Top Books of 2018

Since I’ve been a bit MIA in 2018, I thought I’d share the top books in 2018, according to yours truly.

In no particular order.

Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata

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This past year, I’ve come to LOVE Mariana Zapata’s books. She writes the best slow burn romance with hard-to-love jerkface heroes and the super relatable and quirky heroines who break down their walls. This particular title is my favorite of hers so far because of the cool setting, where the main character paints cars for a living. I’ve never read anything like it.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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I mean, really, did you think I wasn’t going to include this in my top books list? I love SJM and I loved Kingdom of Ash. It was a very fitting end to the Throne of Glass series. I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book, where it was all about the characters’ inner struggles and how they save themselves. There is also an epic, I mean EPIC, scene with the Thirteen that made me bawl my eyes out. I probably cried at least eight times with this novel. SJM knows how to create a hopeless situation and then something comes out of left field to save the day. So. Good.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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If you have not read the Illuminae Files series, you need to in 2019. This epic YA Sci-Fi is told in such a unique way with great characters, amazing battle scenes and the most touching and heart-wrenching relationships. Gah! This series had me breathless, on the edge of my seat and bawling my eyes out. It’s that good, people!

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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This book was such a wonderful surprise! It had a badass heroine who fought with an axe. It was so inventive and original with the enemy viking tribes. I love a good enemies-to-lovers romance and this one delivered!

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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This book really is one of the best romances of 2018. I read it because I saw that SJM recommended it during an interview, and it did not disappoint. I could not put this book down. It was addictive and compelling and sweet and steamy and ALL THE THINGS! Just read it!

Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa

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Anyone who needs a good Rhysand fix (from ACOTAR) needs to read The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa. Her world of Fae is unique filled with danger and desire. I love that her heroines are always snarky and her heroes are always too alpha for their own good. I loved this series and can’t wait to read more of her work.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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It wouldn’t be 2018 if I didn’t mention Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This YA Fantasy took readers by storm and I thought it was magnificent. It has everything I love in a YA Fantasy, including gladiator-style fights to the death.

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Releases and Recommendations: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world.

Today, I’m anticipating the release of LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff, which will release on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

29456569.jpgOn an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble–she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it.

If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day–one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel–called a “Lifelike” because they resemble humans–will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.

With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves… and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.

Let me just start with: I LOVE JAY KRISTOFF! HE’S AN EFFIN’ MASTER.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let me tell you why this new book sounds amazing. I like sci-fi, particularly with Jay Kristoff at the helm, and I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of artificial intelligence and whether or not a robot can feel emotions. Throw in a “handsome android” that’s basically illegal/forbidden and a girl with a rough past being pursed by bad guys and that’s a recipe for a hella good narrative. Looking forward to this one.

Releases and Recommendations: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world.

Today, I’m anticipating the release of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, which will be released on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

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Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

I love warrior women in my fantasy, and I’m particularly looking forward to the world-building with this one. The idea of fighting “clansmen” is more primitive than the typical YA fantasy and I can’t wait to see what it all entails. Plus, I’m all about the enemies-to-lovers trope, so I’m preparing the Eelyn/Fiske ship as we speak.

Releases and Recommendations: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world!

Today, I’m anticipating the release of Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf, which will be released on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

35144326.jpgA lush, unique new fantasy trilogy about a girl tasked with stealing the prince’s heart…literally, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lovely Vicious series.

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

Heart stealing? Immortal, unageing soldiers? A game of cat and mouse? I’m SOLD. I love me some YA Fantasy and this looks like it’s right up my alley. I’m very much looking forward to meeting this Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane and seeing what kind of havoc Lady Zera will bring.

 

Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

I can’t believe April is already over. I’ve been reading at an insatiable rate recently — a lot of good books and some bad books, but 90 percent of the time I have a book in my hand.

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 Book of the Month*

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The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer- 4.5 star review

I was surprised at how much I liked this one!

*based on books reviewed this month

April Reviews (Total-5)

Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

By Your Side by Kasie West

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

 

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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 I have read 25 out of 100 books. (Read 6 books this month.) I’m behind!! How can that be?

Currently Reading

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The Chosen by J.R. Ward

I’m loving it, but this has to be my least favorite cover of hers. It’s giving me an early 80s vibe.

Next on my TBR

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What I’m Watching

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I watched the first season on Netflix. It was hilarious but I found myself cringing more so than laughing.

What I’m writing

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I’m doing a major edit on my first WIP. It’s been beyond frustrating. I feel like I’m rewriting the entire novel, but at least I know it’ll be better in the end. I’m still blown away at how difficult it is to write a good story. It’s one thing to get the words down, it’s another to make it all make sense and be entertaining.

What else?

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I’m planning on going to Utopiacon in Nashville in June. I’ve been once before a few years ago and I’m excited to go again, only this time I’ll be going as an aspiring novelist not just a blogger. Are you going? If so, let me know! I’d love to meet up and hang out.

Releases and Recommendations: A Court of Wings and Ruin

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world.

Today, I’m anticipating the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, which will be released on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

23766634Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

I am so effing exciting for this book that it requires a gif to fully explain the extent of my ecstatic, so-excited-I’m-crying state-of-mind.

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I love SJM. She’s the bee’s knees. ACOTAR was amazing, and ACOMAF is my favorite book of ALL TIME! I am sitting on pins and needles waiting for ACOWAR to release. My heart is in shreds after that cliff hanger and I need me some SJM to patch it back up with her badassery. If you haven’t started this series, please do. It’s the best thing you will every do.

Releases and Recommendations: The Bone Witch

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world.

Today, I’m cheating by talking about a book that’s just been released, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, which came out in March 2017.

30095464The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves

This book just sounds too awesome. I was hooked by “But the girl was fiercer.” I haven’t read a book with necromancy in a long while and it’s about time. Plus, look at the pretty cover. I’m one-clicking this to my house pronto!