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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books of 2013

ImageAyyyy, it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

2013 has almost come to an end (can you believe it?!), so I thought it’d be fitting to squeeze in a Top 10 of my favorite books this year…The books on this list weren’t necessarily released in 2013– I just read them in 2013.

So…LET THE COUNTDOWN COMMENCE.

10) Mistwood by Leah Cypress

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I just fell in love with the originality of the main character…I mean, how many other books out there have mythical, all-powerful beings as their main characters? None that I’ve read, that’s for certain. Think about how cool it would be to have that kind of power…Think about all those mere mortals you could cut in line at Taco Bell…

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9) The Cold King by Amber Jaeger

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Typical “Beauty and the Beast” retelling…but still so sweet. The love interest here is a bit cold (as is evident…from the title…why do I even try…), but by the end of the book, he had my heart melting.

8) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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I loved, loved, loved this. The entire Groundhog Day-esque plot was beautifully executed, and I loved how we could peel back one more slice of the plot with each day Sam had to relive. And the love interest…

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Well, I guess I’ll leave you to figure that out for yourself.

7) The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

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Not as well-known as some of the other books on this list, but amazing nevertheless. I loved the  hardworking, likeable main character and loved even more her absolutely swoon-worthy love interest. Who doesn’t go weak in the knees for master assassins? I mean, I’m not the only one, right?…RIGHT?!

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6) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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I’d been waiting for this sequel to Cinder for forever. I waited so long in fact that I almost had to check myself in to the hospital for mental degeneration. Ah, yes. When I downloaded that book onto my Kindle, I was, like:

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Good times, good times.

Anyways! With its clever take on “Little Red Riding Hood” and its unique and fast-paced plot elements, this one easily earned a spot on my Top Ten. After I read it, I actually did check myself in to the hospital because the book was so amazing it had stunned my brain cells.

5) Archangel by Sharon Shinn

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The world-building here was freaking amazing. Angels and humans co-exist. God is a spaceship. The authority of angels is collapsing. I just…I just…I JUST–

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4) Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

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I fell in love with the first book, Grave Mercy, and Dark Triumph more than lived up to my expectations. With its dark, mature themes and subtle fantasy elements, this one was both a chilling and thrilling read. Plus, the whole not-insanely-good-looking-love-interest thing was pretty cool, too.

3) Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

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I pretty much love anything Juliet Marillier has ever written, but this was the only book of hers that I read this year. Unsurprisingly, it was as amazing as you would expect a book in this series to be. An adventure into another world, a prophecy, and a special bond between human and animal…this book had all the old Irish mythology and whimsical prose that I fell in love with when I first read Daughter of the Forest.

2) Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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AHHHHHHHHHHH. I waited so long for this book, it’s not even funny. I FREAKING LOVED THIS. Crown of Midnight is the sequel to the amazing Throne of Glass, and it was so intense, I felt like was in a freaking Matrix movie. Blood, insanity, romance…It was a darker, tenser, more heart-wrenching version of its predecessor, and if you haven’t read it yet, I demand that you go to Amazon and buy it now. Go on, now. Go. GO. BUY IT. BUY IT NOW.

1) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Here is what happened when I first got this book:

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As you can see, this is a picture of the color black.  I probably blacked out in sheer joy at least, I’d say, a good seventy-two times while I pored my eyes over this beautiful piece of wonder.

The character development and the setting and the Darkling and Stormhund and the amazing new powers that Alina develops…This book was just so action-packed and riveting and chilling…The ending, especially, was heart-breaking. I don’t think I can further explain this book without spiraling into a series of intense seizures.

– – -And that’s it for now! Make sure to subscribe for more bookish loveliness. Until then, keep dreaming, my friends!

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Waiting on Wednesday…on a Thursday!

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Well. I’m doing “Waiting on Wednesday” on Thursday this time because I’m cool like that.

I mean, who does that? No one. Which makes it totally hipster.

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly book event hosted by Breaking the Spine! Basically all of us book bloggers spotlight a soon-to-be-released book we’re excited about.

This week’s lucky book is…

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My Name is Rapunzel

By KC Hilton

Publisher: Self-published

Release Date: 2013 or 2014

Synopsis: My tale has been told again and again, and I’ve heard each one. Except for my hair, I barely recognize the pitiful renditions. Muddled versions, crafted to entertain laughing children…but the children wouldn’t have laughed if they’d known the real story. It wasn’t their fault. They didn’t know the truth. Nobody did.

My name is Rapunzel and I will tell you my story. I will tell you the truth.

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Not only is this GIF terribly fitting for this post, but…

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, I WANT THAT BOOK. Let’s go over Sleepy’s magical list of things she loves in books:

1) Fairy tale retellings [CHECK]

2) Princesses [CHECK]

3) FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS WITH PRINCESSES [CHECK…again?]

Wow. Just wow.

There isn’t much in the synopsis, but I’m already getting great vibes. I am in love with fairy tales retold (as you…probably already know)–especially fairy tales retold in a darker rendition.

As a kid, I fell in love with all of Gail Carson Levine’s retellings (Ella Enchanted, Fairest, The Two Princesses of Bamarre, etc.), as well as Shannon Hale’s “Books of Bayern” series. And, of course, there are the hordes of dystopian retellings like Cinder by Marissa Meyer that make readers like me cry tears of joy.

Hopefully, this one will live up to its forefathers!

But, I mean, it has to. Seriously. Have you seen the cover? How freaking gorgeous is that cover?! Let’s see it one more time. Come on.

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BOOM. And again.

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BOOM. And again.

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YEAH.

Look at that gorgeous cover model. And her gorgeous hair. And the gorgeous backdrop. And the gorgeous light patterns. And the gorgeous–the gorgeous–

Sorry for my fanaticalness. I have an incredible weakness for beautiful, non-cliché cover art.

I only hope that KC Hilton releases a more detailed synopsis– and a more specific release date to look forward to! “2013 or 2014” is so vague. The reviews so far from her street team are phenomenal.

Go check them out here!

That’s all for today! Keep on checking back for more fun posts and book reviews.