Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite New Releases of 2013!

 Well, stuff its the end of the year, more about and what an absolutely INCREDIBLE year it was for books. Honestly, view I am blown away from all the books that I managed to read this year. I dove even further into the world of book blogging and, by doing so, opened myself up to more and more book recommendations. Its not the end of the year yet, but I’m less than a handful of books away from reaching my 200 book goal. Of those 197 that I’ve read so far, 168 of them were brand new novels, either new releases or new books that were recommended to me.

I mean, I literally discovered SO many authors this year. I’m part of SO many new fandoms this year. 8 of the 10 books on this list are brand new authors to me for the year 2013.

But beyond just new books to me, there were so many brand new releases this year that blew my mind. This week’s Top Ten counts down the best new releases of the year. According to me. Which is basically known as expert and legit opinion that you have to trust. Seriously. I know you’ve seen a ton of other lists, from other book bloggers, and authors and such that count down the best books of 2013, but come on, are they really as awesome as me? I don’t think so ;)

 Anyway, here’s the list! Also, if you click on the title, you’ll get the full review! If there is a review. I didn’t review all of these.

10. Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

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I have known who Sarah Rees Brennan is for a LONG time, because she’s a close friend of Cassandra Clare’s and we all know how I feel about Cassandra Clare. I just never sat down to read her books. I read The Demon’s Lexicon and liked it but just not enough to have me fall madly in love with her as an author. I asked her to do an interview for her new release, Untold, and figured, okay, I gotta be a good book blogger and actually read this series. I sped through Unspoken, the first novel, and loved the second novel, Untold as well. Untold picks up with two teenagers, obviously in love with each other, but full of so many struggles. They are wondering if their love is real or a result of the bond they had for their entire lives. But they are also struggling with their own families and to keep their town safe. What I love about Sarah’s series is that its good for a fan of YA paranormal romance, but its also so much more than that. Jared is a character to crush on, leaving you panting like mad, and Kami Glass is a seriously badass protagonist who always wants to save the day first before throwing herself into the arms of the one that she loves, and I think that’s incredibly awesome. Plus, that cliffhanger wasn’t even fair. I can’t WAIT until the third book comes out. I’m DYING for it to come out.

9. Here Without You by Tammara Webber

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I absolutely adore, love, admire, love love love love Tammara Webber. I discovered her when I first bought my first Kindle a few years back, and was looking for something to read that was fairly cheap. I discovered Between the Lines, and ate up those books. I LOVE them. They are exactly the type of YA contemporary that I love to read. It has everything that you love about YA but it has that little extra spice, and I love that. Call it mature YA, YA or NA, whatever, its awesome. I also give her much props for being self-published and doing well with it, and getting noticed. Not many authors can do that, but she does and she deserves to be noticed for that. The Between the Lines series mostly follows Reid Alexander, who is a teen actor with a wild streak. You name it: the girls, the parties, the scandals. I thought the series was over with Good for You, when Reid finds the girl who can make him better and he falls in love. When I found out this was coming out, I squealed with SO much excitement. We get more of Reid in this book, of course, but we also get the POV of a character named Brooke, who has always been there, but we don’t know much about. The story of the two of them tackling a part of their past they’d like to forget was beautiful and I was constantly tearing up.

8. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead 

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Okay, this is a little bit of cheating because I literally just finished it a couple days ago but it counts because I busted through the entire Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series recently and I am so in love with both of them, and Richelle Mead and Dimitri Belikov and Adrian Ivashkov. I read the four books of the Bloodlines series in about a week, and I was blown away that Richelle Mead was able to take the world she built in six books in the Vampire Academy and continue it in ways that were new and exciting. I love Sydney Sage as a main character and, like I said, I’m madly in love with Adrian Ivashkov. I loved that this book delved into the dual points of view. I am actually getting really tired of that and kind of scoff when I see that now but I think she did it perfectly and it created the perfect amount of drama and action and mystery. Having both Adrian and Sydney’s reactions at the end of the book, leaving us hanging for the 5th book, was perfect. Everything from the previous books culminated into the end of this book and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. My impatient body can barely handle the wait until June (July?) when Silver Shadows comes out. I am so excited for it.

Also, I will review this :) I just haven’t had time yet for it!

7. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Another new discovery for the year of 2013, Sarah J Maas knows how to do fantasy. Seriously. There are very few authors nowadays in the YA genre who can do some legitimate beautiful fantasy and she is definitely one of them. The world that she creates is incredible, so incredible that I sometimes find it hard to keep up. I have to pause to remember the intricacies of the world that she has created. But I think the beauty of her novels is her main character, Celaena. Celaena is a trained assassin, overly capable of keeping herself safe, whip smart, and also super fun at the same time. She loves to read, and to eat, and wear pretty dresses. She is exactly what I wish I could be, you know, if I knew how to wield daggers, and kill people. Which I don’t. Just as a disclaimer. The first novel is about Celaena’s bid for freedom, but the sequel just creates a more twisting and secretive storyline, with more and more popping up. Celaena’s life is more complicated than she had expected it to be after winning the tournament in the first book, and its hard for her to keep up sometimes. Sarah takes an already beautifully built world and expands it even more. Its just absolutely amazing.

6. Reality Boy by A.S. King

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I decided to check out this book after it was highly recommended by an author that I admire so much, Andrew Smith. More on Andrew later. But I trust his opinion thoroughly and decided to buy this book, especially since it was the Kindle deal of the day. Always gotta check those out because there can be some GREAT books for deals. This was another book that I whizzed through. King has this amazing story, a hugely addicting and compelling story, but she also addresses a question that we never really think about: what happens to children who are exploited on reality TV shows. It is also a story about serious emotional abuse and neglect. I’ve read so many books about actual physical abuse but emotional abuse and neglect can be just as damaging. Gerald has been traumatized by his stint on reality TV, where his problems as a child were exploited hugely and have followed him for the rest of his life. He also has a very abusive, psychotic sister, whose problems are excused by his very absent mother. Its a beautiful story, one in which Gerald learns to move past the image that he has of himself, built from that TV show, and finds love and strength outside of his home. This book blew me away and AS King is definitely going to be on my radar for now on!

5. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Talk about another author who blew my mind this year. I met Leigh at the Ontario Teen Book Fest, where her humor and her affinity for Tamora Pierce novels (agh, Tammy!) made me so happy that I just had to buy her book, Shadow and Bone. I finished it quickly and was so excited when I found out the sequel was to be released in a couple weeks. I went to her book release party (which was incredible!) and immediately went home to read the book. I didn’t believe it to be possible, but this one was even better than the first one. What I like a lot about this novel is that there’s a much bigger picture than just Alina but there is also so much more to Alina, as well. Alina is the protagonist, essentially the “good guy” of the novel, but she has her own struggles with her powers and how to use them. She can’t help but let them overtake her, and her confidence can get the best of her. She is young and impressionable and people are after her, so many people want to use her, and it goes to her head. Plus the world building…I can’t handle the amount of world building in these novels. Its absolutely incredible. Then when I learned that she used chemistry to build her magical system, I was just floored. Oh, and Sturmhond is introduced in this novel. You haven’t lived until you’ve fallen in love with Sturmhond.

4. Champion by Marie Lu

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What an amazing finish to easily the best dystopian series for YA. Maybe, period. Let me put it to you this way: I LOVE The Hunger Games and Divergent. I wouldn’t camp out for days for Catching Fire red carpet premiere if I didn’t love The Hunger Games. But I say this with complete honesty that Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy blows them all out of the water. Prodigy ends in a serious cliffhanger, one that nearly had me throwing my Kindle across the room. I couldn’t believe that I had to wait a whole TEN months for the end ;) But I did it, and what happens in this book is beautiful, genuine and just the perfect ending. There were so many twists and turns and surprises. I loved that Marie opened up her world even more than it already was. She addresses nations outside of the US, which not a lot of dystopian novels do! I also think its the most beautiful, realistic, bittersweet endings ever, and it made me cry and I loved it. I hate happy endings, I’ve made that clear, but this one had so many good and bad things at the end, which felt so real. I am incredibly satisfied with the way this series ended. I can’t wait to read more from Marie Lu because this girl knows how to write a novel!

3. The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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Speaking of amazing fantasy writers (especially ones that TOTALLY don’t get as much as they deserve), Cinda Williams Chima blew me out the freakin window, down the street and far far away with this installment of the Heir Chronicles. I love the Heir Chronicles but they didn’t become an obsession with me as much as her Seven Realms series did. Now that this fourth book has been released, I must say…they’re basically tied up. The Enchanter Heir was brilliant. It continues the story built in the first three books, but also stands alone. In fact, you can read this one without having ever read the other ones. Both characters in this novel are fantastic. Jonah is a badass fighter, with a scary power, and is incredible to watch, even in my own mind as I read. Emma is new to the magical Weir world but she is so strong and awesome, and she fumbles her way through with grace. Cinda takes an already amazing series and makes it so much better. I cannot even begin to say how much I loved it. She wraps up the third book of the series so well that you think, there’s no way it can continue but she does, she spins a whole new story and it works so well. Her world is that extensive and awesome. Seriously. God people read this book. Read all her books.

2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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I was so incredibly nervous when I first bought this novel. One, Cassandra Clare has a way of tearing my heart out and stomping all over it. She has a way of pulling at my emotions in a way that not many other authors have been able to. Two, there is a distinct love triangle in this series and I was hoping with all my heart that I would not be disappointed in the ending, because love triangles get on my nerves. What I got was a beautiful novel about love and friendship. She took what has become stereotype and, frankly, annoying and turned it into a lesson on love. Tessa loves Will…and Jem. She loves them both and is able to have time with them both. How often is it that you love one person in your entire life? I know I haven’t. And there’s such a fantastic story of friendship between the three of them. They all love each other so much, they’re so connected, that they’ll do anything for each other, and that includes basically saving the world. Will goes to save Tessa, the rest of the Institute goes to save them both and together, they save the world from Mortmain. This book had me sobbing my eyes out, in the saddest and also happiest epilogue in a book that I’ve ever. And it should be noted that I don’t like epilogues usually. I read this until 3 am. Worth every bit of sleepiness I had the next day. Beautiful beautiful conclusion to the trilogy.

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I cheated. I picked TWO books for number one. I honestly couldn’t pick between the two. There was just no way. They both completely blew my mind.

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I have literally never had a book that literally jumped into my soul, my very being, and just KNEW me. Fangirl is a term that is applied a lot lately, everyone is a fangirl but I think there’s that select few of us that have been fangirls for ages, and know exactly what its like to be Cath. Cath is obsessed with a fantasy series called Simon Snow, which is a sort of fictional Harry Potter. She has posters, commemorative busts, fan art, and writes her own fan fiction, fan fiction that ships the two main male characters together. Not only does she write the fan fiction, but people LOVE her story and they eagerly await her next chapter. And she’s an introvert. She doesn’t always know how to operate in the outside world, because she’s so wrapped up in the fictional world of Simon Snow. She cares about the characters and those worlds so much, and people just don’t get it. If you don’t see this as me, you don’t know me. I literally felt like Cath was ME. I was laughing and crying the entire novel because there were so many times where I felt like screaming “Yes, yes, yes! Exactly! How did you know?” I can’t stop talking about this book because it just effected me so much. I know exactly what its like to be Cath and feel the way she does. I have been wanting to re-read this but I haven’t had the time. Its a goal of my 2014 reading challenge to re-read this book!

1. Winger by Andrew Smith

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You guys are probably getting so tired of me pushing this book on you, but I kind of hope you are so then you’ll go out buy this book and read it just to shut me up already. And then you’ll realize how silly you’ve been for so long and you’ll love it. Just like my boyfriend. I know whats best, everyone. Just trust me on this. I’ve said it a hundred times, and I’ll say it again. Do you like John Green? Did you like Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, The Fault in Our Stars? Then you will love Winger. Winger is exactly that kind of novel, but so much better. Ryan Dean is hilarious and this book will make you laugh and cry and have an all around good time. It such a beautiful piece into being a teenager, and even more so, a teenage boy. It has sports and a love story. It has LGBT themes, and its ultimately a coming-of-age story. It has artwork in it (the comics are SO funny). It has everything that you need in a great book. I haven’t seen this book on not ONE top list of the year and it disappoints me to no end. This is easily the best book (besides Fangirl) of the year, and I can’t push it on you guys enough. Andrew Smith’s novel is the kind of novel that lasts. Its contemporary and recent but the story and the characters, the jokes, the love, the lessons, are all timeless. Andrew Smith became a favorite author of mine, easily, with one novel. Thats magic.

