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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Well hi there, darlings! It's another day of my week-long blogoversary celebration, and I seriously could not be more excited. Cause I mean, I love doing this. Otherwise, I wouldn't be doing it.

As promised, I'm going to be listing ten more of my favorite reads today. Tomorrow we'll move on, as I have another topic planned. But for today it's about more book love!

These are more of my favorite reads from within the past year, and of course they aren't in any particular order.


Insignia (Insignia, #1) by S. J. Kincaid
Insignia was one of those books where I was forced to tell myself, Just two more chapters. Just two more chapters. And then, of course, I ended up finishing the book. Honestly, when I picked this one up, I wasn't entirely sure that I would enjoy it. I thought it might be a fun read, but nothing like what I got. This thriller was fast-paced and insane and held my interest throughout the entirety of the novel. I loved the characters, I adored the setting and the originality, and the dystopian yet realistic sci-fi U.S. it was set in was positively amazing.
Read my full review of INSIGNIA here.


Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) by Robin LaFevers
I didn't want to give Grave Mercy a full five stars because there are only so many of those I can give out, lest they become meaningless. But I just cannot justify giving it any less than the full five stars that it absolutely deserves. Grave Mercy completely blew me away and left me absolutely breathless in the most amazing way possible. Everything about it was beautiful, from the characters to the plot to the gorgeous writing. (Dude, assassin nuns. Need I say more?)

Read my full review of GRAVE MERCY here.


Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) by Cassandra Clare
Only the second 5.00 star book I've read this year, but utterly and completely deserving. I can honestly say that I have no real complaints. Everything was beautiful, from start to finish, and I was unable to put it down even once. The cover is absolutely marvelous and made me fall in stand love, and I was not disappointed.


Read my full review of CLOCKWORK PRINCE here.


For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
I've read almost all of Jane Austen's books. In fact, the only one I haven't read, ironically enough, is Persuasion. I'll have to read it soon, I think, to help me further appreciate this book. Still, I am of the firm belief that this book was still awesome nonetheless. I literally couldn't put it down. All I wanted to do was read this book. I was far from perfect, but it was still unbelievable awesome.


Read my full review of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS here.


Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
I completely fell in love with this book. Undoubtedly one of the best books I've ever read! Still, it had its faults, mostly which lay in one particular character and one of the most annoying love triangles I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. Still, the fact remains that I really, really, really loved this book. It was awesome and original and I would happily read it again and again and again.


Read my full review of THRONE OF GLASS here.


False Memory (False Memory, #1) by Dan Krokos
When I started reading False Memory, I'm not sure what I expected. Maybe something formulaic, even boring. Like every other sci-fi novel out there. But if that's what I expected, that isn't nearly what I got. And that is most definitely a good thing. For one thing, it is legit and genuine scientific science fiction. To be honest, I never though that kind of thing would appeal to me. But it does. It absolutely blew me away.


Read my full review of FALSE MEMORY here.


I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1) by Barry Lyga
Because of my obsession with all things glittery and pink and girly, very rarely do people guess that have a thing for horror and gore. It never ceases to amaze people. Which is cool with me, because I don't like predictability. Anyway, the point here is that I absolutely loved this book. It was amazing and awesome and I was enthralled by it. Also, you cannot fully appreciate this book without slipping off the dust jacket and admiring the gory and gorgeousness of the hardback itself.

Read my full review of I HUNT KILLERS here.


Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood was the first book I ever gave a 5.00 rating too, and it seems fitting and perfect that Girl of Nightmares also receives that same rating. Like Anna, it completely and utterly blew me away. I laughed. I cried. I did every single stupid positive cliché that you can possible think of. And I loved every single freaking moment of it. Girl of Nightmares was seriously one of the most amazing books I've ever read and could not deserve its rating anymore than it already does. It's beautiful and heart-wrenching, lovely but with a definite tragic twist. And yes, it's easily one of my all-time favorite books and one of the most amazing books I have ever ever read.
Read my full review of GIRL OF NIGHTMARES here.


