#T5W: Hidden Gems (favourite books that need more hype)

Hello Peaches! It is Wednesday again. I skipped last week’s as I was too busy, but I am back on it now. This week’s topic is “ Hidden Gems in Your Favorite Genre ~ What are some of your favorite books in your favorite genre that don’t get a lot of hype?”

As far as I am aware, these book did not get a lot of hype:

70945691. Feed by Mira Grant. I cannot begin to say how much I loved this book when I read it last year! The story is packed with action and zombie killings. The characters are incredibly well shaped up and the plot was extremely intriguing. I was not bored for one single minute. When it wasn’t a lot of action, the plot was moving forward as the characters tried to make sense of the mystery of some strange happenings. The book was great, but I do not understand for the life of me why it does not get more hype! It’s well written and engaging, so why not?

IMG_20180119_172817_783.jpg2. The witch’s kiss series by Katharine and Elisabeth Corr. Ok, so we have witches, warlocks, curses and a main character in a quest to find out who she is in a world she does not recognise anymore. The characters, for me, had depth and I thoroughly  enjoyed following them.  So why aren’t people talking about this book?

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3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Not sure if the series had a lot of hype when it was published, but now there are not many bookworms talking about one of my favourite series. What happened here?

Screenshot_20180131-210021.png4. Anna dressed in blood (duology) by Kendare Blake. This duology is simply amazing and I am absolutely in love with it. I am surprised that it does not get as much hype as the more recent works for Kendare, because this duology was amazing! I don’e need to know more than this!! “Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.” (goodreads)

PSX_20171118_101010.jpg5. Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I totally loved this book. It is creepy, eerie and suspenseful. thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I am game for following Malerman’s writing because if he continues writing like this… oh man! Have you read this? Do you get where I am coming from? This book may not be on everyone’s tastes, but it’s worth it. Also… floppy paperback!

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with me? Which books do you think need more hype?

xoxo

Jane

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Top 6 Favourite books I’ve read in 2017

… because I could not reduce it to top five no matter how I looked at it, so this is the besthangover-maths-gif of the best that I’ve read in 2017. Overall, I had a pretty good year in reading. Since starting bookstagram I had been a lot more careful with my reading choices than in the first half of the year when I was reading mainly romance.

I will do a December and yearly wrap-up in the nest few days and add a few stats as well because… why not?!

So the top 6 books I read are, in no particular order:

7094569Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant. I feel like I am repeating myself, but I LOVE ZOMBIE BOOKS! I’ve had my eyes out for this book for quite some time, so when I found it for cheap, I had to buy it. It did not disappoint me at all. I got all the action, character development and zombie extravaganza to keep me happy and hooked it. I really loved the intrigue/mystery feel to it as well, so for me it was a solid 5/5 stars. Can’t wait to pick up the sequel: Deadline.

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman. This book was on my list of most surprising books of 2017 as I was expecting it to be ok, not AMAZING! This book was incredible. I cannot talk too much about it without spoiling it, but if you get a chance to read this book, please give it a chance. It did not disappoint me at all. Personally, it was a feast.

22841994Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling. I am very late in joining the bandwagon for Harry Potter, but it’s never too late, is it? I am in love with this book and I am wondering why I haven’t picked it up so far. Definitely a series I’d be looking at finishing this year.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo was incredible. Out of 23437156this world. Fantastic. I loved every damn minute of it. Kaz and Inej are my favourite characters and their backstories are done sooooo well. Hell! the whole crew is fantastic! Loved it from start to finish. I need to buy Crooked Kingdom and I am set for life. A little bit worried that it’ll not be as good? Yes, but I need these characters in my life again, so I am reading it.

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A monster calls by Patrick Ness was one of those books that make your heart to bleed for the characters. Beautifully written and in point, with characters that come to life from the page, and a monster to show the way, A monster calls is the book I would recommend you read, now! Can’t wait to see the movie now.

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff wrote a beautiful book. I am just over the moon in love with this book. I read this book in 2 days, and it’s not a small book either. I don’t even like Science Fiction in general, I find them confusing and pompous, but this book was incredible. The writing was great, the characters were alive, and the format was actually brilliant. The format worried me the most as I haven’t had a good history with books consisting of messages and emails (Fifty shades anyone?), but it was amazing, enhancing the reading experience rather than hindering it.

