Review of More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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Review: I really loved the meaning and struggle to accept who you really are in this book. Because throughout the whole thing I was just a bit confused, till everything was made clear toward the end.

The best part of this book was the unique plot line that was made around Aron and his story. Almost futuristic and current all wrapped up into one mind blowing story about finding happiness. Before I even read this book ( I had gotten it in an OwlCrate box, months ago), I was scared of reading it. I was afraid I wouldn’t like it, or that it would be to difficult to read. I feel terrible that I put it off so long and was scared of it. No one should be afraid of books no matter the genre or content within it. I hope in the future I will be able to change how I think about these kinds of books. Because I would rather just jump into them instead of overthinking about the book itself.

I felt as if I was going through the whole book only knowing what Aaron knew at the different times, because when he knew what was really happening then so did I. It was a really neat experiencing a book such as this. I wish there were more of them out there. I hope Adam Silvera will write more in this genre, because God knows we need more of this diversity.

4 out of 5 stars.

293 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Contemporary. GLBT.

Published by Soho Teen.

Summary: In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

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Review: I really don’t know how to start off this review. I mean I know how it works, but I’m just sitting here looking back and forth between my computer screen and the book.

The real reason I’m talking about this is because this book was so awful, I don’t even know how its possible. I mean I’m not a big fan of Margaret Stohl’s writing ( I read her Icons book, which was bad), but I am a big fan of Marvel comics and Black Widow. After reading the book and having to describe it to some friends of mine who thought about reading it because they have wanted a book (and just about everything else for Black Widow), I had to tell them that it felt as if Marvel was sick and tired of the fans complaining so they randomly picked an author shoved some facts into her arms and said “do what ever the hell you want”. Which to me feels like a very good description of this book.

All of this kind of piss’s me off, cause Black Widow has one of THE BEST STORYS EVER. Out of all the hero’s in the Marvel universe, there is so much to write and discover about her past and even present life. So I think its awful that Marvel and a young adult author would try and ruin the greatness of Black Widow.

1 out of 5 stars.

379 pages. ARC Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Superhero’s.

Published by Marvel Press.

Summary: Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

Black Widow:Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! – # 72 Very! Very! Sweet by Ji-Sang Shin, GEO

Very! Very! Sweet  by Ji-Sang Shin, GEO

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Review: Although at times this series seemed a bit too dull or too dramatic for my taste. It still managed to keep me well interested throughout the whole series. Most likely due to the funny situations the characters got into, or because the covers along with the art style for this series is so beautiful.

3 out of 5 stars.

1-8 volumes.

Young Adult. Manga. Contemporary. Drama. Romance.

Published by YEN PRESS.

Summary: A spoiled brat from a wealthy Japanese family, Tsuyoshi is unceremoniously shipped off to Korea by his strict grandfather who tells him the family secret – they’re Korean! Sparks fly when the resentful high schooler arrives at the airport and shares an impromptu cab ride with Kang Be-Ri, a plucky girl who happens to be his new neighbor. Will the two ever get past their differences? And will Tsuyoshi learn to accept his new destiny? 

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)  by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

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Review: I have been hearing about this series for a little while now and just never have gotten around to reading it. Then when Amie Kaufman came into town for a book signing I had to get all of her books, because I have no clue when she might ever come back over here!

Anyway I have a fun time reading the book, though it did take me awhile to finish reading it and getting through it all. Only because I was going through a weird book slump and some parts of the plot were a bit slow in the beginning.

But once I got rolling, there was no way for you to stop me from reading it all up! I really loved Tarver and Lilac and their super cool story line. I am just dying for more! I must read the rest of the series now please! I am making it a top priority to finish up the series once I’m done with my ARC’s. I am really interested to see how the rest of the series will go in this cool universe that has been made, and if I might be lucky enough to see Tarver and Lilac again!

4 out of 5 stars.

374 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Science Fiction. Fantasy. Dystopia. Space. Adventure.

Published by Allen & Unwin.

Summary: It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder – would they be better off staying in this place forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)  by Marie Lu

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Review: It seems all of my friends have been raving about this book for what seems like forever… Then suddenly Marie Lu just happened to be coming to our neck of the woods and my friend went to the signing ( since I was unable to make it to the signing, sad but true) and got me the first two books for The Young Elites series and they got signed!!! I just love that my friend did this for me!! Super cool.

Anyway, I just happen to get the chance to read this first book in the series ad can I just say WOW! Marie Lu’s writing is just scary dark and good. I loved the whole idea of the main character not being a typically good guy or hero. Because that’s normally not how it all works out.

Adelina is one badass main character that is just trying to figure herself out and just wants to be left alone. Which is all lone wolf and all but her powers are just so cool and great. I just keep thinking how the book and series could play out, but I love that Marie Lu’s writing just keeps surprising me.

And now that I keep thinking about the book, the characters and where everything was left off… ALL I want to do is read the second book, but I have to keep stopping myself because ARC’s. I have a big pile of them sitting in my room waiting for me to finish them before working my way through all of my other books.

4 out of 5 stars.

384 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Magic.

Published by Speak.

SummaryAn explosive new series from New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy, Marie Lu

“By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible…There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting.”— The New York Times Book Review
 
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! # 71- MAR (Marchen Awakens Romance) by Nobuyuki Anzai

MAR  (Marchen Awakens Romance) by Nobuyuki Anzai

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Review: A really fin and out of this world kind of Manga to read. With magic and different reality’s, and huge chess matched battles. One of an old classic that I love to re-read and re-watch the anime all over again! Although the series is a bit on the kid side of manga / anime, it still holds a lot of interesting bits for older viewers/readers.

4 out of 5 stars.

1-15 volumes.

Young Adult. Manga. Romance. Adventure. Magic. Fighting. Fantasy.

Published by VIZ Media LLC.

Summary: The fate of Mär Heaven lies in the hands of Ginta and his fellow members of Team Mär! They must defeat the Phantom and his ruthless Zodiac chess pieces in the deadly War Games. The fifth battle is set in a desert field, and the first round pits Princess Snow of Team Mär up against a powerful bishop class Zodiac–the perfect opportunity for Snow to try out her newest ÄRM! 

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Oblivion (Lux #1.5)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: I could not get my hands on this book fast enough! I mean can you blame me? Its more of the Lux series ( which I love) and more importantly it’s more from Daemon Black!!!!!

I just love him, and could not wait to read the first book from his point of view. The main reason why I have wanted to read this is because during the first book of the Lux series, it’s really hard to figure out what Daemon is thinking. Or how he thinks of Katy, or even why he does some of what he did in the first book.

So this book was great for those small moments that were driving me crazy for years about how he acted in the first book of the series. Other than that though the book was a bit boring. Not that I don’t love Daemon, the Lux series, or Jennifer L. Armentrout. But a lot of what was in the book was everything I have already read. If the book were just some of the key moments throughout the series from Daemon’s point of view, with a little something, something thrown in at the end from his point of view of how their lives are now after the series is over. Then the book was have been crazy great!!!

The real reason I gave this book four stars was because of the great moments from Daemon’s point of view at the end. Which was really great because that’s the stuff that ha been bugging me these years.

4 out of 5 stars.

350 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Paranormal.

Published by Entangled Teen.

Summary: Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Release Day Luanch for Getting Lucky by Mia Storm

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“Getting Lucky”

a song by Tro Gunnison

Wouldn’t care if I could. I’m up to no good.

Taking what I want instead of what I should.

 I’m made of pure greed. There’s shit that I need.

The mask is off and the demon’s freed.

 I’m gonna get drunk.

I’m gonna get played.

I’m gonna get rich.

I’m gonna get laid.

 And I’m gonna get Lucky.

 

Raised in the system, Shiloh Luck’s first sixteen years have been anything but lucky. After winning The Voice, she’s finally living the dream—a record contract, talk shows, a North American tour opening for the hottest band out there. Everything is going according to plan…until their front man, Tro Gunnison, explodes her life into chaos. He’s shallow, self-centered, and completely infuriating, and he’ll do anything for notoriety. Including her. Like it or not, she’s stuck with him for three months on the road, but the longer they spend together, the more she begins to realize there’s more to Tro than anyone has ever dug deep enough to find. If his attention is anything other than just another publicity gimmick, she might let herself see where it leads. But before she can risk everything, she has to be sure.

 

If there’s one thing that Tro Gunnison has learned in the six years since he left his past in the dust, it’s that living life big, bold, and totally outrageous keeps people from seeing past the glare. He’s buried his demons beneath six feet of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and he’s convinced no one will ever dig them up…until Lucky. She’s young, but not naïve, and without even trying, she sees past the façade to the man underneath…which scares the hell out of him. Because what started out as smoke and mirrors has somehow turned real, and for the first time in his life, there’s someone he cares about more than himself. But it turns out getting Lucky could be a double-edged sword.

He’s always been sure it would be his past that would bring him down, but it might turn out to be Jail Bait instead.

 

 

 

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26099352-getting-lucky

About the Mia Storm:

Mia Storm is a hopeless romantic who is always searching for her happy ending. Sometimes she’s forced to make one up. When that happens, she’s thrilled to be able to share those stories with her readers. She lives in California and spends much of her time in the sun with a book in one hand and a mug of black coffee in the other, or hiking the trails in Yosemite. Connect with her online at MiaStormAuthor.blogspot.com , on Twitter at @MiaStormAuthor, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MiaStormAuthor

 

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One. Two. Three deep breaths, pumping myself up for what comes next. People I’m supposed to smile at. Questions I’m supposed to answer wittily. Hundreds of eyes on me that I’m not supposed to be affected by. No big deal that if I fuck up and say the wrong thing, game over.

“That bad?”

The deep male voice rumbles through me, smooth in the middle but rough all around the edges.

And close.

My eyes snap open and my gaze darts through the backstage gloom as a dark form materializes out of the shadows next to the stack of crates I’m sitting on. The red cherry of a lit cigarette glows a streak across the dim as he lifts it to his mouth and takes a long drag. As the glowing tip brightens, it illuminates a mass of dark curls that stick up at every angle and appear to only ever have been combed by the multitude of women’s fists that have been twisted into them. Thick dark brows arch over deep-set eyes so intense I’m convinced I feel them burning a hole through mine. A slightly crooked nose leads my eyes to a square jaw covered in dark scruff, and a pair of firm red lips that are currently smirking at me.

Tro Gunnison.

I nearly fall off my crate. He’s the guy every woman in the world wants to fuck right now. His nude Rolling Stone cover last fall made sure of that. He’s outrageous in everything he does and notorious for the long list of celebrity hearts he’s left broken in the two years since Roadkill exploded onto the music charts.

My eyes trail down the tattoos on his neck to the black T-shirt covering what I know is an incredible body. (Yes, I’ve seen the Rolling Stone cover.) But I catch my wits and pull my eyes away, refusing to give him the satisfaction of seeing me ogle. I’ve spent enough time around his type in the last few months to know that’s what they get off on.

“If I said yes?”

He blows out a long stream of smoke and stalks around to the front of my crate, leaning his elbows onto it and staring up at me. “Then I’d be compelled to ask why.”

“And if I told you it was none of your fucking business?” I challenge.

His mouth pulls into a crooked smile and a little bit of devil flashes in his dark eyes. “Then I’d think you’re not only hot, but mysterious too.”

A sudden whoosh of butterflies in my chest sends a rush through me that tightens my groin. I mentally crush them into dust because I’m not letting Tro Gunnison turn me into some swooning groupie. I’m way the fuck smarter than that. Growing up in the system means you grow up fast. I know how the game is played, which makes me hard to play. If I fuck him, it’s going to be on my terms.

“Whatever,” I say with a roll of my eyes.

“You’ll be at the show tomorrow?” he asks, taking another drag off his cigarette. “I could get you backstage.”

I feel my eyes start to widen with my surprise and stop them. He doesn’t know I’m his opener. Guess he’s too fucking high and mighty to concern himself with the rabble and hangers on. But when I get past feeling a little pissed off, I realize something about him not recognizing me is liberating.

I lean back against the wall and decide to have some fun with it. “What show?”

He gives me a curious look—the same one I nearly gave him a minute ago. But then his eyes rake down my body and the corner of his mouth curves into that devilish smile again. “Better idea. What are you doing right now?”

I can hear them doing sound checks on the other side of the wall, which means they’ll be ready to tape our segment in a few minutes. They’ll be calling for us any second. “Working.”

He drops his smoke and grinds it out with the heel of his biker boot, then pulls a pack of Dentyne Fire from his pocket and offers me the open end. I slide out a stick and fold it into my mouth.

He does the same then shoves the pack back into his pocket. “C’mon.”

I slide to the edge of the crate. “Where we going?”

“Somewhere that’s not here,” he says, holding out his hand to me.

A wave of nostalgia makes me shudder. This feels like something me and Lilah would have done back in the day. I know it sounds backward, but I miss no one giving a shit about me. I miss doing whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. Now that I’m everybody’s paycheck, they monitor everything I do. Image is everything, after all.

I hop down and take his hand, feeling more than a little dangerous as he leads me toward a door at the back of the sound room. He glances over his shoulder at the crew scrambling around the fringes of the set before punching the panic bar.

“No alarm. That’s good,” he says, stepping through.

“Shiloh!” I hear Billie call from somewhere backstage. “You’re on in three!”

Tro tows me into through the door into a dimly lit storeroom without slowing down. Course, he has no clue that Billie was calling for me. Tro’s supposed to be out there too for our segment, and if I didn’t know he’s probably going to catch more shit than me for this, I’d be shaking.

“What’s your name?” he asks as he strides past racks of props and stage gear, my hand still in his.

“Lo.”

“I’m Trotte.” He glances back at me, where he’s towing me along like a dingy. “Don’t ask.”

“Tell me about your name,” I say with a smirk when he ducks behind the shelves in the back of the room.

He spins me up against the wall and pins me there by the upper arms. “I’ll give you the whole story only if you trade me something for it.”

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Review of The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles #4)  by Kady Cross

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Review: I was so happy to finally get this book within my collection, that way I could finally read it and know what happens to all the characters. I just love endings to a series.

This book brought all the steampunk-ness that all of the other books have had and a final showdown with the evil villain. The best part of this book was Mila and Jack Dandy’s parts. Why you might ask, well they had the new interesting romance and Jack’s always been a bit of a mystery.

I do wish Kady Cross didn’t make the book feel so rushed, I think that a lot more could have been expanded on and a flare more of steampunk. Mostly in Mila’s parts when she runs away to the circus. Which only a very small part is shown of her life there ( or really the one night). So as I said much more could have been added to make the final book in the series go out with a bang!

3 out of 5 stars.

396 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Steampunk. Fantasy. Paranormal. Historical Fiction.

Published by Harlequin TEEN.

Summary: In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Top Ten Tuesday! Dec.15

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

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1. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)  by Amie Kaufman , Jay Kristoff

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Omg, I did not see this one coming, but hands down the BEST BOOK of this year for me. I could not tear my eyes away from it.

2. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)  by Sarah J. Maas

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I was craving this so bad, and I am not at all surprised that it is one of the best books that I read this year.

3. Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16)  by Kresley Cole

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I have been waiting so long for this book and I was not at all disappointed in it, and its hard to keep a series good the longer it goes on. But this series is just one of those ones that you never want to stop.

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

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This book was like a sucker punch to the face! I loved how crazy cute it was and totally everything more we need in young adult books!

5. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)  by Marissa Meyer

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An amazing final to a great series, the ships were so good in this last book. I thought I might explode from all the feels.

6. Acheron (Dark-Hunter #14)  by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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This has been the book I have been reading my butt off to get to. It was everything and more that I could have wanted for this character, this book just blew my mind.

7. Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Can I just say the best/ worst cliffhanger of all this year! I mean it was so good but the pain of waiting now really sucks!

8. The Master (The Game Maker #2)  by Kresley Cole

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I can’t even for this book, it was just the hottest book I’ve read this year and I’m still fanning myself from it.

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

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AH!!!! SETH AND JOSIE GUYS!!!!

10. Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6)  by Samantha Young

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I fell head over heels for this series this year, and it is by far my favorite one that I started and ended this year. This book ( the last in the series) is a favorite of mine, that I still can not keep my hands off of.