Favourite Books Of 2013

Hey book nerds! :D Today I'm going to be sharing with you some of my favourite books of 2013! :) I have read so many amazing, wonderful and fantastic books this year, so it's going to be hard just choosing a few. However, I have also read quite a few books this year that I didn't like... I always feel very disappointed when I dislike a book, because I try really hard to like as many as I can!

Unfortunately, I'm only human (well, mostly) and I just can't like everything. I'm a picky and fussy reader and a huge critique when it comes down to it. :) I'm also a very emotional reader; the tiniest thing in a book can set me off crying for prolonged minutes at a time. This especially happens when I'm really engaged in the story and love the characters. (Also, you can add Animals into this as well!)

Please excuse the excessive use of Snape GIF's, this is the only time of the year I feel okay with posting them to relay everything I'm feeling! :P Well anyway, I hope you'll all enjoy my list for this year - I read 100 books - and completed my Good Reads reading goal for the year, so it's extra exciting. :D I hope you all have a wonderful new year, and start 2014 with a bang! :D Maybe you'll be as agreeable with my list as Snape is here. Who knows? ^.^

Favourite Books Of 2013

Title: Crash Into You.
Author: Katie McGarry.
Opinion: I read the first book, Pushing The Limits, in this companion series earlier this year and I adored it. I then read the second, Dare You Too and I thought it was just as fantastic. And then more recently I picked up Crash Into You – my god, it was incredible! Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with all of them as Katie McGarry’s writing is beautiful and flawless, but I have a feeling that this one may be my favourite!
Maybe this is what happens when you fall in love. On the outside a lighter is nothing amazing, but it holds all the ingredients that can create something wonderful. With a few pushes in the right direction, you can inspire something so brilliant that it pushes back the darkness.

"I don’t want to be without you. I like who I am with you, and I don’t want to go back to who I was before."

Title: Easy.
Author: Tammara Webber.
Opinion: There are so many emotions swirling around inside my head right now. This book was absolutely incredible, with a couple with so much chemistry, you can almost feel it radiating off the page. Beautifully written, wonderful characters, a fantastic plot - go read it now!
He swallowed, closing his eyes and inhaling slowly. I knew he would be all rational and do-the-right-thing and he would push me away again, and I was determined not to give him that chance. But then his eyes flashed open and he said, "Fuck it," pushing me against the door, slamming his forearms on either side of my head and kissing me more forcefully than I’d ever been kissed.

"Choosing to be with you, isn't a difficult decision, Jacqueline...It's easy. Incredibly easy."

Title: Beautiful Disaster.
Author: Jamie McGuire.
Opinion: I was a little sceptical about starting this book at first, but all those feelings vanished as soon as I got a chapter or two into this book. The characters are amazing and really well-developed and the romance takes its time and grows slowly - which I loved - and it's definitely NOT an insta-love book.
"You can’t tell me what to do anymore, Travis! I don’t belong to you!" In the second it took him to turn and face me, his expression had contorted into anger. He stomped toward me, planting his hands on the bed and leaning into my face.
"WELL I BELONG TO YOU!" The veins in his neck bulged as he shouted, and I met his glare, refusing to even flinch. He looked at my lips, panting. "I belong to you."

"I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you."

Title: Wait For You.
Author: J. Lynn.
Opinion: For some reason this book reminded me of Beautiful Disaster (or the other way around, not sure!), I think it’s because they both have similar plot lines. But either way, this book was incredible and I absolutely adored it! J. Lynn's writing is beautiful and completely flawless and the romance was fantastic and very swoon-worthy!
"Fuck, Avery. You think I don't want you? There's not a single part of you that I don't want, you understand? I want to be on you and inside of you. I want you against the wall, on the couch, in your bed, in my bed, and every fucking place I can possibly think of, and trust me, I have a vast imagination when it comes to these kinds of things. Don't ever doubt that I want you. That is not what this is about."

People got out of the way for Cam. He was like a hot Moses, parting a sea of drunk college students.

Title: Pretty Girl Thirteen.
Author: Liz Coley.
Opinion: This book was really phenomenal and unique, Liz Coley manages to write the story with such detail and accuracy and emotion that it will leave you speechless. I enjoyed this book so much, I thought my mum would love it as well – she ended up buying her own kindle copy and thought it was fantastic as well. As you can see, it’ll appeal to young-adults and adults!
"Do you want to put up in a hotel for a few days so they can’t stake out on your front lawn?" Mom laughed wickedly. "I’ll set up the lawn sprinklers. Let’s see them try." She would, too. I could see her turning the hoses on all their expensive video equipment.

Angie rubbed her face into Mom’s shoulder. "Do you think I’ll ever remember?"
For a long moment, Mom was silent. Angie pulled back and caught the tortured expression on her face, the mourning in her eyes, a split second before she fixed her expression.
Finally, Mom answered. "For three long years, all I’ve wanted was to know what happened to you. Now ... I don’t honestly know if I want you to remember."

Title: Wither.
Author: Lauren DeStefano.
Opinion: This book was fantastic! It has a really unique concept and plotline and I found it extremely hard to put down. It's really different from every other dystopia/post-apocalyptic novel that I've ever read and Lauren manages to create a world you can't help but be absorbed in. I loved this book so much and can't wait to read the sequel!
Eventually I realize that I am holding on to him just as tightly as he holds on to me. And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling autumn leaves.

"I'll tell you something about true love. There's no science to it. It's as natural as the sky."

Title: Vampire Academy.
Author: Richelle Mead.
Opinion: This book was incredibly sexy and really awesome and funny at the same time. I expected to hate Rose, the main character - mainly because she's so full of herself. But as I read more and more, I realised it's just part of who she is, she's just a really confident person. I have so much love for this book, and I can't wait to continue on with this series!
The only thing better than imagining Dimitri carrying me in his arms was imagining him shirtless while carrying me in his arms.

"You…you got rid of that dress fast," I pointed out between heavy breaths. "I thought you liked it."
"I do like it," he said. His breathing was as heavy as mine. "I love it." And then he took me to the bed.

Title: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.
Author: Beth Fantaskey.
Opinion: I thought this book was really, really fun and interesting. I had a great time reading and I was constantly laughing too! It was really well written, beautifully done and I had to pick up the sequel and have it in my collection right away!
"American women. Why do you all want to be nearly invisible? Why not have a physical presence in the world? Women should have curves, not angles. ...One should never confuse fashionable with beautiful. ...Eat. Be happy to have curves. A presence."

"Where do you come from?" Frank challenged, puffing his chest, a little bolder now that he could breathe. "Some of us are starting to wonder."
"I come from civilization," Lucius retorted. "You wouldn't be familiar with the territory. Now pick up the books."

Title: The Immortal Rules.
Author: Julie Kagawa.
Opinion: I’m finding it extremely hard to get across how much I loved this book, and its sequel The Eternity Cure. It has such a unique, different and interesting take on Vampires and the post-apocalyptic world that it made me speechless. Let's just say I thought it was extra-ordinary!
"You are a monster." Kanin’s deep voice droned in my head again, as I forced myself to move, to walk away. "You will always be a monster, there is no turning back from it. But what type of monster you become is entirely up to you."

I wasn't thinking of his blood, rushing just below the skin. I wasn't thinking of his heartbeat or his touch or the pulse at his throat. Right now, all I was thinking of was Zeke.

What were your favourite books of 2013? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out. ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Hey book nerds! ^.^ It's time for another book haul - Christmas edition! :D I'm so excited to be able to share with you guys you books I received for Christmas this year, because they're just so pretty and I want to read them all now. :3 I'm so thankful to my parents and my friends who gave me these books - please note, that this is in no way bragging! As for my reading status, I finally completed my 100 book challenge on Good Reads the day before yesterday, with my 100th book being Easy by Tammara Webber. I'm now reading another book called Stella by Helen Eve - but I'm really not far enough into it yet to comment. :P Well, that's it for today - I hope you guys had a great Christmas - I certainly did! :D


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A BIG thank you to my best friend Sarah, who gave a copy of Under The Never Sky for my Christmas present - I can't wait to read it! :D

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5) by Richelle Mead.
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.

The Dark Light by Sara Walsh.
Velveteen by Daniel Marks.

Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam, #1) by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate.
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick.

Frost by Marianna Baer.
Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1) by Bethany Griffin.

