Binge on Books Top Books of 2017: Madison’s Favorites

Madison’s top reads of the year

Cannot believe 2017 went by so quickly. 2/3 of my top books this year have been read within the last month. But overall it was a great year for the book community.
In no particular order…
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Alisa Listens, Audio Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Title and Author:  It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Narrator:  Olivia Song

Published by:  Simon & Schuster

Format:  Audio

Genre:  NA, romance  

Order link: Amazon

Reviewed by:  Alisa

What to expect:  This is a unique book that tells a very raw and emotional story. Read More

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Readers’ Choice Best YA/NA Books of 2012, part 1

We asked, you answered and the response was overwhelming to say the least!

Gotta hand it to you: YOUR list of the best Young Adult and New Adult from 2012 is amazing! A lot of these are on my TBR and a lot I’ve read (and totally agree with you by the way. You all have superb taste in books). If we reviewed it, I’ve also included a link to the review and the # of stars.

Now I must tell you. You gave us so many awesome reads that I had to break this list up! I’m giving you 25 at a time until we’re done and hope you can keep up!

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Three Things that Kick Butt: An Author Birthday Contest, One HUGE Contest, and the Comment Section

Hey guys! I’m super elated today! It could be the 4 cups of coffee I’ve had since waking up 2 hours ago…but I think it’s more because things are finally starting to get back to normal around here in Hoboken. Gone are the armored National Guard trucks patrolling the streets and here to stay is ELECTRICITY! I can sleep without needing 6 layers and 4 quilts! I don’t have to wear a headlamp to make my canned soup! Amazing stuff.

Now I have three very important things that I want to tell you about:

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Contest time: Signed Copies of Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

Guys! So many exciting things to tell you:

1. Colleen Hoover’s books Slammed and Point of Retreat have been optioned for movies. That’s right. Will Cooper will be slamming his sexy way across the big screen sometime soon and I will be there to drool over–watch, it’s watch, Judith, every minute of it.

2. In celebration of that awesome achievement, Atria Books has put both books on sale. Again, that’s

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right! They’re on sale! And we’re not talking 99 cents off here. They’ve been slashed down to $3.99 each on Amazon. So get up and get Slammed and Point of Retreat for cheap! Amazing!

3. Because of how awesome she is, Colleen has given us a signed copy of both Slammed and Point of Retreat to gift away to one lucky winner!!! I can hear the collective screams of joy (and no, that’s not just Ellen getting excited from somewhere in mid-New Jersey). These books are so good. If you haven’t had a chance to read them and want to try your luck, enter our contest below!

The rules:

Contest is for a signed copy of both Slammed and Point of Retreat. Open to anyone local or international. Must 18 years or older, or with parents’ permission.

 

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August 1: Judith’s back with a TON of reviews just for you

Hey guys! Judith here. I’m back in the house (or the country if we’re being literal) and armed with a TON of new books to review. You’re probably scrunching up your nose and scratching your head, thinking, “What books, Judith? Cause I’ve been dying to get some

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new stuff but with you away I just couldn’t think of what to get! Quite frankly I’ve been pining for you cause I’ve really, really missed you and your snark. Oh and if we’re being open I simply have to say that I find you to be the most amazing of all book bloggers and want to shower you with love.” Awww, you guys! Stop. I’m blushing! I missed you too.

Now if you just can’t wait for the reviews, here’s the list of what to expect in the next few weeks along with random pics from my crappy smartphone:

1. Crash by Nicole Williams

2. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

3. Twisted by Amity Hope

4. Thoughtless and Effortless by SC Stephens (to be filed as New Adult)

5. My Heart for Yours by Jolene Perry and Steph Campbell

6. Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards by Janette Rallison

7. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

8. What I’ve Done by Jen Naumann

9. Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout

10. Knee Deep by Jolene Perry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 29th: Sunday Roundup because Monday I’m going to be feeling lazy

What’s that sound? Oh yes, it is silence, something my house has been lacking quite a bit of for the last two weeks. You see, we’ve had houseguests. The sort of houseguests that you love having around (my mother-in-law is a dream! She cooks, cleans, buys groceries, takes care of me and my husband. Now if we could only get her to learn some English and then force her onto one of those shows called Supermom or My Favorite Mother-In-Law, we could make a killing because this lady would WIN. She’s amazing). But still: my tiny New York apartment has been a crowded mess for half a month and there hasn’t been much time for reviews or reading lists or funny posts about authors and their upcoming books.

I do however have some great contests, an awesome blog tour and book release, one review thanks to Richelle, our fabulous go-to guest blogger, and some other tidbits you might find interesting. So here we go:

CONTESTS:

Fellow blogger, Mollie Harper of Tough Critic Book Reviews, is trying to beg/grovel/whine/connive her way into an ARC of Onyx, Jennifer L Armentrout’s sequel to Obsidian. If you haven’t started this series about hot aliens living next door, check out our review and then enter to win Mollie’s contest to win a copy of Obsidian.  It’ll also help her on her way to Likes which she hopes will get her noticed by Entangled Publishing…a girl can always dream because we all know Entangled is guarding those puppies like diamonds.

BLOG TOUR and SURPRISE AUTHOR GUEST REVIEW:

We’re participating in the Sarah Billington Kiss Off Blog tour! For those of you who are scratching your heads and saying, “The who to what tour?”, let me introduce you. This is Sarah Billington, a new YA author from the land down under:

Doesn’t she look fun? And Aussie? Well, Sarah has written an equally fun and fabulous book called, The Kiss Off:

It’s about a 16 year old song writer named Poppy and what happens when she releases a very real song about teenage heartbreak on Youtube.  Mum’s the word about anything more since our review of it will be out on May 2nd.  In anticipation, we have a very special Sarah Billington review of The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love which will be out on May 1st!

REVIEWS: 


Guest blogger, Richelle, has stepped up to the plate again and reviewed Slammed by Colleen Hoover. Lake and her family move to Michigan from Texas after the loss of her father. While there she meets hottie next door neighbor, Will, and the two are drawn to each other through another traumatic event. Richelle gives it 100000000/10 and has been trying to push the book on not only me but all people she comes into contact with. High praise indeed.

SAD NEWS:

Contrary to what we were originally told, the release for Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout has been pushed back to August. Here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth as it were:

Jennifer ArmentroutJennifer Armentrout ‏ @JLArmentrout

@ILoveYAFiction @entangledpub @molliekh It was pushed back by the pub due to distribution.

Yes, that was the sound of the female readers of North America letting out a collective sob.  
And on that sad, sad note, I must bid you all a good Sunday.
xoxo
Judith
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Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Self published

Format: Kindle Edition

Remember that crazy friend of mine that somehow reads a book a day? Well, she did it again, she recommended another amazing book. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the cover because it was pretty basic, but I learned my lesson about judging books from their covers after my last mistake. Well, sort of!

Plot:
After dealing with the loss of her father, Layken, her mother, and brother need to move from Texas to Michigan. Layken, or Lake as most people call her, just turned 18 and is miserable about the fact that she has to move to a completely new place for her senior year. Her luck seems to be changing when she meets Will, her 21 year old neighbor, who just happens to be

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Review: I cannot believe how amazing this book was! Seriously, if every book was this great, I would never sleep! And I need sleep people, I have a 3 year old! I couldn’t even think about anything else until I finished this book AND the second (Point of Retreat), totally ignoring the fact that I had a 3 year old’s birthday party to plan, yikes! The twists and turns just kept coming and made it impossible to put down.

Ms. Hoover wrote an emotionally captivating book. I don’t know how she could make me feel so many damn emotions, but she did! I actually want to meet all these people she wrote about (yes, I know they are fictional characters, don’t judge me!). Not only the main characters Lake and Will, but also Lake’s mother, both little brothers, and Lake’s friend Eddie (yes, she’s a girl). Ok, as I’m typing this, I’m noticing that there are no normal names besides Will. Well, aside from their names, they are exactly what Lake needs to get through everything. I really want to spill the beans here, but you would hate me for that, wouldn’t you? Just read it and let’s talk!

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: 10. Lake goes through so much within a year’s time. She is strong through most of it and at times acts like her 18 year old self, sometimes a bit immature, but that seems reasonable considering how fast she has to grow up. The best thing about Lake is how much she cares for her family and friends.

How much did I like the love interest: 10
Will, mmmmmm, Will… Sorry hubby, Will is amazing! Will is another gorgeous man that I had to read about (and dream about). Yes, yes he’s only 21, but (sigh) I can’t help myself. Ok, enough about how I feel about him. Will has also had to endure his share of grief. His parents died when he was 19, now he is raising his brother. Will found a way to express his emotions, which is through beautiful slam poetry. Here is just one example:

One million, fifty one thousand and two hundred minutes

That’s approximately how many minutes I’ve loved you,

It’s how many minutes I’ve thought about you,

How many minutes I’ve worried about you,

How many times I’ve thanked God for you,

How many minutes I’ve thanked every deity in the Universe for you.

One million

Fifty one thousand

And

Two

Hundred

Minutes…


How believable is the plot: 10.
Very believable! People are faced with hardships everyday and everyone deals with them differently. This is a great example of how many emotions one goes through when facing any kind of challenge in life.

How much did I like the writing style / editing / etc: 10. I just love it when authors use a unique writing style. Song lyrics? Yep! Captivating story? Yep! Slam poetry? Yep! Did we just become best friends? Yep! Sorry, that last line is from Step Brothers, but I kind of did become best friends with this book!

How much did I want to keep reading: 10.
I’m telling you I could not stop reading this book! I literally finished the last page and went right to the first page of Point of Retreat, no breaks, nothing! It was that good!

Final Score: 10/10
I’ve tweeted about it, I’ve told my friends on Facebook, I’ve told my family to read it. I’ve yelled from the top of the mountain, “I love my best friend Evan!” Sorry, that’s from Superbad, but if I had a mountain near me, I would climb it and yell, “I love Slammed by Colleen Hoover and everyone should buy it and read it NOW!” And the best part about this book? It’s only $2.99 on the Kindle! Yippee!!

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