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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Two Chicks is 3!! Come Celebrate and win books!

Wow! I can't believe it's been 3 years! I sometimes still feel like a baby in the blogging world. I remember my very first post, a review of Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. I remember the first people I met from blogging and some of them have become my best friends! Yes Rachel, Mindy, Nancy, Debbie, Pam, and Jen I'm talking to you! Love you ladies :D

I also remember the awesome authors and publishers who have been a blessing to work with I love you all! If I mentioned everyone this would be quite a long post. But I did want to send a special shout out to Veronica Rossi, Talia Vance, Katherine Longshore, Cory Jackson, AG Howard, and Joelle Charbonneau you have been some of my favorite authors and have become amazing friends! To the local ladies we must meet for Margaritas soon!

So what has changed in 3 years? It doesn't seem like much but it's actually been a lot. To start I had a partner... but after the first year it wasn't working out so we parted ways. I couldn't lose the blog name I had come to love so I'm still Two Chicks on Books. I've also gone through 3 blog designs and this current one is by far my favorite! When I first started blogging I had always dreamed of working in publishing and 2 years ago that dream started to come true. I became an intern at Entangled Publishing and 2 years later I'm a Publicity Director! I love my company so much! Thanks Liz Pelletier for the amazing opportunity! I also started a blog tour company with one of my besties Rachel from Fiktshun and Rockstar Book Tours has been a blast!

So ok I'm not one for long winded posts but what I really wanted to say is thank you!!! All of you who have been a part of this 3 year journey I am so blessed to have each of you in my life and I'm looking forward to more years of blogging to come! And to celebrate turning 3 I'm giving away stuff because whats's better than giveaways?!?!

Giveaway Details:

1 Box of 2014 ARC's US Only
1 Book from my 2013 Read list from The Book Depository International
3 Swag Packs International

Because it's not legal per the FTC I can't require a follow but I really want my winners to be followers of my blog so I'd really appreciate it if you did!

Good luck!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Top 10 of 2012 Day 5- The 2014 Books we're looking Forward To and a Giveaway!!!

Hey welcome to the last day of the Top 10 Books of 2013! We hope you all have been having fun! To close out the week we’re looking forward to 2014 so today’s topic is….. Top 10 Books I'm looking forward to in 2014. (This list should be comprised of books released ONLY in 2014)

And make sure to stop by my co-hosts sites Fiktshun and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads for their lists! Oh and make sure to sign up with the linky to share your lists! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Details below.

Ok I’m being a big time cheater here! I’ve read most of these books already but I needed to share how awesome they are on and there’s not a top 10 it’s a top 15! I’ll put READ next to the ones I’ve read lol.

1. Independent Study and Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau READ. Freaking fantastic books!!!!! The ending of the series was perfection!!!!!!!!!!

2. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd READ. This is definitely going to make my best of 2013 list. Megan’s storytelling is amazing and I’m already dying to get my hands on book 3!

3. Landry Park by Bethany Hagen READ Yep and it was awesome!!!! Loved David, Jude and Ewen! Yep this one is chock full of hawt boys!

4. Defy by Sara B Larson READ. I love me some high fantasy and this will definitely make my favorites of 2014 lists! I fell hard for Damien *swoons*

5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge READ An amazing retelling of Beauty and the Beast I can’t wait for you all to read this one!

6. Cress by Marissa Meyer READ. This behemoth was fantastic! We get tons of Thorne!!!

7. Alienated by Melissa Landers READ. I have a new book boyfriend and he’s an alien named Aelyx! Trust me you’re going to want to meet this guy!

8. Infinite by Jodi Meadows.READ. The perfect ending to one of my favorite series!

9. All that Glows by Ryan Graudin READ. I’m a sucker for a good Fae book and this one was right up my alley!

10. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo NEED MOAR OF THIS WORLD!!!!!! And Strumhond J

11. Sisters' Fate by Jessica Spotswood. Star Cursed kicked my ass and I need the final installment in this series like yesterday!

12. Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard. Another book I need like yesterday! I have to see how this one ends!

13. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. If you’ve read The Fiery Heart you know why I need this one so bad. If not go read it now! Richelle likes to kill us slowly with her cliffie endings!!!!!

14. This Shattered World by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman. I LOVED These Broken Stars and can’t wait for the next book in this series. It’s a companion novel but I know it’s going to ROCK!


15. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I'll admit I'm both excited and scared as hell to read this one. I am Team Warner and I have a bad feeling about him in this. I will freely admit that I will throw this book if something happens to him. If this one ends like the Delirium series, the Divergent series, and the Hunger Games Series did I will be very upset.

Did any of my favorites make your list? Thanks so much for participating in this year's Top 10 of 2013 it was a blast and we hope to see you next year! 

Fill out the linky and let me know! And good luck with the giveaway!
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top 10 of 2012 Day 4- Book Boyfriends of 2013 and a Giveaway!

Today’s post is a long one so bear with me! It’s Best Book Boyfriends of 2013 (MUST be from a book released in 2013 and from a book you've READ in 2013)

And make sure to stop by my co-hosts sites Fiktshun and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads for their lists! Oh and make sure to sign up with the linky to share your lists! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Details at the bottom of this post.

This is by far one of the hardest categories for me! There’s so many swoon-worthy guys so there are honorable mentions but they deserved to get as much attention as the others! I’m not doing covers for this post I’m sharing quotes and scenes from the books!

1. Hector de Ventierra  from The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. He will always be in my heart and he will always be on my top 10 list. Anyone who says this deserves it!

He lifts his head and considers me thoughtfully. Then he tips up my chin with his thumb and kisses me again—a sweeter, gentler kiss that feels like sun breaking through the clouds.

The pit of my stomach buzzes as I press my forehead into his chest, saying, “I told you that you would kiss me again.”

He laughs. “It’s the ‘and more’ part I remember most vividly.” He gently pushes me away, putting a safe cushion of distance between us. He grabs my hands and lifts them to his lips. “When we reach Bassajuan, maybe I can get you to myself for a while.”

The earth tilts a little.

“In the meantime,” he adds. “I really should teach you how to care for tack. I find myself in need of a distraction.”

I grin. “Good idea.”

2. Jeb from A.G Howard’s Splintered. He is one of the most romantic dudes on my list at least in my mind. I swoon whenever I think of him. One of my favorite scenes with him in it check this!

Without warning, Jeb snags one of the rings in my belt and spins me around. In one smooth motion, he lifts me onto the narrow, crescent-shaped table. My skin trembles beneath his touch as he scoots me all the way against the wall, his hips wedged between my thighs. We’re level—face-to-face--. The fluttery feeling fills my head—and in the shadow of my darker side, a rush of satisfaction wells up, a perverse thrill that I can stoke his emotions to this gut-deep reaction.

I brace my hands against his shoulders to maintain space between us, but it’s only for show. My bluff fades to weak-kneed enthusiasm the instant he snags my wrists and pulls them down, leaning in do our noses touch.

“Reality check right back at ya,” he says, his breath a hot rush in the chilly room. “I know you’re not a kid anymore. You think I’m blind?” His fingers lace through mine, pinning my arms against the cold, smooth mirrors so our heartbeats pound against each other. “You’re the one who’s oblivious. Because there’s nothing brotherly about the way you make me feel.”

3. Adrian Ivaskov from Richelle Mead’s The Fiery Heart. Yep I’ve been in love with this dude since Frostbite what more can I say?!?!? And he’s so *sighs*

“I made you cry,” I said. That memory would always be a wound in my heart.

“I cried because I loved you, and I didn’t know how to fix you.” She reached up and brushed my lips with her fingertips. The world swayed around me. “And that was my mistake. You fixed yourself. You didn’t need me.”

“No, Sydney.” My voice was ragged. “I do need you. You have no idea how much I need you.”

I brought my lips down to hers, and it was like everything that had ever happened to me had simply been a warm-up for this moment, that this was where my life truly began. I pulled her to me, and if she’d ever had any doubts about whether I wanted to taste her blood, I knew they vanished then and there. It was the taste of her mouth, the taste of her skin…those were what I craved, the things that drove me wild. Her hands caught the edge of my shirt, and we broke the kiss briefly so that she could pull it over my head. She splayed he fingers on my chest, and this time she was the one who shook. I looked into her eyes, and although they burned with passion and longing and that primal need that had fueled both our races since the beginning of time, I could see the nervousness in them too.

4. Jack from Kresley Cole’s Endless Knight. Sex on a stick that’s what this dude is! He’s a hawt Cajun with an accent that makes me swoon!

He was right; I was gone for him. Stupid to fight it. I gazed up at him, whispering, “Just, just don’t hurt me again. If I kiss you, and then you get disgusted . . .”

He gave a low laugh, moving his hips against mine. “Does it feel like I’m disgusted?”

I gasped. “Jackson!”

“You smell like honeysuckle. You likin’ ole Jack now?”

“I never stopped liking you. Even when you were warding me away with the power of Catholicism.”

“Can’t help the way I was raised—anything supernatural is supposed to be either a miracle or satanic.”

I rolled my eyes. “And you’re still trying to figure out which I am?”

“Non. I’m trying to figure out if I’m still Catholic.” He grinned that heart-stopping grin.

Gorgeous lips. I wanted them on mine.

Just before he kissed me, he said, “You might be different from what I thought, but I’m goan to protect you anyway. I’m goan to try to accept all this. But you got to accept me.”

“Accept you? What are you talking about?”

“I’m a nineteen-year-old bayou boy. I got a fondness for liquor. I’m goan to say stupid shit. Doan you go getting your feelings hurt at the drop of a hat.”

I laid my palm against his face. “You’re going to get more than your feelings hurt if you stay with us. And it will be my fault because I don’t want to separate from you. You wanted me to let you go.”

“That was before I realized something this week. I wasn’t goan to live a long life even before the apocalypse. Before there were Baggers, cannibals, and plague. Now I figure I’ll spend my limited time left doing what I want.”

“And what do you want?”

His grin deepened. “You’re what I want, and I’d like to be doing you.” He leaned down, pressing his lips to mine.

At that contact, the rain began to pour down at last, pelting the cabin’s tin roof. I hadn’t heard that sound since the night I’d gone to Jack’s home in the bayou.

He drew back. “Christ, your lips are sweet. Douces comme du miel.” Sweet like honey. He yanked off his shirt, revealing his damp chest, the rosary around his neck. I’d missed seeing him like this.

My fingers skimmed over the raised scar on his arm. How I loved that mark. If he hadn’t been getting that wound tended to the night of the Flash, he would’ve died like most everyone else.

His hands landed on my ass, giving it a possessive squeeze. “T ’es pour moi, Evie. You’re mine. Every part of you.” He leaned down, took my lips once more. Between kisses, he said, “I told you once and I’ll tell you again: there is nothing that can happen to you that we can’t get past. Just give me a chance to get to you. Promise me.”

“Jack . . .”

“Promise me. You doan leave me again.”

“I promise.” Staring at his lips, I said, “Would you always come for me?”

He drunkenly murmured, “Chase you like a junkyard dog.”

5. Kaidan Rowe from Wendy Higgin’s Sweet Peril. Son of the demon of lust that has a heart of gold and is sexy as hell? Yes please! Ooh he’s a drummer too!

He pushed forward until I was against the stacked washer and dryer, and his knee slipped between my legs.

“To you,” he whispered, his breath hot against my mouth. “I swear it.”

The kiss became fast and frenzied, pulling each other closer with greedy hands until Kaidan broke away and breathed against my ear, “Let me see you again.”

6. Nolan from Page Morgan’s The Beautiful and The Cursed. Possibly the sexiest hunter of demons ever! And he has a smooth Scottish accent! I heart him!

Nolan hooked his arm around her waist and brought her closer against him. It felt entirely different from when Thomas had gripped her. Nolan held her as if a riptide were trying to steal her away from him. A low, hungry groan rose up his throat—and Gabby gave in. Her fingers fanned out across his chest and she returned the kiss, her lips turning soft against his.

7. Stephen from Cat Winter’s In the Shadow of Blackbirds. The only ghost to make my list. He’s as sexy as he is sweet and I fell for him hard!

 I slid my fingers up the frame until I touched his hand. “Please stay safe. It’s not everyone who has the patience to photograph a butterfly.”

He gave me a smile that seemed bith grateful and sad.

I swallowed, and he continued to search my eyes with his own, as if her were trying to say something he couldn’t articulate with words. The space between us shrank. Our breathing accelerated until it became the only sound in the house. My heart pounded like I was about to leap off a cliff a hundred feet high.

Before I could say anything awkward to break the spell, he pulled my face toward his and kissed me. I lost my balance at first, but then I closed my eyes and held his smooth neck and enjoyed the warmth and hunger of his mouth. His hand moved to the small of my back and brought me closer. Our stomachs touched. Our chests pinned the photograph between us. He wrapped his arms around me and held me tight against him, as though he were kissing me goodbye.

8. Edward from Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter. A sexy beast mmmmmm oooh and all I have to say is WATERFALL SCENE!

In the morning Edward was gone. The coals were cold in the light filtering through the screen of water. The cave looked different in daytime, without shadows clinging to the dark corners. It was only a damp outcropping, bare except for clumping moss near the puddles and more spiders than I cared to notice.

The knife, which Edward had left by the fire while we slept, was gone too.

I peered through the gap in the falls. A young man’s naked form bathed in the shallows of the pool. I jerked back with a gasp, embarrassed to see Edward undressed. I’d never seen a man naked before. The memory of his body against mine all night and the brief, unreturned kiss made me feel suddenly very warm.

I splashed water on my face from a puddle. Went to check on my dress. Washed the cuts on my arms. No matter how I tried to busy myself, I couldn’t stop throwing glances at the waterfall.

“Oh, dash it.” I tiptoed back to the gap. My heart thumped in my ears.

He had his back to me. He waded up to his chest and ducked underwater, whooping as he came up, holding his hurt rib lightly. I’d never seen him so carefree. And I’d certainly never seen him so…exposed. He didn’t have Montgomery’s impressive physique, but there was something undeniably strong in his wiry arms. Arms that held me last night.

I fanned a little air onto my face.

9. Wolf from Marissa Meyer’s Scarlet. Another beast but he’s hot as hell for a hybrid alien!

“It wasn’t me,’ He said, his tone unwavering. “There are other tattoos like mine. It was someone else.”

“Oh, really? Like you’re part of some cult or something?” The feathered body of one of the chickens pressed against her leg and she started, barely managing to keep the gun level.

“Or something,” he said with a flinching shrug. One foot crunched against the gravel.

“Don’t come any closer!” Scarlet yelled. The chicken clucked and dawdled away. 

“I will shoot, you know.”

“I know.” A flicker of kindness passed over him and he pointed at his temple. 

“You’ll want to aim for the head. That usually makes for a fatal shot. Or, if you’re feeling shaky, the torso. It’s a larger target.”

“Your head looks pretty big from here.”

He laughed—the expression changing everything about him. His stance relaxed, his face warmed.

10. Warner from Tahereh Mafi’s Unravel Me. I love this dude soooo much it’s not even funny! I know he’s bad but I’ve seen a soft side to him that makes me melt!

“Do you know,” he says, closing the cover of the journal only to lay his hand on top of it. Protecting it. Staring at it. “I couldn’t sleep for days after I read that entry. I kept wanting to know which people were chasing you down the street, who it was you were running from. I wanted to find them,” he says, so softly “and I wanted to rip their limbs off, one by one. I wanted to murder them in ways that would horrify you to hear.”

I’m shaking now, whispering, “Please give that back to me.”

He touches the tips of his fingers to his lips. Tilts his head back, just a little. Smiles a strange unhappy smile. Says, “You must know how sorry I am. That I”---he swallows---“That I kissed you like that. I confess I had no idea you would shoot me for it.”

Honorable Mentions

Liam from Mary Lindsey’s Ashes on the Waves. I loved that this was told in his POV it made me fall for him super hard. He was so sweet and loving!

She ran her fingers up my stomach and slid them between the buttons of my shirt, her fingertips skimming my chest, leaving tingles in their wake. Her simple touch had more effect on my tortured soul than a thousand words. I sighed and relaxed, the terror of prior moments receding like the tide, my breathing once again taking the slow rhythm of the bells sounding in the distance.

And one more little snippet.

As if under a spell, I could only stare in wonder at this beautiful creature. The light from the window reflected off her sleek ebony hair and flitted across her alabaster skin. The only sound was my uneven breath as I fought to control my desire.

“This is the part where you kiss me,” she said.

Without hesitation I obliged.

Finn from Jessica Spotswood’s Star Cursed. Hotness, hotness, hotness! And has a heart of gold too!

“Cate,” he murmurs, and his voice is hoarse with wanting.

“I know,” I stroke his stubbled jaw with one finger, then curl my hands around his waist. I rest my head against his shoulder, inhaling the scent of tea and ink, of Finn.

Happiness chokes me.

I didn’t know if I would ever be able to do this again.

His hands are tangled in my hair, roaming over my back, tracing the lines of my hips, as if he’s reassuring himself it’s really me and I’m really here, in his arms, safe and sound. His lips work their way from my temple to my cheekbone. I tilt my face up, eager for his kiss.

It does not disappoint.

Titus from Sherry Thomas’s The Burning Sky. A prince with many secrets but he wears his heart on his sleeve especially where Iolanthe is concerned. Even if she can’t see it. He even shows her when she’s in the form of a bird! *Swoons*!

“Remember it will be unpleasant and you will not be able to move immediately afterward. I will wait in the repository.”

She chirped after a few seconds, perhaps trying to make sure he had vacated the premises.

“I am still here, shuffling along.” He answered.

She chirped again. She was most likely telling him to hurry, but he chose to have a little fun with her—there was a severe scarcity of fun in his life. “You are anxious? Imagine how I feel, darling.”

She chirped twice in a row. He wished he did not feel so wretched—carrying on an imaginary conversation with her would otherwise have been a highly rewarding use of his time.

“How can you help? If you will only…” He stopped.

He had been trying, with no apparent success, to bridge the chasm between them. But that was not all he wanted, was it? No, he was far more ambitious than even he had realized. He wanted her to…

“Fall in love with me.” He heard, loud and clear, the words the truth serum compelled from him. “If you loved me, everything would be so much easier.”

Did any of my favorites make your list and what did you think of those swoon-worthy scenes? Fill out the linky and let me know! And good luck with the giveaway!
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Top 10 of 2013- Day 3 Best Readers Choice of 2013 and a Giveaway!

Merry Christmas!!!! Today’s topic is Best ________ Of 2013 (Readers/Bloggers choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE or more of these topics - Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV's, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER - this list MUST be from books you've READ in 2013)

And make sure to stop by my co-hosts sites Fiktshun and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads for their lists! Oh and make sure to sign up with the linky to share your lists! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Details at the bottom of the post.

I decided to do Debut Authors since there are so many good ones this year! All of the links go to their twitter accounts so if you don’t follow them go do it! They are definitely not in order. If I could I would have made them all #1!

1. A.G. Howard. Amazing storyteller and an awesome friend.

2. Cat Winters. I want to live in her head! Yeah that doesn’t sound creepy or anything lol

3. Alex Lidell. She’s your go to gal for an amazing High Fantasy!

4. Sherry Thomas. She’s technically a debut since she writes romance but, The Burning Sky is her YA debut so I’m counting her!

5. Meghan Shepherd. She writes an amazing creepy tale and she sends me the best tea!

6. Jennifer Rush. Not only is her debut Altered awesome! She’s a bud and a proud member of #TeamMerlin!

7. Amy Tintera. I normally don’t like zombie books but Amy wrote one that I adore!

8. Joelle Charbonneau. I love Joelle! She wrote one of my favorite series and books 2& 3 aren’t even out yet (yes I’ve read them lol)

9. Page Morgan. Page is a sweetheart on top of being an amazing writer and she has the coolest Pinterest boards!

10. Bridget Zinn. RIP Bridget I wish we could have read more of your amazing stories!

Did any of my favorites make your list? Fill out the linky and let me know! And good luck with the giveaway! 

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Top 10 of 2013- Day 2 Best Book Covers of 2013 and a Giveaway!

Merry Christmas Eve!!!!!!!Today’s topic is Best Book Covers of 2013 (MUST be a book released in 2013. Would be best if it's a book you've READ in 2013, but it's not required) and this year publishers finally decided to do something other than a girl in a pretty dress (Thank you Publishers!). I did add one pretty dress cover though because I love the color :)

And make sure to stop by my co-hosts sites Fiktshun and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads for their lists! Oh and make sure to sign up with the linky to share your lists! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for some awesome prizes below!

Best Book Covers of 2013

1. Asunder Jodi Meadows. Jodi always has the most stunning covers!

2. The Essence by Kimberly Derting. Still haven’t read this series but I love the cover!

3. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. I loved the original cover design for this one but I think the people at Harper thought it looked too much like the Mortal Instruments movie poster and also The 10th Kingdom. But this one is just as stunning!

4. Splintered by A.G. Howard. What can I say look at the detail that Nathalia Sullen puts into this one! It’s simply gorgeous!

5. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. The cover just screams creepy and I love it!

6. The Elite by Keira Cass. This orange dress is freaking gorgeous! It’s my favorite cover of the whole series!

7. Dance of The Red Death by Bethany Griffin. It’s just as beautiful as the first and I love that it’s purple!

8. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. Love the cover it’s absolutely stunning and creepy! Too bad the book wasn’t as good as the cover.

9. Ashes on The Waves by Mary Lindsey. Love Mary and her covers but I think this one is my favorite! Her cover artist at Penguin nailed the feel of this story.

10. Pulse by Patrick Carman. Totally DNF’d this book but the cover is gorgeous!

Did any of my favorites make your list? Fill out the linky and let me know! And good luck with the giveaway!
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