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My top 13 Books of 2013

women-bookslllI hope you have all enjoyed everyone’s Top 13 books of 2013. It’s the last day now before we are in 2014, and it’s my turn to let you know which books were my favourite this year!


So this was really hard…I had read so amazing books this year and to narrow them down to just 13….it was hard! And although i have picked these 13, there are waaay more other books that i wanted on the list, but these were the ones that touched me when i read them.

They are in no order either as i went backwards on my GR list hahah :-

13038680     1. Poughkeepsie – Debra Anatasia

I cant tell you how much i loved this book. I could not put it down. It’s about Blake – a homeless man and Olivia – the girl who smiles every morning at Blake. We also meet Blake’s brothers and Oliva’s sister and their stories entwine within Blake and Olivia’s. This book has a little bit of everything wrapped into it. It has romance, banter, murders, kidnapping, jealousy, revenge, love, steamy moments, friendship, bonds, midnight mass but most of it, it’s about finding love and protecting those you love. It truly is a beautiful book to read and you would be mad not to give it a read.

    2. Losing Hope – Colleen Hoover17340050

As much as I LOVED Hopeless (and it was going to be on this list) I had to pick Losing Hope instead. Holder just stole my heart even more in this book. We find out his back story, his pain from losing Hope and Les. It’s his story on how he learned to love, how he learned to breath again and live, with the help of Sky and the help of his sister Les. We find out so much that it’s a punch in the stomach. It is an emotional read, but we see Holder forgive himself and know that now he has Sky, he is never going to let her go.

17700010  3.  Falling into Us – Jasinda Wilder

I loved Falling into You, but Falling into Us stole my heart so much more. It;s the story of Nell’s BFF Becca and Jason – the guy who liked Nell. I love reading about high school sweethearts and my god, Becca and Jason go through so much in this book. You watch Becca and Jason grow from insecure teenagers to confident adults, who know exactly what to do, what to say, how to love and how to help each other. You watch them talk things through, complement one another and talk about their future, always including the other. Their relationship and their bond is so strong, nothing can part them. Both go through painful scenarios that will have you sobbing, but the end, god the ending is perfect and despite all the tribulations, you can see just how strong their love is for one another.

17617277 4.  Real – Katy Evans

I loveeee Real so hard. God, Remy….he stole my heart. He is such a Alpha male yet hes got a soft centre. He is a quiet guy, speaking his feelings through song lyrics to Brooke and each song is important to him…it speaks what he cant say. Never knowing love, he is falling for Brooke, but he wants to know she can handle him, handle him when he goes black. He knows he cant let her go and it will kill him if she walks away. We see him protect Brooke, be attentive to her but most of all he is REAL. He wants Brooke to see the real him, not Riptide, but Remy. Remy has found the one he wants forever and you can truly see just how much he loves Brooke.

Attractive young woman   5. Bitter Angel – Megan Hand

This book isnt one that i would normally read, its so different from the NA ones i read. It made me sick to my stomach, made me shake, cry, pulled at my heartstrings but by god, i loved it so much. Lila has two separate dreams, both seem as real as real life and it scares the crap out of her. But she knows it’s got to be real, at least one of them. We see her delve to discover the shocking reality of something so sick that actually happens in today’s society. We see her try to save other people from going through what she went through in her ‘dream’ and you are on tenterhooks throughout the whole book, wondering what is going to happen and what the hell Lila is doing to do. It was out of my comfort zone, but i was so glad i read it!

16140408  6. Down London Road – Samantha Young

I absolutely loved Jo and Cam. They don’t start off on the best of feet but we watch them grow as friends, as lovers and we see Cam find out about Jo’s family situation, how much he wants to help out, how much he loves Jo and her brother Cole and we see him be there for her throughout her struggles. Although there are misunderstanding, we see Cam peel away Jo insecurities, her fears and he understands why she doesn’t want any help, how strong she is for dealing with the crap thrown at her and it makes him love and protect her even more. We watch Jo grow from this woman who doesnt want help, who doesnt open up to a woman who blossoms, who finds love, who has this person to lean on when times get tough and it was beautiful to watch her grow, and it grafts her into the person we love in Down London Road.

17333880  7. Twisted Perfection – Abbi Glines

I love Woods….plain and simple. Twisted Perfection really is different from the Too Far series. It delves deeper into emotional and mental issues, darker pasts and fears. You watch two people who are seemingly lost, find one another, help one another and find love together. They find their purpose in their life. It doesnt hurt that Woods has a dirty mouth and knows exactly what to do with his words 😉


172285198. Everything for Us – M. Leighton

I love this series but there was just something about Everything for Us that stole my heart.I fell for Nash hard in this book. He is a strong character, having to grow up pretty damn fast. He’s seen and done things he’s had no choice in and that has made him rid of any emotional attachments to anyone or anything. He’s numb and all he feels is anger. Anger for the people who killed his mother and fucked up his life. He wants revenge. But enter Marrissa and although he starts as sex, Nash is slowly dropping his armour, we see him falter, see him begin to care. I loved watching them both fall for each other, despite neither telling the other until it was too late. They both pushed each other; Nash made Marrissa stronger and Marrissa showed Nash, really, how to care, how to love and how to live again. Nash and Marrissa are amazing.

 Tucker_One Tiny Lie cover 9. One Tiny Lie – K. A Tucker

One Tiny Lie is about breathing again, freedom, finding who you truly are and being okay with that, with the changes in your life and falling in love and being loved back. Livie and Ashton complete each other. They show each other how to love and how to live and how to free themselves from everything holding them back. They both stole a piece of my heart and although it took a while for them both to truly be together, they both pushed, both had to figure out their own lives before they could really be together and that;s okay. That is what made them them. It hurt, there were tears from me, my heart ached for them both but in the end, the end is what saw them be real and open up and Livie and Ashton were truly meant to be.

18332469  10. The Time Until – Casey Ford

I had the pleasure of Beta reading this book and can i say, SHIT i cried my bloody eyes out throughout the whole book. Then when i re-read and Beta’ed it a second time, the tears were still there. As a debut, it has such an emotional impact on me that it was all i could think about for days after. It’s a beautiful book about childhood friend, love, the journey both Sam and Alan have made from their 5 year old selfs to now, at 20 years old….but its also a goddamn emotional book, from Alan praying to the gods that he wont lose Sam and he revisits the first time they met, to now, to the present, to the accident and how in gods name he will live if he loses Sam. You will need so many tissues to get through this book, but it is so worth every tear you shed.

18593366   11. Asking For Trouble – Tessa Bailey

I LOVE TESSA! Just putting that out there. Her Line of Duty series is one of my favourites and Asking For Trouble is book 4. I’m so sorry Daniel, but Brent just pipped you at the post for this spot.  Asking For Trouble is about Brent, Daniels best mate and Hayden, Story’s BFF (Daniel and Story are in Officer Off Limits). They both dislike each other but one game leads to everything changing between them. Both have led different lives but together, they seem to bring out the best in one another and the hate is starting to blur into love but with a secret Hayden is habouring, will Brent stop her making the biggest mistake of her life? Asking For Trouble is about journey for both characters, from hating each other to wanting each other to falling in love, with obstacles along the way, until they can finally sort through the crap and be together at the end. It also helps that THE SEX IS FREAKING HOT!!!

   12. April Showers – Karli Perrin???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

I can’t have a list without my twinnie’s book (Buy April Fools too!)! I absolutely love this series but as someone who got inside things into this book (no, she didnt tell me about you-know-what) but i did get Isaac before everyone and a bit of Lukas too, which is why i hold this book close to my heart too, because Karli is the first author to actually send me teasers to her book. April Showers is focused around uni and boys and awesome friends and banter and sarcasm and heartache and i think we can all associate with that. You become invested in April, Isaac and Lukas’ lives and want to see who April is going to pick!! ISAAC IS MY BOYFRIEND! so everyone needs to back off.

18271314   13.  The Art of Letting Go – Anna Bloom

Scrap the fact i know Anna, The Art of Letting Go is a book that deserves a place on your kindle. Lilah is 25 and unhappy. So much so she quits her job and signs up to uni. There is meets a gorgeous guy name Ben who has been looking for her for 9 months after a brief encounter. She cant remember him but this starts the beginning of everything. Set in diary entries, we delve into the life of Lilah and her friends. It’s a great British debut (There are 2 novellas out and another 2 years of the series left); it has sarcasm, British humour, you will cry, laugh, get annoyed but most of all, this book is realistic and you will not want to put it down once you start. Also Ben ❤ DEAR GOD I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

IM SORRY BUT I CANT JUST HAVE 13…i know, i know, i made you all pick 13, but i cant leave this book out at all! PFFT i’m allowed to add in an extra! 😉 It was my rules hahaha.

14. Five Exotic Fantasies – Serenity Woods18356975

Along with Tessa, you should know how much I love Serenity Woods and her Love in Reverse series. When i read the third book in the series – Five Exotic Fantasies, i was hooked. Both Coco and Felix took my heart, especially Felix. He is the epitome of sexy and suave rolled into one, but also he is a sweetheart, he is cute and caring and does whatever he can to make Coco smile, to see her happy, and make her own her body, make her see that her fantasies arent weird, they are normal. Everything he does with the fantasies, he thinks hard about how to make a lasting impression of them. He is a alpha yet hes not. He has the dirty words, knows what to do with them, yet he is sensual, he likes the cuddles and hand holding and he stole my heart.

