Top Ten Tuesday! June.30

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June 30: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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If I had to choose a book to carry with me everywhere for the rest of my life. There would be no choice or hesitation, this would be that book.

2. The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Had me up on a school night reading way past my own bed time and scaring me half to death.

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

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This book took me by surprise with its depth, I now understand why everyone seems to be so addicted to the series.

4. The Return (Titan #1)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Nope, I still cant stop my gushing about this book or the constant blush on my face when thinking about it. 

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)  by Sarah J. Maas

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I can’t even! This book was everything and more to me when I read it after almost waiting a whole year to get my hands on it.

6. Acheron (Dark-Hunter #8)  by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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The best book in the Dark-Hunter series I have read yet. And the one I smile about every time I hear the some “Sugar by maroon five”, Because to me tit is so totally Ash and Tori’s song!

7. Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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I just enjoyed how hard the main character worked in this book. It makes me wish I was like her and faced off to the awfulness that people threw at me when I was younger. I mean wow, the female lead in this book is such a great role model.

8. All Broke Down (Rusk University #2)  by Cora Carmack

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The characters and their plot, just about killed me in this book. I just mean, argh! It was so great to read about them together and apart and the stuff their were struggling with in their lives.

9. Rowdy (Marked Men #5)  by Jay Crownover

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Even though this was the fifth book in the marked men series, it was my favorite. Based mostly on the amazing characters and their development through the book. I just loved them every minute I was reading the book, and miss they terribly ever since.

10. Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3)  by Kresley Cole

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I’m adding this book to my top ten so far because it was the third in the series. Which is normally the drag book or the last book of a series. This was neither, it was one of the best third book in a series I have read so far, and thought this was a good spot for it.

What were your guys Top Ten Books you’ve Read So Far In 2015? Let me know in the comments.

Manga Monday! # 47- Sugar Sugar Rune by Moyoco Anno

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Review: I fell in love with this book so many years ago and still remember the characters and the plot. Man, I miss reading a Manga series for the first time. The best part of “Sugar Sugar Rune”, is the art style that the characters are drawn in. I have never seen another manga series like this one before in all my nine years of reading manga.
5 out of 5 stars.
1-8 volumes.
Manga. Shojo. Romance. Magic. Fantasy.
Published by Del Rey.
Summary: QUEEN OF HEARTSLittle witch-girls Chocolat and Vanilla are best friends, but only one of them can be Queen of the Magic World. To determine who deserves the title, they must go to the Human World and enter a strange competition. Whoever attracts the most human boys . . . wins!

Here’s how it works: When a boy falls for a witch-girl, she utters a few mystic words and the boy’s heart will be hers in jewel-like form. It may sound simple, but winning hearts is tricky business. While Chocolat had no problem enticing witch-boys with her forthright personality, human boys seem to be drawn to shy and modest girls like Vanilla. And to make matters worse, Chocolat is finding herself increasingly drawn to the cool and mysterious Pierre–who feels nothing for her! The girls had planned to be best friends forever, but both of them want to be Queen. Will their rivalry ruin their friendship?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

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Review: It took a little while for me to get into this book, but once I got rolling nobody could stop me.

The only reason I had a tough time starting this book was because I thought it took place in a normal world. Not fantasy. But by the time I figured it out, I was almost done with the book. Which is a little sad because the fantasy part of this book is really good that you think its real half the time.

I think my favorite part of this book is the cover art, mostly because it has all of the key characters on the front. While your reading the book you slowly start to put together who is who on the cover, which is really cute.

Anyway the Fallon Dupree is a really cool main character and is a little like the author, Kimberly Karalius. Who is funny and quirky, and a good writer. Back to Fallon, her and her gang of friends are a lot of fun to read about as they plan to take down Zita and her love fortune lackeys. The best thing about Fallon is that she is able to be passionate without losing her calm, even when she does fall in love she is able to handle it all so well.

I can not wait to read the second book in the series. It is suppose to be about some of the other couples/ characters that where hinted at being together or did not get much time to shine in this first book.

5 out of 5 stars.

368 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Fiction. Fantasy.

Published by Swoon Reads.

Summary:

In the tradition of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, one girl chooses to change her fortune and her fate by falling in love.

