2012 End of Year Book Survey

2012 book survey

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I saw that Amber (from Books of Amber) had done this survey and decided to do it myself. On the last day of the year, because there’s nothing like rushing blog posts in a day!)

‘Best in Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?

The Fault in Our Stars By John Green

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This book! This BOOK! I’ve read it three times this year, thats how much I liked it 🙂

2. Book You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Carrier of the Mark by Leah Fallon

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It was so disapointing! It was basically the Twilight storyline!

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I thought it was going to be princess-y with lots of tears but it didn’t turn out like that at all 🙂

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I lent it to my mum 🙂

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

This is where I’m going to cheat. I read a few unmisssable series this year!

Perfect Chemisty, Rules of Attraction and Chain Reaction  by Simone Elkeles

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. (Looking forward to reading the next few books that come out soon!)

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

John Green, Lisa Kleypas, Simone Elkeles, Keara Cass, Kate Quinn

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

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Adult historical fiction, but it was so good! I read the second in the series too 🙂

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Starters by Lissa Price

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Read it so fast! Really wanted to get the end of it!

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Loved this book, but read it quite fast and would like to read it again before the second book comes out 🙂

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

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11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Gus Waters. Because he was wonderful and yes, I AM a nerdfighter 🙂

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

TFiOS

Cried the second and third time I read it. Need I say more?

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

One Day by David Nicholls

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It just made me think of friendships and how life can just pass you by. I also got my addiction to the name DEXTER from this book 🙂

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?

The Harry Potter Series! Yes, I know! I know! Don’t judge me.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

Try and guess what book? I’ve mentioned it, like, fifteen times already.

16. Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Longest: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini – 860 Pages

Shortest: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy  – 179 pages

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?

The ‘SCENE’ in TFiOS when Gus was no longer suffering from personhood. I wanted to tell people that he wasn’t there anymore.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012?

Brittney and Alex from Perfect Chemistry. I love the other releationships too, but I read this book twice this year so it’s more fresh in my mind.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

Adorkable by Sara Manning

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I’ve read a few books by Sara Manning, but haven’t really though they were that good. I give this five stars!

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

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John Green recomended this in one of his videos and so…I read it 🙂

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

dance of shadows Beautiful cover, eh?

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

Harken by Kaleb Nation

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Sever by Lauren DeStefano

sever Yep, you’d all forgotten about this hadn’t you?

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

I want to read 100 books in 2013, write reviews every week, host a few tours 🙂 I’ll have been blogging for a year in June, so that’s pretty cool!

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‘Sworn to Raise’ by Terah Edun – Cover Reveal and *Giveaway*

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(This cover is so huge…sorry about the size! At least you can see it, huh?)

Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun (Courtlight #1) – Publication date: March 15th, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the  kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond  initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.

*Giveaway!*

Terah is offering a 60$ Amazon Gift Card giveaway and it ends on 12/31/2012 , click the link to be taken to the rafflecopter site where you can enter into the giveaway!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a7132b1/

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Terah Edun is an international development professional and author/lover of all things Young Adult Fantasy fiction. She is a native Georgian, adoptive Washingtonian, unrepentant expat currently living in South Sudan, brilliant dreamer, lover of dogs and not-so-closet geek. Her first novel, Red Madrassa, was released on November 8th and her second novel, Sworn to Raise, comes out in March 2013.

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‘Before I Die’ by Jenny Downham – Review

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Synopsis:

Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints of ‘normal’ life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up.

Tessa’s feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out

My Rating:

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My Review:

I reserved this book at my local library, as I do most of my books. It was suprising easy to read. I’d had it for a week or so, but never got past the first chapter. Then one day, I sat down and read it until quite late at night. I didn’t finish it that night but you get the picture 🙂

I told myself that I wouldn’t read it straight after finishing The Fault in Our Stars, because I would compare it and was I’m in love with that book it wouldn’t be fare to this one. But what did I do? Read it straight after TFiOS. Typical. I’ll try not to be bias 🙂

Tessa was a very hard character to like. She was so negative about her illness and seemed to ‘want’ to die, even though she knew that she would miss certain things. I must admit, I was choking up at one point.

I can connect with Tessa when she was thinking about wanting a boyfriend or ‘someone’ there. Everyone wants to be loved romantically.

Before I Die was written beautifully, I couldn’t fault the writing. I just couldn’t give it a five star because Tessa was hard to ‘like’ as a character, as I mentioned before.

Author Bio:

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Jenny Downham (born 1964) is a British novelist and an ex-actor. In her first book, Before I Die, the fictional account of the last few months of a sixteen-year-old girl who has been dying of leukemia for 4 years. The book is told in the first person. The book was acclaimed and was short-listed for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award.

 

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#2 Thoughts and Theories – Romance

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Me, a sixteen year old girl who has never had a ‘proper’ boyfriend, reads too many books, and doesn’t agree with Valentine’s Day and hates weddings. Surely I can’t be writing about romance and LURVE with a capital L, can I?

Of course I am!

This is just my opinion, for a laugh! Comment below if you agree or disagree with what I say 🙂

In NO PARTICULAR ORDER, the things that I find most romantic!

1): Holding Hands.

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2): Dancing in the Kitchen

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3): Watching films in bed. Or y’know, Friends/ TVD/Merlin/Dr WHO/Ma

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4): Washing up without being asked.

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5): Spontaneously buying presents for your boyfriend/girlfriend/ love of your life

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6): Cuddles. AWW!

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7): Liking the same Music is pretty romantic.

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8): Participating in NaNoWriMo together!

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9): Fangirling over Doctor Who together!

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10): Telling the love of your life that you love them, it’s no fun being together but never saying the L word!

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Well. That was that! I just wanted to write this for a laugh. For fun 🙂 I’ll leave you with one last picture to hold forever in your hearts. Louis and Flavia! Come on out!

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I just put this here because I like his face. It’s a rather nice face, don’t you think? Flavia is georgous as well! So jealous!

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‘Wrecked’ by Alyssa Rose Ivy – Cover Reveal

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(Clayton Falls, #3) – Publication date: Spring/Summer, 2013

Synopsis:

When your past catches up, it’s time to stop running.

Jake Mathews messed up yet again— but this time his misstep lands him in the hospital. He wakes up to find the girl of his dreams and the memory of having his deepest secret revealed.

Emily Taylor needs a break. She’s been working double shifts as a nurse just to pay the bills while trying to heal a broken heart. The last thing she needs is to fall for a patient.

Strapped with community service and the knowledge that he’s disappointed everyone in his life, Jake is determined not to let Emily slip through his fingers. Emily wants Jake, but can she really open herself up to heartache again?

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Alyssa Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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The first book in the series, Derailed, now has a different cover.

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When you’re lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.

Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.

Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.

The second book, Veer.

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Only when you let go can you learn to live.

Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it’s been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.

Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.

When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.

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‘Forsaken’ by Kristen Day – Book Review

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Synopsis: 

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.

Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah
or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

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My Rating:

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My Review:

I enjoyed this book! At the very beginning I was drawn in and couldn’t stop turning the pages! Or clicking the pages, seeing as I read it as an eBook! Very funny…

The main issue that I had with this book is that it’s very clichĂ©, kind of predictable and Hannah/ Anastasia was a crier. She and her buddies cried over something so insignificant that I can’t even remember what it was.

The general story progressed well, I thought. Kristen Day didn’t try to drag it out and I thought it ended brilliantly! Just enough of a cliffhanger to entice readers to read the next in the series.

Romance in this book was also written very well. It wasn’t over the top, but it wasn’t too understated. (We all like the romance really, don’t we?)
I just wish that Hannah/ Anastasia had been more of a stronger character, she didn’t make me want to like her. I felt like I was making all the effort.

Also, I found this part of the book very amusing. Forgive me, Kristen Day but I’m going to have another giggle over this.

Page 177 – Anastasia and Finn are just started to dance. Anastasia gets worried, but then recognizes the music and realizes that she knows how to ‘shag’.

Yes, shag. Shagging was a very easy dance for me. Slipped to casually in there! I’m sorry, but in England that’s another (crude) word for sex. Is it really another name for a dance? Please let me know!

Sorry Kristen! Little british girl over here, having a bit of a laugh because she found a rude word in your book!

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series! Hope that my review didn’t disappoint! (Not that I’m going to change it now. Took me ages to write!)

Author Bio and LINKS:

kristen day I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).

I am the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN, and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). I love all books, but really enjoy writing young adult, paranormal romances. I’ve loved to write for as long as I can remember. My first published work was my poem RED in second grade (you guessed it – it was a poem about the color red – life altering, I know) that won me 5 gold stars and a spot in my elementary school’s poetry book. That’s when my addiction to the written word officially began. I was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh – its okay.

When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband. I graduated from Appalachian State University and dream of becoming a full time novelist.

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#1 Thoughts and Theories: Alex Day

As I’m sure none of you know, I have had a second blog for as long as I’ve had this one. I don’t use it that much, most of the time I just post bits of my writing on it and some other things like that. I use this blog WAY more, posting reviews, hosting promo book blitzes and giveaways, ect ect. I have decided to combine the two blogs!

*Applause*

Basically, this means I’ll just post some parts of my writing on this blog when I feel like it 🙂 or something that I like at that particular point in time. Which leads me onto the bigger part of this post. I wanted to talk about Alex Day (a.k.a nerimon) today.

alex day 1 If you don’t know who he is, Google him.

He released his new song yesterday, called ‘Stupid, Stupid’

We need it to get to Number 1 in the charts by the 23rd! Have a listen and if you don’t like it, that’s fine! Click and away and don’t think of it! But if you do like it, please don’t just leave it at that.

You can download the MP3 on:

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And you can get the physical copy from HMV !

The cover art looks like this:

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I’ve just bought the song, I really like it and I hope it does well. This may seem random, but by January I’ll have regretted not doing this 🙂 It may seem to be a really random post for a blog is more for books and reviews, but I don’t want to limit myself to one subject. I want to show you guys what kind of stuff that I like, although writing book reviews is the main thing that will be featured on this blog.

Thankyou. Thankyou. Thankyou.

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