The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag – 2018 edition

This is the first time I’ve done this tag and I am super excited to see what the first half of 2018. I know it’s not June anymore, but let’s just pretend for a second, ok? So far I’ve read just over 90 books and I am very close to my goal of 100 books for the year, a challenge that I need to elevate as soon as I’ll hit it.

The best book you’ve read so far in 2018

These books were fantastic and I continue to think about them. I gave them a solid 5 stars and recommend to everyone to read them because they’re that good!

Obviously reading is subjective and you might not love them as much as I do if at all…

Your favourite sequel of the year

A Court of Mist and Fury was such an incredible sequel, it has to be on this list! The story was so good, I cannot even begin to describe… have you read it? What did you think?

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Another one for this list is Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence. I loved Red Sister, but the sequel was INSANEEEE!!

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A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

I haven’t been very excited about a lot of books as of late it seems, but one of those is…

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I had to have Jay Kristoff on my list! Duh! The book is arriving tomorrow actually.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

It has to be Wildcard by Marie Lu. I have been dying for this book from the minute I put Warcross down and I will read it the day it comes out because I need it in my life… preferably now!

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Your biggest disappointment

I was so excited to read Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, but it just did not work for me. I DNF-ed it halfway because I just couldn’t care about the characters and the plot wasn’t that exciting for me. I only kept turning the page because I was curious about minor plot points until I realised that I didn’t want to continue to waste my time. #unpopularopinion

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Biggest surprise of the year

My biggest surprise for a debut author goes to Samantha Heuwagen! I loved Dawn among the stars and to be honest I didn’t expect to fall in love with her book so much. I am dying to read an ARC of book 2 (hint, hint!)

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I was also very impressed with Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart; I didn’t know what to expect from it and during first 2 chapters I felt pretty meh about the story, but starting chapter 3 I was hooked and read it in two days! So, so good!

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Favourite new to you or debut author

My newest favourite authors are Mark Lawrence and Stuart Turton! I would honestly read their groceries list.

Favourite debut authors: Liz and Katharine Corr, Alexandra Cristo and Samantha Heuwagen; these ladies have some mad writing skills!

Your new fictional crush

Rhys from ACOTAR series!! He is there with Dimitri Belikov now.

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New favourite character

Nona Grey from Book of the Ancestor series by Mark Lawrence, especially in Grey Sister!

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A book that made you cry

I don’t really cry when reading books… closest I’ve been probably with ACOTAR?!

A book that made you happy

I don’t read a lot of happy books it seems… but I could go with Unfed by Kirsty McKay. That book made me laugh and I am gutted there isn’t a third book coming!

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Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

Uhm… Don’t really watch a lot of movies, but I did saw Red Sparrow, the movie adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jason Matthews. Have you seen it? I liked it although quite different than the novel.

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Favourite book post you’ve done this year

Uhm… #T5W: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult written in March, and the reason why this is my favourite is that it made me think of books long forgotten and I love it for that.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year

Where do I even start…

These are a few of the most gorgeous books that I have bought this year…

What are some books you need to read by the end of the year

So, so many… my TBR is going to kill me one day, I swear! There are quite a few books that I would love to read by the end of the year…

Have you read any of these? Would you agree with what’s on my list?

I am not going to tag anyone, because I am assuming a lot of you already have done this tag, so instead leave your links to this tag down below so I can read your answers!

Xoxo

Jane

Instagram #GIVEAWAY: The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Hello reader fam! How are you? Snowing and sunshine in the Midlands (UK), so got the fire on and eating some healthy, nutritionally balanced dinner! I’m on a roll with a healthy diet, but more on this some other time I guess, because today I wanted to let you guys know that I am running on my Instagram page a giveaway of a copy of The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, the first book in an amazing trilogy, as well as a signed bookmark and 3 signed bookplates!

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I’ll rewind a little bit to tell you why I wanted to do this giveaway and how much I came to love this series! So in Winter 2017 I saw the cover on twitter, fell in love, and purchased it in December 2017. It sat there for a while between a million other books that need reading and one day I picked it up and said “That’s it, I’m reading you now!”. I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know much about it and I was so lusting over the cover I wanted it to be as good.

