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Top 13 Books of 2013 by Emma Hart

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Today telling us her Top 13 books of 2013 is Author and awesome friend Emma Hart.
Are any of her books on your list?

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Hi everyone!

Zoe asked me to share my top 13 books from 2013 with her, and you all know I can’t say no to her. It’s like an illness. Anyway, it’s been a crazy year so I haven’t had as much time to read as I’d have liked. This list is quite varied as I don’t read New Adult Contemp when I’m writing, lest any sneaky bits creep into my own work. There is a bit of NA here I’ve had the pleasure to read early and snuck in between books. (And baby-having.)

Due to above reasons I found this one kinda hard because I’m not allowed to put my own books. (Wait, am I?)

So, here they are! In no particular order:

  1. Subject to Change, by Alessandra Thomas : Um, Hawk. That’s all. Kidding. I love the way Joey grew throughout the story into the person she wanted to be, not the person she was expected to be. This is a beautiful NA story.

  1. Fixed On You, by Laurelin Paige: Um, Hudson. Again, that’s all. This is such a sexy yet sweet story that totally steps outside the box of the usual Billionaire trait. Alayna is one of my favourite heroines because she refuses to take Hudson’s crap. (His very hot, very sexy, panty-melting crap.) Ahem.

  1. The Long Game, by J.L Fynn: I had the pleasure to read this early and blurb it – if you read another NA book, make this your next one. It’s so different to anything you’ve ever read, stepping into the world of gypsys with real Irish culture interwoven. Fantastic read.

  1. The Accidental Demon Slayer, by Angie Fox: And the rest of the series (so far.) I went on a total reading binge with this Urban Fantasy series and read them all in about 3 days. Fantasy and Paranormal is my go-to genre when I’m writing, and Fox’s series fit the bill perfect. I love love love Dimitri. (And, it’s free!)

  1. Wallbanger, by Alice Clayton: I don’t think I need to say any more on this, do I? So excited for the continuation of Caroline and Simon’s story next year!

  1. Unbreak Me, by Lexi Ryan: Mmm, Asher. (Just me that’s starting to see a problem here?) I love how Maggie’s opinion of herself completely changed throughout the story, and I won’t lie, Lexi Ryan Tore. Me. Apart. At points in this book. I have some time off over Christmas, and Will’s story, Wish I May, is on my to-read list!

  1. How Not to Kiss a Toad, by Elizabeth A. Reeves: (And series.) Eeeehehehe. I love Cindy Eller. (Yes, you read her name right.) I also love that every guy she falls in love with turns into a toad because they’re not her true love… I finished #5 not long ago and now I’m dying for the next book because OMG. She really shocked me with that one.

  1. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells, by Rose Pressey: I won’t lie, I love Rose Pressey’s books, but this series could just edge my favourite. Elly is a hilarious heroine and Pressey keeps me guessing the whole time. She’s my first go-to author for fantasy books – hers have a great chick-lit element almost.

  1. Naked, by Raine Miller: Love. I read both Naked and All In in one night – hello, my name is Emma Hart and I’m a binge reader – but haven’t got around to Eyes Wide Open. (Another Christmas to-read.) If you’re going to the Edinburgh signing next year, you have to read these books before you go.

  1. Up to Me, by M. Leighton: Oh, Cash. Cash Cash Cash. I’m done here.

  1. High Heels Mysteries series, by Gemma Halliday: I’m a bit of a mystery junkie, and thanks to this series, a GH junkie. I picked it up on impulse thinking I’d never read it, but I did. Yes. I binged. Twice. I rarely get to read anything once, so twice is something. This series has just the right mix of everything – mystery, suspense, love, sexy – and I adore it.

  1. Luck Be A Lady, by Gemma Halliday: This is her newest novel and aside from the fact I NEED #2 RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I LOVE TESSIE I wanted to read something different, and I know GH will always give me different but keeping inside my comfort zone. I totally love quirky, witty heroines, and this fit the bill perfectly. *Dives back to Amazon to fill up Kindle with more GH*

  1. Trophy Husband, by Lauren Blakely: Finishing up my here, there and everywhere 2013 fave book list is McKenna and Chris. I love the way their relationship developed throughout the book and may have blushed more than once at Chris’ runaway mouth.

