Mid Year Book Freak-Out Tag

I know it’s quite some time past mid year, but… oh well. I did this tag last year as well (timelier then), out can check that out here.


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

6547258For this I probably have to go with The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Although I’ve read a few awesome books so far this year (honourable mentions go to Illuminae, Nevernight and A Conjuring of Light), this one just kept me up at night reading and I was just so excited to talk to everyone about it and that hadn’t happened in a while. I have both a spoiler-free review and a rave review of this, if you’re interested to know more of my thoughts about it.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

32200595This one goes to A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab. It was such a great conclusion to the series. There is so much going on, we lern so many new things. I loved it so much, I felt all the feels and I NEED to get to her other books. I love her writing and her imagination so much. She writes such compelling stories and characters and I just don’t even know why I haven’t read all her books yet! I have a spoiler-free review of this one as well, if you would like to read more of my thoughts on it.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

297489251Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Again, another author whose writing I love so much, and yet I still have to finish Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I still don’t have my hands on Strange the Dreamer and I want it because it’s beautiful and I bet on the inside it’s beautiful as well and I can’t wait to read it!

 

 

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

32055872Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I loved Nevernight so much, Jay Kristoff is one of my new favourite authors and I want to read this book yesterday! This actually shares a release date with Tower of Dawn, which I’m also quite excited about, but not as much as I might have expected. Was a bit disappointed with Empire of Storms and Chaol is not really my favourite character. So Godsgrave wins this time. And I’m so excited about that cover! It’ll look so pretty along with the first one!

Biggest disappointment

caravalstealing snowCaraval by Stephanie Garber. That book sucks. If you’ve been following my reviews, you know how much I hated that stupid book. If you haven’t, then you can check out both my spoiler-free review of it and my rant review. The biggest disappointment position is actually a joint one, and Caraval shares it with Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. I also have both a spoiler-free review and a rant review of that if you want to know more, so I won’t go into too much detail about why I hated it because I don’t want to ruin my day.

Biggest surprise

28448287Hmm… this is difficult. I don’t think I’ve really read any books that surprised me so far this year. Maybe Replica by Lauren Oliver, because I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. it was far more insightful and clever and bold than I thought it would be and I went through it really quickly. So I guess I was a little surprised by it, but I can’t say it was a big surprise. I have a spoiler free review of it if you want to read more of my thoughts on it.

 

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

4735144Jay Kristoff. I’ve read two of his books already and loved both. There’s something about the wit of his writing that gets me and I will read pretty much anything written by him. I really have to catch up with his other books. I can’t wait to see what other delights he has set in store.

 

Newest fictional crush

579b3002d327d0c31a48a87306ef961fELEND VENTURE HE’S SO CUTE I CAN’T sfjhsflakjhwryonjdnafihvnrlehen he’s such a precious, clueless cinnamon fluff ball I want to marry him.

Ahem… I’m okay. Ignore what just happened…

 

 

Newest favorite character

This is kind of hard… either Mia Corvere from Nevernight, AIDAN from Illuminae (although… Kady and Ezra as well, if I’m being honest) or Kit Herondale from Lord of Shadows. I’m currently about two thirds through Lord of Shadows and what can I say, I just can’t resist a Herondale. It’s a tough question to answer, because there isn’t any one character that stands out dramatically above the others, there are just a lot of really good characters that I love.

Book that made you cry

a monster callsI don’t think I have an answer for this. I can’t remember reading any book that made me cry this year. Oh actually, I may have cried when reading A Monster Calls. Like, not properly cried, but I think my eyes got a bit watery. I do have a review of A Monster Calls if you want to know more of my thoughts. It’s a really powerful book, I thought and I do recommend it to anyone.

 

Book that made you happy

Again, I’m not sure I have an answer for this. I can’t think of a book that made me particularly happy. I mean, all books tend to make me happy just because I love books and I love seeing them and having them and arranging them on bookshelves, but beyond that, there wasn’t any specific book that made me happy.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

3031289123395680caravalnevernightLord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. It’s so pretty! And it looks so nice with Lady Midnight and I’m happy. I have the edition with the dark blue pages and it’s so cool and I love it!

Other honourable mentions for beautiful books are IlluminaeNevernight and Caraval (even though the book itself sucks, I can’t deny that it’s beautiful to look at).

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I’d like to read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and maybe some more Laini Taylor and V.E. Schwab. And I need to continue the Mistborn series.

The Book Title Book Tag

Saw this over at The Book Prophet’s blog and I love tags and this sounds like such a fun challenge. Basically, I just have to answer questions with book titles. So here we go.


