Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Want to Read in the Last Half of 2018

Hello, darlings!

How’s your Tuesday going? I’m finally back in my blogging groove (or so I hope), and I can’t wait to see what your choices are for this week’s topic. Since to date, I’ve read only twenty-seven books, and I read horribly slow sometimes, and my last tag basically covers all the books I’d talk about for this week’s post, I don’t see the point in repeating myself.

So I want to discuss my top picks I’d love to read in the last half of 2018. Let’s get to it!

 

 

Kingdom of Ash

Don’t judge me. I want to get to this series soon. Eventually. SOME TIME OR ANOTHER. I might as well want to read this book since I have the rest of the series. Honestly, though? I like Sarah’s world building and writing. Yes, both are problematic, but I lose myself in her world all the time. And I just want to find out if Aelin makes coffin jokes. If not, I’ll be pissed.

 

Mirage

Royal court, dreamers, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and princesses? Oh, hello, beautiful sci-fi I’ve been hearing all about. I fell in love with this cover, but the story behind is what hooked me in. I need more sci-fi books, so this is one I’ve been looking for!

 

Wildcard

I need to know what happens! Warcross almost ruined me. In a good way. But ruined me nonetheless. I waited too long to read it, but I won’t let that happen again with Wildcard. I just hope Emika and the Phoenix Riders save the day!

And secretly, I need to see how this one looks beside Warcross.

 

Evermore

The cover gods have blessed us with another fantastic masterpiece. Give me a second to look at this glorious cover. Okay. Now, Sara’s debut novel surprised me. Yes, some readers will talk about a slow-paced storyline, but I loved reading Everless. So many tricks kept me wanting more. And my OTP needs to happen, or I’ll just walk away from this series.

 

Muse of Nightmares

I need this cover. Screw the North American edition. I need this one. I need whimsical. I need magic. And I need a dreamer. So of course, I’ll want this sequel. And yes, I haven’t read (or bought) the first book, but you know me. I cannot wait to get to one of Laini’s books!

 

Escaping from Houdini

I haven’t read the first two books, but here I am wanting the third. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I truly don’t. But I’d love to squeeze in more historical YA into my life. I just love how the author incorporates important eras into her writing. I can’t wait to meet her characters!

 

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

I much prefer the UK cover over the American one. It’s what drew me to the book. But I’ve been eyeing this book for quite awhile when my friend Dana reviewed it. Mix together mystery and suspense with space, and you get this book. I hope to pick up my copy shortly.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Series I’d Like to Start/Finish Someday

Happy Tuesday!

Because of some family emergencies, I have had to take some time off of blogging, so I couldn’t post anything until now or comment on any of your posts. And I feel awful for not reaching out lately, but I simply couldn’t. Now I’m back, and I can’t wait to talk with you all about your TTT picks.

You know, I’ve only come across a few series I know I’d probably give up on, and I’ve actually talked about them quite a bit, so I thought I’d go with the third option for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic and talk about series I hope to start and/or finish one day.

 

Red Rising

I’ve been eyeing this series for several years but haven’t gotten to purchase it. But last year, my friend Kevin (I still feel bad I shot him) recommended Red Rising to me. I’ve put this series off because of the constant fighting among readers who pitted it against Red Queen. But since that series is over (and I’m still disappointed), I think I’ll take the plunge.

And I can’t help but expand my sci-fi list.

 

Throne of Glass

Besides the final book, I have the entire series waiting on my shelf, but I keep getting distracted by newer books and forget to get to this one. Yes, like I’ve said before, I spoiled myself and know a lot about this series, but reading it in its entirety is what I’m looking for. Frankly, I need some of Aelin’s kickass sass in my life.

 

Shadowsong

I loved reading Wintersong, so I knew I had to read the finale. Come on, it has the freaking LABYRINTH and the GOBLIN KING. My little 90s heart is screaming at me right now. But I’m hesitant though. When I look back, I think I fell for the hype of the book, not the book itself. However, Jae-Jones is such a great writer. Then again, the reviews worry me. So I’m conflicted.

 

DC Icons

I’ve read Batman, and I loved it. But I haven’t gotten around to the first book in this series, and I regret skipping it. I was so excited when Warbringer came out. But (*gasp*) I forgot to get to it. I just hope I can get to read it before Catwoman comes out.

 

The Wrath and the Dawn

Yes, I haven’t read A Thousand and One Nights. And I’m still debating this series. But I’m a big Renée fan, I adore Flame in the Mist, and I’m a sucker for retellings even with a huge dose of romance thrown into the mix. Her writing is whimsical and lush. So I’ll take a risk on this book and hope for some fantasy.

