Top 10 of 2015 | Best Books I’ve Read in 2015


I found out about this week-long event in late November, and I knew I just had to participate. It seemed to me like the perfect way to wrap up my year in books, and highlight my favorites. It’s hosted by a group of book bloggers and you can find out all about on Rachel’s blog here.

Day 1’s topic is “The Best Books I’ve Read in 2015.” It just so happened that I read 10 books this year that I rated a full 5 out of 5 stars. So, here are the lucky books that won my love in 2015!

  1. Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
  2. Volition by Lily Paradis
  3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  4. Girl Underwater by Claire Kells
  5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  6. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
  7. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
  8. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
  9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  10. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

All of the titles link to my reviews, so you can read why I thought these books were the best of the best!

What are your favorite books you read in 2015?


Review: Volition by Lily Paradis

Publisher: Empire Books
Release Date: February 9th, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 309
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being?

It’s because you’re contradicting the universe.

Everything lines up so perfectly that you couldn’t have imagined it to work out better, but then you have to go and do everything humanly possible to ruin it because you can’t stand to have it go right?

That’s what I did.

I did it because there’s a darkness that surrounds me, and I think I want it there.

My name is Tate McKenna, and my soul is blacker than my heart.

my rambles

Special thanks to Empire Books for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!

I want to start this review by saying this: my review will be pretty vague in that it’s just one of those books you can’t really talk about, but have to read it for yourself to really understand. I also know that both the author and the publisher wanted everyone that decided to pick up Volition to go in pretty blind, so for those two reasons, this review will most likely be me telling you to go and read this book NOW.

I know author’s notes don’t really count as a part of the story, but I urge you to read the note from Lily Paradis to us, her readers, at the beginning of Volition. She sets you up for what’s to come, and I think it really affected my reading of the story.

So, Volition. It’s twisted, emotional, different, and will tear your soul out. It’s extremely addicting, and I put it down for only necessary functions such as eating and sleep. When I wasn’t reading this book it was consuming my thoughts. Not only is the story a beautiful one of love, soul-mates, relationships, and self-discovery, but the writing is darkly poetic.

I’ll say this flat out before I say any more: This isn’t a book for everyone. There’s a love triangle, but not your typical one. Everything about Volition is so much in the gray areas you just have to read it for yourself.

Being inside Tate’s mind is like being inside no other character I’ve ever read before. She’s not a character that you fall in love with because of her personality. She’s dark and negative, but being that Volition is written for the most part from her perspective you understand why she’s this way. You better understand the love triangle, and if you’re like me, you’ll be okay with it. (Not going to lie I was rooting for the other guy to be with Tate, though).

All in all, Volition was like no other book I had experienced before. It was so different and intense and I hurt while I was reading it. As Tate would say, my soul ached.

(I give this book all the stars in the world.)


Week in Review: 1/18/15

Week in Review

In Life

I feel like each Week in Review post I write is just me apologizing for the lack of posts and complaining about school, but this will be the last time, I promise. But seriously, MIDTERMS! Who made these a “thing” because they are torture, and studying takes up ALL of my time. I picked up my book for the first time in about a week and a half yesterday and it was joyous. Lately I feel like every waking moment I’m focused on school, or some school related thing, like most recently I’ve been really anxious about college. I’m the only child in my family, so my parents are pretty much clueless when it comes to the college process, and my counselor and school hasn’t really helped much. So I’m freaking out about where in the process I should be right now, and nervous that I won’t be able to schedule visits in during breaks, etc., etc. Life is hard…


I am determined to push through! I’ve decided that I will make time for blogging and reading every Friday evening and Saturday morning. Hopefully this will keep me posting regularly. Also, I have lots of discussion ideas but I’m both too lazy and too busy to write and edit them so that they’re ready for posting. This shall change, my friends!

In Books


Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen (Thanks to Entangled Teen!)
Volition by Lily Paradis (Thanks to Empire Books!)
I can’t wait to read both of these. Life Unaware seems like something different than I normally read, and I’ve been waiting to get my hands on Volition for such a long time!!

Recently Finished, Currently Reading & Reading Soon!

Yesterday I finished reading Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott and I LOVED it! This series is so intense. You can check out my review here on the blog on February 10th!

I haven’t decided what to read next at the moment, but I think it will probably be a review copy that’s been sitting around a while.

After THAT, I’m planning on picking up a book that will go toward my Dusting off the Shelf Reading Challenge. Have no idea what that will be yet either!

In Blogging

Around the Blogosphere

Here at Books & Cleverness

The number of posts is depressing…

I hope you all had a wonderful week!



Volition FB

When I heard about Volition, I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of the release and help Lily Paradis in promoting it! I really enjoyed her other book, Ignite, and I’m VERY excited to read Volition!

So without further ado… here is the AMAZING BEAUTIFUL GORGEOUS cover of VOLITION! Continue reading “COVER REVEAL: VOLITION BY LILY PARADIS!”