Tuesday, December 31

Top 10 Breakthrough Authors of 2013

Hey Guys,
So Top 10 of 2013 is over but on the last day of the year I always love thinking about the new authors I experienced this year. This isn't just a list of debut authors but authors who have been writing for years but they are new to me... meaning I read my first book by them this year. Here are my Top 10 Breakout Authors of the year.

10. Abbi Glines

Abbi's books have been gracing many blogs for years and I have had her books sat on my kindle for a while but this year was the first time I ever picked up one of her books. In the rise of NA fiction I devoured her Vincent Brothers series and can't wait to get started on her other series. I will definitely be checking out her other books in the coming year.

9. Anna Banks

A good friend of mine bought be Anna's debut novel Of Poseidon for my birthday last year and it sat on my shelf for a long time. I finally picked it up this year and she blew me away with her mix of mythology and fantasy. I loved it and I can't wait to read her other work. She is definitely an author that I will be looking out for in the future.
My Reviews:
8. Jennifer Allis Provost

I've been lucky enough to count Jennifer as a really good friend for the past year or two. This year her incredibly adult urban fantasy Copper Girl was released and it was my first experience of her writing. This was one of the best books of the year for me and I'm dying to get my hands on the second book in the series. Jennifer is not only an awesome writer but an awesome person too.
My Reviews:
7. Samantha Young

I'm pretty sure Samantha's paranormal books have been released for a couple of years but this year saw the start of her On Dublin Street series and while in my obsessive Contemporary reading streak I picked up her adult contemps. Her writing style obsessed me. I loved the series so much and I will defintiely be searching out her other books in other genres.
My Reviews:

6. Victoria Scott

2013 saw the start of Victoria's writing career and the beginning of her amazing Dante Walker series. Her storytelling is addictive and I loved The Collector and The Liberator. They were two phenomenal books that still stick in my mind months later. I can't wait for her new series starting in 2014
My Reviews:

5. JK Rock

The start of the Spencer Hill Contemporary line saw sister-writing-duo come into the writing scene. I am good friends with both Joanne and Karen and they are two of the nicest people you could ever virtually meet. They are awesome and their book was just as awesome as they are. I loved it and it's such a sweet fun cute read. I can't wait for the rest of the series.
My Reviews:

4. Melissa Landers

Okay so here is where I cheat a little bit. Melissa's debut novel is due out in 2014 but I was lucky enough to get an ARC so I technically read the book this year. Melissa is one debut author to look out for. Her writing style is addictive where you really can't stop reading and I just loved everything about her book. It's awesome so you MUST check it out when it releases.
My Reviews:
3. Sarah Guillory

Sarah Guillory has appeared on many of my Top 10 of 2013 lists because her debut this year rocked my world. It was so freaking awesome and surprising and I never saw the end coming. That doesn't happen a lot with me so I loved that. I can't wait to see what she will come up with next but whatever it is I know it's going to be just awesome.
My Reviews:
2. Joelle Charbonneau

Joelle is my new favourite dystopia author. Her YA Dystopia novel just blew me away. It reminded me of the feelings I had when I first read The Hunger Games. The totally obsessed can't put the book down feeling. The Testing is one of my all time favourite books and I need the third one like right now. Is it June yet?
My Reviews:

1. AG Howard

Did you guess it? Ever since reading Splintered earlier in the year I have obsessed over Anita and her phenomenal writing style, world building and characterization. She brought life to a classic and made me love Alice in Wonderland where I never liked the story before let alone love it. She is one of the best authors I have ever had the pleasure of reading the work of. She is amazing. I can't praise her enough and I will be reading everything she brings out from now regardless of what it's about. If she writes a instruction manuel heck I'd read that too as long as she had wrote it. She is my second to my beloved JLA.

My Reviews:

 

Monday, December 30

I Still Haven't Read...


Can you believe 2013 is just about over? This is the last 'I Still Haven't Read...' post of the year *gasp*
This week's pick is....



 Safe Landing by Tess Oliver

Safe Landing is a standalone novel that I found on Amazon quite a while back. I found it after downloading the first in her werewolf series, Camille, which I featured a few weeks back. I thought this one sounded interesting and considering how cheap it was for kindle I downloaded it. I am really looking forward to reading it and I hope to read it soon.

Have you read this book?



Sunday, December 29

Book Haul

Hey guys,
So this is my last book haul of 2013 how crazy is that? I can't believe this year is over already. I hope you all had an awesome Christmas and you all have an amazing New Year.

