Saturday, June 23, 2018

Mid-Year Freakout Tag

ow, this year has flown by! Still, I’ve gotten loads of reading down, and have read some pretty fantastic books already, and I have even more to look forward too this year!

I planned to do this tag anyway, but I stumbled on Kristina @ Books And Dachshunds who tagged anyone who still wanted to do this tag, so I’ll credit her XD

You have read 45 of 52 books in 2018.
Song of the Current by Sarah TolcserCarnival Magic by Amy EphronStrong Hold by Sarah CastilleThe Last Namsara by Kristen CiccarelliThe Glittering Court by Richelle MeadLegendary by Stephanie Garber
A Holy Woman and a Highwayman by S. RoseCaraval by Stephanie GarberEven the Darkest Stars by Heather FawcettWhisper by Lynette NoniSleep Train by Jonathan LondonThe City of Brass by S.A. ChakrabortyRodeo Standoff by Susan SleemanSky in the Deep by Adrienne YoungChildren of Daedala by Caighlan SmithRebel with a Cupcake by Anna MainwaringLose Me. by M.C. FrankA Christmas Carol by Charles DickensThe Progeny by Tosca LeeOur Dark Stars by Audrey GreyThe Cruel Prince by Holly BlackRain by India R. AdamsMurder on Valentine's Day by P. CreedenCourage by Lauren H. Salisburyfacing the sun #2 by Carol Beth AndersonLove, Mama by Jeanette BradleyMemory Walker by Carly MarinoLibrary Wars by Kiiro YumiLibrary Wars by Kiiro YumiDivergent by Veronica RothUpdrift by Errin StevensLibrary Wars by Kiiro YumiStorytime by Leonie RobertsThe River Witch by Helena RookwoodChildren of Icarus by Caighlan SmithMonstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie M. LiuLibrary Wars by Kiiro YumiThe Snitch, The Witch, and The One Who Was Rich by Joe SpragaRebel by Joanne MacgregorBride of the Water God, Volume 1 by Mi-Kyung YunRefuse by Joanne MacgregorRecoil by Joanne MacgregorPolaris by Michael NorthropBridge of the Gods by Diane RiosOuran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 by Bisco Hatori

Best book you’ve read this year ?


Not really book, but I loved the Recoil Trilogy! Its one I hadn’t heard of before, but turned out to by my favorite YA Dystopia!

Best sequel you’ve read in 2018? 

I’ve read a lot of Book 1’s in some new series, but have only read a few sequals this year so far. That said, I’d have to say Legendary (Caraval #2) steals this spot!


New release you haven’t read yet but want to ?

Um…just one?! XD 37541828


Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?

There are a few, but most anticipated? Right off, I think of Kingdom of Ash (ToG #7)


Biggest Disappointment?

I have some I put down, and may or may not finish. Of those Furyborn is my biggest disappointment.

Of the titles I finished reading? Sleep Train 35742906


Biggest Surprise?

Polaris by Michael Northrop I read his Trapped as a child, and really didn’t like it. So I was worried when I realized this was by the same author, as I had already agreed to review it. So I was super surprised that I ended up loving it!


Favorite New To You Or Debut Author?

New to me; Joanne Macgregor. Debut Author; Adrienne Young.
Both of these ladies have become two of my favorite authors this year! Joanne Macgregor with her Recoil Trilogy, and Adrienne Young with Sky in the Deep.


Newest Favorite Character?

Um…there are quite a few… Quinn and Jinxy from Recoil, Luka and Emily from The Progeny, and “Jane Doe” from Whisper.



Book That Made You Cry?

I don’t think any have this year… Its often very hard to get me to cry, (unless I’m super depressed, in which case I don’t read.) The last one I remember making me cry way the audiobook of Gaiman’s Norse Mythology last November.


Book That Made You Happy?

Many of them. The series with the most satisfying end has to be The Library Wars! I loved V.11, and am so glad I read it! Book that made me happy in general? A four-way tie between:

  • The Cruel Prince
  • The City of Brass
  • Even the Darkest Stars
  • Legendary

They were all so good, and I can’t wait to read more/the end of each series!

Favorite Book-To-Film Adaptation?

All time? Howl’s Moving Castle. This year?

The only one I’ve seen was The Boxcar Children, since it’s my little brother’s favorite series right now. And it’s actually really good.

Favorite Post You Have Done This Year?

Hmm…well I started my blog for reviews mostly, and I’ve done some reviews I’m pretty proud of, but I’m probably most proud of my post about getting ARCs and my experience so far. HERE


Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year?

I haven’t bought very many this year…and most were for Kindle. That said:

26533261 I love her covers, and am excited to read this series!


What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?

Uh…lol..yeah. I have quite a few. Some are review requests, and others are sequels for series I love.


Here’s to another 6 months of fabulous reads! If you still haven’t done this yet, and want to, consider yourself tagged. Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 22, 2018

First Impression: 6/22/18 Smoke and Iron

I found this meme on Joe @Storey of Stories‘s page called “First Impression”.

It will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only two sentences in the book, a chapter or two , maybe a little farther.  The goal is to  give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.  It will be fun to go back to this post once you’ll have finished the book! Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you right all along?

• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
• Link back to Storeys of Stories so I can enjoy reading all the First Impression Fridays out there!

From Goodreads:

To save the Great Library, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire, and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.
When he hears that a cure for his father lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic journey down the river that his family has so long protected—but never explored. Along the way, he faces death in any number of ways, meets people and creatures touched by magic and madness and alchemy, and finds courage he never knew he possessed.

36395299Finally! I’ve been so looking forward to this one after reading my ARC of Ash and Quill (#3) last summer! (I’ll admit, the first chapter in this prompted me to read the last 2 chapters of Ash and Quill, just as a refresher since so much happened!) After DNFing some of the titles I had been looking forward to, it’s so nice to reunite with some of my favorite characters, and to read a story I’m sure to love!






Last week’s book was Riverkeep. While it sounds like something I would like, I doubt I’ll love it, so I’m putting it on hold. Like with Lifelike, I’m struggling with the characters dialog.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What Are You Reading Wednesday? 6/20/18


Waiting on Wednesday: June 20, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

38474009Crown of Thunder (Beasts Made of Night #2)

In the sequel to the acclaimed Beasts Made of Night, Taj has escaped Kos, but Queen Karima will go to any means necessary—including using the most deadly magic—to track him down.

Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima’s dark magic continues to descend on the city. Taj must return, but first he needs a plan.

With Arzu’s help, Taj and Aliya make it to the village of her ancestors, home of the tastahlik—sin-eaters with Taj’s same ability to both battle and call forth sins. As Taj comes to terms with his new magic, he realizes there are two very different groups of tastahlik—one using their powers for good, the other for more selfish ends.

Aliya is struggling with her own unique capabilities. She’s immersed in her work to uncover the secret to Karima’s magic, but her health begins to mysteriously deteriorate. With the help of a local western mage, Aliya uncovers her true destiny—a future she’s not sure she wants.

As Taj and Aliya explore their feelings for each other and Arzu connects with her homeland, the local westerners begin to question Taj’s true identity. Karima is on his heels, sending dark warnings to the little village where he’s hiding. Taj will have to go back and face her before she sends her mostly deadly weapon—Taj’s former best friend, Bo.