So what have you read that blew your socks off in 2017. Any of these on your lists? Anything you can recommend for me to read in 2018?

Lots of Love,

Jane.

 

#EndOfTheYear: Most surprising books I’ve read in 2017 (Good & Bad)

Hello bookish fam! How are you today? 2017 is going away today and we’ll be welcoming 2018! How exciting is that?! This post was supposed to be uploaded last night, however I as not able to, so here it is on the last day of the year! I am going to upload tomorrow my list of favourite books of 2017, so that’s still coming, don’t worry. If you’ve missed my list of Most Disappointing Books I Read in 2017, click here!

As always, we’ll have a little disclaimer pointing out that these opinions are my own and they do not reflect in any way shape or form on you as a reader. Weather I hate it or love it, it does not invalidate your feelings towards the book!

So without further ado, let’s jump right into it!

24686535Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I bought this book a couple of years ago and didn’t pick it up until October and to be fair I didn’t have high expectations about it. I didn’t hear anything about it prior and bought it because I am a huge fan of post-apocalyptical books. It must’ve been the best book buying decision I have ever made, because the book was AMAZING!! I devoured it in two days and left me feeling like I discovered gold! I will definitely keep my eyes out for Malerman! I am hoping that I will do a full review on it soon. For me, this book was a solid 5 stars. 

 

Next on my list is Kings of the World by Peter Bailey which was sent to me for review. I 35589760definitely didn’t know what to expect, but the dystopian/apocalyptic vibe sold me, so I picked it up for reading not knowing how I’ll feel about it. I was a bit confused to begin with and wasn’t sure of what was going on and everything seemed a bit weird, but I LOVED this book. It’s the kind of book that made me think of philosophical issues, whilst also being extremely fun. I really enjoyed the two characters central to the story and following them around London. I have a ton of praise for this book. A review will follow soon. I gave this book 4.5 stars I think. 

24866317I always loved Neil Gaimain and his writing so I was super excited to pick up American Gods. I decided to go with the Audiobook because I spend a lot of time in my car with work, so it was perfect for me. I really liked the voices of the actors (unlike other audiobooks I’ve listened to) and I was really intrigued with the beginning and the whole idea of the Gods, learning more about them, etc.. The thing is, the deeper I was getting into the story, the slower and weirder it got. I was confused most of the time about what was going on. I clearly remember driving and biting on a sandwich, because I was starving, and this graphic sexual scene was narrating and almost chocked on my sandwich. Lesson learned: don’t drive and eat! Still, I persevered until I couldn’t take being in the head of this character who’s name I cannot even remembered, and DNF-ed it more than halfway through. I was so disappointed because I was really looking forward to it. I gave it 1.5 stars.

34153294I received an ARC of book 4, so I was so excited to get to it, that I ordered Princess Dracula by John Patrick Kennedy almost immediately so I would start with book 1. I was expecting a lot of fighting, and bloody scenes worthy of the name Dracula. Instead, we hunted rabbits. Lots and lots of rabbits. I just… *throws arms in the air*. Extremely disappointing. Will I continue with the next one? I don’t know, maybe. Maybe I will get what I wanted from this book and I think I would be meeting another bloody character (literally bloody), but not sure when or if I will pick it up (the cover is stunning and I’m a magpie, so maybe). I gave this book 1.5 stars.

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The Frozen Witch series by Odette C. Bell was surprisingly GOOD! I picked this series up on a whim as the e-book for the first book was free at the time on Amazon and gave it a shot, and oh boy! Loved it! It has action, romance, and fantasy! What more can a girl want? Yes, it has it’s flaws, but it was so enjoyable I flew through the first 3 books. I am yet to continue the series – hopefully next year. This was a 3.5 stars.

 

2580549I love my local library where, again, on a whim, I picked up Lost Girls (Sherry Moore #3) by George D. Shuman. this is the thirst instalment on the Sherry Moore series and this is the only one that I have read. You follow a blind psychic who is asked by her friend to g to Alaska and see the last 18 seconds of a dead climber’s memory. From here a lot of other things happen. I really enjoyed this book when I did not expect it. I didn’t picked it up expecting it to be bad, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that good! It had it’s issues, but overall I really enjoyed it.I gave this book 3.5 stars as well. 

