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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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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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Top Ten Tuesday – Books with Leaves and Branches on the Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books with Nature on the Cover. There are a lot of book covers with nature on them so I decided to go with leaves and branches on the cover.

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From Blood and Ash (Blood & Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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Song of Sorrow (Sorrow #2) by Melinda Salisbury
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayway Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Orange by Ichigo Takano

Have you read any of these? What covers did you pick for this topic?

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The Bookish Rave and Rant Tag

The Bookish Rave and Rant tag was created by TheWordyHabitat and I saw it on WordsaboutWords blog. This seems like such a fun tag and I love that this tag gets you talking about books you loved and about books you disliked.

Questions:

RAVE: a book you loved but don’t talk enough about

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – I read this book earlier this year and loved it. I was so immersed into the story and I thought the writing was very captivating and the plot and characters were so intriguing that I just wanted to keep reading. Here is my full review of it.

RANT: a book you didn’t like and haven’t spoken about

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers – I have talked about this book last year sometime on my blog but I disliked this book. Both the characters and the story felt very boring to me and the book read like an information leaflet on terraforming.

RAVE: an author who’s works you love

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Marie Lu – I’ve read so many books by Marie Lu from all different genres and I’ve loved them all so now everytime she releases a book I’m always excited for it.

RANT: an author who’s works you just cannot like

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V.E. Schwab – I’ve read quite a few books by V.E. Schwab and some I’ve liked and some I’ve disliked but even the ones I’ve liked I forget about kind of quickly after I’ve read them and I don’t know why that is because the premises for all this author’s books sound so amazing but they just don’t stick with me.

RAVE: a book you recently loved that you want everyone to read

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – This book is already so hyped but I’m still going to hype it up again anyway. I think this is a wonderful story for all ages, it has great morals and themes throughout and I loved reading it.

RANT: a book you did not finish recently and haven’t spoken about

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller – I was excited for this book for a while but I ended up DNFing it. I just didn’t really care much about the main character and I also thought there was no chemistry between the main character and the love interest.

RAVE: a book you would recommend to everyone

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The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles – The Air You Breathe is a historical fiction book about female friendship and music set in Brazil in the 1930s and continues throughout the decades that follow. It’s such a beautifully poignant book that I feel that not many people have read or heard of.

RANT: a book which others like and you don’t understand why

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I don’t think I ‘got’ this book. I really disliked the main character and I know that was a part of the story because it was to show how fame changes a person but I didn’t really like her before she became ‘famous’ and thought she was a bad friend/girlfriend. She was very selfish as well and I thought the plot didn’t really make sense.

Have you read any of these books?
What books have you ranted or raved about recently?

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Book Review: Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko

raybeaerBook: Raybearer
Series: Raybearer #1
Author: Jordan Ifueko
Genre: YA fantasy

Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

 

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

From the very first chapter of this book I was enraptured by the story. The way it was written made me instantly intrigued and craving more of the story.

The first chapter opens up on Tarisai (the mc) as a young child. We see her life through her young eyes as she’s told she is not human and not allowed to interact with other people. This made me intrigued by the story and it also made me sympathise with Tarisai straight away as you really feel how lonely she is in the first few chapters. I liked how we get introduced to the mythology of the world straight away as Tarisai meets up with an Ehru in the first chapter.

I loved Raybearer and I thought it was written so well, I think the author is a brilliant storyteller. I loved how the author wove the story of Tarisai, this young girl who wants companionship and love into such a complexly detailed plot that really affects the world of this book. The world and story are both so enriched in detail. The history of the Raybearer and how they came to be was very interesting and I loved the flashbacks and how they were told, they were so immersive and you really start to see the full story with every flashback.

I liked the characters and friendships between Tarisai, Sanjeet, Dayo and Kirah. I also liked the closeness of the council and thought how the rays worked was very interesting. I loved the themes of this book, how it discussed the lack of equality in the world of Raybearer. We see throughout how the world and society of this book expects different things from Tarisai than it does the men of the world. I liked how justice was a big part of this book.

Overall I loved Raybearer and think it was such a uniquely crafted book. I loved the writing and there were so many beautiful quotes in this book. The history and mythology of the world were interestingly described and the intrigue of the plot kept me hooked. I can’t wait to read the next book.

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January Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In January:

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Jade War (The Green Bone Saga #2) by Fonda Lee – 3 STARS

I liked Jade War but I did like Jade City more. I felt like the plot meandered a bit and you could tell this was a second book in a series and that more exciting things were not going to happen in this book but in the next.

Touched by Fire (Demons of New Chicago #1) by Kel Carpenter- 3 STARS
Haunted by Shadows (Demons of New Chicago #2) by Kel Carpenter – 3 STARS

This is an urban fantasy series and I thought they were okay reads. I liked how action packed the plot was and I liked the rocky friendship that Piper and Nathalie have.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5 STARS

I loved A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, I loved the focus of the relationship between the main characters and I really love their interactions with each other. I did a full review of this book which you can find here. I’m so excited for the next book in this series.

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Spy X Family Volume 1 by Tatsuya Endo – 3 STARS

I thought this was an okay read. It is such an interesting concept but I felt a little indifferent to the overall story and characters.

Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko – 5 STARS

Raybearer is such a wonderfully written YA fantasy, I loved how the author described the world and characters of it. Everything, from the history and mythology of the world to the characters and their back stories were written in such an intriguing way that really captured my interest. I’ll be posting my full review of it soon.

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan – 3 STARS

I really liked the premise of this book, it’s about an early 2000s girl group as they look back on the height of their fame and why they broke up and why one of their former members is dead in the present timeline. This book was filled with drama and it focuses on hard topics but I didn’t feel as emotionally invested as I expected to be. I didn’t feel a connection between any of the characters and I wish it had focused more on the topics like depression and I wish we got to see more of Cassidy’s life after Gloss.

Blog Posts I Did In January:

My Favourite Books of 2020

The Anti-TBR Tag

Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2020

Books I Want To Reread in 2021

My Most Anticipated Book Releases for January, February and March 2021

Books I Meant To Read In 2020 But Didn’t Get To

Backlist Books I Want To Read In 2021

My January Bookstagram Pictures (kylaslibrary):

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What books did you read in January? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned?