#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

Bookish Update (Week 39) ~ Currently Reading 7 books

Good afternoon my lovelies! I have been a little absent from here lately as I’ve been working a lot and also getting ready to move to our new house as well as working on my Doctorate application for this year. I honestly don’t know how I’m doing this!

I thought of doing a weekly bookish update so you guys know what I am up to, what I am reading, etc.. I’ve been pretty busy lately so I’ve not had a lot of time to read unfortunately. I am hoping this will change once we move and settle into our new house and the university applications are all done and dusted!

I recently vouched that I will not read any more than 3 books at a time as this is getting so much out of hand right now! No wonder that I’m struggling as on my Currently Reading list I had 7 books, one of which I finished reading today (yey me!). So in no particular order:

35589760Kings of the World by Peter Bailey: On page 127/304. I really like this the way this novel is going and the main character is spot on. I normally struggle with male characters and this novel has two, but it is a fun, smart read, and I am looking forward to find out what Matthew and Jeremy are going to do to stop the Aliens! Thank you ever so much Peter for sending this to me for review consideration!

 

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Realm of Mindweavers- Book One: Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe: On page 120/256. The story built slowly, however the character development was great. I actually hated so much one of the characters that I could compare it with my hate for Jeoffrey from A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin; that good! Now the action has started so I need to make time to finish it as I need to know what is happening. Again, thank you Marianne for the paperback copy!

 

32860355Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz: 52%. I’ve received a copy of this via Netgalley and I didn’t quite know what to expect when reading this book as I wasn’t aware that of the Hamilton musical. It is an ok read, however I keep on comparing it with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen in my mind and that’s not helping as in comparison I find it a little lacking. What I’ve read so far it felt a little too drawn out for my taste, but I will finish reading it.

 

34874784Seeds of Hatred (Scions Awakened Book 1) by Christian Nadeau 68/506. This paperback copy is amazing and as odd as it may sound, I love the feel of this book in my hands! I haven’t gotten to far into this novel as I find it quite hard to switch POV’s, however once I finish with most of my Currently reading books, I will pick it up and devote all my attention to it as it deserves it.

 

24866317American Gods by Neil Gaiman 11/20 (55%). This audiobook is amazing, however I found that I just struggle with audiobooks. They have their advantages as you can listen to it whilst doing something else, however it seems that I prefer listening to music rather than listening to my audiobooks, so probably will not purchase more audiobook. Anyway, American Gods is really good and I would like to read the physical copy at some point as I think it would be a totally different experience.

30818574The Shadow of the High King (The Weaving Shadows, #1) by Frank Dorrian ; 10%. Frank sent me his book ages ago and I’ve not picked it up in like forever, and I don’t even know why as I really liked it. At this point I would probably have to pick it up from scratch. I find that I am struggling a lot more lately to read e-books, I find it much easier to have a paperback.

 

13519397Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas. I finished reading this one today and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I tried originally to listen to the audiobook and the voice totally ruined it for me and had to pick up the original copy. The voice made Celaena even more annoying than she can be at times, and a lot more conceited. Funnily enough, I didn’t realise that I was almost 80% in when listening to the audiobook so reading felt more like remembering. I am debating of giving it between 3 and 4 stars out of 5.

 

… and this it it! (Ha!)

I am really hoping that next week the list will be a lot smaller, although looking at my TBR I’m getting dizzy! So many books to read, so little time! How do you guys cope with that?

Do you read more than one book at a time or do you prefer to keep it simple and dedicate your time to one book at a time?

Hope you enjoyed this post and I will try to do a Bookish update every Sunday evening!

Stay nerdy,

Jane

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