Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: 2013 (35)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
In no particular order.

This Week's Theme:
Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

 The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood #1) by Trisha Wolfe
Wish I May (New Hope #2) by Lexi Ryan
Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
 Hopeless (Hopeless #1) by Colleen Hoover
Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover

 Sweet Peril (Sweet #2) by Wendy Higgins
Letters to Nowhere (Letters to Nowhere #1) by Julie Cross
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Heart Breaths by K. K. Hendin

Monday, December 30, 2013

Heart Breaths by K. K. Hendin

After a tragedy nearly ripped 21 year old Madeline Darlington-Gray’s life in half, she's spent the past three years trying to put the pieces back together. But pieces never just fit back together, and when she's betrayed by those she trusts, everything crumbles. Shoving everything she owns into the trunk of her car, Maddie drives south, trying to run from her past.
Eno, North Carolina seems like the perfect place to hide. Working at a local café is light years from Maddie's Manhattan existence and for the first time in a while, she's finding her family. There's Grandma, the café owner; Samantha, the hairstylist next door with plans to make Maddie's life unsuck and Noie, the three year old girl who's stolen Maddie's heart.
And then there’s Gabriel Mendez, Noie’s single dad. He’s intrigued Maddie since the first time she met him, and while he has his own secrets, he wants more from her than just friendship. But the past never stays past, and all too soon, Maddie realizes she can't hide from hers. If she can't put the pieces of her shattered life together this time, she'll have no hope for a future.
A future she desperately wants.

First line:
It had been seven hours and fourteen minutes since I had completely and utterly lost my mind.
ARC from Author --THANKS
4 heart breaths out of 5
I fell in love with this heart-breaking novel. The story is real and amazing. Maddie's pain was gut-wrenching. Gabe has a good background. Maddie's history is painful. I hurt for her and yet loved delving into her past. Gabe's past is similarly painful, but not as much as Gabe's. But Noie is the one who stole my heart. I have two younger siblings around the age of three and I love little kids. I could just picture her running around everywhere. She is the character that came to life the most. And, like Maddie, I fell in love with her.

The only thing that prevented a five star rating was that the reincarnation thing was kinda strange. But it did fit in with the whole Indian heritage thing.

Heart Breaths is a very real, heart-breaking, yet beautiful and hopeful novel. I recommend it for everybody.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Releases: December 31

Three Broken Promises (Drew + Fable #3) by Monica Murphy
Breakout New Adult sensation Monica Murphy returns with a hot new contemporary romance—a heartfelt story of second chances, forgiveness, and redemption.

Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.

I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.

She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.

But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Top 10 of 2013: 2014 Anticipations

Today's Topic:
Books to be Released in 2014

April 25  Stranded in Paradise (Kihanna #3) by Mercy Amare
January 17 Knowing Jack by Rachel Curtis
January 28 Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

January 21  Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton
January 28 Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
March 4 A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

June 10 The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin
April 29 Sweet Reckoning (Sweet #3) by Wendy Higgins
February 25 White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Kiss the Sky (Addicted Companion) by Krista and Becca Ritchie

JUST FOR FUN!!!! Top 10 Book-to-Movie Adaptations to be released in 2014

 February 14 Vampire Academy
March 21 Divergent
March 28 Noah

 April 4 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
May 23 X-Men: Days of Future Past
June 6 The Fault in Our Stars

May 30 Maleficent
November 18 Significance
November 21 Mockingjay Part 1

Covers x1 Titles x1

Eighteen-year-old Annie Winters can barely run a mile without wheezing. Still, she’s training to run the Music City Marathon in seven short months. Running is so not her thing, but she has to finish what her boyfriend started… before he died.

Annie feels guilt that she’s still alive and blames herself for his death; she has to do this to honor him – running a marathon was his dream. Plus training gives her something to do, it’s a distraction. So is Jeremiah Brown.

He’s an adrenaline junkie who runs marathons backwards. He flirts with Annie on the trails and it makes her feel alive and happy and guilty all at the same time. She wants to both race into his arms and sprint in the opposite direction – because loving is a risk she’s not sure she’s ready to take again…

Publication: July 1, 2014

Nova #2 by Jessica Sorensen

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top 10 of 2013: Book Boyfriends

Today's Topic:
Best Book Boyfriends

 Tod from With All My Soul
Daemon from Origin
Noah from Undeclared (I swear, in the YA world, if his name is Noah, he's hot and amazing. Just saying)

 Gabriel from Heart Breaths
Kaiden from Sweet Peril
Holder from Losing Hope

 Cam from Trust in Me
Ryan from Dare You To
Four from Allegiant

Gansey from The Dream Thieves
Honorable Mention:

Daniel from Finding Cinderella
Aiden from Sentinel
Noah from The Evolution of Mara Dyer
"But, Gabi! You didn't read The Evolution this year!"
Yes, yes, I know. I'm cheating. But seriously, anytime you wanna talk about book boyfriends, Noah Shaw comes up because I freaking love him. He's snarky and entertaining and hot and all around perfect. *Dreamy sigh* So even though I didn't read The Evolution this year, he's still on the list. Plus the third book was supposed to come out this year (instead of June. Bah humbug), and that has to count for something, right? ;)