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Top Ten Tuesday #29: Books I've Read So Far In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Top Ten list hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Apparently I haven't read as much as I thought, and picking out the best reads from a limited number of books. Whew! But here they are, the ten best five star reads of 2015 so far.

(Click the covers to go to their GR page)

*DING DING DING* Aaaand the winner is...

Pucked by Helena Hunting - I still can't formulate a coherent thought thinking about this books. It'll probably turn out to be the best book of 2015.

On second place we have...
Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid - Funny as hell with a sweet love story and a bearded hunk. What more could you possibly ask for?!
Top 3 to 10
(In no particular order)

Beat by Amity Cross - We've seen a lot of fighter novels in the lately (or maybe it's just me catching on late and finding the just now) but instead of having an alpha male that pounds the shit out of people for a living (Well, atleast not only) we now get a girl that pounds the shit out of…

Review: Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

Title: Fighting Silence
Series: On the Ropes #1
Author: Aly Martinez
Publisher: Aly Martinez

Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gra…

Waiting on Wednesday #38: Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
The cover, SO PRETTY! I would read Tonight the Streets Are Ours based on the cover alone. Good thing the blurb sounds fantastic too. I haven't read a "finding yourself/growing up"-book in a long time and this needs to change. On August 18th, it probably will!

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales is released on August 18th, 2015 From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven't met yet.

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she's tired of being loyal to people who don't appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called &q…

Review: Rogue by Katy Evans

Title: Rogue
Series: Real #4
Author: Katy Evans
Publisher: Gallery Books

Brook Dumas found Remington Tate in REAL, and now it’s her best friend Melanie’s turn to find the man who makes her heart sing. After years of searching, one night in the rain, the strong and mysterious Greyson King comes to her rescue. He’s bold, and maybe just the lover, friend, and protector she’s been searching for. When they make love, he says her name like it means something. Like she means something—and that’s everything she’s ever wanted.
He disappears for days without a word, and when he’s around, he says he’ll only hurt her. Buy when he’s away, her heart hurts more.
Then Melanie uncovers the dark world he’d been determined to keep hidden, and suspects that their random first meeting might have not been so random after all.
Caught in a free fall of emotions, Melanie has no one to catch her but the man she should be running from. . .
But what do…

Waiting on Wednesday #37: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
It sounds like Jessamy's a rebellious badass, the best kind of heroines. So yeah, I'm beyond excited because I desperately need some badass in my life!

Court of Fives Court of Fives #1 by Kate Elliott is released on August 18th, 2015 In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best competitors. Then J…

Top Ten Tuesday #28: Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Top Ten list hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Summer's finally here! I always think that I'll read a whole lot over summer and have always stocked up on library books and easy to carry pockets so I can make it through those reading-filled day. Turns out I don't read a whole lot over summer and have returned most borrowed books unread. Once I returned The Hard Cry of the Heron with the pages falling out. I'd read it while lying in the sun and the binding glue melted and the pages were literally falling out. I at least tried to put them back in order.

Back to point, even though I don't read much, I always plan to do so and I always read something. So here's some of what I'll be reading for the next few months.

(Click the covers to go to their GoodReads page)

Most of these will be read because they're pretty much the latest bought and the first one to show up on my kindle. But they all sound so good. And most look so very, ve…

Review: Strikers by Ann Christy

Title: Strikers
Series: Unknown #1
Author: Ann Christy
Publisher: Ann Christy

One hundred and twelve years after the fall, the Republic of Texas is built on two foundations: total freedom and total responsibility. Every citizen is free to do what they like, when they like, but they must take responsibility for each action. With such an ideal to strive for, life should be good and for many, it is. But there are flaws in every system and some people will always fall through the cracks.

Karas Quick has fallen through almost every crack there is. Her mother is an abusive alcoholic. Her father is a long missing Striker with four strikes against him and a date with Justice should he ever be found. At sixteen, she just has to survive two more years until she reaches majority without getting five strikes. But it’s getting harder not to fight back and earn yet another strike tattoo on her neck.

Everything changes one ordinary day watching the latest catch of smugglers and Strikers being returned …

Review: Under the Influence by L.B. Simmons

Under the Influence
by L.B. Simmons
Published by L.B. Simmons

I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, na├»ve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me.

Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again.

I loved you.

I raged for you.

I wept for you.

And now, I’m letting you go.

Author’s Note: Under the Influence is the journey of two childhood friends that spans the course of five pivotal years in their lives. It is a story about their discovery of true friendship as it blossoms into first love, their experience of crucial sacrifice and ultima…