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Top 13 Books of 2013 by Caitlyn Willacot


Today my lovely friend Cait will be letting us know her Top 13 books of 2013!

Are any of her books on your list?


Hello and Merry Christmas guys!

So with Christmas only a couple of days away, Zoe kindly asked me to write a guest post for her blog and of course I couldn’t say no!

Christmas is the perfect time to indulge in the best things in life, home baked Christmas treats, quality time with loved ones, long evening walks in the cold and of course, secret kisses under the obligatory mistletoe.

But before we get too swept up in holiday cheer and twinkling lights, let’s talk about this years book wonders. I’ve put a little list of favourites together and thought I’d share them with you!

Tis the season to enjoy, am I right?

And on that note, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

If you’d like to guest post on my blog, please do let me know! Just leave me a tweet and I’ll get back to you! @artis_ineptias

All the best,

Cait xox

Let’s start with the first category: Favourite Series read in 2013

gdad#1 – The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The Caster Chronicles is a four-book series written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

The series was published by Little Brown on December 2009.

Amazon named it one of the top ten books of 2009 and the top pick for best Young Adult book of the year. The sequel to the pilot book Beautiful Creatures, entitled Beautiful Darkness, was released on October 12th, 2010. The third book was released, Beautiful Chaos, in Fall of 2011. The fourth, and final, instalment of the series, Beautiful Redemption, was released on October 23, 2012.

Overall summary: Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin County as the small Southern town he had always called home, a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world where a curse has

marked her family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. Mysterious, suspenseful and romantic, the Caster Chronicles introduce a secret world hidden in plain sight. A world where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen, sometimes even life-ending.

#2 The Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkinvcddddd

After surviving a horrible accident, Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. Mara wakes up in the hospital with no memories of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own. Her family moves from Rhode Island to Florida, where she tries to move past the accident, but found herself confused of what her nature is. She suffers from PTSD, trying to hide the hallucinations and nightmares that plague her waking hours as well as her sleep from her family and classmates. Her dreams slowly reveal the events of the night of the asylum’s collapse. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy, but will she find out the truth if she digs a little deeper?

The last and final book in the series ‘The Retribution of Mara Dyer will be out in June 2014.

uhvjksdhvsk#3 The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins

Embrace the forbidden.

What if there were those whose lives depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

The last Book in the series will be out in April next year under the title ‘Sweet Reckoning.’

And Best Stand-Alone read in 2013

#1 A different Blue by Amy Harmon17443673

Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.

16111679#2 Back to you by Priscilla Glenn

When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome.

#3 Flat-out-love by Jessica Park 11096647

He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy.

So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagle likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves.

Complicated? Awkward? Completely.

But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary. Julie wasn’t supposed to be important to the Watkins family, or to fall in love with one of the brothers. Especially the one she’s never quite met. But what does that really matter? Finn gets her, like no one ever has before. They have connection.

But here’s the thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations—it always throws you a few curves. And no one ever escapes unscathed.

New York Times Best-selling author Jessica Park mines the territory of love’s growing pains with wit, sharp insights, and a discernible heat and heartbeat. Her previous novels include Relatively Famous and she authored the e-shorts What the Kid Says (Parts 1 and 2) and Facebooking Rick Springfield.

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Top 13 books of 2013 by Laura Delve


Today, Laura Delve will be telling us her Top 13 Books of 2013!

Are any of them on your list?


These are in no particular order, as it was difficult enough choosing my top 13, I couldn’t possibly rank them 

TLL1. The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman
I honestly think everyone should read this. It makes you look at life a little differently. It shows you how you shouldn’t be afraid to do what you really want to. Don’t just do something or stay with something because you think it’s the safe or correct thing to do. It is definitely a feel good book.

2. Fractured by Dani AtkinsF
This debut novel has caused quite a stir in the blogging community and I was so glad I got a chance to read it. I don’t even want to say anymore as don’t want to give a single thing away, just that this should definitely be on your TBR pile!

TKA3. The Keepers:Archer by Rae Rivers
I absolutely love fantasy novels and this was one of the first review copies I got the chance to read when I started by blog. It is about one witch, her three keepers (protectors) and two warlocks that want to ruin everything good that magic stands for. This is the first in a three-part series, with a prequella and cannot wait for the next one!

TMB4. The Memory Box by Sarah Webb
This was the first book I have ever read by Sarah Webb and needless to say I loved it. Sarah’s writing style is really lovely and she just makes you love all the characters in her story.

tcm5. The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester
I love fairytales with a modern day twist and this one was just that. I was completely swept away by this tale. The way Jennifer describes every scene has you truly feeling like you are there in the story with the characters. At one point we are whisked away to Paris and I am now craving a visit purely from reading this!

WUAS6. Wish Upon A Star by Trisha Ashley
Trisha Ashley is one of my favourite authors. I have read nearly all her books and I was waiting for this one to come out for practically a whole year. I enjoy how some of her novels take us back to the town of Sticklepond and we get to meet up with old characters again, but the novel is still stand-alone. This one introduces us to Cally and her daughter Stella and was just another great story from Trisha.

A-Cinderella-Christmas-by-Holly-Kingston-Hi-Res7. A Cinderella Christmas by Holly Kingston
I was so excited that I was asked to be a part of the blog tour for this wonderful novella. Not only is the cover great, but it completely matches the story. It had me laughing in places, but wanting things to turn out OK for the main character Lucy. A definite read around Christmas time.

PR8. Perfect Ruin by Lauren Defestano
Having read The Chemical Garden series by Lauren, I was extremely keen to get my hands on her new series The Internment Chronicles. Lauren did not disappoint! This series tells us of a world where the people live in the sky and they are told they must never go towards the edge. But the people of Internment are beginning to question this; what is it that the rulers are hiding from them.

DH4C9. Driving Home for Christmas by Emma Hannigan
This was an incredibly festive read and has gone up there with my favourite Christmas books of ALL time! The pretext of this was about a family all coming home for Christmas to the lovely Huntersbrook House. Emma writes beautifully and I fell hopelessly in love with all the characters. I was also especially pleased as quite a few books I have picked up this year with Christmas covers have not been Christmassy at all! But this one was not hiding anything unchristmassy 

Soul Taken Cover10. Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan
This was another fantasy series that had a brilliantly unique story. This one was about the Afterlife and focused on Maggie who was a soul collector. She had had her memories taken away from her when she died as the people of the Afterlife did not want her to remember what she had done in her previous life. Maggie wants to be promoted to The Guard but her wish won’t be granted. However she is soon sent on a mission where more truths come to light. This is the first in a trilogy and recently finished the second books and now cannot wait for the final in the series!

TUPHR11. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
I thought this was an absolutely beautiful book. It is about a man called Harold who goes out to post a letter to his old friend Queenie who is dying of cancer. He ends up walking from one end of the country to the other in a bid to save her life. Harold meets all sorts of people on the way, each with their own troubles and we learn a few truths about Harold’s life as well.

Jo-Carnegie-Party-Games-191x30012. Party Games by Joe Carnegie

This was brilliant! So much happens in this story that you just cannot put it down as I was desperate to find out what would happen next. This story focuses on three very different women and how their lives interlink and everything that goes on in their small knit community. There is lots of scandal and drama with some brilliant twists and turns.

TMB13. The Language of Spells by Sarah Painter
When I started my blog this year, this was the first ever request I had to review a book from an author and I was incredibly excited. Magical Realism in stories is my absolutely favourite focus in a story. It’s where magic happens but it blends in with the goings on in the village. There was also an element of mystery in this and I genuinely loved it 

So there’s my Top 13 Books of 2013! Phew what a year! Thank you very much to Zoe for having me 


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Top 13 Books of 2013 by Michelle Russ

women-bookslllToday is the first day of guest posts from some awesome friends sharing their Top 13 books of 2013.

To kick things off is the lovely Michelle!

Are any of these books on your list?


Hi all!

When Zoe asked me to take part in this feature I thought “eek! That’s going to be tough to narrow down!” So after trawling through my goodreads account to see what I have actually read, here it is. In no particular order. My top 13 books read in 2013!

  1. Perfect – Rachel Joyce

I read this in the summer when I was on holiday in Rhodes and absolutely loved it! It’s the story of two boys lives mapped out by one moment in history. I wasn’t a fan of Rachel Joyce’s first book, but wanted to start again when I finished this one!

  1. A Cottage by the Sea – Carole Matthews

I actually bought this book to go on holiday, but didn’t get around to reading it until later in the year. It was my first Carole Matthews book and was set in one of my favourite places in the world in Pembrokeshire. A fab book, and I can’t wait to read more of Carole’s back catalogue!

  1. Afterlife Academy – Jaimie Admans

I’m not generally a fan of books with a supernatural element, but this book was an exception for me! A young adult story where even dying doesn’t get you out of going to high school. Written by an exceptionally talented indie author (and my friend!) who has published a mammoth amount of books over the last 18 months.

  1. Geek Girl – Holly Smales

Another YA book, this time about a geeky young girl who gets picked up by a model scout and gets into all sorts of trouble following her new career. Brilliantly witty and funny, and closely followed up by the sequel, Model Misfit.

  1. Falling Angels – Tracy Chevalier

A little bit different to the rest of my list, this book is a fantastically dark piece of historical fiction. I only discovered Tracy Chevalier this year and am reading my way through her work, and loving every second !

  1. Party Games – Jo Carnegie

This book is the first in a new series by Jo Carnegie, following characters in the village of Beeversham and their antics. Just as good as the earlier Churchminister series, and I can’t wait to read the next instalment!

  1. Cupcakes at Carrington’s – Alexandra Brown

This book is the first in the wonderful Carrington’s series and really hooked me in. Fantastic characters, a department store setting that reminds me of my childhood, romance and lots and lots of cake!!

  1. The Life List – Lori Nelson Spielman

This is without a doubt one of my favourite books of the year. The protagonist’s mother dies and makes her inheritance conditional on completing the life list she wrote as a teenager. Brilliantly written and both happy and sad at the same time. I shed a few tears to this one!!

  1. How to Fall in Love – Cecilia Ahern

I received this as an ARC earlier this year and absolutely devoured it. A brilliant storyline that literally left me feeling a bit light-headed from holding my breath! I absolutely loved this book and the characters in it.

  1. About a Girl – Lindsey Kelk

This was my first Lindsey Kelk book and I thought that it was absolutely genius! Funny, a great, original storyline and a HUGE cliffhanger involving hot men. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!!!!!

  1. It’s Raining Men – Milly Johnson

Three friends go on holiday and end up in the wrong place because of a misunderstanding with the booking. Each gets to know herself and really understand the village they are staying in. I love a book set in a village with a good twist. This has both!

  1. The House We Grew Up In – Lisa Jewell

Another holiday read, this was a fantastic piece of women’s fiction. It unravelled the secrets embedded in a family and their family home before coming to a shocking conclusion without leaving you feeling like you had missed something. A really good story.

  1. The Wish List – Jane Costello

Yet another holiday read! This time by the fantastic Jane Costello. I love all of her books and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. Witty and extremely funny, I was even relaying the story of this one to my boyfriend whilst lying on sun loungers by the pool!

That was a very whistle-stop tour of my favourite reads of the year! I’ve read some great books and have discovered some new authors. I think my TBR will get even more out of hand in 2014!!!

Thank you for having me Zoe! x

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