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Top 13 Books of 2013 by Holly Baker

women-bookslllToday my bestie Holly will be telling you her Top 13 books of 2013.

Are any of these books on your list?


When my bestie Zoe asked me if I wanted to be part of some guest posts at The Book Lovers I was eager to participate. Then she asked me to list my top 13 favourite reads of 2013 . . . Having read well over 200 books this year alone, it was never going to be an easy task but I finally whittled it down, and in no particular order, here are my favourite reads from this year.

The Sea Of Tranquillity – Katja Millay
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This book is just beyond incredible and intensely emotional. Without a doubt it has the best last line to a book that I have ever read. Even now, all I have to do is skip right to the end and read those last few words and it’s instant tears. Just perfect!

All books – Colleen Hoover
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Ok, so I completely cheated with this one because it’s not “technically” one book but it’s Colleen Hoover!!! This woman is a literary genius and I don’t care what she releases, I will buy it, read it, and love it. She has the power to grip you from the very start and leave an imprint on your heart as she tells her stories. I cannot recommend this lady enough.

UnDeniable – Madeline Sheehan
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Anyone who knows me, knows I love bikers. And no one writes biker books like Madeline Sheehan. UnDeniable, UnBeautifully and UnAttainable are the best of the best and you will not be disappointed. They’re raw, gritty, emotional, HOTT and completely consuming.

Out Of Breath – Rebecca Donovan
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Wow! The Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan were the first indie books I ever read and this year brought us the release of the conclusion of Emma’s story. This is my second favourite series EVER and they’re definitely not easy to read. They’re filled with so much pain and heartbreak but they are books that everyone should read. There couldn’t have been a more perfect ending for Emma than Out Of Breath. Rebecca Donovan is a must read author!

Everything For Us – Michelle Leighton
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Michelle is another author who I will buy every book she releases but Everything For Us has to be my favourite. The third book in the Bad Boys series comes from Nash Davenport and I am completely obsessed with him (it helps that he looks like Charlie Hunnum). Michelle’s books always have a big, unexpected twist and a majorly HOTT sexy scene that will be impossible to forget. I just love absolutely everything about her books and of course the author herself.

Shattering Halos – Sunniva Dee
I had the great honour of beta reading this book and it completely blew me away. This is a debut novel that has been picked up by a publisher and will release in March 2014. I don’t want to give too much away because it’s a book you need to experience for yourself but it’s definitely one to look out for.

On Solid Ground – Michelle Kemper Brownlow
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This book had it all. It was funny, sexy, shocking and highly emotional. It’s the sequel/conclusion to In Too Deep and shows Gracie in a completely different light as she overcomes her past of emotional abuse at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. It also has some AMAZING book boyfriends and kick ass secondary characters. I absolutely love this group of friends.

The Time Until – Casey Ford
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This was another debut that I got to beta read and WOW!!! I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever cried so much while reading a book. I was constantly on the edge of my seat and in a mixed state of haapy and sad tears. This is probably my most recommended book of 2013. I don’t have enough words to explain how amazing it was. You NEED to read this book.

The Opportunist – Tarryn Fisher
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I had the first two books of these on my kindle for months and i only ended up reading them because I had nothing else new to read. But once I started I devoured them and was beating the heck out of myself because they were some of the best books I’ve ever read. Each book is from the POV of a different character in the group and book #2 is from a character that I despise but please don’t let that put you off because it’s still as amazing as the other two books in the series. These are hard books to read because the characters are deceitful and deceiving but again, I can’t recommend them enough.

Thoughtless – SC Stephens
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One of the best, most emotional love triangles I’ve ever read. These books nearly kill me, and have me in floods of tears but that just makes me love them more. The D-Bags are my favourite fictional band and I’m pretty sure it’s impossible not to love Kellan Kyle. I love this series so much and if you look online for the original ending of Thoughtless (must be read AFTER you’ve finished the published version) it will WRECK you. It was like torture. I’m so glad that SC decided to change it and carry on the series because it’s one of my favourites.

Ten Tiny Breaths – K.A. Tucker
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All the emotions!!!!!! This book was a killer. I got a headache because I cried so hard but it’s something I would willingly put myself through again and again because I loved it so much. A heartbreaking story filled with hope and love that you definitely should not miss.

Promise Me Light – Paige Weaver
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This is the sequel to Promise Me Darkness and while I wasn’t sure how exactly I felt about book #1, the sequel was fantastic and I did not want it to end. It’s the conclusion to the story about a group of college kids dealing with life throughout the war and it’s unlike anything I’ve read before. Truly a great read.

