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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

I say this every year but it’s still true, this is one of my most favourite book tags to do and I look forward to doing it every year. I love how there are so many different prompts that really make you reflect on your reading at the halfway point through the year. A lot of the books I picked could’ve fit multiple answers but I decided to not choose the same book twice.

QUESTIONS:

1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2021

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – Raybearer is such a fantastic book, I loved the writing and I think the author is a great storyteller. I loved everything about this book from the characters and the plot to the amazing writing and themes of the story and can’t wait to read the next one.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I loved this book more than the first and think it’s a great sequel. I loved the development of the romance and loved the different character dynamics between some of the characters in this book.

3) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn – I loved the first book of this series and can’t wait to dive right into this book and see what these characters get up to next.

4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – I’ve already talked about my love for Raybearer so of course Redemptor is my most anticipated releases of the second half of the year.

5) Biggest disappointment

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I’d heard a lot of amazing things about this book before I read it but I was disappointed by it, I really disliked the main character.

6) Biggest surprise

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Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve – I was really surprised about how much I enjoyed this book and this series. It took me a while to get into the book at the beginning but once it got going I was really into it. I loved when Shadow was introduced and I loved reading the interactions between him and Mera.

7) Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – This is my first Margaret Rogerson book and I loved it. I really liked the writing of it and can’t wait to read other books by this author.

8) Newest fictional crush

I don’t really get many fictional crushes and I can’t remember any from this year.

9) Newest favourite character

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Malik from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. I loved how close of a bond Malik has with his sisters and his struggles with anxiety really make him such a relatable character. I loved how his character developed over the course of the book.

10) Book that made you cry

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas – ACOSF is a very emotional book as Nesta goes on a self reflective journey and tries to overcome her past trauma. I loved this book and as always SJMs writing is always heart wrenching.

11) Book that made you happy

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – This is such a uniquely whimsical book that I think is perfect for all ages, it made me so happy to read and I loved the deep themes of it.

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

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

13) What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski, Skyhunter by Marie Lu, Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs and Crier’s War by Nina Varela.

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your answers to these questions?

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June Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In June:

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Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 3 STARS

This book is a continuation to Jack and Jill’s story and I didn’t enjoy this book as much as previous books. I feel like The Moors wasn’t as atmospheric as it was previously but I did like seeing what had happened to Jack and Jill.

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 3 STARS

I think I prefer the darker stories of this series like In An Absent Dream and Down Among the Sticks and Bones compared to the brighter whimsical stories like Beneath the Sugar Sky and this one. I enjoyed the writing of this book but the story with the unicorns just wasn’t as compelling to read.

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Brimstone Bound (Firebrand #1) by Helen Harper – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS

I enjoyed Brimstone Bound and thought it was a fun read. I liked the overall mystery and liked how the main character gets dragged into it but I also thought some of the story was predictable.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruins (A Song of Wraiths and Ruins #1) by Roseanne A. Brown – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I loved this book and found the story and world so captivating that I wanted to just keep reading. I really enjoyed the dual pov and seeing the different choices Karina and Malik both had to make. I loved the writing and how the magic was described, I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ADULT CONTEMPORARY HISTORICAL – 3 STARS

I have some mixed feelings on this book. I loved the writing and the setting was described in such a great way that you could vividly picture the scene of 1950s to 1980s Malibu and I loved the focus on siblings but I just found this book to be a bit lacklustre, it felt like it was building up to an explosive moment that never really happened. I’ve loved a lot of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and they’ve all been so emotionally poignant but I just found that Malibu Rising lacked a bit of that complex emotion.

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Asterion (The Court of the Underworld #1) by Alessa Thorn – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 4 STARS

I enjoyed this book and thought the world was interestingly set up it focuses on mythological figures (like Medusa and Hades and more) who rule the city in this book and a group of humans rebelling against them. I really liked the romance of this book and I thought the plot was interesting too.

Medusa (The Court of the Underworld #2) by Alessa Thorn – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 4 STARS

This is the second book in this series and I liked that Medusa was the main character of this one because I found her interesting in the first book. I also like the over arcing storyline that is still following on from the previous book.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I loved this book, I loved how the great libraries were described and how each book had their own personality and danger level. I liked the characters and thought they worked really well together which made their interactions interesting to read. I enjoyed the overall storyline and loved how this was a standalone fantasy.

Blog Posts I Did In June:

Most Anticipated Book Releases For July, August and September 2021

My Summer TBR 2021

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews Book Review

Books I Loved That Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Bookish Memory Check #1

May Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in June?

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Most Anticipated Book Releases for July, August and September 2021

There are a lot of books coming out in July, August and September that I’m very excited for and can’t wait to get my hands on. I’m linking up to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) but changing the topic to just most anticipated books for July, August and September instead of the last half of the year.  Release dates for books are sometimes tentative and can change anytime so these books are not guaranteed to be released in the months I’ve listed but they are the latest dates as of writing this post. So without further ado let’s get onto the books!

July 2021:

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A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer
A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams
White Raven (A Demon’s Guide to the Afterlife #2) by Kel Carpenter and Aurelia Jane
The Blood is Love (Dark Eyes #2) by Karina Halle

August 2021:

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Become You vol 2 by Ichigo Takano
Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko

September 2021:

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The One and Only Crystal Druid (The Guild Codex: Unveiled #1) by Annette Marie
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
Deserted (Shadow Beast Shifters #4) by Jaymin Eve
Among Thieves by MJ Kuhn
The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl

What are some of your most anticipated books being released in the coming months?

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Bookish Memory Check #1

I saw this tag recently on A Dance With Books and thought it was a great tag and something I would really like to try, the tag is from Where Stories Lie. The whole purpose of the tag is to see how much you remember a book and this is something I think I struggle with so I thought it’d be fun to try and see how I do.

The Rules:

1) Go to your Goodreads ‘read’ shelf
2) Sort by random
3) Test your memory on the top 5 books

Book 1: The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

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What I remember: This book is about the creation of the world of Narnia where a young boy stays with his uncle and ends up somehow in this deserted land and witnesses it all coming to life and sees Aslan for the first time.

After reading the blurb: It seems like I remember a lot of this book since what I thought was very similar to the blurb.

Book 2: Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

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What I remember: This is a collection of short stories set in the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong and I remember really liking them but can’t remember much about the individual stories.

After reading the blurb: There are four short stories in this collection that centre around three members of the pack in the Otherworld books. I remembered about these being short stories but I forgot who they were about.

Book 3: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

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What I remember: I recently just reread this book so of course I remember it even more now. It’s about Eleanor West’s Home for wayward children where children go after they come back from travels to magical lands and need time to process what’s happened. They also hope for their door to open again and the main character of this book wants to get back to her world. There’s more to the story but I don’t want to spoil the plot.

After reading the blurb: I remember all that was in this blurb but since I reread this a few days ago I’m not that surprised that I remembered this well.

Book 4: State of Sorrow (Sorrow #1) by Melinda Salisbury

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What I remember: This is a YA fantasy book where there are two lands that are almost at war with each other and Sorrow (the mc) is the daughter of one of the leaders and her land has been in a permanent state of mourning since her mother died years before the book begins. The plot centres on the politics of these two lands and how to stop them from fighting with each other.

After reading the blurb: The blurb mentions Sorrow’s brother as the one who their land is mourning instead of her mother but I think it’s both in the book. It also mentions a childhood romance that I had forgotten about but other than that I think I remembered this fairly well.

Book 5: Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J.R. Ward

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What I remember: Lover Revealed is Butch’s story in the BDB world. It’s about his and Marissa’s love story and how they get together despite him not feeling worthy of her since she has a higher standing within the society of this world.

After reading the blurb: I remembered most of what this book is about too.

Do you think you have a good bookish memory? Have you read any of these books?

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May Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In May:

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Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews – 4 STARS

I loved being back in this world again and reading about these characters. It was great to read from Julie’s pov and I was so very intrigued to find out what had happened to Julie and how she had changed. I loved the writing and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and just like with Slay the writing hooked me into the story immediately. I loved finding out about Alex and his relationship with his brother and how it developed more over the course of this book, I loved the focus on the brothers. This is such a moving story that is told in such an interesting way.

