Romantic February~ A Wrap-Up

Hello booknerds! Hope you good! I had an insane February month! I’ve been a bit AWOL as I have been very busy with personal matters, but now I have a lot more time, so good to be back. Although I have been busy in February, I still managed to find plenty of time to read. Most of my reads have been pure romance reads because 1. I was in the mood, 2. it was the perfect de-stresser to a very stressful month!

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So without further ado, let’s see what I read:

~ read 10 books: 3 paperbacks, 7 e-books
~ average rating 3.5🌟
~ 3426 pages read~ Highest rated books: 5🌟 The Witch’s Tear & The Witch’s blood by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. I love this series! (Don’t forget to check out my giveaway for The Witch’s Kiss).

First book I finished reading was Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and I gave this 3.5 🌟. The beginning was so slow, I wanted to punch this book through a wall, however midway things started happening and I struggled to put it down. Again the lack of communication and implied baddasery was hilarious (not in a good way), but the book, especially after 50% was better! A lot better!

Then I read a lot of romance; thank you Mills and Boons for existing! I’m shameless in admitting that I love reading these kinds of books. They relax me and the angst is my favourite part, so yeah! Some were better than others, so my ratings are as follows: ~Eligible greeks 3.5 🌟 ~ Redeeming the playboy 2.5 🌟 ~ Valtez’s bartered bride 3 🌟 ~ The secret child & the CEO 2 🌟

33259027The Dutchess deal by (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare was a really fun, enjoyable romance read. The main characters were funny, witty and charming and I enjoyed their interaction. The plot was quite simple, but somewhat believable as Emma was not the kind of girl to just roll with it, she was clever and knew what was in her best interest, and marrying the duke was. There were some scenes that were a tad ridiculous like the scene with the cat when it attacked the duke. He also seemed to have overplayed the emotionally scarred dude role up to some point when this got better. Overall, this was a great fun, enjoyable read and I have this  4 🌟 as it was one of my favourite purely romantic books in a very long time! Also…. this cover!!!!

What have you read in February? Did you feel the romance? Any good recommendations?

BTW, I am totally obsessed with this glass from Enchanted Fandoms (link Here). I am absolutely obsessed since she made it for me for my birthday.

Xoxo

Jane

#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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#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

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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