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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Authors We’d Love to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Authors We’d Love to Meet.  These are the women whose books we are obsessed with!  We always find ourselves counting down the days until their newest release comes out.  And the characters and stories they create stay in our hearts long after we close the book.  And they are….


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

1. Mariana Zapata
Amazon * Goodreads

 

2. Leigh Bardugo
Amazon * Goodreads


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

3. Morgan Rhodes
Amazon * Goodreads

 

4. Julie Kagawa
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

5. Wendy Higgins
Amazon * Goodreads

 

6. Lauren Layne
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

7. Tamora Pierce
Amazon * Goodreads

 

8. Alexandra Bracken
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

9. Sally Thorne
Amazon * Goodreads

 

10. Megan Abbott
Amazon * Goodreads


(Cassie’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

11. Sabaa Tahir
Amazon * Goodreads

12. Gillian Flynn
Amazon * Goodreads


So these are the Authors We’d Love to Meet.  Would you love to meet any of these authors too?  Or who would you love to meet?

BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Most Tortured BBFs

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Today is the last day of our Blogiversary celebration!  We hope that you have loved going through our lists of book boyfriends and favorite heroines!  If you missed one, they are our Fiercest BBFs and Kindest BBFs, Favorite Heroines and Darkest BBFsSo for today, we are going to talk about Our Most Tortured BBFs.  These men completely enrapture our hearts, we ache for them as the story progresses and we can’t stop thinking about them long after we have closed the book.  We hope you’ll want to meet all of our favorites too!  And we’re wishing you lots of luck on our giveaway…..they’re 7 books that we loved!  Enjoy!  And thank you for celebrating with us!

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
* Amazon * Goodreads *

Rhys suffers so much for the people of his court during the entire series.  For 49 years he was used and abused Under the Mountain before Feyre came and even after finding his mate, he doesn’t think he’s worth that kind of love. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WORTH IT, RHYS.

 

Chaol from Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
* Amazon * Goodreads *

Chaol’s character goes through one of the biggest and best transformations throughout the course of the Throne of Glass series.  He starts off as a very unforgiving person with a lot of deep prejudices and after a few major and heartbreaking events, does a complete 180. His own personal journey from self loathing to acceptance in Tower of Dawn is incredible.

 

 

Will Herondale from Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
* Amazon * Goodreads *

I’m pretty sure Will is my oldest and most beloved of all the tortured BBFs I have come to know and love.  The fact that he was just going to let Tessa (his one true love) be with Jem because of his love for his parabatai is a knife to the freaking heart.

“I am catastrophically in love with you.”

 

Cal from War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

While Cal is certainly tortured throughout the entire Red Queen series, I feel he is at his most tortured during War Storm. He and Mare are in a difficult spot, he is still conflicted about his brother no matter how many awful things Maven does, there’s a major war going and he needs to reconcile his feelings about continuing the way things have always been done versus charting a new way for the people of his country. And I’m pretty sure I’m leaving a few additional conflicts out of that list, but you get the gist.

 


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Arcus from Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Arcus is the guy who is looking out for those who were there for him when he needed them most. When he had no one else. And he and Ruby may have animosity at first, but what grows from their banter is a loyalty and attraction (haha and forbidden) that makes my heart beat so fast I can barely breathe-he does everything in his power to protect her and save her….and I just adore him so much.

I brought you here to prepare you for a huge task,” he said, dipping the cloth in the water and touching it to my cheek again. “An enormous weight rests on your shoulders.”
I sighed, irritated at the reminder of what made me truly important. I wanted to mean more to Arcus than a way to melt the throne. 
“And now I wonder if I can let you go,” he added quietly.

 

Akos from Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Wow, did I love this guy. Used as a pawn to heal and keep pain from Cyra, he is anything but happy. But as their forbidden love grows and the preconceived notions against one another fade, the relationship blooms into something so fierce, you can’t breathe when they are pitted against one another. Just amazing. And let’s not forget his kindness that he refuses to let go of..but when he has to for survival, it rips his soul to shreds.

Once I reached the door, I paused with my hand near the sensor, listening.
At first, all I heard were heavy breaths that turned into sobs. Then Akos screamed, and there was a loud crash, followed by another one. He screamed again, and I pressed my ear to the door to listen, my lower lip trapped between my teeth. I bit down so hard I tasted blood when Akos’s screams turned to sobs.

 

 

Wallace from Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

To be fair, Wallace should have been under kindest…but rules are rules and I need him on my list, even if he’s not wholly tortured. He was sweet and funny and endearing and kind…but he didn’t talk out loud. At least, not all the time. And mostly to Eliza and only his closest friends. And, in the end, at THAT scene where things are, ahem, made right, I saw a tortured soul who really doesn’t know what he’s doing at all-and I loved him even more, even after everything.

