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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Favorites: Our Favorite Reads of 2015

This week we're wrapping up the end of 2015 with a list of our favorites. At the end of each year we put together a list of our favorites. From favorite reads, favorite debut authors, new releases, couples, book covers, book boyfriends and more. Each day this week we'll be featuring a favorite from this year, you can check out our lists here. Don't miss our giveaway at the end of the week!

Today's favorites list is our favorite Reads of 2015! Which means these were titles we read, and reviewed here on the blog. This list is always the hardest part of the year. It's hard picking just a few select favorites out of the many awesome titles we've read this year. Some of my all time favorite books haven't yet been reviewed (I swear there needs to be more time in the year), but will be reviewed this January, and then featured on my favorites list for 2016.

Below you'll find just a few of our favorite 2015 reads!

Katie's Picks

  1. Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
  2. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis
  4. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
  5. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
  6. Ignite by Sara B. Larson
  7. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
  8. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  9. Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
  10. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Emmaly's Picks

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  2. Ever Move by Ellie Marney
  3. Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare
  4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  5. Copper Gauntlet by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
  6. Out of Sight Out of Time by Ally Carter
  7. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  9. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  10. The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E Smith

ie's Picks

  1. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  3. All Fall Down by Ally Carter
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
  5. Lock & Mori by Heather Petty
What were some of your favorite 2015 reads? Don't miss our giveaway happening on New Year's Day! 


The Shadowhunters goodies keep on coming this week! Check out the newest Shadowhunters TV teaser trailers that ABC Family shared earlier this week.

If that wasn't enough to get fans excited for the upcoming premiere on 'Shadowhunters' airing on January 12th, on Freeform, check out this new featurette!

The count down is on! With only two more weeks left until the series airs, Shadowhunters TV is treating fans to all sorts of goodies. One can only hope that they're next surprise would be to not make us wait any longer, and air the first episode already. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken / Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway #Passenger

Hello and welcome to today's stop in the PASSENGER blog tour! I'm so thrilled to share my review, for one of my most anticipated releases of 2016, with you today. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post! 


By: Alexandra Bracken
Published by: Disney Hyperion
To Be Released on: January 5th, 2016
Series: Passenger #1
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passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she's inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she's never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods–a powerful family in the Colonies–and the servitude he's known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can't escape and the family that won't let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick must ensure she brings it back to them–whether she wants to or not. 

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods' grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever.

My Review

This was one of my most anticipated 2016 releases, and it lived up to everything I had hoped it would be and then some. PASSENGER is one of the books that from the moment I started reading it, there was no putting it down until I was done. This book is a fantastic read!! My only compliant about it, is now I have to impatiently wait for the sequel. 

Alexandra Bracken's writing was awesome. I don't even know what else to say about it. I loved the way she wrote this book. Everything in this story had a purpose. From the characters, to the details about the time periods they are from, to the plot, there's a reason for each of these being in the story. I love it when an author does that. The story was well paced, yet I felt that the story flew by as I was reading it. I didn't feel like there was a shortage of action. Even during the 'slower' parts of the story, which wasn't often, there's still something going on, but not to a point that it over loads you. It just makes you want to read the story faster. 

Character wise, I love complicated, smart, not afraid to speak their mind characters. One of my favorites from the story is Etta. It was interesting to see how she changed from the girl I first met at the beginning of the story, to the girl she becomes. I like that she's not afraid to speak her mind, and that through out all that she goes through, her loyalty never waivers. Then there's Nicholas. I loved being able to get inside his head, because there's so much going on in there. I loved getting to see how at war he is with himself over what he wants, and what he's feeling. There's a lot to his story, and I really enjoyed getting to know him. Most of all, I loved that no matter what, he would never let anything happen to Etta. *sigh* 

The romance in this book is one of my favorites. It's not a love at first sight at all. It's more of an awe and wonder at first sight, between Etta and Nicholas. I liked that they had a mutual respect for each other. Now I won't say too much about their relationship, because it would contain some spoilers, however, I will say that despite the two different paths these characters are on, I loved that they do fall for each other. Part of their relationship is figuring out what the future holds for the two of them. Why do things have to be so complicated!?! Can I please have the sequel now? I need to know things that happen next. 

Oh this plot! It's complex, and addicting. Don't even try to figure out what's going on, because the moment you do, the plot thickens further, casting you further into the deceptive world Etta and Nicholas are each apart of. I can honestly say, I didn't see half the things coming. That was brilliant! What I loved most about this story, aside from the writing, was the way Alexandra wove together the elements of time travel, history, romance, deception, danger, and plenty of action, so perfectly. She ripped my heart out, stitched back together, and then left me wanting more. 

About the Author

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She now writes full time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming apartment overflowing with books. You can visit her online at or on Twitter (@alexbracken).

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Week 1
12/28/2015- Novel NoviceReview
12/29/2015- FiktshunInterview
12/30/2015- Mundie MomsReview
12/31/2015- Me My Shelf And IGuest Post
1/1/2016- Page Turners BlogReview

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1/4/2016- Dark Faerie TalesInterview
1/5/2016- FangirlishGuest Post
1/6/2016- Supernatural SnarkReview
1/7/2016- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsInterview
1/8/2016- The Book CellarReview

Shadowhunters TV Series: Promotional Photos from 'The Descent Into Hell Is Easy', Episode 2 / Synopsis for Episodes 2 & 3 #Shadowhunters

We're two weeks away from the premiere of 'Shadowhunters' on ABC Family, which will be switching it's name to Freeform in the new year. Shadowhunters TV has released a lot of teasers for fans this week. One of them being these recent promotional photos from 'The Descent Into Hell Is Easy', the 2nd episode from the series (which is also air on January 19th). The first episode for Shadowhunters is scheduled to premiere in two weeks, on January 12th, 2016 on Freeform. Check out some of the images below:

There are a lot more promotional pictures to check out! Be sure to head over to Fangirlish here to see the rest. 

SHADOWHUNTERS – “The Descent Into Hell is Easy” – Clary’s memories may be the key to finding her mother and The Mortal Cup in “The Descent Into Hell is Easy,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, January 19th at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. ABC Family is becoming Freeform on January 12, 2016. (ABC Family/John Medland) DOMINIC SHERWOOD, KATHERINE MCNAMARA

Thank you to Fangirlish, we also know more about the 3rd Episode:

Dead Man’s Party (airing Jan. 26) Clary, Jace, Alec and Isabelle work to rescue Simon from the vampire hideout, Hotel du Mort.

Shadowhunters TV Series: New Promotional Pictures of the Cast #Shadowhunters

I feel like it's still Christmas! Shadowhunters TV continues to treat fans with pictures and videos from Shadowhunters, this week. Check out the newest promotional pictures they've shared on both Instagram and Twitter. Can I just say, this is one fabulous looking cast. 

It's the holiday season, and Shadowhunters continues to treat fans to all sorts of goodies this week. Check out the new promotional pictures of the cast! Shadowhutners shared these photos on Twitter, here, here and here. I have to say, I am loving our TV series cast!! We're down to the final two weeks of waiting to see the series! Who's ready for January 12th?! 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 Favorites: Top 5 Favorite Debut Authors

This week we're wrapping up the end of 2015 with a list of our favorites. At the end of each year we put together a list of our favorites. From favorite reads, favorite debut authors, new releases, couples, book covers, book boyfriends and more. Each day this week we'll be featuring a favorite from this year. Don't miss our giveaway at the end of the week!

Today's favorites list is our favorite Debut Authors. There were some amazing debut authors this year. I'm constantly in awe of the amazing writing talent debut authors have. Here were some of our favorite 2015 debuts.