I also received a £10 Amazon Gift card from my other best friend, Emmie - and I bet you can all guess what I'm going to spend it on! :P I LOVE my friends and family! And I'm so excited to have all of these books in my collection. I want to read them all now, but I'm not sure which to start first, they all look so amazing. :D They also all have some seriously gorgeous covers! I don't know which covers are my favourites, as they're all so pretty - but Across the Universe and A Million Suns are beautiful, but I also really love the cover for Embrace. Ahh, I can't decide - what do you think? Have you read any of these books? Let me know! ^.^

What books did you get for Christmas this year? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out. ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Title: Afterparty.
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler.
Publication Date: December 31st, 2013.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Format: Paperback, 401 pages.
Source: ARC Provided By Author.
My Rating:

Emma is tired of being good.
Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother -- whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her...and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not. And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...

Afterparty is a really wonderful novel with an incredible opening paragraph that I’m sure will grab anyone’s attention. I often found myself giggling whilst reading this novel, as Ann Stampler’s writing is really funny and I loved how our main protagonist had a ‘moral compass’, which was always trying to point her in the correct direction. I did find myself confused on many different occasions throughout Afterparty. It seemed like it would go off track completely for a few paragraphs and then be suddenly back. I also felt like the sentences just kept rambling on about pretty much nothing, and as much as it seemed like Ann was trying to make a point – she just didn’t seem to get there. The majority of the time this happened when Emma was talking – maybe it’s just a quirky feature in her personality? I don’t know, but don’t get me wrong, if you can put aside these certain problems, Afterparty really is a fantastic book with a wonderful plot – and luckily for me, I managed to do so because I was so engrossed in the story.

Emma is our main protagonist and I really liked reading about her. She has an over-bearing dad with strict rules and is struggling with the decision to continue to be a good-girl, like she’s been her whole life – or try something new and break some of the rules her dad has set. I thought Emma was an incredibly good friend, I know I wouldn’t have put up with all the crap that Siobhan, her new best friend, did to her at all. She was also a very patient, kind, caring and overall a lovely character. I really loved how Emma slowly started to hate Siobhan, and I found it incredibly funny to see the process. At first, Emma bent over backward to please Siobhan, and did pretty much everything she said – but as the novel progressed you really got to see how much Emma started to resent Siobhan and see her true colours. Of course I felt bad for Emma – but to be honest, I don’t know why Emma didn’t dump her sooner!

Siobhan is Emma’s best friend, and from the first moment they meet – they suddenly become inseparable. I started off not minding Siobhan’s character, and I thought she was really upbeat and interesting with a quirky personality, but as the novel progressed, I started to really dislike her (I’m pretty sure you’re meant too!) Siobhan becomes more and more controlling the further you get into Afterparty, she’s also gets very moody and becomes very unpleasant and downright evil. What I found slightly annoying, was the repetitiveness of Emma and Siobhan’s arguments and fall outs. She and Siobhan fight, then make up, then fight again and make up once more! It was also always the same argument; about how Emma finds it difficult to break the rules because of her dad. Although in the end I didn’t like Siobhan’s character, it was quite interesting seeing her slowly go crazy and become so obsessive.

Dylan is the love-interest in Afterparty, and to be honest – I had really mixed feelings about him. One minute I really loved his character, the next I was wondering why the hell Emma was pining over him so much. I suppose Dylan did have his good points, he was sweet, funny and really did seem to care about her – but I questioned a lot of his decisions. I also found it really irritating that he’d just straight out believe everything Siobhan said to him about Emma, even if things weren’t perfect with him and Emma at the time. I also really didn’t like the fact that Dylan was portrayed as such a perfect character – when all he’d ever do was skip class and get stoned, then borrow Emma’s notes because she attended class. It was totally obvious that Emma liked him, and even though he said he’d liked her too at the time – he did some really jack-ass things.

Over though, I really did enjoy reading Afterparty – and sped through it really quickly! Ann Redisch Stampler’s writing is really different from what I’ve read before, but really engaging, fun and quirky all the same. For example; it took me quite a while to get used to reading sentences like ‘I am sorry’ instead of ‘I’m sorry’ – this is definitely not a criticism, as there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. It was just a surprise to read the writing with such a traditional format. I do however, believe that Afterparty well and truly deserved the 4/5 star rating, it was really fantastic and page-turning book that kept me in suspense until the very end! I’d recommend this book to any contemporary reader, especially someone who loves some good old girl drama. I really believe Ann Redisch Stampler is definitely an author to keep an eye on!

