My Top Ten Books Of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Books Read In 2013.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Lives up to all the hype and I might sell my first born for a copy of book two.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero (The Heroes Of Olympus Book 1) by Rick Riordan

I love all of Rick Riordan’s books. Check back in 2014 and I am sure there will be another book written by Riordan on my list.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Haunting, inventive, and a non-stop thrill. Code Name Verity is amazing.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Gritty and inventive with an ending that left me in tears.

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

The world Rossi creates is really cinematic and the love story between Perry and Aria is pitch-perfect.

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

I love High Fantasy and the political aspects of The Cadet Of Tildor drew me in. This is a strong debut and I am anxiously awaiting book two.

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This book is so funny and clever. The perfect vacation read.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

A laugh-out-loud read about a boy, his friend Earl, and a girl with cancer. It is a strange book but I loved every minute of it.

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

I loved every second of both books in the Legend series. Day and June just slay me.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I am such a sucker for Middle Grade books that when you through in a High Fantasy element, I will have to read it.

What are your favorite books of 2013?

 

Cover images from goodreads

 

In The Stacks (15)

What I added to my stacks (and stacks and stacks) this week. I am linking up with Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews.

Another slow week for me! I am doing well getting through quite a few books. Now, I just need to sit down and write down the reviews that are circling around my head.

Netgalley

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Never Fade (Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

When I saw the approval email, I couldn’t believe it. The Darkest Minds is an amazing book and I cannot wait to see where the story goes. I can just tell by the summary, that it is going to be awesome.  

Purchased

Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

A teen’s world comes crashing down in this compulsively readable YA debut that’s as literary as it is commercial.Gabby Gardiner wakes up in a hospital bed looking like a cautionary ad for drunk driving—and without a single memory of the accident that landed her there. But what she can recall, in frank and sardonic detail, is the year leading up to the crash.

As Gabby describes her transformation from Invisible Girl to Trendy Girl Who Dates Billy Nash (aka Most Desirable Boy Ever), she is left wondering: Why is Billy suddenly distancing himself from her? What do her classmates know that Gabby does not? Who exactly was in the car that night? And why has Gabby been left to take the fall?

As she peels back the layers of her life, Gabby begins to realize that her climb up the status ladder has been as intoxicating as it has been morally complex…and that nothing about her life is what she has imagined it to be.

Lately, introspective contemporary books are really appealing to me. Not sure if it is because I have a lot going on in my life or maybe it’s the summery weather. Just enjoying reading books about people facing their problems.

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under The Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent energy storms will. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

I originally read this as a library book but know I will want to reread, so needed to purchase it. Love the whole series and cannot wait for book three.

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Another book I read as a library book, I know this will be a reread for me. Love everything about Legend and am dying for book three.

 

What did you add to your stacks this week?

 

All summaries and cover images from goodreads.

Through The Ever Night By Veronica Rossi A Review

Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

Through The Ever Night Veronica Rossi

Title: Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2)

Author: Veronica Rossi

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Series: Under The Never Sky

Source: Purchased 

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Summary

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

Review

 

I have to start this review by saying I love everything about Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. Veronica Rossi keeps the story moving with excitement and strong character development. It moves forward at a quick pace and the balance of the different storylines coming together and diverging, is done well. It is rare that I read a book where I am unable to put it down and actually like all of the characters but I did here. 

Starting with Aria, who has evolved from the scared girl we saw in Under The Never Sky. Aria has learned to live in the real world and shows such strength when it comes to protecting those she loves. Aria and Perry’s love is really a huge draw in this series. The moments that they are able to spend together are so tender and passionate that it is impossible not to root for them.  

We finally get to meet Liv in Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi and she is as awesome as anyone who is loved by Roar would have to be. Her strength and fearlessness in the face of a life-time of unhappiness and danger, is really astounding. The way she is able to embrace Aria is touching and one of my favorite parts of Through The Ever Night.

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi is filled with excitement, great love stories, and strong characters that do the right thing. It is a book that will keep you up late at night reading one last chapter before bed. It is part of a series that I will be desperately waiting for book three to come out so I can continue to live in the world created by Veronica Rossi. If you have not read Through The Ever Night, I recommend getting a copy right now and spending the week-end reading.

 

What You Get

  • Love story that will make you swoon
  • Lots of strong ladies
  • Friendship and bravery
  • Lots of excitement

Summary and cover image from goodreads.