Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we feature top ten books or book related stuff according to each week’s topic.

As we all know, this Friday, 14th of February, is Valentine’s Day! Not that I have a Valentine or anything but then again, who needs a Valentine when you’ve got books & ships? Just kidding. Anyway, this week’s list consists of the top 10 books that made me swoon. I’m a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic and I will shamefully admit I barely read any novels without romance now. That doesn’t mean I would settle for simply any romantic story, it’s got to be well-developed!

So here’s a list of books that either made me swoon, want a relationship like the one portrayed in it or wish desperately for a guy like the one in the story. ;)

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon:

All Our Yesterdays
1. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
I ship Em & Finn so much! They’re so different, yet perfect for each other; like magnets!

Anna and the French Kiss
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Although this book was a teensy bit cheesy at times, it was still wonderfully romantic. It wasn’t just about romance, of course, but the romance was definitely my favourite part. Étienne was amazing, period.

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3. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
I just finished the last of this trilogy, Three, and I’m sure Chase and Ember are one of my favorite fictional couples ever. For further elaboration, read my reviews! Oh, Chase is also one heck of a boyfriend. Someone give him a medal!

Champion
4. Champion by Marie Lu
Day. June. Daniel Altan Wing. June Iparis. I don’t know how I can sanely express my love for them two. I won’t even try.

Dare You To
5. Dare You To by Katie McGarry
If there ever is a perfectly imperfect relationship in real life, it would be Beth and Ryan’s. Or maybe I’m biased because I can really relate to Beth sometimes (just that I’m more chipper) and I would love a boyfriend like Ryan.

Deity
6. Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I would list the whole Covenant series here if I could but I picked Deity because it was the book that made me realize how deeply Aiden and Alex loved each other. They literally stuck with each other through thick and thin. Their love can conquer everything. :’)

For Darkness Shows the Stars
7. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
THIS. THIS BOOK. It’s filled to the brim with crazy FEELS. It’ll twist your heart into an unrecognizable shape.

Scarlet
8. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Many of my friends have heard me say this before but now I shall announce it to the blogosphere and the internet: I WANT A WOLF. No kidding, I really do think a guy like Wolf is the perfect guy for me.

Siege and Storm
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I do ship Malina like crazy but what really got this novel on this list is a particular privateer… Smart, witty, hilarious & FREAKING AMAZING, I’m just ripping out my heart & going, “TAKE IT. JUST TAKE IT; YOU CAN HAVE IT.”

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
10. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
I would be downright cray cray if I did not put TSPoLaFS on this list! It’s practically everything love at first sight should have! And for the record, I do believe in love at first sight.

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This list is in alphabetical order because I really couldn’t pick any one over another based on their level of swooniness. Unsurprisingly, coming up with this list made me want to smile forever, grab my Wolf (or Sturmhond), run into the sunset and live happily ever after.

Here’s an early happy Valentine’s Day from me to you (even if you don’t have a Valentine)! ♥

Adelena

ARC Review: Three by Kristen Simmons

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Three
by Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 #3
Publication Date: 11 February 2014
Tor Teen, eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Thankyou Macmillan (Tor/Forge) for providing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR FIRST 2 BOOKS.

Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.

And all that’s left is smoking ruins.

Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.

Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.

At fighting back.

Rating: ★★★★★

I can’t believe it’s over. I think I might be in denial. The Article 5 trilogy is complete. Done. No more. All I want to do is curl up in a corner and not do anything for a million years. Not because Three was bad but because it was completely spectacular and I just want to hug Ember, Chase, Sean, Rebecca and Kristen Simmons then continue my corner hogging. However, I’ve found the strength to turn on my laptop, sit down and write a review for this awe-inspiring conclusion to an epic dystopian trilogy.

While Article 5 was extremely character based and Breaking Point action-packed, Three was the perfect combination of both. Ember and Chase continue on their grueling journey with a handful of other rebels after they discovered the bombed safe house. Left with little hope, their only choice was to follow tracks and seek help from survivors – or the mysterious Three. This of course, led them to uncover many secrets about not only the rebellion but the history of the War and formation of the Federal Bureau of Reformation (FBR).

Something I’ve always loved about and felt set this trilogy apart from other dystopian books was that Ember was one hundred percent girl-next-door. She is particularly relatable and it feels like you could be dropped right there in her place in a split second. I especially admired how Ember persevered in hopeless situations and trust me, Three was practically built on futile circumstances.

Unlike most dystopian series, the romance was incredibly well-developed in this trilogy. Chase and Ember were undeniably a perfect match yet they were never, ever cheesy. I’ve loved them both together since the very start and although life had thrown crazy obstacles in their way, they (thankfully) understood each other well enough to work through them.

“What if I’m far too gone?”

“Then I’ll find you,” I said. “And I’ll bring you back.”

–  20%, eARC

The plot in Three was intricate and fast-paced; there never was a single dull moment. In practically every chapter, a secret was revealed or there was a plot twist. I’m utterly amazed at how Kristen Simmons comes up with these impossible conditions yet somehow get Ember, Chase and all the other characters to keep going and find solutions. I would’ve been totally stumped had I been faced with those unfeasible situations!

As for the characters, you will get to know every single one of them – not just Ember and Chase – better in Three. It’s heartbreaking to understand how the cruelty of the FBR affected all the various people in society, both the compliant and noncompliant. That, in a way, contributed a lot to better world-building and made the whole story seem so much more personal.

One of my favorite parts of this novel – apart from everything going on between Ember and Chase – was the conflicted relationship between Ember and Tucker. Her struggle about how she should treat him was impressively played out. Ember’s forgiving nature and hatred for Tucker were both beautifully shown because really, how do one face the man who murdered one’s mother and yet had proved numerous times he was trustworthy?

All in all, there couldn’t have been a more fitting ending for this trilogy. Although violent and filled with lost lives, the ending was astounding and would have you on the edge of your seat, adrenaline pumping through your blood until the very last sentence. If I had been someone who bites my nails, I probably would not have any left from how worried I was about who would die or survive! Obviously, the conclusion moved me to tears (why, Kristen Simmons, why?) and yet I loved it to bits. I would recommend this gorgeous dystopian trilogy to all thrill-seekers who also love amazing characters.

Lastly, I’m just wholly glad I decided to pick up Article 5 sometime in the middle of last year – leading to an amazing adventure and being introduced to incredible characters – and so grateful to Kristen Simmons for sharing Ember and Chase’s inspiring journey.

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Stacking the Shelves (#3)

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where all the books we got recently would be featured – no matter physical or digital; bought, borrowed, won or gifted.

Hey lovelies! I usually post my Stacking the Shelves posts on Sundays but I was too busy baking yesterday, hence the delay. Anyway, this post would be a condensed one of all the books I’ve gotten for the past few weeks since the last time I posted a Stacking the Shelves post was about a month ago (the holiday season sure was busy!).

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For Review:

  • Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons [via NetGalley]

Bought:

Borrowed:

Thank you Macmillan for providing my an eARC of Three by Kristin Simmons! As many of you know, it was listed in the Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR and I simply can’t wait to start on it! These Broken Stars was actually more of a pre-order that finally arrived (YAY!) but I decided to include it anyway. As for the borrowed books, all are titles I’ve been pretty excited about although I’ve already read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and loved it. However, that was all the way back in 2011 so I decided it was time for a reread before moving on to the sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and finally awaiting the last installment, The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

Overall, I’m very ecstatic to dive right into these reads! What books have you been stacking you shelves with this week?

Adelena