What do you think about it? Did you like it, or did you dnf it?

 

Two Dark Reigns

I loved yet hated Three Dark Crowns. So why have I put the third book on this list? I don’t know. But like I said, I loved it. But perhaps, a part of me needs to know how this story goes. And frankly, I can’t let a few (cheating) characters ruin a perfectly good fantasy series for me.

Top Ten Tuesday | My Summer TBR!

 

I am not a “sit by the pool” reader. Nuh uh. One, I don’t want my books wet. Two, my friends would like nothing more than to get them and me soaked. Three, if I’m not in the pool for most of the day, I’m more like Wednesday Addams. I stay in the shade, away from people. So I’ve chosen to show off my summer TBR list for this week’s topic of Top Ten Tuesday.

 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I KNOW. I said I didn’t want to read this series, but you all persuaded me to pick it up, so this is on my list. I saw it in Indigo not that long ago, and I knew I had to buy the first book soon. And now I’m regretting not including it in my last haul. I love book peer pressure.

 

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

This book has been sitting on my TBR list for years, and when I saw the redesign of the hardcovers, I couldn’t pass it up! Superpowers, jealousy, and betrayal? Sign me up. Let’s just hope the hype is real.

 

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

I can’t get enough of siren stories, and I’m so excited to find another one for this summer! I’ve been counting down the days to this Ursula retelling, and I just hope it lives up to this gorgeous cover.

Who else is excited to get this book?

 

Heart of Iron by Asley Poston

I bought this book a while back, and I’ve been eyeing it ever since. So I know I have to read this sci-fi Anastasia retelling.

 

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

I keep pushing this series off, but that stops. I’m finally picking up the sequel and travelling back to Red London. I’ve been wanting to go for ages, but too many books simply got in the way.

 

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Every single time I see Illuninae in a bookstore, I can’t help but flip through it. Ugh, I regret not buying the series sooner. Hopefully, this sci-fi will inspire me to read more books in that genre.

So which books do you hope to read this summer? Do you want to tackle a series you’ve been wanting to read? Have you’ve picked some of my choices? Let me know in the comments!

Monthly Wrap-Up | May 2018

Oh, hi there.

So, did you survive May? I’m surprised I did even though I loved the month, except when I got sick. On my birthday. 😒 And of course, my bank account took a big ding. I never thought so many book releases would almost take me out. But I’m still standing. I think. What about you, dearies? Have you found some great reads?

 

Look at me tackling my TBR list, while I just add more to it. 😅 So I participated in Kathy’s Moody May challenge. Since it’s been so long from the last challenge I did, I forgot how to do this one. Even though I knew I should have read the new releases, I couldn’t resist reading the Lunar Chronicles. And yes, this is where you can totally nerd out with me. I won’t judge.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

⭐⭐⭐¾

ACOTAR is, by far, one of my favourite series. And while I loved a good chunk of this novella, I was wanting more. What saves it though is Nesta. I adore her, and I’m eagerly awaiting to read her story and Cassian’s. I just hope my ship has not sunk. Sarah sunk the last two, and I’m still bloody LIVID.

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I AM A LUNAR FAN. (*cough* fanatic *cough*) And I need help, like a peer support group or something. 😂 I completely regret not reading this series before. I’ve had so many readers and bloggers try to get me to read the Lunar Chronicles, but I had to wait until 2018.

Cinder will always be one of my favourite characters. I adore her and Kai, who is such a little cinnamon bun.

 

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐

When you combine an alpha female, a quiet and shy love interest, and thrilling action scenes, you’ve got me hooked. I loved this sequel. I was a bit scared going into it though. I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially with some negative reviews. But Marissa does not disappoint!

 

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

⭐⭐⭐½

I wanted to love it. I’ve been a huge Red Queen fan. My bestie and fellow blogger Dana @ Dana and the Books got me hooked on the series, so I was eagerly waiting for the finale, especially after that devastating epilogue in King’s Cage. But I feel a bit disappointed with this book’s ending. One character who made up for my disappointment is Evangeline. Surprised much? Yeah, me too. But I love her character development.

Review to come soon!

 

Cress by Marissa Meyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh my stars. (Oh God, I’m using the book’s language now.) I’ve been waiting to read about Thorne! That cocky ball of fluff is one book boyfriend I’ve been wanting to see. And Cress is more adorable than I thought she was. I want to wrap her in a blanket and protect from the world. This book made me cry, and I wanted to stab Levana more than I thought. But that ending though! I want to pick up Winter now.

Don’t miss my review, which will come shortly.


Do you know when you’ve pre-ordered so many books that you forgot you’ve ordered them? Well, that’s how May turned out for me. Even the delivery people commented on my packages. 😂 And I never knew I’d hit that kind of high (or low?) before. But here I am.

Yes, I splurged, but I deserved a nice birthday. My credit card would like to say otherwise.

So which books disappointed or surprised you last month? What are you looking for in June? Did you find your next book boyfriend or girlfriend? Let’s chat!

Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

I struggled with this week’s topic. I could use all the books from my previous posts, but I don’t want to be repetitive. So for my latest Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’ve picked my top five choices of worlds I’d never want to live in. Why? I have horrible luck. And knowing to me, I’d get myself shot or blown up. Or worse yet. BOTH. 😅

 

Kerenza in Illuminae

And here’s another sci-fi patiently waiting on my TBR list. Let’s throw in an invasion, teenage heartbreak (because, why not), and a deadly plague. I honestly thought the authors attempted too much in the first book of this series, but I’m dying to get my hands on it.

 

Fjerda in Ruin and Rising

Give it to me to be a Grisha born in Fjerda. I’d have a better chance at being a Heartrender in Ketterdam. The Drüskelle scare me more than anything. And I can only imagine how it’d feel going up against one of those soldiers.

 

Thuvhe in The Fates Divide

Yes, I haven’t read Carve the Mark or its sequel, but I doubt I’d like the planet both Cyra and Akos inhabit. But from some readers, I’ve heard the overall worldbuilding is fantastic though. Even though I was excited to see what Veronica has in store in her latest series, I wasn’t too thrilled with the reviews coming out. What do you think of this Star Wars meets Romeo and Juliet?

 

Republic of Gilead in Handmaid’s Tale

Given the fact I’m a woman who likes nothing more than to run her mouth, I doubt I’d be alive in Gilead. But if I somehow were, I wouldn’t want to live there. I have yet to read this series, but I have good reason. The political atmosphere lately has started to remind me of Atwood’s famous piece, and I think watching the show is enough.

 

Wonderland in Heartless

I’m not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. But I’ll give it a read because I’m Marissa trash (God, I need therapy). I’ve always hated the queen, especially her classic “Off with their head” quote. I just hope I don’t gain ten pounds after reading this book. 😂

Top Ten Tuesday | Book Covers with My New Favourite Colour

 

Colour me purple. I could have gone the safe way by choosing blue or burgundy, which are my favourite colours. Nah. That just seems too boring. So for my choices for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I pick a colour I’m starting to like. You can already guess which one. I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but I’ve grown to love it though.

Winter by Marissa Meyer

I recently bought this book since I’ve finally got into this series. Yes, I’m horrible with my TBR list. The first book I read by Marissa is Renegades. It’s a good read, but I must prefer Lunar Chronicles. She’s becoming one of my new favourite authors.

 

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Can I fangirl more over this cover? Probably not. But I can certainly try. It sold me. This year, I hope to get more diverse books onto my reading list, and this tops the lists. I eagerly await its release!

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Ugh, this book. It broke me in two, and I still don’t know if I’ve healed from it. Honestly, I haven’t read all the books even though I have them all waiting on my shelf.

 

Honor among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

I’ve seen this book floating around the blogosphere lately. And this book was singing to me when I decided to go on a sci-fi haul. Give me a conflicted anti-hero female lead, sentient alien spaceships, and a great cover, and you’ve got me hooked. I can’t wait to read this.

 

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Wait, you’re telling me I missed a Jane Eyre retelling set in space?! Yes, I regret everything right now. Well then, I’ve just found a new sci-fi read. 😉

 

Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

Why must this be the last book? WHY?! I adore the characters, lush storyline, and culture. But I’m worried I have too high expectations for this sequel. I don’t want my babies to get hurt, but I just see heartache on the horizon. Are you looking forward to Smoke in the Sun?

Monthly Wrap-Up | April 2018

Did I honestly think I’d get past this month? Not really. I forgot to tell you all that April is the second month I’ve been working at a small Canadian publishing house, so I haven’t had enough time to do every post I’ve wanted to. But I’m catching up slowly even if my mounting TBR in May is kind of freaking me out right now. So let’s get to the post.

 

I absolutely loved this month. I do not regret mostly reading only siren and pirate books, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love morally gray characters anyways. And then I finished off the month with some Vikings. So I’m one happy bookworm right now.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This siren princess who rips out princes’ hearts makes me all giddy inside. I adore this debut novel. Alexandra twists the Little Mermaid into her own wicked and cruel beast. For years, I’ve been waiting for this kind of book. Lira and Elian are relationship goals.

I think the only negative I have about this book is that it’s a standalone novel. Alexandra has created a rich world that deserves more stories.

 

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I need more sirens and pirates in my life. I truly regret not reading this book sooner. Alosa, a captain of an almost female-only ship, will slit your throat and not bat an eye. Tricia creates compelling and wicked characters and an enthralling storyline. I was looking for more world building though. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

 

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

I practically breezed through this series. And I wish it weren’t over. Sirens, pirates, brilliant fight scenes, and hate-to-love relationship make a solid sequel. I honestly didn’t think the sequel would be good as the Pirate King, but here I am, gushing over Siren Queen. I’m so happy I picked up this series.

 

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Adrienne is one of my favourite debut authors of 2018. I can pray to the (Vikings) gods so I can get a sequel, but alas, she’s making a companion novel. I need more of this world. Sky in the Deep is rich in history and storytelling. If you’re looking for a taste of Vikings, go read it.

Do I recommend it? Hell yes.

 

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ARK by Jesse Miller


Last month, I thought I wouldn’t get a big haul, but here I am, showing all of you my weakness once I step into an Indigo store. Instead of returning one book I didn’t need, I walked out with three more. Was I expecting that? Sort of. I anticipated two, but the third one crept up on me. I have zero room on my shelves, but oh well!

I cannot wait to crack these beauties open.


How was your April? Have you tackled some of your anticipated reads? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay to Get Early

As I write this post, I’d like nothing more than to crawl into the darkest hole this planet has to offer and cry. I just came back from watching Infinity War. And my entire childhood has taken a flying leap off the cliff of agony. So if you don’t hear any spunk in the post, well, you know why.

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, we get to talk about books we’d slay to get early. I’ve been waiting to do this post. No, I won’t write about A Court of Frost and Starlight, even though I’d love to. So here are my picks:

 

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

WE HAVE A COVER. Yes, you can scream as much as me. I won’t judge. I’ve been loving Leigh’s Grishaverse, and although I do need to read the first series, I adore her world. And I cannot help but love the pirate king.

Who else is excited about this book?!

 

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Yeah, I said I wouldn’t talk about ACOFAS. I never said I’d leave out a Maas book though. This series just gets better after each book. Catwoman is one of my favourite DC characters, so there is no way that I’d miss out on this book.

 

The Wicked King by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince is one of the most satisfying books I’ve read in a long time. Jude and Cardan are my OTP, and I cannot wait to see how she tricks more faeries and how Cardan will think of a way to get back at her.

 

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

I’m not feeling the name, but I want the book. Marissa brings a new twist to superhero books. Yeah, yeah, I should have rated the first book much better than I have, but I need more Nova in my life. And I want to see how she’ll take down the Renegades.

 

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I love making myself suffer even more. After reading Lord of Shadows, I didn’t think I’d want to pick up the finale in this series. But I’m Shadowhunter trash, and I just love misery. 🙃 With this book though, I don’t think the Blackthornes or any of the Shadowhunter families will get a happy ending

Top Ten Tuesday | My Fave Picks of Villainous Female Characters

Apparently, I’m on a siren and pirate theme lately. I adore them both and can’t get enough of them. So let’s get to the post, shall we?

For my latest Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’m picking my favourite (and somewhat new) female characters who are wicked, cutthroat, or just plain villainous.

Some of these books aren’t published yet, but I couldn’t help but highlight them here. So here we go!

 

Lira from To Kill a Kingdom

A siren princess who rips out the hearts of princes? HELLO THERE. I’ve been waiting for you to arrive, Lira. And I’m not disappointed.  To Kill a Kingdom surprised me, and it is one of my favourite books of 2018. And have I mentioned Alexandra is a debut author? Well, she is, but you cannot tell though.

 

Alosa from Daughter of the Siren Queen

I’m still reading this book, but I quickly jumped into it once I finished Daugther of the Pirate King. I love this series. Alosa is the captain of an almost all-female ship, Ava-Lee. She’s not afraid to kill or betray someone to get what she wants. I love her, and I’m giddy when I get to the scenes of her and Riden, a cinnamon bun pirate (somehow believable, trust me). Squee. 😊

 

Lada from Bright We Burn

Okay, is that a pomegranate?! Please tell me there isn’t a pomegranate on this cover. 😐

Bless Lada for her evilness. I adore her even if I want to smash her half the time. I know how history goes in her (well, in “his”) life, so I’m kind of freaking out over the last book. But I want to see it through. She gives you real goals in life. Never let a man tell you what to do, make yourself into a weapon, fight for what you want even if you have to slit some throats…Uh, forget that last part. I swear I’m nice (I’m really not 😂).

