doesn’t matter what era (though the Cold War is always a good one!), just please hook me up!

Completed:

The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz (ARC) 4 stars.

Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (with the kiddos) 

A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

Read to the Kiddos:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin

Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by James Dean. 4 stars.

My Farm Friends by Wendell Minor. 4 stars. (Bug’s Imagination Library book)

New to my shelf:

From the library: (all audiobooks) 

Rush by Eve Silver

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan 

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (Punk wants us to read them so I thought it could also be our car book)

 

Waiting on Wednesday #20: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott February 19, 2014

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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:

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1)

by Victoria Scott

Coming: 25 February 2014

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Summary:

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying — and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?


Why I’m excited:

When I first heard about Fire & Flood back in the fall, I instantly became excited. I adored The Hunger Games and the similarity really intrigued me. I was lucky enough to be granted an ARC by Scholastic and I’ve already read it. (It’s fantabulous, btw, and my review will be up next week) It definitely lived up to the excitement like I was hoping it would. I would love to gush on and on for this, but I do enough of that in my review so you’ll have to come back and see how great it is! (; I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy! (:

Why I need you to be excited:

I don’t know if you’ve read anything by Victoria Scott, I haven’t, and definitely plan on checking out her other works, but you really should check out this great book! A race in uncertain conditions (we know the arena set ups beforehand, but not what to expect in them), people desperate to help a loved one, kickass created sidekicks, and a killer mystery. It’s full of action and intrigue. It’s chock full of interesting characters with loads of character growth. Each character has a deep background that’s just waiting to be explored. I really recommend this book and can’t wait for it to come out for everyone to have a chance to read it!

What do you think about Fire & Flood? Is it TBR worthy for you?

 

Top Ten Tuesday #27: Reasons I Love Being a Reader/Blogger February 18, 2014

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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 Reasons I Love Being a Reader/Blogger

1. I love being a reader because… I get to visit different worlds. Sometimes, real life sucks. Sometimes living in East Tennessee is a real drag. I’ve been lucky enough to have had the chance to go to Europe three times. Getting away from here is something I crave. Books are an inexpensive way to go. Being able to have a break from being in mama mode 24/7 is nice too. Reading during naps or when the kids go to bed = bliss.

2.I love being a blogger because… I get to meet people from all over the world. And when I meet these people, we’re instantaneously friends because we share a love of books and it’s AMAZING. I’ve met some pretty awesome people and I love you all!

3.I love being a blogger because… it gives me an outlet to share my love of books. If I could talk books to people all day, every day, life would be grand. Blogging gets me as close to this as possible! (:

4. I love being a blogger because… I get a chance to read ARCs and pump up the word for awesome books that are coming out. I love that I get to help get hype up before a books releases or keep it up after it’s out. It’s a great opportunity and I’m immensely thankful publishers have allowed me the chance!

5.I love being a reader because… I get a chance to have a relationship with the author through their books and in person through signings and talking on Twitter. Getting to talk with authors right after I finish their books is something I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to do. Going to signings is a great perk too!

6. I love being a reader because… It is something I can share with my children. We try to read together every day or I try to make sure they see me reading every day. I’ve read to both of my children since before they were born. Both love bringing me books so I will read to them. It makes me very happy and proud. I hope this is a love that I am fostering to continue their whole lives.

7.I love being a reader because… I am working to own Belle’s library. (Duh!) Girls wanted to be a princess when they were little. Me? I wanted Belle’s library.

8.I love being a reader because… I am always being exposed to new genres, authors, etc. I love finding new reads. I love sharing those new reads. It’s an ever evolving world and I love it.

9.I love being a reader because… I LOVE the smell of new books. I have a set of Harry Potter books from England and they still smell lovely after 14+ years. I love burying my nose in them. There’s just something soothing about the smell of new books. It’s bliss.

10.I love being a blogger because… I love getting to host giveaways. I haven’t done many yet, but I’m hoping I can start doing more soon! I love being able to share books with people.

What do you love about being a reader/blogger? Feel free to leave your links! I’d love to check out your lists. (:

 

*Cover Reveal* Faery Marked by Mary Waibel February 17, 2014

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Today I am thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal for FAERY MARKED, a YA Paranormal Romance by Mary Waibel releasing this summer from BookFish Books. The cover was designed by the amazingly talented Anita B. Carroll from Race-Point.com. Learn more about the behind the scenes of this cover, as well as about Anita herself, at Waibel’s World


Book Blurb:
 
No one ever warned her magic came with a price.
 