IMG_20180203_143107_418-1.jpg…. and it WAS! It was just as good as I wanted it, and more! I’m not going to go into a lot of detail because I do plan to do a full review on all of the books, but I absolutely loved the characters and how the plot progressed, so at the end of the book I was struck. I needed more of Merry and Leo, so bought The Witch’s Tears and was so afraid to start reading it knowing how much I enjoyed the first one, and oh boy! OH BOY! It was BETTER! Usually middle books suffer from this middle-book syndrome and they’re a bit… Meh!, but not this one. I was blessed by the stars with a copy of The Witch’s Blood (thank you Kate and Liz, and Harper Collins!) and it was incredible.

I am so sad that it was the last book in the series, I really loved the characters so much, I wanted more for them. I really loved that family was a key element unlike other YA novels where family is either dead or not present. Merry and her brother Leo has such a #goals relationship!

This series was an incredible emotional roller-coaster for me and I am so happy that I happened to find the series and read it, which is why this giveaway is happening! I want to share the love and hoping that someone else would fall in love with the story as much as I did.

Details for the giveaway can be found here, but all you gotta do it follow me on IG, like the picture and comment for the chance to win a copy of The Witch’s Tears, a signed bookmark and 3 bookplates!

IMG_20180119_172817_783.jpgSixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day? (Goodreads blurb)

Let me know on the comments down below if you read this book/series and what did you think, and if you plan on entering my giveaway!

Love you all,

Jane.

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#AceofShades #Doves Book Tag

Kathryn from Nose Stuck in a Book did this book tag and I thought it would be a fun tag to do!

1. Ace of Shades takes place in the very mysterious, very dangerous City of Sin. Name a fictional city with a personality of its own!

The Londons in the Shades of Magic Trilogy. These worlds have a personality of their own… White London, Grey London, Red London…

234371562. The City of Sin is home to three ruthless gangs: the Irons, the Scarhands, and the Doves. Tell us about your favorite fictional criminal character/family/group!

The Six of Crows duology has, in my opinion, some of the best criminal characters. They run their business in Ketterdam and Kaz Brekker is THE criminal mastermind. He is clever, sassy and merciless. Love him!

3. Enne and Levi are about to be thrown into a deadly game… Name your favorite book in which the characters must play with, and for, their lives.

One of the recent reads where the characters had to play with their lives with potentially deadly consequences is Caraval. You never know what is real and what is not, or where the lines are drawn. Could also think of The Maze Runner as they literally had to run for their lives. Have you seen the latest movie instalment?

4. The Doves are a gang of assassins… What book you’d kill to have in your hands right now?

Right now? Obsidio by Amy Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff. I am not sure how I can pace myself until March!

5. The City of Sin is full of people with dark and complicated pasts. Name one book or book series you used to like, but don’t anymore.

Can’t really think of anything as I used to read classics in highschool, only recently started reading YA fantasy so quite difficult to say that with passage of time, I stopped liking certain books.

6. With complicated pasts abound, we can find many… burnt cinnamon rolls, so to Screenshot_20180131-205917.pngspeak. Name a character that has prickly and tough exterior, but is actually a sweetheart deep down!

I would go for Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series. She always acts really tough as tried to be strong for Lissa, but often she is suffering on the inside. Going back to the Six of Crows, I’d add Kaz on this as well, because although he is a criminal mastermind, he does care about his crew!

7. Not only anti-heroes live in the Ace of Shades world! In New Reynes, one can find plenty of villains as well. Which bookish character do you just love to hate?

My favourite villain is and forever will be Harley Quinn from the comic books. Nobody will be on par with her! Ever!

8. You, much like our main character Enne’s mother, went missing in the City of Sin.IMG_20180119_172817_783.jpg The main character from the last book you read is the one looking for you… How screwed are you?

Not screwed as I’ll have have Merry and Leo from The Witch’s Kiss trilogy to kick ass and save the day! They would seriously turn the world upside down to either save me or kill me (depending on why they were looking for me).

I invite you to do this tag if you want. I’d love it if you’d let me know so I can see your answers! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

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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