Thursday, February 28, 2013

This, That or Thought Thursday (18)

Hey Y’all!
Welcome to This, That, or Thought Thursdays hosted by yours truly! Feel free to join in the fun by posting your thoughts about the topic on your blog and leaving a link in the comments or as always feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

This Week’s Question: Social Media: Twitter or Facebook?

My Answer:

I got to admit I was a Myspace junkie. I know, I know...some of you are probably saying my what! Myspace was the big thing before Facebook and Twitter. I held on as long as I could but suddenly I was like the only one still on Myspace so I joined Facebook. I tried to like it. Honestly, I did! BUT it never really captured my heart. Myspace had all of these cool design features where you could customize and make it truly your space and in my opinion Facebook was just kind of blah in comparison. 

THEN...came Twitter with it 140 character status updates and an unique way to find other people that really love the same things you do. A place where you could talk to those people you look up to and completely adore and sometimes, just sometimes THEY TALKED BACK! With some people these people may be actors or athletes or rockstars but for me...they were writers. And as I began to follow these amazing writers that I had adored from afar and knew only from their books I learned things about them. I talked to them and some of them responded and I nearly died from the giddiness. And it was through following these authors that I discovered there were other people out there like me. People who loved and obsessed over books and would rather follow authors than rockstars. And these people had these things called blogs where they talked about their love for books and gave books away. YES, THEY GAVE BOOKS AWAY!! So I began reading these blogs and was hit with this crazy idea....I could start a blog. Then I did. 

Basically, Twitter is the reason I have a blog and found out about this whole other world out there. Because of Twitter I discovered I wasn't alone and there were these other crazy people that were just as crazy about books and words as me. 

So yeah, Twitter, any day!

So what about you...Twitter or Facebook?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (25)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

: With All My Soul
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Release Date: March 26, 2013

Goodreads Description:

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It's time to kick some hellion butt...

After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can't save everyone she loves without risking everything she has...

Why I'm Waiting: I fell in love with the Soul Screamers series last year and I can't wait to finally see the how this story is going to end! 

Preorder With All My Soul

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Signed Book Giveaway Hop Sign-Ups!

Hey y'all! 

I am super excited to be co-hosting a fabulous giveaway hop with none other than Kathy from I am a Reader, Not a Writer!

In case some of you don't know I am obsessed with signed books. Seriously, I love, love, love them! So I thought it would be super awesome to have a giveaway hop featuring signed books! Amazing, right?

I am hoping that there are others that love signed books just as much as me and would like to share their love for signed books. Also, I just want to point out that if you don't live near any bookstores that have book signings. There are several independent bookstores that have signed books you can order. I know Books of Wonder keep signed stock of several author's book and there are other bookstores that do this too.

Oh, and if you are on a budget you can also buy signed copies of some books from Book Closeouts.

So are you interested in joining this amazing hop? Be sure to look over the rules and then if you still want to participate sign-up below!

This hop will run April 16-22!

Hop Rules:
  • You must giveaway a book that has been signed by the author.

  • This hop has a limit of 12 possible entries.  Only 1 can be mandatory and any other must be optional.  Be aware that many people do not have a twitter or facebook account.  If your mandatory entry requires to follow you on twitter or like you on facebook you are automatically excluding people who may want to enter.  Entries must be simple and be able to be done on one visit to your blog.

  • Your blog & giveaway must be family friendly.  If you have steamy book covers in your header or sidebar you will be deleted from the linky.  I should be completely comfortable viewing your site with my husband or any one of my 5 children sitting by my side. If in doubt please ask.  I've been a little lax in the past but beginning with 2013 Hops I will be much more strict.

  • Your giveaway must be specifically for the hop.

  • If you are using rafflecopter... Set the rafflecopter to begin accepting entries on April 15th and to stop accepting entries on April 23rd. Use caution when using weighted entries.  If you mark a task as being worth +10 that counts as 10 entries and will get you deleted from the linky list.  Please see these examples: (Correct Rafflecopter - Unacceptable Rafflecopter).

  • All posts need to be up no later than 12:01 AM EST on April 16th.  Up to 24 hours early is fine.  10 minutes late is not. Once your post is live AND accepting entries please email me a direct link so I can update the linky.

  •  3 STRIKES & YOU ARE OUT POLICY - If you sign up for this hop and then realize you can not post I need you to email me to let me know so I can remove you before this hop starts.  I'm starting a 3 strikes and you are out policy.  Meaning if you sign up for one of my hops and do not put a post up you get added to my list of bloggers who do not post. This is not a list you want to find yourself on.  If this happens 3 times you will not be allowed to participate in any of my hops.  I totally understand that life happens so if something comes up you can email me and ask to be removed before the hop starts.

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Book Blast: Phantom Summer

Phantom Summer by Amy Sparling

Seventeen-year-old Taylor Gray moves to Sterling Island to get over her dead boyfriend. Mom’s cool with letting her crash on the couch, but Taylor needs to get a job before the lights are cut off again.

When the tall, dark and crazy Raine Tsunami offers her a position at his thriving ghost tour business, she figures it’s an easy way to make some cash. Taylor isn’t afraid of ghosts--that crap is as fake as her mom’s boob job. She loves their adventures on the historic island, especially the secret places he shows her when the crowds go home. So what if all the ghost stories are just legends?

When Taylor comes face to face with a ghost and Raine crosses the line between friend and boyfriend--Taylor’s new life collides with her haunted past. If murdered people end up as ghosts, then that someone she was trying to forget is probably trying to find her.


"I was wonderfully surprised by Phantom Summer!!! I couldn't put it down. Loved everything about it."

~Amazon Reviewer Angelmusic

"The emotions are so well written... I would definitely recommend reading this."

~Goodreads Reviewer Lauren

Author Amy Sparling

Amy Sparling is a Texas native with a passion for young adult literature. In her free time she participates in an unhealthy amount of Xbox playing, attends nerd conventions and reads books with her daughter. She's studying to become a high school teacher and lives near the beach with her daughter and two cats. Amy Sparling is a pen name.

$50 Book Blast Giveaway

Ends 3/10/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Audio Review: Silence

Title: Silence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 448 
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:


Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

My Thoughts:

SILENCE is another solid installment in the Hush, Hush series. As with previous books, SILENCE is filled with action, suspense, and plenty of hotness. Again, Fitzpatrick leaves readers breathless and aching to find out what happens next. Luckily, I had FINALE on hand and was able to start on it without delay!

I must say that when I first started SILENCE I was a bit confused. It had been a while since I had read CRESENDO and I couldn’t remember exactly how things had left off. It might not have been so bad if Nora hadn’t been completely in the dark as to what happened in the last 5 months. It seemed Nora and I were in the same boat. Fortunately for me, I had CRESENDO and was able to do a quick refresher and was easily caught up. Nora wasn’t as lucky.

For most of the book, Nora has absolutely no idea what’s going on. She’s completely in the dark and no one seems eager to fill in the gaps of her missing memory, not even her bestie, Vee. Nora grew frustrated and again Nora and I were on the same page. I kept wanting for someone to let her know what the heck was going on! Enter, Scott Parnell. Scott was the only one that seemed even the least bit interested in telling Nora what was going on. Nora wasn’t crazy about trusting him but since he was the only one talking she has no choice but to listen.

I do want to give all Patch fans a warning; Patch isn’t as present in Nora’s life as he is in previous books. Don’t worry though, he’s makes the most of his smaller page count! There are a couple of scenes that are hot and will have you drooling for your very own sexy fallen angel!

In SILENCE, we get a much better picture of Hank’s plan and army. Finally, we find out what Hank’s doing and how he’s doing it. There are plenty of twists and turns and several surprises along the way.

I do want to mention that I listened to the audiobook of SILENCE and the narrator wasn’t my favorite. I wasn’t too fond of the voices she did for other characters. Hank always sounded like he was talking in slow motion and Patch sounded a little too gruff. The narrator had a nice voice but sometimes it was a little too bubbly and there were awkward pauses.

Fitzpatrick does an excellent job of building up anticipation for the conclusion of the series. Readers will be anxious to see how Patch and Nora’s story will end. A must read for fans of the series!

Buy Silence

Thursday, February 21, 2013

This, That or Thought Thursday (17)

Hey Y’all!
Welcome to This, That, or Thought Thursdays hosted by yours truly! Feel free to join in the fun by posting your thoughts about the topic on your blog and leaving a link in the comments or as always feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

This Week’s Question: Are you an organizer or a live in chaos type of person?

