31 Dec 2012

My favourite sidekicks of 2012

Welcome to list four in '2012, The best of...' this will actually be the last list since my next and final one will be my anticipated reads for 2013.

In no particular order are my favourite sidekicks of 2012, characters that didn't make the lead but were equally enjoyable.

Puck from The iron fey series by Julie Kagawa - I read The iron knight this year which centres from Ash's point of view, he's on a quest and Puck comes along which I was really happy about because Puck has always been a fun character, there's always a joke from him when things are getting serious.

Eve Rosser from The Morganville vampires by Rachel Caine - Eve made the list last year too because I've always liked her and her out there goth style. But in the latest three Morganville books that I read this year she really went through a lot which really endeared her to me even more.

Sam Goode from The Lorian legacies by Pittacus Lore - Sam is another repeated entry and probably not the last, here's what I said about him last year; '...I do love Sam, I felt so sorry for him at the start of I am number four, he's the geeky kid that gets bullied and believes in aliens :( He's a great guy and is there for his friend no matter how scared he is...'

Samantha Kavanaugh from MetaWars by Jeff Norton - Another Sam but this ones a newcomer, though the books mainly follow Jonah I love Sam, she's such a badass, so clever and perfect for Sam, if only they'd both figure that out!

Wesley Lincoln from The Caster chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl - This is the last one who also made the list last year, it seems Kami and Margaret just produce great characters because I love Link almost as much as I love Ethan. He's really sweet and funny and a great best friend and sidekick.

And that's all of them, not many but they're my favourites.
Who were your favourite sidekicks?

My favourite book villains of 2012

The first of today's additions to '2012, The best of...' is my favourite villains.
As usual, it's in no particular order and I've tried my best to use good images, but the book cover is used where I just couldn't think of someone lol.
This list is pretty short because I just didn't read that many books this year with big bad guys.

Matthew Granger from MetaWars by Jeff Norton - At first glance Granger is a bad guy, but as you get to know him and see his vision more it makes you wonder if he really is the bad guy, that's what I love about him.
Apophis from The kane chronicles by Rick Riordan - Who wouldn't be scared of a giant snake!
Damon William Blackwood from Last of the blood (Bites) by Ninfa Hayes - He's the bad guy that really doesn't want to be, Damon is brooding, rebellious and actually kind of hot.
Repeat offenders

The Mogadorians from The Lorian legacies by Pittacus Lore - These guys will probably make the list every year that I read a book in the series because they are seriously creepy dudes!
The zombies from Juggernaut by Adam Baker - These guys aren't strictly zombies but its hard to find another word to describe them, either way though, they always give me the heebie jeebies and I struggle to sleep after reading one of his books!

And there you have it, like I said, it's a short list.
Who were your favourite villains?

30 Dec 2012

My favourite book boys of 2012

I think the title is pretty self explanatory, to continue my '2012, The best of...' here are my favourite book boys of the year, with pictures!
Some are repeat offenders and some are new comers, I'm not good at fantasy casting so I've mostly used book covers or the models that are used on the covers.
The series links are to the book I read this year, not the first book in the series.

In no particular order;

Alex from Perfect chemistry by Simone Elkeles - This one is purely physical lol What's not to love about the hot Spanish bad boy Simone has cooked up for us in this novel, the book was awesome by itself but Alex certainly helped it along! The picture is the guy from the cover, who I think suits the look perfect.

Prince Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn from The iron fey series by Julie Kagawa - Ash just scrapes into the list for his second year running as I read The iron knight in January, it wasn't my favourite book in the series but I still love him. He's the classic Prince and hero us girls always imagine swooping in and saving us.

Tod Hudson from The soul screamers series by Rachel Vincent - I never really noticed Tod before If I die and Before I wake this year, which are books five and six, but he really came to the forefront of the story and turns out he's a great guy! So funny and caring and right for Kaylee. I'm not sure that the model on the cover of Reaper, a short story novella, matches my image of him but I couldn't think of anyone who did.

Peeta Mellark from The hunger games by Suzanna Collins - I  always liked the selfless character of Peeta but I never fancied him because he is way to young for me, but they made a fine casting choice with Josh Hutcherson, who I can lust after! I'm glad I re-read the book this year so that he could make the list.

Myrnin from The Morganville vampires series by Rachel Caine - It's hard to imagine anyone as Myrnin because he's such a quirky character, I've loved him from the first time he was introduced into the series because he's wacky and hilarious and as the books continue we're starting to see a more humane, caring side to him, though you really have to look for it lol.

Four from The divergent series by Veronica Roth - I re-read Divergent this year and the read Insurgent which was just as amazing and so Four makes my list again, not just because he's hot, though he is! but because, he's strong and tortured, caring and loyal. Some of my literary crushes are temporary, I forget them a few months after I've read the book, but I'll always remember Four.

Noah Hutchins from Pushing the limits by Katie McGarry - Is another newcomer, Pushing the limits was an amazing book and I actually loved both the lead characters, unravelling their pasts and seeing them work out their presents and ultimately their futures was an emotional roller-coaster.

John Smith from The Lorian Legacies by Pittacus Lore - Though I didn't like book three as much as the first two, Mr Smith still makes my list again this year. Here's what I said about him last year; 'He totally kicks butt, but he also holds back and is the bigger man when he needs to be, and when he falls in love it was just so sweet to read.'