Before Now – Cheryl McIntyre
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Park!!!!! Oh my word I love this boy. I was a huge fan of Sometimes Never which is the first book in this series but I fell hopelessly in love once we really got to know Park. This book was amazing and there’s honestly not a single thing I could fault about it. And that ending . . . Cheryl is the queen of epilogues!
So there you have it. My top 13 reads of 2013. I’d love to know what you think and if you want to see more about the books that I love, head over to my blog Holly’s Hot Reads, Facebook Page, and Twitter. I’d love to hear from you.

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Top 13 Books of 2013 by Emma Hart


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


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 Abigail Brown

women-bookslllToday’s turn on telling us her Top 13 books of 2013 is the lovely Abigail!!

Are any of her choices yours?


Hi, my name is Abigail and I have loved books ever since I was a little girl. When I’m reading I’m in a zone and often don’t hear people when they talk to me, I’m not ignoring anyone, I’m just so caught up in the story I don’t notice what is going on around me. Haha, this often annoys my family members but oh well. My love of books is why I do book reviews on my own blog (, however, I have not done as many blog posts as I would like recently as I have so busy.

When Zoe first asked me to do this post and write about my favourite 13 books of 2013, I thought it was going to be a bit of an impossible mission. I have read so many books this year, but what did help it narrow it down was the date of publication being they had to be published this year, I still struggled. Without further due, here is my 13 favourite books of 2013.

  1. Into the Deep – Samantha Young

If I don’t believe I’m worth the effort, why the hell would you?” – Charley

It is one of my favourite books that I have read this year and I could not put it down once I started reading it. I was addicted and wanted to know how it ended, it does end on a “to be continued”, so you do have to wait for the second one is released but it I worth it. Charley and Jakes story was a heart breaking one, they first fell in love in High School then a tragic event made Jake leave town and break every promise he made to Charley. Four years later Charley still feels the pain of their break up and has not had a successful relationship since. On her year of studying abroad in Scotland she bumps into none other than Jake at a party. Soon all those old feelings and unresolved feeling come rushing back and so does the drama as Jake has a girlfriend Melissa. It is a love story not to be missed and you will be hooked the whole way through.

  1. Reckless – S.C Stephens

You want me to whatbook? And Tweet? Like a bird? Are you serious?” – Kellan

I love Kiera and Kellan’s story and was so happy there was a third book, I love to see how far they have come and their relationship as it evolves. It is interesting to see how the fame has affected their lives as the band hits big and Kiera goes on tour with them. I’m a little bit sad that this is the end of the road for Kiera and Kellan, I have re-read the book so many times and still love it. They are a cute couple and I love reading about of all of the characters, even Griffin. Kellan is my all-time favourite book boyfriend and if he were real that would be great, he loves Kiera so much and it is endearing to see them grow from strength to strength.

  1. Wide Awake – Shelly Crane

It doesn’t matter who you were or what you’ve done in the past. The only thing that matters is who you are right now” – Mason

Wide Awake has such a captivating storyline that keeps you hooked. You feel heartbroken for Emma when she wakes up from her coma and does not remember who she is. You feel sad when she struggles to fit back in with her friends and family. You feel happy and kind of excited when she and Mason grow closer. You feel her confusion when she struggles with her identity. It was like riding an emotional rollercoaster and when I was near the end of the book I kept wishing that more pages would appear.

  1. Ten Tiny Breaths – K.A Tucker

Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.” – Kacey’s mum

I know I have quite a few emotional and sad books on my list, but what I admire about those stories and authors is how they show their characters overcoming their problems and dealing with them. Kacey lost her parents, boyfriend and best friend in a tragic car accident of which she was the only survivor and she has never dealt with it. Many people grieve in different way and Kacey’s way was ignoring it and shoving the memories and pain into a box and not thinking about it. All this changes when Trent comes along and breaks down her walls, she goes through the different stages of grief and begins to heal. Kacey and Trent’s relationship was not an easy one but they are perfect together, and I was rooting for them from the start.

  1. Out of Breath – Rebecca Donovan

Remember there is always a choice. I chose to live. I chose to love. I chose to breathe.”- Emma

This is the third and final instalment of the Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan and I was so excited to read it, especially with the way that the second book ended. I absolutely love the breathing series, I loved Emma and Evan and was hoping that they would find their way back to each other. Emma had been through so much pain and what was heart breaking, is that she walked away from Evan to protect him from herself but ended up hurting the both of them even more. Evan is perfect and has to be on the top of most people’s book boyfriend lists, he’s so sweet, caring, loveable and understanding.

  1. In this moment – Autumn Houghton

All we get are moments, Cole. One at a time, like heartbeats. Once all of them is gone, that’s it. No do-overs. No repeats. Every moment possesses its down kind of magic and what we do with it counts. It counts.” – Aimee

It is a very emotional book that pulls your heart strings and makes you thankful that your loved ones are safe. Aimee feels lost without her best friend and her death makes her feel guilty to be alive and wonder why she survived. Then comes in Cole, he slowly brakes down her walls and they are so cute together. Cole is swoon worthy and I love how he didn’t have a clue at dating, he made me laugh so much. I love this book and how they begin to heal from their pasts together.

  1. Frigid – J. Lynn

“I would’ve given her more if she had wanted that.
I would’ve given her everything if she had asked.” – Kyler

Sydney is in love with her best friend, Kyler and the only trouble is that he is a player. Sydney won’t risk not having Kyler in her life so she has kept her feelings to herself. What she doesn’t know is that Kyler feels the same way, he just hides it by being with other women as he believes he isn’t good enough for her. When they end up snowed in at a ski resort, the truth slowly comes out and I was on the edge of the seat anticipating them admitting their feelings. It’s sweet how Kyler thinks so much of Sydney and the storm makes him think he has a shot with her, as they grow even closer.

  1. Don’t hate the player… hate the game – Katie Ashley

Sometimes we just have two sides to us, Noah. One that we’re willing to let the world see, and then the other that we hide deep within ourselves.” – Maddie

I always find it interesting to read book from a male perspective and especially in this case a very emotional storyline. I cried so much that I struggled to read some of the book. Noah is on a mission to find out who was the girl that his best friend was in love with. You see Noah’s best friend, Jake tragically dies shortly before graduation and when sorting out his room finds an engagement ring. Jake was a player, so his mum begs him to find out who her son loved and it leads to Noah meeting Maddie. Maddie is the Valedictorian and very religious who was tutoring Jake. I love that Maddie shows Noah a different side that existed to Jake, the more Noah discovers about Jake on his mission. It is a sad story and a beautiful one.

  1. Four seconds to loose – K.A Tucker

I believe some people are inherently evil.
I believe guilt is a powerful motivator.
I believe redemption is something you can strive for but never fully achieve.
I believe second chances exist only in dreams, never in reality.
I believe you don’t have years, or months, or weeks to impact a person’s life.
You have seconds.
Seconds to win them over, And seconds to lose them.”

Oh my god I love Charlie and Cain, they are amazing together!! Cain is great and has been through so much, yet he has still managed to turn out to be a decent guy who cares about those around him. They both have such complicated pasts and especially Charlie, she is petrified that Cain will be disgusted by her if he ever finds out the truth about her. It’s meant to be that they meet and are exactly what one and the other needs. Cain’s protectiveness towards Charlie is so sweet and he truly does care for her.

  1. Wallbanger – Alice Clayton

The right woman for you wouldn’t want you to change anything about your life. She wouldn’t rock your boat, she’d jump right in and sail it with you.” – Caroline

This is hands down one of the funniest books I have ever read, I was in fits of laughter from the start to end. It is simply hilarious, so funny and entertaining. Caroline and Simon are quite a pair! Caroline moves into her new apartment and on the first night she has to endure listening to her next door neighbour having very loud sex, it’s the same the next night but with a different girl and the same the night after that. Caroline cracks one night and interrupts him, from then on begins a love/hate relationship that is beyond entertaining. They have lots of chemistry which results in a dynamic relationship.

  1. Rush Me – Alison Parr

You only get hurt that badly when you’re doing something that matters. Something impossible. Taking a risk. Investing yourself. And ball’s worth it, the rush you get, the exhilaration…”

When Rachael gate-crashes a party, she meets Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback and she instantly dislikes him. He is everything she doesn’t want, he is arrogant and she believes him to be a stereotypical dumb jock. It’s hilarious that what they both assume about each other is wrong and when they really get to know each other, they see eye to eye. They are both so stubborn though and that is part of what makes the book so great and why it has to be on my list.

  1. The Love Game – Emma Hart

When life gets hard, ask Google. Google knows everything”- Braden

I love The Love Game, it is a fantastic book and Maddie and Braden are great characters. This is a must read book of 2013. Maddie and Braden are playing each other at their own games, they have both made bets but along the way they begin to fall for each other. Braden cracks me up, his approach to dating is one of the funniest things I have read, the whole Google solution is comical.

  1. The Game Changer – J. Sterling

Love is life. If you miss out on love, you miss out on life” –Gramps

Cassie and Jack are one of my favourite book couples, they are so cute. Jack made a mistake in the first book, that almost ruined Cassie and his relationship for good, but she somehow found it in her heart to forgive him. They both struggle when their pasts keep catching up with them and threaten their future. What I love is it isn’t an easy love story, it shows you have to work to maintain your relationship and true love is worth fighting for.


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Top 13 books of 2013 by Michelle Congdon


Today telling us her Top 13 books is Author and friend Michelle Congdon.

Are any of her books your top book of 2013?


Hello!!!! I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas/New Year holidays! I love this time of the year; it’s full of love, giving, and don’t forget about the food and the partying. Another thing I like to do during this time is reflect on my year gone by. What I did, where I traveled, what I achieved, what movies I enjoyed, the books I read and fell in love with… Which brings me to the next part. When Zoe first asked me if I’d like to share my 13 Best Books with you all I was like WTH?! How on earth am I ever going to choose just 13 books??

Well, somehow I managed (after sadly apologizing to the others before crossing them off the list). So here it is guys, my 13 top reads of 2013. Enjoy!! Xx (Mind you, they are in no particular order as it was hard enough choosing 13!)

  1. Ten Tiny Breaths- KA Tucker
    I fell in love with the cover, and then I fell in love with the story. Ten Tiny Breaths was a very emotional, but beautiful story about a young woman’s struggle to overcome tragedy. My heart ached for poor Kacey and then cheered when she was finally able to have her happy ending.
  1. If You Stay- Courtney Cole
    I LOVED Pax. Sure, he was a huge A-hole, but who would honestly be stable after going through what he did? Mila was a little on the goody-two-shoes end for me, but she was just the perfect girl for our dear Pax to fall for.
  1. Salvation (The Captive #4)- Erica Stevens
    I first saw book one (Captured) on Smashwords and randomly checked it out. I was halfway through it by the time I bought the next book and then I pretty much internet stalked Erica to keep up to date with the follow up books. Salvation is the last book and oh lordy it ended just perfect.
  1. Down To You (The Bad Boys #1)- M. Leighton
    One word. Twins. DELICIOUS Twins… Okay, that’s actually two words. This was a funny, steamy read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I have actually forgotten to add Cash to my list of book husbands. Oh man…
  1. Hopeless- Colleen Hoover
    Here is another book that had me reaching for tissues. This one had me going through so many emotions and left me wondering how I would feel if I were in Sky’s position. That is one difference between a book I like and a book I love.
  1. While it Lasts- Abbi Glines
    This is by far my favorite book from Ms. Abbi (followed very closely by the Vincent Boys). It was the book I chose when she came to visit Sydney and I lined up to get her autograph. Fan girl moment!!! Is there a real Cage York somewhere in this world???
  1. Falling into You- Jasinda Wilder
    I’m beginning to think I have a serious issue and love books that rip my heart to pieces. This was a beautiful story. I shed some tears and then tried to cover them up with a smile, and then forced myself not to write a long letter to the fabulous Jasinda asking how do I stop the emotional void inside of me now that I’d finished the book.
  1. Don’t Breathe a Word- Jennifer McMahon
    This one is a tough one. I’m still not sure how I feel about books that leave the reader guessing at the end. They don’t always have to have a happy ending but I do like all my questions answered. With that being said, I have this book on my best reads list because it left a big impression (more like scared the bejeezus out of me!) I read it with the light on and made sure my housemate was home, just incase those evil fairies decided to come looking. It was dark, horrifying and unexpected, earning it a spot on my list.
  1. The Clockwork Princess- Cassandra Clare
    Loved, loved, LOVED this series! (Much more than the Mortal Instruments) And this book was the perfect closing chapter. I also have Will Herondale on my list of book husbands, so of course this book was going to make the cut. I found myself crying at the end. I didn’t want it to end and especially the way that it did. My friend had to console me and explain that everyone got a happy ending in a way. But… I think I need tissues writing this.
  1. Wait For You- J. Lynn
    Oh, Cam… Do I need to go into details? I laughed so much through this book but also felt so much for the characters as the issues in this story were very real. Jennifer Armentrout is a brilliant author. I love her work.
  1. Charades- Nyrae Dawn
    Funny, I actually thought to myself while reading this book: I would probably do something similar to what Cheyenne asks Colt to do in this book. Except, knowing my luck, I wouldn’t get a happy ending, haha. The book was cute and even though I may not do mushy- mushy in real life, reading about it is another thing 😀
  1. One Week Girlfriend- Monica Murphy
    Similar to Charades, but the roles are reversed. It was refreshing to see a guy admitting that he needs a girls help. Drew, poor Drew. One Week Girlfriend deals with some sensitive issues that had me feeling a whole heap of different emotions. When I get that involved in a book, it deserves to be on my best reads.
  1. Entwined with you- Sylvia Day
    Ms. Day is, to this day, one of my favorite authors. She writes some amazing stuff! I’ve read many of her books. I want Gideon and love his and Evie’s relationship. As messed up as it is, I’m glad they have each other. I wasn’t sure how I felt finding out that it ended as a cliffhanger. But then I got over it because at the end of the day there is going to be MORE Gideon Cross. Woo hoo!!!