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s Tuesday Top Ten! I hope that you loved these books as much as I did, and if you haven’t read them, I hope they make it on your “to-read” lists for 2014! They are all must-reads and I am going to push all of them on you until you just give in and read them.

What were some of your favorite 2013 books? Share in the comments! 

September Book Wrap Up!

Okay, viagra approved I totally copied this from my fangirl best friend, Sylvia, from FanGirlFeeels, so I want to show her much credit. Check out her own September Book Wrap Up here!

I think I want to start doing this every month because I read a LOT of books in a month and I want to be able to share at the end of the month, all the books I’ve read and reviewed in one spot. Click on each book title to read my review of it!

So here we go!

Books Pledged to Read in 2013: 200 Books

Read so Far: 150

On Track?: For once, yes!

The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

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The Transfer by Veronica Roth

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian 

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 

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Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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Saving Raphael Santiago by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

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3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

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Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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What books did you read in September? What were some of your favorites, and which ones fell flat? As always, share in the comments! 

Tuesday Top Ten-Must Read Book Releases of the Fall

There are SO many books coming out this fall that I honestly don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep up! I already have a stack of books on my table my bed, view and about 20-something books on my Kindle that need to be read, malady and I’m just NEVER going to catch up haha.

But despite that, rx there are a TON of books coming out this fall that I am insanely excited for, and these ten are ones that I will definitely be picking up.

10. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia 

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I’ve heard a LOT of good things about this book so far. I’m not a big Beautiful Creatures fan. I read the first book, and thought it was just okay. However, now that Kami and Margaret are writing solo books, I’m curious. They’ve obviously garnered a lot of attention from those books, and I’ve heard from others that Icons by Margaret Stohl is really good. So I thought, meh, why not? Then I read the description. The story follows Kennedy, who, after the death of her mother, discovers there was so much more going on than she ever knew. Her mom was part of a supernatural secret society and now she has been thrown into the mix, and must take her mother’s place. I love anything supernatural and I’ve heard from some people who got their hands on advanced copies that its very Supernatural like, mixed with lots of suspense, romance and action and that just sounds like a seriously good time. This book comes out next week, which I’m very excited about and I hope to make it to the book release signing in Los Angeles that day in order to pick up a copy!

9. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

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I think James Dashner is an absolutely brilliant writer, and I loved The Maze Runner. I had issues getting into The Scorch Trials but its on my “to-finish” list and I’m determined to go back and finish the series. However, again, he’s a great writer and a great storyteller so any book by him is going to immediately catch my attention. This book is reminicent of The Maze Runner but in such a different way. You have the main character, Michael, who is a gamer, and spends most of his time on the VirtNet. Suddenly it all goes bad when a gamer takes things too far, uses technology the wrong way and starts holding gamers hostage. Michael has been watched for awhile now and he’s brought in to help catch the guy. This sounds absolutely amazing, and I honestly can’t wait to read it. It sounds like something that will appeal to both girls and guys, which I notice has been becoming a problem in YA lit lately. But James Dashner has a way of writing a universal story and I think he’ll accomplish that again with this book.

8. Shadowhunter Codex by Cassandra Clare

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I seriously can’t wait for this book. For those of you already familiar with the Shadowhunter Chronicles, you know what this is and no explanation is needed. For those of you who don’t, this is almost like the Shadowhunter bible. It shares the history and the culture and the breakdown of being a Shadowhunter and the world that surrounds them. It is the 411 on everything we’ve ever wanted to know about being a part of that world. Think if we got Hogwarts, A History or History of Magic from Harry Potter. Yeah, exactly. This is a hugely important book in that series, and for us to get this is going to be insanely exciting. To really see inside what it takes to be a Shadowhunter, and the rules and customs and all of that, is going to be VERY exciting and I honestly am dying to read this. I think I may be able to convince myself that I’m a Shadowhunter if I have this book.

