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?

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My Favourite Vampire Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Halloween freebie. For this topic I’ve decided to do my favourite vampire books since I’ve always loved reading about vampires. I have only included books where vampires are the main focus of it, I have a lot of favourite books and series not on this list that do have vampires in them but they are more of a side thing. If you have any recommendations of any vampire books you’ve loved or you’d think I’d like based on my list then please comment them below.

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Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead – I read this series so long ago but I loved it so much and I loved the characters in it.

Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead – I feel that this spin off series definitely gets over looked by Vampire Academy but I still loved it just as much as it.

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – This is one of my new favourites and I loved the writing of it so much, the whole story was very captivating.

Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost – I loved this series and I loved Cat and Bones together, they make such a great couple.

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – This was another one I read years ago but again I loved it and really liked how the world was described.

Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward – The BDB books are still some of my favourite vampire books despite me disliking a lot of the recent ones.

Black Sunshine by Karina Halle – I was surprised at how much I liked this book since I hadn’t heard much about it before reading it but I really enjoyed it.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – No favourite vampire list would be complete without Twilight being on there and I don’t think I even have to explain why.

Do you like vampire books? What are some of your favourites?

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Book Recommendations for the Halloween Season

Since Halloween is creeping closer, I thought now would be a good time to talk about some spooky books that I’d recommend for you to read if you want to feel those Halloween vibes. I’m not a big horror reader myself so most of these books are not ‘scary’ scary but I do think they all match the spooky season somehow. I’ve put the books into sub categories, if you’re looking for a specific vibe. So let’s get onto the book recs!

Gothic books:

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A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – This is a reimagining of Dracula’s brides and it has such a gothic atmosphere that makes it a perfect Halloween read.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – This is a mystery that is not spooky as such but has definitely a gothic feeling to it.

Graphic novels:

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Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne – Beetle and the Hollowbones is such a cute graphic novel about a goblin witch named beetle and her ghost friend.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – Through the Woods has five separate stories in it and all are very spooky, the artwork is very creepy too.

Atmospheric historical fantasy books:

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Dangerous Remedy (Battalion of the Dead #1) by Kat Dunn – Dangerous Remedy has a dark atmosphere to it as it’s about a group of characters who save people from the guillotine.

The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray – The Diviners is definitely one of the most atmospheric book series I’ve ever read and the way the author describes what happens in it is so eerie and spooky.

Paranormal books:

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Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie – There is mages, witches, vampires and demons in these books and I really enjoy the atmosphere of them.

Black Sunshine (Dark Eyes #1) by Karina Halle – This is a vampire book that has a bit more of a darker feel to it.

Scary heart pounding books:

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The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin – This is a post apocalyptic series about vampire like zombies. These books have such heart pounding scenes in them.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – Again this is another adrenaline rush book but this is about killer mermaids and about a crew of people that go to investigate them.

Have you read any of these books? What book recommendations do you have for the Halloween season?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them. These are a few books that I loved so much and would love to read something that has similar vibes to them.

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer – I loved this trilogy and I loved the themes of heroes vs villains and how sometimes you don’t know the difference between them both.

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – I read Raybearer earlier this year and loved it, I loved the writing and how the author told the story.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray – The Diviners has such a brilliant atmospheric writing and I loved each book in the series.

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Solanin by Inio Asano – It’s been a while since I read this but I liked how the main character was reflecting on her life and wondering what to do with it.

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Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) by Laura Thalassa – I really liked the relationship between the characters in this book and loved their banter with each other.

What are some books you loved that you’d like to find more books like them? Have you read any of these books?

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The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

This is an interesting tag that has quick fire questions all about fantasy books, the original creator is thebookwormdreamer. Fantasy is one of my favourite genres so I’m very excited for this tag!

The Questions:

1) Five Star BookRaybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko

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2) Always Going To RecommendHeart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #1) by Helen Scheuerer

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3) Own It But Haven’t Read It YetSorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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4) Would Read AgainState of Sorrow (Sorrow #1) by Melinda Salisbury

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5) In Another WorldThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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6) Back On EarthThree Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

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Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them?

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Underrated YA Fantasy Books

Today I decided to do a post talking about some YA fantasy books I think are underrated. Even though some of these books have a good amount of ratings I still think they are a bit unknown in the book community which is why I’ve included them here. So let’s get unto the books!

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Daughters of Nri (The Return of the Earth Mother #1) by Reni K. Amayo
• Twin sisters separated at birth
• Captured my attention from the beginning
• Goddesses and powers

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Heart of Mist (The Ormere Chronicles #1) by Helen Scheuerer
• Forbidden magic
• Epic plotline
• Intriguing characters and backstories

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State of Sorrow (Sorrow #1) by Melinda Salisbury
• Focus on politics
• Court scheming
• Great descriptions of the different lands

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A Treason of Thorns by Laura Weymouth
• Whimsical story
• Magical houses
• Unique premise

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
• Narnia like world and story
• Has both fantasy and historical (WW2) setting
• Focuses on a character with depression

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The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
• Character has power to turn people into gemstone
• Warring Kingdoms
• Interesting family dynamics

What are some YA fantasies you think are underrated?
Have you read any of these?