Partials (Partials, #1) by Dan Wells
This book was totally, completely awesome. I mean, I absolutely loved it. It was a haunting and yet not completely unrealistic view of the future. The world has fallen apart, and no babies are born without dying. How does something like that not seem intriguing? And it was every bit as promising as it sounded. A fresh and new original idea was blended with some seriously epic characters to present a story like no other.


Read my full review of PARTIALS here.


Spark (Elemental, #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
Spark was very similar in many ways to its predecessor, but also markedly different. The heroine and the hero are both decidedly different from those in Storm, and the plot too is different. I loved Spark just like I loved Storm, and while it wasn't worse, it wasn't necessarily better. It really was just a bit too similar. The characters were developed even more and it was a lot of fun, but somehow it still lacks something for me.


Read my full review of SPARK here.

Well, there you go. If you take all the books I've listed today and yesterday, you basically have almost top twenty reads of this past year. Obviously, the list isn't exhaustive and it was randomly selected. I really loved all of these books and reviewing them was a truly awesome experience.

The giveaway today will work exactly the way from yesterday is working! I'm giving all ten of these books away, but to five winners. So each winner gets two books, with the first winner choosing first and the last winner hopefully happy with the two left at the end.

As usual, the only thing I ask is that you read my Giveaways page before entering. Pretty, pretty please. Once you've done that, you can go ahead and enter to win!

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All right, darlings. Once you've entered, I hope you'll come back. The week isn't over yet! Enjoy this giveaway and the best of luck to you.

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  1. Thank you so much for the giveaway, Annabelle :D

    I guess my least favorite since last November (so as I understand, last year) would be What A Boy Wants. It's just... not that good. I don't want to go on ranting so yeah =))

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  2. Hum... definitely she smells the dead. It was awful.

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  3. I read a book in September called Wanting, which I'd say is adult historical fiction and I almost didn't get through it. I would not have even finished it had it not been for a reading challenge. Very disappointed.

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  4. Some might be surprised by I really didn't connect with Beatrice & Vergil. Just didn't like it at all.

    Raffle name: Nikki O

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  5. One of my favorite reads since last November is Throne of Glass

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  6. Clockwork Prince, When We Wake, Finale, The Violet Fox, Perception, and Blood Bath & Beyond!!! Thanks again!

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  7. One of the worst books I read in the past year must have been "Bumped" ... I know many loved this book, but it sooo did not work for me. :-/

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  8. one of my least favorite reads was Shadowland by Alyson Noel

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  9. One of my least favorite reads was Death and the Girl Next Door. I know almost everyone liked that book, but I thought it was horrible.

    Thanks for the giveaway, and happy boloversary again!
    ~Anatea

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  10. least favorite hum night reigns by dianne duvall i think ( sad because book 1 was great)

    thank you a lot for this giveaway

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  11. Mine was Crashing Eden. I got about 55% into it and had to quit. It was awful!!

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  12. My least favourite read that I actually finished was probably Article 5, it redeemed itself at the end, but I was pretty annoyed for the most part haha

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  13. Oh my! Such great books but is this giveaway open internationally? Please say it is, please....

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  14. Um I didn't really enjoy reading a book of Nora Roberts...

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  15. One of my least favorite reads in the last year was Deadlocked. I have read the series forever now and it really should of ended several books back but I made myself struggle through it.

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  16. I didn't really like Swoon by Nina Malkin...

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Leanne

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  17. Mine was Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. The whole book rubbed me completely the wrong way. Still don't know how I managed to finish it. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. The Broken Destiny, it was one of the only books recently I DNF :(

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  19. I really did not like The Prophecy by Dawn Miller. It didn't catch my interest at all. *sniff*

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  20. I really didn't like Above by Leah Bobet. I know a lot of people raved about it but it just was sorta all over the place in my opinion and at times just didn't make any sense to me.

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  21. Unwind...Gravity....Tiger Lily....Speechless....Incarnate...Kill Me Softly...

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  22. I think one of my least favorite reads in the last year was So Shelley by Ty Roth, just didn't work for me =/

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  23. I think my least favorite read is Touch of Frost. I wanted to like it but it just didn't click with me. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

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  24. Umm probably The Last Princess, I thought the premise sounded so good, but it really fell short.