There's no vlog this week as I only received 4 books and the videos just take too long to edit for such a small haul.

Hardcopies:


Gifted:
 
The Complete Works of Shakespeare Special Leather Bound Edition
^This was a Christmas gift from my super awesome Dad.

Bought:

Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines
Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2) by Abbi Glines
While It Lasts (Sea Breeze #3) by Abbi Glines
Just For Now (Sea Breeze #4) by Abbi Glines

E-Books:

So I got a Amazon Giftcard for Christmas so went on a bit of a kindle spending spree. Here's what I got:
Freebies:


 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickins (I read this one on Christmas Eve)
 Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5) by JK Rock

Bought:


Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake
How To Date a Nerd (How To #1) by Cassie Mae
How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr
Level 2 (Memory Chronicles #1) by Lenore Appelhans
Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera
Soulmates by Holly Bourne

What did you get this week?
 

Friday, December 27

Top 10 of 2013: Day 5 - Top 10 2014 Books I Can't Wait For




10. Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Release Date: August 5, 2014

The fifth and final book in the must-read Lux Series.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13644055-opposition



9. Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

Genre: YA - Dystopia
Release Date: March 18, 2014

New dystopia debut.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12369550-elusion



8. After the End (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

Genre: YA - Dystopia
Release Date: May 6, 2014

The start of a brand new series from the amazing Amy Plum, this time with a dystopia. I'm so excited to say I have an eARC of this one waiting on my kindle.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13601681-after-the-end

7. Sing Sweet Nightingale (Dream War Saga #1) by Erica Cameron

Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 4, 2014

New Paranormal YA debut that sounds so unique and fresh.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16044329-sing-sweet-nightingale

6. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

Genre: YA - Dystopia
Release Date: May 6, 2014

The finale of the stunning The Selection Series.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15844362-the-one


5. Fire and Flood (Fire and Flood #1) by Victoria Scott

Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 25, 2014 (US) / March 6, 2014 (UK)

The beginning of a new paranormal series by Victoria Scott.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18628138-fire-flood


4. Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2014

The finale of the phenomenal Sweet Trilogy.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16007855-sweet-reckoning

3. The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson (Jessie Jefferson #1) by Paige Toon

Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2014

The start of Paige Toon's debut YA series. Spin-off from her phenomenal adult chic lit bestsellers Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18114638-the-accidental-life-of-jessie-jefferson

2. Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: April 1, 2014

2014 debut a twist on The Wizard of Oz that takes place after the events of the classical story. Prequel novella No Place Like Oz available now.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18053060-dorothy-must-die

1. Don't Look Back by Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre: YA - Contemporary
Release Date: April 15, 2014

New thriller contemporary by my favourite author of all time by Jennifer L Armentrout.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13418925-don-t-look-back








Thursday, December 26

Top 10 of 2013: Day 4 - Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2013




10. Peter from Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling


You really can't help but fall for Peter in Tiger Lily. He is the sweet misunderstood and broken boy. He will make you fall in love and break your heart. I officially love Peter Pan.



9. Rafe from Inhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls

Genre: YA - Dystopia

Meet Rafe the wild boy who lives in the wilderness among the rabids. He is able to protect himself and kill the rabids who want to eat him. The more you read Inhuman the more you start to realise there is more to this insanely rude and overly-confident boy. By the end of Inhuman I adored him. He is perfect and I need book 2 to find out what happened to Rafe.

8. Reece from Foreplay (Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance

How could you not love the incredibly sweet and heroic Reece? What I love about Reece is that he doesn't have that bad boy persona. He doesn't treat women like dirt and still get woman. He is sweet, kind and caring. He's pretty perfect and I love that as it's so different from the heros in many NA books.


7. Johnny from Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon

Genre: Adult - Chic Lit

Johnny Jefferson. Overall bad boy, womanizer and rock god. I love Johnny. He is the typical bad boy but in Baby Be Mine we see his softer more human side and see he really does love Meg. He is the ultimate book boyfriend. I love love love him!


6. Isaiah from Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry

Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance

I have loved the car-loving bad boy since we first met him in Pushing the Limits and now Isaiah gets his own book. Crash Into You made me love him so much more. He may look like the rough bad boy but he is such a sweetie and just wants to protect those he loves. He is just so swoony there is no way I could not include him on this list!


