2017 End of Year Survey

I know it’s now officially 2018, but I wanted to participate in this year’s (2017) End of Year Survey created by The Perpetual Page-Turner.

Number Of Books You Read: 105
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Romance


1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)

A Court of Wings and Ruin by S.J. Maas

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?


Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott. I thought I was going to love this one but I ended up hating it.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

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Hunted by Megan Spooner. I liked this one way more than I expected.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

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I pushed Ilona Andrews Hidden Legacy series, and of course, anything written by Sarah J. Maas.

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Started: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Sequel: Tied by Carian Cole

Ender: A Court of Wings and Ruin by SJM

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Laura Thalassa and Amanda Bouchet

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?


Devils Within by S.F. Henson. Although this book is YA, which I read all the time, it wasn’t the kind of YA I typically read.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I binged the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t typically re-read, but if I do, it’ll probably be SJM’s ACOTAR series.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?


Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. It’s badass and aligns completely with this story.

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Cat Fisa from the Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet. She’s a badass heroine that can tell when people are lying.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

A Court of Wings and Ruin or Tower of Dawn by SJM

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

I want to say Hunted by Megan Spooner or the Fallen World Trilogy series by Laura Thalassa

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 


Outlander, definitely

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

From A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas:

“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: What About Her by Emma Tharp

Longest: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Serenity and The King from the Fallen Trilogy by Laura Thalassa,  Cat and Griffin from the Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet, and of course, Rhys and Feyre from ACOWAR by SJM

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I have no idea on this one.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Fallen World trilogy by Laura Thalassa was a recommendation and I am SO thankful!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?


Griffin from the Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet

23. Best 2017 debut you read?


Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Twist by Kylie Scott

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?


Tied by Carian Cole

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas because she left us with the “Fireheart” chapter that made me want the final book NOW!


New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I’ve followed a lot of new people but I enjoy posts from A Novel Glimpse and Twin Bookmarks because we have the same taste in books and they recommend some great books I’ve never heard of before.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Probably Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff because I was so on fire when I wrote my review or the few times I used gifs writing Mini-Reviews, which I think I’ll try to do more of in the future.


3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I would say my monthly recap posts because I have fun putting them together and sharing a bit of what I’m doing outside of my reading life.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I went to see Sarah J. Maas at the Tower of Dawn release and UtopiaCon was awesome this year. Also, S.F. Henson, who wrote Devils Within, lives in my area and visited my book club!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

The best moments for me is when I can convince someone to read something they love or when I find a new book/author based on another blogger’s recommendation.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I’m an aspiring author so I’ve been trying to juggle reading, blogging and writing. This makes it hard to focus sometimes, and inevitably, something falls off my radar for a period of time.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most viewed was surprisingly my review for The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer and That Time I Met Sarah J. Maas.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Probably any time I write a discussion post.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I love receiving my Uppercase Box, which is a YA monthly book subscription, each month. I also buy a book quite often from my daily Bookbub email newsletter much to my wallet’s dismay.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I met my goal of 100 books for the Goodreads Challenge. I want to join other challenges but I don’t have time to be that organized.


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?


I’ve resisted reading the last book in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series and Chloe Neil’s Chicagoland Vampire series because I don’t want to let go of those characters yet.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Blood Fury by J.R. Ward and Rage by Cora Carmack

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

See my upcoming post on Bookish Resolutions.


Mini-Reviews in anticipation of UTOPiAcon 2017

This week, I’m going to UTOPiAcon in Nashville with my best friend. I’ve been to this conference before in 2014 and had a blast. I’m looking forward to another weekend of fun and spending way too much money on books.


There’s going to be a variety of indie authors there, and I’m always on the hunt for my next favorite read. Plus, I’m always down to support an indie author. In anticipation of my trip, I picked up books to try from the list of authors attending. (Ya know, so I can fangirl when I meet them.)

Here’s what I’ve read so far…

#Nerd by Cambria Hebert

23493256Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…

In more ways than one.

She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.