Holy freaking God, I loved The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals #2) by Tessa Gratton. I 13643207loved the writing style, the characters, the plot! It left me dreamy and full of conflicting emotions when the story ended. I would really love to read about Mab again. She was a fabulous character who was able to practice magic by using spells and potions, and one day a spell goes wrong and an old power is resurrected threatening everything. There is romance and lots and lots of character growth. I wasn’t expecting the feels I got from this book, so definitely recommend reading it. I gave it 4 stars, I loved how it made me feel.

 

13519397This is one of those books that do not even need introduction because everyone heard of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Before reading it on paperback, I picked the audio version to listen in the car  and… BIIIIG mistake! I hated the narrator voice! It was cringey and annoying and I eventually DNF-ed it at 80% I think. Then I thought I’d give it another shot as I bought the paperback for cheap (because cheap books are irresistible!) and gave it another go. My opinion did improve on it because I did not have that annoying voice yowling in my head, however the book was not amazing and Caelina was still quite annoying. Her constant bragging of how good and amazing she was left me quite cold. To me, she sounded more like spoilt brat rather than an assassin. I will continue with the series because I heard it gets better, so wish me luck! in the meantime, still disappointed! I gave this one 3 stars.

2800905And the last book that surprised me this year is: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. What I really liked about this book is that it picks up a lot of these tropes: new girl, boarding school, brooding dude, mystery basement, “am I crazy or hearing voices?”, etc and smashes them on the head. It was refreshing to find these tropes, but either the main character or the other character to challenge shit and call out other character for their trope-iness(?). I also laughed so hard my cheeks hurt. I did not see that one coming! I gave this one 4 stars.

 

So what did you think of my list? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What are the most surprising books you read this year, good or bad?

Lots of love,

Jane

Late October TBR (zombie – dystopian themed)

Hello my lovelies, I am finally moved into my new house (I will write about this on a later post) and I am struggling to catch up with things and juggling work as well. I’ve had the most exhausting two weeks in my life, but I am glad it is all sorted now!

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Since it is October and my all time favourite holiday is Halloween, I am going to read books that fall into a spooky, zombie-ish or dystopian theme. I am so excited about this month, that I believe that I  have gone completely overboard with this TBR list.

So, without further ado, the books:

1993860World war Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks – if you’ve seen the World War Z featuring Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, then you would probably want to read this book that inspired the film. I absolutely loved the movie so I am looking forward to the book!

 

 

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Undead (Undead #1) by Kirsty McKay. If there is something that could go wrong in a school trip, this is it! Also, the cover! Looks amazing, and I think it will read amazing!

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Infected (Infected #1) by Scott Sigler – “When you do hear the voices it’s already too late”. Mysterious seeds falling from the sky? – check; Plague driving victims to insanity, murder and suicide? – check. What more could I want?

924059Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant #1) by Derek Landy, Tom Percival. 12 year old Stephanie and skeleton trying to save the world from evil? Sounds fun, adventurous and downright spooky!

 

 

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Set Up (Medusa Project #1) by Sophie McKenzie. Secrets projects and children with psychic abilities are on the top of my list of lovable things. The concept sounds really great and I am looking forward to see if it reads as good as I didn’t hear much about it.

 

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A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti #1) by Josie Jaffrey. Besides the fact that this cover is totally gorgeous, how could I say no to Josie when she asked if I would review it when it is a “paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London” (Goodreads). I have every intention of finding out it this is as tasty as it sounds, but I think it is!

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Zombie Britannica by Thomas Emson. Zombie overload come my way! Did I say zombies? Flesh eating, action packed story just in time for the creepiest month of the year. Gold!

24686535Bird Box by Josh Malerman. “Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from”. Sold!

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I am also continuing to read Fallen by Lauren Kate, as well as Kings of this World by Peter Bailey! I am absolutely loving Kings of this world. It is such a good read, shame I am struggling to find time to actually read lately.

That’s almost it for this month, but I need something short of a miracle to be able to tackle them all, but fingers crossed!

 

What are you reading the month of October? Is there anything on this list that appeals to you? Can you recommend me some more reads that fit the theme?

Xoxo

Jane.

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