Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Less Than Everyone Else

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is books we either loved less or more than everyone else, pretty self explanatory. I, being the black sheep that I am, chose to go with books I loved less since that usually seems to be the way things go for me with more popular books.

As usual I’ll link up my full reviews to the titles!

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10.) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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This book was insanely hyped last year when it came out and so my expectations were pretty high for it and….it was not that great. It lacked world building and honestly I didn’t think anything was developed at all. There were elements I enjoyed but overall it was a disappointment.


9.) Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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So a TON of people love Rosamund Hodge’s books and they do sound amazing, I mean dark fairy tale retellings? Hell yes! Unfortunately this one was confusing, I spent a lot of my time completely lost as to what was going on and the characters were really flat. Maybe I’ll like her other books more but if they’re like this one I already know I won’t.


8.) Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Another extremely hyped book and series that I just did not love as much as everyone. I hated the main character and I felt there was a lack of world building. However, I thought Bardugo’s writing improved vastly with “Six of Crows” which I loved.


7.) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I honestly think I should turn this rating from a 3 to a 2 since I really didn’t like this book all that much. Celaena was annoying and vain and not as badass as everyone makes her seem, also a lack of world building. Definitely a black sheep with this one since EVERYONE loves this series.


6.) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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The Lunar Chronicles is another series that is wildly popular and for me “Cinder” was a big disappointment. My main problem was how predictable the story was but I am thinking about continuing the series.


5.) The Crown’s Games by Evelyn Skye

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Another book that got super hyped and was wildly disappointing for me. It was FULL of insta-love, an awful love triangle, and lack of world building once again (see a theme here for me?). Also the magical fight to the death was just a bunch of parlor tricks and no actual fighting occurred.


4.) Soundless by Richelle Mead

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I absolutely loved Mead’s Vampire Academy series so I was expecting to love her new standalone but I did not. Once again the complete lack of world building was the biggest reason I did not like this book.


3.) Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Seems a ton of people loved this book and while the writing is very beautiful I thought the characters were awful and idiotic, and the romance was also full of cliches.


2.) These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

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I really wanted to like this book because EVERYONE loves it but it was just so slooooooow and boring for me. Seriously this book had no business being 500 pages….


1.) Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

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Lots of people actually liked this book and I can see why like if you like historical fiction romances for the most part. However, for me I was expecting actual PIRATES since this is supposed to be about Blackbeard! Did I get pirates! No! I got zero pirates!

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What books do you love more or less than everyone else?

Did you dislike any of these books too? Or like them?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well! 

The Sassy

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ARC Review: The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

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When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

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**** Big thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!****

I was super pumped when I found out Rin Chupeco was writing not only another book but a dark fantasy book! So of course I went into this book expecting to love it since I loved “The Girl From the Well” and luckily for me I was not disappointed.

PLOT

While I was very much invested in the plot of this story I will admit that the pacing was pretty uneven it was borderline slow. It felt like this book was more so setting up for the next book than having any real action on its own. This is a book you have to be a little patient with.

I also really liked how the story was told from two different POVs one being a Bard whom an older Tea tells her life story in the present and the other being told from the past by a younger Tea. I have to say the present day Tea is very dark and mysterious and I found her to be the most interesting I want to know what happened to her to make her this way! So this does jump back and forth throughout the story between the present and the past which I thought worked really well in this book, it made the story more suspenseful and interesting, it kept me reading!

The story may not be the most fast paced or action packed but it’s still super interesting with all of the world building. I absolutely loved reading about the asha and their magic as well as the horrible monsters the daeva which were actually pretty terrifying. Reading about how Tea is such a rare breed of “witch” and watching as she comes to terms with her Dark abilities and learning how to use them was just a ton of fun.

The world building was also spot on and very creative, it provided just enough to keep me happy and withheld enough that I am interested to learn more in the next books. I loved the concepts of the magical Asha, the demonic monsters Daeva, the mythology of the world, and the different aspects of all the Kingdoms. Also the magic system was interesting as well. There was definitely no lack of world building here and at the same time there was no info dumping either.

The writing was something I had a sort of love-hate relationship with, on one hand I liked it and thought it was very beautiful but on the other hand I found it to be almost TOO descriptive at times. It did help me visualize things a little better but the in depth details got a little tedious after while, I can only read about clothes in that much description before it gets old.

THAT ENDING THOUGH! It wasn’t necessarily a cliffhanger but at the same time it left me crying because I don’t want to wait a YEAR for the next book!

characters

Overall the characters were pretty great in this book, I did feel some lacked a little development though especially the secondary characters because I would have liked some more background on them. I still got very attached to a lot of them mostly the other asha characters such as Althy and Polaire!

The more central characters were a little better such as Tea, her brother Fox, and her mentor Lady Mykalea. We got a lot more background on these characters and I assume we are only going to get more as the series goes on.

romance

I’m happy to say that the romance did not play a HUGE factor in this story, it didn’t take center stage and didn’t take precedence over the plot. Apart from that it wasn’t really developed either, once again I’m assuming it will be explored more in the next book.

There is a bit of a love triangle although without spoilers I will say it isn’t what you think it is a first, they kind of throw a red herring our way and it WILL surprise you when you get to the end. I hate love triangles and this one didn’t bother me at all!

in conclusion

Overall I was very satisfied with this book even though it did bother me a little bit that so much is left to be determined in the next books. The world building is the strongest (and best) part! I am VERY excited to continue with this series and so far Rin Chupeco has yet to disappoint me!

What I Liked:

  • The overall story was intriguing
  • The world-building was great and creative
  • The POVs between past and present was interesting
  • The ending left me wanting MORE
  • The characters were pretty well written
  • The romance didn’t take over the plot

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The writing got a little TOO descriptive at times
  • I wanted just a bit more background on some of the characters

RECOMMEND

If you’re interested in reading a dark YA fantasy I highly recommend this one, it combines all the best parts of fantasy with a little bit of horror since the monsters and sometimes the magic get very creepy. Also if you liked Chupeco’s other duology I think you’ll love this one too!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

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Book Recommendations: Underrated Books

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Hello everyone! I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely love getting book recommendations and I also love giving them, however, I feel I haven’t read enough books to truly give a lot of great recommendations. I still try my best though! I decided I would do underrated books which I judged by the amount of ratings they had on Goodreads, under 3,000.

I will link these books up to both their Goodreads pages as well as my full reviews if I have them!

Hope you find these helpful and find some new books to add!

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim – 872 Ratings on Goodreads

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This is such a cute little story about a clock mechanic who ends up falling in love with the clock tower’s clock spirit. Also they’re both boys so this book IS LGTB! It’s also steampunk which is really neat even though I thought the steampunk element could have been more prominent.

You can read my full review here. 


This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston – 1,120 Ratings on Goodreads

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A SUPER intriguing YA mystery/thriller about a group of boys who go hunting in the woods and one of their friends is shot dead. They decide that they either all get off free or they all go down together, and the main character is a girl who works in the local law office and gets to help out on the case. LOTS of crazy twists and turns!

You can read my full review here. 


Glitter by Aprilynne Pike – 772 Ratings on Goodreads

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This is in a kind of dystopian society where people live in the Palace of Versailles like they did back in the 18th century. The main character resorts to selling the wealthy populace “glitter”, a drug, in order to get enough money to get out of there before she has to marry the King, who she witnessed murdering someone.

Needless to say there’s plenty of drama (in the good way)!

You can read my full review here. 


And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich – 1,456 Ratings on Goodreads

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I would say Dawn Kurtagich is an underrated author in general! She writes fantastic, psychologically creepy YA horror books.

This book is has both the creepiness and psychological elements with two girls living with their aunt who believes that they cannot go back through the forest or else the Creeper Man will get them…..

You can read my full review here. 


Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West – 363 Ratings on Goodreads

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This one is probably my MOST recommended book on this list because it was absolutely fun and fantastic. It had great world building and also contained FOUR fairy tale retellings including Mulan, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Jane Austen’s Emma. I just got really attached to the characters and had such a fun time with it!

You can read my full review here. 


Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – 2,372 Ratings on Goodreads

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While this book had a few flaws I was willing to overlook it because this was a debut and I think this author has such great potential! The world building was pretty awesome and I absolutely loved that this was not only a diverse read but also had witches aka brujas! The magic was definitely the most fun part.

You can read my full review here. 


Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics – 1,840 Ratings on Goodreads

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I’m a big YA horror fan and it’s always hard for me to find TRULY horrifying books that scare me, this is one of them! This is about a girl who tires to hide her out of wedlock pregnancy from her religious family while they travel to a new home on the prairie. That’s where everyone starts to get cabin fever…… or is it something else?

If you love horror books, like, me definitely check this one out!

You can read my full review here. 


A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann – 954 Ratings on Goodreads

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Another YA horror book but this one is a combination of horror and action/adventure. It’s definitely a really thrilling read about a group of kids who get trapped in an old underground French palace that’s filled with traps and something even more terrifying….

You can read my full review here. 


The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas – 2,432 Ratings on Goodreads

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This is a YA mystery/thriller that’s so twisted and actually gets a little dark. You won’t see these twists coming guaranteed!

This one is about Callie  and her best friend who told a lie about what they saw the night the friend’s cousin died and it haunts Callie to this day. She returns to the town and finds things that don’t add up and she needs to find the real killer soon….

You can read my full review here. 


The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – 1,957 Ratings on Goodreads

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An absolutely fantastic fantasy book with an even better magic system. I can’t recommend this book enough for fellow fantasy lovers!

This is about a girl who is raised to take the place of the current Queen who can use both types of ice and fire magic to protect the people and when the day comes where the Queen dies and the magic is supposed to go into her….it’s gone.

You can read my full review here. 


The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters – 859 Ratings on Goodreads

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Cat Winters is one of those authors where all of her books sound good and yet I haven’t found the time to read more of her books. However, this one a received as an ARC and it was amazing!

This is a historical fiction retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other than that it’s a little harder to explain the rest, sorry you’ll have to read the full description I’m lame!

You can read my full review here. 

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Did any of these books interest you? Which ones and why?

Do you already have some of these on your TBR?

Have you read any of these before?

What are some of your recommendations for underrated boos?

Let me know in the comments!

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ARC Review: The Dragon’s Price (Transference #1) by Bethany Wiggins

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When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

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****Thank you to Random House Kids for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review****

This was a big disappointment for me since I was expecting to really love this book, honestly, it was just sort of a big mess. This book is basically one big insta-love romance that just so happens to be in a fantasy world….

PLOT

The overall premise of the story is interesting and, come on, who doesn’t love the promise of dragons? Unfortunately the ONLY interesting thing in the story were the dragons and even then they weren’t that great. Other than that the plot was boring more than half the time and it was predictable, NOTHING new or original at all.

Everything that happens in this story is too convenient and entirely unbelievable even for fantasy. Princess Sorrowlynn is unskilled in anything not necessarily even very clever and yet an event in the story MAGICALLY makes her so. Really? You had to magically make your character skilled and clever? She couldn’t have any skills beforehand or slowly develop some? Needless to say the rest of the plot was similar with everything falling into place conveniently rather than with any work.

Generally I don’t mind the writing in stories but this was…..terrible. The dialogue was cringe-worthy and way too simplistic, overall it didn’t feel like I was reading Young Adult but more like Middle Grade because of how immature the writing felt. This was one of the bigger issues I had with this book which just goes to show the writing can really make or break you, in this case it broke it.

I can’t really tell you why I felt compelled to finish this book other than I was a little curious to see where the story would go since I had no idea what direction it was going in but also because I wanted to give a full review on this ARC.  Honestly I think the only truly interesting parts were with the dragons and their “treasure”, that was it.

One other random thing that bothered me is the Antharian people are essentially a rip-off of the Dothraki from the A Song of Ice and Fire series. They have dark, tanned skin, long black hair which represents their status as a warrior, they come from grasslands, and they are known for their love of horses. I’m sorry but that is EXACTLY what the Dothraki are!

Overall the story is bland, boring, unoriginal, and unexciting. I had to skim through some parts because I was so bored and could have cared less what happened to anyone or anything.

characters

All of the characters are very flat and two dimensional, there’s virtually NO development whatsoever especially since what development there is is done over the course of minutes rather than slow, realistic development over the course of a few days or weeks. I didn’t like any of them!

Princess Sorrowlynn is NOT a badass, fantasy heroine so if you’re here for that you will not be finding it! She’s unskilled and honestly makes some very drastic, stupid decisions such as choosing to be fed to a dragon over being married to a “barbarian”. She also turns out to be quite the “special snowflake”….

Golmarr is one of the Antharian princes and was kind of interesting but he, too, makes stupid decisions. For one, he made Sorrowlynn believe she would have to be a sister wife  to his brother and would she would not be treated well which ultimately made her choose the dragon. What a great guy!

The rest of the characters were just as boring and badly written, I’m sorry but I cannot get behind characters that have dialogue this painful to read through!

romance

Insta-Love to the max! I haven’t seen it this bad in a while but this is pure, 100% insta-love folks. The romance feels so forced too and there is zero chemistry between the characters but that can be just because the dialogue isn’t that great. No slow-burn romance here at all.

in conclusion

I did not like this book and I’m really sorry to say that since I was really looking forward to this book. There was nothing in here redeemable for me so it’s a bit of a total loss.

What I Liked:

  • The dragons and their interesting concept of treasure

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The writing was awful including the dialogue
  • The characters were flat and undeveloped
  • Everything in the plot was way too convenient
  • Major insta-love

RECOMMEND

 I can’t say I’d recommend reading this since there are so many better YA Fantasy books out there.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Least Favorite Slow-Burn & Insta-Love Romances

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

In honor of Valentine’s Day this week’s theme is all about those romance tropes and types! Since I’m not the biggest fan of all YA romances I thought I would share with you guys my favorite slow burn romances in YA along with my most hated insta-love romances as well!

****There will be spoilers for romances in this list, however, many of them are already implied in their book’s descriptions. You have been forewarned though!****

I will link up my reviews for each of these books to the titles, if you’re interested in reading more of why I loved or hated the book! (Although I would say just skip over Shadow & Bone because it was one of my first reviews, so yikes!)

Also I’d love to hear your thoughts on these as well but please remember to be polite with others’ opinions, if you liked a romance I or another did not that’s fine! If you hated one that I or another person loved, that’s fine too! We all have different tastes! So let’s all get along and enjoy chatting books!

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Least Favorite Insta-Love Romances


5.) Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Alina + The Darkling

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Okay so not only do we have a love triangle in this book but we also have an awful case of insta-love because Alina is instantly attracted to The Darkling even though she “loves” Mal. Sorry honey but if that was the case you wouldn’t have fucked all the shit up in this book.


4.) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena + Chaol + Dorian

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Once again we have an insta-love triangle! Booooooo! Celaena is instantly head over heels for BOTH of these guys and is constantly thinking about them throughout the duration of the book….instead of ya know….KILLING PEOPLE!


3.) Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Anne + Edward

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Yep Anne falls instantly in love with Edward even though he is a huge asshole to here right away. That doesn’t even make sense! And don’t even get me going on this book…it was all around awful.


2.) The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Vika + Nikolai + Pasha

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Insta-Love? Check. Another love triangle? Check. This is probably one of the worst cases of insta-love I’ve seen because the minute both boys see Vika they are smitten to the point where they can’t stop thinking about her and they didn’t even TALK to her!


1.) Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Violet + River

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River shows up to rent Violet’s guest house and BOOM destined to be together, forever. Hell, she goes as far as sleeping with him on the couch the same day she meets him! (and I do mean sleeping, not “sleeping”)


Favorite Slow-Burn Romances


5.) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Jane + Gifford (“G”)

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These two are forced together by an arranged marriage but are not instantly attracted to reach other, Jane actually strongly dislikes Gifford at first based off of things she’s heard about him. However, after going through the adventures in this book they become closer and realize their true feelings. I really do love a slow burn romance, I find it far more rewarding!


4.) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Zahra + Aladdin

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The title really says it all here, Jinn and humans are forbidden to fall in love because of the resulting “forbidden wish” so we get a very slow burn romance since Zahra knows the consequences of loving Aladdin even as she slowly falls for him.


3.) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Kestrel + Aren

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Another case of “forbidden love” (maybe that’s my favorite trope…) where the caste system keeps them apart although Kestrel does not have feelings of love for Aren early on she slowly develops them as the major events of the plot unfold.


2.) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Nemesis + Tyrus

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This romance was a HUGE surprise to me since I wasn’t expecting romance at all and I (also surprisingly) loved it! These two are stabby and clever and meant to be together! (that rhymes!) The reason this is a slow-burn romance is because there’s an actual plot and they use each other at first to further their own agendas.


1.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

Lada + Mehmed

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While there is a love triangle in this book it’s very nontraditional and unique which is why it does not annoy me in the least bit, thought I’d mention that first! Lada is cruel, violent, clever, and far from beautiful so romance is the last thing on her mind but she ends up falling for Mehmed and vice versa. I shipped these to SO MUCH!

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Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices?

What are some of your most hated or loved romance tropes?

How about your favorite book romance or couple?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

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The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

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Of course since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow I’ll be doing this tag! As you all know I’m not big on romances in books or romance books so I will try and do my best!

I found this on As Told by Tina and the original creator of this tag is CC’s Books.

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1.) Stand Alone Book You Love

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I gave this book 5 stars because it’s just so unique, silly, and entertaining! Highly recommended by the way…..


2.) Dystopian Book You Love

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This is an absolutely amazing book. Period. Full of action, adventure, and heartbreak (seriously YOU WILL CRY). This is dystopian mixed with sci-fi as the people of Earth moved onto this planet.


3.) A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

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A fantastic book with it’s own plot and world building but also contains four fairy tale retellings too. I thought this book was so interesting and it definitely needs to be talked about more, such an underrated book!


4.) Favorite Book Couple

***** SPOILERS FOR THE DIABOLIC BY S.J. KINCAID BELOW*****

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Nemesis & Tyrus

It really is rare that I enjoy romances in YA books let alone slowly pine away waiting for the characters to love each other. In the case with this book it was both, I really liked that it was a slow burn romance and Nemesis and Tyrus really are perfect for each other….

*****END SPOILERS****


5.) Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet

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Of course there are many popular books that everyone has read and loved that I have yet to get to but one I’m really excited to get to is “Red Rising” especially since I’m sure I’ll love it!


6.) A Book With Red on the Cover

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I have this on my shelf and it really is gorgeous, however, I wasn’t a HUGE fan of “Crimson Bound” by Rosamund Hodge so we will see if I actually enjoy this one…..


7.) A Book With Pink on the Cover

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Another one on my TBR that sounds interesting enough even if the cover is off-putting for me, it makes it look too fluffy (I know it really isn’t) but I’m still confident I’ll enjoy this book.


8.) You were given a box of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/ or girlfriend would given them to you.

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I don’t really do book boyfriends all that much but I’ll go with either Kell from “A Daker Shade of Magic” or Victor Vale from “Vicious”. V.E. Schwab sure does know how to make them…..


9.) You are Single on Valentines Day. What Book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?

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Well if I was I’d be reading either “The Forbidden Wish” or “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”, watching no TV (because I don’t know of any romantic type shows I’d actually enjoy), and watching my favorite rom-com Sweet Home Alabama!


10.) You are in the Book Store. All of a Sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love?

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There aren’t too many new releases I’m confidant I will LOVE but one I’m a little more sure of is “The Valiant” because the main character is a female gladiator, which just sounds badass.

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(As usual do not feel obligated to do this tag if you don’t want to and sorry if you’ve done this one already, feel free to ignore this!)

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Most Anticipated Releases: First Half of 2017 (Part 2)

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Part 2 is finally here! I honestly forgot that I broke these posts up in half in order to fit all of the books I’m anticipating for the first half of the year but it’s done now! So this part is going to be releases for April – June.

I’m going to be summing up all of these books shortly and to the best of my ability (so please excuse the crappy summaries) as I did in the other post. So I’m sorry but there are a lot of books and some of their real summaries are SUPER LONG I will also link up each book’s Goodreads page so you can read the full descriptions!

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Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray (April 4th, 2017): People from the planet Genesis fight robotic armies from Earth for their independence, then the main character finds herself stranded on an abandoned ship with one of the robots.

The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier (April 11th, 2017): This is being marketed as “Outlander” for Young Adult so, there’s that.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis (April 11th, 2017): This has many different POVs and the main theme is about a girl that’s born to be “given to the sea” in order to prevent a wave that will destroy their city, there’s also royal schemes etc.

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer (April 11th, 2017): This one is a Sleeping Beauty retelling.


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Dreamfall by Amy Plum (May 2nd, 2017): A girl suffers from insomnia and decides to take part in an experimental procedure to fix it. However, something goes wrong and she finds herself and six other patients trapped in a dreamworld along with their worst nightmares.

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest (May 2nd, 2017): A fantasy world where the main character attends a university for witches and others with magical abilities.

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (May 4th, 2017): A lesbian retelling of The Little Mermaid.

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (May 9th, 2017): In a fantasy city where people’s faces show no expressions they must learn to show them from Facesmiths for a price. The main character must wear a mask because hers is a face most terrifying…..one that shows emotion even better than the Facesmiths.


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The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (May 9th, 2017): A girl that is deemed unfit for marriage is an apprentice matchmaker that must spy on the girls and marry them off for political alliances. She is then tasked to infiltrate the enemy ranks and spy, but then she calls into question who she can really trust.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (May 16th, 2017): The daughter of a samurai is arranged to marry the son of the Emperor’s favorite consort but is ambushed by the Black Clan on her way to the city. She then sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and is captured but they warm up to her and she learns information that changes everything.

Also it’s Renee Ahdieh so of course I want it…..

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (May 16th, 2017): A secret organization of teenage spies are trained as Love Interests to get close to people in power and learn secrets. Caden and Dylan play good and bad and are competing for the same girl but what they didn’t expect was to fall for each other instead.

Dark Breaks The Dawn by Sara B. Larson (May 30th, 2017): On her 18th birthday Princess Evelayn will finally come into her magical powers but with her mother the queen on the war front and the Dark Kingdom plotting against her she will be put onto the throne before she is ready. In order to defeat them she must master her ability to shapeshift.


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House of Furies by Madeleine Roux (May 30th, 2017): A girl works at a boarding house that deals in more than just lodging, they deal in judgement for those who are past saving.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (May 30th, 2017): Five students go into detention and only four come out. The Breakfast Club with a criminal twist!

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau (June 6th, 2017): After the king and crown prince are both assassinated, twin heirs to the throne of Eden must compete with each other in order to see who will rule.

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (June 6th, 2017): Bastards of the king try and protect their half sibling Princess from an assassination attempt.


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Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (June 13th, 2017): Three different POVs from 2065 with a girl going to live on Mars, 1934 as the Dust Bowl goes on a girl seeks immortality from a professor at the traveling show the Electric, and 1919 Post WWI England where a girl grieves her dead brother and plans to sail to America in search of a friend.

Now I Rise by Kiersten White (June 27th, 2017): The sequel to “And I Darken” which is AMAZING!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (June 27th, 2017): This one is part of the Goodreads description since I had no idea how to describe it quickly on my own!

An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

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So what books are on your radar for 2017?

Are you excited for any of these books as well?

Which ones do you think sound the best or have the most gorgeous covers?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy