August #Wrapup: Lifel1ke, Dark Matter, Cloaked in shadow, Twilight, and 7 more…

Good afternoon my dears! Another month seems to have gone, so it is time to do another wrap-up. Seems that each month I am holding a steady number of over 10 books which is not bad at all since I have so many unread books on my TBR!

I’ve managed at the end of August to hit my target on Goodreads to read 100 books in the year! I am hoping that by the end of the year I will slay another 50!

So what did I read in August…

IMG_20180903_183452_825.jpg

》Books read:
Total number of books: 12📚
Total number of pages: 4042📖
Average rating: 3.6 🌟

》Favourite books of the month:
♡Dark Matter – Blake Crouch 4.5 🌟
♡Twilight – Stephenie Meyer 4 🌟
♡Cloaked in Shadow -Benjamin Alderson – 4 🌟
♡New world rising – J.K. Wilson 4 🌟

》Have you read any of these?🤔

 

All the books I’ve read:

27268998New World: Rising (New World, #1) – Wilson, Jennifer 

It was very enjoyable and quick to read. Towards the end, I got somewhat annoyed with her internal monologue regarding Triven and how she isn’t good enough and too damaged… But other than that, I really enjoyed it and I need the next one. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

22543838Heiress’s Defiance (The Chatsfield, #8) – Harris, Lynn Raye 

Enjoyed it, but it lacked that special something. Also, the circumstances in which the characters were “locked in” felt a bit too far fetched. There are also no side characters that actually talk, it’s just the main characters telling us that’s why everything is so bad, but don’t really experience anything else. I did enjoy their interactions and it was a fun, quick read. 2.5 ⭐⭐

35425574Genesis (Project Nemesis, #2) – Reichs, Brendan 

I really enjoyed the first half of this story, exploring the characters even though the premise sounded a little bit too out there for me, but hey, it could happen! However, as the story progressed and didn’t seem to advance too much plotwise, I started to lose interest. Kids killing each other in the name of survival gets very boring very fast if there isn’t anything else going on. Unfortunately, it didn’t hit the spot for me, so I skipped towards the end and it happened what I had predicted so didn’t lose much on that one because it 1035885still made sense to me, so I’m glad I skipped that. 1.5⭐

Twilight (Twilight, #1) – Meyer, Stephenie

I really enjoyed Twilight on this 3rd re-read. Not sure why, but this time around I saw a lot more to Bella than before, understood more of her life as an adolescent. Will do a proper review soon as a lot of you lovelies wanted to know more of my thoughts on this! I even took notes and tabbed the book!! 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

33978711Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1) – Alderson, Ben

This novel has been such a fun ride! Really enjoyed it, Ben has a nice writing style. The characters were fun, the plot was good and the world building well done; for me, this was a solid debut! Cannot wait to pick up book two! 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

40232366The Nurse’s Pregnancy Miracle – McIntosh, Ann

I did enjoy this story although there some things did not work that well for me, or things bothered me. I found the story cute and quite refreshing in the approach towards its characters who treated each other with respect and maturity. 3.5 ⭐⭐⭐ [full review here]

27833670Dark Matter – Crouch, Blake

I loved this book. The pace was thrilling, the characters, plot and execution were very well done. I loved the concept and the philosophy behind it. 4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

34859192Heart of Malice (Alice Worth, #1) – Edmonds, Lisa

I haven’t read urban fantasy for a long time and I have really enjoyed reading this one, getting to know the characters and this world full of magic. The cast of characters is interesting and the plot well executed, although a bit predictable in places. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

36502054Sea Witch – Henning, Sarah

The story dragged a lot in places whilst in others was a whirlwind. I am not a huge fan of slow-paced books so this really wasn’t for me, but the story was cute and well written. The ending was really good as well, although I would’ve liked it even darker. I thought it was a good retelling but I had myself committed to an arc otherwise I would’ve probably put it aside because of the slow pace. 3 ⭐⭐⭐

