The Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop is here! This hop is hosted by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. I've been lucky enough to read lots of great books this year. Some were older books, some brand new. These few that I'm highlighting here were books that were published this year and that I read this year. Given that it's the 2013 edition, I wanted to give the winner a choice of 2013 book. I hope there's something on this list that you'd love to read or own. If you win the giveaway, you'll get your pick of one of these books:
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Everbound by Brodi Ashton
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
The Rules for the Giveaway:
You must be at least 18 years old or 13 years old with a parent's permission to enter.
The contest is open to International readers, so long as The Book Depository ships to you!
There will be one winner who will receive their choice of book from those listed above.
I will contact the winner via email and they must respond within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.
I'm not responsible for items that may get lost or damaged during delivery.
I will delete entries that don't follow the instructions. So read carefully and please don't cheat.
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Today we’re celebrating the release of two New Adult books from Entangled Embrace!
Forged by Fate by Reese Monroe
He’s waited more than 900 years to love her…
Being the Gatekeeper to Hades is no small feat, and waiting almost a millennia to meet your mate is damn near impossible. But Theo Bradford’s mark has finally surfaced on his intended. Now all he has to do is find her and convince her to embrace her supernatural heritage.
Young genius, Sadie Nowland, has got life figured out. Graduating college at the age of eighteen and accepting a six-figure job is just what she needs to prove she’s made something of herself. But when a strange tattoo mysteriously appears on her shoulder and Theo starts talking about Mates, it catapults her neatly laid out life into chaos.
Targeted by a vicious demon escaped from Hades, Sadie is thrust into the volatile world of Shomrei warriors and a connection to Theo her brain can’t comprehend and her body can’t deny. That primal bond proves more imperative to their survival than either could have ever imagined—and just may be the key to the world’s survival.
Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training to run her first marathon.
Reese Monroe is a contributing blogger at the widely popular site New Adult Alley and has been part of the New Adult revolution for years having penned over twenty-five novels in the exciting new category.
To celebrate her release, Reese is giving away a $25 Amazon giftcard! Play along for a chance to win. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein
All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have actual fans, if anyone at UM found out, I could lose my scholarship…and the respect of my faculty advisor, grade-A-asshole Professor Dylan.
Enter James Walker, super-hot local barista and—surprise!—my student. Even though I know a relationship is totally off-limits, I can’t stop myself from sneaking around with James, taking a few cues from my own erotic writing…if you catch my drift. Candy’s showing her stripes for the first time in my real life, and I’ve never had so much fun. But when the sugar high fades, can my secrets stay under wraps?
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever and Dear Cassie. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.
To celebrate the release of Sneaking Candy, Lisa is giving away several prizes. Play along for a chance to win. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
I don't know about you guys but I really want to complete my Goodreads goal for this year. I'm currently at 92 books and my goal is 100. I do know that once the holidays get closer I won't have nearly as much time to spend on reading and blogging. It'll be family time and wrapping presents and Christmas movies and baking and I'll love every minute. But if I want to successfully complete my goal, I have to buckle down now and get it done!
With that in mind, I've decided to participate in Juliababyjen's Reading Room and Dana Square's End of the Year 2013 Readathon #ReadingCram. The Readathon starts Monday December 9th and lasts until Sunday December 22nd. That is two weeks worth of reading as much as you can. I have no complaints about that!
Here are the goals I'm setting for myself for the Readathon:
- Read at least six books. Obviously that is more than six books so I won't be reading everything on this list, but I did want to give myself options to hopefully prevent myself from getting into a slump during the Readathon.
- Participate in as many challenges as I can.
- Update this post throughout the Readathon with my reading progress.
- Chat with other participants about their books and progress and challenges.
Readathon Progress: My updates will look something like this. I don't know if I will update every day because it does last two weeks, but I will definitely update several days a week with as much information as possible.
Books Read Today: Finished 53% Blackout by Robison Wells
Total Books Read: 0
Readathon Challenges: TBR Pile at Juliababyjen's Reading Room
Books Read Today: Finished Blackout by Robison Wells
Total Books Read: 1
Readathon Challenges: Teaser Challenge at Book Loving Hippo
Today’s Challenge is a Teaser Challenge! All you have to do is open the current book you are reading to a random page and post 2 sentences on Twitter or Facebook.