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) by J.R. Ward

Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5)  by J.R. Ward

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Review: I wasn’t too sure of this book at first because Vishous kind of freaked me out in the previous books. I know that’s a weird thing to say because there have been other things that could have freaked me out in this series. Anyway, I really loved the beginning and end of this book, the middle not so much. At first I was pulled in right away and the more into the book the more I could put the book down. Which sucks because I do really enjoy this series.
I think the thing about this book that had me putting it down was all the extra detail I really didn’t care/ need to know. Like Vishous’s flashbacks to when he was in the war camp with his father. Yes, I know I’m awful because I didn’t really wan to read these parts. I also get how they help in understanding who Vishous is as a person and also why he is the way he is. I just felt like it did not need to be in the book that much to describe V.
What I really liked about this book was that I finally had some answers about how V feels toward Butch. And what was going on there for a while in the last book. It really bugged me not to know what was clearly happening and I was just to blind to see. I also really loved V’s attitude and humor in this book, very dry but still funny.
3 out of 5 stars.
502 pages. Paperback.
Adult Romance. Mature Content. Mature Themes. Erotica. Fantasy. Paranormal. Vampire.
Published by Signet.

Summary:

In Caldwell, New York, war rages between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now the cold heart of a cunning predator will be warmed against its will…

Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father’s war camp he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time—until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that cannot include her…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

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Review: I was super pulled into the summary of this book because I have never read an ice skating book before. Unless you count one two shot manga series. But yeah, I knew nothing about figure skating couple/ or real skating in general.

Right away this book got me to fall head over heels for it. The prologue is of the two main characters first time on the ice as children. Which is cute and I can totally picture them all dressed up and a little scared to go out on the ice. The next thing that I found awesome about this book is that the chapters switch between the two main characters, Maddy and Gabe.

It was great reading from both their points of view on the situation that they were in with each. Maddy loving Gabe and wanting him to just love her back as she loves him. And Gabe not wanting to be anything but friends with Maddy because he doesn’t want to mess anything up and because he’s to scared to take that leap.

I really wish there was more to the book or even maybe a squeal, because I just want to know more about the ending. But Katie Van Ark does a great job of closing up all the loose ends and giving the readers a great ending.

5 out of 5 stars.

347 pages. Paperback.

Young Ault. Romance. Contemporary. Sports. Mature Themes.

Published by Swoon Reads.

Summary: Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls.

Gabe can’t imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Top Ten Tuesday! June.23

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June 23: In honor of 5 years of Top Ten Tuesday ( our first Top Ten Tuesday debuted June 21, 2010) — My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics We’ve Ever Done In The Past 5 Years

1. Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey

2. Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader

3. Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy but Still Have Not Read

4. Top Ten Books We’d Love to See As a Movie or TV Show

5. Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List

6. Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

7. Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

8. Top Ten Words/Topics that Will Make Me Buy/Read a Book

9. Top Ten Unusual Character Names We’ve Encountered in Books

10. Top Ten WOW Endings

What are your guy’s favorite top ten memes? Let me know in the comments.

Manga Monday! # 46- Sugar Princess: Skating To Win by Hisaya Nakajo

 Sugar Princess: Skating To Win

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Review: Such a cute two shot manga. Especially if you fell in love with the Shojo manga Hana-Kimi. The only big problem with this series is that it is way too short. As in the series ends with no real ending to help readers with the after story of the characters.
2 out of 5 stars.
1-2 volumes.
Manga. Shojo. Romance. Young Adult. Sports. Figure skating.
Published by VIZ.
Summary: From the author of the popular shojo series Hana-Kimi.
 Sugar Princess is the most recent series from Hisaya Nakajo.
 The first chapter of Sugar Princess is to be previewed in the July 2008 issue of Shojo Beat magazine.
 Over 250k units of Hana-Kimi manga have sold-through in the U.S. to date.
 Beautiful art, and fun and charming characters will appeal to readers of all ages.
 Originally serialized in the bi-weekly manga anthology Hana to Yume (Flowers & Dreams) from Hakusensha.
 Volume 2 ranked #34 on 3/18/2007 Tohan rankings in Japan.
 Volume 1 features 6 one-page profiles (illustrations and author comments) on famous figure skaters.Maya Kurinoki is an 8th-grader who has no experience in ice-skating but seems to have natural talent. She performs a double axel and impresses a scout named Eiji Todo, who tells her that he can make her a skating “princess.” Todo tells Maya that she’ll have to convince famous skater Shun Kano to coach her and become her skating partner. Unfortunately for Maya, Shun only wants to skate singles.

