December 31, 2013

2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge

I'm taking part in this challenge because I can't leave a series unfinished after I start!?
This reading challenge is hosted by Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love.

Here are some of the books in a series I hope to finish reading this year:

Challenge Guidelines: 

1) This challenge will run from January 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014.
2) Anyone can enter. You don’t have to have a blog just as long as you review your books somewhere: on your blog if you have one, Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, etc.
3) Any genre, length, or format is acceptable as long as it is the last book in a series where all books in the series have been published and no more books are currently intended to be published in the series. If an author makes a decision somewhere during the year to add on to the series, we will count both the original last book in the series and the “new last” book in the series assuming the author isn’t going to write more than one additional book. Last book published in a series doesn’t count if more books are expected to be published.
4) You can list your series enders ahead of time or do a singular wrap up post. If you decide to list them up front, feel free to change them throughout the year as necessary.
5) When you sign up in the linky, please use the direct link to your post about joining the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge. If you don’t have a blog, please post about it on Facebook or Twitter and include that direct link as your sign up.
6) You can sign up until December 15, 2014. This allows you to join the challenge at any time during the year.
7) On the 25th of every month, we will post a wrap up on both Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love with a giveaway and a place for you to link up your reviews for the month. The monthly giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up (ex. From January 25th 2014, to February 25th 2014). For each link to a review, you will get an (1) entry into a drawing for that giveaway. This will be open internationally.
8) If you miss a wrap-up post and giveaway, you can link your review the next month. Please do not try to link to one review twice. We will be verifying these.
9) December will be the wrap up for the entire year. All reviews linked from January through December will be entered into a Grand Prize giveaway.
10) You don’t have to follow Somewhere Only We Know or Words Fueled by Love to participate in the challenge, but you do have to follow both of us in order to be entered in the giveaways.

Levels: (how many series enders you are planning to read)
 Level 1: 1 – 5
 Level 2: 5 – 10
 Level 3: 10 – 15
 Level 4: 15+

December 27, 2013

Top 10 Books I'm looking forward to in 2014

Hosted by : 
Bookluvr Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Rachel from Fikshun
and Jaimie from Two Chicks on Books 

The Professional (GameMaker Serial #2&3) by Kresley Cole.
Unfortunately the length of each book is only 120 pages long. Too short to be a novel and I would've preferred ONE lengthy book so I'm counting both as one . They should've been released along with the first one but this is reality
Expected publication #2: January 6th 2014
Expected publication#3: January 20th 2014

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
Expected publication: July 29th 2014

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. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .
Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

Burned (Dani O'Malley Trilogy #2) by Karen Marie Moning
Expected publication: July 22nd 2014

Story Locale: Ireland
Series Overview:
Moning's new urban paranormal trilogy is connected to the world of her blockbuster Fever series that fans have grown to know and love, picking up right where Shadowfever (1/11) left off. Featuring beloved characters from the Fever novels, including Christian MacKelter, Ryodan, Mac and Barron and others, this seductive series hinges upon a powerful, tough-talking teen sidhe seer as she battles dark forces to bring justice to light.

The King by J.R Ward
Expected publication: April 1st 2014
Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle--with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything--and everyone--at risk.
Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response--or the distance it creates between them.
The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?

Dreams of Gods and Monsters
(Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)by Laini Taylor
Expected publication: April 8th 2014

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.
Common enemy, common cause.
When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.
And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.
But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.
What power can bruise the sky?
From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine #2) by Ransom Riggs
Expected publication: January 14th 2014

In 1940 after the first book ends, Jacob and his new Welsh island friends flee to London, the Peculiar capital of the world. Caul, a dangerous madman, is Miss Peregrine’s brother, and can steal Peculiar abilities for himself. The Peculiars must fight for survival, again.

Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles #7) by Kevin Hearne
Expected publication: June 17th 2014
For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.
Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.
And Owen has some catching up to do.
Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.
But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.
As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time . . . three’s a charm. 

Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher
Expected publication: May 27th 2014

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day….
Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.
He doesn’t know the half of it….
Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains—led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone—to break into the highest-security vault in town so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.
It’s a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world—which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he’s dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry.
Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess—assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance….

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
Expected publication: May 27th 2014


I am coming.
Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series! 

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer
Expected publication: February 4th 2014
Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

December 26, 2013

Jackie's Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2013

Hosted by : 
Bookluvr Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Rachel from Fikshun
and Jaimie from Two Chicks on Books

1 Tobias from Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
“Because even a sliver of distance between us is infuriating.” 

 2 Nick in Hard As It Gets (Hard Ink, #1) by Laura Kaye

3 Travis Maddox in Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

4 Rick Ordenes in Kick the Candle (Knight Games, #2) by Genevieve Jack
"You knew exactly what you wanted, Grateful, and after that kiss, if I hadn't before, I knew exactly what I wanted too. Forever."

5. Atticus O'Sullivan in Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles #6) June 25th 2013
“’First we need to get a buttload of nails.’
‘A buttload? How much is that?’
Granuaile rescued me with her superior knowledge of indefinite units of measurement. ‘I believe that’s slightly more than a shitload but much less than a fuckton.’- quote comes from Tricked

6. Daemon from Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer Armentrout
“Did you think you could stop me? I'll burn the world down to save her.”

7. Tod Hudson in Soul Screamers volume 3 by Rachel Vincent
"Does this make us even, Reaper?" I asked. In answer, Tod kissed me. And finally my heart began to beat.

8. Derek Novak in A Shade of Blood (A Shade of Vampire #2) by Bella Forrest
No. In my eyes, she was most beautiful because at a time when she had every right to be terrified, she managed to show comfort to another person who needed it.
“What’s on your mind, Derek?” she whispered.
“You…” I saw no reason to lie “…how I can’t imagine life without you.”

9. Aiden St. Delphi in Apollyon by Jennifer Armentrout
“I heard him whisper, "Eíste pánta mou..." You are my everything.” 

 10.  Gavriel in Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
“Tana. In all my long life, though there were many times I prayed for it, no one has ever saved me. No one but you.”

These books were all published in 2013

December 25, 2013

Top 10 Book Villains of 2013

(this list MUST be from books you've READ in 2013)

Hosted by : 
Bookluvr Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Rachel from Fikshun
and Jaimie from Two Chicks on Books .

NOS4A2 1. Charlie Manx in Nos4a2 by Joe Hill kidnaps children and takes them to Christmasland
"There’s a place for Josiah John Thornton in Christmasland, and there’s a place for you in the House of Sleep, Charlie Manx said. "The Gasmask Man would know just what to do with you. Give you the gingerbread smoke and teach you to love him. Can’t bring you with us to Christmasland. Or I could, but the Gasmask Man is better. The Gasmask Man is a mercy.”

Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)
2. Rose O’Hara is the leader of a group called The True Knot in Stephen Kings Doctor Sleep

3. Wraith in Home for the Holidays (Night Huntress #6.5) by Jeaniene Frost is a long lost relative of Bones who is simply evil. Home for the Holidays (Night Huntress #6.5)
The Unseen

4. Nibhaz in The Unseen by J.L.Bryan is the demon the girls conjured up by using a Ouija board.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)

5. Dr. Golan is the Villain in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs . He is introduced as Jacob's bus driver, yardman, and psychiatrist, but is later revealed to be a wight, a person helping the hollows.

"You could pull the trigger, but I know that is not in your weak psyche." - Dr. Golan insulting Jacob the main character. 
Gods of The Nowhere: A Novel of Halloween
6. Simon Magus in The Gods of Nowhere by James Tipper is an ancient sorcerer who is out to kill Sam and Lucia.
“Hello, kids! Has the Thinning got you down? Are you confused? Well, don’t you worry about a thing! Help is on the way!”

Pretty When She Destroys (Pretty When She Dies, #3)
7. The Summoner Pretty When She Destroys (Pretty When She Dies #3) by Rhiannon Frater is the evil villain who Amaliya the necromancer and Samantha the Phasmagus have to battle for the last time.
“Submit to me and I will spare all those you love. Name them and they will survive when the abyss swallows the world.”

Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)
8. Maeve in Cold Days by Jim Butcher

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) 9. John Bristow in Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin, #8) 10. Clementine the Giant in Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep
“Come one, come all. Don’t be shy. Step right up and get a good long look at her. And think about this: me and my boys took out the Spider tonight. The toughest bitch in all of Ashland. Just like that.” She snapped her fingers. “Now, if we can do that, why, just imagine what we could do to all of you.”

December 24, 2013

Top 10 Book Covers of 2013

Hosted by : 
Bookluvr Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Rachel from Fikshun
and Jaimie from Two Chicks on Books

ALL of these covers are books released in 2013 that I've also read this year even though it is not required for the main objective. As you can see I like captivating title fonts although Clockwork Princess' wasn't as fancy as the admirable background. I took the liberty for best book covers in the Pretty When She Dies universe to show the last two in the trilogy for being equally awesome because they were both released this year and because I like them what can I say?  Home for the Holidays might seem bland but I like it a lot. It speaks to me of vampires as well.