5. Jackson from Hover (The Taking #2) by Melissa West

Genre: YA - Sci-Fi

It's everyone's favourite alien. Well it's my favourite Alien. Jackson goes through so much crap in Hover and he always stays true to Ari and shows he does truly love her no matter what and while I liked Jackson in Gravity I fell head over heels in love with him in Hover.


4. Wolf from Eden-East (Eden #4) by Janelle Stalder

Genre: YA - Fantasy

I have loved Wolf since the beginning of the series and he has grown more and more swoony as the series progressed. He is definitely at his best in Eden-East and he had me wishing he was completely real. I love him.



3. Sweet Peril (Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance

Kaidan Rowe. Drummer and son of the Duke of Lust. Enough said. Who wouldn't love this total bad boy who also has the most swooniest softer side.




2. Morpheus from Splintered and Unhinged (Splintered #1/2) by AG Howard

Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling

Morpheus... completely insane, dramatic and flamboyant. Completely secrative scheming and maybe just a little bit evil... I love him! He is just fantastic. He's so entertaining to read about and I am so Team Morpheus. 


1. Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre: YA - Paranormal / Mythology

I have been so in love with Aiden since I first met him in Half-Blood in 2011 and the more I read of the series I more I fell in love with him. Aiden is utter perfection. He is sweet, protective, kind, caring and loving. In Sentinel his swooniness hit the heights and I truly believe nobody could ever ever ever beat Aiden in my eyes. He is the perfect man!








Wednesday, December 25

Top 10 of 2013: Day 3 - Top 10 Contemporary Books of 2013





10. Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1) by JK Rock

Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance

Camp Boyfriend, the first book from Spencer Hill Press' new Contemporary line is amazing. I, being from England, have never been to camp so reading this was like I could experience it all through this book. Joanne and Karen are super cool and I love them and their first YA novel was awesome. It's such a light, happy and humerous read.


9. Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry

Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance

Crash Into You was included on my generic Top 10 books so of course it had to be included on my Top 10 Contemporary books. Katie's writing style is addictive and we finally got Isaiah's story. I love love love this!



8. Foreplay (Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance

Another book that was also on my generic Top 10 list Foreplay has everything you want in a contemporary book. It's cute, sexy and hilarious. I love love love this book and I can't wait for more from Sophie Jordan.



7. Seven Day Fiance (Love and Games #2) by Rachel Harris

Genre: Adult - Contemporary Romance

Seven Day Fiance was one I beta read for Rachel and it's just so cute and lovely and it's totally inspiring and really touched me on a personal level. I love this book so freaking much. Rachel is such an inspiration.



6. Finding It (Losing It #3) by Cora Carmack

Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance

Having been a huge fan of Cora Carmack since her first novel I couldn't wait for Finding It and it blew me away. I loved this more than any of her others. The background of travelling and being able to experience these different cultures and countries was incredible and we had Jackson, the most swooniest Cora boy so far. There is nothing I didn't like about this book.


5. How To Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern

Genre: Adult - Chic Lit

Okay so this one may be a little bit of a cheat. I'm not entirely sure that this one is classed as Contemporary Romance it's more chic lit but this is such an incredible inspiring and uplifting romance that I couldn't not include it on this list. This is such a moving book that leaves you feeling like the world isn't a horrible place but a place of love and beauty. Incredible book.


4. On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) by Samantha Young

Genre: Adult - Contemporary Romance

This was my introduction to Samantha Young. I had never heard of her or read anything by her prior to On Dublin Street and it blew me away. Samantha's writing style is addictive so that you just can't stop reading and her characters are incredible I just loved this book so much.


3. The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance

Another one from my original Top 10. I just love this book so much. It's so unputdownable and fantastic. I just love Trisha's writing, her storytelling and her wonderful characters.



2. Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory

Genre: YA - Contemporary

Reclaimed is such a unique and shocking Contemporary that you are left completely speechless. It's one of the only contemporary books that had me going WHAT? at the twist. Usually I can see them coming but this one was totally unexpected to me.


1. Wait For You (Wait For You #1) by J. Lynn

Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance

My favourite author of all time, Jennifer L Armentrout's first hand at a NA Contemporary and it completely took my breath away. I loved this book so much and it just completely took over my life while reading. I couldn't put it down. I was just completely enraptured by her incredibly moving and uplifting story. This is still the best contemporary novel I have ever read.








Honourable Mention: Frigid by J. Lynn also deserves a mention because it's one of the most unique NA's I have read with the main protagonist having not had anything traumatic happen to her prior to the book. That is rare in NA Contemp and it's what made Frigid deserve a big mention.