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Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

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Many thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for being the creative force behind this meme every week!

Since this post conveniently falls on New Year's Eve, I'm combining my Top Ten Books of 2013 with a list of everything I read this year. Yay for multitasking!

My final total was 50 books. Not quite where I wanted to be, but it's more than double last year's count, and I'm slowly wading back into reading for fun. (College kind of killed it. ^^)

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Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (3 stars)

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Born of Illusion by Teri Brown stars Anna Van Housen, an aspiring magician in 1920's New York with a fame-crazed mother who does mentalist shows and forces Anna to assist in her illegal, but profitable, after-show seances. It has its flaws, but Anna is an overall likable protagonist, and the magic illusions are fun. :)

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
Series: Born of Illusion #1
Genres: YA, Supernatural
Published on June 11, 2013
Published by Balzer & Bray
Final Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:
Anna Van Housen has a secret.

A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums, and mentalists in 1920’s New York. As the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini—or so Marguerite claims—sleight of hand illusions have never been a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her own gifts secret from her opportunistic mother. Because while Marguerite’s own powers may be a sham, Anna possesses a true ability to sense people’s feelings and foretell the future.

But as Anna’s powers intensify, she begins to experience frightening visions of her mother in peril, which leads her to explore the powers she’s tried so long to hide. And when a mysterious young man named Cole moves into the flat downstairs, introducing Anna to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, she is forced to confront her past and rethink everything she’s ever known. Is her mother truly in danger, or are Anna’s visions merely illusion? And could the great Houdini really be her father, or is it just another of Marguerite’s tricks?

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Books in the Mail: A Giveaway Prize Arrives

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Guess what arrived in the mail today?


A beautiful hardcover of "In the Shadow of Blackbirds" by Cat Winters! I won this copy through Carmen's stop at Shelfspace Needed on the Spooktacular Giveaway Blog Hop, and I can't wait to read it. I've seen so many glowing reviews of what a creepy, atmospheric story this is; maybe not your typical Christmas read, but I think it deserves a slot near the top of the TBR pile.

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (1 star)

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Published on September 17, 2013
Published by Scholastic Press
Final Rating: 1 star

Synopsis:
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...


Good:
  • Really interesting use of magic, literally making dreams come true, and I liked how it tied into Cabeswater, which keeps it connected to the main quest. 
  • The writing was descriptive and easy to fly through.

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