Top 10 Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I feel like this week’s prompt is going to be detrimental to my well being.

Not to be dramatic or anything.

It’s just that, when I have a book hangover, it hits me HARD. Reliving all of these hangovers is going to be brutal!

The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

These are in order of most recently read.

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#1 Credence by Penelope Douglas
I just finished this book last week for Contemporaryathon and I’m not OK. I knew I was either going to be appalled by it or love it… and I loved it. I. Need. More.
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#2 Behind the Bars (Music Street #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry
I had such a great reading week for Contemporaryathon because this was another book I read and I need more books with this type of sweet, swoony, passionate hero!
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#3 A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
This was such a great YA and it was everything I wanted from it when I read the synopsis originally. I want all of the YA novels I read to live up to this one!
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#4 A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
I have no idea how I’m going to wait for the next book in the series!
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#5 The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy C. Cherry
I need more of this type of grumpy hero in my life. This was my first Brittainy C Cherry and I’ll never be the same again.
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#6 Marriage for One by Ella Maise
This is the first non-Mariana Zapata slow burn chunky romance that hit the spot for me.
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#7 The Simple Wild (The Simple Wild #1) by K.A. Tucker
I haven’t read anything quite like this book since I read it a few months ago. I don’t know if it was just the romance or the combination of the Alaska setting and the love story, but I’m so excited that the next book is coming out soon!
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#8 Infini (Aerial Ethereal #2) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
This was such a fantastic forbidden romance full of all the longing that I love. I had to reread it almost immediately after reading it the first time.
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#9 Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
This book hit me like a freight train. I’d been putting it off for a long time, then I finally picked it up and it swept me away as Colleen Hoover’s best books do.
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#10 Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber
This was the finale I’ve always wanted in any series and I finally got it.
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The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #2

Synopsis:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

GOODREADS

 

Review

The characters in these books are everything!

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Top 100 Romance Novels on Goodreads: What Have I Read & What Were My Ratings?

I recently saw that for Valentine’s Day, Goodreads posted their Top 100 romance novels and I thought it would be fun to see how many of the books I read and what I rated them.

Let’s do this!

TOP 100 ROMANCE NOVELS ON GOODREADS THAT I READ

You can check out the original blog post here to see all of the books!

  1. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan ★★★★★
    This is an all-time favorite! I absolutely loved it and have reread it many times.
  2. Bully by Penelope Douglas ★★
    While I adored Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas, I just couldn’t get past how horrible the hero in this one was to the heroine.
  3. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by JR Ward ★★★★★
    I adored this book and the first few in this series.
  4. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines ★★★
    This book was just ok. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it.
  5. Flat Out Love by Jessica Park ★★★★★
    I really loved this unique story!
  6. Jacob (Nightwalkers #1) by Jacquelyn Frank ★★★★★
    YES YES YES! This is another all-time favorite. I love this entire series SO much.
  7. Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover ★★★★★
    And ANOTHER ONE of my favorites. I’ve reread this one a gazillion times as well.
  8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyles ★★★★★
    I wouldn’t categorize this as a romance, but I did really like it.
  9. Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon ★★★★★
    This is such an epic romance and I’m obsessed. The TV show is one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen.
  10. Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover ★★★★★
    I’m so excited to see this one on here, I’m so in love with this entire series and this book was my favorite.
  11. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover ★★★★
    While I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t my favorite Colleen Hoover.
  12. Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh ★★★★
    I was a little disappointed in this one because it was so hyped and I just thought it was fine.
  13. Tangled by Emma Chase ★★★★
    I loved how this story was told with a hilarious unreliable narrator.
  14. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks ★★★★★
    I don’t like Nicholas Sparks as a person, but I used to love his books back when I read them.
  15. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton DNF
    I could not get through this one.

So, it looks like I’ve read only 15 of the 100 books listed here! I do have a BUNCH of them on my TBR, though!

How about you? How many have you read and what did you think of them?

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Last Sacrifice
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #6

Synopsis:
They come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead’s international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

GOODREADS

 

Review

I can’t believe this series is over.

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Audible Escape Audiobooks I Want to Read

As an avid romance audiobook reader, Audible Escape is one of my favorite services out there. It’s like it was made for me.

But… it’s REALLY hard to dig through all of the audiobooks available on the service to find out which ones I should read. It can be almost overwhelming.

I’ve already curated two lists of audiobooks available on the service (at the time of posting) that I LOVE for those that are looking for recommendations. You can find my list of adult romance recs here and my YA romance recs here.

Now, I’m going to share my list of curated Audible Escape audiobooks that I want to read. This isn’t just a list I threw together willy nilly. These are books that are either by authors I really like or books that have been recommended to me. A handful are books that I added because I was intrigued by the synopsis.

I have a ton of books on my TBR that are available on Audible Escape and I’m constantly adding more, so I’ll likely make this an ongoing series if you’re interested!

Audible Escape Audiobooks I Want to Read

 

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First isn’t so much a single book as it is an author who has a ton of her books on Audible Escape. I’m obsessed with Jacquelyn Frank‘s Nightwalker series and her Shadowdwellers series. She has a spin-off series called World of the Nightwalkers I want to read that is available on Audible Escape as well as some steamier books that she writes under the pen name Jax that are available.

 

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The Vampire Warrior Kings series by Laura Kaye
Laura Kaye wrote one of my favorite contemporary romance novella duets of all time: Hearts in Darkness and Love in the Light. I’ve only read one other book by her that I didn’t love, but I’m still willing to give her other books a try. I’m interested to see how her Paranormal romances are!

 

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Havoc by Debra Anastasia
I read a short story that this author wrote in an anthology that I read a couple of years ago and hers was one of my favorites. I knew I wanted to read some of her books to see if she’d be a new favorite author. This one interested me. It sounds so intense and the synopsis doesn’t tell the whole story which is awesome!

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Fallen Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs, Book 1) by Carrie Ann Ryan
This is a series that a few friends of mine really enjoyed. After reading (and loving) the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover, I was interested in another tattoo artist series.

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Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland
I remember seeing this go around Goodreads back when it first came out. I’ve been meaning to read more books by this author to see if she’s for me.

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The Princess and the Fangirl A Geekerella Fairytale (The Once upon a Con Series, Book 2) By Ashley Poston
I read and fell in love with Geekerella (which is also on Escape!) and I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while.

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Dear Heart, I Hate You by J. Sterling
Jason Clarke is one of my favorite audiobook narrators and he happens to narrate this one. I also look for audiobooks based on the narrators, and when I came across this one – I noticed that the author is one that I’ve heard of before, but never read, so I decided to add it to my TBR.

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Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner
I adore this cover and the synopsis was intriguing, too. It looks like a friends-to-lovers romance with a twist.

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Brant’s Return by Mia Sheridan
I’m slowly working through Mia Sheridan’s backlist ever since reading and loving Archer’s Voice. Jacob Morgan and Virgina Rose read this book, and I adore those narrators. Mia Sheridan has a bunch of books on Audible Escape, some I have read, many I haven’t, and I’m so excited to read more!

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Cards of Love Three of Swords by Willow Winters
This entire Cards of Love series has been really intriguing. Willow Winters is an author who often attends Shameless Book Con that I go to every year, and I’ve never read anything by her before.

To the Ends of the Earth by Skye Warren
Skye Warren is another author that attends Shameless who I haven’t read any books from and I really need to.

 

Mystery Blogger Award

I was tagged by Books are the New Black – if you’re not following her you should be! Thanks, Leslie!

RULES:
  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (Sorry! I didn’t see the link to the creator anywhere!)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate blogs you love
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
THREE THINGS ABOUT ME
  1. I am the youngest of four. I have two sisters and an older brother
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  2. My sisters, mom, dad and I are all in a romance book club called Talk Darcy to Me.
  3. My dad loves reading romance novels. His favorite author is Mariana Zapata. He got into reading romance when he was babysitting my youngest a few years ago and randomly took a book off of one of my bookshelves and read it!
LESLIE’S QUESTIONS

What has been a great TV show/Movie that you have recently seen?
I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do go to the movies whenever there is one out that I really like. I think the most recent one I saw that I really enjoyed was Little Women. I watched the 1949 version of the movie a million times as a kid.

What is winter like where you live?
It’s basically nonexistent LOL! Actually, the weather is usually gorgeous – in the 70s, occasionally dipping down a little lower, but mostly beautiful!

What are your favorite blogging posts to read?
I love favorites lists, recs, and discussion posts the most.

What was your favorite book of 2019?
Finale by Stephanie Garber – it was the best ending to a series I’ve ever read.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The power to heal.

I NOMINATE…

EvelynReads
Confessions of a YA Reader
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SERIESous Book Reviews

MY QUESTIONS
  1. Who are three of your favorite book bloggers?
  2. What are your favorite genres to read?
  3. Where do you purchase the majority of your books?
  4. If you could dream cast the main characters in your favorite book of 2019, who would the actors be?
  5. What is your current favorite song?

Favorite Book Girlfriends

A while ago, I wrote a post all about my favorite book boyfriends and I recently revamped that post for my booktube channel.

I decided that it only made sense to do a Favorite Book Girlfriends post as well, because goodness knows there are plenty of amazing female characters that I have fallen in love with over the years.

If you’d like to watch me chat about them, check out my booktube video:

Otherwise, stick around!

Zuzanna – Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

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WHY I LOVE HER: Zuzanna is fiercely loyal to Karou – the main character in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, despite not having the same supernatural gifts that Karou has, Zuzanna stands by her side and helps her in any way that she can – while also being the comic relief and solid reality when Karou needs it most. I fell more in love with Zuzanna after reading her romance spin-off Night of Cake and Puppets.

 

Tella – Caraval – Stephanie Garber

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WHY I LOVE HER: Tella is perhaps the one main character I related to most out of all the books that I’ve read. I agreed with all of her decisions, good and bad. I liked how, though she was mistaken for as reckless, most of what she did and the choices she made was out of love for her sister. I love that she is unabashedly feminine while still being badass. She’s strong and fierce, without being prickly.

 

Sadie – With Visions of Red – Trisha Wolfe

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WHY I LOVE HER: Sadie is perhaps the most mysterious of all the female characters on this list – and in that mystery there is a magnetism. I’m just as obsessed with her as Colton is. She’s extremely dark, extremely smart, and scary as hell. She’s beautiful, but doesn’t feel compelled to draw attention to herself, though she can’t really help it.

 

Harper – A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

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WHY I LOVE HER: Harper is one of the strongest characters on this list. Her ability to draw loyal followers and take hit after hit, but still stand tall is unmatched. She isn’t defined by her disability and she doesn’t see it as a problem that needs to be solved. Her kindness and loyalty to those she feels are in the right, and particularly to those she loves, is such a draw.

 

Georgina – Georgina Kincaid Series – Richelle Mead

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WHY I LOVE HER: If I could be most like one character on this list, it would be Georgina. She is the brightest ray of sunshine and pure magnetism that absolutely draws people in and warms anyone within her radius. Yes, her supernatural abilities as a succubus does give her an advantage, but a lot of it is inherent. She’s also hilarious and the fact that she is reluctant about her “job.”

 

London – Darkly Madly Duet – Trisha Wolfe

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WHY I LOVE HER: London is another extremely dark, manipulative, brilliant character. She’s a criminal psychologist who falls in love with her serial killer patient. She’s extremely poised and professional on the outside, and very dark on the inside.

 

Flora – Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) – Rachel Hawkins

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WHY I LOVE HER: Flora might be the most swoony character on this list. I didn’t think I would like her in the beginning of this hate-to-love story. She came off as the spoiled, mean-for-no-reason literal princess, but it isn’t long before you realize there is so much more to her than that. And she’s actually so thoughtful, loyal, and sweet.

 

Greer – American Queen – Sierra Simone

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WHY I LOVE HER: Greer is extremely submissive, but within that submission is power. She can work a room full of the most powerful men and women and stand her own ground with grace and poise. She can navigate intricate political relationships with ease because she’s done it her entire life.

 

Freyja – Slightly Scandalous – Mary Balough

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WHY I LOVE HER: Freyja stuck with me the most out of all the characters on this list. She is not beautiful in the traditional sense – and with that knowledge and acceptance there is a certain power and freedom that Freyja has that most beautiful people don’t. She is not concerned with how she looks. She doesn’t envy others for how they look, she puts no value in it. She also is not bogged down with the worry of looking perfect all the time or the expectation to be beautiful forever. She is comfortable in her own skin – and strong in her body and mind.

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

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Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta’s Academy) by Sandhya Menon

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From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite international boarding school, that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

GOODREADS

 

 

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Wild at Heart (The Simple Wild Book 2) by K.A. Tucker

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From the internationally best-selling author of The Simple Wild comes the continuation of a woman’s journey to Alaska and a life she never imagined for herself.

Calla Fletcher returns to Toronto a different person, struggling to find direction and still very much in love with the rugged bush pilot she left behind. When Jonah arrives on her doorstep with a proposition she can’t dismiss, she takes the leap and rushes back to Alaska to begin their exciting future together.

But Calla soon learns that even the best intentions can lead to broken promises, and that compromise comes with a hefty price—a log cabin in interior rural Alaska that feels as isolating as the western tundra.

With Jonah gone more than he’s home, one neighbor who insists on transforming her into a true Alaskan, and another who seems more likely to shoot her than come to her aid, Calla grapples with forging her own path. In a world with roaming wildlife that has her constantly watching over her shoulder and harsh conditions that stretch far beyond the cold, dark, winter months, just stepping outside her front door can be daunting.

This is not the future Calla had in mind, leaving her to fear that perhaps she is doomed to follow in her mother’s fleeing footsteps after all.

GOODREADS

 

 

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

GOODREADS

 

 

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Wolfsong (Green Creek Book 1) by TJ Klune

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This edition is out of print. For the current Kindle edition see Wolfsong.

Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

GOODREADS

 

 

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Disgrace by Brittainy Cherry

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Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After fifteen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too closed-off for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me.

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch…

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.

GOODREADS

 

 

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The Guy on the Right (The Underdogs Book 1) by Kate Stewart

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Strike One-My mother named me Theodore after her favorite chipmunk.

Not cool, Mom.

I‘ve spent most of my life answering to Teddy, because I couldn’t make Theo work.

Except for here. College. The place where all bets are off, and I’ve managed to redeem myself.
There’s only one problem, my new roommate, Troy, is football royalty and looks like he stepped off the set of an Abercrombie shoot.

Doesn’t matter, I cook a mean breakfast for his panty parade, and we get along well.
And anyway, this year I got the girl. And she’s perfect.

That’s right. Theodore Houseman, former band geek, now marching band rock star has finally landed the girl of his dreams.

Everything is perfect.

That is, until Troy takes a good look at her.

I’m not going down without a fight. As a matter of fact, I’m not going down at all. As glorious as these days may be for my all-star roommate, Laney is my end game.

I may not know much about play strategy, but I’ve been the good guy my whole life. I’ve been listening and I know exactly what women want. Framed in a picture standing next to me, Troy may seem like Mr. Perfect, but he’s underestimating the guy on the right.

Spoiler alert: In this story, the underdog is going to win.

GOODREADS

 

 

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Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

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For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

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Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) by Evie Dunmore

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A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford Rebels, in which a fiercely independent vicar’s daughter takes on a duke in a fiery love story that threatens to upend the British social order.

England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain’s politics at the Queen’s command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can’t deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.

Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn’t be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn’t claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring…or could he?

Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke….

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Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor

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Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.

She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise.

She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this astonishing and heart-stopping sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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