2013 TBR PILE Reading Challenge!

2013 TBR PILE Challenge

Happy "almost" New Year, Beautiful People!

When I look around my artfully, very bookish decorated apartment, I just shake my head.  It's a darn shame that majority of the books that surround me lay unread.  Do I plan to read them?  Heck yeah!  I cherish them all and I go into a fit of rage when my friend suggests gifting them to other friends when they come over and asks to borrow.  I have this fear that if they leave, I'll never get around to reading them.  Fortunately I'm not the type to read a novel over and over again.  One time is good enough. Thank you very much.  So when I'm done with one, it would nothing to share thereafter.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I saw this challenge:
6 bloggers got together to encourage us to read novels we're been procrastinating for far too long.  Along the way, there'll be 12 mini changes and 24 books to win!  Awesome, right?!?

Here's where I switch it up a bit:
For every novel of a physical book I read and review from my TBR pile, I'll host a giveaway.  Therefore when I read in compliance to this challenge, I can also reward my followers. Now you guys are going to have to help me out here.  All I ask is that you cheer me on, by encouraging me to read a certain title right away! Tweet Me: @studiokd3

Note: I will post every giveaway with the review itself. 

Here I will track my progress with the challenge.

  • The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams {Giveaway: (hard back)}
Date Read: 1/3/2013
  • Fading Amber by Jaime Reed {Giveaway: (paperback)The "complete" Cambion Chronicles, trilogy}

Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles, #1)Burning Emerald (The Cambion Chronicles, #2)Fading Amber

Date Read:
Review & Giveaway Link:
  • My Life As a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland {Giveaway: (paperback)}
My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)
Date Read:
Review & Giveaway Link:

  • Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter {Giveaway: (paperback)}

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)

Date Read:
Review & Giveaway Link:

  • Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter {Giveaway: (paperback)}

Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)

Date Read:
Review & Giveaway Link:

  • Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen {Giveaway: (paperback)}

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers, #1)

Date Read:
Review & Giveaway Link:

  • Shiver & Linger by Maggie Stiefvater {Giveaway: (hardback)}

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)
Date Read:
Review & Giveaway Link:

  • Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)

Date Read:
Review & Giveaway Link:

There are so many more I want to list, but I'll try out the "Firm Handshake" level and may up it later in the year.

Other Levels…
1-10 – A Firm Handshake
11-20 – A Friendly Hug
21-30 – A Sweet Kiss
31-40 – Love At First Sight
41-50 – Married With Children

I am so serious about decreasing the page count between my four walls!  Oh and I'm awfully terrible with challenges.  I forget about them.  I may read all the required reading, yet fail to track and log.  So this way you all can help keep me on track and reap the benefits of a chance to win a free book.

For the moment I can only guarantee that the giveaways will be US.  Later when I have more disposable cash I may be able to list the giveaway as international.  Please refer to the individual giveaway (when posted) to more precise information.

***This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013***
If you have an outrageous dusty pile and want to sign up to challenge yourself too, see here!

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire

A Shade of Vampire
by Bella Forrest
Kindle Edition, 147 pages
Published December 14th 2012
Amazon | GoodReads
My Rating: ❤ ❥

On the evening of Sofia Claremont's 17th birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.
She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.
Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

Top Cuddles of 2012 Giveaway Hop

It's a delight to be apart of this event.  It's the last great giveaway hop before the new year! 

The theme of this hop is reminiscing on the reads of 2012 as one transfer titles to the cloud to free up space on one's Kindle for the 2013 TBR pile!

Last week I gushed all about my top 10 Reads of 2012 in various categories; therefore today I'll share the titles I purchased for personal pleasure that I have yet to read.  I am thrilled to read them in 2013; and they'll be at the very top of my list. (Second only to prescheduled tour novels.)

I cannot believe that in the course of a year, I've gone from rekindling my love of reading via library loaned books to having to come up with bookish home decor solutions. The novels are literally taking over the house!  Tsk, tsk! My brothers would be horrified; yet my mom & dad would be so proud.  My friend never gets tired of bookish jokes to tease me.  But don't let that fool you.  He's kind of a want-to-be comedian.  He has just as many books as I do.  Lord forbid I go to a book sale and leave him at home. We've made it sort of a tradition to visit the public library together on Sundays and bicker in the audio book and DVD aisles on agreeable entertainment. *Sigh* Our future unborn children are doomed to have at least one sure inherited condition.  

