Doris' Best Reads of 2014!!!


Even though I haven't read as many books as I would have liked this year, I ENJOYED ALMOST ALL OF THEM. Picking the best is hard for me to do since I wish I could name them all, but since I can't, I will give you my TOP TEN.




Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)

I picked this book up after I saw an author raving about it and I'm so glad I did because holy hell. Dearest Clementine made me pick up my love for the New Adult genre again. The characters were refreshing and snarky and DC pretty much has everything I ever wanted all wrapped into one fantastic story. 

Make it Last (Bowler University, #3)

This is the last book in the series and IT'S MY FAVORITE. I love when high school sweethearts find each other in the same town again after years passing. Megan did such an amazing job that I can't help but want to marry one of the characters. *cough* Cam *cough*

Amour Amour

I love these two authors to pieces and when I found out they were writing a standalone book it was like Christmas arrived early. Krista and Becca continue to surprise me with their stories of love and family and dreams and basically  AMOUR AMOUR IS JUST MY EVERYTHING. Can I join the circus now?

Eyes Turned Skyward

I can't begin to tell you how much I cried and cried and cried with this book. Eyes Turned Skyward is just phenomenal. Paisley and Jagger are one of my top OTPs.


I love stories about forgiveness and hope and healing and Miles From Kara is exactly the kind of book that everyone should read. ALSO COLT. Nuff said. 

Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3)

I don't know how Morgan does it but this series just keeps getting better and better. I waited a whole year for Gathering Darkness and it didn't disappoint. My love for the world and characters Morgan created has only grown. My love for Magnus Damora has grown WAY more.


I love fantasy. I'm a huge fantasy lover and add in a kickass-sassy princess and this makes for a great read. Seriously, The Kiss of Deception is all kind of awesome.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

I could not have asked to a better ending to this trilogy. So many twist and turns happen that I feared for the worst but nope Leigh stayed true to her characters and made me one happy reader.


I hate series ending. I especially hated this series ending because Aria and Perry's story was so wonderful and painful and I just didn't want to say goodbye to them. But through all that, Into The Still Blue was freaking amazing.

Prototype

I am a fan of Science Fiction and when I read the first book, Archetype, I was sold on this author. And when I got my hands on Prototype I was all kinds of excited. Prototype had so much drama and intrigue that it was hard not to finish this book in one sitting. And also who doesn't love a book about badass characters?

Waiting On Wednesday: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week pick is:

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The Witch Hunter

Author: Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Expected Release: June 2nd 2015



The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can track down the person who laid a deadly curse on him.

As she's thrust into the world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and all-too-handsome healers, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Blog Tour- Giveaway & Review: Make It Last (Bowler University #3) by Megan Erickson


Today is the second day of the Make It Last blog tour and I am honored to be apart of this last ride with Megan and her characters.  I still can't believe this is the last book in the Bowler University series. It feels like just yesterday I was reading Make It Count and now we're finally at the end and I'm just overwhelmed with joy and sadness and gahhhh I love this series so much.

Thank GCR for hosting this wonderful blog tour, you guys are the best. And thank you Megan for these amazing books of yours. 

Now onto my review . . .

I don't think I could love Megan Erickson anymore than I do right now. HOLY SHIT I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY MAKE IT LAST. This book had me bawling my eyes out and wanting to hug these special characters and never let them go.

In the previous two books we've seen glimpses of Cam the playboy but we didn't really know him. In Make It Last, Cam is so much more than that what I expected; he's sweet and thoughtful and I'm pretty sure I have a serious like S E R I O U S crush on him. If they had a machine to turn fictional characters real I would be the first in line to ask Cam to marry me. In all seriousness, I loved Cam to pieces, he's one of those guys that put his life on hold to move back home to help his mother out. That right there screams PERFECT GUY EVAH.

And don't get me started on Tate, I LOVE THAT GIRL. Not only does she have kickass hair, kickass wedges, kickass makeup but she's an admirable-independent woman who will provide the best she can for her family and that makes her such a phenomenal character in my opinion. She's sacrificed so much of her life that my heart ached, I just wanted Tate to be happy.Yes Tate made a mistake back then but when she explained why I was just like TEAM TATE ALL THE WAY.

One of the things I liked most about Make It Last was how both Cam and Tate helped their parents. But I think that's what made these two characters even more beautiful and made them grow as an individual. Their ability to be their for a parent is all kinds of amazing and it warmed my heart.

I feel like I'm cheating on the other characters but I have to be honest, CAMILO RUIZ AND TATUM ELLISON ARE MY FAVORITE IN THE BOWLER UNIVERSITY SERIES!!! Don't get me wrong I loved Alec and Kat (Make it Count) and Max and Lea (Make it Right) but I don't think I was emotionally invested with them as I was with Tate and Cam.

Tate and Cam pulled out my heartstrings like crazy; their first meeting after years of not seeing each other was intense. I mean I didn't know if Cam and Tate were going to get down and dirty right that second or have a screaming match about things that happened in the past. The chemistry between those two was sexy and powerful and gahh I just didn't want this book to ever end. Of course a few curve-balls are thrown in Cam and Tate's story that had me shaking my head like no no no but when the good times rolled I was like oh yes yes yes.

Make It Last . . . there are not enough words to describe how much I loved this book and characters. I cried and laughed and swooned and stayed up past midnight and I would do it all over again. Thank you Megan Erickson for giving us Alec, Kat, Max, Lea, Tate and Cam. The Bowler University books are one of the best series I've ever read and it's SO bittersweet that it has come to an end but I can't wait for all of Megan's future books.
Title: Make it Last
Author: Megan Erickson
SeriesBowler University #3
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: January 6th, 2014 by William Morrow Impulse

After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved.

Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she’s ever had. She’s always hoped the regret of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it’s only grown. She took comfort in the fact she’d never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop.

The pull between them is instant and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss...which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.



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Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.


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Pam's Top 10 Book Reads of 2014!

I have read so many great books this year but it wasn’t hard to narrow down my top 10.  I did, however, lump several of them as a series because I was lucky enough to read them all this year.  

    
Slammed Series (Slammed, Point of Retreat, and This Girl) by Colleen Hoover

I read all 3 books in this series this year and was so invested in this sweet, innocent romance of 2 young lovers who had to grow up real fast and take on responsibilities that anyone as young as them shouldn't have to. I love Colleen Hoover’s easy way of bringing her characters to life and making you fall in love with them.  I laughed and cried my whole way through these books and loved every minute of Lake and Will’s wonderful story.   My sweet was reading this first series by Colleen Hoover (which I can totally visualize it as a movie or a better yet, a great TV series).  My suck is that I really miss Will, Lake and whole gang.  

   
Crossfire Series (Bared to You, Reflected in You, Entwined with You, and Captivated by You) by Sylvia Day

I read all 4 of the books in this series this year and I have to say I am hooked.  I loved Gideon and Eva from the start and I could continue to read their story forever.  This hot series was filled with both highly erotic loves scenes, humor and a little suspense, all of which always kept my interest. I'm still blown away that the whole series only spans a matter of a few months of their lives.  Thank you Sylvia Day and I will be patiently awaiting Book 5.

Brightside by Kim Holden

Every once in a while a beautiful story comes along that will stay with you long after you have read the last page.  This is totally that book for me.  Everyone needs a friend like Kate, and a best friend like Gus wouldn’t be too bad either.  This story is a wonderful reminder to enjoy every second while we have it and to treat life as the precious gift that it is.  Box of tissues required.

 
Maybe Someday Series (Maybe Someday and Maybe Not) by Colleen Hoover

This is a series about unexpected roommates, building trust, falling in love and making music.  Ridge and Sydney’s story is complicated and deals heavily with resisting temptation.  I love the mix of song writing, feeling music and the torture of falling for someone you cannot have.  Warren and Bridgette’s story revolved around breaking down walls and building enough trust to let someone in.  I liked Warren in Maybe Someday and even though he was a complete wiseass, he always made me laugh.  I’m so glad he got his own voice in Maybe Not (but I’m pretty sure not many guys would really put up with Bridgette and her badass ways).  I really loved both stories.  

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 It’s been a long time since a book has thrown me a curve ball like this one.  I didn’t see it coming and loved that. The film was good, but the book was way better (as always). 

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan  

This beautiful story made me want to do three things:  Be a better listener, never judge anyone by their cover, and start taking more chances in life.    
   
   
A Little too Far and A Little too Much by Lisa Desrochers

A Little too Far - Falling in love with two guys can be tricky, especially when they both fall into the forbidden category.  I love Lexi’s humor and wit, and her journey through Rome with Alessandro was so well written that I almost could imagine being there too.  But….in the end, a girl just wants what a girl just wants.

A Little too Much - After already having fell in love with the tall, dark, and smoking hot, Alessandro Moretti from book one, I could not wait to read his story in book two.  I must admit, I was disappointed at first that the story was not told via Alessandro, but I quickly grew to love the scrappy, dysfunctional, can’t-catch-a-break, Hilary McIntyre. This was not your typical love story and that’s what I loved about it.  Again, the writing made me feel as if I was right there with them as they discovered all there was to see New York City.   

A Little too HotAfter being jilted by her boyfriend, kicked out of college, kicked out of her parent’s home AND loses her job, it’s safe to say that Sam needs a major change in her life.  Feeling that things are finally turning around after a friend sets her up with a job as a “dancer” in a gentlemen’s club, she unexpectedly enters into a dangerous world where people are not really who they appear to be.  She is instantly attracted to one of the patrons, Harrison, and even though there is a strict rule for dancing only for the patrons, she can’t help herself when it comes to him.  This book lives up to its name and I loved that past characters from the other two books made cameo appearances.  I really enjoyed this whole series. 

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

My Five greats for this book:  Moses’ colors, Georgia’s perseverance, Eli’s innocence, Gigi’s unconditional love and Amy Harmon‘s beautiful storytelling. This complex and compelling book was filled with emotion, frustration, determination and unexpected love.  

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover 

Friends with benefits may be all right for a while, but sooner or later, someone’s going to fall in love.  
Tate and Miles’ story was filled with gut wrenching heartbreak, false hopes, frustrations galore, breaking down walls, trusting others and finally finding love.  You may need a box of tissues for this one too.

   
Love Me with Lies Series (The Opportunist, Dirty Red, and Thief) by Tarryn Fisher

The Opportunist - Olivia and Caleb. Oh boy, where do I start?  These tortured souls really just can’t get it right.  This highly emotional story is loaded with angst, desperation, deceit, and twisted love.  There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about this one, but I really loved its dark side and simply devoured this story.        

Dirty Red – When things didn’t go as planned for the on again off again Olivia and Caleb, along came Leah, the manipulative, spoiled ex-wife of Caleb and mother to his daughter.  This story is told through her point of view.  Question:  How could I absolutely love a book about a character I completely despise? Answer:  Good writing.

Thief – Finally we get to hear Caleb’s point of view.  The last book of the series picks up where Dirty Red leaves off and spans a course of many years and delivers a great ending.  The story sways from past and present always keeping you wondering where it all will end and will they ever get it right. 

So there you have it.  I highly recommend all of my top 10 picks and hope you get to read all of these wonderful stories.

Happy New Year!!!

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