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Monday, March 11, 2013

February Best of the Bunch

Best of the Bunch is hosted by Always Lost in Stories.  Best of the Bunch is a monthly wrap-up and award ceremony hosted here on the last day of each month, where we can look back over the books we have read and give a Best of the Bunch award to our favorite book of that month.

It is also a blog hop for bloggers to showcase their pick of "Best of the Bunch". I always put up my post on the last day of the month, but remember, you can add your link anytime in the following month- please join in, I love hearing about which books you thought were the most amazing!

For more info and to grab the button and stickers visit the BOTB page here, then all you need to do is write up your post showing us your Best of the Bunch and add your linky to the list below. Don't forget to check out the other blogs to find out which books other bloggers have awarded the best.

I had another great reading month, but didn't come close to my January's totals!

What I read this month!

Prodigy by Marie Lu--5 stars--My Review
Where She Went by Gayle Forman--5 stars
The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spaulding--3.5 stars--My Review
Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti--4 stars
The Moon Dwellers by David Estes--4.5 stars--My Review
Life Before Legend by Marie Lu--4 stars
The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen--4.5 stars--My Review on Juliababyjen After Dark blog
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood--5 stars--My Review
Ashfall by Mike Mullin--5 stars--My Review
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris--3 stars
The Next Forever by Lisa Burstein--4 stars
The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter--3.5 stars--My Review
Asunder by Jodi Meadows--5 stars
Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg--4 stars
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris--5 stars
Catherine by April Lindner--5 stars--My Review
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer--5 stars
Every Day by David Levithan--4 stars--My Review
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep--4.5 stars--My Review
Bound by J. Elizabeth Hill--4.5 stars--My Review
Frost Fire by Olivia Rivers--4 stars--My Review
Time's Twisted Arrow by Rysa Walker--4 stars-My Review
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd--3 stars--My Review

And the winner is...

My first read of the month!

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. 

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

And the runners-up!


Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Newsoul trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

Which book won your bananas?

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