1. Title That’s the Story of Your Life

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a good one because my life is just a chain of awkward and weird. Also The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making because I read a lot of fantasy and I spend most of my time in my own head, in my own world.

2. Title That Describes Your Perfect Weekend

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because it just makes me think of embers in a fireplace and I love reading by the fire with a hot drink and a blanket and a comfy sofa.

3. Title of an Adventure You’d Like To Go On

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey because I love exploring and just going new places and discovering things.

4. Title You Want to Name Your Child

I really like the titles of the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix as names, so if it were a boy Lirael and if it were a girl, Clariel. For some reason, I feel like Lirael is a boy’s name and Clariel a girl’s name.

5. Title of Your Ideal Job

The Craft of Research. Science is what I’ve always wanted to do and thankfully, it is what I’m doing.

6. Title of a Place You’d Like to Visit

Oh man! There are so many… A Whole New World by Liz Braswell because it would be so cool to visit another planet. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman because it sounds so mystical and wonderous. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones because again, so cool and magical.

7. Title of Your Love Life

Um… Tangled by Emma Chase because it’s a bit of a confusing mess at the moment. Also Pivot Point by Kasie West, because I feel like things are being determined at this moment and what happens now will set the tone for later? This is a hard question to answer even without having to limit myself to book titles.

8. Questions You Ask Yourself

What If? (Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions) by Randall Munroe. This is incredibly accurate.

9. Title of a Kingdom You Want to Rule or Name

Hmm… The Final Empire because it sounds so… final. Either in the sense that it’s enduring or in the sense we have reached the end of existence, of matter and civilization. And while I do quite enjoy living and you know… the lack of chaos and anarchy in my life, there is a small, strange and rebellious part of me that would just love to watch the end of the world.

10. Title You’d Name Your Band

There are so many cool ones for this! Pretty much any Laini Taylor book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Awesome name. Days of Blood and Starlight? Absolutely bitchin’! Strange the Dreamer? Dreams of Gods and Monsters? Silksinger? Yeah, Laini Taylor books have awesome titles.

Other cool ones would be The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Six of Crows, Ruin and Rising or A Toaster on Mars. I could probably go on, honestly, there are so many good ones. But I’ll stop here.

I’m not going to tag anyone because I’m lazy, but please feel free to do this if you think it’s fun.

Down the TBR Hole #9

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Last week’s final number: 358 | Current number: 356 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 34 | Total books kept so far: 52 | Books added since I began: 53 | Books read from my TBR: 7


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I’ve seen the film and I really love it, but I’m in two minds whether I want to read this. On the one hand, it’s such a beautiful story, but it’s so heartbreaking and made even more so by the fact that it’s not just a sad story someone imagined, but something that may very well have happened.

Verdict: Stays for now

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

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Another one where I’ve seen the movie and really enjoyed it. But with this one, I doubt I will ever actually read the book. I can pay attention to a sports film. But I don’t think I have the patience for a sports book.

Verdict: Goes

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I think I got rid of another Frances Hodgson Burnett book in one of my first trips down the TBR hole. And as with The Secret Garden, I’ve seen the film, I loved it, it was one of my favourites when I was a kid… but I really am satisfied with what I got from the movie and I don’t think that I will get to reading this anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I’ve only read one Jane Austen book and that is Pride and Prejudice. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I love P&P, so I’m really curious to read more of Austen’s books and see if I love them as much.

Verdict: Stays

The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel

This is still something that sounds very interesting and I would like to read it. I’d forgotten about the existence of this book, but I should find myself a copy.

Verdict: Stays

When We Wake by Karen Healey

Hmm… another dystopian. I’m quite fed up with them. Most of them are the same story over and over again… however this one has pretty solid positive reviews that proclaim it is not like every other YA dystopian… to believe them or not to believe them? I’ll give it another chance cause I like the cover.

Verdict: Stays

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

I’m so torn with this one! I haven’t seen the show, I hear it’s really good though. But for some reason opinions on the book seem very mixed. Still, I don’t think I’ll be satisfied unless I draw my own conclusions.

Verdict: Stays

Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades by Rick Riordan

Removing this because it’s part of The Demigod Files, which is also on my TBR.

Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan

This one isn’t part of The Demigod Files, so it stays.

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

Verdict: Stays

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Spoiler Free Review

23395680Rating:  5/5

Genre:  Sci-fi, YA

First published:  2015

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Synopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

Book Depository | Goodreads


Holy crap, this book! It’s been almost two months since I’ve read this book (yes, I know… I’m REALLY behind on my reviews) and I still can’t come to grips with how freaking awesome it is! Everything about it is awesome. How it looks, how it feels in your hand, how it’s written, the plot, the characters. Everything.