"Watch this," she says. "New game. It’s called shock-the-dork."
She walks over to two middle-aged guys who look a lot more clueless than the one she usually likes going after. She waves a cigarette at them; they grope for their lighters, matches, whatever it takes to keep her happy. She’s all giggly and girly until one of them offers her another drink and she shrieks. "No! I will not meet you in your hotel room! I’m sixteen years old! What’s wrong with you?"
The men throw money on the bar to pay for their half-drunk drinks and sprint toward the escalator.

"I am not clinically depressed or suicidal or insane. I just want to kill Siobhan, is all."

Siobhan, when she’s annoyed, doesn’t keep it to herself.
In the morning, the slamming theme extends to her locker, books on desktops, and snack trays at break. When she talks to me, I (and everybody else within a hundred yards) can tell she’s seething.
Dylan says, "Should I avoid dark alleys and homeroom? Eat lunch with me. I’ll protect you if she creeps up and tries to hit you with a lunch tray."

Hey book nerds! :D I bring to you today, one of the biggest book hauls I've hauled yet! ^.^ I've final managed to get around to filming with my new camera, and taken the pictures with it too. :D As for my reading status, last night I finished reading Trapped by Michael Northrop, and I enjoyed it - it was good book, but very slow and I didn't feel like anything happened until the ending! Also, the characters just sort of sat around and did nothing, which was quite boring.. o.O So yeah, I gave it 3.5/5 stars. As for what I’m going to be reading next, I’m not entirely sure, but it’ll be a review book. :D That's it for today, I haven't got a whole lot to say, as nothing really is going on at all - I've just been getting ready for Christmas! Have a good week all of you. :)


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Stella by Helen Eve.
Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando.

A BIG thanks to Macmillan who sent me a proof copy of Stella for review - I can't wait to read it! Also a big thanks to Hodder who sent me the copy of Roomies for review. :)

Anything To Have You by Paige Harbison.

A BIG thanks to Mira Ink who sent me an ARC of Anything To Have You for review - it looks awesome and I can't wait to read it! :D

A HUGE thanks to Mira Ink who sent me finished copies of these two books, I've already reviewed them and loved them - I'm so glad to have them in my collection! ^.^

Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell.
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher.

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2) by Lauren DeStefano.
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas.

Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls, #2) by C.C. Hunter.
Blind Spot by Laura Ellen.

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath, #1) by Anne Greenwood Brown.
Shattered Souls (Souls, #1) by Mary Lindsey.

Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls, #1) by Tera Lynn Childs.
Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1) by Kiersten White.

Beta (Annex, #1) by Rachel Cohn.
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) by Rachel Hartman.

E-books Bought

My Secret Summer by Theresa Troutman.
Shadows (Lux, #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
An A to Z of Creepy Hollow Fae by Rachel Morgan.
Masquerade (Heven and Hell, #1) by Cambria Hebert.

Deadborn by C.M. Stunich.
Kallos (Kallos, #1) by Khelsey Jackson.
Kallos Sorrow (Kallos, #2) by Khelsey Jackson.
A Summer to Remember (Seasons, #1) by Jessica Gunhammer.

So many books, so little time! I brought and received so many books this month, I don't know where to begin. :D Unfortunately I'm on a strict book buying ban from now on until way after Christmas. This is because of two reasons; 1) I'm getting lots of books for Christmas and 2) I've run out of room to store them, and I mean this literally. There is NO more room. D: However, I am really excited to have all of these books in my collection, and I can't decide which I'm the most excited for! They all have such gorgeous covers as well... As for the e-books, you know the drill. ;P All of them were freebies on Amazon at the time of purchase, and if you go check - they still might be! As for my favourite e-book covers, it's probably a toss-up between A Summer to Remember, Deadborn and Astral Essence - they're just so pretty. :) Have you read any of these books? Let me know! ^.^

What books have you brought or received lately? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out. ^.^ Happy reading! (: