Archive | December 2013

Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday, which is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish and the topic is:

Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

2013 was quite a year for me in terms of my reading taste. I picked up books that I normally don’t read. I picked up books by authors that I have never heard of and loved the books or didn’t like them that much, but gave them another chance. I rediscovered authors that I used to read and for one reason or another just stopped one day. With 2013 ending tonight at midnight, here is my list of my Top Ten Books. There are a lot of books that I didn’t include on here, otherwise it would have been like top 50 or something 🙂


Truly by Ruthie Knox


Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

12578313Golden by Jessi Kirby

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The Weathy Barber by David Chilton

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The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook

13573161Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women, and Money by Kevin O’Leary

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Kiss of Fury by Deborah Cooke


Thankless In Death by J.D. Robb

New Year’s Resolutions

I was looking at the calendar a few days ago to see what I had coming up and realized that in a few more days 2013 will be gone and we will be ringing in 2014. It seems like it was just yesterday that we welcomed in 2013, awaiting all the new things that we were going to get accomplished during this year. What happened to those resolutions and promises that you made to yourself? Did you accomplish them or did you just slowly fall off the wagon that everyone hops on at the start of every year?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Hungry

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


Hungry by H.A. Swain

Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Synopsis: In the future, foodis no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.

In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that’s what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working. Together they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food.

H. A. Swain delivers an adventure that is both epic and fast-paced. Get ready to be Hungry.

Personal Thoughts: This grabbed my interest as soon as I read that they didn’t eat real food. Imagine that! This concept is really interesting and I definitely want to see how this story goes. It sounds like it will be a great read full of adventure and suspense. Just the type of book I’d love to read. 🙂

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Ondine Blitz Post


Ondine by Emma Raveling
(Ondine Quartet 0.5)
Publication date: December 19, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

“I shouldn’t get involved.”

Rebellious and headstrong, sixteen-year-old Kendra Irisavie doesn’t have much respect for authority. An ondine with the powerful gift of Virtue, she uses her tough attitude and Empath magic to navigate through high school and keep others away.

Because being an ondine also means keeping secrets.

Kendra and her mother are Rogue water elementals in the middle of an ancient war. They hide among humans, their survival constantly threatened by monstrous Aquidae demons.

Along with a rigorous training regimen to mold Kendra into a lethal fighter, her mother has instituted four rules to keep her safe.

Trust no one. Relationships are weaknesses. Emotional attachments are dangerous. Be responsible only for yourself.

But when Kendra witnesses a classmate in trouble, she intervenes and her decision to break the rules comes at a price.

Sometimes, humans could be more dangerous than demons.

Ondine is a short prequel novella for the young adult urban / paranormal fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet.  

I’m a fantasy writer who lives a slightly eccentric life with my accommodating husband and our charming, neurotic dog. I’m currently working on the Ondine Quartet, a young adult urban fantasy/paranormal series featuring a kick-ass heroine, powerful magic, and the complex world of water elementals.
I have a weird love of spreadsheets and organizational tools because they give me the illusion that I am somehow in control of the chaos that is my life. I adore beautiful art such as painting and sculpture, classical music, lyrical writing, and great graphic design. My all-time favorite books (as of this writing) are Immortality by Milan Kundera, 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
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Untold Stories Cover Reveal

The Untold Stories by Rhiannon Paille
(The Ferryman and the Flame)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

 Skeleton & Dust

In the First Era, before Kaliel and Krishani fell in love, Tor runs. He escapes the Land of Kings and the tyrannical Valtanyana. In the depths of Tempia he forges weapons– The Flames– strong enough to oppose the Kings he betrayed.

Aria, The Amethyst Flame, cannot touch the living or the dead and her kin are silent ghosts. Hidden in a cairn deep in the haunted forest, Aria becomes obsessed with the Ferryman, the only boy who can feel her touch.

Before Aria knows it, The Flames, The Ferryman and Tor are swept up in the first war against the Valtanyana.

Lantern & Poison
Hadwen is no more. The Daed have no choice but to travel to Avrigost to awaken Crestaos. They’re thrown into a whirlwind quest for the Flames, not knowing how ruthless and sadistic Crestaos can be.

Blood & Gold
The Daed are pawns to one of the most powerful members of the Valtanyana. Crestaos is insane, his hunger for the Flames insatiable. The closer the Daed get to achieving his goal, the more expendable they become.


Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She’s married to a chef/comic book shop owner and has a fondness for architecture. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site:
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Adrenaline Rush Tour

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Adrenaline Rush by Cindy M. Hogan
Publication date: October 2013
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult

A madman with a mission is kidnapping groups of thrill-seeking high school seniors across the country, and it’s up to Christy to stop him.
To do so, she must take on a fearless alter ego and infiltrate a group of adrenaline junkies bent on pushing life to the limit. Death-defying stunts are only the beginning: two groups fit the profile, and Christy must discover the real target before it’s too late.
If she chooses the wrong group, more people will disappear. But choosing right puts her as the prime target—with no guarantee that she’ll get out alive.
 Personal Thoughts: Wow what an adventure it was to read this book. I read it almost in one sitting it was that good!  Not only was it filled with action, mystery and suspense, but it made you keep on wanting to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. I loved the plot line and it was one of the first things that grabbed my attention.
This was my first time reading a Cindy M. Hogan book, but let me tell you something, it won’t be the last!
The characters were likable and I felt the tension that they felt. The adrenaline junkie scenario was quite the pull. It was interesting to see how the main character was able to deal with the kidnapping aspect. Although some aspects seemed a bit far fetched and not that realistic, overall, it was written very well.
I hope that maybe one day this can be turned into a series. I can see it being one easily. What an amazing read!
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Cindy M. Hogan graduated with a secondary education teaching degree and enjoys spending time with unpredictable teenagers. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. She loves to bake, garden and be outdoors doing a myriad of activities.

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