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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype. And they are….

(Chelsea’s Review)

(Chelsea’s Review)

1. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Amazon * Goodreads

I just…I can’t… I mean…Elian!!!!  I live for it!  This book was everything a fantasy re-telling should be-original yet mixed with it’s roots without ruining the integrity of the namesake.  And..Elian.  I mean, come on.

2. From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
Amazon * Goodreads

I had NEVER heard of this author before Lukov, but when a friend rec’d this to me, I went immediately to The Wall of Winnipeg, fell in love there, then tried this beauty…and a beauty it was. Like nothing I’d ever read before, this book-and author-stole my heart. 

(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

3. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Amazon * Goodreads

Okay okay okay…this feels cliche.  And a week ago I would have said ‘yeah it’s good, but it’s not as amazing as people say,’ and frankly it still is a very hyped book…but I just re-read it and, with all the twists and turns I knew ahead of time, it totally enhanced every little bit of the story and I AM DYING WITH OBSESSION for Cardan and the badass that is Jude.  Can I PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HAVE THE WICKED KING. 

4. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Amazon * Goodreads

I always get nervous about hyped up thrillers, as they can often be so disappointing if the ‘twist’ isn’t twisty enough.  Safe to say I wasn’t disappointed by this book.  I loved all the major characters and I never really saw the major twist coming.  A brilliant YA mystery/thriller.

(Cassie’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

5. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Amazon * Goodreads

I heard so many good things about this book that I did what I normally don’t–I bought it without reading it first, which I usually only reserve for books in a series.  But I’m so glad I did because this book was amazing.  It took the Little Mermaid and covered her in the blood of innocent princes.  It had everything I wanted and more and I can’t recommend it enough.

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Amazon * Goodreads

So this one is kind of polarizing, as I realize some people hated this book.  I get it-the format is funky and it’s kind of all over the place.  But I honestly didn’t care.  I literally couldn’t put it down and read it over the course of a few hours.  Even though one of my least favorite thing happens, I still can’t get over the ending and how the entire book was written.

(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

7. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Amazon * Goodreads

Not only is this book extraordinary in the sense that the story is told in a series of e-mails, IMs, interviews, and pages of graphics; the plot in itself is so addicting and fast paced.  Reading it in this format was something new and exciting and I am so glad the other two books in the series follow suit.

8. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Amazon * Goodreads

This entire series is in my top favorites of all time.  Blue, and her Raven Boys go on a quest to find a mythical historical figure.  Every time you think they have things figured out..THINK AGAIN.  Honestly this book could be read solely for Gansey.

(Arielle’s Choice)

(Jen’s Review)

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Amazon * Goodreads

This booooook.  This book is unique in the sense that it is narrated by Death.  Even though you know from the beginning who dies, when you get to that point it still feels like a punch to the stomach. Such a great approach to a story set in a time period that has been writing about time and time again.

10. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
Amazon * Goodreads

I was sooooo late to the game with this series, and also so nervous to pick it up.  Everyone seemed to love this trilogy and I thought for sure I’d be the odd ball out.  7 years later Chelsea bought me this trilogy for Christmas.  I devoured it in no time at all and loved each book in the series with my whole heart and soul!

(Jen’s Review)

(Jen’s Review)

11. Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Amazon * Goodreads

Here’s another series that I was so many years late to the game.  I was unsure yet again if I would truly love it, so Chelsea bought me this book for Christmas.  See a theme here?!  LOL!  This series snagged me right from the start and I was completely consumed by The Fever Series!

12. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Amazon * Goodreads

Two years after Obsidian released, I still kept seeing it everywhere online.  Especially on Facebook.  I’d never read a JLA book before, so I picked it up and became obsessed with the characters and story line.  In the four years since I have read this book, I’ve read 30+ JLA books.  I’m so thankful I gave into the hype since she easily became an auto-buy author for me!


So these are the Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype. Have you read any of these or do you have them on your tbr? If not, then what’s a popular book you read that lived up to the hype?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing what Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read.  And they are….

(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Review)

1. The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa
Amazon * Goodreads

I laughed, I cried and I even clapped out loud and I’m not a clapper while reading, or so I thought. I loved this book! I couldn’t believe how much this series just kept getting better and better as you progress through the books!

2. Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf
Amazon * Goodreads

If you enjoy YA Fantasies that are filled with banter, mystery, romance, political intrigue and darkness, then you definitely have to give this book a try!  Zara was sarcastic, witty, spoke her mind and wasn’t afraid to challenge others.  And Prince Lucien was such a complex man who easily stole my heart.  I loved them both so much!