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  25. One of my least favorites was Smart Girls Get What They Want. Not really sure why, but I just thought it was really boring.

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  26. I really didn't like Existence by Abbi Glines and Die for Me by Amy Plum and I hated Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

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  27. I'm usually good at picking out books that I know I'd like, so when I saw the description for the Fine Art of Truth or Dare mentioned Anna and the French Kiss (which I loved) I bought it... It was just disappointing with huge plot holes and just... uggh... Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  28. I had huge problems with GLITCH by Heather Anastasiu. It disappointed me in so many ways.

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  29. My least favorite... I would probably say Unlovable. I didn't really care for it. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  30. Mm..i think it was Embrace by Jessica Shiverington. It wasn't the best, but ok.

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  32. Dark Eden didn't do a whole lot for me. Also Scored & Partials (maybe it's just me lol) ;D
    Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)

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  33. I won an arc of Chasing the Skip and was less than impressed with it. Can't stand reading a book where someone who's 15 is written as 11 or 12.

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  34. I started reading City of Bones earlier this year, I could not finish it. Truthfully I hardly got to chapter 3.

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  35. The least intresting was Crossed by Ally Condie. I was dissapointed. Matched is one of my favorite book.

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  36. Siren by Tricia Rayburn. It was so boring.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. I really wasn't crazy for I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. I know it's a classic, but I just didn't like it.
    Thanks!

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  38. I know a lot of people loved it but Night Circus didn't hold my interest the way I thought it would~ I was pretty disappointed with that. Thank you for another lovely giveaway, Annabelle!

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  39. I think it would be mean to name my least favorite - others raved actually.

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  40. The Vincent boys and Ceaseless by Abbi Glines. I was dissappointed with both books.

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  41. One of my least favorite books this year is The Dark Elite.
    Thanks for the awesome goveaways!

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  42. Unloved by Jennifer Snider. I was dissapointed with it! Simply couldn't finish.

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  43. My least favorite was the Fallen Series book 3. Thanks!

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  44. My least favorite reads since last November are: Topping from below and American Psycho. In fact, I just rated so much these two books... thanks for the good ones I've read though lol A lot!

    Thanks for the giveaway =]]]

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  45. Love Unrehearsed -- such a bad sequel. DNF!

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  46. Okay, I'm probably going to get hate mail, but I really didn't like Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward. It just didn't do it for me. I'm praying that Qhinn and Blay's book will be better.

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  47. I can.t remember right now... i forget them very fast.

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  48. I really really really didn't like Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.

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  49. Least favorite reads. Not because it was bad. But it was just too young for me. Monument 14.

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  50. My least favorite was Slippery Souls. I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Other disappointments were Moon Called and The Raven Boys. I expected to love these and they were just meh.

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  51. One of my least favourite books? Hmm...the first that comes to mind was Wake by Amanda Hocking. I really wanted to like it, but I just didn't!

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  52. My least favorite is 50 Shades of Gray.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    Marijana Sitar

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  53. Hmm..least favorite would have to be Six Weeks to Yehidah but I didnt hate it is was just an ok book not a great book.

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  54. Thanksf or sharing this giveaway! My least favorite this month is Art Geeks and Prom Queens.

    monica.calangian@gmail.com

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  55. My least favorite was Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber. I didn't hate it, but I definitely wasn't happy with it.

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  56. I really want to read half of these books!!!!! There in my TBA on Goodreads ;)

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  57. Hmmm... one of my least favorite reads was Moons' Kiss.

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  58. Matched by Allie Condie. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  60. Least favourite - I really should read the question before answering.. whoops!


    I really didn't like Otherkin by Nina Berry.

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  61. Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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  62. It would Fracture by Megan Miranda for the least fave read because the book is boring. I was excited to read it because it was a mystery book (and I love mysteries), but ugh, too many loose ends, and too many sub plots. :(

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  63. One of my least favourite reads since november is "Gestapo" by Sven Hassel.

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  64. Maybe I can say that of all the books I've read, my least favorite was Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  65. I just finished reading Crash by Nicole somebody. It clearly didn't leave an impact on me! It was...bad.

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  66. My least favorite in the last year was probably Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost. I love the Nightworld books, but this one was a little flat.

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  67. Umm.. Can't really think of one right now.. I read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins this past year.. It was HORRIBLE..

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  68. my favorite read,....hmm, i have a lot, like Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini singh!!
    Thanks for giveaway and happy Blogoversary Day 3! ^_^

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  69. Least favorite was probably House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier. I couldn't even finish it. :(

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  70. This is a hard one I would have to say that Destined by PC Cast was my least favorite book I honestly could barely get through it and I just really didn't enjoy it at all!!!

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  71. Least favourite? Perhaps one of the Vampire Diaries books, the 5th or 6th one, I don't even know, I couldn't finish it.

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  72. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Just finished it a few weeks ago. Thanks for the great giveaway and for making it international!

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  73. I'm gonna say Possession by Elana Johnson. Did not like it.

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  74. That would be Flirting in Italian. I'm sorry but I just hated the book... And it's actually the first book I give 2 cheeses (or stars). Sigh...

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  75. I haven't read a book that I can honestly say I didn't like. I read a lot of paranormal romance and have liked them all. The only book genre that I don't enjoy is historical so I stay away from it.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. Maybe it would be Eternal Youth by Julia Crane & Nola McCarty... It was really boring...

    Thank you for this!!!

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  77. I finally picked up Matched by Ally Condie some months ago. Everyone had been raving about it so I thought it was definitely a great book. I don't know what happened. Maybe I had my expectations waaay too high. While I like the idea, I found the writing awfully stilted and blunt.

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  78. Juliet Immortal. I'm having a hard time finishing it...

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  79. immortal city by scott speer

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  80. Some of my least favourite reads include:
    My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking
    Haven by Kristi Cook
    Swoon by Nina Malkin
    Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
    Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (I can understand how the story'd be appealing to some readers, but it wasn't for me. Granted, it had an interesting original concept of fallen angels and their offspring, and you made some very good points in your review, but I didn't enjoy it very much.)
    Destined by Aprilynne Pike

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  81. The Night Circus, I really didn't enjoy the Main Characters, they are not really appealing.

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  82. I'd say Bumped . I didn't even finish reading it.

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  83. Being Nikki by Meg Cabot. It makes me sleepy while reading it.

    GFC name: Dian Christy

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  84. Oh gosh. After a very quickkkk moment of reflection - I'd say "New Girl" by Harbison. Gosh I hated that book soooo much. :/

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  85. Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman. I could even finish it

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  86. My least favorite is The Hunger Games! They were terrible books!

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  87. I would say The Replacement. I don't know what was it about that book that put me off. I couldnt finish it.

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  88. I'm really happy to say I really enjoyed all the books I've read :)

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  89. Some of my least favorite reads are Wicked Lovely, The Changeling, Pushing The Limits and Sweet Evil.

    As for the comment, I left one here:
    http://sparkles-and-lightning.blogspot.com/2012/11/princess-of-silver-woods-review_13.html?showComment=1352978967536#c6352403952873488982

    I go by the same name in the rafflecopter. ;)

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  90. I think my least favorite read was Night Circus. I had high hopes for the book but it did not pan out.

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  91. I really disliked Divergent, I thought it was horrible.

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  92. As weird as it may sound - Hunger games. And not because the story or the writing is bad, but because I for some reason can`t stand books written in the present tense. I don`t know why, and I don`t know what to do,but I just can`t take that kind of books seriously, lol

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  93. Huh Darke Academy! Oh I still have nightmares!

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  94. I did not like Inbetween by Tara Fuller or Pretty Amy by Lisa Bursetien. I also really really wanted to love Veleveteen by Daniel Marks but it was a chore to finish.

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  95. My least favorite was Iron King, which was a shame because I heard a lot of people gushing about it, but I didn't like it at all :( Oh well.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  96. Least?! An old photobook which I shall not name.

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  97. The least favorite book I've read the past year would be The Awakening by L.J. Smith. I enjoy the show WAY more than the book series. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  98. Uhh the least favorite book that I've read would have to be Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough. I took a very long time reading it.

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  99. I commented on Onyx: REVIEW as Gaby

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