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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books On Our Spring 2019 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Books On Our Spring 2019 TBR.  And they are…..


Cassie’s Choice

Chelsea’s Choice

1. Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi  (Releases 4/02)
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2. Last Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn  (Releases 4/16)
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Chelsea’s Choice

Jen’s Choice

3. Pretty Reckless (All Saints High #1) by L.J. Shen  (Releases 4/29)

Goodreads

 

4. It Started with a Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #3) by Jennie Marts  (Releases 4/30)
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Jen’s Choice

Arielle’s Choice

5. Prom-Wrecked by T.H. Hernandez & Jennifer DiGiovanni  (Releases 5/06)
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I got to beta-read a super early version of this story and oh my gosh it was AMAZING!  It’s being released by Entangled Teen in May, so keep an eye out for it. 

 

6. Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman  (Releases 5/07)
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Cassie’s Choice

Cassie & Arielle’s Choice

7. Broken Throne (Red Queen #4.5) by Victoria Aveyard  (Releases 5/07)
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8. Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber  (Releases 5/07)
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Arielle & Cassie’s Choice

Cassie & Arielle’s Choice

9. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston  (Releases 5/14)
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10. Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand  (Releases 5/21)
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Chelsea’s Choice
 
Jen’s Choice

11. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson  (Releases 6/04)
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12. Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout  (Releases 6/11)
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So these are the Books On Our Spring 2019 TBR.  Do you have any of these books on your TBR?  If not, then what books are you looking forward to reading this Spring?

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books We LOVED That Are Underrated/Hidden Gems

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Books We LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.  Technically this was last weeks topic, but my kiddos had that week off for ski week, so I didn’t get anything done lol.  But I’m so thankful that we can share these hidden gems with you because we absolutely love these books and can’t recommend them enough!  And they are…..


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

1. Deep in the Heart by Sharon Sala
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This goes down in history as one of my favorite books ever. A complete hidden gem that my mom picked out for me when I asked her to help me get back into reading, I will forever love this adorable, addicting, and unforgettable novel about a second chance at love. 

 

2. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
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I just recently discovered this author, but this shocks me all the same. Have you people not read anything by this amazing woman?? It may be YA, but every word, relationship, and tear screams true. You’re missing out

 


(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

(Jen’s Choice – Review)

3. Trick (Foolish Kingdoms #1) by Natalia Jaster
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HOW?! Just…how??? This book is magical and sexy and heartbreaking and swoony and just so addicting. You’re missing out if you haven’t met Poet and Briar. 

 

4. The Importance of Being Scandalous (A Tale of Two Sisters #1) by Kimberly Bell
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This is a must read for all historical lovers and everyone who adores any type of romance that makes your heart race, has strong friendships, and is laced with moments that will have you laughing and then sighing out loud.  I desperately need more friends to gush about this book with!  Especially in regards to Nicholas.  He is beyond intoxicating and you have to meet him!

 


(Jen’s Choice – Review)

(Jen’s Choice – Review)

5. Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay
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Not only is this trilogy complete but it’s beyond addicting!  If you’re a fan of The Lux Series by JLA or SciFi books then there’s a good chance you’re going to love this just as much as me!  It had me on the edge of my seat, had a swoon worthy boyfriend, a power couple that I was obsessed with, side characters I adored and I loved how so many moments were butterfly inducing.  I loved this trilogy!

 

6. The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1) by Danielle Lori
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If you love sexual tension or forbidden stories, then you should give this book a try!  It has both of those in spades!  It’s about the Mafia, and while that’s usually not my thing, oh my gosh this book sucked me right in!  The writing was seamless, the story was explosive and I loved all of the twisted and also crazy hot moments.  I’m definitely looking forward to picking up anything else that Danielle Lori writes!

 


(Arielle’s Choice – Review)

(Arielle’s Choice – Review)

7. The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
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When I found out that these two were writing a YA sci-fi/ dystopian-ish series you better believe I jumped on that in a second.  It has a SUPER unique premise and true to their usual writing, has characters and relationships that gave me feels for days.  It took a little bit to get into because we’re thrown into a world with an interesting social structure/ world building that was confusing to me at first but once you wrap your mind around it all and get to know the characters you won’t look back. I HIGHLY recommend.  

 

8. Return Once More (The Historians #1) by Trisha Leigh
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I literally have no idea how more people don’t know about this series????  It’s a sci-fi time travel book about a spaceship of refugees from the wreck that was once earth.  There is a group called the historians (basically cool, futuristic librarians) who travel back in time to different points in our history to basically study what went wrong and catalog each even meticulously.  Another interesting aspect is that when you hit a certain age you can find out the identity of your True One–the person who is literally your soul mate, compatible in every sense.  Of course they could have lived in the past or far future so that kind of sucks, haha.  Again, super unique premise with great writing that will suck you in!  Another HUGE recommend.

 


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

9. Light Years by Tammar Stein
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Okay people, I barely remember what this is about but I do remember that I read it when I was in high school and FELL IN LOVE.  In short it’s the story of Maya, an Israeli girl whose boyfriend (and basically the love of her life) dies in a senseless suicide bombing while waiting for her at a cafe.  To escape her shattered heart/ world she moves to the States to attend the University of Virginia.  She tries to just be a “normal” student and obviously has to work through her grief and trying to fit in to what a normal university student is in America.  She learns a lot about who she is and who she wants to be and honestly, after re-reading the synopsis on GR, I know I have to read this again immediately.

10. The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride
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I honestly don’t understand how this book has so few reviews/ratings. Of all the YA thrillers I’ve read, this is easily one of my favorites. It’s darkly funny, has a creative theme and is ripe for a Netflix-movie adaptation. In addition, there’s a nice love triangle/romance angle as well. It’s probably been two years since I last read it, and I can still remember so many details from it, which I doesn’t usually happen for me with thrillers. If you enjoy any kind of YA mystery/thriller with some bonus romance, PLEASE read and review this. I’m due for a second reading soon and plan to write quite the detailed review.

 


(Cassie’s Choice)
 
(Cassie’s Choice – Review)

11. Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
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While this is certainly a Katie Cotugno book, the format is a bit different than most of her other YA offerings. Instead of following a mostly linear timeline, Top Ten jumps back and forth and switches perspectives between the two main characters and best friends, Ryan and Gabby. It’s inclusive, honest and completely refreshing from so many other YA contemporaries. I recommend anyone who likes real and messy and imperfect characters and relationships to read any of Cotugno’s books, but Top Ten is probably the most overlooked of her books and certainly doesn’t deserve to be. 

 

12. #Murdertrending (MurderTrending #1) by Gretchen McNeil
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Along the lines of “The Bakersville Dozen,” #MurderTrending is another darkly funny YA thriller. Taking the concepts of social media and reality TV, McNeil creates a new world in which teenage criminals are placed on Alcatraz island and attempt to survive amid professional killers, all the while regular viewers follow along and comment and vote for their favorites. While the romance angle was a little underdeveloped, I loved the characters. I was rooting for them the entire time and often found myself laughing along with their dark humor. A fair warning that this isn’t for the faint of heart. While this is a YA novel, McNeil doesn’t skimp on the gory details.

So these are the Books We LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.  Have you read any of these books yet?  Or are they on your tbr?  If not, then which books do you love that has fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads?

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Couples In Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing some of our Favorite Couples In Books.  There’s no way we could each narrow it down three choices!  So to help us out, we are each listing three of our favorite couples from the books we read in 2018.  So they are…..


(Cassie’s Choice – Review)

(Cassie’s Choice – Review)

1. In Harmony by Emma Scott
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Willow & Isaac  – I absolutely adored the story of Willow & Isaac. From their first encounter to the very last page (and everything in between), I was swept away by their love story. Willow and Isaac, while both strong and independent, were even better together. Life threw a lot at them (well, 380 pages worth of life), but it only made them a better couple in the end.

 

2. 9 Days and 9 Nights (99 Days #2) by Katie Cotugno
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Molly & Gabe – After the events of 99 Days, it was so incredibly wonderful to dive back into the complicated relationship of Molly and Gabe. As they travel across Europe with their current significant others, it was fascinating to see how much they grew up after everything that had happened in the past. Both Molly and Gabe were funny, sarcastic and the tension between them could be cut with a knife. I smiled so much reading this book and love this duology so much.

 


(Cassie’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

3. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
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Elian & Lira  – We’ve talked about this book (and Elian!) a lot on this blog, and there’s a good reason for it. This book is SO good. But what makes it amazing is the dynamic and relationship between Lira and Elian. If you are looking for humor, action, peril and smoldering tension, mixed with pirates and non-Disney mermaids, then this is the perfect book. I honestly couldn’t love the relationship between Lira and Elian more, and am sad this was only a standalone and not a series.

 

4. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
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Cardan and Jude DUH – I know these two might not count as a couple-but no other COUPLE makes my heart beat as fast, slow, and all inbetween causing a frenzy of nerves, butterflies, and epic feels and romantic pining than these two do.  I want them to kiss until they are sick of it *smirk*.