39681889Royal Mess – Sutton, Jenna 

I didn’t expect to enjoy Jenna Sutton’s writing so much when I picked this one up. The characters were very well written and refreshing, they felt very real and I appreciate that I lot when it comes to this type of story. I was very invested in what was happening to them and really liked being into their “skin”. However, what I didn’t enjoy quite as much was the lust-love confusion and intense focus on sex. I would’ve liked more angst from the plot, I would’ve liked the characters to spend more time together without humping and I am no prude. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it mainly due to the characters. 3⭐⭐⭐

38660363Lifel1k3 (Lifelike, #1) – Kristoff, Jay 

It was ok but struggled to connect with the characters and the plot was predictable. Full review to follow. 3 ⭐⭐⭐

18248513

Plague World (Ashley Parker, #3) – Fredsti, Dana 

I love the pop culture references and the zombs, but this instalment wasn’t as great and the ending was disappointing for many reasons. It also played so much on the usual tropes it became very predictable. The romance between the main characters I felt was not as well handled as it could’ve been. 3⭐⭐⭐⭐

Xoxo

Jane

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTERFACEBOOK, AND INSTAGRAM!

 

Maybe TBR ~ March edition

Hello bookworms! It is Friday today and I am looking forward to start getting some planning done this weekend in my bujo; as my husband says: prior planning prevents poor performance. The March Maybe TBR needs a little bit of planning to get it accomplished because I want to read some of the books ASAP because the movies are coming out. Do you do that? Read the books before the movie is out or you’re not bothered?

THE LIST

img_20180304_105138_011.jpg

I will start with GEMINA because I already finished reading this one and I totally recommend it (but more in a book review or wrap-up). I read this in 3 days as it is pretty thick, but wanted to get to it prior to the release of OBSIDIO next week.

Last night I started reading RED SPARROW, again, because I want to watch the movie soon. I only read 30 pages so I do not have much of an opinion, so far it’s ok, but a little harder to read for me.

ARTEMIS I started reading in February but haven’t continued since because the above books happened. Same with SHADOWS OF THE SAVERNAKE that I started back in January; with this one I am almost half-way and enjoying it.

26032887

THE CRUEL PRINCE reading has to happen soon as it was the January Fairyloot book and everyone has read it, and I want to get to it so I can form an opinion on it for myself. The cover reveal for the sequel has happened and it looks amazing, doesn’t it? The release for it is in 2019. Fingers crossed that I’ll like Cruel Prince.

And last, but not least, THESE LIES THAT LIVE BETWEEN US which I have received for review consideration! Thank you Kai for sending this to me. I am looking forward to read it as it sounds super interesting… twins, forbidden magic, enemies… all the good stuff!

What are you planning to read this March? Any recommendations? Please let me know in the comment box below what you think of my list and if you are as excited as I am for the release of OBSIDIO!!!!

January Wrap-up: The Power, The Witch’s Kiss, Siege and Storm, and 9 more

Happy Sunday my dears! I’ve been a little quiet these days as I was really busy and yesterday was my birthday so barely had time for Social Media. I’ve had a great time and I really enjoyed spending time with the family and doing new things, stepping out of that comfort zone. Pretty pleased that I had the time to take some new shots as well, so all is good now. Check out my instagram for daily bookish content.

PSX_20180211_084132.jpg

January it was a really productive month as I managed to read a total of 13 books! Wow! This follows up from the December when I read a total of 14 books so I am pretty pleased with myself (not that it is a race). I had a lot more time in January and I’ve been in the mood for romance, so that made it easier to read as many. So without further ado, lets get into it:

Books read: 13
Pages read: 3911

1 to 2 star books:

33379357

Firebolt by Adrienne Woods was a 1⭐; story started well and hooked me right in, but the characters were extremely weak, and the plot was nonexistent, the writing didn’t do much to elevate the story, and lots of information dumping. Full review here.