(Jen’s Review)

(Chelsea’s Review)

3. The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by Wendy Higgins
Amazon * Goodreads

The Great Hunt was absolutely enchanting! I became addicted to the story-line, infatuated with the characters, and I was reminded yet again why I love Wendy Higgins’ books.  Deceit, lies, betrayal, hope, sacrifice, love, and friendship were splashed across the pages and I fell madly in love with this duology.

4. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Amazon * Goodreads

Do I REALLY need to say why this book belongs in the heart of every YA fantasy lover? DO I? I’ll sum it up: Kaz. Heist. Journey. Loss love discovery and adventure. Need I say more?

(Chelsea’s Review)

(Chelsea’s Review)

5. The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
Amazon * Goodreads

I just really think this book has the most wonderful adventure, the most adorable, slow-burn romance, and a story so beautifully and intricately woven you can’t help but fall in love as you soar through four books at break-neck speed. And Han. Always Han.

6. Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
Amazon * Goodreads

This one is by far one of my favorite series EVER…but it takes a minute for you to truly grasp how epic this series is-each book grips you more and more and you fall harder and deeper (that’s what she said! Lol) in love with each of the characters (okay Magnus and Cleo for life) until you don’t know how to breathe without them. Again-Magnus is the reason to read this series. Get past that first love ‘interest’ and you will just DIE. That is all.

(Cassie’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice & Chelsea’s Review)

7. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Amazon * Goodreads

One of my favorite series ever and a fantastic YA fantasy series. Adventure, romance, uprisings, strong female characters, swoon-worthy male lead, friendship and twists all over the four-book series. But the one at the end of book one is one of the best.

8. A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab
Amazon * Goodreads

Also fantastic side characters, amazing world building and plenty of action and romance to go around.

(Cassie’s Choice & Chelsea’s Review)

(Arielle’s Choice)

9. An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
Amazon * Goodreads

I was recently forced to read this thanks to Chelsea and I’m so glad she did, because I feel hook, line and sinker for this series. As with my other favorites, it’s got an amazing world, strong male and female characters, romance and action.

10. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce
Amazon * Goodreads

This woman is my FAVORITE author of all time and is the reason why I am so obsessed with YA Fantasy in the first place.  If you haven’t read any of her books, I suggest starting in the very beginning with this series as her characters are reoccurring throughout each new series based in Tortall.

(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

11. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
Amazon * Goodreads

Marie Rutkoski’s writing is some of the best that I have ever seen.  This series is full of great world building, crazy intrigue, and of course a romance that will have you screaming for more. HIGHLY recommend.

12. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Amazon * Goodreads

Once again, I’m going with another series with writing that transcends so many other books in the YA genre.  I quickly fell in love with Karou’s quirky personality and the mysterious Akiva.  Once you start digging into their past you won’t be able to stop until the very last page.


So these are the Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read. Have you read any of these or do you have them on your tbr?  If not, then what’s a book you think every YA Fantasy lover should read?

BLOG TOUR + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen

BLOG TOUR + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen

I am so honored today to take part in hosting Cindi Madsen's blog tour for her newest release-Counterfeit boyfriend! This woman hasn't written anything I don't love-Don't even get me STARTED on my darling, Silas!!! Below you'll find an awesome excerpt, a little teaser, purchase links, and the author's bio. This book was nothing short of spectacular (like all of her work-duh!), so I hope you'll check it out. ENJOY!

BLOG TOUR + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi MadsenCounterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen
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My twin brother’s talked me into a lot of crazy things, but taking his place on a road trip with his girlfriend so he can party with his friends is a whole new level of insanity. What’s even more insane is I somehow find myself agreeing to it—thanks, alcohol, guilt, and bribery. I’m determined to undo the arrangement, but then I meet Gwen, this sexy redheaded hurricane of energy and brains.

And then she kisses me. Just like that, I’m driving her up the coast, on our way to a wedding with a mess of complications. With each hour and each stop, I’m falling harder and harder for a woman who doesn’t know my actual name.

I’m trying to do the right thing. Or the lesser of the wrong things. All my life I’ve had to clean up my brother’s messes, but for the first time ever, I’ve landed the upper hand in one of our switcheroo schemes. Now I’ve just got to come clean and convince Gwen that I’m the brother she should be with.


It’s no secret that I’m a hardcore fantasy junkie and I love my serious romantic peril. But, when it all comes down to it….I’m a big ‘ol softie for contemporary romance. Yeah, yeah, I know. But when you’re down, having a bad week, day, whatever, there’s nothing like a simple story of a guy falling for a girl…and doing anything he can to make her his. Sorry not sorry, that’s my THING, and I will not apologize for it. So, let’s not waste any more time. If you’ve read a book by Cindi Madsen, you know how epic she is. If you haven’t….well. You’re missing out. What are you waiting for?! Read this adorable excerpt and get on with it already. I hope you all love it. 


