#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.

 

August 2017 Wrap-up & Mini-reviews

This beginning of August caught me in a right reading slump and I barely read anything. I hoped that once WWReadathon will begin in the last week of August, I will be once again cured, and thank Heavens that I was actually right! Only the sight of a book would induce me into a right panic and I am betting my money to fault is the huge pile of Books To Be Read next to me. It is literally huge!

So this month I only managed to read… four books! FOUR books!!!!! Like what’s that?! 😞At least, with the exception of one book, all my reads have ticked at least 4 stars, although I am gutted that I did not manage to complete the WWReadathon. I went quite strong until I was coming home from work too tired to read. I am quite upset as this is the second one that I am unable to complete, however I am still going to finish my TBR for it. I have three books left to read in the pile, and this are thankfully smaller in size than Feed (had a lot of pages!).

                  What I read:
  1. Two Cabins, One Lake (Alaskan Romance #1) by  Shaye Marlow. I actually started this book in July, but didn’t finish it until August. I really struggled to get to the end as after the first few chapters, the book was fuelled only by sexual desire and and incredible amount of stupidity. I ended up skipping through pages just to see how it would end, and omg! I do not know where that ending came from. I really tried, but unfortunately it wasn’t for me. ⭐
  2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I was waiting for quite some time to read this book and I was so not disappointed. It pulled me right out of my reading slump and hooked me in. I will do a full review on it soon. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. Feed by Mira Grant. This is another book that I’ve been dying to read and it was amazing! A little slow paced for my taste, however it was very well executed, so another ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. His Viking bride by Olivia Norem. Last, but not least, this romance novel was actually well written, with interesting characters, and a spunky female protagonist. I really enjoyed reading this, so ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

 

I also went halfway through I am number 4 by Pittacus Lore, but I am struggling to finish it. For some reason I cannot get to care that much for the main character so had to more or less force myself to continue reading and I have 100+ more pages to read! I know this is a really hyped up book, and that a lot of people love it, however it did not work for me. Have you read any hyped-up book and you ended up not liking it?

Xoxo 💋

Jane

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