But that’s about to change.

It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.

This book was so cute! Yes, it was the typical hot jock falls for nerd because of a bet trope, but it was so well done. I was laughing, swooning and pretty much grinning from ear-to-ear while reading.

VERDICT: Read it if you like sweet contemporary romance. I’ll definitely be reading more from this author.

The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

33932353I’ve sworn off men.

All men.

Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it.

I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions.

The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd.

The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five course monstrosities.

Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me.

So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him.

I want the opposite.

The Opposite of You was an unexpected surprise. This is an enemies-to-lovers romance, and they hold out from admitting their feelings to each other for a very long time. However, there is plenty of anticipation-building, witty banter between Vera and the hot chef. The star of this book, however, is the food. There is so much emphasis on cooking, recipes and eating.  I was hungry the entire time I was reading.

VERDICT: Very enjoyable. It dragged out a little too long but I was ready to gobble this couple up once they were baked juuuust right.

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

23253863On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.

This book messed me up! It was like an intoxicating drug — super harmful but very addicting. I’m still reeling from all the feels. Look for a full review later on, but I both loved and hated this book. I’m pretty sure I should join a support group. Let me know if you know of one.

VERDICT: Read it, but beware of the major heart-wrenching side effects.

Badd Motherf*cker by Jasinda Wilder

32333456Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, right? That’s what they say, at least. I went into that day hoping I’d get the happiest day of my life. What I got? The worst. I mean, you really can’t get any worse of a day without someone actually dying.

So…I may have gotten just a little drunk, and maybe just a tad impetuous…

And landed myself in a dive bar somewhere in Alaska, alone, still in my wedding dress, half-wasted and heart-broken.

Eight brothers, one bar.

Sounds like the beginning to a bad joke, yeah?

I kinda think so.

Wanna hear another joke? A girl walks into a bar, soaking wet and wearing a wedding dress.

I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. She was hammered, for one thing, and heartbroken for another. I’ve chased enough tail to know better. That kinda thing only leads to clinginess, and a clingy female is the last thing on this earth I need.

I got a bar needs running, and only me to run it—at least until my seven wayward brothers decide to show their asses up…

Then this chick walks in, fine as hell, wearing a soaked wedding dress that leaves little enough to the imagination—and I’ve got a hell of an imagination.

I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. Not so much as a finger, not even innocently.

But I did.

This book is exactly what you’d expect it to be based on the title and cover. It’s a hot and sexy romance with an alpha male and fiery heroine. I was thoroughly entertained but it was kinda cookie cutter, in my humble opinion. HOWEVER, this series follows a family of brothers, who are incredibly diverse on the hot spectrum — from brainy, boy-next-door to tatted and dangerous.

VERDICT: If you’re looking for an alpha male fix, try this. I’m looking forward to reading about the different brothers, and I’m hoping to see growth in the writing and originality of plot.

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

27237358Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast where we discover that there is little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Amy Harmon is going to be speaking at the conference, and I have a lot of her books but I’ve never read them. I started with Making Faces, but I have to be honest, I couldn’t finish it. I DNF’ed it at 40%. It was sooooo slow and boring. Her characters had depth but it was like watching a National Geographic documentary. It’s good to know but is it necessary to tell me every little detail? I’ve struggled with this because I’ve read so many good reviews. I WANT to like her and this book had so much promise from the premise. If you have any insight, let me know. Otherwise, I digress.

VERDICT: Didn’t finish it. Maybe she’s just not my cup of tea?

This is Falling by Ginger Scott

22756190First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.

When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how.

And then I met Nate Preeter.

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.

My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.

And then he showed me how to fall.

Gah! I LOVE Ginger Scott! She’s becoming one of my auto-buy authors. She writes the best kind of sports romance with realistic characters that face hard life challenges and obstacles. This was such a sweet romance. It was endearing and made me laugh, but watching Rowe struggle was heart-breaking. It was so well done!

VERDICT: Read it! Read EVERYTHING by Ginger Scott. I know I will.