Top 10: Books on My Spring TBR List

Yes, yes, yes. I have yet again been slacking endlessly on my TTT. So this week I’m making a new goal to stay on top of it. Luckily the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish are ever so constantly on top of things and have a constant string of topics for us to discuss each week. So hop over to their blog to see a full list of everyone’s blogs participating and see what’s on everyone’s To-Be-Read lists!

I have set a goal that I am DETERMINED to accomplish this year. That is to finish all the series I have started over the last couple years that have been left in the dust. Not because they aren’t fabulous, but because other books in my reading queue have trumped them and I haven’t found my way back. Which let’s be honest, this is a huge list and each number most likely has 2-3 books attached to it. But for blogging purposes, I’ve narrowed it down to my Top Ten (and just the next book in the series that I’m on).

1. Unravel Me by: Tahereh Mafi I recently read Shatter Me in the Fall, so this series hasn’t been neglected too much. But I loved the first book too much for this one to be sitting on book shelf this long.

2. Fragments by: Dan Wells Fragments has a similar story to Unravel Me. I adored book 1, and for some reason my reading has taken me elsewhere. Can’t wait to read this!

3. Scarlet by: Marissa Meyer Please don’t all attack me at once. I really did like Cinder, I love fairy tale retellings, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about Marissa Meyer. So why is this still on my TBR Pile? You got me. I don’t know.

4. Beautiful Chaos by: Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia I love the covers, love the story, love the authors. But I haven’t gotten around to the last two books in this series. SOON.

5. Everbound by: Brodi Ashton I binge bought all three of these after meeting/hearing from Brodi at a bookish event, really liked the first book, and yet it’s been a (shameful) amount of time and I haven’t returned to these. So to the list it goes!

6. Toxic by: Sara Shepard This is a series of a whopping 16 that I wasn’t sure I was going to finish. Well here I am, having just finished book 14, I think I’m fully invested now. Toxic, here I come.

7. Hunted by: Missy Kalicicki & Abi Ketner I’ve read Branded multiple times and LOVED it. I was beyond excited for the release of Hunted, and still AM. So many books, so little time.

8. Graduation Day by: Joelle Charbonneau I don’t know what happened with this series. I think I had a hard time getting a hold of book 3, after quickly breezing through books 1 and 2. Well now I own it and I have no more excuses.

9. Size 12 and Ready To Rock by: Meg Cabot I go through Meg Cabot cycles where I binge read her when I’m needing something light and fun. As you may have noticed if you’ve looked at my read shelf lately…I’m back in my Meg Cabot stage. I just finished rereading The Mediator Series and I’ve revisited Heather Wells. Can’t wait to see how this series ends!

10. The Kill Order by: James Dashner Love, love, LOVE the Maze Runner series. But sometimes it takes me some time to go back and read prequels (same goes for Kiera Cass’s The Heir). But I fully intend in getting to this one in the near future!

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Love.

All I want is to help you heal. To hold you when you cry. To glue you back together when you break apart. I want to reach out my hand and help you back up.

~Branded by: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Branded Blog Tour

Branded

I’m buried six feet under, and no one hears my screams.

Hey all!! The AMAZING Branded by: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki was released this week. I am fortunate enough to be participating in the Blog Tour. This book is extremely intriguing and unique. A run down of the story is individuals are branded with a color correlating with the Seven Deadly Sins:

Wrath, Envy, Pride, Lust, Sloth, Gluttony, Greed

The sinners are then stuck in the hole, a poverty struck “town”, to live the rest of their lives. I am obsessed with this tale, not to mention Cole and Lexi are one of my favorite couples. Here is another snippet of the book. Check this one out! You will not be disappointed. I am counting down for Hunted!!

I’m in a closet. Waiting, waiting, waiting. What I’m waiting for is always the unknown. The sharp stab in the pit of my stomach causes me to double over. I feel his presence. I hear his breathing. I want to run, but there’s nowhere to go. I want to scream, but no one can hear me.

And there’s my mother, standing in her sequin dress, decorated in that gaudy jewelry he bought her. She’s jealous of me for some warped reason. I’d give anything to change the past–to be free of this pain. I never wanted to be the focus of my stepfather’s attention–his adoration. I’ve done nothing wrong, but my mother doesn’t see it that way. She wants me dead. He wants me alive so he can control me.

Trusting.

“The last thing I want is for you to be afraid of me. But I want you to trust me. I need you to trust me.” He sighs and I hear the pain and confusion in his voice.

“Why?”

“I don’t know why and it scares the hell out of me.” He swallows hard…

~Branded by: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Top 10: Beginnings/Endings in Books

The Broke and The Bookish host Top Ten Tuesdays, and this week’s topic is by far my favorite. It is our Top Ten Beginnings and Endings in Books, these are the first and last sentences in some incredible books. My favorites are always the ones which stop your heart or get you thinking. These opening lines are all phenomenal, they instantly get you interested in what you are about to experience. While the final lines in these books are somewhat the opposite. They wrap up the books in such a beautiful way that I get chills every time I read them. Beginnings and Endings that are done well say so much about the author who wrote them, this just proves that these are incredible writers. I slightly cheated because I have seven in each group instead of five, but I could not resist. Here are my Top 14 for the week, please check these titles out if you haven’t already!

BEGINNINGS

Flecks of Gold by: Alicia Buck I was falling, crashing through golden light so bright that even with my eyes closed my eyelids lit up like a movie screen.

Branded by: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
I’m buried six feet under, and no one hears my screams.

Possession by: Elana Johnson
Good girls don’t walk with boys. Even if they’re good boys–and Zenn is the best.

The Choice by: Nicholas Sparks
Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise.

The Scorch Trials by: James Dashner
She spoke to him before the world fell apart.

Abandon by: Elana Johnson
Secrets are hard to keep–especially if your girlfriend can read minds.

Before I Fall by: Lauren Oliver They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.

ENDINGS

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by: J.K. Rowling His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead of himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.

Keep Holding On by: Susane Colasanti So lets do this thing. Lets own what makes us unique. Lets refuse to allow haters to stop us from moving forward. Lets turn our dreams into realty. Starting now.

New Moon by: Stephenie Meyer
I squared my shoulders and walked forward to meet my fate, with my destiny solidly at my side.

Divergent by: Veronica Roth
We are creatures of loss; we have left everything behind. I have no home, no path, and no certainty. I am no longer Tris, the selfless, or Tris, the brave. I suppose that now, I must become more than either.

Requiem by: Lauren Oliver
I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you do it, always and forever. Take down the walls.

Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins
I’ll tell them how I survive it. I’ll tell them that on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in things because I’m afraid it could be taken away. That’s when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I’ve seen someone do. It’s like a game. Repetative. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years. But there are much worse games to play.

The Best of Me by: Nicholas Sparks
I gave you the best of me, he’d told her once, and with every beat of her sons heart, she knew he’d done exactly that.

Plans.

I never planned on falling for you. You were just an assignment. But it just sort of happened and now… There’s not a single thing I would change about you. When you smile, my entire world stops. All I see is you. I need you.

~Branded by: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Trendy Taglines (2)

Downright Dystopian hosts Trendy Taglines each week. Although I am a few days behind from when we usually post about these great Taglines, it has been quite the hectic week. Here are some Taglines that I discovered on my bookshelf this week. :)

17402117 Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain. Now, everyday is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win. Branded by: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki ~ I know I have posted so much about this book lately but look at that tagline! Lets be serious, it is AMAZING. Talk about getting your attention. If the cover wasn’t enough, the tagline pushed it over the edge on how much I adore this cover. I would give this an A+ grade, that is if I was actually grading them.

10966007 Change begins with a whisper. The Help by: Kathryn Stockett ~ I love this because it is simple, but has a lot of meaning behind it. Definitely a true fact that whisper’s have a huge impact on what is happening. Caught my eye that’s for sure, and makes me want to pick up this book. Secrets are never good and when they finally come out, you best be sure a change is coming with it.

8337087 In a world of control or be controlled, never trust the one you love. Possession by: Elana Johnson ~ WHAT?! Talk about a harsh choice, control or be controlled. And then add the fact that you can’t trust the one you love? Shouldn’t they be the only ones to trust?? The Tagline is very intriguing and gets you interested right off the bat! This book stands out and after reading it, I was not disappointed. The tagline is PERFECT.