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Cold Iron Heart by Melissa Marr – 2 STARS

I was very excited to be back in the Wicked Lovely world again and I enjoyed that part of this book, the part of reintroducing to some of our past favourite characters in this prequel but I was disappointed in the actual plot of this book. I disliked the storyline with Thelma Foy, I found her character not very interesting and thought she and Irial had no chemistry. I still love the world of Wicked Lovely and the atmosphere it has.

Summer Bound (Wicked Lovely 5.2) by Melissa Marr – 3 STARS

This is a short story set after the events of the last Wicked Lovely book and I definitely think you should read Cold Iron Heart before reading this because it this short story revolves around what happened in that story. I liked this story better than Cold Iron Heart and I loved seeing where all the characters ended up after Wicked Lovely.

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Black Sunshine (Dark Eyes #1) by Karina Halle – 4 STARS

Black Sunshine is a dark vampire romance book and I really like it. I was instantly intrigued by the story from the start and I felt the book had a great atmospheric feel to it. I liked some of the side characters and I’m excited to read more about them in future books.

A Memory Called Empire (Teixacalaan #1) by Arkady Martine – 3 STARS

This is a sci-fi space opera that I thought was an okay read. It was slow and felt dense in the beginning and although it did perk up and I got more into the story as it went along, I still felt not very connected to the story or characters. The pacing also felt a little off to me but I still felt intrigued enough in the story to keep going.

Blog Posts I Did In May:

Underrated YA Fantasy Books

The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

Quotes About Books

Most Recent Additions To My TBR

Books With Leaves and Branches On The Cover

Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

Guard You Heart by Sue Divin Book Review

Wolf’s Bane and Wolf’s Curse by Kelley Armstrong Book Review

Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

April Wrap Up 2021

What did you read in May?

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April Wrap Up 2021

What I Read in April:

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas – 5 STARS

Sarah J Maas is one of my favourite authors so it’s no surprise that I ended up loving ACOSF. I loved Nesta’s story and I was so invested in her story and her recovery, this book has many emotional moments and I loved reading about these characters and world again.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) by Nghi Vo – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this short story and I liked how it told the story within another story. It did take me a while to get into the book at the beginning but I enjoyed it once I did and I liked the last section of the book.

Havenfall (Havenfall #1) by Sara Holland – 3 STARS

I liked the set up of the world in Havenfall with the different worlds being connected by this Inn but I thought the overall story and characters were a bit predictable. I still did enjoy the book and I wish there was more exploration of the different worlds within it.

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Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare – 5 STARS

I enjoyed the first book in this series but I liked this one even more. I feel like you see the relationships between the characters really grow and develop in this book and I really enjoyed reading about all of them. It felt like the stakes were raised with both the plot and the characters interactions with each other. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.

Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve – 4 STARS

Reborn was a really good conclusion to Mera and Shadow’s story and I enjoyed reading about their adventures in this book. It did take me a while to get into this book because of where Reclaimed (book 2) leaves off but I still really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the spin off books set in this world.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – 2 STARS

I was really disappointed in this book, I didn’t like the main character at all and thought she was very selfish. I know that is a point the book tries to make with fame changing a person but I didn’t really care for her character before she got ‘famous’. I also didn’t really like the plot and thought it was a bit random, it reminded me of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel which is another book I disliked.

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Once Bitten (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #1) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

Wicked Deal (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #2) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

Darkest Moon (Shadow Guild: Wolf Queen #1) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

I originally wanted to read Darkest Moon first but even though I think it could be read first it is part of the larger Shadow Guild series so I decided to read the first few books in that series first. I liked all these books but I don’t feel fully connected to the story yet. I did like the description of the Guild City, it felt like a cosy setting with the way all the guilds were in one place. I also enjoyed the mystery aspects of the books and thought they were enjoyable reads.

Dark Horse (A Demon’s Guide to the Afterlife #1) by Kel Carpenter and Aurelia Jane – 3 STARS

Dark Horse is a reverse harem paranormal book about Fury, a demon, tasked in the afterlife to go back to earth and help sort out three powerful supernatural beings who might end the world. I thought this was a fun read and I’m interested to see where the story goes. There were a few times in the book where Fury was passed around for the guys to ‘mind for her safety’ and that kind of threw me off.

Blog Posts I Did In April:

Most Anticipated Book Releases for April, May and June 2021

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

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Colourful Book Covers

Non-Human Main Characters

March Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in April?