(Wallace) rainmaker: Weird, I didn’t know you had such a thing for timid guys.
(Eliza) MirkerLurker: Really does it for me when a guy is paralyzed with fear on a regular basis
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rainmaker: Aw. Sad.
MirkerLurker: What’s sad?
rainmaker: That it would never work between us. I’m too courageous.

 

 

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Reece from Black Bird of the Gallows (Black Birds of the Gallows #1) by Meg Kassel
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Reece may be one of the most tortured souls I’ve ever read about.  He gutted me.  He broke my heart and then shattered it into the tiniest of pieces.  But he also had the ability to completely captivate my attention and melt my heart.  And did I mention he was full of secrets?  He was such a complex soul and was deliciously addicting!  I loved, loved, loved Reece!

His lips brush against mine in the whisper of a kiss. It’s different from any other. It tastes of certainty and sadness and promises that can never be made.

 

Prince Caden from The Prince (A Wicked Trilogy #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Prince Caden’s past haunted him over the horrors he was put through.  And while he could be cold and distant, he wasn’t always that way around Brighton.  He could be seductive, playful and the way he was protective of her was sexy as hell!  Caden was absolutely beautiful inside and out and he easily caught me in his web of seduction.

He drew my head back and then I felt his lips press to my temple. He kissed me there, and I don’t know why, but that act squeezed at my chest like my heart was in a juice grinder. It was sweet and intimate and… It was everything.

 

Rhett from ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network #1) by Mary Ting
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Rhett was protective and intense, but he continually made me laugh and smile.  And at the same time, my heart hurt so horribly for him.  The love of his life doesn’t even remember him.  I even found myself with tears in my eyes during a few of those moments.  But I kept holding out hope that Ava’s heart would find her way back to Rhett and that she would love him as much as I did.

“….I’ll tell you this, no one in this world loves you as much as I do.” – Rhett to Ava

 

Giveaway:

***There will be 5 winners, and prizes will be sent via Amazon Kindle. The first winner drawn will get to chose which book they want first, and so on.  Prizes are ebooks of:
*An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
*Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
*Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
*Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
*Angelfall, World After & End of Days (YES the whole trilogy!) by Susan Ee***

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BLOG TOUR + SPOTLIGHT: Give the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love #1) by Beth Revis

BLOG TOUR + SPOTLIGHT: Give the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love #1) by Beth Revis

Beth Revis is one of the most creative authors I've ever read. Here we get to see her darker side explored, so it won't be one to miss! Make sure to grab (pre-order) a copy today!

BLOG TOUR + SPOTLIGHT: Give the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love #1) by Beth RevisGive the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love #1)
by Beth Revis
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Synopsis:

A young alchemist turns to dark magic when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland in this epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis.

Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen.

Until she meets Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the north, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra grow close, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

Purchase Links:

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AUTHOR BIO:

Beth Revis is the author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series, the twisty contemporary novel A World Without You, and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: Rebel Rising. Beth lives in rural North Carolina in a house full of boys–her husband, son, and two massive dogs–and she forces them all to watch reruns of Firefly and Doctor Who. Visit her at bethrevis.com and follow her @bethrevis.

SCHEDULE

WEEK ONE

September 17 – Megan Write Now – Author Q&A

September 18 – Gladiator glory – Moodboard

September 19 – Velarisreads – A Book Look

September 20 – The Pages In-Between – Review + Creative Instagram

September 21 – The Fandom – Playlist  

WEEK TWO

September 24 – Star-Crossed Book Blog – Spotlight

September 25 – Old Enough for Fairytales – Creative Instagram Picture

September 26 – The Busy B. Creative – Creative Instagram Picture + Author Q&A

September 27 – Miss Print – Listicle

September 28 – The Book Enigma – Author Guest Post: The Author’s Research (because of how scientific the premise is) and its incorporation into her fantasy world

BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Darkest BBFs

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Today we’re talking about our Darkest BBFs.  These men take our breath away, even with all of the darkness within them!  If you haven’t met all of them yet, we hope you will!  And don’t forget about our wonderful giveaway below!
PS If you missed out on our previous blogiversary posts, they were Fiercest BBFs and Kindest BBFs, and Favorite Heroines.

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Nicholas Russo, aka Nico from The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1) by Danielle Lori
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Nico was seductive but dangerous, he was one of the most notorious men in the mafia.  He had a traumatic past, but he was a smart business man and got further than anyone else his age.  He was respected, feared and lusted after. And I found myself completely engrossed in everything that was Nico and his alpha ways. Especially when I read some of the chapters in his pov!  But those moments when Elena and Nico were together, they made me laugh, smile, swoon and fall deeply in love.  

I wanted to fuck her and ruin her for anyone else. I wanted to crush her wings and then put them back together again so she’d become dependent on me. I wanted her to need me. That dark, possessive, and dangerous feeling crawled through me every time she crossed my path.
Elena Abelli was my vice, and fuck if I’d let it kill me.