But, I digress! 
Anywho, here's my list:

Divergent (Divergent, #1)A Right to Be Hostile: The Boondocks TreasuryShadow WalkerShadow on the Wall (The SandStorm Chronicles, #1)Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels, #1)The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation, #1)My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Charade (Heven and Hell, #2)Fading Amber

I have physical copes of almost ALL of these; and I am placing them on my nightstand as soon as I log off for the evening.  That way, I won't be able to sleep without rolling over, seeing them, and feeling guilty.  Now that's motivation!

Now's your chance to win a book!
I won't even attempt to limit you to my picks above.
You Decide!  My Treat!

Follow me for the initial entry... answer 4 questions for additional entries.

  The hop ends Saturday, January 5th at 11:59pm eastern time.

Stacking The Shelves # 31


Stacking The Shelves is hosted By Tynga's Reviews. This meme is about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be hard-back, paperback or ebook.

Here's what I got this week-
Work for Hire by Margo Karasek {For Review}
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier {Courtesy of the Author and Random House}
The Death Cure by James Dashner  {Sampler courtesy of Random House}

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd {Courtesy of the Author and Harper Collins}
S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline {Courtesy of the Author and Random House}

Top 10 of 2012: Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2013 !

Top 10 of 2012:
 A Week of Looking Back….
…and Looking Forward.
My, my, my...where has the time gone?
Today I will show chase my picks of the Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2013 !

Prodigy (Legend, #2)Prodigy (Legend #2)
by Marie Lu
Expected publication: January 29th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.
It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.
But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?
In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

The Elite (The Selection, #2)The Elite (The Selection #2)
by Kiera Cass
Expected publication: April 23rd 2013 by HarperTeen

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1)
by Gail Carriger
Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe.

Top 10 of 2012: Best Book Boyfriends of 2012

Top 10 of 2012:
 A Week of Looking Back….
…and Looking Forward.
My, my, my...where has the time gone?
Today I will show chase my picks of the Best Book Boyfriends of 2012!

Hey all, enjoy! I've even included an age group cap in parenthesis so almost all the viewing audience can swoon without the guilt.  I tried to keep it clean and short, so for more steamy details, you'll just have to read the novel.

Going Under (Going Under, #1)
Going Under (Going Under #1) by Georgia Cates 
Jessie- The Bad Boy (High School Level-Senior)
Swoon Worthy Scene:
He pulled away slightly and said, "I haven't heard this song in a long time.  What's the name of it?"I knew the song like the back of my hand and didn't hesitate in answering, "Kiss me.""I thought you'd ever ask."  He let go of my hand and waist and placed both hands on my face, pulling me closer for our first kiss, but he didn't start at my lips.  He began by teasing me of my neck below my ear and my whole body began to tingle.

Shallow (Going Under, #2)

Shallow (Going Under #2)by Georgia Cates 
Nick Hawke- The Playa (Just Beyond High School)
Just a Taste:
His Shoulders were broad, just the way I like them and his black T-shirt fit his chest tightly so I was able to see how well defined his chest was beneath it.  I could tell he worked out.  A lot.
He caught me looking and my own heart betrayed me as it began to race without permission   My breath was held hostage in the back of my throat as my eyes moved from his chest up his face and  I wondered what his semi-scruffy chin would feel like against my throat as it slid lower.

The Rise (The Alexa Montgomery Saga, #3)

The Rise (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #3) by H.D. Gordon 
Kayden- Vampire Warrior (20-something)
Try not to drool:
...and his warm, strong arms were around me, his hands wrapping in the braid in my hair. His body pressed up against mine, forcing my back to the door. Then his lips found mine in the darkness, and his kiss was gentle and almost painfully contained. I heard myself moan a little at the feel of his heartbeat so close to my own, the skin of his bare chest almost hot against the thin fabric of my dress.

Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles, #1)Living Violet by Jaime Reed 
Caleb- The Forbidden Fruit (18 & wondering)
The hottest guys are always bad for you:

“I know you’re worried about what would happen, but is there any way it’s possible for us to kiss again?” Biting his lip, he stared at me with the eyes of a naughty child who promised to behave.
...He reached for my hands and dragged his lips across my wrist.
...His moist lips, his hot breath, the stubble on his chin wreaked havoc on my nervous system. The warmth traveled up my arm to my vertebrae. During his slow exploration up my arm, every movement illustrated the need for control, which only heightened the excitement.

Defiance (Significance, #3)Defiance (Significance #3) by Shelly Crane
Accordance (Significance #2) by Shelly Crane
Significance (Significance #1) by Shelly Crane 
Caleb- The Perfect "Mind Reading" Boyfriend (College Guy)
He's taken:

It's like it was made for you, huh?  I nodded without turning to him. "It's beautiful. It's… I've never seen so many in my life."                          
"I thought of this place, when I saw in your mind that yellow roses were your favorite. I couldn't wait to bring you here." He plucked a small one from the bush and turned me to him. He put it to my nose and I smelled and exhaled. I smiled as he put it behind my ear.

Accordance (Significance, #2)Don’t worry about him. You are right where I want you to be.                          
Thanks. I’m sorry.                          
For what?                          
I am being clingy.
You have to be clingy right now. I’d rather you be clingy than not safe. Besides, I like you clingy. Your being clingy equals you in my lap. What guy wouldn't want that?
I laughed softly and shook my head knowing he’d feel me doing it.                          
You’re so crazy. I love you.                          
I love you, baby. His lips skimmed my temple and kissed softly. Sleep.                        
I nodded and did just that.

Significance (Significance, #1)I looked at him in the soft glow of the streetlights   He was tall, that I'd seem before, and broad, but his hair was brown and shaggy, curling around his ears and forehead, and his eyes were light, blue maybe or hazel. His lips were fascinating as he sucked them in and out of his mouth in contemplation.  He was wearing a grey hoodie that said 'VOLS' in big orange letters on the front.

Stealing BreathStealing Breath by Joanne Brothwell
Evan Valente-The Flirt & The Tease (Grown & Sexy)
Easily Distracted:
"What brand do you prefer? Saucony? New Balance?"
He stepped closer ad looked directly into my eyes, holding my gaze for much too long for casual politeness.
"Indigo," he said.
"Pardon me?"
He blinked, as if composing himself.  "Your eyes. They're indigo."  His expression softened as he gazed into my eyes, his lips parted.
Air escaped my mouth. "Yes, they are."
"Very rare, that color."
..."I guess so."
"The're gorgeous." He leaned toward me.  I could almost feel the touch of his lips on mine. Then he took a step back....

Charles (Alibi, #1)

Charles by Annie Miles
Charles-"Stand up" kid of guy (High School Level-Senior)
My Hero Macho Man:

“Yeah. That’s it,” Mason said, his anger gaining steam. “You’re like a female praying mantis. The second we started dating you started trying to snap my damn head off.” Mason was yelling now, towering over Abby. “Go stick your nose up someone else’s ass.” Charles pounded his fists on the table and leapt up. “Watch what you’re saying, mate.” No matter how confused he was about his relationship with Abby, he wasn't going to let his cousin mistreat her.

Caterpillar (The Metamorphosis Trilogy #1)

Caterpillar by Kate Oliver
Will Mallory- Boyfriend from outer space (Ancient, yet looks 20-ish)
Kiss Me Extraterrestrial:
He brushed his lips against my forehead. "I don't want you to feel alone, ever, but it isn't enough for me in the tower with you.  You need to get rid of the wall."
I'll try," I said softly.  "Until I met you, I never even wanted to.  I never even wanted to be free."
"Be free," he whispered, and he bent down and pressed his lips to mine.  And there in his arms, my wall crumbled into dust and I was free.

{Book Excerpt/ Giveaway}: Altered Souls by Karice Bolton

Altered Souls (The Witch Avenue, #2)

Title: Altered Souls (Witch Avenue #2)
Author: Karice Bolton
Release date: Oct.31st, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Group: Young Adult

The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past.
Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities.
With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it. Realizing Triss’s ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love.
Get your Copy today: Goodreads | Amazon | Nook

Top 10 of 2012: Top "Random" Books I’ve Read in 2012 !

Top 10 of 2012:
 A Week of Looking Back….
…and Looking Forward.
My, my, my...where has the time gone?
Today I will show chase my picks of the Top "Random" Books I’ve Read in 2012 !

Top Audio Books

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Joyce Bean (Narrator)
Story Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ / Audio Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Joyce Bean's southern accent was very believable and I'm from Tennessee.  Oh and her Scottish drawl was also highly entertaining.   

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Jim Dale (Narrator)
Story Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ / Audio Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

This is one twisted romantic mystical audio book & the reader has a timeless voice!

Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant
 Holter Graham & Jenna Lamia (Narrators)
Story Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ / Audio Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

I'm not sure if I would have liked this novel very much if I wasn't listening to it.

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