My Answer:

I wouldn't say that I am necessarily a lover of chaos but I definitely live within it. I try to get and stay organized, I promise I do!! It just seems impossible for me. I never have the time that I need to get things put in order, which is especially true this week.

I see on twitter all the time these people that have posts scheduled months in advance and all I can do is sit there and think, HOW?? How do you do it? I'm lucky if I can get a week of posts scheduled in advance. Seriously, you organized people out there...How do you do it? I really want to know!

Hopefully, one day things will miraculously fall into place, the universe will suddenly make complete sense, and my blog will be entirely and completely organized. Yes, this will only exist in some alternative reality but hey I spend 50% of my time in alternative realities anyway so it can happen, right?

What are your thoughts?
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Pivot Point

Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 352
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Rating: 5 Cows 

Goodreads Description:
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.
My Thoughts:
I gotta say 2013 has been a great year for me as far as books go. I have read several that I have absolutely loved and Pivot Point is yet another one! With an interesting premise, a heroine that is both likeable and believable and a plot that keeps you guessing Pivot Point is a book that you will have a hard time finding anything you don’t love about it!
For me, one of the tell-tale signs that I love a book comes after I am done reading it. It’s not just how I felt while reading it (althought that definitely plays a part as well), it’s how I felt after reading it. After finishing Pivot Point, my mind was racing and I couldn’t get the story or the characters out of my head. My mind was spinning trying to figure out what would happen in the next book!
Addison is a character you can’t help but like. She isn’t like all of the other girls in school falling over themselves to date the high school quarterback…only she kinda is. She doesn’t want to fall for the most popular guy in school but whenever she’s around Duke she just can’t help it. But that’s just one of her possible futures. In the other she’s trying to befriend Trevor and exploring a whole new life outside of the world she’s always known.
The story is told through alternating futures. At first I wasn’t sure how I would like going back and forth but once I got into the story I really liked it. You get to see how Addison’s future lays out in each option and just when you get to the point you think you know which path she’ll choice, West throws you this wicked curve ball that you couldn’t even begin to see coming. Addison is faced with one of the most difficult choices you could think of and one I am grateful I didn’t have to choose between.
The characters, the world and the writing were all spectacular! Not only was Addison an interesting character but her supporting cast was as well. They made me laugh and cry and you can’t ask for much more than that. I loved the unique world Addison grew up in. It was interesting to learn about all of the different mind powers people had.
Pivot Point is a book that you will be thinking about long after you finished the last page. It isn't the same story you've heard a million times with only a slight variation. It's something completely new and refreshing!Trust me when I say this is one book you don’t want to miss!

Buy Pivot Point

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Author Interview: R. E. Palmer & Giveaway

Hey Y'all!

Today I am super excited to have R. E. Palmer, author of the YA Sci-fi Sky, on the blog to do an interview & giveaway! Hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did and be sure to enter to win a copy of his book!


Tell us something interesting about your book that we should know before reading it that we won’t get from the description.

Good question! How about, it's a cracking good read :0) But seriously, I've really struggled to write a blurb for the book that fully gets across the story, so thanks for the opportunity. The main theme of the story is devotion. Tomas has never met Sky other than in his dreams, in fact, he doesn't really know whether she's real or just a creation of his over-active imagination. But he’s still prepared to risk his life (not to mention his sanity) to find her, and rescue her from the ancient, dark force that's possessed her.
What can we expect from you next? Are you working on something now?

'm currently working on Stargazers, the sequel to Sky. I'd originally intended Sky to be a one-off, but all my volunteer readers said I had to continue the story - so I have. I've also got plans for a dystopian story - Noah's Ark, and an urban fantasy - PsirenSong. I hope to have Stargazers out by June 2013, and the other two over the next year or so.

Is there a moment that you can pinpoint and say, “that’s why I decided I wanted to be a writer?” If so, when was that moment? What happened?

I've wanted to be a writer since my late teens, but after several failed attempts, I unfortunately gave up. But two years ago, when walking the dog with my daughter, we were talking about ideas for stories when I suddenly had that eureka moment when I thought - "this is it!" Come rain or shine, I was going to write the story in my head and not stop until I'd done it. And the funny thing is, once I'd got the first one finished, the ideas for others just keep coming. Now I just need more hours in the day to work on them.

If being a writer wasn’t an option, what would your dream job be?

Movie director. To take a story and bring it to life for the screen would be a dream come true - not to mention a huge responsibility. Readers are the toughest audience in the world to impress because we already have the movie in our head. The anticipation surrounding the releases of Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, The Hunger Games and Twilight, to name a few, must prey on the mind of the director and actors. But it must be immensely rewarding to get it right.

Avid readers’ favorite books seem to change week to week based on what they’ve read recently or what kind of mood they are in (at least that’s how I am) What’s your favorite book right now?

Tough question, and yes you’re right, it does depend on mood and where you are right now in your life. I love to go back and read favourites from my teens and see what I make of them - now that I'm older and wiser (well hopefully). But right now, I'd have to say it's Divergent by Veronica Roth. In fact, it's just too good and I have to force myself to put it down, otherwise I'd never get anything written myself! I love the concept of making a choice at sixteen about which Faction to join - she really knows how to write a page-turner. Life is about making decisions, and most are ones you don't always realise at the time, just how important they can be!

I believe that all good writers have something they want readers to take away from their books. What do you want readers to take away from yours?

Never give up. Life can throw some pretty nasty things your way at times, but it's how we react to these situations that make us who we are. My Grandmother's favourite saying was 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'  Keep that in mind and everything will work out fine :0)

This or that:

Coke or Pepsi  - Coke (but only when it's gone flat - can't stand anything fizzy)
Chocolate or Vanilla - Chocolate (every time!)
Early Bird or Night Owl - Night owl
Harry Potter or Twilight - Harry Potter
Answer to Previous or The Hunger Games - The Hunger Games
Vampires or Werewolves - neither
Zombies or Unicorns - Unicorns
Twitter or Facebook - Twitter
MAC or PC - PC
Ebook or print - Print (although I do love my Kindle, I still prefer paperback)

About the Book


Tomas Moone has a secret - he’s terrified if anyone finds out, he’ll lose the girl of his dreams he’s so desperate to meet.
Selene has a secret - she fears if Tomas discovers the truth, he’ll reject her, and the last of her race will be lost forever.
Carly has no secrets – she’s in a coma. If Tomas fails to rescue her, she will suffer an eternity of horror and torment.
For the first time in her career, Shelley has a killer story, but she dare not tell it… no one would ever believe her.


In the timeless space between consciousness and sleep, Tomas Moone met the girl he would love for the rest of his short time on Earth. It happened during one of those perfect summer days you don’t want to end. He lay on the grass, gazing up at the sky, trying to look at those strange, squiggly things you get in your eye. But as soon as he caught a glimpse of one, it darted away. As Tomas drifted off to sleep, he saw her face and named her Sky. She seemed just as surprised as Tomas, but then the small, blonde girl with the pretty face smiled and disappeared.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

This, That, or Thought Thursday

Hey Y’all!

Welcome to This, That, or Thought Thursdays hosted by yours truly! Feel free to join in the fun by posting your thoughts about the topic on your blog and leaving a link in the comments or as always feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

This Week’s Question: This week's question is Valentines Day related. Who is your favorite YA couple? 

My Answer:  Oh, this is such a tough question! If I'm going with classic literature I would of course have to go with Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. I mean they are like the "IT" couple, are they not? 

However, if I would to go with something a little more current, I guess I would have to go this is really tough...Meghan & Ash. They really compliment each other well. At different times in their relationship, both have needed the other. They have taken turns helping each other out. They weren't two people you would think would work but they really do!!

Who's your favorite couple?? 

My Fictional Crushes...Boys are Better in Books Day 5

I recently just finished reading a book that has my absolute favorite fictional crush and was talking to my BFF about how amazing he was. This got me to thinking that this week would be the perfect week to feature my favorite fictional crushes.

Also, I asked my BFF to compile a list as well and she was kind enough to oblige. I figured this would be twice as fun and we would able to compare our crushes. 
So each day from now until Valentine’s Day we will both give you one of our top five crushes! We are going to count down and on Valentine’s Day we will both reveal our favorite fictional crush!
Now, who’s ready for some swoonworthy hotness???

