January TBR

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So since I actually completed a monthly TBR last month I figured I go for it again, and keep my expectations realisitc! Once again I have quite a few ARCs to get through this month and a couple library books (why do I keep getting library books when I have so many physical TBR books? The world may never know.) but if I get through all of them I’ll have a couple “bonus” books to try and squeeze in as well!

I’m also planning on doing the “Beat the Backlist” challenge this year so be on the look out for that post as I will be listing all of my backlist books I plan on reading!

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Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

This might be cheating a little bit since I finished it yesterday but still counts! I wasn’t as impressed as I was expecting to be but it was still an entertaining read, I’m a sucker for a good action-packed sci-fi.


Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

My current read at the moment this is kind of fantasy and sci-fi mixed together complete with emperors, kingdoms, robots, and space pirates! So far it’s really great with lots of action and interesting world building.


The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg

Normally I’m not one for historical fiction, it really depends. However, this one has….super powers? I feel like that’s the best way to describe it or maybe more like psyhic abilities. Anyways it sounds great!


Fire & Bone by Rachel A. Marks

An urban fantasy featuring a main character who discovers she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess. I think it sounds interesting because Celtic mythology is something I don’t see very often and would definitely enjoy reading about, however, there does seem to be a love triangle so I am a little leery.


The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics

So I do really enjoy Lukavics’ books but I heard this one wasn’t her best so I borrowed it from the library just because I want to see for myself!


Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Also borrowed from the library I wanted to give it a read before reading my ARC of “Ace of Shades” just for fun. I’ve heard lots of good things about it so I’m excited.


Locke & Key Volumes 2 and 3 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

I’m slowly picking through the graphic novels available at my library and actually really narrowing it down. I decided to continue with this series and see if it interests me enough to continue further with it.


BONUS BOOKS!

As I mentioned, I don’t want to pressure myself too much but IF I get through the other 8 books I have 2 more on deck!

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The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco

I really loved the dark fantasy world in “The Bone Witch” and I’m very excited to continue on with the series with this ARC!


Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown

I finally got a copy for Christmas so I am ready to devour the last two in preparation for “Iron Gold” that comes out this month!

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Are any of these books on your TBR?

Have you read any of these, what did you think?

What are you planning on reading this month?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

December Wrap-Up

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I had a pretty great blogging month in December, I’m proud of myself! I’ve started scheduling and pre-planning posts ahead of time and opening up more time for me to read so I’ve been finishing more books as well. Hopefully I can stick to doing things this way as I find it to be a lot more satisfying!

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Books Read This Month: 13

Dear Martin by Nic StoneMs. Marvel, Vol. 1 by G. Willow WilsonBetween the Blade and the Heart by Amanda HockingThe Wicker King by K. AncrumSaga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. VaughanThere's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie PerkinsA Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. ColePaper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. VaughanPaper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. VaughanFinal Girls by Riley SagerThe Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5 by Kieron GillenThe Queen's Rising by Rebecca   Ross

I read a mix of books this month some were great, some were “meh”, and some I really didn’t enjoy. I loved “Dear Martin”, “Between the Blade and the Heart”, “A Conspiracy of Stars”, and of course “Paper Girls” and “Saga”. While I thought “Ms. Marvel” and “The Queen’s Rising” were okay but kind of meh. And I REALLY didn’t enjoy “The Wicker King”, “There’s Someone Inside Your House” and “Final Girls”. However, there were more good than bad so that’s always a great thing!

I also actually stuck 100% to my planned monthly TBR, which is kind of a first!


Reviews Finished This Month:

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood

No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking


Tags & Memes Done This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Settings I’d Love To Visit

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017

Christmas Song Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings

Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Releases I’m Looking Forward To


Other Posts Done This Month:

Down The TBR Hole #7

November Wrap-Up

December TBR

Down The TBR Hole #8

Favorite Book Covers of 2017

Down The TBR Hole #9

20+ Books! Black Friday/November Book Haul

Down The TBR Hole #10

All My Favorites Books of 2017!

Down The TBR Hole #11

Least Favorite Books of 2017

2017 End of the Year Survey


Currently Reading:

Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1)Heart of Iron

So right now I have like 30 pages left of “Honor Among Thieves” so I’ll be finishing quick here, but I’m kind of underwhelmed by it which is a shame because it sounded great. Then I’ll be moving on to “Heart of Iron” which is another sci-fi and hopefully more enjoyable.

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How was your reading and blogging month this December?

What were your best or worst reads?

What are you currently reading?

