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I'm so excited to be participating in the 3rd Annual Holiday #Readathon hosted by the lovely Liza over at!
There are a lot of fun mini challenges and giveaways going on over the next few days so make sure you head over to and link up. 

Join us for a Twitter Party Sunday night 9-10 PM EST
 We'll be using #Readathon Hashtag

My Mini Challenge: What book has been the biggest surprise for you and why?

For me it was Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo! I don't read a ton of fantasy and maps in the front of books scare me (long story) but I LOVED this book!  I also never expected to fall head over heels for the alleged bay guy but have you met The Darkling? 

The Darkling - Shadow & Bone by @LBardugo (Someone get that man a black kefta. (<3 to reader Asa Ops who sent this pic)
Photo credit: Author's Pinterest

Answer my challenge question (in the comments) and you could win a copy of 
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo .
International as long as The Book Depository delivers to your country.
Must be 13 years or older. 

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  1. Hahahaha why do maps in front of the books scare you? That must be an interesting story, so do tell :D

    I actually love fantasy, and I love the maps, too :D but I still haven't gotten this one, although I've heard it's awesome, and now you got me all intrigued about The Darkling :)

    Ok, now my answer:

    The book that was the biggest surprise for me this year was The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle.
    Why? Well, I've already read a couple of books from the author, so I knew it would be good, but I was still surprised with its awesomeness. I actually always describe The Hallowed Ones as creeptastic :D So, it was definitely different by her previous books, and the whole writing style & setting & the authors voice made it different from the other YA books (I think that's the case because it was an accidental YA, she didn't planned to write one) and one of the few books that totally freaked me out, yet still made me fall in love with it & yeah, I'll admit, I hugged it when I finished it lol I'm weird like that :D

    Anyway, I highly recommend this book, one of the best books I've read this year :D

    Ok, sorry, I tend to forget myself sometimes when I write comments, but thanks for the opportunity to win one of your fav reads.

    Also, I guess I should mention that although in the rafflecopter I'm only Aleksandra, I'm signed up for the read-a-thon as Aleksandra @ Aleksandra's Corner.

  2. The book that surprised me the most of an e-book I received from an indie author. Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright I accepted it because it seems interesting at the time. Then I kept putting it off because I didn't feel like reading it. But when I finally sat down and read it. I finished it in record time. It was fast paced and I didn't get the chance to get distracted.

  3. Probably Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I wasn't so sure I'd even like it and now I'm obsessed with it and in love with the author's writing style! :D

  4. Beautiful Disaster really surprised me. I am not a contemporary genre reader but this book was dark enough and gritty enough for me to love it.

  5. The book that surprised me the most was Outpost by Ann Aguirre. I didn't think the series could get any better but the second book totally blew my mind!

  6. The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells. I read a LOT of fantasy through high school and college, but since then I had really lost interest aside from a few authors I kept up with (George RR Martin, Jacqueline Carey) I haven't been reading it. One day Jacqueline Carey recommends this $1.99 kindle download. It honestly looked weird and uninteresting but I gave it a shot and was blown away. All of a sudden I am excited to read the genre again. In addition to gobbling up all the Martha Wells I can find, I've started reading other authors I used to enjoy, and it's like catching up with old friends.

  7. Thanks! The book WILD really surprised me. I was amazed how this woman survived on her own. It was gutsy and dangerous and I can't imagine doing it. But it was admirable also because it helped her heal. (Posted for Betsy Kaplan)

  8. Aww I freaking love this book,one of the best 2012 debut!

  9. Thanks for hosting a contest where promoting the blog isn't the only way to earn entries :)
    I would say "Shadow and Bone" was one of the big surprises for me too! I went in thinking it sounded so formulaic, but this book SUCKED ME IN!!!! I could not stop reading!! And I was actually gasping and shrieking at the end!

    I also loved "Code Name Verity" - that one came out of left field, and it had me absolutely BAWLING by the end!!! I still cry when I think about it. I was so freaking connected to those characters. I felt like I'd lost my friends at the end.....oh gosh, that book. BRB, gotta go cry some more.

    Thanks for a great contest! :)

  10. Mine was no doubt "Under the Never Sky" by Rossi. I had the book hanging around the house for quite awhile before I picked it up one night. And never put it back down until the last page finished. I found it fabulous written with characters that were so real you felt you could reach in and touch them! Also it believable and yet out of this world. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it and can't wait for the sequel. Thanks for the mini-challenge!

    Stiletto Storytime

  11. Thanks to everyone who commented, I enjoyed reading all of your "surprise" reads! :D


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