Ethan Lawson Wate from The Caster chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl - Despite all the new guys I discovered this year, Ethan is still my favourite ever. I loved the last book and can't wait for the movie. Here's what I said about him last year and still stick to; 'Ethan is just the perfect southern gentleman, he's polite and thoughtful and would (and does) do anything for the girl he loves, he's also loyal to his best friend Link(ubus) and is just such a good guy, I hope my son grows up to be like him because then I'll know I've raised him right.
"Lena Duchanne, it rhymes with rain."
is one of my all time favourite quotes!'

Lucus from Easy by Tammara Webber - I read this in  the last week of the year so Lucus just made it to the list, he's hot, tattooed and pierced, need I say more!

So that's my favourite guys from this year.
Who were your favourite book boys?

My favourite books of 2012

Hi guys, today I give you the first of five of my end of year lists starting with my favourite reads of 2012. I know a lot of people post top ten lists but I can't possibly narrow 130 books down to ten!
So I present to you, in no particular order, the illustrated guide to my Team awesome reads of 2012!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Review) - This was the second book I read this year and I loved it so much, such an original retelling of Cinderella!
A need so beautiful by Suzanne Young (Review) - This is one of two audiobooks to hit my list, I just fell in love with it, such a wonderful book.
Some girls are by Courtney Summers - And this is the other audiobook, it was a great read/listen.
Divergent by Veronica Roth - (Review) -is actually making the list for the second year in a row as I really had the urge to re-read it before Insurgent - (Review) - which was just as awesome!

I read a number of indie books this year too and of them all, two made Team awesome, Bites by Ninfa Hayes - (Review) - two great short stories and Blue sky days by Marie Landry - (Review) - a huge tear jerker!

Perfect chemistry by Simone Elkeles - I'd seen this one around a LOT but was never interested until towards the end of last year when I started reading more contemporary books, so I got this for Xmas and read in January and loved it and I enjoyed the other two books too.

Pushing the limits by Katie McGarry (Review) - If you're a fan of Perfect chemistry, you'll love this one, it has the same gritty edge, characters you'll fall in love with and scenes to get your heart racing.

And on the lighter side of contemporary, I also read and loved Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse (Review)
And a year wouldn't be complete without a visit or three to Morganville, a series by Rachel Caine that never bores me, this year I read the latest offerings, Last breathBlack dawn - (Review) - and Bitter blood - (Review.)
I also dived back into Rachel Vincent's world of the Soul screamers by reading If I die - (Review) - and Before I wake - (Review) - March cannot come quick enough, I NEED the seventh and final book, With all my soul.
Undead by Kirsty McKay (Review) was a really fun YA zombie read, I also read the follow-up Unfed which was almost as good, but just shy of Team awesome!

On the more scarier side of zombies I read Adam Bakers creeptastic Juggernaut - (Review) - it's a prequel to Outpost which made the list last year and if the third book is as good, I expect it'll make next years list.
Earth girl by Janet Edwards (Review) - I absolutely adored everything about this book, I need Earth star so bad!

When she woke by Hillary Jordan (Review) - This one was a real thought provoker and set in a really realistic future.

Putting Alice back together by Carol Marinelli (Review) - Not my usual read but it had me in floods of tears and I was left thinking about it for a long time after I finished.

And that's all of them!
What books did you enjoy this year?

Showcase Sunday (30)

'Showcase Sunday' is hosted by Vicky at Books, biscuits and tea.

24th Dec - 30th Dec

Wow! Can you believe its the end of the year already? Did everyone have a great Christmas? I know I did and I got some shiny new books and here they are!

Books mentioned
For review
Pushing the limits by Katie McGarry - Thank you Patricia for both of these!
Reason to breathe by Rebecca Donovan - Thank you to my not so secret Santa Emma for these two!
90210 season two DVD - Thank you Donna for these and for my bath stuff and chocolates!
Dark star by Bethany Frenette and a Kindle skin from my handsome boyfriend thank you!
Bought (with xmas voucher/money)
Ninjabread men cookie cutters - Thank you Captain Ninfa for the voucher!
Rio easy art nail stamping kit - Thank you to my bf Mom for the cash :)

I managed to grab Obsidian mirror by Catherine Fisher on Kindle for 99p! Its still on offer at the time of posting this but I'm not sure how much longer it will be.

What did you get this week?

23 Dec 2012

Showcase Sunday (29)

'Showcase Sunday' is hosted by Vicky at Books, biscuits and tea.

17th Dec - 23rd Dec

Hey guys, hope you've all had a good week and are ready for Christmas in a couple of days! I was planning to do a video this week but I'm not well at all and you'd just be watching me cough and sniffle, so to save you from that, here's a pretty picture of the books I got this week.

First off, my lovely friend Donna from Book passion for life passed me on her copies of Through to you by Emily Hainsworth, which I hadn't heard of but love the cover! And Falling to ash by Karen Mahoney, because she decided not to keep them.
The other books I received for review, first The Vincent boys by Abbi Glines with the gorgeous Aussie cover, I've heard good things about this for a long time and even have the old version on my Kindle, which I've never gotten around to lol, so now I can read the uncut version instead.
I was also sent a copy of Legacy by C.J. Daugherty as I'm participating in the blog tour in January, I didn't actually know I had a copy coming and haven't read the first but luckily I do have it so I'll be reading the two real soon.
And lastly I got Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, if you stopped by last week you'll know I received a random copy of Requiem but hadn't yet read book two, so I asked and the publishers kindy sent me a copy so I can finish off the trilogy.

Tirade by Cambria Hebert - The author sent me this herself for review, I LOVED book two so can't wait to get into this and see how it ends

What did you get this week?

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