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10 December 2013

Buona's Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop hosted by Book Hounds and I Am A reader, Not A Writer! The giveaway will run from December 11-18 and one winner has a chance to win one paperback (or eBook) copy of Buona's seven favorite 2013 books featured below.

As always, you get one free entry just for being awesome visitors! To increase your chances, you can follow us via GFC, Bloglovin' and Twitter, tweet about the giveaway and comment on our blog. This giveaway is open to international readers provided that The Book Depository ships to your address.

As this a giveaway hop, don’t forget to check out the other blogs as well. Good luck!

Your pick of Buona's Favorite Books for 2013:


All Heiress Review
Written in the first person POV of Drew Evans, the handsome, egotistic playboy investment banker at Evans, Reinhart and Fisher, and addressed to "you," his audience, reading gives you a feeling that you're hanging out with your asshole guy friends, drinking beer. He offers no apologies for the way he is. Maybe his mom and sister doted on him too much, maybe he was just so used to having it all. And this leads to your typical Judith McNaught hero who has a different girl in his bed each time -- Oh wait, he's worse because he never even brings women to his bedroom nor does he even bother to learn their name. -Buona

Buona's Review
I struggled in my Goodreads rating: I went from a 4 to a 5 and back down to a 4 again so I'm finally settling for a 4.5. My feelings are all over the place after the ending. I agree with what she did, but it was such a sacrifice. The only thing that's saving me is that there's going to be a Part Two to look forward to. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!! I absolutely can't wait until February 2014! -Buona

Buona's Review
This didn't make it to my favorites shelf because it's truly disturbing and I probably won't be re-reading it. But that first read was downright awesome. Read this if you're looking for something original, unique, and refreshing.

Dia's Review
 I really enjoyed The Naturals, for several reasons. First, I'm really into the concept of profiling, the idea that you can tell a lot about people from how they act, how they dress, how they like their eggs. Cassie walks us through her thought processes when she goes about uncovering someone's personality, but she also says that there are certain insights that she can't explain, that are more of a gut feel -- this is what makes her a Natural, and what makes her and Dean so valuable to the FBI, who, although they've been trained in profiling, aren't Naturals. -Dia

Buona & Dia's Review
Same old story and yet, every feeling, every sarcastic remark hits the spot. I love how Kasie West takes her time in building Xander and Caymen's attraction to one another: the walks to school with the pre-sipped hot chocolate, the career days where they help each other find their paths. -Buona

Buona's Review
Here's my secret. Apart from trashy romance novels, I read management and self-help books too. Dia's reference on our Tangled review to Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In reminded me that I had yet to grab a copy of the Facebook COO's book. It had been recommended to us a couple of times at work by senior women in the company. -Buona

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71 comments:

  1. My favorite book of the year was The Iron Traitor because of its splendid writing and gripping storyline.

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  2. Clockwork Princess because... Will Herondale!

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  3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. If you haven't read it you must.

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  4. Universe of YA BooksDecember 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi has to be my favorite of the year! It's a fantastic book!! (Warner may or may not have had some sway in my decision..)

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  5. Wrong Room by Geri Foster, it was a very sexy read with some surprises thrown in. I loved it.

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  6. On of my favorites was All Our Yesterdays!

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  7. Winter Wolf by S.P. Wayne, because it was just so sweet and plain amazing.

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  8. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, it was so good!

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  9. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry because I loved the romance. (=

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  10. Thief by Tarryn Fisher because it was just a perfect ending to my favorite series -- so emotional but so, so good. Loved the POV and every single thing that happened!

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  11. Promise of Blood! Fantasy + Guns! Need I say more?

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  12. Crown of Midnight because I love the way Sarah was able to fill us up with hope in one moment and despair in another.

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  13. Siege & Storm. I just love the characters. Alina is relate-able. Sturmhond was hilarious. The Darkling was... the darkling.


    Brynna

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  14. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. It just captivated me. I love every character. I think I might cry when the series ends. Thank you so much.

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  15. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas..so good!

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  16. Janhvi @ The ReaddictsDecember 12, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Loved Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi because her writing style is beautiful!

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  17. My favortie book of 2013 is Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. Because the plot was different and amazing. loved the writing and the way the characters were written.

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  18. My Fave was Allegaint!! Loved it and the perfect end to an amazing series.

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  19. I love this series too! I can't wait for Fracture Me!

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  20. I'm team Warner too! I used to love Adam but after Unravel Me, I started to really root for his character :)

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  21. I've never read Cassandra Clare's work before, although I do have City of Bones in my ereader :)

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  22. Thanks for sharing your faves everyone! Now I'm off to check them all! Good luck!

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  23. Fracture Me! I'm looking forward to that one also. I love Adam!

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  24. Ashleigh SwerdfegerDecember 12, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    My favourite book that I have read this year was Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas. It is very creepy though. There are so many I want to read though!

