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  1. 14 Days of Swoon Blog Hop!

    Sunday, February 01, 2015

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    Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for joining us for this fun blog hop! 

    We here at Fiction Fare with our loves over at Swoony Boys Podcast have been trying to think of a fun blog hop that we could host, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, we knew exactly what we wanted to do… and so we’re bringing you 14 days of fun posts, a scavenger hunt and giveaways galore! 

    Make sure you visit all the blogs on the tour and check out what they’re writing out on their day, as well as enter their giveaway!  

    The scavenger hunt part of this adds more chances for you to enter to win! We’re offering a tourwide giveaway that will include a $20 amazon giftcard plus a bracelet featuring some of our favorite swoony books! 

    What you need to do is visit each blog and collect words.  Don’t worry they will be marked in some way to make it obvious that those are the words you need.  Because this hop ended up having more people interested than we were expecting we’ve split the two weeks into two different quotes!  All the blogs for the first week will make up one quote and all the blogs for the second week will make up a separate quote! Make sure you enter them in the rafflecopter at the end of the hop to get extra entries! 

    Now, make sure you head to all of these blogs for the fun!


    14 Days of Fictional Swooning Schedule


    February 1st- Fiction Fare
    February 1st- Swoony Boys Podcast
    February 2nd- Literary, etc.
    February 4th- Bookish Things & More
    February 5th- Books and Swoons
    February 5th- Love at First Page
    February 6th- Awesome Book Nuts
    February 6th- Mainstream Passionista
    February 6th- The Book Sphere
    February 7th- I Turn the Pages
    February 7th- Andi's ABCs
    February 8th- WhoRUBlog
    February 9th- Gun in Act One
    February 9th- We So Nerdy
    February 10th- What Sarah Read
    February 10th- Flutters and Flails
    February 11th- The Book Addict's Guide
    February 11th- Effortlessly Reading
    February 12th- GReads!
    February 12th- Books Equal Awesomeness
    February 13th- My Friends Are Fiction
    February 14th- Fiction Fare 
    February 14th- Swoony Boys Podcast 

    So today, we're talking about our Top 5 Book Boyfriends, and let me tell you... there was a huge process to narrowing this list down. Plus the lovely and amazing Meg from Swoony Boys helped us with dreamcasting!




    BEST. BOOK. BOYFRIEND. EVER.
    I don't even know what to say about Jase that I haven't already. He's my favorite and probably will be forever. I can't imagine anyone ever taking his place and here's why. 

    Jase slides his thumbs behind my ears, rubbing the hollow at their base. He's only inches from my face, still looking into my eyes. "You bet. I'm studying you.” 


    Matt Finch is like everyone's boyfriend, but I had to include him on my list because I Heart Matt Finch.

    “I really like you,” Matt announces, which somehow makes me feel more embarrassed. “You’re unpredictable and smart, and I basically want to spend all of my time with you.”



    Jason is mine.  That is all. Do not try to take him from me. You will lose.

    "She is different. And I'm ready to prove just how much."


    Um... He works at Starbucks... Add in the fact that he's full of smiles and incredibly adorable and I'd totally read things to him... anytime. 


    “It's okay if you're crazy," he said softly. 
    "You don't even know-"
    "I don't have to know," he said. "I'm rooting for you.” 



    So Meg and I have agreed to share Josh... even though I'm not entirely on board with this, I'll accept it ... for now. Josh is so amazing you guys. If you haven't read this, or if you haven't pre-ordered this, then get on it because I guarantee you will love him.

    “Sky,” he whispered. My name in his mouth sounded like a warning, but he wasn’t letting go, was gripping me harder, and after all these weeks of anxious hope, it was suddenly so easy to just turn my body a few degrees and press my lips against his. 



    I love Finn...there really isn't much more to say. Okay..he is protective, smart, and loves Cate like crazy.  Also, he says things like:  

    "When." He takes my cold hand in his. "I'm falling in love with you more every day. I don't know if they were the same things I loved about you before, but now--the bit of red in your hair. The way you tilt your chin when you get angry, like you're charging into battle. How fiercely protective you are of the people you care about. How big your capacity for forgiveness is. You are an amazing woman, Cate Cahill.”



    Josh Bennett gets quite a few sighs from me. He builds Nastya a chair and calls her Sunshine and....so much more.  

    He shrugs and turns to me, drowning the smile that cracks me every time. 
    “It’s not stupid to want to see her again.” 
    “It wasn’t so much that I wanted to see her again,” he says, looking at me with the depth of more than seventeen years in his eyes. “I wanted her to see you.”