 
 

Iron Phantom from The Supervillain and Me (Morriston Superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

The day after Abby was rescued by a new super, he was caught on video burning city hall.  And then he vanished.  The city dubbed him as a Supervillain and called him Iron Phantom. But he saved Abby so he can’t be all bad, right? Or can he?  BTW I loved Iron Phantom, he was seductive, cocky, brave, selfless, thoughtful and playful…sigh.

“Abigail,” he whispered, his voice so low it nearly got lost amid the hum of the AC unit. “I’m not the bad guy. I’m not a villain. If I wanted to hurt you, I would have done it already.”

 


Kaz from Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
* Amazon * Goodreads *

I had a hard time deciding if Kaz belonged in this category or that of Most Tortured.  Overall with his life and power gained with the Dregs in Ketterdam’s underbelly earns him a solid position as one of my darkest.  He may be cutthroat and one of the most dangerous minds in Bardugo’s books but I will forever love him.

 
 

Dante from Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Oh. My. Goshhhhhh.  Dante’s character in Caraval was nothing short of horrible but that all changes in Legendary.  He connects with Tella in a way that had me gobbling up each of their interactions. It’s clear he has an important and possibly sinister role during each Caraval game and finding out what that is at the end of this book is so worth it.

 

 


Elias from A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

I know this is kind of an obvious choice, but since a Reaper at the Gates just came out, it only solidifies just how dark Elias has become. Elias’ story has never been pleasant, but there’s been light spots here and there throughout the series. But by the end of Reaper, it’s practically pitch black. I hope the fourth book finds himself fighting to get out of the dark, but the ending of book three is about as far away from happy as you can go.

 
 


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Cardan from The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Cardan is the bad boy you can’t help but drool over. He’s cruel, but he just..his heart is more than that. Or maybe I’m a hopeless, lovesick puppy that’s seeing more to it than there actually is but…I really hope there is. Layers, people. Layers. He’s dripping with depth (and desire EEPS). See: Forbidden.

“Have I told you how hideous you look tonight?” Cardan asks, leaning back in the elaborately carved chair, the warmth of his words turning the question into something like a compliment.
“No” I say, glad to be annoyed back into the present. “Tell me.”
“I can’t.” 

 
 

Rook from An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Apparently, for me, this is the year of the Fae because I am just OBSESSED. Rook is so hard to explain. He does everything in his power to prove his worth, even at the cost of the girl he hates-but-really-is-falling-for-even-though-it’s-forbidden (AGAIN)…yet, when it comes down to it, he’d die for her. Sorry not sorry-knife to my peril-loving heart.

“Are you in love with me?” I blurted out. 
A terrible silence followed. Rook didn’t turn around.
“Please say something.”
He rounded on me. “Is that so terrible? You say it as though it’s the most awful thing you can imagine. It isn’t as though I’ve done it on purpose. Somehow I’ve even grown fond of your – your irritating questions, and your short legs, and your accidental attempts to kill me.” 
I recoiled. “That’s the worst declaration of love I’ve ever heard!” 
 

Poet from Trick (Foolish Kingdoms #1) by Natalia Jaster
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Ahhh my snarky, quick-witted, and silver-tongued jester. Need I say more, REALLY? Tough on the outside, hates the princess…until he doesn’t. What ensues is a forbidden love affair that strips Poet down to the core-and ohhhhhh the feels. When he is stripped bare…that’s when we see what truly lays beneath. And it’s oh so beautiful. Did I say forbidden? Lolz

As we crossed into his line of vision, Poet became aware of me and tensed, his shoulder blades locking. 
The crease of his spine. The waist that tapered and then rounded into a solid backside.
Anticipation flared. But he kept advising the girl, sparing me not a glance. 
Not until the distance between us grew again.
We craned our heads over our shoulders, our eyes smoldering.

 


Giveaway:

***There will be 5 winners, and prizes will be sent via Amazon Kindle. The first winner drawn will get to chose which book they want first, and so on.  Prizes are ebooks of:
*An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
*Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
*Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
*Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
*Angelfall, World After & End of Days (YES the whole trilogy!) by Susan Ee***

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books On Our Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Books On Our Fall TBR. And they are….


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

1. Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor (Releasing 10/02)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

2. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (Releasing 10/02)
Amazon * Goodreads


(Cassie’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

3. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (Releasing 10/02)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

4. Shadow of The Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa (Releasing 10/02)
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

5. Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas (Releasing 10/23)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

6. The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Releasing 10/30)
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Jen’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

7. Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken (Releasing 10/30)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

8. Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer (Releasing 11/06)
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Jen’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

9. Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins (Releasing 12/18)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

10. The Disasters by M.K. England (Releasing 12/18)
Amazon * Goodreads


(Cassie & Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

11. Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake (already released)
Amazon * Goodreads

12. Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco (already released)
Amazon * Goodreads


So these are the Books On Our Fall TBR. Are any of these on your Fall TBR too? If not, then what books are?

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