This is probably the coolest book I own. You can’t really tell from the picture, but it’s so cool. Especially the hardcover. It’s written as a dossier of hacked files and transcripts and emails and stuff like that and it’s art. It’s just beautiful and if you’re only ever going to splurge on one book, I recommend getting a hardcover of this one.

As you can tell from the synopsis, this is a space thriller and it’s epic. It’s just one thing after another, I was on the edge throughout the entire thing. Seriously, this book is a ride, I never quite knew what to expect and it got my heart racing and there was the feeling of feelings involved.

I absolutely adored the two main characters. They’re so freaking cute, I just can’t even! And I really loved the supporting characters as well. It has really cool characters, well written and interesting. They’re put in some really tough situations, which I thought was handled really well in terms of how humans would react in those kinds of situations.

The plot is so engaging and fast paced, there’s always something going on, always some plot twist. It’s so gripping and it just sucks you in and does not let go. Opening this book is like opening an airlock, but instead of being sucked into space to your death, you get sucked into the middle of a space war it’s so cool, I am fangirling!

What else to tell you with no spoilers… there’s space shooting and hacking and mysteries to be solved and terrifying things happening and just read this book because you will not regret it, it’s so cool! I will most likely have a rave review as well soon where I’ll be able to talk more about this awesome piece of literature, so stay tuned for that.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – Spoiler Free Boor Review

the wrath and the dawnRating: 3.5/5 stars

Genre: YA, fantasy

First published: 2015

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Synopsis: In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Book Depository | Goodreads


This was a very anticipated book for me. I wanted to read it ever since I first heard about it back in 2015, but for some reason, I didn’t actually pick it up until now. I really love stories and Arabian Nights was one of my favourite collection of stories. So I was eager to read a retelling of it. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed by the lack of stories. I was expecting more than one story. I did enjoy the book overall though, but it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.

Besides the lack of stories, another thing that disappointed me was the love triangle. Just… ugh. I hate love triangles. Also, the relationship between Sharzad and Khalid went from 0 to 100 way too quickly for my liking and I don’t really get why Shazi fell in love with him, because he’s very reserved and unreadable and impenetrable.

I did really love the setting. It was a good change from European settings and Oriental settings are among my favourites. The writing was very atmospheric and evocative, very visual and I really enjoyed that.

I liked Shahrzad as a character. She’s very volatile and impulsive and most of the time I find that annoying in characters, but with her it works. And she’s a badass archer <3. I actually liked the characters in general. They were by far the best aspect of the book, because plot-wise… there wasn’t much.

Which is why I’m not the biggest fan of the cliffhanger. It was very abrupt and there hadn’t been enough going on in the book before that to warrant such a cliffhanger. But it does promise a lot more going on in the sequel, so I’m hopeful for that. I’m curious especially about the magic that was mostly just hinted at in this one.

So overall, I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t anywhere near as good as all they hype is. I will be reading the second one though, despite being a bit disappointed by this one.

Down the TBR Hole #8

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Last week’s final number: 351 | Current number: 362 | This week’s final number: 358 | Total books removed so far: 31 | Total books kept so far: 45 | Books added since I began: 52 | Books read from my TBR: 4


Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe

I’d forgotten about this book or what it’s about. But it sounds really cool and it has really high ratings.

Verdict:  Stays

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sanez

First of all, this book has such a cool title! Secondly, once again, it sounds really interesting and it has really high ratings.

Verdict: Stays

Life as I know It by Melanie Rose

It sounds like a fun, quirky contemp. But I just don’t see myself picking it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Legend of Sigurd and Gurdun by J. R. R. Tolkien

To be perfectly honest, I don’t know when and if I will read this book. However, it’s Tolkien and I own it and I just can’t bring myself to remove it.

Verdict: Stays

Jumanji by Chris van Allsburg

This sounds like a fun little book. But I’ve seen the film and I don’t have any particular desire to read the book.

Verdict: Goes

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

I really loved the film and I would like to read the book as well.

Verdict: Stays

The Pursuit of Happiness by Chris Gardner

I’ve seen the film many times and I really love it. However, I’ve heard that the book itself is not that well written and I feel like I know the story, I know the struggles that this man went through. So I don’t think I will be picking it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

I certainly want to read this. Though it is the second book in the series. I should probably read the first one first.

Verdict: Stays

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

I’ve seen the film. And I liked it. It was good, but I did have some problems with it. I’ve read one Nicholas Sparks book before and it was okay, but I’m not a huge fan. So, I don’t think I’ll be reading this.

Verdict: Goes

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve also seen the film for this and really enjoyed it. Plus, I really liked The Great Gatsby, so I want to give this a try as well.

Verdict: Stays