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Smugglivus 2012 Guest Bloggers: Kat Kennedy and Steph Sinclair of Cuddlebuggery Book Blog

Welcome to Smugglivus 2012! Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2012, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2013.

Who: Kat Kennedy and Steph Sinclair, the fab evil duo who, alongside other contributors, write badass reviews of all things YA over at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.

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Please give it up for Kat and Steph with their fave reads of 2012 and anticipated reads of 2013!

Steph: We were very excited when The Book Smugglers asked us to participate in Smugglivus. But then we actually had to sit down and PICK our favorites and agree on them.

Kat: Especially since it meant we got to check out The Book Smugglers’ blog. And this place is NICE. They have a gumball machine. Steph, why don’t we have a gumball machine?

Steph: Because I only make peanuts, love.

Kat: Fine, but can we get one?

Steph: Depends. Have you been naughty or nice?

Kat: Both. Just the way you like it, Steph.


Kat: So was Stormdancer. Well, not really, but we needed a segway into the conversation about our favourite books for 2012.

Steph: LOL

Kat: Speaking of which… Segways! hahahaha! Who ever bought those stupid things?

Steph: So yeah, our favorites…

Kat: Stormdancer.

Steph: I loved Stormdancer and just look at the badass cover.

Kat: also I loved the c- oh, never mind. Writing was beautiful, story was great. Loved loved loved it.

Steph: BURUU! That is all anyone really needs to know about that book.

Kat: Kitsune takes care of its own. Also another of our favourites was Froid. Froid* Because Melina Marchetta is a goddess.

Steph: She is a goddess and I think I am in love with her. You mean Froi?

Kat: Wait, we weren’t doing Froid? Froi* I thought we picked Froi?

Steph: LOL, your misspelling caught me off guard.

Kat: OH! But you’re the one who’s always misspelling things!

Steph: But not today!

Kat: Froi was the second installment of Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles and it was fabulous.

Steph: No, it was AMAZING.

Kat: Stupendous!

Steph: Wonderful character development and she made me love a character I never thought could be redeemed. Writing skills of balls, I tell ya.

Kat: And the third book on our list for our favourite reads of 2012 is… Unspoken. Which Steph and I both loved more than anything in the world.

Steph: *cough* lies *cough*

Kat: That’s totally the book we agreed upon.

Steph: Looks like someone is still sore over that review war… not going to name names but.. KENNEDY.

Kat: Pfft, whatever. Okay, we agreed on Easy because it’s a book we both enjoyed.

Steph: Wait, I thought it was Gonex3?

Kat: Oh yeah! Gone, Gone, Gone. That was totally awesome. I LOVE Hannah Moskowitz.

Steph: LOL.

Kat: Hey, it’s not my fault! I can’t keep 6 books straight – blame the education system. Amirite?

Steph: We love so many books we can’t think straight.

Kat: So Hannah Moskowitz would be my imaginary girlfriend except that position was already taken by Rachel Maddow. I love everything she does.

Steph: Hannah is a genius. And with witty lines like this: “I’m not even sure if there are any fabulous Jew or homosexuals at our school, but rest assured that if there are, I will find them. By Friday they will be my babies. Mark it.” How can you NOT love a book like that?

Kat: I know right? Now as for books for 2013, we kind of agonized over this list because there are just too many.

Steph: So many, we can’t even begin to list them all.

Kat: But we will.

Steph: I’ll let Kat fangirl for a minute. Go on, honey.

Kat: Actually, I can’t remember.

Steph: *facepalm*

Kat: Through the Ever Night!

Kat: Yes! That’s the top one on my list. Veronica Rossi makes me want to do inappropriate things. And then when I get out of control, she Falcon Punches me back to my senses.

Steph: She is pretty cool. I have seen this first hand.

Kat: She’s my hero and I have to know what Aria and Perry get up to, those crazy kids! Also, there’s Angelfall 2.

(For which there is no cover yet)

Steph: YES!!! I need it! A mighty need!

Kat: I need it so bad. I think I might have to start stalking Susan Ee.

Steph: I already do that…

Kat: True. I already do that too. I meant more than what we’d already publicly confessed to.

Steph: Ah, of course. We’ve learned so much from YA romance novels.

Kat: They’re such a good example for interpersonal relationships. What, with the boundary violations and everything. What was the third book we agreed upon? Was it Unspoken 2? It was, wasn’t it?

Steph: Ha! You wish! It was Siege and Storm! It’s the second book in The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo.

(Also no cover yet)

Kat: Oh yeah. You know, Leigh Bardugo is a bad ass.


Kat: I just want to have day long ninja battles with her.

Steph: MARRY ME, LEIGH! Wait… she can’t hear me. Damn.

Kat: Wait, weren’t we supposed to fit Days of Blood and Starlight/Daughter of Smoke and Bone in there somewhere?

Steph: Well… Days of Blood and Starlight wasn’t a fav this year for me. But whatever Laini writes is magical.

Kat: Oh that’s right. I was supposed to disown you and never speak to you again. Thanks for reminding me. Okay, I think that’s us completely wrapped up.

Steph: Yup.

Kat: You know, you’d think we’d have been more organized on this one? It’s not like we didn’t have a lot of time, Steph. Think the Book Smugglers will mind?

Steph: Naw! Being last min is the new “on time!”

Kat: You are so right! Besides, we can just get them drunk and hit on them.

Cheers, ladies!

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  • Gabriella
    December 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I love this. Making my ‘to read’ list longer and longer!

  • Linda W
    December 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I agree about Froi of the Exiles. Melina Marchetta cannot write a bad book.

  • KB/KT Grant
    December 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I no haz a gumball machine 🙁

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    December 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Oh you guys, you’re so brilliant and funny, and ride around on Segways like bosses.

  • Lilian
    December 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Now I need to get myself a gumball machine. pooey.

  • Kara @ Great Imaginations
    December 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    LOL hilarious! Love your girls like I love chocolate chip muffins!

  • Lexi
    December 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I agree on Melina Marchetta. I just finished Finnikin.

  • Fangs for the Fantasy
    December 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I have a sneaking feeling I need to declare Team Kat or Team Steph for an epic conflict 😛

  • Jen B.
    December 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Too funny. I agree that the cover of Stormdancer is just beautiful.

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