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Sunday, March 31, 2013

March 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 managed to read 26 books this month!  Not too shabby!

What I read

Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal--4 stars--My Review on Juliababyjen After Dark
The Burning Time by J.G. Faherty--4 stars--My Review
Surrender by Rhiannon Paille--3 stars--My Review
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce--4 stars--My Review
Aura by Rebecca Talley--4 stars--My Review
The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore--4 stars--My Review
Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund--4 stars--My Review
Illuminate by Aimee Agresti--4 stars--My Review
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi--5 stars--My Review
Eve and Adam by Michael Grant--3.5 stars--My Review
Annabel by Lauren Oliver--4 stars
Hana by Lauren Oliver--4 stars
Alex by Lauren Oliver--3 stars
Raven by Lauren Oliver--4.5 stars
Disconnect by Imran Siddiq--3 stars--My Review
There Comes A Prophet by David Litwack--4.5 stars--My Review
Love Unscripted by Tina Reber--4 stars
Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson--5 stars--My Review
Requiem by Lauren Oliver--4.5 stars--My Review
Wait For You by J Lynn (Jennifer L Armentrout)--4 stars--My Review on Juliababyjen After Dark
Keeper of the Moon by Harley Jane Kozak--3 stars
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick--4 stars--My Review
A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket--3 stars
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe--4 stars--My Review
Aurora Sky by Nikki Jefford--3.5 stars--My Review
Speechless by Hannah Harrington--4 stars--My Review

And the winner is....

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

And the runner-ups...

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.But we are still here.
And there are more of us every day.
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.
After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.
Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.
Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.
But we have chosen a different road.
And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.
We are even free to choose the wrong thing.
Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

"But what are we without dreams?"

A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the powerof the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Masters from the darkness have hidden their ancient magic in a place called the keep and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.

Nathaniel has grown up longing for more but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.

If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:

“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”

Which book won your bananas?

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