2 to 3 star books:

Capture.PNG

A price worth paying by Trish Morey and Wedding at Sunday Creek by Leah Martyn I rated them at 2.5 ⭐ as I did enjoy the love stories, although very predictable.

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz I rated at 2.5 ⭐ as well because although I did enjoy the first half of the story, I could not shake the feeling that I was reading Pride and Prejudice and not as good.

23597149
3 to 4 star books:

Snowbound surprise for the Billionaire by Michelle Douglas I rated 3 ⭐ as I did enjoyed it, it had the angst, but I wanted something a little more from it.

6487308

I also gave 3 ⭐ to Fallen by Lauren Kate as I finally managed to finish reading it (3rd time the charm!) and it took me 2 days?! I ended up enjoying the story and will probably pick up the next book soon, however there were certain things that did NOT make any sense to me, and had some issues with the huge amount of missed communication throughout the story. The love triangle didn’t help either…
37766695

Elemental Claim by Miranda Grant was a 3.5 ⭐ as I really liked the characters, the story and the mythical world, although for me it did not quite work the multiple POV’s.

36238740

A Veil of Shadows by Michael W. Garza I gave 3.5 ⭐as well as it did not captivate me as much as the first book in the series, although the writing was good, and the characters were likeable (a full review will follow soon).

7307504

I gave 3.5 ⭐ to Angel’s blood by Nalini Singh as I enjoyed the story a lot – read it in two days -, the characters were likeable, the angsty romance was there, however there was something lacking and sometimes the main character was overdoing the badass act which she didn’t need to maintain 24/7; she was human afterall!

13451544

Another 3.5 ⭐ for Unfed by Kirsty McKay, this was the sequel to Undead which I loved back in December, and although it was really entertaining, and the bad guys upped their game, sometimes the characters got way too lucky in their attempts to escape and quite predictable at times. I am really gutted that there is not book 3.

10194157

4 to 5 star books:

I really enjoyed Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo so I gave it 4⭐. The magical system and the romance made me swoon completely. I am not a huge fan for court intrigue, but I did not see that one coming! Loved it!

IMG_20180119_172817_783.jpg

The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine Corr and Elizabeth Corr I rated 4.5 ⭐. I loved Merry and Leo as characters, and Merry’s character arc was really well done, although I would’ve wanted to see a bit more of Leo. I really enjoyed the magical system and although Merry is “the chosen one” it is explained as to why this is, follows logical sense. The romance was really sweet and flowed nicely. I could completely understand why Merry took some choices. So if you are looking for your next fantasy series read, look no more!
IMG_20180102_183808_577-1.jpg

The power by Naomi Alderman was a 4.5 ⭐ that I loved to bits! The story is incredible, with complex characters and beautifully woven story. I really loved the themes that emerged and Naomi handled some really difficult topics very well. This is the kind of book that you put it down and can’t stop thinking about it! Totally recommend it!

So that’s it for my January reads, guys! Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?

Xoxo

Jane.

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND INSTAGRAM!

Books I read: July Wrap-up

A bit late, but this seems to be the norm lately with the amount of projects I have on my plate, a full time job and personal commitments. *Sigh*

How I managed to read 12 books in July, I don’t know. Honestly surprised that I managed that. In a previous post I talked about how close I was to completing the Booktubeathon as well.

So without further ado, the titles:

  1. Plague town (Ashley Parker 1) by Dana Fresti
  2.  The Secret Circle by L.J.Smith
  3. Vampire Academy graphic novel by Richelle Mead and Emma Vieceli
  4. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  5. The summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  6. King’s (The King Trilogy #1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
  7. King for a Day (The King Trilogy #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
  8. King of Me (The King Trilogy #3) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
  9. Shadows (Dark Touch #1) by Amy Meredith
  10. Night School (Night School #1) by C.J. Daugherty
  11. Immortal Nights (Argeneau #24) by Lynsay Sands
  12. The Fearless by Emma Pass