When Callie Rycroft wakes to purple flames on the ceiling, she discovers that not only does the Faery realm exist, but she is the human who must save it. Chosen as Champion by the Faery Queen, Callie is tasked with finding the Cordial, a magical elixir to strengthen the portal between the Human and Faery realms.
 
The upside? Reece Michaels, the boy she’s been crushing on for years, is assigned as her Guardian. Callie hopes by spending time together, he’ll start to see her as more than just his best friend’s sister.
The downside? She’s in a race not only against time, but another Champion and Guardian-a Guardian who stands to threaten her developing relationship with Reece.
Magic, mistaken identities, and hidden agendas are the least of Callie’s worries when she learns the Cordial requires a sacrifice. Will Callie be willing to risk all, even Reece, to complete her task as Champion, or will she let the portal fall, destroying both realms?
 



And now, the cover for FAERY MARKED.

And here’ the entire cover:
Isn’t it just gorgeous?? 
 

Please Be Kind, Rewind: 2 – 15 February 2014 February 15, 2014

I didn’t do as well the last two weeks as I was hoping, but I’ve gotten a good amount of work done this week to get things back on track! I think I’m well enough ahead now. I got a lot of reading done this week, but virtually none done last week. It happens. I have two kiddos who like to keep life unpredictable at times. Like now, as I’m writing this, my toddler is emptying the toy bin searching for something. Joy! Haha

Completed:

The Little Androidby Marissa Meyer. 3 stars.

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. 5 stars.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. 3 stars.

Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (with the kiddos)

Read to the Kiddos:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin

New to my shelf:

The Ring & the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz (Thanks, Disney Hyperion for the unexpected surprise!!)

Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard (read now on Netgalley, YAY!)

Many thanks to HarperCollins for these new reads:

Push by Eve Silver

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

On the Fence by Kasie West

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

The Eye of God by James Rollins (finished copy, unsolicited from William Morrow imprint)

From the library:

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (audiobook)

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (audiobook)

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (ebook)

 Won:

The Archived by Victoria Schwab (Thanks, @disquietus!)

 

Waiting on Wednesday #19: The Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz February 12, 2014

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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:

The Vampires of Manhattan (Vampires of Manhattan #1)

by Melissa de la Cruz

Coming: 9 September 2014

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Summary:

The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.


How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.


Why I’m excited:

I absolutely LOVED Melissa’s Blue Bloods series. It started with an impulse by and a return to the bookstore the next day to get book 2. I impatiently waited for each book after that. I loved her spin off Wolf Pact and was ecstatic when she said that there would be books with future cycles of vampires. The announcement of The Vampires of Manhattan was met with a bit of fangirling. I’m so happy Ollie is getting a chance to be front and centre of the vampire action. This is more adult leaning like Witches of East End, but I’m sure it’s still perfect for younger Blue Bloods fans!

Why I need you to be excited:

I need you to be excited because it’s high society, action, and a murder investigation. And of course, VAMPIRES! I was impressed with Melissa’s vampire restyling and I can’t wait to see the next chapter! Come explore a new side of NYC with me! (:

 

Top Ten Tuesday #26: Swoon Worthy Books/Characters February 11, 2014

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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 Swoon Worthy Books/Characters

Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris. The oh so incredible Cane. Whoa. He’s yummy AND smart. Win in my book!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Seriously? Mr. Darcy is the best. The end.

Roar & Liv by Veronica Rossi. Oh, Roar. I love you so much. You and Liv are so adorable together!

The Kingmakers’ Daughter by Philippa Gregory. Prince/King Richard? Oh. My. He’s just. Wow. *swoons*

Infinite by Jodi Meadows. Sam. Bathroom. Yes! Oh, Sam. Love him.

Everbound by Brodi Ashton. Sneaky, sneaky Cole. Why do you make me love you so? SHAME ON YOU!

Waterfell by Amalie Howard. Oh, Lo. *drools* He’s just so… MINE. (:

The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. JEM OH MY! I love me some Jem. I need more Jem and Tessa action now. Kthnx

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Levi. Oh, so adorable and cuddly Levi. Love it.

Champion by Marie Lu. That epilogue? OH MY I CANNOT HANDLE THIS. Heart wrenching and swoon worthy fo’ sho!

 

What are your swoon worthy reads/characters this week? I’m always up for more swoon worthy reads in my life! (: Feel free to link up so I can check yours out too!

 

 
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