Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2015 So Far

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2015 So Far. Unfortunately, I don’t actually have a full ten books. I just don’t feel like I’ve read that many awesome ones this year that are worthy of the list. Call me harsh, but I rather give credit where credit is owed. So here’s what I have, in no particular order.

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1. The Forgotten Mountain (The Collectors’ Society #3) by Heather Lyons

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2. Raising Cain ( A Key Guardians #1) by Kelli Ireland

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3. Taking on the Dead (The Famished Trilogy #1) by Annie Walls

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4. The Hidden Library (The Collectors’ Society #2) by Heather Lyons

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5. Wicked (Wicked Trilogy #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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6. Sea of Stars (Kricket #2) by Amy A. Bartol

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7. Dead of Winter (Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

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8. The Queen of Zombie Hearts (The White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter

Review: Unraveled (Intertwined #2) by Gena Showalter

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Goodreads Summary:

Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he’s supposed to be crowned Vampire King—while still a human! Well, kind of. 

With four—oops, three now—human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been “different” himself. These souls can time-travel, raise the dead, possess another’s mind and, his least favorite these days, tell the future. 

The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart. 

Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn’t about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life….

My Review

Unraveled picked up literally right where Intertwined left off. Recap: Aden defeated Dmitri and is now the new king of the vampires, the death sentence over Aden and his friends, put there by the witches, still stands, and they have mere days to figure out where the meeting is in order to save their lives.

Now that book one is under the belt, I expected book two to have a lot more plot movement, a lot more excitement, and well…a lot more. Keep in mind that book two is substantially thicker than the first, coming in at a whomping 572 pages. Let me tell ya, half these pages could have been straight up eliminated. Don’t get me wrong, some good stuff happens in this book, but overall most of the content was unnecessary fluff with a few important points thrown in. A lot more questions were made and not nearly as many answers were given.

Then we get to the parallel romances: Aden and Victoria’s relationship grows in strength whilst (much to my dismay) Riley and Mary Ann’s relationship takes quite a few steps back. A big reveal regarding who Mary Ann is occurs that left me baffled and in need of the real truth! It also proves rather desolate for her relationship with Riley (hence the dismay). Of course I still have hope for them and am expecting it to get sorted in book three.

The ending of Unraveled, was by far the most suspenseful, though certain aspects of it were sped up a little too quickly for my liking. However, the ending moments of the story were totally unexpected, and altogether insane! So…due to all the unanswered questions, and the cliffhanger, I know that I’m going to have to read book three, even if I was disappointed with Unraveled. Fingers crossed that book three, titled: Twisted reveals more of why what happened happened and how they are going to fix it!

I would recommend you read book two of Intertwined (if you’ve read book one that is) if only to get you to book three…

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Blogger Recognition Award!!

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I have been nominated by the lovely Fatima over at Book Whizz. Thank you so much for the nomination!! This award was originally started by Edge of Night, thank you Edge of Night for creating such a great idea/award!

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  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

MY STORY:

In the beginning…..

I read this quaint book called Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS/SERIES EVER!!) in which the main character Kat is a book blogger! I knew book blogging was a thing based off the blogs I followed through Facebook, and after reading this book and seeing how much Kat enjoyed it, I felt like I was ready to take the leap and embark on the endeavor that would become Escape Inside the Pages. Trust me coming up with this name was nothing short of climbing Mt. Everest in nothing but a coconut bra and hula skirt (to put it lightly). Originally I started it with my best friend Grace during the Summer going into our senior year of high school, but after a month or two we both quickly discovered that it was more of my baby/commitment to raise and watch grow. So I kept at it, it’s become obsessive, a comfort in the chaos of my life, and an overall joy to be a part of! It was definitely a learning process for probably the first 6 months, but it’s been so worth it! I love what I do, and I will forever be a book extremist! Here I am a little over 2 years later and still typing away!

Book Blogging Tips:

  • You Go Glen Coco!: One of the best and most enjoyable things I’ve found from blogging is that it is so liberating to just let your voice shine through your writing. Add your own personal voice to your posts, and I promise you’ll find yourself happier with what you write. Speaking in a way that makes you heard not only is more entertaining to read, but it also helps you stand out from other blogs. Write what you would say! Write as if you were discussing the book with your nerdy bookish friends! Write what feels natural and applicable! Trust me, readers are going to be able to tell if you sound fake or forced.
  • Sometimes No Structure is the Best Structure:  A lot of blogs out there structure their reviews in a particular way, they order the paragraphs a certain way to attribute to main aspects of the book. I find that this is only useful for certain books. However, each book is unique in its own way, therefore, it deserves to have new and different points discussed depending on its plot and characters. Sure you should be consistent as to how often you post reviews, but don’t be afraid to mix up the way you review each book. It’s much more stimulating as a regular reader to read new things about each book rather than commenting on the same plot elements for ever review. Heck even I struggle with this sometimes.

Now for my nominations:

1. Kirsten @Reading My Reality

2. Emma @A World of Books

3. Stephanie @Stephanie’s Book Reviews

4. Amy @Read What I Like

5. Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts

6. Michelle Joyce Bond’s Blog 

7. The Ladies @Book Gossips

8. Lauren @Always Me

9. Danica Page’s Blog

10. Jenny @The books, the art, and me

11. Inspired by a Book

12. Petra @Petra’s Bookblog

13. Sofia @Raining Books and Words

14. Rosy @The Review Diaries

15. Angel @I was Angelized_1st

Release Day Launch, Excerpt, Giveaway & Review: The Forgotten Mountain (The Collectors’ Society #3) by Heather Lyons

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About THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN:

After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.

Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.

My Review

Heather Lyons never disappoints! The Forgotten Mountain took me on a crazy rollercoaster that I never wanted to get off! This series has become one of my favorites, with its constant suspense, unique plot elements and and unexpected twists, it never fails at keeping on the edge of my seat!

The Hidden Library had a most brutal ending that left me in dire need of more!!! Recap: Finn and Victor are trapped in a story, Finn is on the verge of death and they have no way of getting back to New York!! It was quite the cliffhanger to leave my poor reader heart with!! Thankfully, The Forgotten Mountain picked up pretty quickly from where that left off, though not in the ways I had anticipated! In order to keep up with the suspense, most of the story is in Alice’s POV. Not that I was complaining, I LOVE Alice’s narration! But of course I was missing my Finn!

The plot most certainly thickens in this third book! The true enemy is revealed and he is more dark and sinister than I could have imagined! The lengths that Alice most go to in order to save the ones she loves are most definitely extreme and to put it simply: badass! Alice is so strong and admirable, it’s always wonderful as a reader to experience a character who is so praise worthy! Her and Finn are so evenly matched, and don’t worry readers, despite the lessened time Finn has in this book, there are still quite a few steamy moments between them!

The fight scenes and twists and turns were nonstop in this book (as per usual), the characters were wonderful and the setting was brand new and a thrill to read about! I will admit there were some pretty cheesy moments in this book, but they were necessary and supposed to be ridiculous! It made the story all the more enjoyable! The ending of this one was actually more brutal than book two, which is really saying something!! To put it lightly: I AM IN EXTREME NEED OF BOOK FOUR!!!! It basically blew my mind of it’s hinges!!!

If you are a fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or of any classic literature and want to see them on crack, then The Collectors’ Society is definitely the series for you! And if you are already a beloved fan of the series, then you will most certainly love this third installment as much as I did!!!

Excerpt:

The van door behind us slides shut. A click signals Marianne’s adherence to my wishes, and then we three descend upon the front door, the crunch of dead leaves and twigs beneath our feet cutting through the uneasy silence the gloom sunrise has brought. In a surprising show of gentlemanly manners, the A.D. moves to open the door. When the handle does not depress, a half smile curves his lips. “It’s locked. But no worries. I can have it picked open in no time.”

“There is no need.”

Darkish-blonde brows scrunch together. “But—”

“Stand to the side, please.”

When he fails to move at my thinly veiled order, Mary not so gently yanks our companion away.

The door before us is thick. The handle is ornate. It is a beautiful door, no doubt chosen specifically to adorn a building as fine as Bücherei. It takes me three strong, measured swings of my war hammer against the handle and its surrounding area to break it apart and permanently scar its beauty. Picking a lock is kind, respectful even. A picked lock can be relocked. I do not wish this door to close behind me. I do not wish to be respectful of Bücherei.

The time for genteel manners is gone.

The A.D. is in danger of catching flies with his mouth as he ogles the door’s remnants. For someone who professes to be so clever, he certainly underestimates ladies far too often.

Stale darkness, oppressive and opaque all at once, looms before us. I am unafraid, though. I am not even taken aback. I believe in the impossible, after all. I have seen, lived the impossible.

I step past the wreckage into the house.

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Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics I’ve Ever Done

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So this week’s topic is very unique! I’m throwin it back to my past Top Ten Tuesday posts by highlighting my Top Ten “Top Ten Topics” that I enjoyed writing the most! So each topic listed below is linked to my past posts! Enjoy!

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1.Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

2. Top Ten Books From My Childhood that I Would Love to Revisit

3. Top Ten Characters Who Stole my Heart

4. Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have

5. Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When it Comes to Romances in Books

6. Top Ten Places Books Have Made me Want to Visit

7. Top Ten Book Characters that would be Sitting at my Lunch Table

8. Top Ten Books I’d give Readers who have Never Read Science Fiction

9. Top Ten Blogging (bookish) Confessions

10. Top Ten Books you’d Love if you watch.. (Supernatural)

Release Week Blitz: Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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SCORCHED Synopsis:

Sometimes life leaves a mark…

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

Praise for SCORCHED:

“Armentrout’s latest new adult offering tackles substance abuse and mental illness — and, thankfully, the love of a good man is not going to be what heals this heroine.” – RT Book Reviews

Scorched Excerpt:

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Aw, shit.

I watched Andrea walk into the living room, the normal twitch of her hips absent. No one swayed ass like Andrea, and seeing it gone from her step was answer enough. Our normal whatever-the-fuck-it-was between us had gone further than I intended. No doubt what I’d said had cut her, but shit, it was no different than any other day.

My hand tightened on the neck of the bottle. For the life of me, I had no idea what the hell Andrea Walters’s problem was. Honestly. No fucking clue. One minute, sweet and sugary words parted those pouty pink lips of hers. Next second, she was a fire-breathing dragon from hell—a hot, fire-breathing dragon, but still. Her moods flipped more quickly than cups did during a game of flip cup.

Maybe it was because she was a redhead?

I smirked.

She’d always been this way with me, and the most fucked-up think about it, there was a part of me that actually looked forward to whatever was going to come out of her mouth. Twisted as fuck. It was like a game between us, to see who could hit the hardest without lifting a finger. If nothing else, it was damn entertaining—or at least, it had been until now. Now, I wasn’t too sure about it.

Those pretty doe eyes of hers had looked suspiciously damp right before she’d looked away, and yeah…that didn’t sit right with me.

Kyler shot me a look as he walked past me and grabbed a beer out of the fridge, but I watched Andrea sit on the edge of the couch, her posture unnaturally rigid.

Sydney leaned against the arm. “We’re thinking about leaving early in the morning, around six.”

My gaze flicked to Andrea, expecting her to make some kind of crack about not getting up that early, but she was abnormally quiet. My spine stiffened.

“That should put us at the cabin between nine and ten in the morning, depending on traffic.” Kyler stood beside me as he screwed off the cap. “Then we’ll be heading back the following Monday.”

“Sounds good to me.” I didn’t take my eyes off Andrea as she fiddled with a strap on her sandals, slipping them onto her feet.

Sydney glanced at me, smiling softly. “You’re definitely off from the fire department?”

I nodded. Kyler had mentioned weeks ago about wanting to hit up the cabin before everyone headed back to class, and I’d requested the time off then. Which had meant I’d pulled a lot of doubles, but I hadn’t minded it. Wasn’t too different from the twelve-hour shifts we worked in the first place, and I’d only be there until February of next year, and then I was off to the academy. Not that I was in any hurry to leave the fire department, but being a cop was in my blood. Except I wanted to be a good cop. I’d probably still volunteer at the fire hall once I knew what kind of schedule I was looking at on the force.

“It makes sense if we drive up together.” Sydney toyed with a strand of her hair. “Kyler and I can pick you two up.”

Andrea had twisted toward Sydney and started to protest the whole idea of taking one car. I zoned out, staring at her as the bottle of beer dangled from the tips of my fingers.

Damn…she was a cute girl. Nah, she was more than cute, and it wasn’t like this was the first time I’d noticed that. From the first time I’d seen her at the bar with Sydney, she’d done more than just poke my interest. Hell, anyone with eyes knew she was a very pretty girl. Lush lips. Freckled cheeks and thick, dark eyelashes. Come to think of it, she reminded me of a girl I’d had a crush on in middle school. Hell, couldn’t remember that chick’s name, but she’d had freckles and red hair. I think I used to pull on her braids or some annoying shit like that. My lips tipped up in a small grin as I lifted the bottle to my mouth. Andrea was a motherfucking firecracker, though, not the kind of girl who was easily tamed.

Hell, not the kind of girl you even wanted to tame.

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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