[Monday’s Top 5] All time favorite Books

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Hey guys, I am back with a new top 5. This time I picked my favorite books ever. The thing is that I picked them based on the book itself and not based on the series. I am in love with the series but it comes naturally to like a book more than an other, right? Next week my top 5 will be about favorite series as a whole. So I am ready, let’s do this!

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Secret (Elemental #4) – Brigid Kemmerer

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[Secret]

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Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He’s trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won’t get in to college. He’s trying to keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He’s trying to keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel – or he fears he’ll lose his family. And he’s trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his ‘girlfriend’s’ partner.

And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.

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Archer’s Voice – Mia Sheridan

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[Archer’s Voice]

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A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journalbestselling book. Archer’s Voice is a full-length, standalone romance.

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SAGITTARIUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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[Thursday’s Book Recommendation] Chaos by C. M. Fenn

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[Chaos]

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The Shades in Chaos have one goal: get to Earth Realm and wreak havoc. For a select group of people called Realmwalkers, sleep is the gateway to another realm known as Chaos.

When 17-year-old Addy is called to Chaos, she yearns to conquer her crippling fears and prove her mettle by fighting alongside her fellow Realmwalkers. While she hopes to impress their handsome leader, Sam, she’s also keenly driven by the urge to protect the ones she loves on Earth.

The Realmwalkers are baffled, however, when they encounter a powerful and seemingly invincible Shade with strange motives and a dark obsession with Addy. As they work to unravel the mystery to defeating this new threat, Addy finds herself at odds with the Walkers. Gut instinct says to put her faith in Mikhail, the black sheep of the group, but she fears losing the respect and friendship of the others.

Addy is willing to die to keep Earth safe, but the Walkers are her new family, and she’s on the verge of falling in love. With Addy coming into her own, death shouldn’t be on the horizon. But when the doors of hell are ripped open, there are no guarantees.

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[C. M. Fenn]

When CM Fenn was a child she was surrounded by fascinating friends and lived wild adventures every day. It was no matter they all existed within her head. As an adult, she’s finding what a great joy it can be to set all these secret mind musings free onto pages for other like minded dreamers to explore.

When she’s not writing you can usually find her cleaning up after her four messy children (always), hiding from the Tennessee mosquitoes, dreaming about classic muscle cars, or if she’s really lucky, sneaking a few minutes of video gaming.

CM is currently working on book two in her series of The Realmwalker Chronicles.

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Have you read this book? What do you think about it?

[Review] Stones and Finger Bones by Jessica Minyard

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Aurelia Barone, Jewel of Starry Stone, harbors no illusions about the purpose of her life as heir to the throne. But after two failed betrothals, she starts to feel like nothing more than a pawn being moved aimlessly about a game board.

Until the night she loses everything.

Kidnapped by a wise-cracking mercenary with more than one identity, Aurelia embarks on a mission across land and sea to avenge her father’s death.

But an evil is rising from the ashes of memory. Insidious magic is stirring. The dregs of a once-powerful nation are thirsty for blood and revenge.

They seek to harness Aurelia. To tempt her. To manipulate her.

And if necessary, to destroy her.

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4stars

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Α shocking book, in a good way of course! The prologue was a great start and left a good impression on me. The writting style was pleasant and not tiring; simplicity is perfection. It was the first book with multiple characters that didn’t confuse me at all and I could follow the story without getting lost. This means a lot because I’ve tried a lot of books with many characters and it was a disaster every time.

Aurelia was the heiress of the throne and I have to confess that I was expecting her to be annoying and bitchy. She proved me wrong because no matter what happened to her, she remained kind and strong, without showing the weak side (which existed of course because we all have one). She was real and I could relate because she was not the usual flawless girl we read about in YA books. No, Aurelia had flaws and insecurities that real girls have.

[Her arms were scrawny, her breasts small, her hips too narrow.]

Because of the multiple characters we didn’t have the chance to get to know her more but her scenes were enough to understand her need to revenge and get her throne back.

Kostadin, Rycen and Marel were the other characters that drew my attention. Kostadin… let me keep Kostadin a secret! I will only say that he is quite charming and evil and that you’ll want to read about him.

[“Evil is just… so harsh. I prefer ethically unfettered.”]

Rycen was Aurelia’s love interest and mine as well. He could be a great book boyfriend. Mysterious and brave, a tad selfish (but that made him more real), smart and handsome.

[He smelled of smoke and leather and hay. It was the smell of wild and freedom, like nothing she had ever experienced before.]

At this point I would like to say that I was impressed that the book just broke all the stereotypical stuff I was expecting to read in a YA book. One of them was about Rycen’s appearance.