Ashley's Top 5 Favorite Fictional Crushes:

5. Galen, Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Let me start off by saying that I have a thing for princes. But really, who doesn’t?  In case you haven’t guessed Galen is a Syrena Prince. He’s got the body of a Greek god and is so funny. A lot of his humor comes from him not fully understanding humans and their slang terms which makes me that much more adorable!

“You can put me down now.”
“I’m not ready yet.” He tightens his hold.
“You don’t have to hold—“
“Emma? Can you hear me?”
“Uh, yes. I can hear fine. I just can’t see—“
“That’s a relief. Because for a minute there, I thought maybe you didn’t hear me when I said I’m not ready yet.”

Anna Banks, Of Poseidon

Buy Of Poseidon

4. Prince Maxon, The Selection by Kiera Cass

Remember earlier when I said I had a thing for princes? Yeah, still have a thing for him. Maxon turned out to be a lot different than I thought he would. I thought he was going to be this stuck up guy but turns out he's not. He's sweet, caring, affection, and most importantly he wants to make a difference in his country. He's outraged when he discovers some of the injustices out there and wants to change things. 

“...Maxon lowered his lips to mine and gave me the faintest whisper of a kiss.

Something about the tentativeness of it made me feel beautiful. Without a word, I could understand how excited he was to have this moment, but then afraid at the same time. And deeper than any of that, I sensed that he adored me.

So this is what it felt like to be a lady.”    -America on Prince Maxon, The Selection by Kiera Cass

“If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.”  - Prince Maxon

Buy The Selection

3. Ash, The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa

Okay, so you remember the last two days when I said I had a thing for princes? Totally, proving my point here because once again I chose a prince. This time a Winter Faery Prince. Ash has the whole bad boy thing going for him but the good news is underneath his cold, hard exterior he is such a sweetheart! I'm sure he'd kill me for saying that but it's true. He would do anything for the girl he loves (in this case it's Meghan and not me!). 

“Touch her, and I'll freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar. Understand?” - Ash, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

“A soft noise, almost a sob. Ash rose, hesitated, as if fighting the compulsion to obey. "I will always be your knight, Meghan Chase," he whispered in a strained voice, as if every moment he remained was painful to him. "And I swear, if there is a way for us to be together, I will find it. No matter how long it takes. If I have to chase your soul to the ends of eternity, I won't stop until I find you, I promise."

And then he was gone.”  - Ash, The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Buy The Iron Fey

2. Jackson Deveaux, Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Jackson Deveaux is not your typical bad boy. Sure, he's hot and constantly in trouble but he also has kind heart especially if your name happens to be Evie. He watches out for her and promises to never let anything hurt her. Also he speaks French, okay technically Cajun French but still it's sexy! He's strong and rugged and literally makes me want to melt into a puddle. 

Here's a couple quotes to give you a little more idea of what I'm talking about...

“When you got captured, I didn't know..." He trailed off, had to chug whiskey before he could continue. "If it'd be like..."


"Like it was with Clotile."

"Oh, Jackson, no. I was okay. I'm unharmed."

"Didn't know if I'd get there too late," he said with a shudder. Then he crossed over to me, until we stood toe-to-toe. "Evie, if you ever get taken from me again, you better know that I'll be coming for you." He cupped my face with a bloodstained hand. "So you stay the hell alive! You don't do like Clotile, you doan take that way out. You and me can get through anything, just give me a chance."--his voice broke lower "just give me a chance to get to you." He buried his face in my hair, inhaling deeply. "There is nothing that can happen to you that we can't get past."


"When you say we...?"

He pulled back, gazing down at me, his eyes blazing. "I'm goan to lay it all out there for you. Laugh in my face--I don't care. But I'm goan to get this off my chest."

"I won't laugh. I'm listening."

"Evie, I've wanted you from the first time I saw you. Even when I hated you, I wanted you." He raked his fingers through his hair. "I got it bad, me."

My heart felt like it'd stopped--so that I could hear him better. - Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

“If you touch me like that again, Evangeline,” he began in a husky tone, dropping to his seat once more, “in the space of a heartbeat, I will have you off this bike and onto the closest horizontal surface. And I woan be picky, no.” - Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

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1. Adrian, Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Adrian Ivashkov is what got this whole fictional crushes thing started. I'm been in love with him ever since he showed up in Frostbite. He's funny, sarcastic and has some of the best one liners you'll ever hear. Throughout the whole series I was rooting for Adrian with Rose and I cried like a baby at the end of Last Sacrifice. I honestly don't think I'll ever come across a guy fictional or otherwise that will take his place. As Adrian would say, "There is only one Adrian Ivashkov." I'm not positive he actually said that but if he didn't it definitely sounds like something he would. 

“I know how devastated you must be to miss me, but leave a message, and I'll try to ease your agony”    
-Adrian, Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

“You've asked me out tons of times."
"Not really. I've made inappropriate suggestions and frequently pushed for nudity. But I've never asked you out on a real date.”  -Adrian, Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection." He paused to reconsider that. "Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try." -Adrian, Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

“I don't care if you say we can't be together. I don't care if you think I'm the most evil, unnatural creature walking on earth. You can think whatever you want, go whatever you want. I'm going to just go on loving you, even if it's hopeless.”  -Adrian, The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Buy The Indigo Spell

Honorable Mentions:

-Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
-Zeke, The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
-Jace, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Kaci's Top 5 Favorite Fictional Crushes:

When I was first asked to do this guest blog for Wholly Books, I thought it would be a breeze. Ha! It proved to be both the easiest and the hardest I’ve written in a while. The easy part was thinking of guys from YA/NA books to put on my crush list. I mean I am pretty sure these genres have produced some of the hottest male characters! This also leads me to the reason it was the hardest blog piece to write. There were so many I had the worst time narrowing it down to five! However, I did my best and narrowed it down. Let me know what y’all think! =)

5. Colt, Charade by Nyrae Dawn

Finally, I picked Colt from Nyrae Dawn’s book Charade. Colt sells drugs and would rather be anywhere than at college. Sounds like a loser? No way! Everything that he does is to help out his mom who is dying of cancer. You can’t fault a guy for loving his mom. He wasn’t perfect but that’s what made him perfect so to speak. When he says or does something sweet, you know he really means it. He also has that hot bad boy appeal which seems to be a theme among my picks.
“This isn’t a f-ing game anymore. No charades here. I don’t know exactly what to call it, but whatever it is, it’s ours. I’m going to latch onto it. And never let go.”

Nyrae Dawn, Charade

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4. Garrick, Losing it by Cora Carmack 

Next would be Garrick from Cora Carmack’s book Losing It. He has looks AND brains. He drives a motorcycle and has an accent. Sigh. What more could you want? He also puts up with all the awkwardness that is Bliss so that gives him major brownie points.

**I don’t really have a special quote from this book. However, I recommend you read the book because it is filled with some of the most hilarious quotes I’ve ever read!

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3. Grayson, Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

My third pick is Grayson from Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols. Mainly I picked Grayson because he flies planes and I think that’s hot. 

“When I’m with you, “he began again, “it’s like…I still don’t feel normal. But I can see normal at twelve o’clock on the horizon.” He pointed past me, through the windshield of an imaginary airplane.
Jennifer Echols, Such a Rush

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2. Rush, Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines 

Coming in at number two is Rush from Abbi Glines’ book Fallen Too Far. (Side note: I am in love with pretty much every male character Abbi Glines sees fit to write about but for the sake of narrowing this list down I had to pick one) Back to Rush. He is the bad boy that every girl wants. Rush has all these tattoos and piercings. He curses way too much but that’s ok. Why? Because deep down he cares deeply about those he lets in his life and he is truly a good guy.
“Talk. We are going to talk first. I want to see you smile and laugh. I want to know what your favorite show was when you were a kid and who made you cry at school and what boy band you hung posters of on your wall. Then I want you naked in my bed again.”
Abbi Glines, Fallen Too Far

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1. Adrian, Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

My number one crush would be Adrian from the Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines series. I am not sure if a guy gets any better or any hotter than him! He is funny, gorgeous, and slightly damaged and I like that. Sure he has his problems but at the end of the day he is a great guy. He’s loyal. What girl doesn’t want loyalty especially if it comes in a package as hot as Adrian?
“Well, you can think what you want, so long as you remember-no matter how ordinary things seem between us-I’m still here, in love with you, and care about you more than any other guy, evil or otherwise, ever will.”

Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell

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Honorable Mentions:
-Travis, Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
-Prince Maxon, The Selection by Kiera Cass
-Galen, Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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