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Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin, I’ve a feeling this book might appear a few times in this tag 😀 Now one of my favourite books of all time, check it out if you enjoy witchy creepy magical realism, or if you don’t, just read it.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.
Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa, sequel to Shadow of the Fox. I know this series is hit or miss for most people but I just really love the Japanese and Anime inspiration and got quite attached to these characters. The sequel didn’t let me down and the end was brilliantly done, can’t wait for the next book!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He, this came out in April and is a Chinese inspired fantasy. I have it on my physical TBR but have yet to read it.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Ok, I can’t just pick 1 book for this. Wilder Girls by Rory Power (5 star prediction for me), The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (one of my favourite Japanese authors), Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan (sequel to Girls of Paper and Fire) and The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (last book in The Folk of the Air trilogy).

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5. Biggest disappointment.
I’d have to say The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, I really wanted to love this but I just couldn’t properly get in to the story and I just started to get bored with it.

6. Biggest surprise.
The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge, much better and creepier than I had anticipated.

7. Favourite new author.
OK, so I know I’ve only read 1 book by her but, Sarah Maria Griffin. I’m definitely reading whatever she publishes in the future.

8. Newest fictional crush.
Cardan from The Cruel Prince *cough*

9. Newest favourite character.
Celaena/Aelin from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, I just love her OK.

10. Book that made you cry.
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, each of these books have made me cry so far.

11. Book that made you happy.
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, all the feels.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, that cover is stunning!

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I’d like to read the last 3 books in the Throne of Glass series this year ready for the release of her new Adult fantasy series coming in January.

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Browsing Bookshelves: Lauren @ Northern Plunder

I have known Lauren aka Sizzle aka the owner of Books and Tea discord server since I joined it back in August last year and she has been such a huge help in my blogging journey and is just an all-round awesome gal.

She started doing this series on her own blog and I decided it might be fun to do and she agreed, you can see her post browsing my book shelves here.

Basically we swap pictures of our book shelves and go through picking out books we have read, would recommend, want to read e.t.c. So let’s get started!

Let me know in the comments any books from her shelves that you have read and loved!

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Book Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

thewickedking‘Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.’

The Wicked King is the sequel to The Cruel Prince so there will be spoilers for the first book in this review. Jude and Carden are now in power, seeing as he is bound to her command for a year (and a day), this doesn’t stop Carden from trying to work ways around this bargain and he still manages to find his own sick ways of belittling, with some help of old faithful Locke. Traitors are at play and Jude is left feeling like she can trust no one but herself. My favourite parts of this book were seeing the relationship between Jude and Carden evolve, and yes I do ship that toxic relationship. Cardens brother, after massacring most of the family is being held captive and may or may not be conspiring against the crown with Orlagh, queen of the sea. We see Jude try whatever is in her power to keep the ones she loves safe while protecting the kingdom, but of course nothing ever goes to plan in Faerie. The book has a huge cliff hanger ending that left me still confused at what Cardens true feelings and intentions are, and now we wait for book 3.

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My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

this book was purchased by myself
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Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

thecruelprince‘Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.’

Another book I was intrigued in to reading due to the hype, and I’m glad I did! I haven’t read many stories based on Fae and this one was based on what Fae are really supposed to be, dark and cruel. I’d say 80% of these characters were unlikable, which is the point, they’re not supposed to be likable and I found it quite refreshing to read. The book starts off grim and continues to be grim until the very end which I loved. Not all stories have to be positive or hopeful. This book is full of murder, bullying, betrayal and awful love interests, which thankfully our main character isn’t all that interested in.

The main character in this book is actually a human girl, taken away along with her twin sister and older sister who is half-fae. Taken away to live in faerie where humans are treated as lesser and slaves by the Fae, our main character is quite tired of being treated this way as you can imagine and decides to stop caring and be rebellious, what most other humans living in Faerie are way too scared of being. Beautiful Fae Prince Cardan is the biggest pain in her side and is relentless with his tormenting of her and her twin sister, who is far less rebellious and wants to try to fit in with the Fae.

This book is full of plot twists, non of which I saw coming but I’m not that great at predicting these things. The sequel is on my soon to be read list (The Wicked King) and I’m super excited to continue the journey with all of its cruelty.

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My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

THIS BOOK WAS PURCHASED BY MYSELF