What books are you excited for this coming month, January?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors I Read in 2017

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

Of course I read quite a few new authors this last year but these are the top ten that made the biggest impression on me! They are in no particular order and I will link to the reviews I have of their books.

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10.) Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)

After reading the amazing masterpiece that is “The Hate U Give” I am fully prepared to read anything and everything Angie Thomas writes! While I was reading I could not believe that this was her debut novel, she definitely writes like a seasoned pro.

(You can read my full review here)


9.) Pierce Brown (Red Rising)

Why did it take me so long to read his books?! Why?! There is such a wonderful blend of twists, fantasy, sci-fi, and just overall emotions in this book. He wrote such excellent characters and I fell in love with them! I am ready for more heartbreak, bring on the rest of the trilogy!

(You can read my full review here)


8.) Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)

Once again I am ashamed that I didn’t read this book immediately because it was amazing. The world that Sabaa Tahir created is brutal, shocking, and full of twists but there are also hints of magic and fantastic characters. I’m not only really excited to read the sequel (and rest of the series) but also anything she writes in the future as well.

(You can read my full review here)


7.) Jen Wilde (Queens of Geek)

Not my usual genre whatsoever as it is not only contemporary but also romance, however, it was fantastic. There was loads of diversity, I found the anxiety rep to be on point, lots of geekiness, and in general just a great book. I am really excited to read her upcoming book “The Brightsiders” and anything else she writes!

(You can read my full review here)


6.) Mackenzi Lee (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)

While I do own another of Lee’s books, “This Monstrous Thing”, this was the first book I have read by her. This book was incredibly well written, fast paced, and downright fun! Her characters had a ton of personality and I’m very excited for her future books.

(You can read my full review here)


5.) Hillary Monahan (The Hollow Girl & Mary: The Summoning)

I actually read two books by Monahan this year because one was an ARC and the other was for Halloween! However, after reading “The Hollow Girl” I knew I would want to read her other books and was not disappointed with either of them. She definitely knows how to write horror well!

(You can read my full review of “The Hollow Girl” here)

(You can read my full review of “Mary: The Summoning” here)


4.) Margaret Rogerson (An Enchantment of Ravens)

I am so happy I decided to pick up this debut novel because Rogerson’s writing is so lyrical and beautiful! She also created a wonderful fantasy world in such a short amount of pages, I am excited to see what else she will come up with!

(You can read my full review here)


3.) Amanda Hocking (Between the Blade and the Heart)

This was such a fast paced, fun read that was filled to the brim with great mythologies and world building. I’m not only excited to continue this series but also to check out Hocking’s other books as well.

(You can read my full review here)


2.) Olivia A. Cole (A Conspiracy of Stars)

I think I could gush about this book forever! The vivid and creative world building is some of the best I’ve seen especially in a sci-fi book, the creatures and planet were described so well and all of it’s unique! I am PUMPED to read the sequel and of course any of her future books too.

(You can read my full review here)


1.) Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)

I loved this book it was a very somber but beautiful retelling of Peter Pan and some of Anderson’s other books also sound very creative too. I think I’m more excited to see some more retellings from her though.

(You can read my full review here)

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Have you read any of these books before? What did you think?

Have you read anything by any of these authors before?

Who were some of your favorite new to you authors in 2017?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

ARC Review: A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

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Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.

But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.

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****Huge thank you to HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!****

Trigger Warning: Animal Abuse & Experimentation

This book really surprised me in the best possible way, I was not expecting to love it this much!

PLOT

“A Conspiracy of Stars” is a bit slow to start as it slowly introduces us to the characters and the planet of Faloiv, however, world building and plot were definitely enough to keep my interest regardless of the slower pacing. The pacing and action really does pick up in the second half of the book though, there were some great twists!

As I mentioned there are some pretty great twists in this story, although many of them I found to be predictable but that didn’t make them any less enjoyable! However, the main focus of the story is on Octavia and her friends who are interns in the labs studying the local fauna. That’s all I want to really say since I don’t want to spoil anything! And that cliffhanger at the end was awesome and I will definitely be anticipating the sequel!

The world building was absolutely fantastic in this book, it’s very unique and creative but I would say it’s safe to compare it to Avatar (the movie, not the Last Airbender!) with the native people, Faloii, and native plants and creatures. I was enthralled with the planet of Faloii, there was a lot of detail and thought put into it and I really can’t wait for the sequel so I can learn more!

However, since a lot of the book focuses on the human settlers on Faloiv and their scientific experiments it can get very emotional at times. Some of the scientists are cruel and subject these poor creatures to cruel experiments, it’s heart-breaking. That being said there are good characters that do everything in their power to help though.

I also thought the writing flowed well and was very descriptive, although it would have been nice to get some more character description.

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While I really liked the characters in this story I just felt like they were a little…distant at times. I do think that Octavia especially could have used a bit more personality as the main character and the side characters could have used a little more development too.

Octavia and her friends, in general, were all pretty likable and sweet. They must be protected at all costs because of their adorableness! I thought the friendships were portrayed positively and well, they were all very loyal to each other.

Even with the lack of character descriptions there were some hints at diversity in the characters too, such as many characters being described as having brown skin and one character who has two dads.

romance

There is a bit of romance in this book and it definitely doesn’t take the spotlight at all, which is nice especially in YA. It’s also more slow burn and develops from a friendship, they were pretty cute!

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What I Loved:

  • World building
  • Plot was interesting
  • The writing was good
  • Bit of diversity
  • Well portrayed friendships
  • Cute, slow burn romance that doesn’t take over the plot

What I Didn’t Love:

  • Slower pacing
  • Characters could have used a bit more complexity

RECOMMEND

I highly, highly recommend checking this book out! It’s beautifully written and is an incredibly unique YA Sci-Fi that really breaks the mold in my opinion.

Links: Amazon / Goodreads / Book Depository  / Barnes & Noble

The Sassy

 

2017 End of the Year Survey

Best books of 2017

What better day to do this than the literal last day of the year? This is an annual survey created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner so go check it out if you’d like to join in on this as well!

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Number Of Books You Read: 83
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (Young Adult)

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

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My favorite 2017 release has got to be “The Hate U Give” and my favorite backlist book is “Red Rising”, either way both books pretty much emotionally destroyed me.

(You can read my full reviews of The Hate U Give & Red Rising here, they are mentioned a lot throughout this survey!)


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

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Yep, with the gorgeous cover and the fantasy/horror vibes I got from the synopsis I thought this one was going to be waaaay better but in the end it was just really messy, slow, and confusing.

(You can read my full review here.)


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

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There are a couple but I’ll have to go with “Queens of Geek” since I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if it weren’t for all the glowing reviews. I usually hate contemporary books and definitely ones that are romance driven but this one had so much diversity and geekiness that it ended up being a ton of fun!

(You can read my full review here.)


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

I am not sure whatsoever since I push a lot of books and also nobody really tells me if they read something or not? So. No idea. ****Pssst, if you’re reading this and DID read something because of me please let me know!****


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

Series Starter: “Red Rising” because I am 100% ready to devour the rest of the trilogy!

Sequel: “The Empress” I was not prepared to be blown away with this one but I was, so many brutal plot twists!

Series Ender: None


 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

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I’m going to have to go with Angie Thomas the author of “The Hate U Give” because I will definitely be adding her books in the future she writes like a PRO!


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

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Definitely “Queens of Geek”, again. As I already mentioned it was not only contemporary but romance which are two genres I don’t really go for.


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

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I could easily go with “Red Rising” again but I’ll go with “An Ember in the Ashes” since that one was pretty much CONSTANT action and I definitely could not put it down!

(You can read my full review here)


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

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I don’t really re-read books ever because my TBR is ridiculous and I like to devote time to that instead but just to pick one for the sake of the question I’ll go with “Every Heart a Doorway”.

(You can read my full review here)


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

This is an ARC I have so it isn’t out yet but technically I read it this year and the cover is just gorgeous.


11. Most memorable character of 2017?

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Lucifer from “The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act”. She definitely made an impression on me in just one graphic novel and she’ll continue to be a favorite of mine!

(Full series review here)


 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

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“An Enchantment of Ravens” was very beautifully written! It reminded me very much of Laini Taylor’s writing style.

(You can read my full review here)


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

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DEFINITELY “The Hate U Give”! This is a book that really makes you think and take things into a different perspective.


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

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“Red Rising”! Why did I wait so long to read this masterpiece?!


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

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” – Angie Thomas, “The Hate U Give”


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Pretty Deadly, Vol 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue Deconnick

Longest: Night Film by Marisha Pessl


17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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There are actually a few (Red Rising and An Ember in the Ashes among them) but I think the book that honestly shocked me the most was “The Empress” because THAT book was constantly throwing twists at me, at one point there were 3 different twists on a single page and my mind was just reeling!

(You can read my full review here)


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

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Probably going to have to go with Monty + Percy in “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue”.

(You can read my full review here)


19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Umm….is it weird if I say Darrow and Sevro as Howler besties? Because that’s what I’m going with…


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

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I absolutely loved Henry’s horror Alice in Wonderland retellings and I adored her Peter Pan one as well, “Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook”!

(You can read my full review here)


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

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The closest thing would probably have to be “The Night Circus” which literally every blogger has pushed on me! I loved it though!


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

I’ve said this before and it’s kind of odd but Sevro from “Red Rising”….I don’t know I just really liked his character!


23. Best 2017 debut you read?

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Once again “The Hate U Give”!


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

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“An Ember in the Ashes” had a very well fleshed out world and also is full of hardships and even magic.


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

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“The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” was so much fun to read, Monty’s antics were hilarious at times!


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

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Many, I actually get really emotional. But I was hardcore ugly crying multiple times while reading “Red Rising” especially at the beginning….


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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There are actually quite a few but I’m going with “The Hollow Girl” because it only has 162 ratings on Goodreads, that’s it! I loved the diversity, the magic, the revenge arc, and the main character. It definitely isn’t for everyone but it’s a great book.

(You can read my full review here)


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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“The Empress” because I was put through so many brutal twists that I feel crushed for sure, especially after the cliffhanger at the end!


29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

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Maybe “The Seafarer’s Kiss” because not only does it have an F/F romance but it’s also a Little Mermaid retelling AND filled with Norse mythology. Definitely pretty unique.

(You can read my full review here.)


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

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“There’s Someone Inside Your House”, I just feel really cheated.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Howling Libraries! Destiny has been an absolutely fantastic blogging buddy and I am so fortunate to have met her this year!


2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Okay so I wrote a ton of reviews and I don’t every really feel like one is better than the other but I guess here’s a few of books I enjoyed a lot.


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

My post on how to request physical review copies!


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

Top Ten Tuesday is pretty much always my favorite meme to participate in!


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

Um, I guess I’m not really sure! I don’t remember anything really substantial happening to me so maybe I’ll go with getting approved for some ARCs on Edelweiss because I felt I never got approved on there!


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

Slumps! I had this happen a few times this year where I would either be in a reading or blogging slump and it’s definitely a challenge to get back on track.

(But here is a post I made on how to beat them!)


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

My Halloween Book Tag post, which is the most popular every year for some reason! I have no idea why!


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Fantastic Book Settings and Where To Find Them, mostly because I laughed forever at my title…..


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

I don’t really have one….


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

Just my Goodreads Reading Challenge which was set at 80 and I did finish it!

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

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STRANGE THE DREAMER BY LAINI TAYLOR. I don’t know why I never got around to reading this one, I am ashamed!


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

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“The Boneless Mercies” because I NEED a feminist Beowulf retelling!!!!


3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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Probably “Children of Blood and Bone”, it’s a diverse YA fantasy and sounds so amazing and unique!


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

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“Obsidio” by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff!


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

Cut down on my TBR because it’s out of hand, seriously! I have way too many unread books on my shelves and a terrible book buying habit.


6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

“A Conspiracy of Stars” it’s seriously amazing you guys, it’s a bit slow but really picks up in the second half and the world building is amazing (it’s a YA Sci-Fi).

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Here’s to  a Happy New Year filled with reading books, everyone!

The Sassy

Least Favorite Books of 2017

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These are all going to be books I read and ended up rating anywhere from 1 to 2.5 stars, so the baddest of the bad for me! Its kind of nice since my list of favorites is waaaay longer than this one!

****PLEASE try and remember that these are my opinions and if you enjoyed these books, that’s great but they just weren’t for me.****

If you would like to see my list of Favorite Book of 2017 please click here!

These are in no particular order.

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Traveler by L.E. DeLano

This one was just incredibly slow, boring, and at times confusing. It’s about two characters in an insta-lovey romance who can swap places with their other selves in alternate realities, hence the confusion I felt the entire time I was reading. Plus it’s filled with tropes.

You can read my full review here. 


The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

This book was just one big NOOOOOO for me. Imagine every trope that you hate in YA and this book has it, throw in a terrible romance, action-less plot, and some cringe-worthy dialogue and you have “The Dragon’s Price”. Honestly the only redeeming thing in this book were the dragons and even then they weren’t that great.

You can read my full review here. 


The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

I am still upset that I didn’t enjoy this because the cover is GORGEOUS and synopsis sounded interesting. However, it was just kind of a mess. It was incredibly slow and not really about anything at all, I honestly couldn’t tell you what the point of the entire story was or even make sense of the things that did happen.

You can read my full review here. 


The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

I wanted a fast paced mystery/thriller with some dark gritty twists. However, all this book is about is dysfunctional sexual relationships and not really a mystery at all. The characters were completely dull and uninteresting and I really, really disliked them. Was it too much to ask for an actual plot instead of using sexual abuse as the plot device?

You can read my full review here. 


One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

This is an unpopular opinion, I know, but I really didn’t enjoy this book. I found it to be very predictable and ultimately very boring and at times ridiculous. I mean come on, a mystery is supposed to keep you guessing and shocked..not this.

You can read my full review here. 


Dare Me by Megan Abbott

I read this after I really liked Abbott’s other book “You Will Know Me” which was pretty fast paced and full of twists. However, THIS book was incredibly boring and slow. The mystery was boring and predictable and the characters were all wet mops, I skimmed a lot of this just so I could be done with it. Not to mention there is a TON of slut shaming along with cheating and statutory rape.


Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast

I like alien-invasion books, they can be fun BUT this one was just a mess. It was slow, everything that happened was just way too convenient, Raven (the MC) was awful she treated everyone like crap all the time, it was predictable, and the romance was cringey.

You can read my full review here. 


This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Yet another YA mystery/thriller that fell flat. It was predictable, slow, the romance was verbally/emotionally abusive and portrayed as not being so, and the plot itself made zero sense.

You can read my full review here.


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No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear

Extremely flat, underdeveloped characters that made constantly stupid decisions and were also pretty self absorbed. The plot itself was slow and boring and ultimately had nothing to do with “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote as it was meant to.

You can read my full review here. 


The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

This was described as being a psychological thriller and it just isn’t, it does represent mental illness but in no way was this thrilling or suspenseful. The big reveal at the end while not predictable was extremely anti-climatic.


There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

I really did want to enjoy this book but it was just…boring for me. It was way more focused on the romance than anything horror/murder-y, the murderer is revealed way too early, no shocking twists, everything was just very anti-climatic to me.


Final Girls by Riley Sager

I haven’t fully decided what I want to rate this but it definitely won’t be high. I did like the ending so points for that but overall I felt this book focused on all the wrong points, plus it was PAINSTAKINGLY slow and boring all the way up until the end. Disappointing since this is based on a great trope.

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Have you read any of these books as well? What did you think?

What were some of your least favorite reads of 2017?

Let me know in the comments! 

The Sassy

Down The TBR Hole #11

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If you missed my other posts of Down the TBR Hole here they are:

This was “created” by Lost in a Story!

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

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Current TBR: 779


Book #101

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Date Added: July 27th, 2015

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I haven’t read many Gothic books so I’d like to keep this on my TBR just to give it a try, plus I like anything remotely horror-y. I am a little leery about it though since I think it might be full of tropes like insta-love and a love triangle.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #102

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Date Added: July 27th, 2015

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This one is a dystopian about a girl who protects her and her mother’s pond from all outsiders as water is a precious resource. It actually sounds really interesting and while I don’t have a copy yet I do want one!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #103

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Date Added: July 27th, 2015

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I’m pretty keen on reading a bunch of Neil Gaiman’s books so I’ll be keeping “Stardust” for now.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #104

Tsarina by Nelle J. Patrick

Date Added: July 27th, 2015

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This is fantasy and Russian historical fiction all rolled into one so I’m really excited to read it as Russia is a setting I love to see explored.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #105

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

Date Added: July 27th, 2015

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This is a sci-fi Snow White retelling which sounds awesome but I just have zero interest in it anymore and the reviews for it are kind of “meh”.

The Judgement: Go


Book #106

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Date Added: July 27th, 2015

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I already own a copy and it seems interesting especially with the whole concept of a floating city!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #107

Charming by Elliot James

Date Added: July 27th, 2015

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I don’t really know why I ever added this because I’m really not that big of a fan of urban fantasy. So I’ll definitely be getting rid of this.

The Judgement: Go


Book #108

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

Date Added: July 28th, 2015

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I’m kind of iffy about this one still because on the one hand I don’t really want to read it SUPER badly but it does sound really interesting so I kind of want to give it a try. See? I’m terrible, this is why my TBR is so high.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #109

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Date Added: July 28th, 2015

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This is another one I debated heavily about but I really do love the Witcher games (who doesn’t?) so I kind of would love to read one of the books.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #110

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Date Added: July 28th, 2017

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I feel like with this YA Fantasy that people either loved it or hated it, I don’t think I’ll buy a copy but rather borrow it from the library just in case since my opinion could go either way.

The Judgement: Keep

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Do you think I should have kept any of these books?

Do you agree with any of my keeps or discards?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy