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

20130113-045156.jpg To Stand Beside Her by B. Kristin McMichael
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! ❤