 

Keris Veturius (Commandant) from A Reaper at the Gates

I want to rip the skin off this woman’s body since she is by far the worst character I’ve read in such a long time. But Sabaa writes her so perfectly that I love to hate Keris. I would say that the world she lives in has made her into the woman she is, but we all know she’s a bitch with a capital C.

 

Nova from Renegades

I admit: I harshly rated this book, and when I look back at my review, I wonder why I was so negative. But like I’ve said before, I loved the characters in Renegades. It reminds me of the new generation of X-Men. Nova, my smol ball of ruthless fluff, spoke to me. And I’m truly looking forward to see how she’ll deal with her conflicting emotions and loyalties.

 

Upcoming Favourite

I don’t usually add more than five picks to this post, but I think the book below deserves a mention:

Evie from The Sea Witch

So this book isn’t out until July. But I know I’ll more than likely love it. We get Ursula’s POV and backstory. Yasssss. Praise the sea gods. Yes, Leigh Bardugo gave us a taste of this character, but I need a full book. The synopsis doesn’t give you a lot of details as to how the author weaves in this storyline, but I’m intrigued to see how Evie evolves.

Top Ten Tuesday | Books on My Spring TBR

 

Hey, everyone!

I’m going to love doing this Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Who’s eagerly anticipating this new season’s books?! I’ve been waiting to talk about my impending Spring TBR list. And it’s big. Help me. 😰  But I’m super excited to get my hands on these great YA books.

So buckle in for this long TTT!

 

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ahh, Ace of Shades is throwing massive hints of Six of Crows, but I don’t care. I’m loving the whole gambling feel to the book, and I can’t wait to see how Amanda plays off the fantasy. But what I look forward the most is the thieves and shady characters.

Don’t forget about the pre-order giveaway for Ace of Shades!

 

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep is huge on Instagram right. Bloggers cannot get enough of it, and I can see why. A female raised to be a warrior? Hell yes, I am reading this book. And when betrayal is mixed in, I know I’ll love it.

This debut novel also has a giveaway. Find out more here.

 

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Does this cover look familiar? I have a big Red Queen déjà vu when I look at it. But I have to admit that it’s what hooked me in, so I can’t complain about it too much. I haven’t heard a lot about this new author, but I’m definitely intrigued by her book. And I’m always down for a revenge story.

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

CUE THE INTERNAL FANGIRLING. I nearly screamed when I saw the cover. Feyre’s wearing the Starfall dress. 😍 I’m going to die. I really am. Several storylines were left unfinished, and I need to know what will happen with several characters. I need my Nessian, and I need to see what’ll happen with Az, my baby bat.

Don’t miss out on getting a Night Court enamel pin from ACOFAS pre-order giveaway!

 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Okay, so who else is a big Caraval fan?! Anyone? Okay, that debut novel knocked me off my feet. I loved the writing and the storytelling. Tella and Scarlett are back at Caraval, and they have a debt to pay. I don’t know how to anticipate the ending. Stephanie tricked me with Caraval, so I’m done with guessing.

 

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

So I came into this fandom about a year late, but I’ve been waiting for this finale for quite awhile. The King’s Cage makes up for the problems in Glass Sword. And with that ending in the third book, I’m team Mare. She will burn up Norta and take everyone with her.

 

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

Another contemporary novel with a twist? Hmm. Written by Kelley Armstrong? Sold. She could write crap, and I’d still read it. Anyways, over the last few years, she’s been writing phenomenal contemporary books, and Aftermath brings school shootings to the forefront. I can’t wait to read it.

 

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

I’m still on the fence with this book, but it has gained a lot of fans over the last six months. I’m liking some of the reviews and not enjoying the others. I just hope the big buzz around Furyborn doesn’t kill my thrill of reading it.

 

Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist is one of my favourite books of 2017. I am an instant Renée fan after reading it.  Even though the ending is slightly predictable, I need to know how Mariko will outwit her brother and her betrothed. And I can’t wait to see how Okami gets out his particular situation. Political intrigue and romance will be the highlights of this finale.

 

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa made all her Emberlings wait almost two years. Two. Years. I get it. Writing a novel takes time, but I’d like to see if the Nightbringer will get gutted, the Commandant is slaughtered, and my two little cinnamon buns get their happy ending. What am I saying?! You don’t get happy endings in these stories. Put me out of my misery now, please.