Since I just finished a book, I'm using my next book for this challenge: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine.
"I couldn't go back to my mother's...to the inevitable looks of pity. No matter how much I kept telling myself that starting over was just what I needed, the fact remained- I pitied myself too." - From an eARC of The Promise of Amazing (23%)
Books Read Today:
Total Books Read:
If you want to join up with the Readathon, check out this post for the rules, the sign up form, and the challenge schedule. I can't wait for Monday! I love Readathons!
I'm so excited to be a part of the Racing Savannah Book Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! I've been a fan of Miranda Kenneally since I finally listened to all the recommendations for Catching Jordan last year and fell in love with the characters. I've since read all of the Hundred Oaks books but I haven't loved one as much as Catching Jordan, until Racing Savannah. I'm excited to finally be able to share my thoughts on this book with you as well as the awesome tour giveaway!
Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: They’re from two different worlds.
He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.
With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…
As I said above, Racing Savannah is definitely my favorite Hundred Oaks books since Catching Jordan. If you have yet to read any of the Hundred Oaks books, you can most definitely start with this one. We do get a glimpse of past characters that you won't recognize but you won't be lost either. The characters that come back don't show until closer to the end but the important players in this book are definitely Savannah and Jack and a few of their school friends. And since I definitely recommend this book if you like YA contemporaries, I want you to know that if you haven't read the whole series, you are fine to start with Racing Savannah. But make sure you don't miss Catching Jordan either.
My favorite part of this book, besides the romance, was the characters. Savannah was definitely my favorite lead since Jordan. She loves horses, is loyal to her family, works hard, and doesn't melt right away when Jack flirts with her. She knows he's the owner's son and is therefore off limits. Of course, she eventually gives in because she starts to like him but still, she doesn't fall for him right away and I liked that. She also sticks up for herself when she knows what she wants. Her life hasn't been easy but she sees the possibilities that are out there and works hard to achieve her dreams. I like that she doesn't let a boy set the rules for their relationship and doesn't want him getting in the way of her dream job. She shows strength and courage and isn't afraid of asking for what she wants, even when she changes her mind. I like how open minded she is and how even though she isn't a huge fan of the fact that her dad has a pregnant girlfriend, she still wants to take care of her because her dad loves her. She was a truly great character.
And then, of course, there's Jack. He's the ranch owner's son and has quite the reputation. Savannah hears much about it from the staff and knows to stay away from him. As the book progresses we learn there is much more to Jack than the amount of girls he dates. He has been given the chance to run the horse ranch by his dad and considers this his one chance to prove how well he knows the business and that he can be successful as well. He's already bought a horse to train and race but that is proving harder than he thought. The horse is powerful but untrained and skiddish. He needs someone who understands horses and someone the horse will like. That's where Savannah comes in. They agree to work together and he sees something in her that he likes. But he knows he's not allowed to get involved with the staff. And if he wants to prove to his dad that he can do this job, he needs to stand by that rule. But as time passes he finds it difficult to stay away from her. Overall, though, Jack is a really good guy. He's loyal to his family, maybe even a bit too much, and treats his friends really well. He loves the horses and takes care of them. He really wants to see Savannah succeed. He was a fun character to get to know, even though I did get frustrated with him at times.
Miranda Kenneally books always take on an serious theme and for Racing Savannah it was class. Jack is rich. His family owns racing horses, they go to college, they employ hundreds of people, and live on an estate. Savannah is not. Her father is a horse trainer and her father's pregnant girlfriend is a maid. They are in debt due to her mother's medical treatments. No one in her family has gone to college and it hasn't even been a consideration for Savannah. She lives in a staff house and doesn't even own a cell phone. Savannah worries about her half-sibling having a place to live and Jack worries about the $500,000 he paid for his horse. Their lives are very different. It was interesting looking at both of their situations and finding the similarities. Both characters were fiercely loyal to their families and sacrificed their wants for their families' on more than one occasion. It was interesting seeing their reasons behind their actions and their love for their families even though they were so different. Some things are universal and I always love being reminded of that.
Overall, Racing Savannah was very enjoyable. I liked the characters, Savannah especially and Jack was frustrating at times. I enjoyed getting glimpses of our past favorite characters and seeing them more grown-up now and how their relationships have played out. I really liked reading about the horses and the training and the races. I liked seeing the similarities between Jack and Savannah and how they felt and interacted with their families even though they came from very different backgrounds. Racing Savannah is definitely one of my favorite Hundred Oaks books and highly recommend it if you enjoy YA contemporary romances.
Reading Queue is a monthly meme hosted by Books: A True Story and Book Tasty where we can get together and talk about the books we hope to read in the coming month and the books we read last month. So write up your own Reading Queue post and then go check them out!
Well, November is over. I can hardly believe it. The end of the year is coming quickly. I'm currently at 89 books read and my original Goodreads goal was 100. December will be spent reading like crazy in order to catch up. I will make this goal! Here are the books (and novellas! I don't care if that's cheating.) that I plan to read this month that will get me to 100 books as well as the books I read in November.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine: Well, I've heard great things about These Broken Stars and some not so great things about The Promise of Amazing. I have them both for review and I'm definitely interested in finding out what everyone is talking about with these!
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morril and Brooke and Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi: Morril's Meant to Be was super cute and I'm hoping her second novel will be more of the same. I just downloaded Brooke and I have an eARC of Into the Still Blue and I'm dying to dig right into them! I really love the characters in these books. I'd love to reread the whole series but I just don't think I'll have time for that.
The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J. Maas and Destroy Me by Tahareh Mafi: I've already read the other 3 Throne of Glass novellas and I can't wait to read this one! I'm loving these stories from Celaena's past. I haven't read Destroy Me yet because I don't want to like Warner, but I feel like I need to read it before I read Unravel Me. And I want to read Unravel Me soon.
Blackout by Robison Wells, Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: These are all books that I'm currently reading and will finish up in December. Blackout has an interesting setup so far and Sneaking Candy is looking to be a funny New Adult romance. The Hobbit is The Hobbit. I'm very much enjoying this while we read it aloud as a family.
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien: A classic YA dystopian book that my husband picked for us to both read this month. I'm looking forward to it because I haven't read it and he talks about it whenever I mention the plot of a current dystopian I'm reading. I can't wait to see if I feel the same way as he does about this book or not.
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale (review) and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (review): I actually enjoyed both of these, though we were at times hard to read. No One Else is a strange, quirky, funny murder mystery, and Leonard Peacock is the story of a teenage boy who's decided to kill his former best friend and then himself on his birthday. It's horribly sad and emotional but very good. And the audio was decent as well.
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund (review) and Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally: I actually wasn't a huge fan of AaSSS. I liked the retelling aspect but not much of the other stuff. But Racing Savannah was one of my favorites from this series and definitely the best since Catching Jordan. I'll have a review up tomorrow for it!
Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson and Just One Year by Gayle Forman (review): Guys, Magic Marks the Spot was completely adorable. If you know a young girl that likes to read, suggest this book to her. It's about a girl who wants to be a pirate but is denied by The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates because she is a girl and is sent to finishing school instead. Then she runs away from school and starts on an adventure with some very likable pirates and some surprise guests. It's cute and funny and has some surprising twists! I wish we had gotten more of Willem and Allyson together in Just One Year but overall it felt like a good companion to Just One Day.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord and The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas: I'd pretty much stayed away from most novellas this year but I really wanted to read these because I love Celaena and wanted to learn more about her story. These are the 2 novellas I read in November and I loved them. If you're a fan of the series, I definitely recommend them. I would also suggest you read them in order. I didn't and I feel I lost a little of the build-up leading into the last one.
Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone: I still need to write a review for this but I really enjoyed it. It was interesting getting Bennett's perspective. I had forgotten some stuff from Time Between Us and this isn't a sequel that you could read without reading the first one, but it definitely held up to the first and is a story I would recommend if you enjoy time travel romances.
Well, that's it. I'm pretty happy with my November reading. I got 6.5 books read on my November Queue and got 9 books total. I'm trying to speed through my December reading early because I know the closer the holidays get the harder it will be to read. I'm excited about all of the books on my list and will try my best to finish them all!
What books are on your reading list this December? Which book on my list do you think I should read first?