When Maya Kurinoki takes her little brother to the local ice-skating rink for the first time, she’s got her hands full just trying to get him to let go of the bar. To inspire a bit of bravery in him, she attempts a double axel–and lands it! Maya never imagined that this jump would change her life…or that a coach named Eiji Todo would vow to make her a figure skating “princess”! Now all Maya has to do is convince famous skater Shun Kano to become her partner. Too bad Shun doesn’t want to have anything to do  with her!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Professional (The Game Maker #1) by Kresley Cole

The Professional (The Game Maker #1)  by Kresley Cole

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Review: Once I started reading the back of this book, I could not put it down. Like not at all. It was so good at the beginning because of the characters and the plot just hooks you. Kresley Cole also has that thing about how all of her writing sucks people in without them knowing its happening till the end. I really mean it, she is just that good.

The detail and description of the places that Natalie talk about, are almost like you can see and hear it all the way she does. Even when its all about the Siberian.

The book gets very steamy very fast, but in a good way. And it will knock you over at how hot the parts are in the book. Some steamy parts were a little out of my comfort zone but otherwise the book was really great. I do wish some things changed at the end of the book to add a little something more to Natalie’s character. But by the end of the book it was all ok.

4 out of 5 stars.

464 pages. Paperback.

Adult Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Contemporary. Erotica.

Published by Pocket Books.

Summary: The highly anticipated complete novel of The Professional the first installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s scorching Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers asking: How hot is too hot?

Meet the Professional.

Mafia enforcer Aleksandr. The Siberian. Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksandr will do anything to possess her as well on his own wicked terms.

He makes the rules.

Grad student Natalie Porter has barely recovered from her first encounter with the dark and breathtaking Siberian when he whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures.

In the game of obsession, two players are better than one.

Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Aleksandr spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-rich in Paris, the two lovers tempt each other’s boundaries to discover whether their darkest and most forbidden fantasies really can come true…

Previously released as The Professional Parts 1, 2, and 3 as ebook exclusives.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Lover Revealed ( Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J. R Ward

Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4)  by J.R. Ward

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Review: I was glad I finally got see what was going on with Butch. It’s been a bit awkward reading about him when didn’t do much of anything in the past couple of books. So I was happy for him to finally get his own story, which I never would have thought would be as complex as it turned out.

I think that’s what got me really hooked on this book and its plot, because Butch kind of just pops up and surprises you. Then its all BAM! He got a really cool story plot in the series, that I really never saw coming.

What also surprised me was Marissa. She was this kind of annoying person, who turned out to be really nice in the first book. And in this book with Butch, she was able to gain so much more depth to her character. By the end of the book I really liked her, because she was finally standing up for herself and figuring out what she wanted to do to help people. She’s like an angle almost.

Anyway book four of the Black Dagger Brotherhood ended up being really great, and also helped set up some of the other books to come in the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

455 pages. Paperback.

Adult Romance. Mature Content. Mature Themes. Vampire. Paranormal. Fantasy.

Published by Onyx.

Summary: Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world—to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He’s got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. If he can’t have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers…

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he’s found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back. But even her love may not be enough to save him…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Velvet (Velvet Trilogy) by Temple West

Velvet (Velvet Trilogy)  by Temple West

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Review: I was going through a major book slump when I got this book at a book signing with a couple of others. I am now very happy because it sparked a book binge I am currently on. Go books!

Anyway, I normally don’t really like to read young adult vampire stuff anymore. Mostly I feel like I have read just about everything with vampires so far. But Velvet, was very different from the start. I thought it was great before I even went to the book signing and got the book.

I really liked how Temple West wrote the plot and characters, while at the same time keeping the story going. Because some times authors get a little off track when describing the detail or background information. But West was able to keep it light while giving her characters depth. I had such a fun time reading this book, that I finished it in one day. I really could not put it down, it was so good. And now I cant wait till the next book comes out!

4 out of 5 stars.

416 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Paranormal. Fantasy. Vampire.

Published by Swoon Reads.

Summary: First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

-Summary from GoodReads.com