Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

I saw this book tag on Analee @ Book Snacks and really wanted to join in on the tag fun.  It was a great way to look back over everything I have read in 2015.

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.

Well, I really don’t think that I can pick just one so my top reads from this year so far include:

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I didn’t want to include any of the amazing sequels I have read this year because they are a part of the next question.

  1. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015.

Again, I can’t just choose one for this!  I’ve read a lot of great sequels this year.  Some of which I liked even better than the books that came before it.

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  1. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

There are easily a ton to choose from for this but I’ll have to go with An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.  I’ve had this on my shelf for a couple of months but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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  1. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Again… how am I supposed to only choose one?!?!  At the moment I’m really dying to get on with the Throne of Glass series.  I pre-ordered Queen of Shadows which is on it’s way to me now!  But I also still have to read Heir of Fire (which I also pre-ordered the paperback and is on its way with QoS).  I am also really looking forward to getting The Wheel of Time Companion which is to be released Nov. 3rd.

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  1. Biggest disappointment.

Easily this would have to be Magonia.  I couldn’t even bear to even read more than a couple of chapters because the main character’s POV was so grating.

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  1. Biggest surprise.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.  I was pretty sure that I would like this one but I wasn’t prepared for how much I LOVED it!  I loved the two main characters and the storyline.  I can’t wait to read the sequel!
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  1. Favorite new author (debut or new to you).

Definitely going to have to go with 3 on this one.  Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo and Rainbow Rowell.  I’ve now read 3 from SJM (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and A Court of Thorns and Roses) and loved each and every one of them.  Tomorrow I’ll be receiving Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows so I can’t wait to get back to Celaena, Chaol and Dorian!  I have read the first two books of the Grisha trilogy by LB and recently got Ruin and Rising to finish off the trilogy.  I can’t wait to read it!  I’m also really looking forward to Six of Crows!  And RR totally wowed me with Eleanor and Park.  Then I read Fangirl and while I didn’t like it as much as E&P I still really really liked it.  I have Landline at home waiting to be read and hopefully soon I can get Attachments as well.
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  1. Newest Fictional crush.

A rather recent development was that I found myself starting to crush on Kyon Ensin from the Kricket series by Amy A. Bartol.  She really knows how to make a girl crush on the bad guy because I also have a thing for Brennus from her Premonition series as well!

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  1. Newest favorite character.

Totally Celaena Sardothian.  She is such a badass but she also has a softer side.  And she loves to read… so what more could you ask for.

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  1. Book that made you cry.

You know, I don’t really find that I cry during a book.  When it comes to movies, if something gets super sappy or sad or someone is crying… I’m gone.  Get me a tissue.  But for some reason in books, I don’t really tear up much.  The closest I probably came to that was maybe in Voyager by Diana Gabaldon.

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  1. Book that made you happy.

Definitely going to go with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.  This books was literally the cutest thing ever and I often found myself laughing out loud.  This was definitely a feel good book. 
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  1. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

I wasn’t exactly happy with the Insurgent adaptation.  It was kind of disappointing.  I think I’ll have to go with The Longest Ride (based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks).  I really loved the storyline to this one and it seemed to follow the book pretty closely.  Plus Scott Eastwood is totally hot J

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  1. Favorite review you’ve written this year.

Hmm.  That is a good question.  I always feel like I blunder through book reviews so I don’t really have a favorite.

  1. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

I’m going to have to go with The Exile by Diana Gabaldon.  It is a graphic novel of Outlander from Murtagh’s POV and I loved it!  So beautiful J

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  1. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I need to read 8 more books to meet my Goodreads goal for the year.  Since it is only the end of August, I have plenty of time to meet that goal.  I really hope to make more of a dent in my 2015 TBR Pile Challenge though.  I’ve been neglecting it.  I also have so many books that I want to reread.  So I’m trying to decide still what I want to do.  But for right now the plan is to finish the book I am currently reading.  Then start Heir of Fire and move onto Queen of Shadows.  Then after that I will probably go to Ruin and Rising.  Anything after that is fair game!  We’ll see what happens!

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I tag EVERYONE!  Go do this tag!  Now! 🙂

Infinite by Erica Crouch

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I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Infinite by Erica Crouch (Ignite series book #3)

Published June 16th 2015 by Patchwork Press

377 Pages

Goodreads Summary: There are infinite ways to die, and the fates are calling for blood. After evading Azael since her betrayal, it’s finally time for Pen to stop running and face her desperate brother. But she won’t have to challenge him alone: the rebel army of New Genesis is ready to stand strong and fight to secure the future they believe in.

As Azael spirals deeper and deeper into darkness, and Pen grapples with her new leadership role, a familiar name rises to power whose decisions have the potential to rewrite everyone’s future. Dangerous secrets, silent traitors, and unraveling fates means that time is running out. There’s no telling who will survive the final battle.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Ignite series, Pen and Azael return to finish what they started over a millennia ago.

Review: I have really enjoyed reading this great series by Erica Crouch.  I was so excited to be able to read the conclusion to the series.  I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to Pen, Azael, Michael and all the rest.  This book gave me everything I was looking for in a conclusion to this awesome series!  There was action, romance, drama, etc.  I was surprised to find myself liking Azael more and hoping that he would be able to change his ways.  I was also completely fascinated by Lilith’s story advancement.  My favorite though is Pen and Michael’s story.  I love the whole opposites attract thing so a demon and an angel falling in love is perfect.  Michael sees the best in Pen even though she isn’t sure that she is good enough.  But in the end, they find out just how good her soul really is.  I could not have imagined a more perfect ending to this series.  This was probably my favorite book of the series.

5/5 Stars

Book Review: Incite by Erica Crouch

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I received this ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Incite by Erica Crouch

Publication: February 17, 2015 by Patchwork Press

Pages: 367

Goodreads Summary: Earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world. In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own.

Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have. Change doesn’t come easy, though. Pen is wary of joining New Genesis’s revolution, but when Azael shows his hand and Pen learns all that he holds over them, she chooses to fight back, no matter the risk. She only has to survive, one hour at a time.

Review:  I really enjoyed the first book of the series so I was really looking forward to reading this one.  As much as I didn’t like Azael in the first book, he started to grow on me.  Being able to read through his POV through half of the book and see him grow as a person, well, demon actually.  The introduction of new characters and the New Genesis group only added more intrigue to the story.  There is so much excitement and action in this book.  I will be very interested to see where the author takes this story in the next book!

4/5 stars

W W W Wednesday – February 18, 2015

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme now hosted by Taking on a World of Words!  Each week we answer three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What is up next?

CURRENTLY READING

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RECENTLY FINISHED

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UP NEXT

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I haven’t had a lot of reading time this week.  My cousin is getting married in May and her wedding shower is in less than a month.  I’m working on a project for her present with my mom and aunts so I haven’t had a lot of down time at home.  I have my NetGalley ratio at 85% so I’m okay there but I like to read all of the ones I have before requesting new ones so I have two more after the one I’m currently reading.

Also, I watched the first episode of Outlander the other night free on Amazon Prime!  I really liked it and can’t wait to see more!  Made me want to jump back into the book series.

What have you been reading lately?

Book Review: Ignite by Erica Crouch

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I received this ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ignite by Erica Crouch

Published: June 11, 2013 by Patchwork Press

Pages: 346

Goodreads Summary: Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.

As Hell prepares for war – spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army – the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.


Review: Before I read this book I had book #1.5 in the series, Entice.  I read that one first because it’s the prequel to Ignite.  It definitely sparked my interest in Pen’s character and I wanted to read more about her.

I really liked this book!  In fact, I really really liked this book.  I love how at first Pen is completely consumed by Hell and doing demon things but when she is assigned to follow Michael, she comes to realize that the world isn’t black or white.  He helps her to break free from the spell she was under and become a new person.  The author does a fantastic job of weaving the story of an angel and a demon together.  The way she describes everything from the setting, to the facial expressions, to the struggle of making hard decisions is awesome and vivid.  I can’t really think of anything I didn’t like in this book!  I would recommend this book to people looking for a new supernatural series to start.  I can’t wait to start reading the next book in the series, Incite.

5/5 stars