    Bishop Lattimer is a new favorite of mine - he's definitely swoony and he's all mine (I'm looking at you Jaime)!  I loved how his character was developed in this story and here is a perfect example of why he is on the list.

    "Because I'm in love with you, Ivy," he whispers. "Giving up on you isn't an option." He lifts my hair away from the back of my neck and kisses the delicate skin there.


    I love Arin...I don't even know what to say here about him because there isn't just one thing that makes him a favorite. Just trust me...he is deserving.

    "My soul is yours,” he said. “You know that it is.” 


    Chaol...I adore him because he is perfect for Celaena plus he .  He forces her to see things from a different perspective, he brings her cake, and he says lovely things...

    "Believe me, Celaena, I know you can look after yourself. But I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn't, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.” 


    We have a hop wide giveaway happening as well! Make sure you visit all the sites to collect the words to make some quotes! 

    AND BECAUSE I SCREWED UP!!  I'm making it easy for you to find today's words!!

    we're not together

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  2. The 2015 "Real" Book Challenge is officially underway!

    Here we go everyone!  2015 is gearing up to be a crazy good year for books and we have set our official goals for the year!  Don't forget to set your goals up in the Goodreads Group and if you post pictures of what you're reading on Instagram, use the hashtag #realbooks so we can share them in the newsletters.

    Erin's Books

    Goal: 85

    Progress Made: 10
    A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)ShutterThe Last Time We Say Goodbye
    The Glass ArrowUnleashed (Uninvited, #2)The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter, #1)
    The Mirk and Midnight HourThe Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)The Distance Between Lost and Found
    Vanishing Girls



    Jaime's Books

    Goal: 125

    Progress Made: 13
    The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)The Return (Titan, #1)
    Loop (Loop #1)Better Than PerfectVanishing Girls
    The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter, #1)Hero
    Tuck EverlastingAll Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)All the Bright Places
    Hellhole


    *If you’re an Author or Publisher who would like to sponsor our challenge by donating a book, swag, or doing a fun interview for the newsletter- email us at realbookchallenge@gmail.com.

    Got questions?

    There’s no such thing as a bad question! If something doesn’t make sense, we want to hear from you! You can leave your question in the comments below, tweet @SwoonyBoys, @JaimeArkin, or @Erinlee20, or email us at realbookchallenge@gmail.com and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!



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  3. SEEKER (SEEKER #1)
    By: Arwen Elys Dayton
    Publication Date:  February 10, 2015
    Seeker (Seeker, #1)\
    The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she'll be with the boy she loves--who's also her best friend.

    But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.

    And now it's too late to walk away.

    ABOUT ARWEN
    Arwen Elys DaytonArwen Elys Dayton is hard at work on the SEEKER series, a grand YA story for Random House.

    Arwen began her career as a teenage staff writer at a foundation that produced Peabody Award-winning educational shows for PBS. Soon afterward, she began writing screenplays and novels, including Sovereign’s Hold and Resurrection, the #1 Amazon bestseller in Sci-Fi in both the US and the UK.

    She spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.

    Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram, or reach her by email at arwenelysdayton@gmail.com.


    Erin's Thoughts

    My rating: 2.5-3 of 5 stars

    Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton is one of those books that I think people will either really love or really not love. I myself am middle of the road on this book which is why I have it rated a 3 star.

    I love the idea behind this book. The main character is a girl who has grown up wanting to become a Seeker and follow in the footsteps of her family. The challenge I had was that the Seeker legacy was never really explained. They “alter the world for the better” but there was never any real explanation around what that meant. Instead, we are dropped right into the story of these characters wanting something that we don’t really have a meaning around.

    Quin as a main character was interesting. There were times I liked her and times that she drove me crazy. She did not have an easy life but it was one she chose –I don’t know that she truly understood the full story and had it been me, I would have been asking questions along the way instead of relying only on stories shared by my father and uncle. Also – around this….we are never really told what the heck happens that turns Quin and Shinobu from their fathers and the life of a Seeker…I needed this to better understand what really was going on. Instead I was made to guess and infer things based on the feelings they had about it.

    I also wish she would have talked to John and pushed him to answer her questions about his background regardless of how he felt about it. She knew he was hiding something and it upset him but she let him push her back when she asked and in the end, it hurt them both.

    The two boys were interesting. John and Shinobu are both very close to Quin and there is a bit of a love triangle here. In the beginning it doesn’t really play into the story but once things get moving, it definitely does.

    John has a good story and the only thing I can say here without ruining the story for anyone is that he has reason to believe he has a right to the things he fights for. If he had been up front with Quin they probably would have avoided what ends up happening and things might have ended up differently for everyone.

