top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Have Got Recently

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection. Most of my recent books are books I got for Christmas but I’ve also included the eBooks that I’ve got within recent weeks.

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Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune – I loved The House in the Cerulean Sea so I’m very excited to read this to see if I’ll like it too.

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All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue – This one sounds so good and I can’t wait to read it.

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Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) by James S.A. Corey – I’ve really been enjoying this series and I hope to finish it this year sometime.

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Crush (Crave #2) by Tracy Wolff – I’ve already read this one and I really liked it, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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The One and Only Crystal Druid (The Guild Codex: Unveiled #1) by Annette Marie – This is a new series set in the Guild Codex world and I’ve been very excited for this series since it was announced because I love the character it focuses on.

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Nightwolf by Karina Halle – This is a spinoff of the Dark Eyes series and I liked Black Sunshine but was a bit disappointed by the sequel so I don’t know what my feelings on this book will be like.

What books have you got recently?

Favourite Books

My Favourite Books of 2021

I really like going over my year of reading and reflecting on what books were my favourite throughout the year. These books are not in any particular order but they are all books I loved and gave five stars too.

Raybearer & Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko

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I loved reading this duology and I thought the world and characters were amazing. The writing completely enraptured me and I think the author is a wonderful storyteller.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire and The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #2 & #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I liked From Blood and Ash but I definitely liked these two books more. I loved how the relationship develops between Poppy and Casteel in these books and I really enjoyed seeing Poppy grow more.

Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve

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I read the first and third book of this series in 2021 too but Reclaimed is my favourite of them. I grew more attached to Mera in this book and liked seeing her and Shadow together.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

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I loved the themes of this book and how it had such deep topics mixed with such a whimsical story. I really liked reading about the characters and I’m excited to read more books by this author.

A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J. Maas

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I was so surprised at how much I grew to love Nesta in this book. Reading about her struggles really made me feel differently towards her and I loved how Sarah J Maas writes her characters and makes you love them so completely.

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare

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I enjoyed the first book in this series but I loved this one even more. The tension between the characters really ramped up and I loved their interactions with each other in this book.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) by Roseanne A. Brown

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I was so captivated by the plot of this book and I really enjoyed reading about the characters and their choices. I loved Malik’s pov the most and really liked how anxiety played a big part in Malik’s life, it was nice to see that included in a fantasy story.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I liked the world the author created in this book with there being great libraries full of books that have their own personalities. I loved the characters and how all got along with each other.

Leviathan Wakes & Caliban’s War (The Expanse #1 & #2) by James S.A. Corey

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I started The Expanse series in 2021 and I’m really loving the books so far. I knew I would at least like them since I’ve already watched the tv series of The Expanse and loved that. This series (both the tv show and books) are so action packed and fast paced with such intriguing plots.

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson

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I loved how lyrical the writing of this book was and how captivating the story was. It’s told in a letter format from Constanta to her vampire creator and is such a beautifully written story that really makes you think.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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I think this is such a perfect autumn read and I really loved it. I loved reading about Yadrial and Julian’s interactions with each other and I really liked their romance.

What are some of your most favourite books that you read in 2021?

most anticipated books

My Most Anticipated Book Releases for January, February and March 2022

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022. I decided to do my most anticipated book releases of January, February and March instead because there are just so many books I’m excited for this year.

January 2022:

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The Guild Codex Comic Collection (Guild Codex Universe #16.5) by Annette Marie and Ashleigh Zanardi

Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7) by Seanan McGuire

Seven Mercies (Seven Devils #2) by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

February 2022:

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Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik

House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J Maas

Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

March 2022:

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The War of Two Queens (Blood and Ash #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Compelled (Shadow Beast Shifters #5) by Jaymin Eve (cover not revealed as of writing this post)

What book releases are you anticipating?

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November Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In November:

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Deserted (Shadow Beast Shifters #4) by Jaymin Eve – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, FANTASY ROMANCE – 3 STARS

I really liked reading more about Angel and her back story and I also liked the romance between her and Reece but I felt that Angel’s story was a bit overshadowed by Mera and Shadow’s relationship.

Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3) by James S.A. Corey – ADULT SCI-FI – 4 STARS

Abaddon’s Gate is the third book in The Expanse series and like the other books this book was fast paced and full of intrigue as well. I’m so excited about continuing on with this series.

A Single Thread of Moonlight by Laura Wood – YA HISTORICAL RETELLING – 4 STARS

A Single Thread of Moonlight is a YA Cinderella retelling and I really enjoyed it. I thought Iris, the main character, was a bit naive at times but I loved the writing and I really liked the romance.

Blog Posts I Did In November:

Merry Kissmas To You Book Review

Most Anticipated Book Releases of November 2021

October Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in November?

book review

Book Review: Merry Kissmas To You by Jenni Jennings

merry kissmas to youBook: Merry Kissmas To You
Author: Jenni Jennings
Age & Genre: YA contemporary

(I was sent a free copy of this book by the publisher for review)

Milly, Robert and Sam usually love Christmas. But this year, they’re all out of joy. Milly is worried about her dad. Sam is desperately trying to avoid her ex, Nadia. And Robert is convinced he’s destined to always fall for girls who don’t like him back. As their high-school’s Christmas Snow Ball approaches, they are all out of festive fun. But as the snow starts falling and the sleigh bells ring, maybe it’s not too late for a sprinkling of Christmas sparkle after all… Will each of them get their magic moment under the mistletoe?

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Merry Kissmas To You is such a cosy festive filled book that I really enjoyed reading. This book is centred on three friends on the build up to Christmas as they each try to deal with their own problems.

There are multiple povs in this book as it focuses on Milly, Robert, Sam and Laurence and I feel like the multiple povs made this book feel like such a quick read and also gave each character more depth. I also thought it was interesting that we get Laurence’s pov too since he isn’t a part of the group of friends initially.

The characters felt so real and I loved how Milly, Robert and Sam all got along and I enjoyed reading about them video calling each other when they needed to update each other on what happened that day. You can really feel how close they are as friends through the writing.

I liked how the book discussed the financial worries that people have like Milly and her family and how it shows the other side with Laurence who has a lot of money but is also having a rough time of his own. I liked their romance and how they each try to open up to each other but also find it hard to open up since they fear the judgement of other people. I also really enjoyed Sam and Robert’s povs and how they each have their own things they are focused on too.

Overall I really enjoyed Merry Kissmas To You. I liked how real the characters felt and I loved the Christmas backdrop of the story and the cosy festive feelings it gave off. It’s definitely a perfect book to get you in the Christmas spirit as it describes the Christmas holidays so well.

most anticipated books

Most Anticipated Book Releases of November 2021

These are all the books releasing in November that I’m most excited for. Book release dates can sometimes change so these are meant to be releasing in November as of writing this post.

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A Psalm of Storms and Silence (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #2) by Roseanne A. Brown

a rush of wings

A Rush of Wings by Laura E. Weymouth

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Gilded by Marissa Meyer

with dagger and song

With Dagger and Song (Curse of the Cyren Queen #2) by Helen Scheuerer

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King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair

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All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

What books releasing in November are you most excited about?