2013 Reading Challenge Update!

I’m half way through!! Whoooo

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Hey there! Today I finished my 40th books of the year (!) and wanted to share my Reading Challenge progress with you guys!

As you can see from the snapshot above, I challenged myself to read 80 books this year (20 more than last year) and so far, so good! 40 down, 40 to go–

Here is a list of all the books I read this year~ just click the covers to read my review for each book / get more info about it through Goodreads!

P.S~ You can always follow my progress on my Goodreads page or on the Reading Challenges tab here on my blog!

Entwined with You (Crossfire, #3) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) This Is What Happy Looks Like Just One Day (Just One Day, #1) The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)
Complete Me (Stark Trilogy, #3) Gone (Dream Catcher, #3) Fade (Dream Catcher, #2) Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1) Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)
Ready Player One Paper Towns Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) Entwined
Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) The Prince (The Selection, #0.5) The Elite (The Selection, #2) Parallel The Selection (The Selection, #1)
To Stand Beside Her Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2) Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3) The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3) Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2)
Inside (Insider, #1-2) The Boyfriend App Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1) Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1) Release Me (Stark Trilogy, #1)
Fury (The Fury Trilogy, #1) Fever (Parallon Trilogy, #1) Radiant (Unearthly, #2.5) Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2) Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5)
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Scent of Magic (Healer, #2) Touch of Power (Avry of Kazan, #1) Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1) Harken (Harken, #1)
Did you challenge yourself to read more this year? How far along are you?
Happy Reading!
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Past, Present & Future (Reading Recap #5)

Hey Guys!

For the past week I have been visiting my best friends in Canada, so the only books I have with me are the ones I have on my Kindle! Since I can only read ebooks while I’m here, I decided to take advantage of that and try to read more eGalleys or ebooks I received for review purposes! Here is my recap:

Past

20130113-045156.jpg Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2) by J. Kenner
Expected Publication: Apr 23, 2013
My Rating: ★★★★★

For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real.

Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match.

I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both.

But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close… or shatter us completely.

Present

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Release Date: Jan 24, 2013

To be the best courier in the world, eighteen-year-old Benét Leila follows three simple rules: always work alone, never stay in one place too long, and never fall in love. Too bad she didn’t follow her own advice.

Leila is a courier. To the people she takes from, she is seen as a common thief; to the people she helps, she is a savior.

Nalick is your typical king. He’s rich, powerful, and always assumed to be right. When Leila crosses paths with King Nalick, she finds herself trapped. In a rush to save her best friend Kay from a prison sentence for a crime Leila committed, Leila trades her hand in marriage in exchange for Kay’s freedom.

Tomboy Leila does not want to grow up, but in three months’ time, she will be married to King Nalick, if Nalick can keep his end of the bargain. First, Nalick must make Leila fall in love with him, a hard task since Leila is not ready to love again after losing her first love to a greedy king. Second, Nalick must keep her safe. He is not the only king trying to hold onto her. Leila has made many enemies over the years, and even more admirers that want her as a prize. Lastly, Nalick must convince Leila that ten years of love is better than a lifetime without. Unless Leila can trust her destiny, she might not reach her wedding day at all.

Future

20130113-050623.jpg Parallel by Laura Miller
Expected Publication: May 14, 2013

Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She’d go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she’s in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it’s as if her past has been rewritten.

With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby’s life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby’s senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby’s never even met.

As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn’t choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that’s finally within reach.

 

Happy Reading, everyone! ❤

Past, Present & Future (Reading Recap #4)

Hey Guys!

I am currently staying in the United Stated visiting my brother, so I only have a very limited amount of books I brought with me/ bought while I’m here, so I am planning to read at least half of them during my visit! Here are the ones that I read this past week/ currently reading/ planning to read next!

Past

20130113-045156.jpg The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess test, #3) by Aimeé Carter
Release Date: Feb 26, 2013

Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her–until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

Present

20130113-045156.jpg Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3) by Melissa Marr
Release Date: Apr 21, 2007

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone – but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he’d ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who’d always terrified her – but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr’s third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

Future

20130113-050623.jpg Entwined by Heather Dixon
Release Date: Jan 25, 2012

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her… beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing… it’s taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Happy Reading, everyone! ❤

Past, Present & Future (Reading Recap #3)

Hey Guys!

Past, Present & Future Reading Recap is going to be a weekly(ish) post where I share my past, present and future reads with you- the books I’ve read in the past week, the books I’m currently reading and the books I hope to read soon!

Past

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Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Release Date: Aug 30, 2011

Sometimes sorry isn’t enough….

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems…

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better—the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel…something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay. Em and Chase have been chosen.

Present

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Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Release Date: Jun 7, 2010

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris–the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend–but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

Future

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Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Release Date: Jan 25, 2012

Our mother was a witch too, but she hid it better.
I miss her.

To me, the magic feels like a curse. According to the Brothers, it’s devil-sent. Women who can do magic-they’re either mad or wicked. So I will do everything in my power to protect myself and my sisters. Even if it means giving up my life—and my true love.

Because if the Brothers discover our secret, we’re destined for the asylum, or prison… or death.

Happy Reading, everyone! ❤

Past, Present & Future (Reading Recap #2)

Hey Guys!

Past, Present & Future Reading Recap is going to be a weekly(ish) post where I share my past, present and future reads with you- the books I’ve read in the past week, the books I’m currently reading and the books I hope to read soon!

Past

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Scent of Magic (Healer #2) by Maria V. Snyder
Release Date: Dec 18, 2012

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible … again.

Click here to check out my mini review of Scent of Magic on Goodreads!

Present

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Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: Oct 2, 2012

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Click here to check out my review of Shatter Me (the first book in the series)!

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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Release Date: Oct 26, 2010

“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Future

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The Whispers of the Fallen by D.J. Netto
Release Date: Nov 2012

Ever since the dawn of days, rumors about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath.

Isaac and Demetre find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and those who guarded it for all these years. However, for Isaac and Demetre, danger lies at every step, hidden in the most unexpected places.

Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle against the coming darkness.

Happy Reading, everyone! ❤

Past, Present & Future (Reading Recap #1)

Hey Guys!

Past, Present & Future Reading Recap is going to be a weekly(ish) post where I share my past, present and future reads with you- the books I’ve read in the past week, the books I’m currently reading and the books I hope to read soon!

Past

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Harken by Kaleb Nation
Release Date: Jan 13, 2013

After surviving an assassination attempt, teenager Michael Asher discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy reaching higher than any earthly power. A supernatural organization desperately wants him dead. He doesn’t know why. Everyone who might have the answers has already been killed.

Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to fight back and dig up the truth. He begins to question how much of the world is truly as people are led to believe it is. Are there things that humanity is not being told? Who is the puppet master? And how far into the maze can he venture before he is lost forever?

Click here to read my full Harken review!

Present

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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Release Date: Oct 26, 2010

“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

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Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
Release Date: Jan 1, 1993

Richar Cypher’s decision to help a woman in the Upper Ven near the Boundary between the Midlands and Westlands creates more trouble than first appears. The woman, Kahlan Amnell, seeks the help of a wizard in thw Westland, and she brings with her dark mews from the other side of the Boundary: Darken Rahl, Ruler of D’Hara, has brought down the Boundary bewteen D’Hara and the Midlands. This menacing ruler continues his dead father’s quest for control by pressing war on the now vulnerable Midlands. Kahlan is attempting to find the great wizard who left the Midlands for the Magic free Westlands due to he corruption of the government in his eyes, so as to have him name a Seeker of Truth. The great wizard turns out to be Zeddicus Zu’l Zorrander, Richard’s longtime friend, who then proceeds to name Richard the Seeker.

Future

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The Demon Lover by Carol Goodman (Juliet Dark)
Release Date: Jul 21, 2011

Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s found herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: Her incubus is not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the demon, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this supernatural lover from her heart.

Happy Reading, everyone! ❤