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  25. I love Inhuman! It may be because I'm an animal lover and I instantly connected with the story about manimals. :D

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  26. This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas, because Jesse is the hottest of them all among all Alpha Males ever written :D

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  27. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge because it was absolutely a beautiful story! :)

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  28. Fear For Me - Cynthia Eden - I love the concept of the story,it's unique and totally different from other romantic suspense stories,this is dark romantic suspense,and is creepy,but also awesome read! :)

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  29. howdy..where's the link for the GFC follow ? i can't find it....

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  30. I loved Written in Red because the writing was tight and controlled, the concept was new and well developed and the characters were amazing.

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  31. It's down in the footer section :) Just scroll down!

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  32. I love CE's Mine series but I heard her other books are great too. Will definitely check out Fear For Me!

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  33. Haven't read Allegiant yet! I should really get on that!

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  34. I second that :) I do love that series!

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  35. I have a good many more than just one favorite this year. I have added a good many to my faves list this year, actually. 2013 has rocked with amazing stories from amazing authors. So, I honestly can't choose just one favorite. I will go with my most recent favorite, which I just finished up last night. Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke, the final book in the Immortal Empire trilogy. This whole series is a favorite. Steampunky, romantic, funny and heartwarming, creepy and gross and heartbreaking and just plain perfect. I loved it!

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  36. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer! Hands down for Wolf :D

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  37. The House of Hades- there were so many twists and so much character development :D

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  38. got it !!..thx u :)

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  39. more than this by patrick ness! it was such a wonderful story and a truly inspiring one at that.

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  40. Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi. This series is simply amazing!

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  41. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas was SO good! It was such a thriller and had one of the biggest twists ever!

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  42. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean. It was an amazing historical romance. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  43. Rule by Jay Crownover because it is so well-written about two broken people.

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  44. My favorite book of 2013 was Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi!
    Thanks!!

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  45. reboot. because i loved that it was about zombies without actual zombies. it was an entirely new twist.

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  46. I've heard so many good things about The Distance Between Us!

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  47. TFIOS! I don't think that any explanations needed...:)

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  48. Night Prince Series by Jeaniene Frost.
    Because i can't stop read this one, and my sisters like this book too :)

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  49. Tammy Cordell HudsonDecember 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Doctor Sleep. It is another great by Stephen King. I loved seeing how Danny grew up and become.

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  50. Emily @ Falling For YaDecember 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    In The Shadow of Blackbirds-it had a lot of things I'm interested in. The Spanish influenza, spirit photography, and PTSD!

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  51. I've read the first three books of the Nigh Huntress series and really enjoyed them. I think its time to try this series as well!

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  52. There are so many I loved but one would be Scarlet. :) Why? Because it's EPIC!

    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays.

    - Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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  53. I sooo want to read this book! I heard the characters are really screwed up and twisted!

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  54. Maricris Patrimonio DimlaDecember 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones because I soo freakin in-love with Reyes Farrow and also Charley is a Kickass!! Im so addicted to this series!
    Thank you for the giveaway! ^_^

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  55. My favourite book is Unravel me By Tahereh Mafi because i am so in love with characters and the plot.

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  56. My favorite book in 2013 was Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Sherrilyn Kenyon has created a fascinating world in her Dark Hunter Series.

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  57. Definitely Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. Absolutely loved both first books in the series and their sequels didn't
    disappoint. Both books are beautifully written, with heart pounding
    action and amazing characters.
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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  58. Fangirl because i can relate to not wantng to let sth go (Harry Potter) and i just loved the charachters
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. This year my favourite book has been Dare You To by Katie McGarry

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  60. One of my faves this year was Iron Legends. Loved reading all the in-between short stories to learn more about the characters!

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  61. two of my favorites were Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard and
    also The Pentrals (The Pentrals #1) by Crystal Mack (not enough people
    know about this book and it was really amazing! AND it's written from the point of view of a shadow!!! simply WOW)

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  62. I'm afraid I didn't red 2013 but I will from now on. Been our of the circuit.

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  63. I have too many favorites this yea to name. The treasures of Isian was one of my favorites. Very well written fantasy by a budding new author. Her sequel was just released - the Alloance of Isian

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  64. Eleanor and park- it was such a realistic, adorable, awkward, and heart-rending love story, and the characters are perfect.

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  65. The Indigo Spell because Richelle Mead is brilliant and Adrian!! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  66. I loved Sweet Peril because I sigh for Kai:) I also loved Unravel Me for the great writing and the angst. Thanks! Would LOVE to win Tangled!

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  67. Golden by Jessi Kirby :) the story's just new and refreshing for me :D
    Btw, thanks for this awesome giveaway! :D

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  68. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, because it had so much amazing character interaction.

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  69. Slammed series by Colleen Hoover. Wish I could have a love like that. Would love to win Tanglesd :)

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  70. Thanks for joining the giveaway and sharing your favorite books everyone! This will surely add more to our ever growing TBR pile :)

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  71. I've always wanted to read that series (Sweet Evil), maybe next year I'll finally get the chance to!

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