And there you have it guys, my top 13 reads of 2013 (in no particular order). If you want to chat about this or anything else, you can catch me on my Facebook page and Twitter. Thank you Zoe for having me!!! M Xx


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Top 13 Books of 2013 by Cecily Bonney


Today, Cecily will be telling us her Top 13 books of 2013.

Are any of them yours?


My name is Cecily Bonney and I am a total book nerd. I started reading reading books Memorial 2013 and I have read 132 book and here is my top 13 books. I also started a book blog(, yes I was and stil am scared when I write reviews. I have to say that is was so very hard for me, because I have read a lot of books this year. There are more that are just as good as these 13, but they didn’t leave a mark on my heart like these lucky 13 did. So with that being said I will use the words from lucky 13(Touchstone for Play) “Cheers to Memorable Days and Unforgettable Nights”

1.       Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow by: Mary E. Palmerin

This book is very near and dear to my heart. Lyla(the main character) is so beautiful, strong, loving, and many other things. This book helped me grow as a person.(sounds crazy, maybe…but very true) I cried like a baby while reading this story and I loved every page. I am looking forward to book 2.

2.    Going Under by: S. Walden

As soon as you get to page 1 it says “To strong girls everywhere”, WOW. This book is a lot to swallow. I can relate to this story in one for or another. I can tell you that this is such a raw, emotional, nail biting, wanting to beat someone up story. My heart broke for Brooke….for all the Brooke’s of the world.

3.    The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

All I can say is Andrew and Camryn………This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I cried, like sobbing tears. I will forever remember this amazing love story. This book was very inspiring to me. I mean come on…page 1 says “ To lovers and dreamers and anyone who hasn’t truly experienced either”.

4.    The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

J.A. Redmerski I bow down to you 100%!!!!!! This is the best book to end the perfect story. My heart broke for Andrew and Camryn over and over again even in book 1, but I mean come on. I have zero unanswered questions on how their life continues. AND that my friends is why I LOVE this book. Unbelievable writing, right here.

5.    Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway

I have to admit that I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to read this story, but I am so glad that I did. Nicholas and Freda are so beautiful, strong, broken, and magnetic. This story to me is all about passion and a rare love/friendship that comes once in a lifetime.

6.    Whatever it Takes by L. Maretta

This book was so well written, it was as if my friend was telling me this story. Emma and Gavin had me on an emotional merry-go-round. I was angry, sad, happy, laughing, and feeling a little violent while reading this story. BUT this book will have you fighting for love and doing whatever it takes…

7.    Remy (Real #3) by Katy Evans

I love me some Remmington Tate aka Riptide. This book to me is more that just a pretty sexy guy. This is about a beautiful broken soul. My heart broke in this book and Remy has me swooning for him for real. I want to go out and save all the Remy’s of the world.

8.    Falling into You by Jasinda Wilder

This book was a total shock to me, would of never guessed the outcome. Nell and Kyle have on of those beautiful first love stories and those are the ones you never forget. But then life happens. I am in love with Colton.(sorry had to say that) The playlist…..fits so perfectly with this story.

9.    Sometimes Never by: Cheryl McIntyre

Hope and Mason help each other discover that sometimes never can become forever…..I have to say that I am so crushing on Mason and I am jealous of Hope. Mason is so the sweetest book boyfriend I have ever had.

10.  Ruin by: Rachel Van Dyken

Wes…Wes…Wes is ummm wow. This book was so intense and I loved every part of it. Just please have tissues with you. That is all I can say.

11.  Beautiful Bastard by: Christina Lauren

Bennett Ryan I heart you. He is all kinds of things I don’t know where to start. And yes while reading this book I was so tweeting the authors about this man. This book had be flushed and wanting lots more.

12.  Chasing Stars by: L.Duarte

This book is so not like all the other books that I have read, trust me. Portia and Will’s story is so beautiful and very inspiring. This story truly made me want to re-evalute my life. When you know your in love you know and there is nothing you can do about it. When you find that special someone, you never let go. OMG I could go on and on…but I wont….read it for yourself J

13.  Touchstone for Play by Sydney Jamesson

This story and all the characters will pull you into their world. You will scream at them, cuddle them, slap them, and love them. Mr. Ayden Stone is my #1 book boyfriend!! I can not get enough of this story him and Elizabeth……are what can I say…….perfect….I need book 3 like NOW!


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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 Zili Robins

women-bookslllToday telling us her Top 13 books of 2013 is the awesome Zili!

Are any of her books on your 2013 list?


The lovely Miss Zoe asked me to write a guest post about my favourite books of 2013 and how can you say no to the gal who gave us ManCandy Monday?!

I may have slightly cheated in places, as I’m sure a couple of my entries were published earlier and one isn’t technically out yet BUT I read all of these in 2013!

 Walking Disaster – Jamie McGuire
I’m not sure this one needs much explanation BUT…I couldn’t resist the opportunity to experience more Travis. I liked Beautiful Disaster but Abby annoyed me a lot and I enjoyed getting Travis’s POV in Walking Disaster.

Obsession – Jennifer L. Armentrout
I love paranormal and fantasy books and had to sneak one on the list. Obsession is a one-time adult spin-off novella set in the same world as JLA’s YA Lux series. It focuses on aliens secretly living amongst us on Earth. Hunter is an Arum (a bad alien) but he’s also hot, fierce and an arse! Thankfully human gal Serena totally holds her own and teaches him a thing or two. It’s also one of the few books I gave 5 stars this year!

Only For You – Genna Rulon
This is without a doubt one of my fav books of the year (even though I ugly cried reading it). On the surface it’s your average NA college story; Everleigh meets Hunter and they build a relationship, but underneath it’s SO much more. The secondary characters are fab (Sam is getting her own book). It’s such a devastating story with some really traumatic issues.

Wait For You – Jennifer L. Armentrout as her naughty alter ego J. Lynn
I tried hard to limit the amount of Jennifer’s books I included in my list because I’m a huge JLA fan girl. Wait For You is beautifully written and sensitively handled. Avery is a great female MC and Cam Hamilton is currently sitting in poll position on my book boyfriend list! JLA writes snark so well and creates some great sexy scenes!

A Little too Far – Lisa Desrochers
Think about a breakup, alcohol, a hot stepbrother, oh and a nearly-priest. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing!! This book is awesome and don’t let the quasi-incest or trainee priest put you off. This is the first book in the series but I also enjoyed #2 (book 3 is out next year)!

Recklessly (Documentary #3) A.J. Sands
I still haven’t read the first two books but you don’t need to. I think I enjoyed Recklessly so much because it switches with the norm! The common plot of the clingy girl and playa guy is turned on its head. Don’t worry there’s way more to the story though and it’s actually really sad (I nearly threw my kindle out the window at one point)!

Wallbanger – Alice Clayton
I laughed from start to finish with this one!! The idea behind Wallbanger was brilliant. Think of the ultimate neighbour from hell where instead of loud parties, it’s late night bedroom antics keeping Caroline awake (an not her own). Her neighbour’s bedroom is only a very thin wall away from hers. My fav part is when Caroline comes up with nicknames for Simon the wallbanger’s ‘visitors’ depending on the noises they make.

Call Me Crazy – Quinn Loftis
Call Me Crazy focuses on teenage mental health and the stigma surrounding it. It’s a fab mixture of lighthearted and funny, yet manages to cover some really serious and upsetting issues without ever sensationalizing anything.

Jet (Marked Men #2) – Jay Crownover
I read Jet purely because I loved Rule (the first book in the series) but I’m glad I did. Jet’s a hot tattooed rocker with a huge (get your minds outta the gutter) heart! Jet and Ayden’s story is sweet, dramatic and all kinds of hot!

Mine (Real #2) – Katy Evans
I liked Real but wasn’t convinced by Remy and Brooke’s relationship. I found them hot but kinda toxic together. Mine totally changed my mind!! I now love them together. Brooke also massively redeemed herself. Don’t get me started on the epic hotness of this book!

Bully – Penelope Douglas
Think childhood friendship gone wrong, then throw in some extreme bullying and a female MC finally having enough and you’ve found Bully! I expected and sorta wanted to hate Bully (who could want a guy who made your life hell for years?) but I really didn’t. I ended up giving Jared a chance and getting sucked in by him.

Losing It – Cora Carmack
I was late to the party with Losing It as I read it months after release, but I like to think I more than made up for it with enthusiasm! Bliss and Garrick’s story is sweet, dramatic and downright hilarious! Who wouldn’t want a hot teacher with a sexy accent?

Rome – Jay Crownover
I’m sort of cheating with this one because I read an ARC (it’s not out until next year) but as I read it this year and loved it Rome made my list. I’m not allowed to post my review yet so can’t really explain why I loved Rome but if you’ve read Rule or Jet you’ll know how great the Marked Men series is.

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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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