 


(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

5. Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
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Jamie and Claire Frasier – I cant even believe it took me so long to find these two darling babies because Claire is hilarious and Jamie is…Jamie is…Jamie is beyond words loyal, passionate, and loving and so devoted to Claire I can’t even breathe when I think of him.

 

6. The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
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Sam and Evie – Again, do these two count??? I DON’T CARE ALRIGHT THEY ARE MY DAHHHLLIINNGGGGSSSSS AND I MUST PUT THEM BECAUSE SAM IS EVERYTHING and so in love with Evie I can’t even DEAL and Evie is pos-i-tute-ly the berries and I am obsessed with them BOTH. I need them to both me happy and SAFE, OKAY?!

 


(Jen’s Choice – Review)

(Jen’s Choice – Review)

7. The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Seth and Josie – There is something so powerful about love conquering all.  And what Josie and Seth had was definitely true love. It not only conquered all, but it gave them strength.  Strength with each other and it also helped them find strength within themselves. But they definitely didn’t have an easy path.  They had so many obstacles in their way. Yet they persevered. And their love grew stronger because of everything they faced. I loved that by the end, Seth and Josie truly felt like a power couple.

 

8. The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Luc and Evie – Yes I chose another book by JLA, she writes couples that capture my heart!  I can’t talk much about Luc and Evie because of huge spoilers but just know that sacrifice, love and devotion were everything in this book. 

 


(Jen’s Choice – Review)

(Arielle’s Choice – Review)

9. Glitter and Sparkle (Glitter and Sparkle #1) by Shari L. Tapscott
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Lauren and Harrison – Not only is Harrison her older brother’s best friend, but there was a huge hate to love vibe between them.  So as I watched them grow, they found a forever place in my heart.  I think about them often and this is one of my favorite books ever.

10. Tangled Like Us (Like Us #4) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
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Jane and Thatcher~ Tangled Like Us:  I honestly don’t know what to say about these two without just a lot of crazy gesticulating hand movements and muttering.  They are one of my top favorite couples of ALL TIME.  Their relationship was so sweet and straightforward and there was never any miscommunications or big conflicts.  Their chemistry was off the freakin charts and so sexy I can barely handle it

 


(Arielle’s Choice – Review)
 
(Arielle’s Choice – Review)

11. Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
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Billy and Arsinoe – I was a little late to this series, but better late than never!  I loved that these two started out with a tentative, almost wary friendship that slowly blossomed into more.  Even after it was clear to me that they caught feelings, I enjoyed seeing them both deny it and continue to basically just heckle each other.  Billy is a 100% a cinnamon roll, too pure for this earth.

 

12. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
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Josh and Hazel – Omg these two were too much for my heart to handle.  From TA and student, to friends, to friends who shared a drunken sexy time, to TWO PEOPLE MADLY IN LOVE, I loved every second of their togetherness.  The best part may have been Josh never wanting Hazel to change her crazy ways (and I say that with love), always wanting her to be the person she was, no matter what!

So these are our Favorite Couples In Books from 2018. Have you read any of these books yet? Or are they on your tbr? If not, then which books had your favorite couples in them last year?

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books We Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Books We Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To.  Technically this was last weeks topic.  But with both of my kiddos sick I’m just now getting to it.  So here are the books we meant to read last year….


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

1. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
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2. Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake
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(Arielle’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

3. The Spy with the Red Balloon (The Balloonmakers #2) by Katherine Locke
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4. Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1) by Natasha Ngan
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(Cassie’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

5. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
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6. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
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(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

7. Sky in the Deep (Sky in the Deep) by Adrienne Young
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8. Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber
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(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

9. Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) by Laura Sebastian
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10. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
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(Jen’s Choice)
 
(Jen’s Choice)

11. #Hater (Hashtag #2) by Cambria Hebert
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12. Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa
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So these are our Books We Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To.  Have you read any of these books yet?  Or are they still on your tbr too?  If not, then which books did you mean to read last year but didn’t get to?

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: New-to-Us Authors We Read In 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing New-to-Us Authors We Read In 2018.  And they are….


(Jen’s Review)

(Jen’s Review)

1. Shari L. Tapscott
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Shari easily became one of my favorite ya romance authors ever!  She writes these stories that are beyond adorable!  Each time I pickup one of her books I always find myself laughing so hard I can’t catch my breath, and I can’t ever get that smile off of my face.  Not to mention all the butterflies.  I absolutely love her books and I’m looking forward to branching out and trying some of her fantasy books this year!

 

2. Kimberly Bell
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I don’t know why I was so nervous to pickup Historical Romance, but Kimberly Bell made it so effortless to fall in love with her writing and characters.  You know that feeling when you click with a book and the whole world around you fades away?  That’s exactly what happened to me.  I found myself addicted to the story and completely obsessed with these characters.  I’m excited to read the rest of the books she has released!


(Jen’s Review)

(Arielle’s Review)

3. Danielle Lori
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This book had some of the best sexual tension I’ve ever read.  The story was forbidden and I found myself completely caught up in this mafia tale.  Addicting doesn’t even begin to describe what I felt while reading The Sweetest Oblivion.  Now I can’t wait to read any future books written by Danielle Lori!

 

4. Brigid Kemmerer
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I was lucky enough to get an ARC of A Curse So Dark and Lonely and fell in love with her writing!  I remember seeing a lot of hype for her other books on Goodreads as they came out but for some reason I never picked them up.  I will definitely be doing so in the future and I cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on A Curse So Dark and Lonely!!!

 


(Arielle’s Review)

(Arielle’s Review)

5. Kendare Blake
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OMG….why did it take me so long to pick up Blake’s books??!?!?! WHYYYYY?  Once I started Three Dark Crowns I was HOOKED.  The characters, the premise, the writing–each so unique and addicting.  Highly recommend. 

 

6. Claire Legrand
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 If you haven’t read Furyborn yet YOU HAVEN’T LIVED.  I am literally dying to get my hands on Kingsbane.  The entire first book was so action packed I consumed the book in a matter of days.  I’ve also heard a lot of great things about Sawkill Girls, too, so you better believe I’m going to be picking that up sometime soon.

 


(Cassie’s Review)

(Cassie’s Choice)

7. Katie Cotugno
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 I can’t even remember how I stumbled onto Katie Cotugno’s books, but I am so very glad I did. Last year, I read four of her books and I seriously loved every single one them. She writes messy and imperfect protagonists, but I absolutely adore how real they are. I also adore the way she writes her romances – they are complicated but so sweet. She provides a lot of representation and in addition to the great romances, there’s also a lot of wonderful friendships and self-growth for her main characters.

 

8. Brittany Cavallaro
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To say I devoured the Charlotte Holmes series from Brittany Cavallaro would be an understatement. There are currently three Charlotte Holmes books out, with a fourth one coming in 2019. The Charlotte Holmes series follows the adventures of Charlotte Holmes and Jaime Watson, descendants of THE Holmes and Watson. There’s a lot to love from these books – the slow burn relationship, the mystery, the side characters – but I love Charlotte and Jamie most of all. Even though they are solving crimes, at heart they are teenagers just trying to figure out life and how they fit in each other lives.

 


(Cassie’s Review)

(Chelsea’s Review)

9. Sabaa Tahir
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After hearing Chelsea talk about her BBF Elias for a while, I decided to finally give the Ember in the Ashes series a try. Oh boy, did I not regret this. I LOVED THIS SERIES and understood why Chelsea kept talking about Elias. He was as amazing as described, but I also loved Laia and Helene as well. But be prepared if you’re going to get into this series: a lot of people are going to get hurt/die, and there’s a lot of dark and heavy stuff. But there’s enough romantic and even some light scenes sprinkled throughout to lighten it up. Whenever the final chapter comes around (which hopefully will be 2020?) I will have to emotionally prepare myself to say goodbye to these amazing characters (whichever ones live I guess. Please be kind Sabaa.).

 

10. Mariana Zapata
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Literally my saving grace when I am depressed. My saving grace when the sky isn’t blue, and I need a full body pick me up. My saving grace when the world just isn’t right-I found this beautiful cinnamon roll of a writer and I adore every little thing about her-I am so beyond grateful she does what she does and I will ALWAYS go to her books when I just need to laugh, smile, or swoon. (Aiden and Ivan and Dex and need I go on?)

 


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Review)

11. Diana Gabaldon
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I’ll admit I was harsh on this woman-not her, really, but the idea of reading anything historical and anything with such a strong accent that wasn’t British. Shame on me-I almost missed out on one of my favorite books of 2018 because I was stubborn and totally misguided on just how wonderful this deep, heartfelt, addicting story was. And Jamie. My God. Always Jamie.

 

12. Libba Bray
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And this absolutely fantastic woman-talk about a writer that I never even thought of giving a chance!!! The heart, soul, and literal lightheartedness among terror, doom, and devastating circumstances is astounding and without a doubt the most baffling contradiction. The romance??? PIE FACE. You don’t even know until you’ve tried it!!! I’m a GONER-I’m so addicted I couldn’t see anything else around me for a month..A MONTH! (SAM AND EVIE ARE. MY. LIFE.)

 

So these are our New-to-Us Authors We Read In 2018.  Have you read any of these authors already?  Or do you have any of their books on your tbr?  If not, then who was a new-to-you author you read last year?

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