7. Unsouled by Neal Shusterman 

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Unwind, the first novel of this series, was one of those  books that people kept telling me about and it was a book that I would see at bookstores but I wouldn’t really pay attention to it. Finally, a good follower of mine just kept telling me about these books and I just couldn’t ignore it any longer, and I picked it up. And this book did something to me, it really did. It knocked me off my feet. It really brought forth all these feelings and emotions and thoughts that most other books don’t really do. Unwind is about our country in the future, where we’ve had a second Civil War, but slightly different than what you would imagine. It was a prochoice vs pro-life war, and the outcome is sickening. In order to satisfy both parties, they came to an agreement: that abortion in the womb is completely illegal, and that the protection of a newborn is vitally important. However, when your child is 12-17, you may choose to have them unwound, each body part harvested for a transplant to someone else. There are three main characters set to be unwound: one, because he is a troublemaker and his parents just don’t know what to do anymore, two, a girl who is a Ward of the state and could not prove her worth, and three, a boy who has been raised as a tithe, someone who sees it as God’s divine plan to be unwound. This book brings forth all these debates and ideas and moralities that we have about such a controversial issue and makes it incredibly real. It is so emotional to read, and this is coming from a person who is both pro-life and pro-choice. The books are devastating and incredibly addicting and I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on this book to find out what happens next in the story.

6. Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Okay this one is totally cheating because I just read the first book of this series yesterday and I haven’t read books two through four so how can I possibly be excited for book 5? I’ll tell you this: book one has seriously captured my interest, my attention and my book affection so fast that I know I will easily finish the next few books before the November 2nd release date for Sentinel. So maybe right now I’m not dying to read this book like most Covenant series fans are, because I haven’t even gotten far enough in to feel that way but I know that in a week or so, I will totally feel that way, and that is the reason that its on the list. I can’t wait to speed through the rest of the books to finish this series because this first book is already absolutely amazing and I’m sure that the rest will be too.

5. Just One Year by Gayle Forman

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I discovered Gayle Forman this year, when I went to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and she did a panel and signing with two of my favorite authors, Morgan Matson and Sarah Dessen. I had seen her books around and never really given much thought to them but authors always are catching my interest at events so I decided to read her books. I sped through If I Stay, Where She Want and Just One Day in a matter of weeks, and only that long because I borrowed them from the library. And Just One Day was such a great book. In this book, you meet Allyson, on a trip in Europe, who goes on a crazy one day adventure with a Dutch boy named Willem, where sparks fly, even though they’ve only just met. But Allyson wakes up the next day after their adventure and he’s gone. The book follows the aftermath and how it effects Allyson and how she spends the next year of her life, recovering from that crazy day. Just One Year picks off where Just One Day left off and its kind of hard to talk about it without ruining what happens in Just One Day and not ruin it. Just One Year, we’re going to find out everything that happened in that same year, but on Willem’s end. And I can’t wait to read it because seriously the first book had such a huge cliffhanger that I almost threw a library book across the room.

4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Okay, you wanna talk a crazy cliffhanger? Mrs. Veronica Roth over here totally messed me up with the cliffhanger that takes place in Insurgent, the novel that takes place before the finale of the Divergent trilogy. Divergent follows the story of Tris, a girl born in a society that was ravaged apart and came together to fix it by creating five factions that each valued something they felt was necessary for a peaceful and functioning society. She is born into the faction of Abnegation, the selfless, but on her sixteenth birthday, she makes the choice to change to Dauntless, the courageous, the fearless. Tris is what is called Divergent, a forbidden word given to those who display the characteristics for more than one faction. She doesn’t everything she can to hide this fact but it catches up to her, and when it does, so much is revealed about the society she thought she’d always lived in. Insurgent continues the story as her, and her boyfriend, Four (or Tobias, if you prefer), work together to expose the underground nature of the society and what it means to be divergent and how it can change everything. Insurgent left off with kind of a crazy, revealing cliffhanger and so now I’m just seriously anxiously waiting (1.5 years!) for the finale to be released so I can FINALLY find out what happens next!

3. Champion by Marie Lu

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Marie Lu has written one of the best dystopian YA series that I’ve come across in the past few years as I’ve dove further and further into young adult literature. I love the  Hunger Games and Divergent and the rest but this one continues to stand tall to me, and I think its really in that Marie has such a way of creating unique stories and characters, and staying true to a dystopian world without being the same thing over and over again. We meet two different characters in her books: June, a girl bred by society, a perfect, intelligent soldier who believes in the Republic more than anybody and Day, an intelligent boy who failed at his tests and was forced into a life as a criminal to keep his family fed and safe. They both lead two very different, very separate lives until June’s brother is murdered and Day is framed for it, and they come colliding together, and both learn new things. Marie really doesn’t have a clean cut version of society is bad, we need to fix it. By giving us two very different points of view, we’re constantly questioning the motives of everyone involved and always guessing at where the story is going. The second novel in the trilogy, Prodigy, opened our eyes to so much more than we could ever dream to exist in this world, and left us with so many choices and so many questions and a cliffhanger that was utterly heartbreaking. I can’t wait to get my paws on this book so I can devour it.

2. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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All right, all right, the cliffhangers! The Mark of Athena had such an amazing cliffhanger, I can’t even begin to stand it. The House of Hades is the fourth novel in the second series of Percy Jackson, the Heroes of Olympus. The Percy Jackson series follows Percy and his friends, who are the children of gods and mortals: demigods. The Heroes of Olympus continues this story but we get introduced to even more characters, characters that are also demigods, but with a slight twist. They were born of a god while the god was in his/her Roman state. So instead of Hera, its Juno, Zeus is Jupiter, Poseidon is Neptune, etc. This gives the demigods a slight twist, and we learn of whole new camp somewhere else, and the demigods of Greek and Roman join together in order to defeat a very formidable enemy. They are in the process, the seven of them, on completing this mission and restoring peace between the Greeks and Romans, when something goes terribly wrong and they lose two of their party: Percy and his girlfriend, Annabeth. This literally KILLED me when reading it, and I read the book at least a few times over again, almost wishing I could make the story continue. Alas, I am incapable of this power but in a little over a week, I will have this book in my hands and all will be well :)

1. The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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This almost doesn’t count because I got an advanced readers copy of it and I’ve already read it so I already know how amazingly awesome it is. But there’s two reasons its number one. One, because it would have been anyway, despite having already read it. Two, I want to call attention to it so I can seriously start getting all of you on board with Cinda Williams Chima because seriously, she’s one of the most amazing writers that I’ve discovered in the past year and a half as a blogger and I want to shove her books in all of your faces. So this is me, doing that again. The first three books of this series is a finished trilogy. It is our world, but not really. There is a secret world that we are unaware of, full of wizards, sorcerers, enchanters, warriors and more. The first trilogy follows the story of Jack and his friends, who want to take down the tyrannical rule of wizards and create an equal society. This book is part of the series but can be read without reading the first three. The story follows Jonah and Emma, both who are part of this world, though only one was aware of it. They are connected by the Thorn Hill Massacre and to this day, it remains a mystery to all. When they come together, more is revealed and there’s much more to each of them than the previously realized. I want you all to read her novels because she is one of the best fantasy authors that I’ve read and I can’t believe how little she is read, and this is a novel that comes out in about a week and its one that you should DEFINITELY pick up.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out this week’s Tuesday Top Ten. Don’t forget you can always check out previous lists here.

What are some books that YOU are looking forward to this fall? Did I get some of them or did I miss some? As always, share in the comments!

YALL Fest Interview: Cinda Williams Chima

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In a little less than two months, approved an amazing event is taking place in Charleston, South Carolina called YALL Fest. A ton of wonderful young adult authors are descending upon Charleston for this one day, FREE event, and I am envious of any and all people who are attending the event. There are going to be some seriously amazing authors going to be there like:

Leigh Bardugo, Libba Bray, Rae Carson, Cinda Chima, Rachel Cohn, Ally Condie, Melissa de la Cruz, Gayle Forman, Kami Garcia, Lev Grossman, Shannon Hale, Michelle Hodkin, Ellen Hopkins, David Levithan, Marie Lu, Tahereh Mafi, Lisa McMann, Alyson Noel, Lauren Oliver, Stephanie Perkins, Ransom Riggs, Veronica Rossi, Veronica Roth, and so many more.

This is sure to be an absolutely incredible event.

I am lucky enough to be part of the blog team to promote this as much as possible. Over the next few weeks, there will be a couple dozen of us posting interviews with some of these authors, and telling you more about this seriously awesome event.