    Shinobu was curious. Yes, he has feelings for Quin but instead of acting on them, he decides that he is going to walk away…to a life of drugs and who knows what else. It is only by chance that he ends up back in Quin’s world but when he does, he jumps back in to help her out. As they become friends again, Quin realizes there is more to Shinobu than she originally thought and of course, this changes their relationship.

    The creation of the worlds was something I found intriguing. During one section the characters are in Scotland and another section takes them to a futuristic Hong Kong. Somehow it all seemed to flow together but I do wish we had gotten more about how things fit together and some descriptions to link them.

    I’m not really sure what else to write on this as I don’t want to give anything away but on top of that, I don’t know that I could truly provide a clear synopsis of what the book is truly about even though I have read it. I don’t mean this to be taken in a bad way…I just didn’t think that as a reader, I closed this book truly knowing what the life of a Seeker is and how Quin is different. The issues seemed to arise from her father more than the actual role of a Seeker but we didn’t get any background on how/where things turned and went wrong.

    This one just didn’t grab me like I thought it would and it could just be a case of "it's not you, it's me" so please keep that in mind. I will most likely keep book two on my radar to see what happens next in this series…perhaps I will get some of the information there that I didn’t get in book one.

    Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for the review copy!


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  4. What is Flashback Friday you ask?  

    I know... I know... As if you don't have a million and one memes to follow! BUT we're hoping that you might want to participate in just one more!  

    If you're like us, you read a lot... you add a ton to your 'to be read' lists and you sometimes forget about some amazing things because they get pushed down either your favorites list or that pile of books you need to read.  That doesn't mean those books are no less amazing!

    This is a way for us to highlight books that are older that maybe don't get as much recognition now because they have been out for a while.  Books that we read and loved or books that have been on our To Be Read lists for ages, but we just haven't gotten around to them yet.  

    On to the details - Pick a book... any book that meets the following criteria:  

    1.  Must have been published at least 2 years ago or 
    2.  Preferably is still in print or available to read

    Grab our button or make your own then simply feature it on your blog... See the example below, and then come back here and link us up!! AND Spread the word!!
    Jaime's Pick
    IF WE KISS
    By: Rachel Vail
    Publication Date:  December 27, 2011

    Contemporary drama!! Plus... this cover is all kinds of cute! I really need to get to this one this year.  I hope I'm going to love it!

    What would happen if we kiss?
    Kevin led me quickly around the side of the building, then stopped. I managed not to crash into him. I tried to look calm, cool, unperturbed. I told myself not to laugh, especially not a snorting kind of laugh. "Wha . . . what did . . ."
    And then he kissed me.
    If We Kiss is the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love with him, and her mother and his father are dating. Still, Charlie can't help but wonder, what would happen if we kiss?

    ABOUT RACHEL
    Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for young people.

    Her novels for teens include UNFRIENDED, IF WE KISS, KISS ME AGAIN, LUCKY, GORGEOUS,BRILLIANT, and the Friendship Ring series. For elementary school kids, there’s JUSTIN CASE:School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters; JUSTIN CASE: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom, and, JUSTIN CASE: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully. Her picture books include PIGGY BUNNYand SOMETIMES I’M BOMBALOO.

    Rachel lives in New York City with her husband, their two sons, and a tortoise named Lightning.
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    Erin's Pick
    THE CONSTANT PRINCESS (THE TUDOR COURT, #1)
    By: Philippa Gregory
    Publication Date: September 6, 2006

    My goal this year is to read more historical books since I own a bunch that I haven't even cracked the spines on yet.  A number of those happen to be books by Philippa Gregory and since I have heard good things about this series, this one is going to be first on the list...I think. 

    The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1)


    "I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever known...and I will be Queen of England."

    Thus, bestselling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Known to history as the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn, here is a Katherine the world has forgotten: the enchanting princess that all England loved. First married to Henry VIII's older brother, Arthur, Katherine's passion turns their arranged marriage into a love match; but when Arthur dies, the merciless English court and her ambitious parents -- the crusading King and Queen of Spain -- have to find a new role for the widow. Ultimately, it is Katherine herself who takes control of her own life by telling the most audacious lie in English history, leading her to the very pinnacle of power in England.


    Set in the rich beauty of Moorish Spain and the glamour of the Tudor court, The Constant Princess presents a woman whose constancy helps her endure betrayal, poverty, and despair, until the inevitable moment when she steps into the role she has prepared for all her life: Henry VIII's Queen, Regent, and commander of the English army in their greatest victory against Scotland.

    ABOUT PHILIPPA
    Philippa GregoryPhilippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acclaimed author.


    Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, where she keeps horses, hens and ducks. Visitors to her site, www.PhilippaGregory.com become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklings.

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