Five ridiculously intense rides where I’d wrapped myself around Evan later, my legs and body had turned gelatinous after moving too fast for too long.
And I was still wrapped around Evan. That move was like twenty percent the-ground-felt-unsteady-under-my-feet, and eighty percent enjoying-being-wrapped-around-him.
He slowed in front of the booth with a tower of milk bottles people tried to knock over for prizes. “To make up for dragging you along on all those rides—which I know you enjoyed, even though you’ll never admit it—I’m going to win you a prize.”
“One, I enjoyed them as much as anyone who thinks too much about every bolt and rickety part can, and two, these games are all rigged.”
“No faith,” he said, shaking his head.
“That’s what happens when you’re tricked into riding death traps in the name of ‘fun.’”
Evan lowered his lips to mine, and the way my stomach dipped and my skin hummed was a hundred times better than any thrill I could get from even the most insane carnival ride. “And now to wow you with my other talents.”
The guy handed him five balls for his five dollars, and Evan lined up for his throw. He launched the ball through the air, and while the speed and the way it smacked the bottles was impressive, they didn’t go down.
Since I like to be super helpful, I said, “See. Rigged.”
Evan quirked his eyebrow at me, then picked up the next ball and threw it. Another hit, but the bottles barely wobbled.
“I gotta be honest, I was more wowed by the kissing.”
He pinched my side, his grin bringing out the sexy grooves in his cheeks. Determination set his jaw as I handed him the next ball. Three more throws, three more times the stack wobbled but didn’t go down.
“One more round?” the guy working the booth asked. Then he looked at me. “How about I give the lady one throw for free? I won’t even straighten the bottles.”
He pulled a bright-red ball out from under the stand, and with a shrug, I reached for it. Not like I had anything to lose. I studied the ball, noticing it looked bigger than the ones Evan had been using, and it felt heavier as well.
The guy working the booth gave me a secretive smile I quickly returned.
“Do you need me to wrap my arms around you under the pretense of teaching you to throw?” Evan asked.
“Hmm. While I like the thought of that, I think it’d be safer for everyone if you gave my throwing arm a wide berth.”
He took an exaggerated step back and placed a protective hand over his package.
“Very funny.” I sucked in a deep breath, cocked my arm, and threw for all I was worth.
The ball collided with the bottles, and they went down with a loud clatter. I jumped up and down and added a maniacal laugh. The guy working the booth pointed at the stuffed animals I could choose from.
“Way to show me up,” Evan teased as he came up behind me, wound his arms around my waist, and rested his chin on my shoulder.
I glanced back at him. “What prize do you want?”
“You won it for me, huh?” he asked, and I nodded.
“I want you to have a souvenir to show off to your friends when you brag about how well I take care of you.”
He moved his lips to the column of my neck and dropped a kiss there, and my entire body broke out in goosebumps. “Then I want the unicorn riding the rainbow, of course.”
“Oh, sure. Promise me a unicorn, then rub it in my face when you get one.”
The guy handed me the colorful stuffed creature, and I studied my prize as we walked away. “This unicorn’s more than riding the rainbow; he’s totally humping it.”
Evan’s soft chuckle sent happiness pinging through me. “Horny magical creature.”
That made me snort-laugh, and I hugged the dirty unicorn to my chest, already sure it was going to be my all-time favorite souvenir.


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About the Author:

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children, and one overly-dramatic tomcat.

You can visit Cindi at:, where you can sign up for her newsletter to get all the up-to-date information on her books. Follow her on Twitter @cindimadsen. 


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Blog Tour Schedule:

June 26th           

Book Magic – Under a spell with every page          Review

Bookwormqueen92         Excerpt

Reading with 2 book lovers          Review

Book Starlets      Review

June 27th           

Read Your Writes Book Reviews Excerpt

Love Read Listen              Review

I Love Romance Review

Bookish Things & More  Review

June 28th           

Suey Library        Review

Debbie’s World of Books              Excerpt

Travels N Reads Review

Seraphim Book Reviews Review

June 29th           

Naturally Nerdy Books   Excerpt

definitely, possibly, maybe           Review

Sweet Red Reads             Review

Star Crossed Book Blog  Review

June 30th           

My Slanted Bookish Ramblings    Review

Quesarasera Book Blog  Review

Miss Riki              Review

Reviews By Rah Review

July 1st

Bookaholic & Kindle        Review

Treat Yourself with Books            Review

Cathy Reads Books          Review

Rochelle’s Reviews          Review

July 2nd              

Shortie Says        Excerpt

TBR Book Blog   Review

Literary Misfit    Excerpt

Can’t Quit Books              Review

July 3rd

A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile          Review

Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess            Review

July 4th

Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews             Review

We All Make Mistakes in books  Review

The Reading Cafe             Review

July 5th

The Librarian Talks          Excerpt

Romancing the Laser Pistol          Review

July 6th

BookGirl              Review

Harlie’s Books    Review

A Bookish Redhead          Review

July 7th

Sultry Sirens Book Blog  Review

SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews         Excerpt

KatyaRath           Review

Gavinsmommaloves2read             Review

July 8th

I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore          Review

Jax’s Book Magic              Excerpt

July 9th

Vivi’s Messy Kitchen        Review

Book Lovers Hangout      Review

Ramblings From This Chick           Excerpt

TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books On Our Summer 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 Summer TBR.  And they are….

(Arielle’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

1. Save the Date by Morgan Matson (Releasing 6/05)
Amazon * Goodreads


2. Moonlight Seduction (de Vincent #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Releasing 6/21)
Amazon * Goodreads

(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

3. Alpha (The Infinity Division #3) by Jus Accardo (Releasing 7/03)
Amazon * Goodreads


4. Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez (Releasing 7/05)


(Jen’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

5. The Supervillain and Me (Morriston Superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas (Releasing 7/10)
Amazon * Goodreads


6. The Darkest Legacy: Book 4 (The Darkest Minds #4) by Alexandra Bracken (Releasing 7/31)
Amazon * Goodreads


(Jen’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

7. Keeper of the Bees (Black Birds of the Gallows) by Meg Kassel (Releasing 9/04)
Amazon * Goodreads


8. Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake (Releasing 9/04)
Amazon * Goodreads


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

9. Sadie by Courtney Summers (Releasing 9/04)
Amazon * Goodreads


10. Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco (Releasing 9/18)
Amazon * Goodreads

So these are the Books On Our Summer TBR.  Are they are your Summer TBR too?  If not, then what books are?

Welcome Post: Say hello to my dearest friend, Cassie!

I am SO beyond honored to be introducing one of my ‘REAL LIFE’ best friends in the whole world to the blog-Cassie!

It’s so funny to think that Cassie and I met randomly at a spin class we both went to after work-only TWICE a week! We sat on total opposite sides of the room from one another, which just goes to show you how big of a loud mouth I am (and apparently she is, too, since here we are today lol). One day I randomly yelled something across the room to her (she seemed nice enough?) and she smiled and yelled right back…while everyone else stared at us. Losers didn’t know what they were missing out on 😉. Not the most lively group, they weren’t.

After class we met up and decided to sit together for the next class-and so it began. The next time we got to class-somehow, and I’ve no clue how-the conversation of books came up. I’m almost positive it went like this:


Cassie: Yadda yadda yadda and finished up a book I’m reading



Cassie: Red Queen?


Cassie: No. I don’t like Cal-I LOVE HIM!



Chelsea: ……..
And Maven?

Cassie: Nah, I just don’t understand why people are so obsessed with him!

And the rest was history.

I soon learned she’s a thriller book junkie (yikes) and that she loved some of the same YA fantasy books that I did, and that she loved recommendations. Since then we’ve bonded over books, book boys, and whining about our husbands together. And, really, what else do you need? I hope you all grow to adore her just like I do!

Better yet? NO MAVEN LOVIN’ THERE! Muahahaha

Here’s what Cassie has to say about herself ♥

Hi! I’m Cassie and I’m a dog and cat mom and wife to my wonderful husband. I’m from the United States but love to travel for both work and leisure. I’m a pop music junkie (late 90’s/early 2000’s preferably) and enjoy Netflix-binging and putting my MoviePass card to work. I love diet coke, chapstick, cruelty-free beauty and listening to true crime podcasts (hello Murderinos!)

But I also LOVE to read. I always have, but these past two years I have been obsessed. My favorite genres are mystery/thrillers and young adult. I will read books outside these genres (I’m a sucker for a good celebrity memoir or GOOD contemporary romance), but I just drawn to these two genres the most. A common theme in my favorite books is a strong female lead character. She absolutely can have flaws (I encourage it!) and struggle and make wrong choices, but as long as she can ultimately persevere and learn from the past, I’m a happy gal. A good romance to go with it doesn’t hurt either, especially of the slow burn or hate-to-love variety. I’m ok with a good love triangle, but keep any kind of insta-love away from me.
I’m so thankful for this opportunity to join these wonderful women at the Star-Crossed Book Blog. I’ve been a follower of theirs for awhile now and am so excited to join this amazing team and share my love for all things books. My favorite authors are Victoria Aveyard, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbot, Lauren Oliver, Megan Miranda and V.E. Schwab to name just a few!


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