Just a note: these interviews are all the same, and they will be on several websites. These are NOT exclusive interviews, and I did not copy this from other sites. We are all working together to promote this!

Now, I am excited about this first interview because the author is someone that I admire greatly, greatly, greatly…Cinda Williams Chima.

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She is a young adult fantasy writer, with two series under her belt. Her completed Seven Realms series is an epic fantasy, taking place in a beautifully built world and following the story of a headstrong princess Raisa and her efforts to keep her queendom together and the quick and clever Han, who discovers a secret about himself and has to conquer it. Her Heir Chronicles series contains, so far, three novels that are contemporary fantasy, following various characters like Jack and Ellen, Seph, Madison, and more on their adventures to discover their different powers and to take down the tyrannical leaders that rule over them all. Her fourth installment in the series, The Enchanter Heir, will hit bookstores on October 1st, 2013, and she’ll embark on a tour for this book (and she’s coming to California!). The Enchanter Heir can be read as the fourth book or it can be read as the first book.

You can find her at her website here.

Enjoy this short interview!

Q: What one thing do you need to have when you write?

Cinda: A computer

Q: Describe your book in 5 words

Cinda: Wizards misbehave, magic goes mutant.

Q: What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

Cinda: Usually the lines in between.

 Q: Best writing tip you ever received?

Cinda: Give yourself permission to write badly.

 Q: Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

Cinda: 1.       I am a twin.

2.       I am named after a character in a novel.

3.       I didn’t really start driving until I was 27.

4.       I am descended from Puritans and scoundrels.

5.       I used to be in a folk music band.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to write?

Cinda: On a balcony overlooking the ocean.

Q: What are you working on now?

Cinda: I’m writing The Sorcerer Heir, the fifth book in a trilogy.

Q: At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?

Cinda: When I’m finished with a full-length novel.

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I hope you enjoyed that short and sweet interview and come back for more coming soon!

Don’t forget to check out my interview with Cinda Williams Chima, from back in June, and also don’t forget to enter my current giveaway, where you can win a SIGNED Advanced Readers Copy of The Enchanter Heir!

Happy Reading!

The Enchanter Heir Signed ARC Giveaway!

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A few days ago, approved I did a review on the advanced copy I received of Cinda Williams Chima’s The Enchanter Heir, which hits bookstores on October 1st! I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy, personalized for me, which I shall treasure. Cinda is an author I admire VERY very much and I am happy and honored to be able to read this book early.

You can read the full review here.

Now, the even BETTER part of this is that Cinda sent me an EXTRA copy, signed for a giveaway for you guys!

This is awesome in two ways.

One, I love doing giveaways and I know that YOU guys love giveaways and I know you guys love when it includes autographed stuff!

And two! This is a way for me to further force you all to read Cinda’s books. She is one of my favorite authors easily, one that you should all be reading. She is a high talent in the world of fantasy and young adult literature. You know Hunger Games? Divergent? Mortal Instruments? Vampire Academy? Maze Runner? All brilliant series that I love, and none of them as good as the Seven Realms or the Heir Chronicles.

So that should tell you!

Here is the official synopsis for the book:

They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors, Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a global network that hunts the undead. He is being groomed to succeed Gabriel Mandrake, the sorcerer, philanthropist, and ruthless music promoter who established the Thorn Hill Foundation, the public face of Nightshade. More and more, Jonah’s at odds with Gabriel’s tactics and choice of targets. Desperate to help his dying brother Kenzie, Jonah opens doors that Gabriel prefers to keep closed.

Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life—and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions.

Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Madison Moss and the Interguild Council, threatening the fragile peace brokered at Trinity.

Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid growing suspicion that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.

Though this is the 4th book of the Heir Chronicles, it is  a standalone from the first three, and you are able to read it without having read the first three! 

Here are the prizes!

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-One Advanced Readers Copy of The Enchanter Heir signed by the author, Cinda Williams Chima

-Two Shiv (blades used to kill the undead) tattoos and two Nightshade (something VERY important to the story) tattoos!

Here are a few rules and such:

The contest will run from September 7th until September 16th!

The winner will be contacted within 12 hours of contest end, and if the winner does NOT respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

The contest IS International :)

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