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Top 13 books of 2013 by Karli Perrin

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Today, Author and my twinnie, Karli Perrin, will be telling us her top 13 books that she read this 2013….

Are any of them yours?

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13. Real by Katy Evans – this book had me blushing and swooning at the same time. I’ve got to admit, I was in two minds about Remy at first. I was caught off guard by how alpha he was and I thought that it was a little bit over the top. But as I read on, I realised that he wasn’t just some douchebag with an alpha complex, the guy had layers. He was real. The more I read, the more I didn’t want it to end. If you like alpha males and red hot sex scenes, this book is for you.

12. Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan – this book is raw and edgy. It’s like nothing that I have ever read. If you are a fan of Sons of Anarchy then you’ll love this. It gives you an inside look at the world of bikers and boyyyy is it explosive! The plot is thick with angst so be prepared. It’s like it’s a whole different world where anything can happen. This is not your typical love story but it’s definitely worth the read.

11. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton – this is one of the funniest books that I have ever read. I loved the banter between the two main characters and the plot was really addictive. Read this if you’re looking for a fun and sexy break from the heavy stuff.

10. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines – this is SO addictive and you really get attached to the characters. The writing made me feel like I was transported into the characters world. It left me wanting more and I immediately bought book two and three.

9. Bad Things by R.K.Lilley – this is a crazy, explosive love story. The chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling and I had a smile on my face for the majority of the book. I say majority because there was some crying involved. Okay, a lot of crying involved. I was flipping the pages like a crazy woman.

8. Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken – Every now and again, I come across a book which makes me stop and think. Ruin is a perfect example of this. This book stayed with me for a long time after reading it. It has an awesome plot and awesome characters but there’s some life lesson in there too. What more could you want?

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth – wow. I kept hearing awesome things about this book so I decided to read it a few weeks ago. Afterwards, I questioned why it took me so long. I usually read NA so this was a refreshing change for me. The plot was unique and the characters and concepts completely sucked me in. I immediately read book two and three afterwards.

6. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young – I love this series. The writing is fast paced and the dialogue is funny and sexy. I enjoyed watching the relationship between the two main characters blossom and was always left wanting more. This is an easy read which will leave you with a smile on your face.

5. Red Hill by Jamie McGuire – this book blew me away. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it. I knew it was about zombies and I knew it was going to have a love story in there somewhere. Let me tell you, this was amazing. I couldn’t put it down. I read it whenever I got a spare couple of minutes. The storyline is so realistic to the point where I actually got a little jumpy and expected to see zombies walking past my windows! If you are a fan of The Walking Dead then you will love this.

4. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher – I get chills thinking about this book. Words cannot describe how awesome the whole series is. The author takes risks with her plot and characters and it definitely pays off. Don’t get me wrong, I love rainbows and unicorns but I also appreciate the truth. And the truth is sometimes ugly. This book sucks you in, rips your heart out, stamps on it and then puts it back in. It’s a wild rollercoaster ride but definitely worth it.

3. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – I don’t even know where to start. This book is just bursting with awesome. Awesome plot, awesome characters and awesome dialogue. It’s nothing like anything else I have read. It’s heart breaking in parts but other parts had me smiling like a crazy woman. This is definitely in my top five books of all time. Trust me, you need this book in your life. You also need Holder in your life, telling you how ugly you are (read the book, you’ll understand what I mean).

2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover – I actually get jealous when I hear that people are reading this for the first time. This book left me with so many feels. Sometimes I have a hard time relating to characters and over the top plot lines but this book was so real. It was believable. Out of all the book boyfriends, Will Cooper is the most believable. I don’t doubt for a second that there are men like him walking around on this lovely planet of ours. This is so much more than a love story. The poetry adds an extra layer to these books which leave you blown away. It made me want to go and watch a poetry slam in real life.

1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – I read a lot of awesome books so when I say that this is my favourite book of all time, you should automatically know that it’s epic. If you’re looking for an introduction to NA, then you should read this book. We get angst, love, hate, friendship and humour all rolled into a massive ball of awesomeness. I will defend and recommend this book until I’m blue in the face. Please, do yourself a favour and read this book.

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Top 13 Books of 2013 by Caitlyn Willacot

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

Are any of her books on your list?

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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.