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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Platonic Relationships In Books We Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Platonic Relationships In Books We Love.  And they are….


(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

1. The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
Amazon * Goodreads

The friendships are pos-I-tute-ly to die for and I am obsessed with them all!

 

2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
Amazon * Goodreads

Rhen and Grey have the most addicting friendship and I’m so here for it…and even more so is HARPER and Grey’s friendship.  I love it all so much!


(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

(Jen’s Choice – Review)

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

Kell would do anything for Rhy…and I do mean anything.  And Rhy loves him so much.  I will never forget these guys-so addicting.

 

4. Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts
Amazon * Goodreads

Laurel and her Dad came to become one of my favorite father/daughter relationships in any book I’ve read.  It warmed my heart and there was so much emotion between the two of them.

 


(Jen’s Choice – Review)

(Jen’s Choice – Review)

5. The Uprising (The Union #3) by T.H. Hernandez
Amazon * Goodreads

One of my favorite things about this series was how friendships were cultivated throughout every moment.  They were deep and meaningful.  This time around I loved how Rainey and Cyrus had each others back in every way possible.

 

6. The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2) by Wendy Higgins
Amazon * Goodreads

Not only did this book display strong, female friendships, which I loved!  But it also displayed strong non-sexual friendships between males and females, which I loved too!

 


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice – Review)

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

Lysandra and Aelin – these two went from being enemies who were jealous of one another to the best of friends who would literally lay down their lives for the other.  Maas might be known for her whirlwind romances but she also knows how to create some of the most powerful girl friendships I’ve ever read about!

 

8. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Amazon * Goodreads

Millie and the boys – these guys were HILARIOUS together.  I feel like Millie was the glue that kept all of the guys together and I loved reading their text exchanges.  

 


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

9. First Test (Protector of the Small #1) by Tamora Pierce
Amazon * Goodreads

Kel and Neal  – Neal was the first page to accept Kel when she started her training at the palace and quickly turned into her best friend.  He was a nagging thorn in her side (lol) until they became knights and their friendship is one of my very favorites of all time!

 

10. A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
Amazon * Goodreads

The friendship between Lila and Alucard is to die for.  They are both smart, snarky and fiercely loyal.  The fact that Kell is loved by Lila and (mostly) disliked by Alucard brings a whole additional layer to the friendship and their dynamic.


(Cassie’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

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

The sisterly bond between Katniss and Prim will always be one of my favorite sibling relationships.  The love Katniss has for Prim is above anyone or anything else and that is evident in the entire series, which makes the ending all the more tragic.

 

12. Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber
Amazon * Goodreads

Similar to the Hunger Games, the sisterly bond between Tella and Scarlett is so strong.  Even with the crazy setting and the swoon-worthy boys, the sisters’ friendship is deep and it’s clear that no matter what, they will always care about and help each other.

 

So these are the Platonic Relationships In Books We Love.  Do you share any of the same as us?  If not, then what are your favorite platonic relationships in a book?

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Backlist Books We Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Backlist Books We Want to Read. And they are….


(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

1. Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston
Amazon * Goodreads

 

2. Fighting Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #1) by Katy Regnery
Amazon * Goodreads


(Jen’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

3. Big Rock (Big Rock #1) by Lauren Blakely
Amazon * Goodreads

 

4. The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

5. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Amazon * Goodreads

 

6. Scarlet (Scarlet #1) by A.C. Gaughen
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Cassie’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

7. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Amazon * Goodreads

 

8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1) by Becky Albertalli
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Cassie’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

9. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Amazon * Goodreads

 

10. Fireblood (Frostblood Saga #2) by Elly Blake
Amazon * Goodreads


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

11. Kulti by Mariana Zapata
Amazon * Goodreads

12. The Bet (The Bet #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Amazon * Goodreads


So these are the Backlist Books We Want to Read. Are any of these on your backlist too?  Or have you already read them?  If not, then what backlist books do you want to read?

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Authors We’d Love to Meet

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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

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