[She run her fingers over the angry scar that marred his broad chest.]

[She stroked the fine dusting of dark hair that covered his chest and abdomen.

YESH, a flawed hairy man at last! I was so sick and tired of the perfect guys with perfect skin and perfect abs! I needed a MAN not a freaking doll.

Rycen was breathtaking.

[… his eyes were the color of the sea during a storm, which cut through the fog in her mind.]

Marel was the villain. A really interesting villain I can say. I didn’t mind reading about him and the approach was excellent. We had a point of view from the bad guy and we knew things that the lead didn’t know and it was awesome. Knowing all the plans and plotting against the good guys while they had no idea and they were planning something different made me feel so on the ball and I wanted to warn them but I couldn’t and it was amazing,

Other than that the pace was fast and the book was rushed. The exact same story would be better in two books. We would have the chance to know more about the characters and their world. Well, I’m not saying that it was bad but it could be even better in two parts.

I am satisfied with what I’ve read and yes if you’re thinking of reading the book, just do it!

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[Jessica Minyard]

Jessica wrote and illustrated her first story in the fourth grade. “The Dragon of Grindley Grun” was about an evil wizard, a princess, and a dragon who was actually a prince. She likes to think her writing has evolved since that very first story, even though she still writes about magic and evil wizards…sometimes.

She likes to sing loudly and dance on occasion without being particularly talented at either. Her interests include reading, writing, procrastinating, animal advocacy, musicals, accessories, memes, Harry Potter, and sweet tea.

Jessica lives in Kentucky with a spoiled pitbull.

[VS battle Saturday] Angel Books

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Today it’s all about angels and I have two similar books for you that I’m sure you’ve read. Actually these books are quite popular and there are different opinions in the air. They’re either good or bad, but which one is better and why?

Let’s do this!

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[Inescapable]

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My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I’d been hoping that once I’d arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.
I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. I look for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he’s near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would be…if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that has ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.
What is the secret that he’s keeping from me? I’m hoping that it’s anything but what I suspect: that he’s not exactly normal…and neither am I. So, maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I’ve been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.

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[Fallen]

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There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

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[Amy A. Bartol]

I live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons. My family is very supportive of my writing. When I’m writing, they often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner. They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real. They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats. They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making. They have learned to accept my “writing uniform” consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants. And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them. In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed. Please visit me at my website: www.amyabartol.weebly.com

[Lauren Kate]

Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York.
She is the author of Fallen and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen, get a dog, and learn how to surf.
She is currently at work on the sequel to Fallen.

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Have you read any of these two? Did you like it? Which one would you read again and which one did you like better?

[Thursday’s Book Recommendation] The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

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[The Assassin’s Curse]

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Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.

And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.

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[Cassandra Rose Clarke]

Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

During the summer of 2010, she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle, where she enjoyed sixty-degree summer days. Having been born and raised in Texas, this was something of a big deal. She was also a recipient of the 2010 Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund.

[Rant Tuesday] Insta-Love

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If you already read my reviews then you know that I hate insta-love. A book, in which the two leads fall in love after meeting each other a couple of times, it’s absolutely not worthy of my time. Why? Because it’s not possible. You can’t love a person you don’t know. If you think you do, then you mistake your feelings because love is not just a feeling.

You love your family and your close friends, how can you put a person you’ve just met to the same level as these people? How can you say that you have similar feelings for a man you’ve just started dating? Do you even know what love is? So, let me ask you something, dear author. How can you make your character love someone so quickly? How can your 17-year-old female character possibly know that the boy she likes is her one true love and that she won’t fall in love again? That’s ridiculous.

I don’t know if this is just in my country, language or culture but when we say ‘I love you‘ to someone, it means ‘I love you‘ and not ‘I am in love with you‘. We have a different word about stating that we’re ‘in love‘ and it’s not even close to ‘loving‘ someone. So maybe when the authors use the ‘L’ word so easy, it’s because they confuse the meaning of the word. Maybe it’s because there is not a word somewhere in between ‘I like you‘ and ‘I love you’ to express these feelings in english language. But no matter what, there are actions to show how you feel. Don’t just rape the poor word without meaning it. Make your characters real, because it takes time to ‘fall in love‘ and even more time to ‘love‘.

(I can only accept some sort of insta-love in a paranormal book if there’s something like a bond or magic or similar stuff.)

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What’s your opinion about Insta-love? Do you enjoy these kind of books and why?

[Monday’s Top 5] Favorite female characters and how they look like in my mind

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It is true that us girls usually talk about our book boyfriends and we barely notice the female leads. Well basically we experience everything they do, especially if there’s a first person POV, and we put ourselves in their shoes. As a result we unconsiously ignore the fact that these heroines are the most important character of the book and we focus on the male leads. Today I am going to present my favorite female book charcaters, the reasons why I chose them and how they look like in my mind.

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Maggie Masters/Jacobson – Significance by Shelly Crane

I know that Hollie Shay was casted for that role but she is not even close to how Maggie is supposed to look like. Maggie should be cute and and pretty with redish hair and cute freckles.

Why is Maggie my number 5?

That girl was normal and after she touched Caleb, her significant, her life changed. Suddenly she was important to a whole race of people and out of nowhere she even had enemies. Not to mention that later she found out she was actually THE visionary, the leader of Virtuoso. So, having to deal with the fact that people wanted her dead because they were afraid of her or that they insisted she should leave her significant and practically have half her soul taken it’s not simple. Maggie had to fight for her significant and demanded that they should treat Caleb as her equal. She had to fight in order to keep her people safe and modest because nature was punishing them by stoping the imprintings and she had to fight for her own life. Also she was a great mother and years later when people mistreated her kids and almost took her daughter’s significant, she had to start a war in order to finally earn the freedom her people deserved.

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[Book Related] ‘Would you rather’ book tag

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Hello, I was kindly tagged by Raven [@dreamyaddictions] and [Bookwormaniac] for a ‘Would you rather’ challenged and here I am~

Thank you Raven!

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?
As much as I love trilogies sometimes they tire me, especially if the story is not that good. I need standalones for breaks. In general yes, I would rather read trilogies.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?
I prefer reading high fantasy books written by males because there is balance when it comes to romance and action. Some female authors tend to focus more in romance. If I want to read romance, I pick a book from that genre. In general I don’t really mind. If the author is talented, then it doesn’t matter.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?
I guess Amazon because I trust is safe. I haven’t heard of Barnes and Noble.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?
A movie is not enough to cover the whole book. I prefer (decent) TV series or even better, a series of movies.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
Are you kidding me of course it would be 5 books per week.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?
I don’t think I can handle critisism well. I am a bit overdramatic and if my work is not likeable or at least decent even to a few people I may be depressed. I can review but I don’t like to be on the other side so I guess reviewer it is.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?
Librarian. I love organizing stuff and especially books based on anything. That’s my dream job.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?
My favorite genre.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?
I am a fan og physical books. If only they were cheap in Greece I would be the happiest person alive.

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[Amazon] Freebies of the month

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For those who didn’t know, Amazon offers many books for free. So my darlings, here are some freebies that caught my eye this month. You can buy them in no time for free, just with one click. Your kindle will be full of awesome books.

Warning: Double check before you buy because the prices change all the time.

Here you are:

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[Deceived]

➛ Amazon [buy for free]

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They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principal, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principal states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.

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[L.A Starkey]

L.A. Starkey is the author of the upcoming Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series.

She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

She writes under the following pen names:

Kate Thomas – NA/Adult Paranormal
Isabella James – Sci-fi/Fantasy
Lauren Elizabeth – Adult Contemporary Romance

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[Let Me Quote Friday] From my priority-to-read shelf

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All these quotes are from books I plan on reading as soon as my exams are over. Thought I would make the difference and instead of posting quotes I’ve already read before, I posted a couple of quotes that caught my eye. I think I can’t wait to read all these books!

“His lips are on mine, hard and warm and pressing. The touch is electrifying, but not like I’m used to. This isn’t a spark of destruction, but a spark of life. As much as I want to pull away, I just can’t do it. Cal is a cliff and I throw myself over the edge, not bothering to think of what it could do to us both. One day he’ll realize I’m his enemy, and all this will be a far-gone memory. But not yet.”
Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“But there’s no way to avoid regret. Don’t let anybody tell you different. Regret is just life’s aftertaste. No matter what you choose, you’re gonna wonder if you shoulda done things different. I didn’t necessarily choose wrong. I just chose. And I lived with my choice, aftertaste and all.”
Amy Harmon, A Different Blue

“Funny how a single word can change everything in your life.”
“It is not funny at all. Steel is power. Money is power. But of all the things in all the worlds, words are power.”
Pierce Brown, Red Rising

“You overestimate the courage of those in power. They are often more interested in holding on to that power than in doing anything worthwhile with it.”
Sherry Thomas, The Burning Sky

“Letting yourself be vulnerable isn’t always a weakness. Sometimes it can be a conscious decision to draw the other person out.”
Penelope Douglas, Bully

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Quoting makes me feel wiser but what about you? Let me know your favorite quotes and suggestions of books to read.

Thank you!